Arson has been a blight on local communities for some considerable time, having in the main an economic loss to people, businesses, communities and Local Authorities. Aside to this, the demands on some Fire & Rescue Service’s (FRSs) from arson and deliberate fires far outweighs that of other incident types; resulting in resources being diverted away from life risk incidents and preventive activities.
The punishment for arson can be very serious and length of sentencing is dependent on the nature of the crime. If the defendant is found to have the intention of causing harm then they will receive a longer sentence than someone who recklessly caused arson. Typically, the more damage caused by the arson fire equates to the seriousness of the sentencing.
Reduce the Threat
Reduce access to your property for trespassers and opportunist arsonists:
- Secure your boundary, repair or block gaps in hedges, walls or fences
- If you have gates close and lock them
Secure sheds, garages and other outbuildings with padlocks or similar
- Fit external lighting to alert you to intruders
Manage your refuse so there are no fuel sources for opportunists:
- Clear any rubbish from garden, behind sheds etc.
- Store wheelie bins securely, away from property and out of sight
- Put bins out on collection day and bring them back in asap
- Large items like furniture, old vehicles or rubble provide a fuel source, contact your local council for advice on removal of bulky waste
Keep your home and vehicles secure:
- Close windows and keep doors locked
- Close blinds/curtains at night to reduce visibility of your valuables
- Park on your drive or in a secure, well-lit area and remove valuables from your vehicle
- If considering CCTV it should only cover your property and to support a prosecution needs to be 4 megapixels and have resolution of min. 1080p
Look out for your neighbourhood:
- Well-lit areas are less likely to be targeted
- Report fly-tipping, broken street lights etc. to www.fixmystreet.com
- Report incidents confidentially to CrimeStoppers 0800 555111
Crime Prevention Information
Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: