Crime Stoppers Australia encourages people living, working and visiting bushfire-prone areas across the nation to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for firebugs.
With Summer still underway, and high temperatures still impacting across the country, we want you to understand the types of suspicious behaviour and how to make a report.
The Fire Danger Season can be an anxious time for many, and an arsonist may be practicing in your area.
Bushfires can have a catastrophic effect on the community, so if you have information on arsonists then report it to Crime Stoppers.
There is no obligation to say who you are, just share what you know.
Arsonists are known to often ignite small fires, practicing their methods before escalating to larger and potentially more deadly fires. What may appear to be an insignificant fire may demonstrate an arsonist’s pattern of crime. If that behaviour is left undetected, the arsonist may continue lighting fires, which could lead to devastating results.
It is important to pay attention to what is going on around you every time you’re out for a hike, run, drive or picnic – so keep watch for suspicious arson activity.
What to look out for:
- People acting unusually, or wearing unusual clothing — they just don’t seem to fit. For example, not dressed for a trail walk, looking nervous when you pass.
- If something or someone makes you stop and wonder what’s going on. Try and remember their age, sex, weight, height, hair colour or clothing.
- A vehicle or driver looks out of place; take note of registration number, make, model, colour and any distinguishing features (such as dents, stickers).
- Some arsonists practice with small fires before igniting a larger one, so if you see signs of burnt out spot fires or anything suspicious then it is important to report it.
It is also important for people to know which number to call and why:
If you see suspicious behaviour currently happening then call Police on 131 444.
If you see a fire burning or smoke then call 000 for fire services
If you have information about someone who is deliberately lighting fires then call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online here.