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Document ID (ISN)74753
CIS number 00-508
ISSN - Serial title 0014-6269 - Face au risque
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de la Hougue G.
Title Fighting against arson
Original title La lutte contre l'incendie volontaire [in French]
Bibliographic information June-July 1999, No.354, p.27-31. Illus.
Abstract Insurance companies estimate that between 25 and 50% of fires are caused by arson. In France, statistics compiled by the Ministry of Interior show a 227% progression in the number of cases of arson between 1987 and 1996. Fires due to arson generally cause more damage than accidental fires, because they are often started in the absence of employees on the premises and with the intention to cause destruction. This article reviews some of the factors that motivate arsonists to act, based on whether the person is an employee or otherwise, and whether the act is pre-mediated or not. Typical vulnerable spots within a company are listed. Finally, it is recommended that the possibility of arson be systematically taken into account in risk analysis and prevention planning.
Descriptors (primary) fire; violence; safety planning; fire hazards
Descriptors (secondary) France; unsafe acts; hazard evaluation; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Violence and terrorism
Safety programmes