Heating Oil Thefts – Police Warning

Heating oil thefts have occurred in various parts of the county. In the more isolated parts of the countryside it is primarily domestic properties that have been targeted, but we have also seen such thefts at farms and other businesses.

There are a number of security devices available that will protect your fuel supplies – details of which can be found via your fuel supplier or local plumber’s merchant. Systems such as ‘GPRS Fuel-Oil Alarm’ from www.compoundsecurity.co.uk and Tank Commander – www.commandersecurities.co.uk which have ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation; these detect a dramatic drop in fuel and calls you on the telephone.

There are also other systems that will add on to an existing intruder alarm system, whilst others protect the filler cap and there are of course the conventional locks.

Ensure the oil gauge is secured correctly to the tank. It is worth spending a little more on good quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to thieves. Close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip.

If your tank has a lid design, consider fitting suitable locks and/or lockable valves. Always check when you have had a delivery so you have a starting point of the level of oil in the tank.

Monitor your oil tank on a regular basis for any signs of tampering and also alert you quickly to any problems you may have. As mentioned above remote electronic oil level gauges are available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls.

If you see any suspicious activity around fuel tanks or have any information regarding thefts of oil please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent.

For further advice and information contact your local Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor on 101.