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20 August 2010

With one in ten 18 year olds having hosted a party in their parent’s home without permission, the time has never been better to compare cheap home insurance to cover ‘results parties’.

Research has shown that 35% of parents have had valuables broken from surprise parties and 15% of all house party hosts have been the victim of gatecrashers, Post Office Home Insurance research reveals.

Almost a third of these parties are held without parents’ knowledge, the study also showed that even of those parents who did give permission, the risks were not reduced.  A further 69% of gatecrashes are thought to have arisen from friends leaking information.

“A level and GCSE students will understandably want to celebrate to mark their exam results this summer, so the best way for parents to relax is to make sure they are prepared,” said Gerry Barrett, Post Office Home Insurance head.

“Any would-be student hosts out there should always remember to seek their parent’s permission first.  Not only can this avoid the party getting out of hand, it also means that parents don’t have to find out the hard way through unexplained broken items or ruined carpets.”

Facebook and Twitter are thought to contribute to gate crashing with one in twenty hosts suspecting their unwelcomed guests learnt of the party online.  However, 13% of hosts believe gatecrashers turned up after seeing the party walking past.

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