Arson Convictions Increase

Issue 7 and Volume 94.

Arson Convictions Increase On the whole, there was no material increase in the crime of arson in the United States last year and the ratio of convictions obtained to arrests made has continued to improve, the Committee on Incendiarism and Arson reported at the 75th annual meeting of the National Board of Fire Underwriters at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on May 28. During the past year the Committee’s agents investigated and reported on 2,685 fires of suspicious origin, 137 less than during the preceding year, the Committee reported. Arrests on charges of arson in cases in which the National Board’s agents participated in 1940 totalled 647, as compared with 602 during 1939. Convictions totalled 394 as compared with 343 in 1939 and there were 95 acquittals last year compared with 89 the previous year. Based on these figures the Committee drew the following conclusion: “From these figures it…

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