New research has shown that as many as 63% of Britons have caught a neighbour spying on them whilst at home. It also revealed that the garden was the most common spot to be spied on, followed by the bedroom.

Privacy might just be too much to ask, as a new survey has found that the majority of British residents have caught a neighbour spying on them whilst they have been at home. Furthermore, it was revealed that the garden is the most likely place to be spied upon, whilst the conservatory is the best place to spy on neighbours from.

 THE POLL

The study was conducted by leading windows styling company www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk, in which 1,402 people over the age of 18 were polled. All respondents stated that they owned or rented their own home, with a conservatory and a garden.

 Initially, respondents were asked if they had ever caught a neighbour watching them whilst they were at home, to which 63% said that they had.  Relevant respondents were then asked where in the home they were when they caught their neighbours spying on them, and the most common answers were as follows:

1.       Garden – 62%

2.       Kitchen – 49%

3.       Bedroom – 37%

4.       Conservatory – 30%

5.       Bathroom – 21%

 Relevant respondents were then asked if they had taken measures to stop neighbours from spying on them, with 71% answering that they had, and 29% admitting they had not. When relevant participants were asked what they had done, the majority (79%) said they kept their blinds or curtains closed, 47% said they confronted the perpetrator, and 27% said they put objects in the windowsill to block the view.

 All participants were also asked if they had ever spied on a neighbour from their house, to which 45% admitted they had, with 55% responding with no. Those who admitted to spying were asked where they had spied from, with 71% saying the conservatory, 52% saying the garden and 49% the kitchen.

 Sydney Smith, Marketing Manager for www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk made the following comments on the findings:

 “It seems we really are a nation of Curtain Twitchers and I guess we are all a little guilty of peaking over the garden fence.  I’m sure it’s mostly harmless but it can feel creepy someone peering into our own private lives.  Our advice, be good whilst in the garden – and when inside, use your blinds, as they can be used for privacy as well as controlling light and temperature.”