Geelong residents urged to help eliminate bushfire arson risk this summer

Crime Stoppers Victoria is urging Geelong residents to help eliminate bushfires this summer holiday season by supporting its annual bushfire arson and reckless fire awareness campaign.

The campaign reminds residents and tourists of the tragic consequences of reckless and deliberate bushfire arson and urges anyone to report unsafe behavior to Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will be joined by representatives from the CFA, Victoria Police and DEWLP to launch the campaign today in Little Malop St.

“Starting a bushfire because of reckless conduct is mentioned in the same legislation as starting a bushfire deliberately, and both are subject to heavy penalties.” said Crime Stoppers Victoria Community Manager Chris Plumridge.

“Whether it’s a campfire on a total fire ban day, or whether you’re grinding or welding and there’s a spark – reckless bushfire arson can still result in the same tragic consequences as deliberate arson.”

As the number of campers heading West to Victorian coastal holiday hotspots increases over the summer, so does the risk of campfires getting out of hand through reckless behaviour.

Geelong Police Superintendent Craig Gillard is keen to remind the Geelong community of their responsibility in preventing bushfire arson.

“When you’re out and about this summer, be mindful of your behaviour and the behaviour of others.” he said.

“We need the community’s support in reporting unsafe behaviour, so that we can stop bushfire arson before it happens.”

The confidential Crime Stoppers reporting service does not collect reporters’ personal details, and has no caller ID or website tracking. Instead, call takers look to remove this information from reports unless the caller requests to speak to police.

“A report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential, so you can report and help keep your community safe without fear of anyone finding out” Mr. Plumridge said.

If you know something about reckless or deliberate bushfire arson in your community, you can make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or at the Crime Stoppers Victoria website at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au. If it’s an emergency situation or you see smoke or flames, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit community organisation, helping to keep families and communities safe. We work closely with police to provide valuable information from the public to help solve crime. Any information you provide is confidential– so if you see something or you know something, say something.

-ENDS –

Crime Stoppers Bushfire Arson Media Event details:

Date 11 January 2017
Time 12:00pm
Venue: Little Malop St Central (see map attached)
Media Enquiries: Chris Plumridge
(03) 9247 6093
chris@crimestoppersvic.com.au

If you know something, say something!

Report information confidentially online at www.crimestoppers.com.au
or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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