Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 1st March - 31st March

Wed, April 06, 2016 - 10:56:00

1 March – Talk of the Town

Farmers are being warned and asked to remain vigilant after theft of diesel from farm machinery in the area.

The warning comes after 150 litres of diesel were stolen from a tractor on a farm in Dromin at the weekend.

The incident which occurred just outside of Dunleer, is thought to have taken place between 11pm on Saturday 27th February and 7am on Sunday 28th.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dunleer Garda Station.

6 March – Lincolnshire Echo

Tractor diesel has been siphoned from a farm on Leaveslake Drove in West Pinchbeck. It is thought that the thief got to the fuel after breaking the lock on a container. Police are urging farmers nearby to check their fuel tanks to ensure they haven’t been targeted too.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for February 2016

Wed, March 02, 2016 - 4:47:00

3rd February 2016 – Ross Gazette 

A theft involving £600 of heating oil has taken place in Coughton, Ross-on-Wye.

A home heating oil tank located in the garden of a house in Coughton has had £600 worth of oil syphoned from its tank. The theft was discovered on Thursday 28th January when the lid of the tank was found discarded in the garden. The owner confirmed the oil was in the tank on Saturday 23rd January as the central heating system was being repaired, but by the 28th the tank had been emptied.

Anybody with any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference OIS: 0539-S-280116.

 

9th February 2016 – Wiltshire Rural Crime Team Facebook  

Theft of fuel and power tool

In the early hours of 9th February, at approximately 1:30am, intruders entered a secure farm site and broke into a container. The offenders made off with a Stihl disc cutter (power tool) and two green jerry cans of fuel from the farm in Holt Bradford on Avon.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Wiltshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

17th February 2016 – ITV Central News

Police have arrested two men that they believe are the culprits behind the theft of a large quantity of diesel.

An investigation is ongoing after fuel was stolen from vehicles located at Alsop Plant and Haulage on Heanor Road in Smalley and Cloudbass on High Holborn Road in Codnor.

On 11th February, two men were arrested after police stopped a van that was linked to the incidents in the Eastwood area. The men, aged 32 and 22, are both from Nottingham and were questioned by officers before they were bailed pending further enquiries.

Anybody who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime referencing number 6777/16 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

17th February 2016 – Commercial Motor 

Eight arrested and 55,000 litres of fuel seized

A total of eight men have been arrested and more than 55,000 litres of fuel seized after raids took place across the North West and Northern Ireland.

The suspected smuggling ring was halted on 3rd February, after HMRC officers searched a number of commercial and domestic addresses in Liverpool, Manchester and St Helens. Six other addresses were searched in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down.

The 55,000 litres of fuel were found at the domestic addresses, whilst cash, computers, business records, a truck and a trailer were all seized during the operation.

A spokeswoman for HMRC was unable to confirm where the stolen fuel had originated or how it had entered the UK.

Seven of the men have been bailed until June whilst the eight man was released.

No charges have yet been made but investigations are continuing.

 

19th February 2016 – New Hutton Village Facebook 

Heating oil theft reported in Dent

Cumbria police have received reports that heating oil has been stolen from a property in the Dent area.

Approximately 2000 litres of heating oil has been taken from a property in the Dent area of Cumbria, between Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th February.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to contact Police on 101.

Tags: fuel theft, news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for January 2016

Fri, January 29, 2016 - 2:25:00

7th January 2016 – Morpeth Herald

Heating oil has been stolen from a property in Longhirst with the theft thought to have taken place between 10:30am on Sunday 3rd January and 10:30am on Tuesday 5th January.

Anybody who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 337 050116.

Northumbria Police want to take this opportunity to remind residents of the following tips to help prevent fuel theft:

Install dusk to dawn security lighting

Use a wooden fence, trellis or wall to provide protection to the fuel tank

Keep gates closed and locked where possible

Install an alarm that can send alerts to a mobile phone if the oil level drops dramatically

 

9th January 2016 – Isle of Man Today

2500 litres of diesel have been stolen from a company in the Isle of Man and Police are now investigating.

