Kinglake residents urge Victorians to eliminate bushfire arson risk this summer

As one of the hardest-hit towns during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Kinglake residents are better-placed than most to speak about the effects of bushfire on Victorian communities.
Crime Stoppers Victoria is working with Kinglake locals to warn Victorians about the dangers of bushfire, and encourage the community to report Bushfire Arson.

“Over fifty percent of all bushfires in Victoria are the result of deliberate or reckless actions” said Crime Stoppers Victoria Community Manager Chris Plumridge. “And what better way to remind Victorians of the effects of bushfire than coming to one of the towns that has arguably suffered most of all.”

The Crime Stoppers campaign encourages the Victorian community to be on the lookout for reckless and deliberate actions that place their communities at risk of bushfire.
“Reckless actions can include failing to properly extinguish a campfire, or using tools that create a spark such as welders or angle grinders” Mr. Plumridge said.

“No matter whether the actions are reckless or deliberate, these fires can still cause immense damage to local communities, including loss of life, property, and infrastructure. While we know many locals are already aware of reckless fire activity, visitors and tourists can be less aware and we need to keep an eye on their behavior”.

Inspector Ashley Mason of Victoria Police stressed the importance for the community to report any suspicious behaviour:  “We rely on information from the community to assist in preventing reckless and deliberate fires, so it’s important for everyone to report dangerous behaviour if they see it.” he said.
“Your information could prevent a bushfire and save lives.”

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. 

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