Arson refers to a crime where someone has deliberately set fire to someone else’s property in order to injure people or damage the property itself.
Depending on the severity of arson, those found guilty can be sentenced to a maximum life imprisonment.
Arson is a very serious crime and should always be reported to the police as soon as possible – even if no injuries have occurred or severe damage has taken place.
We’re here to help you with all aspects of arson, from supporting you after the incident has taken place to helping you repair any physical damage. We’ll also help report the crime to the police and support you during the court process, if it heads down that route.
I’m a victim of arson – what should I do?
Start by calling the police, because it’s vital they come and gather evidence as soon as possible.
You can speak to us, too, because we’re here to help you with anything you might need and through the process of recovery.Once the police have visited, there are a few things you’ll need to do:
- repair your property quickly to ensure you don’t attract people who are drawn to vandalised property in order to create more damage (we can help with this);
- keep a diary for all the events related to the crime and of anything that happens afterwards (such as harassment) – get as much detail down as possible;
- take photos and videos as evidence and ask neighbours if they have security cameras that might have captured suspicious activity; and
- consider upgrading your home security with CCTV and an alarm system.