By Prof Herschel Prins, Herschel Prins
In recent times, fire-raising has develop into an expanding challenge in Britain and somewhere else, and now includes many pros within the research and administration of these who set fires. The reasons of fire-raisers are advanced and their behaviour is tough to alter. Herschel Prins units the matter in an historic and anthropological context, examines the scale of the matter, its research and motivation, in a fashion to be able to allow more desirable administration.
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He describes 45 FIRE-RAISING: ITS MOTIVATION AND MANAGEMENT 13 fires or arson attempts in the past three years in this hamlet of 20 houses whose only communal facility is a post box . . Of the five thatched houses, two have been attacked twice, and two once. ’ Finally, a rather unusual illustration from the USA: Vignette 5 Woodward reports upon a Boston seven-member arson ring, comprising police and fire-fighters . . formed to protest against the state tax-cutting measures, which would involve a loss of jobs.
11. Legal aspects (relevant legislation, the role of the expert witness, the giving of oral evidence). 12. 12 CONCLUSION The investigation of the cause of fires is a difficult and painstaking undertaking, particularly in the case of those fires that are thought 33 FIRE-RAISING: ITS MOTIVATION AND MANAGEMENT to be of malicious origin. It requires a very high degree of alertness, shrewd observation, scientific skill and a capacity for good liaison work. Such qualities, exercised promptly, may provide significant early clues to the activities and motives of those who raise fires unlawfully.
A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence. 2. A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another a. intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged; and b. intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered; shall be guilty of an offence.