One in seven 'feels unsafe' at home
One in seven Britons does not feel safe in their own home at night, according to a new survey.
Younger people felt even less secure, with one in five of those aged 18 to 24 saying they did not feel safe at night in their home.
Four in 10 people even admitted they keep something nearby, from a heavy torch to a kitchen knife, which they would use as a weapon to protect themselves and their property against intruders.
Just seven out of 10 people aged 18 to 24 said they felt safe in their home at night, compared with nine out of 10 of those aged 55 or over, the poll showed.
The survey of 2,000 people also found three in five Britons expected burglary levels to rise in the next two years while the same proportion thought their homes were not completely secure.
Last month, figures from the British Crime Survey (BCS), which is based on interviews with people in more than 45,000 households, showed burglaries rose 14% in 2010/11 compared with the previous year, when burglaries fell by 9%.
About one in 40 households had been the victim of a burglary or attempted burglary in the last year, according to the BCS.
Gareth McChesney, of insurance firm Allianz UK, said: "Our research shows a distinct gap between how much people fear being burgled and the measures they put into place to protect their homes."
Two in five people over 55 utilise security measures, such as using locks on all doors and windows, every time they leave their house, compared with just three in 10 people aged 18 to 24, the survey revealed.
Allianz UK polled 2,000 British consumers aged over 18 in July 2011.