Vehicle-related arson hits 54%

Vehicle fires represent 54 per cent of the total number of intentional fire accidents witnessed over a three year period.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 30 Apr 2013, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:57 AM

According to statistics conducted by the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology of the Dubai Police, the total number of intentional fires recorded over the three year period reached 8.4 per cent, however the number of vehicles set on fire represented 54 per cent of the total number of intentional fires recorded by the Department.

Director of the Department Colonel Fahd Al Mutawa said that the statistics will help towards studying this phenomena, by allowing them to look at human behaviour and what makes them commit such crimes, in turn allowing the Department to find a solution to the problem.

He warned the public against setting fire to vehicles as a result of personal disputes or for insurance purposes, noting that deliberate fires could be easily identified by experts upon investigation.

Fire expert Mohammed Ahmed Abu Aitta from the fire traces examination section at the Department said that the number of intentional fire accident’s that the experts have managed to resolve between 2010-2012 reached 163 out of a total 1,949 fire cases.

He said that intentional vehicle fires reached 30 vehicles, and represented 46 per cent in 2011, and in 2012 it reached 25 vehicles, including 20 cars, three motorcycles and two heavy trucks, representing 56 per cent of the number of intentional vehicle fires from that year.

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