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Friday, December 20, 2013

Police warn over heating oil thefts

Crimestopers/101

Residents who use oil to heat their homes are being reminded to be vigilant and regularly check their oil tanks.
 
Officers from the Community Safety Department are issuing the advice as a reminder to all that if they see any suspicious activity around properties which have oil tanks – or any suspicious or unusual vehicles - to report it.
 
“With the colder weather here we are also urging people to consider what security they have in place around their oil tanks,” said PCSO Louise Wigglesworth. 
 
“Oil tanks can hold fuel worth a considerable amount of money so it is always worth making sure that you have quality locks fitted and that you make it as difficult as possible for a thief to access the tank and its contents.”
 
“We are also urging people to keep a record of the deliveries made to them – noting the date, how many litres were delivered, as this should help us in the event that they become a victim of crime.”
 
Householders can help deter thieves by taking the following measures:
 
•             Use good quality locks on your tank, close shackle padlocks are the best as offer the most resistance to tools usually favoured by a thief.
•             Check oil levels regularly.
•             Security lights and or CCTV cameras have a very positive effect on protecting your property and tank as will illuminate and capture any suspicious activity. 
•             Surround the tank with high fencing and walls or metal / grill cages which can be locked.
•             There are various devices on the market which can be attached to the oil tank, ask your supplier for further details.
·         Finally, residents thinking of converting to oil heating should consider where they plan to situate their oil tank. Placing it close to your home and somewhere it can be seen from your windows could help deter a thief from targeting your oil as they may think that their chances of being seen are too high.
 
 
PCSO Wigglesworth added: “Anyone with information relating to the theft of oil should contact North Wales Police on 101. Individuals with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
 

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