Arson Awareness Week happens every year during the first full week of May. This year it's May 4th through the 10th (or in other words, next week).

The focus of this awareness event changes every year. For 2014, the focus is on vehicle arson. Over the past decade, about 26% of all arsons reported annually are vehicle arson. This type of arson doesn't receive too much attention, but that doesn't mean it's any less dangerous.

Cars set on fire pose a special risk due to the presence of gasoliine, a combustible material, and the possibility of explosions and flying debris. Alternative fuel vehicles can also be dangerous in the event of a fire as they may release flammable or explosive vapor.

The motives for vehicle arson are similar to those for other types of arson, with the most common motive being revenge. Vehicle fires may also be set to conceal another crime, for insurance fraud, out of curiosity, or to experience a rush of adrenaline.

You can help prevent vehicle arson in your community by following and sharing the following tips:

  • ◙ Park your call in a well-lit area.
  • ◙ Keep it locked and keep the windows closed when you're not driving.
  • ◙ Don't leave the key in the ignition or valuable in plain sight.
  • ◙ Use antitheft ar recovery systems.