Protect Your Business from Arson

Many people think of arson as kids playing with matches that caused wildfires in California or business people torching their own establishments for insurance money. In reality, arson is committed over a wide variety of purposes.

It can be an act of vandalism or personal disputes between workers, neighbors, spouses, and partners. Arson is also used by violent drug dealers to intimidate witnesses, fight competitors or wage revenge. Also, arson is used as a means to cover up evidences of murder or burglary.

Arson is any willing or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a swelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another person.

The people who commit arson come in different faces. They can be pyromaniacs, fire starters who get a sexual charge, or "torches"-professional criminals who set fires for profit. It could also be a disgruntled employee.

Arson is not only a violent crime. It kills people and destroys property. If you are not careful, your business could become a victim. Here are ways to protect your capital against arson.

Keep your outside area clear of flammable trash – Most arson fires start outside of stores and business places. Perpetrators can set fire to your stacked refuse like plastic containers, newspapers, packing materials, and boxes.

Set up an effective firs alarm system – Fires can also be set inside your business through, for instance, a Molotov cocktail thrown from outside. Be sure that your establishment has an effective and alert fire alarm system that sets off water sprinklers when it senses signs of fire like smoke. You should also have fire extinguishers on your property.

Practice vigilance – Report threatening or suspicious behavior to the police. Also, train your employees to do the same.

Apply certain restrictions – Control who has access to your storage areas and other restricted areas.

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