Leadership

Citizen Involvement Is Key to Success of Dallas Campaign Against Arson

Issue 9 and Volume 132.

Citizen Involvement Is Key to Success of Dallas Campaign Against Arson Features Dallas Fire Department photos The fact that arson has been the single leading cause of fires in Dallas since 1971 impelled the Dallas Fire Department to launch a campaign that has already attained some success. Incendiary fires were responsible for 30.3 percent of the total fire loss in Dallas in 1977 and investigators determined that arson accounted for 28 percent of the 3212 structural fires that year. Arson had increased 87 percent since 1972. Something had to be done about arson in Dallas. Not only were citizens unaware and indifferent to the extent of arson, but the arsonists themselves had never been identified as a menace to the community. There was a definite need to create public indignation over arson. Two objectives It was hardly feasible to brand each arsonist with a scarlet letter, but we felt it…

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