Setting fires deliberately is an offence. If you have any information about deliberate fires, please report it! You can contact the Police online or by calling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Deliberate fires take up a large amount of our firefighters’ time. Our crews could be putting out these avoidable and nuisance fires when they should be helping someone whose life may be in danger at a house fire or road traffic collision.
Many fires, including refuse, wheelie bin, and grass fires, are started deliberately. It’s important to report irresponsible behaviour so that fires can be prevented in your community.
If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Cheshire Police on their non emergency number 101 - dial 999 in an emergency.
If you have any information that you believe could help officers with an arson investigation and do not feel comfortable speaking to Cheshire Police, you can leave your information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The best defence against arson is effective security.
Entry gates should be secured, unless in use, to prevent access by intruders.
Ensure any damage to fencing is repaired promptly to deter intruders.
Fit good quality external doors.
Close windows when not at home.
Consider security systems such as intruder alarms/security lighting to deter intruders.
Sheds and garages should be well secured as they often contain tools that can be used to force entry into the home. They also often contain flammable liquids. Don’t leave flammable liquids in the open.
Look after your wheelie bin. If possible place it out on the morning of collection and return to your property as soon as possible after collection. More wheelie bin safety tips
Avoid placing bins, rubbish or other combustible items against the walls of the home. These are a ready supply of fuel for the arsonist.
Burning materials (including fireworks) can be pushed through letterboxes. A metal container or lockable flap can be fitted.
Further advice on home security can be obtained from your local Police Crime Prevention Officer.
If you see any suspicious activity involving vehicles/cars in your area please contact Cheshire Police on their non emergency number 101 (or dial 999 if appropriate) or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Arson can be a major problem for schools.
Help us to reduce the number of schools hit by arson over school holidays by reporting any suspicious activity on school grounds. For example, please report trespassers in school grounds, of whatever nature, so that we can prevent incidents.
If you see any suspicious activity on school grounds immediately contact Cheshire Police on their non emergency number 101 (or dial 999 if appropriate) or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 at any time during the school holidays.
Last updated: Thursday, 22 June 2023