Arson on the wane: excerpts from the Arson Control Forum Annual Report 2005.(Round-Up)

A report from the Arson Control Forum stated that the government is committed to tackling crime in all its forms. This includes arson which is still the largest single cause of major fires in the UK and costs the economy around 2.8 billion [pounds sterling] per year. The human cost is equally high with over a thousand deaths and some 27,000 injuries resulting from deliberate firesetting in the last decade.

In the year ending December 2004, deliberate fires causing death, injury or damage to property in the UK fell by 21 per cent to 75,800. This figure included a decrease of 25 per cent in the number of deliberate vehicle fires to 46,400. This is 19 per cent better than the baseline target of achieving a 10 per cent reduction in the overall number of deliberate fires by 2010. …

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