Arson Fraud Unit
In 2015, there were nearly 3000 arson and suspicious fires in Wayne County which cost Wayne County residents over $100 million annually. The crime of arson presents a critical threat to the citizens of Wayne County, Michigan and those dedicated firefighters who put their lives at risk on a daily basis to battle this problem.
To combat this problem, Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy created the Wayne Arson Reduction Program (W.A.R) in 2010, to establish a dedicated prosecution unit to handling arson-for-profit crimes in Wayne County.
The goal of the W.A.R. unit is to create a united effort with police and fire officials, prosecutors, investigators, insurance companies and other interested individuals to effectively investigate and prosecute arson-related offenses involving commercial and residential real estate properties insured against fire loss where it appears that profit is the motive.
The W.A.R unit also handles arson and suspicious fires where someone is seriously injured or killed as well as arsons of multiunit buildings. The collaboration efforts in the W.A.R. program have enhanced the zealous prosecution of arsonists who are jeopardizing the safety of Wayne County citizens and firefighters. Further, it has brought greater public awareness to the devastating effects that arson has on communities, neighborhoods and property values.
Through the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee, rewards of up to $5,000 are paid to persons who provide information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of arsonists. The number for reporting these crimes is 1-800-44-ARSON.