What is arson?

A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property. California Penal Code Section 451

What to do if you are victimized…

  • Contact your local police station to report the crime.
  • Discuss the crime with your local fire department.
  • Document any information you have regarding events that led up to the fire.
  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance company to inform them of the incident.

How to protect yourself from further arson attacks…

  • Consider updating your home security if necessary.
  • Keep records of any events that you think may be related to the attack. Include the dates and times of the events and as much detail as possible.
  • If the attack resulted in property damage, it may be a good idea to repair it quickly – vandalized property can attract more vandalism.

Resources for victims of arson…

  • National Arson Prevention Clearinghouse Federal Emergency Management Agency Phone: 1-888-603-3100 Fax: 1-301-447-1566 Web

You may be eligible for compensation…

The California Victim Compensation Program may be able to help victims who were injured or threatened with physical injury as the result of an arson fire. Contact the California Victim Compensation Program to find out how to apply for compensation: Phone: 1-800-777-9229 Web: