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One in 30 'has confronted criminal'

One in 30 people has confronted a criminal face-to-face in their neighbourhood, generally against the advice of police and insurance companies, according to a report.

A similar number had made a loud noise or turned lights on in a house to scare off a suspected burglar, although most people would call the police, the study showed.

Martyn Foulds of Halifax Home Insurance, which surveyed 2,000 adults for the report, said: "There is no doubt that looking out for your neighbours prevents crime and helps to build safer and more cohesive communities. It also saves millions of pounds every year.

"However, there is a fine line between intervening and risking your own safety and we would urge homeowners to report anything suspicious to the professionals and leave it to them to take direct action."

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