Good neighbours - A new study from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch shows that more than half of UK homeowners (54%) know most of their neighbours by name Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Most people think they are good neighbours

A new study from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch shows that more than half of UK homeowners know most of their neighbours by name. A quarter of homeowners would trust their neighbours with a key.

Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op said:

“It’s wonderful to see that so many people are helping their neighbours out on a daily basis and many consider themselves to be friends, but perhaps there is more we could do to really get to know the people living nearby.”

The study, ‘A Neighbourly Nation: Through the Keyhole’, also reveals that that it’s not all quiet on the home front. Two in five Brits admitted to having a disagreement with their neighbours.

The study shows homeowners and renters approaching neighbourly disputes differently, with homeowners admitting to complaining to their neighbour (16%) twice as much as renters (8%).

More than a quarter of UK homeowners and renters have had a party and played loud music after 11pm (28%), with common causes of neighbourly disputes including noise (10%), parking (9%), music (8%) and barking dogs (8%).

Neighbourly behaviours

  • 63% have taken in parcels
  • 54% have dropped off deliveries
  • 51% say they are quiet and courteous
  • 49% keep an eye on the property
  • 38% think they are not nosey; the same amount are courteous where they park their car
  • 31% of UK homeowners and renters would go outside to check all was okay if they heard an alarm
  • 26% of people would look out of the window to see which house or car an alarm was coming from

Only one in seven people have invited their neighbours over to their home. Almost a quarter think they’re a good neighbour because they keep themselves to themselves.

 

Traits of a good neighbour

  • Good neighbours look out for each other, for example keeping an eye on the house
  • Good neighbours are sociable and friendly – happy for a chat or a party invitation
  • They’re practically helpful – from taking in parcels to offering help with the plumbing
  • They’re kind, caring and respectful – more specifically thinking about the impact they have on neighbours

Caroline Hunter said:

“For those who want to, taking a little extra time to build meaningful relationships with those around us, can help to strengthen our communities and make them safer places to live.”

David Huse, OBE, Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Network, said:

“By looking out for your neighbours, watching out for those who are elderly or vulnerable and sharing crime prevention advice you can help keep you and your neighbours safe and your homes secure.”

To help people become more neighbourly, Co-op Insurance has created a Good Neighbour Guide