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Now that the nights are cutting in, and occasions like Halloween and Bonfire night are approaching, our attentions might turn to thoughts of safety on the darker nights. Each year at around this time, the Police and Fire Brigade issue guidance on how to keep your wheelie bins safe, and for good reason. Wheelie bin arson is a depressingly common occurrence.
Arson makes up about 1% of the recorded crime in England and Wales, which does not sound an awful lot, but it does when you consider that 1% is over 375,000 incidents every year.
Recent cases of arson
It seems like wheelie bin arson makes the headlines every day. It’s a thoughtless act which puts peoples’ lives and their property at risk.
Most recently, fire crews had to attend a wheelie bin fire at a block of flats in Preston, and a local beauty spot in Cork, Ireland has become a target for anti-social behaviour. Yobs have set fire to wheelie bins in Glen River Park in the city on a number of occasions.
Why are wheelie bins such a fire hazard?
Reducing the risk of wheelie bin arson
Preventing your business from becoming a target for arsonists