Brief details about arson crimes
Looking at the different kinds of crimes and their associated with reasons, it is important to have a clear understanding of arson crimes before going into the details. It will help us in having a clear idea about this crime and also identifying the possible reasons which are associated with those kinds of crimes which are getting performed. Arson crimes are basically the crimes which are performed to damage setting fire to or charring residential or commercial property.
Many different reasons are associated with performing this kind of activity which would include hatred, getting insurance claim and more. Each of the reasons which are associated with the arson crimes is providing a clear glimpse about the possible intent of the individual who is committing the crime. They can also have a clear idea about the background environment which has resulted in making those people commit those crimes.
Some of the common activities in arson would include setting fire to one’s own property. It can clearly be understood that this kind of activity can only be performed with some kind of fraudant intent. They are likely to get some of the benefits from the activity which they are performing over their property which can include monetary benefit or some other.
Reasons associated with the arson crimes
A number of reasons can likely be associated with the arson crimes which are getting performed. The kind of reason associated can be identified from the likely condition which was prevalent when the person committed the crime. It will give a glimpse about the intention of the person while committing the crime. Some of the popular motives associated with the arson crimes would include Vandalism, Crime Concealment, Extremist, Profit, Excitement and many more.
It is required to ensure that people are aware of the likely effect through which they would be going through after committing the crime regardless of the reason. This will help in ensuring that minimum numbers of arson crimes are getting performed. Ultimately it will help in building a peaceful mindset among people who are afraid of committing a crime.
These crimes are considered as quite serious as per the legislation due to the kind of damage it can likely cause to the surrounding location. It is also likely possible that it might cause loss of life if it doesn’t come under control within time. All these factors are ultimately giving a clear signal about the seriousness with which one should consider the crime of arson.
Motives involved in performing arson Crimes
One can find it quite difficult to get the exact cause which lies behind the arson crimes. Still, based on the stats of the individual who has performed the crime and their environment one can have an idea about the reasons associated with the crime. People are normally performing these crimes to satisfy one or the other cruel requirements which they possess.
The prime requirement which is involved behind performing the arson crimes includes getting their desired benefits from the insurance companies. As the individual has insured their property from some insurance company, they try to destroy those properties to claim the amount which is insured. One can consider this as improper behavior to perform a crime in order to earn their desired amount from the insurance companies.
For any individual to commit arson crime, it is important for them to be aware of the consequences through which they will be going. By doing that, one can make them realize the possible trouble which might occur in their life due to the wrong decision which they are likely going to make. This would require creating general awareness about this kind of crime and their probable effects which can occur on those people.
When people are completely aware of the likely effect which they will face after performing arson crimes, it will greatly affect them in terms of avoiding such activities. This will likely reduce the overall number of arson crimes which are being caused. People will also not try to take benefits of the flaws existing in the system to use them for their own good.
The time period of punishment for arson Crime
It is important for every individual to be aware of the likely punishment which they will face through arson Crimes. This is the only way in which one can hinder people in performing those crimes. The time period for which a person committed arson crime might face punishment will be differing from region to region. Even it will be based on the kind of arson crime which they have committed.
So, there is no general rule which defines a specific time period for which a person might be punished for the arson crime which they have committed. These individuals might face a sentence of up to 20 years for performing this crime. In case, the crime has resulted in injury to some individual it might get extended to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment. One should, therefore, try to avoid performing arson crime due to the kind of long imprisonment which they might have to face.
Looking at the strict actions which are declared against the arson crimes, the number of crimes are now slowly reducing. Still, there are a substantial amount of crimes getting performed in a number of regions by the people for their own benefit. It is important to slowly have control over these crimes to avoid loss of the property and false claims which are getting laid over different insurance companies.
Different elements of arson crime
One should also be aware of the arson crime elements when they are analyzing such crimes. It will help them in having a detailed glimpse about the crimes and their possible effects. Some of the elements would include malicious, burning, dwelling, or of the property which is belonging to another. Most of the arson crimes which are going on are done keeping in mind some malicious nature. This is the only reason law has considered this crime quite seriously and also its respective punishment.
As people are having the basic intention of gaining monetary benefits, emotional benefits or some others by means of damaging the property, there are likely chances that they might damage the property of others too. This doesn’t take place intentionally but accidentally. One needs to be aware of this and take respective actions to ensure that people don’t opt for arson crimes. Even if they opt, one should be able to avoid any further damage to the property of other individuals who are living in the vicinity.
Initially, arson crime was taking into consideration the burning of own’s property. With the passage of time, it got upgraded and now it is also taking into consideration the burning of vehicles and land too. It has resulted in more number of cases and issues getting included in arson crimes which have spread its scope of application in the real scenario’s.
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Reasons for strict punishment against arson crimes
It is a common question among a large number of individuals about the punishment which is given for the arson crimes. They are likely asking about the strictness of the punishment which is given for arson crimes. The main reason for such strict punishment is the property loss which occurs during such crimes and also chances of loss of life at the location of arson Crimes.
Numerous cases exist where the arson crime was committed for performing the loss of property but as it was not brought in proper control within time, there was even loss of life at the location. It has resulted in making strict rules against these crimes. These rules will help in enforcing that people stay away from committing such crimes for their own greedy attitudes.
Even one strict punishment given to an individual will make other individuals understand the likely loss which they will face if they also follow these crimes. It will help in bringing general awareness among individuals without actually publicizing it. As people start talking about these crimes and their effects, one can likely expect a substantial reduction in the crimes getting performed.
