and let them know this is a real reward,” Oxendine said. “Crime doesn’t pay, but being a good citizen does.”
According to Oxendine, the woman who came forward with the information in this case was not aware of the Georgia Arson Control Reward Program or the Georgia Arson Hotline. Rewards of up to $10,000 are granted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists. Oxendine said the money does not come from the legislature, but rather from the support of property/ casualty insurance companies.
Ousborn said since 1979, Georgia Arson Control has granted rewards to 510 individual for a total of $1,459,350.
“Without the help of the citizens,” said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith, “we couldn’t prove these cases.”
He encouraged anyone with information regarding suspicious behavior or knowledge of an arson to call local fire or law enforcement officials or the Georgia Arson Hotline at (80) 282-5804. Tipsters can remain anonymous.