More UK homeowners join Neighbourhood Watch schemes since lockdown

All ages flocked to community groups, but biggest increases were seen in those aged 25-34

More UK homeowners join Neighbourhood Watch schemes since lockdown
All ages flocked to community groups, but biggest increases were seen in those aged 25-34 

GoCompare saw a surge in the proportion of its home insurance customers joining Neighbourhood Watch Schemes during the numerous lockdowns in 2020.

The data, which is based on almost 350,000 home insurance quotes* reveals that, during lockdown in 2020, the share of GoCompare customers who were members of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes jumped by 12.9%. Most notably, the biggest increases were seen when the data was broken down by age group, revealing a 14% rise in those aged 25-34, and a 10% increase in homeowners aged between 35-44.

Commenting on the data, Ryan Fulthorpe, from GoCompare Home Insurance said, “The Covid lockdowns have had such a huge impact on the way we see our homes, and it would appear, the communities around those homes. So, it’s not that surprising that people are looking to form a stronger relationship with their neighbours and join forces to tackle crime or anti-social behaviour.

“We have seen that the proportion of people who declare that they are a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme on their home insurance quote has since slowed, but looking at the data before Covid and then what’s happened since the first lockdown in March 2020, there’s still a 7.7% increase across the board***.

“The pandemic meant that people found themselves in situations they never thought they’d be living through and at some points, it seemed like it would never end. So, it’s heart-warming to see that one of the responses to this crisis was that people looked to form a stronger bond in their respective communities and pull together as a group. Hopefully this is something we will see continue long after the pandemic and for years into the future.”

Launched in 1982, Neighbourhood Watch is a charitable movement that aims to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. Across England and Wales, it has upwards of 2.3 million members.**

GoCompare asks about Neighbourhood Watch membership as part of its home insurance quote process. Some insurers will offer a discount on your home insurance premiums if you are a member of a local scheme. 

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Notes to editors

*The data is based on 345,247 quotes overall, 53,316 quotes for the 25-34 age group and 69,555 quotes for the 35-44 age group.


*** Based on the following comparison of figures - 01 January 17- 01 February 20 vs 01 April 20 - 31 May 21.

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