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August 24, 2012

We love the Jones's

A poll by the reunion website 192.com found a post-Olympic community spirit with neighbours looking out for each other.

The survey found:

82% would personally intervene if they thought their neighbour was being burgled. Nobody in the poll said they would call the Police. Six per cent said they would leave the burglary for someone else to sort out. Twelve per cent said they wouldn't personally intervene.

74% would offer a neighbour shelter for the night if they were made temporarily homeless.

62% said they would try to contact their neighbour if they were concerned for their welfare.

192.com polled site visitors during the Olympics. The site, which contains 300 million listings and free directory enquiries, found that 87% knew who their neighbours were, but just 45% had their neighbour's telephone number.

More than a third said they would not be able to contact their neighbours in an emergency. One in ten said they could only make contact with considerable difficulty.

"Our free directory enquiries and millions of addresses will help neighbours get in touch in an urgent situation or help them reunite with old friends", said Dominic Blackburn, Product Director of 192.com.

He added: "While an admirable Guardian Angel spirit was evident in the survey, we urge people to contact the authorities if they suspect trouble rather than trying to handle an emergency alone."

Over half of the poll wanted to get back in touch with an old neighbour: 41% wanted to do so for friendship, 2% for romantic reasons. Six per-cent had had a romance with a neighbour, of these one in five were already in a relationship.

There was less love shown for volatile families. When asked who would they least like to live near, 62% chose an argumentative family, 11% said ex-criminals and 8% preferred not to live near students.

Dogs also fared badly in the poll, with more people preferring musicians and professional footballers as neighbours than dog owners.

"Noisy pets can make neighbours fur-rrious", explains Blackburn.

To contact a neighbour past or present, use 192.com to access free directory enquiries and over 300 million edited electoral records.

Method

192.com polled site users in August using an emailed survey. 520 responded.

About 192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for 10 million users a month. On 192.com, users can search over 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral roll information, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office. Phone: 0207 909 2151