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Arson in Schools: Its Impact and Implications For Prevention

NCJ Number
International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention Volume: 1 Issue: 2 Dated: April 1996 Pages: 89-102
John Burrows; Joanna Shapland; Paul Wiles
Date Published
April 1996
14 pages
This article outlines the results of the first focused inquiry into the problem of arson in schools in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The study, based primarily on face-to-face interviews with head teachers at some 450 maintained schools, attempted to gauge the prevalence of arson incidents, to document what schools and education authorities were doing to prevent such fires, and to provide guidance on the direction and shape of future preventive strategies. Nearly one in eight schools experienced arson or suspected arson in the year under review, a substantially higher rate than was previously estimated from incidents reported to the fire service or other authorities. Principals’ perceptions of the motives of suspected arsonists included malicious damage, play behavior, mentally disturbed behavior, grudge against school/staff, burglary or property crime, and drunkenness or drugs. Tables, notes


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