The U. S. Fire Administration and its partners will use the week of May 5-11 to focus public attention on residential arson and provide communities with tools to reduce the incidence of this crime. The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. Their webpage has information on motivations for arson, statistics on the scope of the national problem, and resources for fire departments to combat residential arson in their communities.
- Fire and Explosion Investigation Section, Office of the State Fire Marshal
- Juvenile Firesetting Intervention
- The 7th Annual Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference will be held on May 9, 2013. For registration or information go to http://www.brandonschool.org/pathways/
Statewide Arson Hotline: (800) 682-9229 - Call toll-free, confidentially 24 hours a day with information about fires that will or have happened.
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.
MA Arson Watch Reward Program
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
2011 Arson Statistics in Massachusetts
- 978 Total Arsons
- 268 Structure Arsons
- 115 Vehicle Arsons
- 786 Outside and Other Arsons
- 6 Civilian deaths, accounting for 11% of civilian fire deaths
- 20 Civilians Injuries
- 20 Fire Service Injuries
- $12.4 Million in property loss
- $12,657 average dollar loss per arson