Because of the social, economic and legal ramifications of intentionally
set fires, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office investigates all
incidents of suspicious fires. The investigators of the arson/environmental
crimes unit are trained how to determine the origin and cause of a fire.
Sometimes the cause is obvious. Sometimes the investigation requires
the digging out of a collapsed building. The unit is outfitted with
all the equipment needed to tackle these tasks as well as some sophisticated
sampling devices. The arson/environmental crimes unit works closely
with local police departments and other agencies, such as health departments,
to investigate reports of illegal dumping and other environmental crimes.
The unit will conduct surveillance of the suspects and the concerned
properties in an attempt to catch them in the act. These types of investigations
can be lengthy. Violators take steps to go undetected. After all, if
they don't want to pay the cost of proper disposal, they certainly don't
want to pay for fines. They also risk the confiscation of their property,
vehicles and equipment if discovered.
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