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News for August 2020

Thursday 27th August 2020

Protect Your Property from Letterbox Arson

Reports from the UK National Fire Chiefs Council tell us that although since 2011/12 arson has reduced by 30% across England, Scotland and Wales there has been a worrying upward trend since 2014/15 resulting in an increase of 15%. Arson is defined by the Criminal Prosecution Service as criminal damage caused by fire. The offence of arson is committed when someone destroys or damages any property by fire or they intend to destroy or damage property by fire. Conviction for arson can potentially result in a custodial sentence of up to 8 years, or even higher in some cases.

There are over 200,000 recorded cases of arson throughout the UK every year. In most of these the biggest impact is financial, due to the criminal damage that’s caused. But the demand on our stretched Fire and Rescue Service is also very significant with limited resources being diverted away from other important activities. Luckily there are precautions that can be taken to deter and prevent some forms of arson attack.