Exam Parties Result in Home Insurance Claims

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Millions of pounds of damage will be caused this summer by post-exam-results parties that get out of hand, according to Swinton, UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance.

Swinton is warning that parties to celebrate exam results are one of be the biggest causes of damage homes during August and could lead to a major spike in home insurance claims.

The increased use of social network sites to advertise house parties has been linked to this rise in party damage and claims. Websites such as Facebook and Bebo allow large numbers of people to be easily invited to a party, and if 'privacy settings' are not used then there is no way of controlling who is invited.

Two weeks ago over 100 people were involved in a street fracas during a house party in Hampshire which got out of control following an invitation issued on Facebook. A police helicopter and dog section were both called out after revellers spilled on to the streets causing damage to homes and littering the roads with glass and rubbish.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton, said; "During the summer months we'd advise parents in particular to be cautious about letting their children throw parties.

"Advertising house parties on Facebook or other social networking sites can easily lead to gatecrashers. Claiming on home insurance for damage caused at parties could lead to an increase in premiums."

For more information contact Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.
About Swinton

  •     With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  •     Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  •     Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  •     With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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