What is arson?
Arson is when someone deliberately sets fire to someone else’s property to damage it or to injure people.
The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty of arson is imprisonment for life. This is because of the exceptional dangers involved.
Arson is a serious crime and should be reported to the police at the earliest opportunity, even if no one is injured and regardless of if any property was damaged or not.
Voice is here to help you with all aspects of arson – from supporting you emotionally following an incident to helping you repair the physical damage, which could include losing your home.
We can also help you report arson to the police and support you through the court process if necessary.
What should I do if I have been a victim of arson?
- call the police. It is important that the police are able to come to your property to gather evidence as soon as possible; and
- speak to Voice. We’re here to help with anything you need, and will help you through the process of recovery.
Following a visit from the police, make sure you:
- get your property repaired as quickly as you can. Vandalised property can attract people who might cause more damage. Voice can also help with this;
- keep a record of all events that you think are related to the attack or any subsequent criminal damage or harassment. Note as much detail as possible, including the date and time of incidents;
- try to gather photographic or video evidence. Ask if any neighbours have security cameras, or if they saw anything; and
- consider your home security and upgrade it if necessary. Contact us to see how we can help.