Simon Corbell has shared his concerns over arson:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires around the region.
Very high temperatures are expected this week and the Emergency Services Agency may declare Total Fire Ban days.
Deliberately lit grass fires and bush fires traditionally increase in the ACT from December to March, with most occurring along roadside green areas, local parks and reserves.
“Canberrans need to be alert on two fronts, they need to be careful on days of high fire danger but at the same time aware of the actions of others around them,” Mr Corbell said.
“Do not discount a feeling that something may be suspicious. A deadly fire can ignite at anytime. It doesn’t have to be a day of extreme heat or strong winds for a fire to cause significant damage to lives and property.”
“Members of the community may be the first to notice suspicious behaviour or activity in their neighbourhood, so we need their help to monitor open areas such as parks or grasslands, and to call ACT Policing Operations on 131 444 to report it or triple zero in an emergency.”
The ACT’s emergency services use the Arson Trend Analysis System to help track arson activity. ACT Policing is patrolling specific areas to deter and detect any suspicious or anti-social behaviour.