Data statistics of arson crimes
It is important to be aware of the data statistics too for the arson crimes. This will help us in having a clear idea about how people mindset is changing regarding the misuse of their property. Even one can have an idea about the number of people who are getting reported for performing those kind of crimes and the ones who are getting punished for the same.
In 2017, law enforcement has reported about 41,171 arson crimes in the US. From these offenses about 45 percent of the offenses were included with the structures. Loss of mobile property included about 24.5 percent. Each individual arson reported resulted in the loss of $15,573. One can clearly identify a large amount of loss which is getting faced by means of Arson cases.
Even it was found that arson cases were reduced by 1.7 percent in 2017 as compared to the data which was reported previous year. This clearly signifies the awareness which is getting spreaded among the people and how people are positively responding to that awareness. A positive sign is being indicated over here due to the awareness which people are getting regarding the arson offenses and the likely punishments which they might face.
Based on one of the data it is also found that children’s are also responsible for a number of arson crimes getting reported in the earlier times. This can include the reason for dislike or hatred towards a particular part for those children. Even one can make them aware of the effects of those kinds of arson crimes which will stop them from doing such kind of activities.
Is arson a violent crime?
People are normally getting curious about whether the crime is violent. This mainly occurs due to the kind of strict punishment which is associated with this crime. It makes them curious about finding out about the way this kind of crime is getting conducted and how they can remain safe from them. One can’t consider arson crime as violent as it is not intended to harm any individual.
The main intention behind the arson crime is to damage their own property for their own benefits. It is likely possible that while the individual is damaging or burning their own property, any individual who is in the vicinity might get harmed. One would require to have immediate control over the burning process which is initiated over any particular property to stop them from spreading further.
So, basically arson is not any kind of violent crime but it might turn out to be violent if not properly managed. This would require proper mechanism by which one can have an immediate control over the burning or damage which is getting caused to the property.
Different degrees of arson
After getting aware about the general meaning of arson Crimes and their possible effects, we are discussing here different degrees of arson which are prevalent. These distributions are done on the basis of severity associated with the arson crimes which are getting performed. So, on the basis of the degree of arson crime one can have a clear idea about how much severe is a particular crime.
The first degree of arson crime is considered as the most severe one. These kinds of crimes are of the severe nature and the possible damage which it can cause is also quite high. As a result, even the laws regarding the punishment of these crimes are kept higher. Due to that, one can restrict people from doing these kinds of crimes. Similarly, the second degree of arson crimes is having lesser severity as compared to the first degree ones.
It is also found that people are performing a first degree of arson crimes due to their personal grudges. Even some of the states are charging the people for the arson crimes based on the kind of structure which is involved. This will depend on the severity which their local government is giving to individual arson crimes and their consequences.
Penalties for performing arson crimes
Penalties are an important way of stopping arson crimes. It is the means by which we can make people understand the severity of these crimes. This will help us in stopping them from performing those crimes. Awareness is greatly required in order to bring crimes like these under control. By means of giving penalties, one is forcing people to understand the severity associated with the arson crimes.
Some of the common penalties given for the Arson crimes would include Prison, Probation, Fines, and Restitution. All these penalties are having their own impact on the people who are given those kinds of penalties. It is therefore important to understand the severity of the Arson crimes before selecting the right kind of penalty for the respective individual.
It is also important to consider the investigation process of arson crimes quite seriously. This is required for ensuring that the right reason behind the arson crimes can be understood. One can ensure the right way of investigation to be placed in its place for having detailed insights about the arson crime which is being committed and their possible effects.
People who are included in the investigation should be expert in judging people and understanding their behavior which is responsible for performing these crimes. Investigation of the arson crimes would require stringent system as it is quite difficult to prove the arson crimes. One needs to have a detailed analysis and data related to the crime in order to prove the occurrence of an arson crime.
Mental condition of the people performing arson crimes
It is required to get a clear insight into the mental situation of the people who have performed arson crimes. This is required to understand the clear intentions which lie behind performing the crimes. Even one can work on prohibiting such kind of crimes in the future by means of understanding their intentions and working on improving them.
One can clearly stat that the mental condition of the people who are performing the arson crime wouldn’t be normal.
They would likely be suffering from an unstable mental condition which should be worked out for ensuring that they can achieve peace of mind to stop arson crimes. Even it will help in ensuring that people can leave peacefully due to the stable condition of the mind which is achieved for them.
People who are performing arson crimes are not actually suffering from mental illness. They are having their mind in a little unstable situation which hinders their thinking process. It will result in unwanted thoughts coming in their mind which is actually leading them to move towards committing such kind of crimes. Even the greedy natures of the people is resulting in the unstable mindset of them to commit arson crimes.
Thus, we can say that arson crimes are quite popular due to the large number of occurrence at different locations. It is important to ensure that these crimes are not actually causing damage to any individual. Even one should de-motivate such activities by giving strict punishment to the people who are committing such crimes.
There are a large number of crimes getting performed by a different individual. Each of those crimes is having a certain basic intent behind them which is benefiting the person committing the crime. It is also possible that the person who is committing a crime might be doing that under some kind of pressure. This is leading them to commit the crime for getting the immediate benefit for themselves.
Every crime is having its own laws and rules by which they are getting analyzed. This helps in identifying the seriousness which is associated with a particular crime which is getting performed. One can also understand the parameters which are associated with committing those crimes. All of those aspects are together contributing towards the actual outcome which is observed from the effect of those crimes. CWP
John Young & Mark Gonzalo
Mark Gonzalo is a retired firefighter that worked with different Community Watch programs throughout his career.