Initiatives and Programs
Release date: Mon 20 December 2010
Last updated: Tue 17 November 2015
Bushfire arson has a devastating impact on the community. It has the potential to injure or kill people, cause significant financial loss, and destroy property as well as the environment.
Bushfire Arson Prevention Policy Statement 2015 - 2018
The Bushfire Arson Policy Statement 2015 - 2018 articulates the organisation's ongoing commitment to preventing harm caused by bushfire arson in Victoria.
What is bushfire arson?
Arson is a serious crime
If you see something
Victoria Police urges the community to report suspicious behaviour by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In an emergency or if you see smoke or fire, call police immediately on Triple Zero (000).
If you know something
People who commit bushfire arson are not always strangers, they often live and work in local communities. If you have concerns about a member of your family, a friend or colleague, they might need help. You can make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers.
If you do know something, say something. You can provide information to Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000.
Alternatively you can file an online Information Report by visiting the Crime Stoppers website.
How You Can Help - Before the Fire
Can you identify a person, or vehicle, you observed near the area where a bushfire occurred, or do you know of someone who has been lighting fires?
If you believe a person, or vehicle, is behaving in a suspicious manner write down the details. If you record the details straight away the more accurate they are likely to be, and the more helpful the information will be to Police.
If you are suspicious of a person or a vehicle, write down the following details:
How You Can Help - After the Fire
If a fire affects your neighbourhood, try to:
Pass this information onto Police, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
How can you help - Reducing high risk fire activities
A large number of bushfires in Victoria could be prevented if people did not engage in reckless conduct or arson.
Recklessly caused fires are often viewed by the community as accidental.