Ar­son­ists a real con­cern

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN240815FIRE5

FIRE SEA­SON: The Ru­ral Fire Brigade re­cently at­tended a bush­fire on Bucca Rd near the Bull­yard School.

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