By Fella, Lee
02/02/2013

Warnings issued about rise in heating oil thefts

Police are urging residents across the country to check the security of their heating oil tanks after a recent bout of thefts in rural areas.

During the festive period reports were made from homes across the UK that significant amounts of heating oil had been stolen from outdoor tanks. Opportunistic thieves are making the most of the well stocked tanks and are getting away with hundreds of litres of heating oil which is upsetting, expensive and inconvenient to those affected.

The most common way of draining the heating oil is siphoning from unprotected tanks. This uses a hose or pump to get the liquid out through the fill nozzle. A simple preventative measure for this could be keeping your tank in a padlocked, fenced area or by having it less exposed in a more discreet part of your land. 

Depending on what make and model of heating oil tank you have there may already be some level of protection but additionally a great way to keep your oil safe is with a tank alarm. As most crimes happen during the night when its dark and people are asleep the alarm signal will alert you in your home if there is a sudden drop in oil levels so you can take immediate action by ringing the police. This will help them in trying to save your oil and catch the offenders.

Prior to carrying out the theft properties are usually ‘scoped out’ to see which ones are the easiest targets. Sensor lighting or CCTV is a great deterrent against heating oil thefts especially if you have a large property where the tanks aren’t easily visible.

If you are concerned about the safety of your heating oil tank or would like some advice about increasing protection then contact your supplier who should be there to help if not other reputable companies like Rix Petroleum are happy to help with a  dedicated telephone care team that gives continued guidance and support to their customers.

Although rural properties are more vulnerable due to their remote location and fewer neighbours, all heating oil consumers need to be extra vigilant with their security measures to help prevent such incidents occurring.

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