TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FIRE RISK
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.