The diesel – stolen from Isle of Man Meats – is thought to have been siphoned from a tank at the company’s base in Ballafletcher Road, Douglas. The theft is thought to have taken place between 8pm and 9pm on Wednesday 30th December.

Officers would like to speak to anyone with any information regarding this and would also like to speak to anybody who thinks they may have been sold the fuel in the last week.

Constable Sarah Gorkish said: “Any details, however small, are gratefully received.”

Isle of Man residents can contact Police headquarters on 631212 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

20th January 2016 – Ballymena Times

Residents in the Cargan area of Ballymena are being advised by Police to be vigilant after home heating oil was stolen from a residential property earlier this week.

Constable Irwin said: “People should be on the lookout for any suspicious activity in your local area. Thieves operate at different times of the day and if you notice anything untoward in your neighbourhood, or see unknown vehicles outside premises, note down any important details such as a description or vehicle registration and contact police immediately. Officers will follow up on your call and your prompt information could prevent a crime from occurring.”

Police can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

 

28th January 2016 – Hull Daily Mail

Thieves have stolen an estimated 14000 litres of diesel from a farm in Burstwick near Hedon

Police are investigating after 14000 litres of diesel was stolen from multiple items of machinery at an East Yorkshire farm - located in Daisy Hill road, in Burstwick, near Hedon.

It is believed that a group of thieves also broke into containers at the premises, where they then stole a variety of items before they escaped by driving over fields towards Humbleton. The stolen items included an industrial jet wash, a leaf blower, a yellow pneumatic pallet trolley, a fuel level receiver, a tyre inflation pump, an electrical submersible pump and three grease guns.

In addition to the stolen items, a large quantity of red diesel was stolen from a fuel storage tank, whilst two commerical lorries had their tanks drained of diesel – police have put an estimate of 14,000 litres stolen in the incident.

If anybody has any information, police are asking you to call 101 and quote crime reference number 2165397, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tags: fuel theft, news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for December 2015

Thu, January 21, 2016 - 12:43:00

4th December – Cornish Guardian

Residents of St Dennis have been urged to look out for oil thieves after suspicious looking people were spotted in the village numerous times over the past few weeks.

In previous years, the village has been struck by oil thefts on a number of occasions, and this week strangers to the village have been spotted around oil storage areas – resulting in many reports being made to the police.

Inspector Ed Gard of St Austell Police said:

“There have been several reports of suspicious vehicles and people looking around and eyeing up oil containers.

“We haven’t had any oil theft reported this year but with the weather getting colder, we would urge people to be mindful and to ensure they take adequate security measures.”

Councillor Ian Lobb, of St Dennis Parish Council has revealed that recently, a potential theft had been prevented after the homeowner disturbed those involved.

The councillor revealed that a couple of years ago, they had an issue with fuel theft and last year in particular they had a big spate of thefts.

He added that due to the village having no gas supply, most of the residents rely on oil for heating and so it’s important for residents to remain vigilant.

 

4th December – Spalding Guardian

Police are looking for the owner of a dark grey Nissan pick-up truck in connection with the theft of diesel from a building site in Bourne.

The Nissan’s alarm sounded in Bath Close in the middle of the night between the 23rd and 24th November, which was heard and therefore allowed the theft to be discovered.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police on 101.

 

4th December – KLFM News

A generator and fuel tank have been stolen from a secure compound in King’s Lynn.

The theft of equipment worth £15,000, is thought to have taken place between 5pm and 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in Nar Ouse Way, in a secure compound.

PC Peter Burt, from King’s Lynn Police station, said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a large vehicle in the area or person(s) acting suspiciously  on Nar Ouse Way in the town in the evening of Tuesday 24th November.”

Anybody who may have any information or may have seen suspicious activity in the area and within the time frames, is asked to contact PC Burt on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

 

9th December – Bury Free Press

Heating oil stolen in broad daylight

A quantity of heating oil was stolen from a property in The Street, Shimpling at around 10am on Monday 7th December.

