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ARSON PREVENTION: MOTIVES AND MITIGATION PROGRAMS

04/01/2004
BY George KuhnAn arson investigator examines a fire scene to determine the origin of the fire and source of ignition and to gather evidence to determine if the fire was accidental or intentional. Understanding the suspected arsonist's possible motives is beneficial in aiding the investigator and the fire department investigation. By examining the suspected arsonist's profile, the investigator can identify the attributes, characteristics, motives, and patterns of the life history of an arsonist. The investigator can then create a hypothesis related to where the arsonist may strike again and what type of individual may be starting these fires. Fire prevention programs targeted at y...

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