Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

THE ar­son squad wants the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant this sum­mer and re­port any sus­pi­cious peo­ple or ve­hi­cles in sub­ur­ban bush. There are about 1600 bush­fire of­fences across WA each fire sea­son. The squad’s Strike Force Vul­can has al­ready iden­ti­fied and mon­i­tored ar­son­ists for two years, pro­vid­ing high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols and a rapid in­ves­tiga­tive re­sponse to de­lib­er­ately lit fires across Perth. Cam­eras and surveil­lance are two tools used to catch ar­son­ists. If you light a fire in bush­land, you risk go­ing to jail for life. Last bush­fire sea­son, with com­mu­nity help, po­lice caught and charged 29 peo­ple for 33 bush­fire ar­sons. Most were male youths aged 10-17, so we ask par­ents to talk with their chil­dren and re­in­force the mes­sage that fire is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous. - De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Craig White.

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