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.