Cleveland Fire Brigade issue advice to prevent arson attacks

Cleveland Fire Brigade's Director of Community Protection Phil Lancaster
Cleveland Fire Brigade's Director of Community Protection Phil Lancaster

Residents are being urged to take precautionary measures to prevent themselves being targeted by arsonists this summer.

Cleveland Fire Brigade have issued advice and warnings to residents and business owners to help them to reduce the risk of being the victims of arson attacks.

The tips from Cleveland Fire Brigade include not leaving your wheelie bins and rubbish out before collection day and getting the local council to collect unwanted furniture and other items from holiday clear-outs. Businesses are urged to ensure skips and waste bins have locks and are kept in a secure place.

The appeal comes after latest figures show that fire setters cost Cleveland nearly £900,000 during the 2015 holiday break.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Enough is enough. 
“Let’s make it as difficult as possible for those who are thinking of behaving totally irresponsibly and causing damage.

“Residents should put bins out only on the morning of collection and bring them back in as quickly as possible.

“Avoid leaving any rubbish or unwanted household items lying around outside your property. Businesses also need to take sensible precautions.

“Fires involving rubbish and bins can easily spread to your home or business. Don’t let it happen to you.

“We are working closely with the police and action will be taken against anyone deliberately starting a fire.”

If anyone has information about arson or anti-social behaviour, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the police on 101.