Arson Awareness Week − May 6 - 12 As we enter Arson Awareness Week the Winnipeg Police Service is reminding the public that the warm dry weather can bring an increase in arson-related offences.
As a community, we can all play a part in reducing the likelihood of arson by identifying risk factors in your neighbourhood associated with fire‐setting behaviour and take the proper steps to reduce these risks. These steps include:
Reporting discarded furniture or other large garbage items to 311.
Avoid placing bins, garbage or other combustible items against the exterior of your home, garage, shed or fence. These are a ready supply of fuel for an arsonist.
Placing your new garbage/recycling containers out in the morning on the day of pickup (before 7:00 A.M. but not the night before). Secure them in a safe place on your property as soon as possible after collection.
Cleaning up overgrown shrubs and trees. They also can be a source of fuel for an arsonist.
Not leaving flammable liquids in the open. (Ensure proper storage of flammable material. I.E. gas cans, propane tanks).
Ensuring that your house, garage and shed are well secured and that exterior lighting is maintained. I.E. motion sensor lights.
Removing abandoned vehicles.
Organizing or participating in the Citizens on Patrol Program or Neighbourhood Watch Programs.
Speaking with your neighbours and encourage each other to contact police if anything suspicious is observed.
For further information contact either: Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs