Leicestershire police issue heating oil theft alert

Leicestershire police issue heating oil theft alert

Leicestershire Police is reminding heating oil users and businesses to secure their heating oil tanks as the peak theft period comes in. An analysis of heating oil thefts over the past two years has shown that police see an increase during May, late October and November.

Police would advise those who have oil tanks to take the following steps:

  • Check the oil level on your tank on a regular basis;
  • Fit an electronic oil gauge or heating oil tank alarm which will alert you if the oil level inside the tank drops;
  • Use fencing or shrubs to hide your heating oil tank from view… remembering there are legally enforceable minimum clearance distances between heating oil tanks and adjacent structures;
  • Consider installing CCTV cameras;
  • Fit a strong lock to the tank;
  • If your oil tank is in an outbuilding keep the building locked;
  • Install dusk to dawn security lighting;
  • Turn off switches that control the supply of heating oil when not in use – these are normally lever type isolation valves fitted to the outlet of the tank;
  • Make a note of the registration number of suspicious vehicles especially tankers or large vehicles close to your property;
  • Keep an eye on your neighbour’s tank as well;
  • Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

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