Unfortunately, the hole attacks, in which people maliciously report an ongoing crime at another person’s residence, in the hopes of eliciting a major police response, have unfortunately become a common risk for popular streamers. There are other types of threats as well: in 2018, someone shot BBs at the home of Guy "Dr. Disrespect" Beahm. And last weekend, transmitter Kaitlyn Siragusa, also known as Amouranth and one of Twitch’s biggest streamers, reported a fire next to her home that investigators “suspect” was incendiary.
Siragusa said in later tweets that she and her pets were not injured in the fire; a Washington Post according to the report, firefighters were able to put out the fire before it caused serious damage.
Yesterday, late in the evening, there was a fire next to my house originally from the area where the trash is kept. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators strongly suspect the fire.August 14, 2021
Siragusa is one of the largest streamers on Twitch, with 4.1 million followers. It is also one of its most reliable controversies: its channel has previously been suspended due to the transmission of inappropriate content, its channel was demonetized earlier this year by "whirlpool transmission" and, after Twitch legitimized it, was suspended again, briefly, for doing "ASMR in yoga pants."
It’s not exactly the most outrageous thing in the world, but the harassment that streamers have to deal with (especially when they’re women) is serious. “It’s not the first time something like this has happened,” Siragusa tweeted. "In 2020 someone tried to shoot fireworks in my house under the guise of the July 4 festivities. This person was intercepted before he could do the act (they caught him with red hands) and she was arrested. "
He also faces "the variety of gardens that are done weekly," but said he has managed to reduce the impact by having "a good working relationship with local law enforcement." which he urged other streamers to do as well.
"Be proactive, talk to them, they won't understand, but having your location" marked "can mean all the difference in a stressful situation;" You may want or set it as a safe or password so they can ( as in my situations) knowing when it’s a “real threat” and rolling with full force ”.
Full-force police responses to endless calls are inherently dangerous: Kansas City police shot dead a spectator while responding to a false report in 2017 and, earlier this year, a 60-year-old Tennessee man years he died of a heart attack after police surrounded him. at home after an open call that originated in the UK. Some law enforcement agencies have begun to take a more proactive stance on swatting in recent years: Seattle police, for example, launched a turnout record in 2018 to help prevent swatting calls and released this anti-PSA. -swatting:
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According to the Post report, Siragusa is collaborating with the authorities in the investigation and studying legal action, but Devin Nash, the head of marketing for the agency that represents her, told the site that there is no a lot to do: “You can move, try to get restraining orders if you know the person (usually doesn’t work), (or) try to live there,” he said.
The Post said in its report that it had seen images and videos of the fire, but the current state of the investigation is unknown. I have contacted the Houston Fire Department for comments and will update if I receive a response.