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NCJ Number: 67281 Find in a Library
Title: STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPEDENT INSURERS CONCERNING S-1882 (FROM ARSON-FOR-PROFIT - ITS IMPACT ON STATES AND LOCALITIES, P 365-359, 1977 - SEE NCJ-67274)
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Independent Insurers
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc of Independent Insurers
Des Plaines, IL 60018
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSURERS (NAII) OFFERS ITS SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 1882 RECLASSIFYING ARSON AS A PART I CRIME, AND SUGGESTS OTHER AREAS OF CONCERN THAT SHOULD BE TENDED TO.
Abstract: S-1882 WILL HELP PRODUCE SORELY NEEDED CREDIBLE STATISTICS ON THE CRIME OF ARSON, AND WILL PROVIDE THE ADDITIONAL IMPETUS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REINFORCE THEIR EFFORTS IN THE PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF ARSON. THE RECOGNITION THAT ARSON CAUSES SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC LOSS AND DESTRUCTION AND THAT IT IS AN ACKNOWLEDGED KILLER MANDATES IT AS A PART I CRIME. MOREOVER, A LAW PASSED IN OHIO IN 1976 REQUIRING INSURERS TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS FIRES TO LOCAL FIRE OFFICIALS AND TO COOPERATE FULLY IN THE INVESTIGATION OF ANY FIRE SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO OTHER STATES. STATE CRIMINAL STATUTES IN THE ARSON AREA ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A SUBSTANTIAL OVERHAUL. THERE ARE THREE ADDITIONAL AREAS OF CONCERN. FIRST, BUILDING CODES SHOULD BE ENFORCED AND PROPERTY OWNERS WHO IGNORE REQUIREMENTS THAT LIFE-SAVING STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS BE MADE SHOULD NOT BE PROTECTED BY GUARANTEES OF INSURANCE THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED PLANS. SECOND, INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD NOT WRITE INSURANCE IN AMOUNTS WHICH EXCEED THE ACTUAL WORTH OF A BUILDING. THIRD, STATE CANCELLATION STATUS AND FLAIR (FAIR ACCESS TO INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS) PLANS PROCEDURES MUST BE AMENDED TO PERMIT PLANS TO TO TERMINATE LIABILITY IN SPECIFIED SITUATIONS. THESE PLANS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC APPROVAL BY THE STATE REGULATOR IN EACH INSTANCE, WHERE PROPERTY IS, FOR ALL PRACTICAL EFFECTS, ABANDONED TO OUTSIDE ARSONISTS AND VANDALS. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Arson; Offense classification
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