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Ipswich: Call for people to take extra precautions to avoid being arson victims

PUBLISHED: 14:13 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:57 04 August 2014

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Fire service chiefs today urged people to take extra precautions in an effort to curb arson incidents in south west Ipswich.

The fire service and police are working together in a bid to catch those responsible, following 18 reported incidents in the area since June last year.

The majority of the attacks have involved damage to trees or hedges, but firefighters have warned that they could have caused more serious damage if the fires had spread.

The fire service has now issued advice for people to avoid becoming victims of arson.

These include keeping your garden clear of rubbish and overhanging vegetation, storing bins behind a locked gate in the back garden, making sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on each floor and ensure you have a fire plan in place.

Inspector Roger Salmon, from the Ipswich South West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Whilst many of these incidents involved damage to trees, hedges or wheelie bins, any of them could have resulted in more serious consequences had the fires spread to a nearby property.

“I want to reassure residents that we are investigating these incidents seriously and have increased the amount of high-visibility and specialist patrols in the area. We are currently working with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and are appealing for anyone who has information about the series to call police on 101. If you witness anyone acting suspiciously then call 999 immediately.”

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