Stockholm, Sweden (ots/PRNewswire) - British and Dutch homeowners
feel the most secure in Europe, even though the number of home
break-ins in these countries is above the European average. This is
revealed by SecurityPoint, a comprehensive European study presented
In total 7,000 people were interviewed in seven European
countries: Britain, France, Poland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the
Netherlands. The results give a detailed picture of the feelings that
people in Europe associate with their home and their home security
today: feelings of safety, anxiety, fear, pride and pleasure.
The study shows that the Dutch and the British feel very safe in
their homes, even though the number of break-ins in these countries
is actually higher than the European average. Only 3 percent of
British people and 5 percent of Dutch people feel that their home is
not secure against break-in. The conclusion is that the well-known
British catchphrase 'My home is my castle' reflects a perceived
security rather than actual fact. For the French the exact opposite
applies. A quarter of all French people - 25 percent - believe their
home to be insecure, a higher figure than in any other country. Yet
only 13 percent of the French have suffered a break-in.
In Europe as a whole one person in five has suffered a break-in at
some time, and most have then decided to upgrade their home security
to prevent further break-ins. The most common response is to change
the lock in the external door. It is also common to install an
intruder alarm and to make windows secure. The Swedes seem to be the
most disconcerted - a third of those who have suffered a break-in
decide to do nothing.
Gloomy views of the future
Half of all Europeans believe that the number of domestic
break-ins will rise in the future and only 15 percent expect a fall.
The Germans are the most pessimistic in their view of the future and
the British the most positive. There is also a difference between
town and country. Those living in the country are generally more
pessimistic, even though they suffer fewer break-ins than people
living in towns.
Few people consult the police
Views of the police's role vary greatly between countries. In
Sweden, France and Poland only five percent of people would choose to
ask the police for advice. In contrast 68 percent of Dutch people
prefer to consult the police on questions of home security.
The securer you feel, the brighter your outlook
The study shows that those Europeans who feel secure in their home
have a more optimistic view both of the risk of suffering a break-in
themselves and of the future likelihood of break-ins in society at
large. They also have a greater feeling of pride in their home and
view their home as a secure place to enjoy the company of their
family and friends. These same Europeans also choose to improve the
security of their home in order to minimize the risk of break-ins.
SecurityPoint is an international initiative by ASSA ABLOY. Its
aim is to increase awareness and interest in security-related issues
and to create a forum for professionals and private individuals.
The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world's leading manufacturer and
supplier of locking solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs
for security, safety and convenience.
ots Originaltext: Assa Abloy
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