I am writing to you because there is a great concern for the amount of Arson related crimes that are occurring within the state of Tasmania. Statistics show that more than half of Tasmania is above average in fires per year compared with all of the other states in Australia (Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 2015). Tightening the laws around Arson, will most definitely guarantee Tasmania to become more safe, harmonious and more equitable.
Arson is a growing crime in Tasmania which is often committed for things such as insurance fraud, Revenge, use of fire to attempt to conceal another crime and also pyromania (an obsessive desire to set fire to things). The definition of Arson is the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property. There are 3 degrees of arson which are; First-degree arson …show more content…
Unlawfully setting fire to property
Any person who unlawfully sets fire to any property not comprised in section 268 or 268A is guilty of a crime.
Charge: Unlawfully setting fire to property. Maximum Penalty: 21 Years or discretionary fine or both
269A. Causing a fire with intent to injure person or property
A person who puts or places flammable or combustible material, or does any other act, in any place, for the purpose of causing a fire with intent to injure any person or property is guilty of a crime.
Charge: Causing a fire with intent to injure a person or property. Maximum Penalty: 21 Years or discretionary fine or both
For Tasmania to become a safer, harmonious and more equitable state, the Tasmanian Government needs to act upon the regular occurrence of the crime of Arson. During 2014-2015 18% of all Tasmania’s crime was Arson was related (Department of Police ad Emergency management, 2015). This statistic shows that the crime is occurring much too often and is calling for change to ensure that Arson in Tasmania is