Training >> Browse Articles >> Miscellaneous


Understanding The Enemy: Profiles and Motivations of an Arsonist

Kendra Weikman | - For sources, see Editor's note.

Pathological Fire Starter:

• Very few in numbers
• Possibly have a high IQ but can have a history of sever emotional problems.
• Have had academic and behavioral problems and often have difficulty establishing relationships.
• Have a history of medical and or neurological problems.
• Are likely to have been a victim of physical or sexual abuse.
• Are a loner who has a life long fascination with fire.

Fire Setting Behaviors:

• Has a long history of fire setting with multiple indicants.
• Fires are sophisticated cleverly set and are often ritualistic with a distinct pattern.
• They are usually very destructive.
• They are secretly proud of the fires they set.

Family or social Dynamics:

• Come from various types of households, but they usually are raised in a chaotic environment.
• Possible instances of neglect or abuse.
• Have easy access to sources of ignition and a general lack of safety awareness.

Next: Vandalism-Motivated Arson

Recent Activity

SouthSounder84 joined the group "Military Personnel", 3 days ago.
SouthSounder84 joined the group "Military Fire and Resue", 3 days ago.
JulieVA gave a thumbs down to The Article "An Honest Discussion: Dangers of Being a Female First Res...", 4 days ago.
ebaron received the quiz result of "51-75% correct", 4 days ago.
Jim_1965 gave a thumbs up to The Article "Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Prioritizing Lead...", 6 days ago.