Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ U.S. Bomb Data Center’s Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS), there have been an average of 103 arson fires per year at houses of worship reported by federal, state and local agencies during the 16-year period from 2000 to 2015.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that the 2007 to 2011 annual averages for structure fires in religious properties (church, mosque, synagogue, temple or chapel) are 1,600 fires with two civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.
After completing the webinar, attendees should be able to identify:
- The three factors included in an arson prevention program.
- The five required steps to establish a Community Arson Watch program.
- The most common motives associated with arson.