Founded in 1978, the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) is the only organization in the fire and investigation industry composed entirely of insurance companies. ICAC promotes attention to many important fire investigation and arson prosecution issues each year and works to increase public awareness of the arson problem.
Reducing Residential Arson
National Arson Awareness Week
May 5 –11, 2013
Between 2008 – 2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. These fires result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in property loss each year. The FBI reported that 14,717 law enforcement agencies reported 43,412 arsons. Arsons involving single occupancy and other residential structures accounted for 29.3 percent of the total number of arson offenses.
The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood clean-ups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.