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With the recent dry spell and the lifting of some lockdown measures, there has been a worrying rise in the number of secondary fires across our region.

With lighter evenings and fewer restrictions on meeting in a public place, it seems groups of youtths and young adults are conributing to a rise in anti-social behaviour and the setting of deliberate fires.

Tinder dry parks, wooded areas and other public spaces are a particular target, [library photo] as well as alleyways and back streets in urban areas.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service continue to operate their Arson Alert text line which can help identify the most common problem areas.

arson alert poster

Members of the public can text HFRS in full confidence with brief details of any deliberate fires in their area. Signage can be seen on lamp posts across areas of identified as having the highest risk of arson.

The Arson Alert number is 07940 737141

Intel regarding groups on the street and the reporting of deliberate fires will play an important part in managing fire and police resources to keep communities safe and identify those responsible

Residents can reduce the chances of being a victim of this type of crime by following these tips regarding the disposal of waste:

  • Don't put wheelie bins out until the morning of collection
  • Keep wheelie bins out of sight at all other times if possible
  • Don't overfill wheelie bins
  • Take larger items of household waste to your local recycling centre

Stay alert for arson in your neighbourhood!