Crime

What is arson?

Arson is the crime of setting fire with the intent to cause damage. Deliberately setting light to buildings and cars can put people’s lives at risk. Although setting fire to rubbish, dumped furniture or recycling bins seems less dangerous, fire can spread quickly and destroy nearby property or fencing.

Arson is against the law. Anyone found guilty of setting fires on purpose could face a prison sentence and have it on their criminal record for the rest of their life.

Arson facts and figures

During an average week in the UK:

  • 1,200 fires are started deliberately.
  • 50 people are injured.
  • 2 people die.
  • Arson costs £45million.
  • 50% of all fire related insurance claims are as a result of arson.

Hoax Calls

“So it’s alright to make hoax calls they have hundreds of fire engines, don’t they?”

Most people think there are hundreds of fire engines available for emergency calls, therefore if someone makes a hoax call it doesn’t matter as they won’t miss one fire engine. This isn’t the case, the vast majority of our fire stations only have one fire engine. Our whole county only has 23 stations and 20 of these have On Call firefighters, so they are not on station 24 hours a day.

If our crews are responding to hoax calls, they are unavailable to attend real emergencies. The delay could mean the difference between life and death.

Don't make hoax calls. It's a waste of precious time and resources and puts people's lives at risk.

Why won't my phone work?

If you use your mobile to make a hoax call, we will send a text through to it to tell you a hoax call has been made from this device. We will contact your service provider to block your phone and SIM card.

We can trace all phones, even if you put 141 in front of the number before you call.

This means your phone will no longer work and your credit is lost too. You will not be able to swap the SIM card into another phone as the SIM card is also blocked.

It’s also a criminal offence to make a hoax call. This means you could go to court and face having to pay a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months in prison.