Arson Risk Reduction

Preserving Life and Heritage in the North West

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Historic England North West is working in partnership with the region's Fire and Rescue Services to help property owners take preventative measures against arson.

Historic buildings are irreplaceable. Fires can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes, damaging historic fabric, causing a building's economic value to plummet and harming part of the nation's shared cultural resource.

This guide is designed to help you identify threats and take steps to make your property less of a target for arson. It will help you to react quickly in the event of a fire, ensuring that as much as possible of your building and its contents are saved.

A template is also available to download to help you to carry out a logical and structured risk assessment.

Download the risk assessment template


  • Arson in the North West
  • How arson takes hold
  • Who commits arson and why?
  • Protecting your property from arson
  • Raising awareness
  • Arson Risk Assessments
  • Security measures
  • Fire protection measures
  • Passive fire protection
  • Active fire protection
  • Close down procedures
  • In the event of fire
  • Helping your business survive following a fire
  • Tackling arson
  • Planning considerations
  • Fire damage and the law
  • Further information

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 19


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