With Fire Danger Season almost in full swing across South Australia, Operation Nomad has launched.
Operation Nomad is a police strategy targeting known arsonists and suspicious activity in bushfire zones.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton reminded the community that our message this bushfire season is Complacency Kills – now is the time to take five minutes to create your Bushfire Survival Plan.
At the end of the 2016/17 Fire Danger Season there were 86 Nomad Persons of Interest.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said bushfires had potentially catastrophic effects on communities throughout South Australia and Operation Nomad was a vital part of their strategy going into Fire Danger Season.
“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,” Minister Picton said.
Flinders and Mid North fire regions began their Fire Danger Season on November 1.
Operation Nomad 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;
• Promoting community awareness of risky behaviour in fire danger zones and encouraging people to report suspicious activity
To report suspicious or reckless behaviour, please call Police on 131 444 or report information about someone deliberately lighting fires to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au
Operation Nomad runs until the end of Fire Danger Season in May, 2018.