Social Networking and Home Cover
Link Between Posting Parties on Facebook and Subsequent Gatecrashers
Advertising a party on Facebook could lead to great damage to property, with half of parties posted in the social networking site affected by gatecrashers, according to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance.
So unless people want to see their home insurance cover becoming invalidated, they might be best to find another way of getting word out there. Home insurance providers encourage home owners to take extra care in protecting their property so if damage or theft occurs as the result of the home owner’s actions, they might not be covered.
The rise of social networking sites on the internet has provided people with easier access to their friends, so it is no wonder that more and more invitations are going out via such sites. As such, this could be of great concern to parents as Sainsbury’s research highlights that 38% of children’s parties held inside their home leads to damage being caused. If 50% of parties suffer gatecrashers when posted on Facebook, this figure could even rise.
“The growth of social media sites such as Facebook and MySpace, and more recently Twitter, has dramatically changed the way people invite their ‘friends’ to parties” said Ben Tyte, Sainsbury’s Home Insurance Manager.
The news regularly features parties that have gotten out of hand, with an innocent invitation on the internet leading to huge numbers of people descending on houses. In some cases this can lead to more than double the intended number of people and Sainsbury’s Home Insurance reports on cases where police officers have had to be called out to deal with fights.
“There have been a number of well publicised cases of homeowners facing thousands of pounds of damage after their children have posted invitations on Facebook, and Halloween parties, with many guests wearing masks and fancy dress, can leave homeowners particularly vulnerable to gatecrashers.”
Tyte also adds that whilst such websites could be a great way of spreading word to friends about parties, if details are published on the internet, anyone could potentially find out where to go to gatecrash a venue.
So the advice from Sainsbury’s Home Insurance is clear – if you do not want to see your home insurance becoming invalidated, be careful of how you advertise your parties.
Source: Sainsbury’s Press Release