Lack of trust on the home front

Research from Lloyds TSB Insurance reveals that only one in 10 of us trust our neighbours.

As a result, the insurer is calling on home owners to ditch their traditional British reserve and make an effort to get to know their neighbours better.

While 93% of home owners claim to know who their neighbours are, of the 7% who don’t, 38% say this is because they value their privacy while 14% claim they are too busy to make the effort.

For an unfortunate 14%, testy neighbourly relations are the result of respondents suffering from a bad experience with those living next door.

When asked to explain the reasons behind this breakdown in community spirit, nearly half believe that not knowing your neighbours is a condition of modern life.

A further 45% believe that in the current climate people are naturally suspicious of those they don’t know.