Understanding The Enemy: Profiles and Motivations of an Arsonist
Kendra Weikman | FireLink.com - For sources, see Editor's note.
Troubled Fire Setter:
• Usually has a history of fire setting and has experienced a recent crisis or trauma.
• They have poor coping skills, lack problem solving skills and are unable to express or identify with feelings.
• They show a lack of appropriate remorse after setting a fire.
• Will often deny or lie about the cause of the fire.
Fire setting behavior:
• Typically uses matches or lighters and ignites relatively unsophisticated fires.
• Fires are often motivated by frustration and may be a cry for help and or symbolic of a crisis.
Family or Social Dynamics:
• Comes from various types of households, but they usually are raised in a chaotic environment.
• It is possible that there have been instances of neglect or abuse.
• Have easy access to sources of ignition and a general lack of safety awareness.