DON’T BECOME A VICTIM
Theft of heating and diesel oil is usually linked to the price of crude oil.
A rise in the price of fuel often leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil, making it an attractive proposition for thieves who may target fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties.
Please read thefollowing advice and take actionto reduce therisk of youbecoming a victim of crime.
SITING YOUR OIL TANK
You may be tempted to hide your oil tank behind a garage, shed or outbuilding. Although this will stop it detracting from the appearance of your garden, it may make it easier for a thief to access.Consider positioning the tank within easy view of one or more windows in your house. This will put off potential thieves because of the increased chances of them being seen whilst approaching the tank.
It is recommended that you consider locking the filler cap and investing in a good quality padlock and protect feed pipes to the house where possible.
OIL LEVEL GAUGES
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 below a certain level. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem.
Turn off the control switches (that control the flow of oil) and isolate the electricity supply when the tank is not in use.
Install security lighting to illuminate the area around the tank as most offences take place at night. Motion sensored security lighting is regarded as an effective deterrent.
The use of CCTV systems can be an excellent crime prevention and detection tool. Ensure system is specific to your needs - consider lighting, location and night vision.
Speak to your supplier with regards to a more frequent but smaller delivery.Make a note of the registration number of any suspicious vehicles and report all suspicious individuals to the police.