Hundreds of would-be arsonists nabbed

MORE than 220 would-be arsonists were caught during a South Australian crackdown on deliberately lit blazes over the past summer.

Police patrols of high risk areas during scorching summer days resulted in 42 people being charged and another 187 receiving fines for fire-related crimes, the state government said.

The Real Arsonists

Of those charged, four are before the courts on arson offences while 16 are accused of starting or trying to start a bushfire.

“We have always maintained that arsonists are like terrorists within our neighbourhood,” the state’s Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright said today.

Zero Tolerance

“We make no apology for our zero tolerance approach towards their reckless and despicable behaviour.”

See: Hundreds of would-be arsonists nabbed

Conclusion

As usual the mainstream media sensationalize headlines to attempt to draw a croud. The headline should have read:

42 Accused of Arson. 187 Backyard BBQ/Burnoffs fined during crackdown.

But that wouldn’t have read as good as “Hundreds of would be arsonists nabbed”. lol..

I wonder what the average “fine” the BBQ and Burnoff people will get? I suppose it will be quite high. Because as the state’s Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright said today “We make no apology for our zero tolerance approach towards their reckless and despicable behaviour.”

Thats fine for the dumb arsonists. But what about the Mums and Dads who had no intention of starting bushfires deliberately. There will be 187 people who will be caught up in legislation designed to have a “Zero tolerance”. Are they being dealt with fairly? Given that the SA Government have adopted this “Zero tolerance” attitude?














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