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The U. S. Fire Administration and its partners will use the week of May 4-10 to focus public attention on vehicle arson and provide communities with tools to reduce the incidence of this crime. Their webpage has information on motivations for vehicle arson, statistics on the scope of the national problem, and resources for fire departments to combat vehicle arson in their communities.

The Burned Motor Vehicle Reporting Law

The Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System first identified motor vehicle fires and motor vehicle arson as major problems in 1985. 

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The Burned Motor Vehicle Reporting Law (MGL c266 s29B and MGL c175 s 113O) took effect in August of 1987. The law requires owners of burned motor vehicles to complete and sign a report that must also be signed by a fire official from the department in the community where the fire occurred. The graph below shows the effectiveness of this law. Motor vehicle arsons have declined 59% from 280 in 2003. Since the law took effect in 1987, motor vehicle arsons have decreased by 98% from 5,116 in 1987 to 114 in 2012.

MA Arson Watch Reward Program

Statewide Arson Hotline: (800) 682-9229 - Call toll-free, confidentially 24 hours a day with information about fires that will or have happened.

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The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards up to $5,000 for information that helps to solve an arson case. It is funded by the property and casualty insurance companies of Massachusetts.

Neighborhood Arson Prevention Strategies

Neighborhood residents can use crime watch strategies to prevent arsonists from ruining their neighborhood. Below are links to our Arson and Fire Prevention: Neighborhood Strategies pamphlet in both English & Spanish for neighborhood and crime watch groups

English Web Version pdf format of english_arson_pamphlet_april_2010.pdf
English Booklet Version pdf format of english_arson_booklet_april_2010.pdf
Spanish Web Version pdf format of spanish_arson_pamphlet_oct_2010_new.pdf