The new fire danger season has triggered the launch of ‘Operation Nomad’, the police strategy for targeting known arsonists and suspicious activity in bushfire zones.
The operation involves police identifying and monitoring people of interest, maintaining a visible presence in bushfire risk areas, working with other agencies to investigate all suspicious and non-suspicious fire activity, and promoting community awareness of risky behavior in fire danger zones and encouraging people to report any suspicious activity.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said the net was closing in on arsonists this fire season.
“Bushfires have potentially catastrophic effects on communities throughout South Australia and Operation Nomad is a vital part of our strategy going into Fire Danger Season,” he said.
“Anyone considering doing the wrong thing should be put on notice – not only are our police and firefighters out in force in bushfire zones, but members of the community are also on the look-out ready to report suspicious activity.”
Mr Picton reminded the community that the message this bushfire season is ‘Complacency Kills’ and that now was the time to take five minutes to create a bushfire survival plan.
Operation Nomad is a nationally renowned South Australian Police initiative which received a bronze medal in the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.
At the end of the 2016/17 fire danger season the operation identified 86 persons of interest.
Operation Nomad runs until the end of the fire danger season in May, 2018.
To report suspicious or reckless behavior, please call Police on 131 444, or report information about somebody deliberately lighting fires to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au.
If you see a fire, please call Triple Zero for fire services.