WHEREAS, arson signifies devastation, destruction and death. Workers lose jobs, towns and cities lose tax dollars, burned buildings create blighted areas, and innocent people are injured or killed. Arson costs Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars each year; and,
WHEREAS, according to the National Fire Reporting System, an estimated 1,669 fires were intentionally set in Michigan in 2016, resulting in two deaths and 14 injuries, with $18,922,972 in total loss; and,
WHEREAS, arson is a heinous crime and especially difficult to prosecute. We owe it to our investigators and to the public to help them with the most effective tools available to battle this dangerous and costly crime; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee to encourage the citizens of Michigan to recognize the costly consequences of arson, to work together to prevent arson in their neighborhoods and communities, and that if they see something, say something, by reporting any suspicious activity to their local authorities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 7-13, 2017 as Arson Awareness Week in Michigan.