Fire statistics show welcome downward trend

Fire and Rescue Scotland say there has been a 50 per cent reduction in deliberate fires across the region compared to the same period last year.

A report to elected members ahead of next Wednesday’s Wigtown Area Committee meeting put the dramatic reduction down to “a significant increase in partnership engagement relating to antisocial behaviour”.

The fire service have worked in close partnership with the police and criminal justice on joint programmes to identify individuals with issues and tailor their actions accordingly.

In 2013/2014 there were five deliberate fires but only two in 2014/2015 and one this year.

Accidental dwelling fires are also at an all time low across Wigtownshire which, say the service, can be attributed to early intervention, community safety advice and an increase in awareness. There were 27 accidental fires in 2013/2014, 21 in 2014/2015 but only four so far this year.