Arson is defined as willfully and maliciously causing an explosion, setting fire to, burning, or causing to be burned or aiding, counseling, or procuring the burning of a building, structure, or any property whether the property of oneself or another.
Arson is the top cause of fires in non-residential structures in the United States and is the number 2 cause of fires in the home in the United States. Arsonists strike for many reasons, including spite and revenge, vandalism, crime concealment, insurance fraud, competition and extortion. Arson is a problem that robs communities of their valuable tax base and forces citizens to pay higher insurance premiums and taxes.
Citizen involvement is imperative in identifying individuals responsible for setting arson fires. Without your tips on the identity of the arsonist, our entire community suffers.
A potential reward is available for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting an arson fire in York County. Your call is confidential or you can remain anonymous. Contact the York County Department of Fire Safety, the York County Sheriff's Office at 803-628-3059 or Crime Stoppers toll free at 877-409-4321.