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Heat turned up on firebugs this summer

Posted on 01/12/2022

The start of summer signals the start of the fire danger season for South Australia – and your help is needed to stamp out bushfire arson.

It is important to pay attention to what is going on around, and every time you’re out for a hike, run, drive or picnic, you are encouraged to keep watch for suspicious arson activity.

Arsonists are known to often ignite small fires, practicing their methods before escalating to larger and potentially more devastating bushfires. What may appear to be an insignificant fire may demonstrate an arsonist’s pattern of crime. If this behaviour is left undetected, the arsonist may continue lighting fires, which could lead to devastating results.

What to look out for:

  • Someone acting unusually or wearing unusual clothing — they just don’t seem to fit. For example, not dressed for a trail walk, looking nervous when you pass.
  • If something or someone makes you stop and wonder what’s going on. Try and remember their age, sex, weight, height, hair colour or clothing.
  • A vehicle or driver looks out of place; take note of registration number, make, model, colour and any distinguishing features (such as dents, stickers).

Some arsonists practice with small fires before igniting a larger one, so if you see signs of burnt out spot fires or anything suspicious then call police on 131 444.

Who and when to call:

  • Suspicious behaviour currently happening: call Police on 131 444.
  • If you see a fire, call 000 for fire services.
  • Information about deliberately lit fires, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au

 




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