London Fire Brigade say fall can be attributed to increasing value of scrap metal of cars

Deliberate fires fallen across the capital

Deliberate fires fallen across the capital

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Arson attacks across London have fallen by nearly 90 per cent over the last decade, new figures show.

In 2012/13, the number of deliberate fires in London was around 81 each week, compared to 92 fires a day in 2003/4, London Fire Brigade (LFB) have said.

Across Rebridge, arson attacks have fallen by 88 per cent from 818 a year in 2003/4 to just 97 last year.

In Waltham Forest, the figure is 83 per cent, with fire crews attending only 169 deliberate fires last year compared to nearly a thousand (978) 10 years ago.  

LFB attribute the sharp decline in arson-related events to the increasing value of scrap metal in motor vehicles making it less likely they will be abandoned and sujbect to arson.

 

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