Cost of arson being tackled


Housing Tasmania will continue to work with the Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Police to reduce arson attacks on its properties.

Housing Tasmania has successfully reduced the cost of arson by 59 per cent to $2.373 million in 2011-2012 compared with $5.760 million in 2010-2011.

Between July and September 2012, 17 public housing properties were damaged or destroyed by arson at a cost of $490 000.

Housing Tasmania data shows half of the public housing properties were tenanted at the time of the fire, as in previous years.

Housing Tasmania manager of housing operations Lynden Pennicott said it was vital tenants informed Housing Tasmania when they vacated a property.

“This enables security measures to be put in place immediately such as installing security devices and using remote monitoring of houses judged to be at high risk,” Mr Pennicott said.

“These devices capture real-time video, which is immediately transmitted off-site and help police identify offenders.”

Anyone who has information about an arson attack on a Housing Tasmania property should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 as they may be eligible for a reward of up to $10 000.

6 November 2012