Brits concerned more about yobs than burglars

19 September 2006
Britain's burglary rate is nearly double that of its European counterparts, yet Britons remain blasé about the threat posed by thieves and burglars, says Legal and General.

Anti-social behaviour and the growth of 'yob culture' are the main concerns of the respondents to the Legal and General survey (23 per cent) in the last six months, compared to just three per cent who said they were most concerned by burglary.

The survey, called the Safety Uncovered Index, tracks Britons' perceptions of their own personal safety and represents a 5,000-person sample of UK residents.

Just over half (56 per cent) of all respondents said they had worried about crime in the past three months, although only just over half that amount had witnessed an act of anti-social behaviour in the same period.

"Despite official Home Office figures suggesting crime is on the decrease, our research shows people still clearly feel we live in an increasingly unsafe environment," said Elaine Parkes, technical service manager for Legal and General's insurance branch.

"Thankfully it appears many aren't experiencing threats to their safety first hand, instead more observational factors such as lack of policing or neighbourhood watch seem to be influencing people's attitudes towards crime and safety."

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