At Home

Follow the advice below to reduce the risk of deliberate fires at your home.

  • The best defence against Arson is effective security.

  • Provided entry gates should be secured, unless in use, to prevent access by intruders.

  • Ensure any damage to fencing is repaired promptly to deter intruders.

  • Promote good relations with neighbours and encourage each other to contact the police if anything of a suspicious nature is observed.

  • Fit good quality external doors with five lever mortice locks or Upvc doors.

  • Close windows when not at home – burning materials can be introduced through open ground floor windows.

  • Consider security systems such as Intruder Alarms/Security Lighting to deter intruders.

  • Sheds and garages should be well secured as they often contain tools that can be used to force entry in to the home.  They also often contain flammable liquids.  Don’t leave flammable liquids in the open.

  • Look after your wheelie bin.  If possible place out on the morning of collection and return to your property as soon as possible after collection.

  • Avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of the home.  These are a ready supply of fuel for the arsonist.

  • Burning materials (including fireworks) can be pushed through letterboxes.  A metal container or lockable flap can be fitted.

  • Further advice on home security can be obtained from the Local Police Crime Prevention Officer.

  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Safety Checks to residents in the Tyne and Wear area.  Firefighters can visit your home and offer simple advice on Fire Safety - installing smoke alarms where necessary.


For any further clarification or advice contact your local Prevention and Education Team.