Deliberate Fires

The current figure in the above chart represents the cumulative number of incidents from April to the most recently updated month as shown by the darker grey area.

The majority of deliberate fires in West Sussex are fires to refuse.

Deliberate fires include those where the motive for the fire was ‘thought to be’ or ‘suspected to be’ deliberate. This includes fires to an individual’s own property, others’ property or property of an unknown owner. Deliberate fires are not the same as arson. Arson is defined under the Criminal Damage Act of 1971 as ‘an act of attempting to destroy or damage property, and/or in doing so, to endanger life’.

The below chart displays the number of deliberate fires by month over time.

In 2017/18 West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service recorded 578 deliberate fires.