Keeping Tab on Arsonists

Issue 2 and Volume 107.

Keeping Tab on Arsonists A new plan to keep track of known or suspected arsonists in the State of Illinois was reported by Sanford Giles, State Fire Marshal. The Marshal has arranged with penal and mental institutions to notify his office whenever firebugs are turned loose. Ihe Marshal will then pass on such information to law officers in the arsonist’s community. Giles will also notify the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Such a system, Giles believes, will enable investigating authorities to check the way in which a fire was believed set, against the arsonist’s records, on the theory that fire-setters generally use the same method. The suggestion has been advanced by others who have tried this method that the respective fire departments also be notified as well as law enforcement agencies.

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