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Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week
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Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

  • Park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Use a secure parking lot for extended periods.
  • Close all windows.
  • Remove the key from the ignition.
  • Always lock doors, trunk and tailgate.
  • Use antitheft devices.
  • Report abandoned cars to the police.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Use a recovery system, such as GPS or Lojack.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during 2007-2011, local fire departments responded to an average of 20,400 intentionally set vehicle fires, accounting for 7 percent of intentionally set fires and resulting in an average of 32 civilian deaths, 67 civilian injuries, and $176 million in direct property damage.

For more information about Fulton County Fire Rescue, call 404-612-5700. Visit http://1.usa.gov/1kmrAOS for more information about Arson Prevention Week.

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