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Putting a stop to arson

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service attended 566 incidents caused by arson (deliberate fires) in 2018. Find advice on how to reduce the risk of arson in your area.

Arson (deliberate fire setting) is a criminal offence that can lead to loss of life and injury. It can damage property and the environment. Arson has proven links with domestic abuse, terrorism, criminal activity, harassment, fraud and anti-social behaviour.

Arson accounted for 49.8% of all fires attended in 2017/18 by fire and rescue services in England, Scotland and Wales (204,426 fires attended; 101,809 deliberate). This is the largest, single cause of fire attended by fire and rescue services.

The reported economic cost of arson was £1.2 billion to £1.49 billion, with the potential real loss being between £5.73 billion and £11.46 billion.

If you have information on fires that have been started deliberately, call:

  • Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
  • Police on 101

The sections below offer some basic advice to help reduce the risk of arson where you live or work.