CRIME STOPPERS CALLS ON BALLARAT COMMUNITY TO HELP STAMP OUT BUSHFIRE ARSON
CRIME Stoppers Victoria is asking local residents to keep their eyes and ears open this summer to help stamp out deliberately and recklessly lit fires in Ballarat and surrounds. Bushfire prevention is the responsibility of all Victorians.
Reckless fire and arson are attributed as being the cause of more than 50 percent of all bushfires across the country, with 556 suspicious fires in Victoria during the 2014-2015 bushfire season.
Deliberately and recklessly lit fires can threaten lives and property, and tie up valuable emergency service resources, leaving other areas of the state vulnerable, particularly on extreme and code red fire days. “Victoria is one of the highest bushfire risk areas in the world, and fire activity affects us all,” Crime Stoppers Victoria Community Manager, Peter Brown said.
“The summer outlook is for significantly increased fire activity in Victoria, with the state having already experienced some serious bushfires; highlighted within the past week at Ballarat with a suspicious fire at Lucas requiring 17 CFA units and a fire-fighting helicopter to bring it under control. “A large number of bushfires in Victoria could be prevented if people did not engage in arson or reckless conduct, such as lighting a fire on a total fire ban day, using machinery in a reckless manner or not properly extinguishing a campfire. “Preventing bushfires is everyone’s responsibility, and reckless fires cost lives. We are asking local residents to remain vigilant over the coming months to help reduce the threats in their community. “Crime Stoppers Victoria is proud to stand with the Victorian Government, Emergency Management Victoria, Victoria Police, the CFA, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria and emergency service agencies to combat people engaged in reckless activities that may result in fires and help keep our community safe from unnecessary fire risks.” Mr Brown said.
If you think you have information about someone in your community who is deliberately lighting fires or engaging in reckless fire behavior call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, report securely online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au In an emergency call 000.