A third of homeowners admit they’d confront a burglar

  • 33% of Brits keep ‘weapons’ in their bedroom to use against intruders
  • Around a third (31%) would enter into a physical altercation with a burglar to scare them away – Sheffield tops the list
  • 48% feel unsafe in their own home after a burglary

Around a third (31%) of homeowners would attempt to get into a physical altercation with a burglar, according to new research that reveals UK attitudes towards burglary.

The research, by online security retailer safe.co.uk, unearths the true extent of the emotional impact of burglary, with almost half of those affected (48%) feeling unsafe in their own home and a quarter (25%) fearful it will happen again. Sleepless nights plague 38 per cent of burglary victims and 18 per cent admit their mental wellbeing was negatively affected.

With 31 per cent of Brits willing to use physical force against a burglar, the following list reveals the UK cities where homeowners are most likely to attempt to attack unwanted intruders:

Sheffield – 40 per cent
Glasgow – 37 per cent
Cardiff – 35 per cent
Edinburgh – 34 per cent
Nottingham – 32 per cent
Belfast – 32 per cent
Manchester/Liverpool/Southampton – 30 per cent
Newcastle/London – 29 per cent
Birmingham – 28 per cent
Leeds/Norwich – 26 per cent
Bristol – 24 per cent

A total of 44 per cent of the men polled said they would use physical violence against a burglar, with 18 per cent of women saying they would tackle a burglar.

A third of homeowners (33%) admit they’d try to make noise to scare the burglar away while only 13 per cent would try and get out of the house. Almost a quarter (24%) would hide in the house and call the police.

As far as self-defence goes, 12 per cent of Brits admit to keeping a weapon in the form of a knife or air rifle in their bedroom. A further fifth (21%) of Brits keep household items such as golf clubs, brooms or heavy ornaments in the bedroom to use against intruders.

Anthony Neary, managing director for safe.co.uk, commented: “It can be a constant battle to encourage homeowners to take home security seriously. After discovering that a high proportion of Brits would be prepared to attack a burglar in their home, we’ve launched our new online community hub to provide people with a place to easily access security tips – without having to resort to extreme measures that could put themselves in danger.”

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