What is arson?

Arson is defined as the willful and malicious burning or charring of property. There are many types of arson crimes, including setting fire to one's property with fraudulent intent--such as to collect insurance money. While the majority of arson crimes involve damage to buildings, arson can also be committed by a person who sets fire to forest land or a boat. Arson statutes typically classify arson as a felony due to the potential to cause injuries or death.

What to do if you are victimized…

  • Contact your local police station to report the crime.

  • Discuss the crime with your local fire department.

  • Document any information you have regarding events that led up to the fire.

  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance company to inform them of the incident.

How to protect yourself from further arson attacks…

  • Consider updating your home security if necessary.

  • Keep records of any events that you think may be related to the attack. Include the dates and times of the events and as much detail as possible.

  • If the attack resulted in property damage, it may be a good idea to repair it quickly – vandalized property can attract more vandalism.