about arson

Irresponsible behaviour towards fire by adults and children is one of the most serious public safety issues confronting governments and communities throughout Australia.

Facts about arson

Deliberate fires cause significant damage to the people, property, businesses and environment of Western Australia.

Arson has the potential to not only destroy the environment and property, but can also kill or injure people.

Every year the cost of arson to Australian business and associated infrastructure amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.

About  90% of bushfires are believed to be deliberately or recklessly lit.

Over 300 arson related charges are laid by WA Police each year.

Arson is a serious crime that can attract significant penalties, including life imprisonment.

What motivates an arsonist?

The reasons people deliberately light fires are many and varied but a few reasons can be:

  • Spite and/or revenge.
  • General vandalism or mischief.
  • Concealing a crime.
  • To gain attention and praise for discovering and extinguishing a fire.
  • Insurance fraud.
  • Excitement (pyromania).

What you can do to help prevent arson

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Reporting arson

Find out how you can help prevent arson, including report suspicious behaviour online, who to call and what details to provide.

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Arson attacks on business premises

Find out how arson can affect your business and steps you and your employees can take to prevent it.

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Arson attacks at schools

Help reduce fires in schools by becoming active in your local School Watch program.

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Arson attacks on vacant buildings

Empty and unsecured buildings are a prime target for the vandal or arsonists. Find out how you can secure your building from an arson attack.

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Fire investigation and analysis

Find out about the work undertaken by DFES Fire Investigation Officers to investigate fires in Western Australia and the types of fires they will attend.

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