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What Can You Do?
Many of the same precautions taken to discourage burglars may also discourage arsonists and vandals. By taking a few preventive steps, you can help curb these crimes.

Improve General Security

  • Secure all doors, windows, skylights - especially entrances on alleys. 
  • Install an alarm system. Don't allow landscaping to provide camouflage or hiding places. 
  • Keep the building windows visible and well-lighted. 
  • Keep your property well-lighted at night. 
  • Be watchful of strangers and immediately report suspicious actions near homes, schools, vacant buildings, businesses or other structures. 
  • Ask your neighbor to help keep watch over your business while you are away.

Add Fire Prevention

  • Install smoke alarms, automatic and tamper-proof sprinklers, and other fire safety equipment. 
  • Clear your premises of fuel sources such as yard trimmings, newspapers, leftover paint, old rags and other trash. 
  • Keep storage and other infrequently visited areas secure. 
  • Secure flammables in a locked, fire-resistant cabinet. 
  • Dispose of all flammable waste materials as quickly as possible. (Check with local authorities for approved methods of disposal). 
  • Establish frequent and regular fire patrols. 
  • Maintain an efficient emergency plan program. 
  • Educate employees about arson prevention program.

Remember that it is very difficult to catch an arsonist. Cooperation between citizens and government agencies is a key weapon against arson. 

  • Report any information you have that would help in the investigation of arson-suspected fires. 
  • Protect property you own or occupy from would-be arsonists. 
  • Support efforts to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute arsonists.

If you have information which may help apprehend an arsonist, call your local law enforcement agency.

Last updated: 9/10/2009 11:09:24 AM