The Fire Corner: Arson Hotline
Submitted by Station Nine Fire Chief Larry Cox
SOUTH CAROLINA INTERNATIONAL
ASSOCIATION OF ARSON INVESTIGATORS
PO Box 212486
Columbia, SC 29221-2486
SC Arson Reward Hotline
Every year, BILLIONS of your insurance dollars go to pay for fires that are intentionally set. The money paid out by insurance companies is passed back to you, the consumer, in the form of higher premiums.
If you suspect arson, please call 1-800-92-ARSON (1-800-922-7766). Many arson cases have rewards for information and it would be impossible for us to list them all here. If you suspect arson, please don’t hesitate to call. Just because it isn’t listed here doesn’t mean there isn’t a reward.
Below are some highlights of the ARSON REWARD PROGRAM:
¡The South Carolina Arson Hotline (1-800-922-7766) is a statewide, toll free number, available 24-hours a day, for reporting information about suspicious fires.
¡Callers can remain anonymous. If a tip helps solve a case, the caller is eligible for a reward.
¡All Hotline information is immediately forwarded to fire and police officials in the jurisdiction where the fire took place.
¡At the request of local authorities, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Arson Team will assist with arson investigations.
¡The Arson Hotline program is a joint effort of SLED and the insurance industry, which estimates that 25-cents of every dollar spent on home, apartment and business insurance goes to pay for arson.
¡The Arson Hotline (1-800-922-7766), and all publicity and promotional materials, are funded by the South Carolina Insurance News Service, a non-profit insurance organization.
¡Arson Hotline rewards are paid by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of South Carolina. Since 1991, rewards have been paid in Aiken County, Clinton, Columbia, Dillon County, Gaffney, Hemingway, Lake City, Scranton, Laurens County, North Myrtle Beach and Lancaster.
¡Arson Hotline yard signs, posters, cards and bumper stickers are available FREE from the South Carolina Insurance News Service.