Be vig­i­lant about ar­son

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

AR­SON squad de­tec­tives are urg­ing res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant this bushfire sea­son and re­port any sus­pi­cious peo­ple or ve­hi­cles in bush­land ar­eas.

Strike Force Vul­can was in­tro­duced in the 2010/11 bushfire sea­son and has suc­cess­fully iden­ti­fied and mon­i­tored ar­son­ists.

It pro­vides high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols and a rapid in­ves­tiga­tive re­sponse to de­lib­er­ately lit fires across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

Last bushfire sea­son, po­lice charged 42 peo­ple with ar­son of­fences, with help from the pub­lic.

Most of­fend­ers were boys aged be­tween 10 and 17.

Po­lice have asked par­ents to re­in­force to their chil­dren that fire is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and of­ten can’t be con­tained or con­trolled, re­sult­ing in de­struc­tion, in­jury and death in com­mu­ni­ties.

In a life-threat­en­ing emer­gency, in­clud­ing where smoke can be seen in bush­land ar­eas, call 000. To re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, call 131 444. In­for­ma­tion about bush­fires and ar­son­ists should be re­ported to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestop­per­swa.com.au.

There are sig­nif­i­cant re­wards for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­vic­tion of an ar­son­ist.

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