Republic Group Donates to Texas Arson Hotline

July 17, 2007

The Republic Group, celebrating over 100 years of service in Texas, has donated $1,000 to the Texas Arson Hotline. The Arson Hotline has been responsible for more than two dozen arrests on charges of arson since its inception on Nov. 10, 2001.

The Texas Arson Hotline was started by the State Fire Marshals Office to encourage people who had any knowledge of acts of arson to anonymously call in and report the crime. A Texas Advisory Council on Arson (ATAC) has been responsible for providing the funds that reward the anonymous callers.

The Republic Group joins Germania and Nationwide who have recently donated $1,000 to the Arson Hotline.

Arson hotline posters are often hung on posts or fences where arson fires have occurred in hopes that someone with information about the crime will call the Arson Hotline. The Arson Hotline is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day and every caller remains anonymous. Calls that lead to legitimate arrests may result in a reward. The Arson Hotline number is 1-877-4-FIRE-45.

In 2005, Texas recorded approximately 8,100 intentionally set fires that resulted in more than $26 million in property losses. About 10 percent of all fires in Texas are reported to be suspicious in nature.

ATAC has also distributed nearly 1,000 bumper stickers to approximately 75 Texas fire departments in hopes of spreading the word about the Arson Hotline.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) provides the administrative support in keeping ATAC operational on a daily basis.

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

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