Monday, May 7, 2018

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Monday, May 7, 2018   

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 more information regarding fire facts and prevention, visit our website at:
   
http://winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/arson_prev.stm


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

   
   Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:
WPS-PIO@Winnipeg.ca

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