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The losses from arson are staggering! There are many motives for arson, the crime of deliberately and maliciously setting fire. One particular type of arson - arson for profit, or economic arson - is the theme for this year’s Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9. Arson for Profit occurs when businesses or individuals set fires to reduce financial loss, recoup initial investments, and dispose of depreciated assets usually for a payout from insurance companies. Referring to all types of arson, the Insurance Information Institute indicates that arsonists destroyed nearly $900 million in insured property and killed 295 civilians nationwide in 2007 alone. By drawing people’s attention to the astounding statistics, we hope to expand the resources and support necessary to reduce this crime.
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