In these financially difficult times New Zealanders are turning to arson to solve their problems says a new study by  Statistics New Zealand figures show that the number of arsons has increased by 20 percent over the past two years to 2768, while the number of cases solved has decreased by 12 percent.

Ron McQuilter, of Paragon Investigations, one of the country’s largest private investigators, says much of that increase can be put down to fraudulent insurance claims.

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