Reduce arson in Hampshire

Reduce arson in your community

How our Arson Task Force is helping to increase the detection and conviction rate of arsonists

Call Crimestoppers

If you have information about someone deliberately starting fires call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 

  • phone free any time
  • you will not be asked for your details
  • we will not contact you
  • you will not have to go to court
  • no-one will ever know who made the call
  • you may get a cash reward if your information leads to the charging of a suspect 

Reduce arson in your local area

Vehicles

  • at night, park in a well lit place
  • remove the ignition key, close all the windows and lock the car
  • fit and use an anti-theft device
  • report abandoned cars to the police  

Domestic properties

  • make sure that there is a strong front door fitted with strong locks and a chain
  • close all windows when the house is empty
  • lock all doors
  • don't let rubbish accumulate and keep bins away from the house  

Schools

  • empty litter bins twice a day
  • close doors throughout the school at the end of the day
  • securely fasten windows at night
  • report all fires, no matter how small, to the fire service 

Hampshire's Arson Task Force

Background

In 2006 a report identified that only 9% of arson cases recorded by the police resulted in an offender being identified, with the conviction rate being even lower.

To help increase the detection and conviction rates of arsonists, the fire and rescue service and police, were asked to focus on improving joint investigation of deliberate fires. The Hampshire Arson Task Force (ATF), a partnership initiative between Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, was established in 2007.

What it does

  • the ATF is an intelligence-led unit delivering tactical advice and specialist support helping both organisations in our drive to combat arson offences across Hampshire
  • the unit attends crime scenes in order to co-ordinate an investigative response, collate evidence packages and offer fire and police colleagues specialist advice and guidance in relation to the investigation of deliberate and serious fires 
  • the ATF has its very own fire investigation search dog, a black Labrador called Saxon, who is trained to detect the presence of ignitable liquids used in deliberate fire setting, and can assist in identifying exhibits for seizure 
  • they are supported by colleagues from the Fire and Arson Support Unit who engage with the community by delivering witness appeal posters to residents and businesses, and displaying witness appeal boards, as and when necessary 
  • the combined units' responsibilities also include conducting arson reduction surveys in problem areas, arranging emergency home fire safety visits, and undertaking reviews of linked occurrences to plan a strategic response 

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