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Oil thefts on increase

22nd July 2010 @ 7:07am – by PC Ken Maple
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There has been a recent increase in thefts of heating oil from domestic oil
tanks. I would like to bring this problem to the attention of oil users and offer
the following general advice.

Check your heating oil level regularly at least twice a week – preferably daily.
There are many devices on the market for measuring how much oil is in your
tank – buy one and use it (Oil sentry, Oil watchman etc. See local suppliers for details).

What security features does your tank have – lockable fuel cap, sensor lighting coverage etc. Is your heating oil tank easily accessible to vehicular traffic – next to a road, car park etc? If it is, you are at higher risk.

Be a good neighbour and report anything suspicious around a neighbour's home ie tanker in driveway at an unusual time, persons taking hoses through to oil tank etc. If you are suspicious, please note the details and ring 0845 458 0000 immediately.

There is also a device which can be fitted to your tank to detect theft as it is happening, although it isn't cheap. Follow the link below the photo learn more about it.


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