YOUTH FIRE SETTER
About one in every four fires is intentionally set -- and almost half of these fires was set by youth under the age of 18.
Arson is a serious crime. It injures and kills people, destroys properties, and destabilizes neighborhoods.
According to the FBI, juvenile firesetters accounted for roughly half (at least 49%) or more of those arrested for arson -- for the ninth straight year.
In 2003, 51% of those arrested were under 18, nearly one-third were under the age of 15, and 3% were under the age of 10.
Studies have shown that the majority of normal children possess an interest in fire and nearly half have engaged in fire-play. For many young people, the attraction to fire leads to juvenile fire-play and firesetting -- fire-starting activity that fire investigators determine to be short of arson. This behavior may be a precursor for the crime of arson.
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