Report suspicious behaviour urges arson squad and Police Minister

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ARSON squad officers are calling on the community to help prevent bushfires by acting fast to report any suspicious behaviour.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said Strike Force officers in Perth attended more than one fire a day in the 2015-16 bushfire season.

“West Australians have recently seen the devastation and tragedy caused by out-of-control fires and the last thing authorities need to be dealing with is deliberately lit blazes,” Mrs Harvey said.

She said the special squad used covert cameras in bushfire arson hot spots and regularly patrolled the areas.

“Police will be conducting a lot of work targeting arson, but we also want members of the community to be vigilant and immediately report suspicious behaviour,” she said.

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said firefighters put their lives on the line to protect the community from deliberately lit fires.

He encouraged parents with children fascinated by fire to consider the Government’s juvenile and family-fire awareness program.

Strike Force Vulcan attended 164 fires over four months in the last financial year when 85 per cent – or 539 out of 631 – Perth bushfires were suspicious.