Arsonists a real concern
GIN GIN Rural Fire Brigade first officer Lyn Byrne has grave concerns leading up to the coming fire season.
“As a community we all must be aware of arsonists in our community,” he said.
Mr Byrne has included details regarding how to report suspicious behaviour in our rural areas and the cost on the community.
Stop bushfire arson
Bushfire arson is a crime, and a major threat to all Australians.
The devastation which can occur affects whole communities, and recovery is never quick or easy.
Records show that up to 50% of all bushfires across Australia are deliberately lit, or start under suspicious circumstances.
This comes at a cost of $1.6 billion to the Australian public annually.
Before contacting the police, it is important to try to gather and record as much information as possible.
Every piece of information you can provide is important, and could help the police to prevent bushfire arson occurring or help apprehend an arsonist. If you can, record the details of suspicious vehicles, such as the make, model, and registration plate.
Take note of the description of people acting suspiciously in the area.
Note down any unusual activity. People can report suspicious behaviours anonymously in a number of ways. You can: provide confidential information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
contact your local police station, or
lodge an online information report with Crime Stoppers.
Remember, the next deliberately lit bushfire may destroy property, injure, or even kill someone.
FIRE SEASON: The Rural Fire Brigade recently attended a bushfire on Bucca Rd near the Bullyard School.