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Don’t be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!

Em Morley - December 21, 2016

Tis the season to be jolly and many of us will be welcoming friends and family into our winter wonderlands for a mince pie and glass of something festive.

However, while you are rockin’ around the Christmas tree, remember goodwill to all men and don’t annoy your neighbours!

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New data released from Co-op Insurance reveals what is most likely to turn your neighbours into The Grinch!

Results show that over two-thirds of the UK population wish they were lonely this Christmas, if their neighbours played loud music.

Other features such as inconsiderate parking (blocking a driveway etc), bad language and slamming doors were also found to be a surefire way of creating a Nightmare Before Christmas!

The full results of the survey are shown below-don’t be a turkey and take note!

Top 10 traits of a bad neighbour at Christmas
1 Loud music or television 68%
2 Inconsiderate parking 65%
3 Barking dogs 62%
4 Outdoor loud parties 57%
5 Bad language in or outside of the house 55%
6 Unsupervised children 53%
7 Slamming doors 33%
8 Neighbours pets roaming about your garden 31%
9 Bonfires, BBQ, chimenea smoke 28%
10 Ignoring your neighbours 27%


Don't be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!

Don’t be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!


Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op Insurance noted: ‘The research shows that playing loud music and making a lot of noise is a top bad neighbour trait, therefore it’s important to spare a thought for your neighbours this Christmas when hosting friends and family.’[1]

‘This is the season for goodwill after all and by showing a little courtesy it can ensure that you and your neighbours leave 2016 harmoniously and as friends rather than enemies. Whilst Christmas is a great time to really come together with friends, family and neighbours, sadly many people find themselves alone on Christmas Day, why not pop round for a cuppa, rather than simply sending a Christmas card, forging those all-important links in the community for years to come,’ she added.[1]