Arson Awareness Week

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The concept that "arson is everyone's problem" should be continually conveyed through public meetings, news releases, bulletins, notices, and training sessions. A high incidence of serial arson in a community directly affects every citizen who lives or works there. As crime rises, the quality of life and property values of homes and businesses decline. All members of the community have a stake in arson prevention and control. Administrators and managers must build coalitions that will implement their proposed initiatives and solutions. They must also communicate to the community that the threat of arson affects everyone, and therefore, the assistance and cooperation of everyone is required to successfully solve the problem.

Administrators, managers, and government officials should take advantage of every available opportunity to use forums and communication channels such as the news media, public safety events, community meetings, neighborhood watch meetings, and arson awareness and fire prevention week campaigns to publicize the work of the task force or team. Cases should be made that showcase the positive impact that the task force or team has on the community and promote its effectiveness in reducing crime, preserving life and property, and reducing insurance costs. This is an important step to sustain long-term task force or team operations and to enjoy a continuous flow of adequate political/community support, funding, and resources to remain viable and effective against serial arson.

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