It's A Crime!
Statistics show that arson is one of the United States
most expensive crimes in the United States. In 1994, almost 20,000 fires in Texas were classified
as suspect. That equals 1 in every 5 fires. Of those fires, there were
22 deaths, 418 injuries and more than $87 million in property damage.
Arson touches all aspects of our society. For example, if a business
is seriously damaged by fire it may result in closing that business for
a short time or permanently. This can cause a loss of income for employees
or worse their jobs, loss of productivity and possibly product which,
in turn, can be costly to other businesses that may rely on the product
produced by the effected business. This can then affect their employees
and their product. The trickle-down effects can be enormous and may even affect
The Affects Of Arson
Here are some ways that arson can affect you, even if it wasn't your
property that was damaged:
- Increased taxes to support law enforcement and fire departments
- Increased insurance rates (medical, life, property, etc.)
- Increased costs of products
Don't Ignore It - Report It!
- Always be observant and report unusual activities in your neighborhood.
This includes suspicious people, unusual moving activities, changes
in lifestyles, etc.
- Report any information you may have about a fire in your area
Arson Reward Hotline
Call 1-800-835-6422 if you have any information regarding any arson incident.
If your information leads to the arrest of the person responsible for
the fire, you may receive a reward of up to $1,000.00.