Firesetting Is An Offence. Don't Accept It
- Report It!
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue officers are warning that
deliberate firesetters pose a potential risk to us all.
During May alone, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue attended over 1,200
deliberate fires, at an estimated cost to the community in excess
of £2M. Hot, dry weather traditionally means a peak for
deliberate fire setting, including fires set in bins, skips, fly
tipped waste, derelict buildings, dry grass and heath
As well as potentially delaying attendance at a more serious
incident, fire setting can result in injury, property damage and
environmental pollution. At this time of year, grass or heath land
fires can quickly spread out of control, putting people and
property at risk.
Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director of Community
Safety, said, "The fact is that fire setting is an offence.
Our message to the community is simple: don't accept it, report it.
Anyone with information regarding fire setters can contact
Strathclyde Police, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
SFR are working with a number of partners including
Neighbourhood Wardens, Environmental Teams, Housing officials and
Police to reduce risks such as fly tipping, overflowing refuse
skips and bins. The public are also being asked to assist by
reporting fly tipping or accumulations of refuse/rubbish direct to
their Local Authority or to the National Dumb Dumpers Stop line on
0845 230 40 90.