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8% willing to tackle house intruders

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 1:00am

Almost eight per cent of homeowners would be willing to tackle a home intruder directly in an attempt to restrain them until Gardaí arrive, new figures show.

7.83 per cent of the almost 7,000 respondents to an AA Home Insurance survey stated, that in the event of a hypothetical burglary, their first action would be to attempt to subdue the intruder until gardaí arrived at the property.

However, a significant gender gap was recorded in the findings as just 1.91 per cent of women surveyed would be willing to get physically involved, compared to 13.28 per cent of men.

Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan said: “When it comes to protecting your home and family the urge to confront an intruder is a very understandable human response. People get justifiably angry and scared. But it’s a bad idea. You can’t know the mental state of an intruder who might even be armed. Garda advice is that you should secure yourself as best you can and call for help.”

In addition to the gender split, younger homeowners were slightly more likely than their older counterparts to tackle the intruder in the event of a burglary. 9.19 per cent of those under 45 stated they would attempt to physically restrain the intruder, this figure fell to 5.93 per cent among those over 56.

Meanwhile, more than one-third of respondents stated they would hide and contact Gardaí instead of becoming physically involved.

37.63 per cent of those surveyed said that their first course of action would be to find a safe room in the house, before making contact with the gardaí. Meanwhile, a further 32.20 per cent stated they would yell or make noise in an attempt to scare the intruder out of their home before alerting the gardaí.

Mr Faughnan added: “Material goods and possessions don’t mean anything, they can be replaced. People are beyond price. The first and only priority is the safety of you and your family. Let the gardaí deal with the criminals.”

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