More Brits shun keeping ‘key under the mat’ traditionMay 2nd, 2011 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 2 (ANI): A survey has revealed that the tradition of leaving ‘key under the mat’ while being away from home has virtually disappeared in modern-day Britain.
According to the figures released by internet search engine Ask Jeeves, only one pc of the people still continue to hide a spare key under a door mat for tradesmen, relatives, cleaners who might need access to their home while they are out.
A nationwide poll among 1,000 respondents has found that people prefer to give their key to a family member who normally lives elsewhere (34 pc) or a neighbor (15 pc).
A total of 12 pc of people gave a spare key to a friend, while three pc gave it to a cleaner.
Nearly, one in two people (47 pc) said they insisted on having the person’s address or identification before handing over a spare key to their home.
“It is clear that some British traditions are dying out quicker than others and leaving a key under the mat is no longer acceptable for many people,” the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for Ask Jeeves as saying.
“We have become a more secure nation in most things we do and leaving a key under a door mat would undoubtedly invalidate your household insurance,” he added. (ANI)
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