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Prevent Arson in Your Community

May 04, 2011

Arson is the leading cause of fires in Edmonton, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all fires annually. A crime that results in millions of dollars of property damage every year, arson puts the lives of citizens and firefighters at risk and diminishes residents’ sense of safety.

Mayor Stephen Mandel has proclaimed May 4 Arson Awareness Day in the City of Edmonton to raise awareness about arson.

“Arson poses a serious threat to lives, property and natural resources in our city,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel, “but there are a number of things we can all do to help prevent this crime and make Edmonton a safer place to live.”

What is Arson?

Arson is defined as the crime of “maliciously and intentionally, or recklessly, starting a fire or causing an explosion.”

Preventing Arson

Edmontonians can help prevent arson and make our city a safer place to live by following these safety tips:

  • Dial 911 if you see someone starting a suspicious fire.
  • Report suspicious or unusual activity to the police.
  • Keep your property tidy and free of materials that could be used to start fires (i.e. piles of branches or leaves, garbage, furniture, old vehicles, etc).
  • Participate in community clean up programs.
  • Report derelict or abandoned buildings by calling 311.
  • Educate your children about fire safety and fire prevention.

If you have any information about an arson or any other crime, please contact the Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line at 780-423-4567 or the Edmonton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.