Understanding The Enemy: Profiles and Motivations of an Arsonist
Kendra Weikman | FireLink.com - For sources, see Editor's note.
Strategic Fire Starter:
• Typically a teenager with a history of delinquent behavior who may have been involved with the juvenile justice system.
• Regard any legal consequences of their actions as a joke and have a failure to experience any guilt about what they have done.
• Have low self-esteem and may brag to peers about the fires.
• There is a probable gang affiliation and there is usually a history of substance use or abuse.
Fire Setting behavior:
• Fires are often set with peers and they usually use accelerants.
• Fires are often will planned and set to cause harm or destruction or as revenge fires.
Family or Social dynamics:
• Individual is peer dominated with little or no family involvement.
• Care takers will defer responsibility for the person’s actions.