Police in heating oil security warning after latest theft

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POLICE have urged residents using heating oil to ensure their valuable supplies are properly secured following another theft of several thousand pounds worth of fuel in the county at the weekend.

“The theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises,” said a spokesperson.

“A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil.

“This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties.

“The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.

“These tanks can contain many thousands of pounds worth of oil and it is therefore it makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them,” they added.

Security measures which can be taken include turning off switches that control the flow of oil when not using it, and installing high-quality locks.

You can also fit remote electronic gauge levels that set off an alarm if the oil level suddenly falls.

Security lights, defensive planting and the installation of CCTV cameras are also options.

The issuing of further advice comes after a heating oil theft in Green Lane, Gosberton, sometime between noon on Sunday (September 23) and 7am this morning.