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National Arson Awareness Week focuses on automobile arsons

Ralph Hudgens, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner wants you to help cut down on automobile arsons.     

Ralph Hudgens says prosecutors got 37 convictions statewide last year.  The total losses in those cases were $400,000.  Nationwide, 1500 car arsons caused $169 million in damage.  Hudgens says that can cause your insurance bill to go up.  

"Because every time somebody does this it causes your premiums to go up. Because anytime an insurance company has to pay a claim out they have to cover that with the premiums they receive," said Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.       

This is National Arson Awareness Week. If you've got information on any suspected arson Hudgens wants you to call his office at 1-800-656-2298.

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