Police are urging the public to join forces with them to combat deliberately lit bush fires during the coming fire season. Emergency services have been warned that this summer’s bush fire risk is extremely high and Police and Arson Squad are calling on the entire community to take part in the fight against arsonists.

Each year WA Police investigate suspicious bush fires across the state in conjunction with Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA, Department of Environment and Conservation and local governments, and the pro-active strategy in place highlights the efforts by both regional and metropolitan police districts to combat arson, and bring those responsible to justice.

The community can play a vital part in this strategy by reporting any suspicious activity or deliberate fire lighting to their local police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and callers can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $50,000 are offered for the reporting of information that leads to the identification and conviction of arsonists.

Regional Superintendent Dene Leekong said, “”All members of the community can play a vital role in combating arson. Anyone driving through bush fire prone areas are strongly urged to contact Crime Stoppers, or their local police if they see any suspicious activity or vehicles in unusual locations.”” “”People who live and work in these areas hold the key to saving lives and property during the coming bush fire season,”” he said.

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