Arson Prevention Forum

47% of all fires attended by fire and rescue services in England

are classed as deliberate

About Us

The Arson Prevention Forum is a strategic stakeholder body formed through a merger of the Government backed Arson Control Forum and the Association of British Insurers Arson Prevention Bureau. Its strategic objectives are:

  • To identify the economic cost of arson.
  • To identify statistical trends and manage down the risk of arson.
  • To develop a national strategy to reduce deliberate fires highlighting where specific focus of effort from respective partners will be most effective.
  • To improve outcomes through the criminal justice system from identification, detection and prosecution of offenders. 
  • To deliver information to support communities, businesses and organisations through a refreshed website and channels of communication presented by partner organisations.
  • To hold an annual conference to share good practice.
  • Engage effectively with communities to better inform the setting of local priorities.
  • To produce an annual report and consider how and where this is presented.


Members include: 

  • The Association of British Insurers
  • National Police Chiefs Council
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Fire Protection Association
  • Building Research Establishment
  • UK Association of Fire Investigators
  • Major Insurers (AXA, Zurich Municipal)
  • Forensic Scientists (Burgoyne’s)
  • Specialist lawyers (DAC Beachcroft). 

The Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office, Confederation of British Industry, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Department for Communities and Local Government have all attended previous meetings.