Insurance Institute of Michigan
October 22, 2018

Arson Prevention

Does Michigan have an arson problem?
Michigan Arson Prevention Committee
Reward program
Arson by County Chart
Arson Awareness Poster Contest for Middle & High School Students

Does Michigan have an arson problem?

There are 30 arson and suspicious fires each day in Michigan and it is the consumer who gets burned.

During 2006, there were 2,912 incendiary fires.  Another 7,809 were suspicious.  Related property damage exceeded $221 million.  This loss figure does not include indirect costs such as medical care, funeral expenses, temporary shelter, business interruption, demolition, fire investigations, prosecutions, jailing costs and increased insurance premiums.

Michigan Arson Prevention Committee

Arson fires have a significant impact on insurance premiums paid by consumers.  That is one reason IIM has joined forces with fire and police agencies, private businesses and other organizations to form the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee.

The MAPC, founded in 1973, coordinates the attack on arson through education and training of arson investigators and county prosecutors, public awareness and administration of a reward program for arson information.

Arson Control reward program

Arson Control rewards up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of arsonists.  Information can be provided to Arson Control by calling 800-44-ARSON or writing MAPC, P.O. Box 86, Detroit, MI 48231-0086.  The amount of the reward is based on the value of the information and severity of the actual or potential loss.

Arson by county chart

Enter the Middle and High School Poster Contest


The contest for middle and high school students is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators IAAI and the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee.  Posters should emphasize the negative aspect of arson, such as: deaths; injuries; community decay; moral decay; property destruction, etc.

Prizes will be awarded in each of two categories (grades 7-9 and grades 10-12).
There will be matching awards for the school’s art department.
Download the poster flyer

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