The information below was available on the W.A. Police’s FB page.
December 10, 2014 ·
This morning Strike Force Vulcan was launched by Detective Senior Sergeant Craig White from the Arson Squad, The Hon Liza Harvey MLA Minister for Police and Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Arson Squad detectives are urging residents to be vigilant this bush fire season (1 December to 31 March) and report any suspicious people or vehicles in bushland areas. There is an average of 1,600 bushfire offences across Western Australia each fire season.
Strike Force Vulcan, which was first introduced for the 2010/11 bushfire season, has already been successful in identifying and monitoring arsonists, providing high visibility patrols and a rapid investigative response to deliberately lit fires across the metropolitan area. Covert cameras and surveillance are two tools utilised to assist in catching arsonists.
You will never know if we are watching until it’s too late. If you light a fire in bushland, you risk going to jail for life.
The strategy of Strike Force Vulcan is to investigate arson bushfires in Western Australia through;
– Identifying through intelligence bushfire arson ‘hot-spots’ in the Perth metropolitan area and surrounds;
– Proactively managing Prolific Priority Arson Offenders;
– Using covert and overt surveillance of ‘hotspots’;
– Provide a timely and quality investigation of Bushfire Arson offences;
– Raising public awareness about bushfire arson through media campaigns and engaging members of the public.
This dedicated team, led by senior detectives from the WA Police Arson Squad, work in collaboration with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the Department Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to investigate bushfire arson. The investigation team rely on information supplied by members of the public, DFES and DPaW.
Last bushfire season with significant community help, Police were successful in catching and processing 29 people with 33 bushfire arson offences. Most of the offenders were male youths aged between 10 to 17 years of age and police are asking parents to engage with their children to reinforce that fire is extremely dangerous and often cannot be contained or controlled. People can be seriously injured or killed by fire and whole communities burnt to the ground.
Members of the community play a vital part in combating arson by being the eyes and ears for police in their local communities.
Every time an arsonist lights a fire they are putting the local community in danger. It doesn’t take much for a small fire to spread and put lives and property at risk. This includes putting the lives of emergency responders in danger, including many career and volunteer firefighters.
Police urge anyone with information to come forward and protect your community from the devastation that deliberately lit bushfires can cause.
Preparing your home and property for the bushfire season is also important. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a range of helpful information on their Website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au), including a comprehensive “Prepare. Act. Survive.” guide and a “Homeowner’s Bushfire Survival Manual”.
– In a life threatening emergency, including where smoke can be seen in bushland areas, call 000.
– To report suspicious activity call 131 444.
– Anyone with information regarding bushfires and arsonists are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE FREE.
There are significant rewards on offer for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.