Two Thirds of Householders Armed Against Intruders, Says Direct Line

• 41 per cent would arm themselves with anything they could throw at an intruder • Seven per cent would go as far as to use an axe and 14 per cent would use a knife

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London, UK (PRWeb UK) May 7, 2009

New research from Direct Line Home Insurance* reveals the measures that householders would go to in order to protect themselves and their properties from burglars or intruders.

The shock findings show that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of British householders would arm themselves with bats, walking sticks and other household items to use as protection if they were to come face-to-face with an uninvited guest.

The research reveals the true extent to which householders would use force against intruders:
o    29 per cent would use a cricket bat, baseball bat or tennis racquet to protect themselves
o    17 per cent would reach for a walking stick to keep themselves safe
o    41 per cent would arm themselves with anything they could throw at an intruder
o    Eight per cent would approach a burglar bare-handed
o    Seven per cent would go as far as to use an axe and 14 per cent would use a knife
o    11 per cent declined to state whether they would arm themselves against an intruder

Furthermore, one in twenty householders (5 per cent) admits that they have set up a booby trap or snare for burglars, despite it being a criminal offence.

Andrew Lowe, Head of Home Insurance at Direct Line, says:
"Our research shows the extremes that some householders would go to in order to protect their property from intruders.

"However, whilst it's natural for many to look out for their family and their belongings, we would not recommend that anyone resorts to violence as you put yourself at risk of injury or possibly even death. It is far better to ensure that you have the maximum amount of home security that you can. Carrying out simple security measures, such as keeping doors and windows locked, can help ensure householders and their possessions are kept safe."

Direct Line's home security tips:
o    Fit deadlocks or key-operated security bolts to all external doors
o    Fit a good quality, approved alarm - look out for British Standard BS4737 - and make sure you activate it, including at night
o    Fit key-operated metal locks to all your accessible windows
o    Never leave keys in a lock, within view of the door, or in a 'secret' hiding place like under the mat - burglars know where to look
o    Security-mark your valuables with your postcode, and photograph them if possible

Men versus women

The research also looked at the differences between men and women. It showed that men (76 per cent) are much more likely than women (54 per cent) to approach an intruder. It also showed:
o    The top items that women are most likely to use against an intruder are anything they can throw (40 per cent), a cricket bat, baseball bat or tennis racquet (21 per cent) and keys (14 per cent)
o    The top items that men are most likely to use against an intruder are a stick (walking or otherwise) (46 per cent), anything they can throw at an intruder (43 per cent) or a cricket bat, baseball bat or tennis racquet (38 per cent)

For further tips on securing your home, please visit: http://www.directline.com/home/home-security.htm

For more information contact:

Abi Clark
Direct Line Press Office
020 8285 3276
07974 161650

Notes to Editors

*Opinium Research carried out an online poll of 2,070 British adults between 24th and 27th February 2009. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.

Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line is part of RBS Insurance, the second largest general insurer in the UK and is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3564 or visiting http://www.directline.com

Direct Line Insurance plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office: 3 Edridge Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1AG. Registered in England and Wales no. 01810801. The Financial Services Authority's Register can be accessed through http://www.fsa.gov.uk/

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