Arson Is on the Decrease

Issue 7 and Volume 89.

Arson Is on the Decrease The crime of arson in the United States has decreased about fifty per cent since 1931 according to the annual report of the Committee on Arson and Incendiarism of the National Board of Fire Underwriters for the year ended April 30, 1936. The report, a printed document of nine pages, surveys the arson situation generally and emphasizes that the work of the Arson Committee and its agents in the U. S. is becoming more fruitful each year. Not alone were crooked fires down in number during the year 1935, but there was a marked lessening in the number of fires by organized or professional gangs of criminals, the report declares. Success in rounding up organized arsonists has not alone ended the operations of these bands but has acted as a deterrent on newly formed gangs. Public interest in criminal investigations and prosecutions by federal agents…

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