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Arson

Deliberately setting fire with a destructive intent. Arson can be intended to incite terror; for example, a loan shark may set fire to a building owned by a debtor. Insurance for businesses and homes usually covers arson, though sometimes company owners set fire to their own buildings as a form of insurance fraud.
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ELF has made Long Island's North Shore its latest battleground in what it has declared "an unbounded war on urban sprawl," leaving its calling card in the form of arson against new luxury homes and condominiums last December at Mount Sinai and the adjacent towns of Miller Place and Middle Island.
Home Office Minister Mr George Howarth ordered the inquiry after concern that the spiralling rates of arson were happening against a backdrop of dwindling prosecutions.
In addition, HUD will make $10 million in loan guarantees available to help communities rebuild where their insurance coverage has not been adequate to cover the losses resulting from these arsons.
There may be no quick fix to credit trouble, but homeowners seem to realize that arson is not a path to financial recovery.
THE recession has sparked a surge in arson attacks, with struggling business owners setting fire to their own premises to claim insurance or to that of rivals in an attempt to eliminate competition.
Last month, Aiken completed the sentencings of 10 core members of the arson conspiracy.
Anyone with information about any arson attack can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The training of these dogs is a new and unique device in our ability to detect arson fires," said Donald Kincaid, chief of the ATF's Arson and Explosives Division.
But Aiken sternly rebuked Tubbs for minimizing his role in serial arsons between 1996 and 2001.
Stockton's schools liaison officer with Cleveland Police PC Jeff Vowles said: "Cleveland has the highest number of arsons in the country.
Residential property was involved in 59 percent of the structural arsons during the year.