WA Police have continued the crackdown on arsonists, relaunching its fire prevention and intervention initiative over summer.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts launched Strike Force Vulcan along with the Department of Fire and Emergency on Thursday, to reduce and prevent the incidence of bushfires by arson and reckless behaviour.
“This time of the year there is a very high risk of fire,” Ms Roberts said.
“The last thing we want is lives being put in danger by the reckless actions of firebugs.”
The 2018-19 summer will be the ninth year Strike Force Vulcan has operated,
It will monitor arsonists, provide high visibility patrols and provides and investigate deliberately lit fires across Perth.
WA Police said arson was a serious offence and fires were an enormous financial burden on the community, causing death to people, animals and damage to homes.
The maximum penalty for arson is life imprisonment.
Ms Roberts said arsonists needed to be called out for suspicious fires they caused.
“Those who deliberately light fires for their own gratification deserve to face the full force of the law,” she said.
“WA Police will be watching, but we also need the whole community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”
WA Police advise people to protect their community by being vigilant and reporting suspicious fires to police.
They also urged Western Australians to call 000 in a life threatening emergency, report suspicious activity by calling 131 444 and make a report about bushfires by calling Crime Stoppers on 131 444 or reporting online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.