Friday, April 29, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service


Friday, April 29, 2016

Arson Awareness Week - May 1st – 7th
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens that with the warmer weather often comes an increase in arson related offences.
Residents can reduce the likelihood of becoming the victim of arson by identifying risk factors associated with firesetting behavior and take the proper steps to reduce these risks.  These steps include:
- Reporting discarded furniture or other large garbage items to 311.
- Avoid placing bins, garbage or other combustible items against the exterior of your home, garage, shed or fence. These are a ready supply of fuel for an arsonist.
- Placing your new garbage / recycling containers out in the morning on the day of pickup (before 7:00 A.M. but not the night before). Secure them in a safe place on your property as soon as possible after collection.
- Cleaning up overgrown shrubs and trees. They also can be a source of fuel for an arsonist.
- Not leaving flammable liquids in the open. (Ensure proper storage of flammable material. I.E. gas cans, propane tanks)
- Ensuring that your house, garage and shed are well secured and that exterior lighting be maintained. I.E. motion sensor lights.
- Removing abandoned vehicles.
- Organizing or participating in the Citizens on Patrol Program or Neighborhood Watch Programs.
- Speaking with your neighbors and encourage each other to contact police if anything suspicious is observed.
For more information regarding fire facts and prevention, visit our website at:


For further information contact either:
 Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
 Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
 Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

 Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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