Police said that a resident at the property confronted a man standing near the oil tank, who then ran off after being challenged.

Anybody with any information or anybody who may have witnessed suspicious activity involving vehicles or persons is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting 37/19841/15.

 

14th December – Sleaford Standard

Reports of heating oil stolen from Osbournby High Street

Lincolnshire Police have said that heating oil has been stolen from Osbournby High Street on the weekend between Saturday and Sunday. The tank was locked but it was removed from a breather outlet on the tank.

If you have any information regarding this theft please call 101 quoting incident number 324 of 13/12/2015.

 

21st December – Bury Free Press

Approximately 50 litres of heating oil has been stolen from a home heating oil tank in Hargrave.

The theft at Birds End, Hargrave, is thought to have taken place on 15th December.

Two white men in a white transit van were seen near the house shortly before the theft was discovered at 4pm. Both men were wearing sleeveless fluorescent jackets and were of slim build with short brown hair.

Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 101.

 

For information on how you can protect yourselves against fuel theft, please take a look at our one of our guides: Diesel Fuel Security or Heating Oil Security. They contain tips and advice on keeping your tank safe and secure. Also take a look at our website for products that can help keep your tank secure. You can keep up to date with news and information by following us on Twitter.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for November

Wed, December 02, 2015 - 2:04:00

2nd November – Bury Free Press

Police are appealing to the public for information after 250 litres of heating oil was stolen from a home in the village of West Row.

Suffolk Police have said that the oil was stolen from a tank at a house in Beeches Road, West Row – sometime between Monday 19th October and Saturday 21st October.

If you noticed any unusual or suspicious activity in the area or have information about the theft, then please contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime reference 37/12337/15.

 

16th November – Darlington & Stockton

Volunteer police officers arrested a man on suspicion of stealing diesel near Darlington.

The arrest was made after Darlington Special Constabulary officers chased the male suspect on foot, after it was thought the man had stolen 200 litres of diesel near Redhall.

Darlington Special Constabulary tweeted from their Twitter account, that the suspected male was ‘in the cells’ and ‘200 litres of diesel had been recovered’.

 

18th November – Donegal Now

A man has appeared in court after €120 worth of diesel was stolen from a business premises in Letterkenny.

Gardaí police attended Letterkenny Concrete at Cullion Road on 8th February, after business owner William McLaughlin spotted two males syphoning diesel from a tank in his yard.

Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that Gardaí could see two women sitting in a UK registered car whilst the two suspect males made off towards a ditch. Suspect Martin Maughan was apprehended at the scene ‘with his hands soaked in diesel’.

Judge Paul Kelly was told that Maughan (of 11 Cluain Ard in Killyclug), had 19 previous convictions including assault, dangerous driving, trespass, theft and road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Kieran Dillion said the co-accused had been the instigator in the incident – which occurred on their joint return from a wedding – while his client ‘foolishly went along with the plan’.

Mr Dillion said his client had brought to court €150 to compensate for the stolen diesel, and a cheque of €20 for a shirt he stole from retailer H&M which occurred on 28th March.

Judge Kelly adjourned sentencing until February 2016 and ordered a probation and community service report on Maughan.

 

24th November – Derry Journal

Homeowners in Creggan have been told to remain vigilant after several incidents of oil theft have been reported across the estate.

The warning was issued by Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell following a spate of thefts over the weekend.

Colr. Campbell said: “Sadly it’s not uncommon nowadays to hear of heating oil being stolen from homes.

“I was speaking to one of the residents targeted who lives in Rinmore Drive and they had 200 litres stolen from their tank. He wanted me to get the warning out through the local media.

“Back in February there was a spate of similar incidents in Creggan with five homes targeted in just one night.

“Having oil stolen is causing severe hardship to many families who cannot afford to refill their tanks, especially just a few weeks before Christmas.”

He asked for people to be observant, as fuel thefts of this kind take time and special equipment. If you spot anything unusual or suspicious, call the police.

 

30th November – ITV News

Gloucestershire Police are hunting thieves who stole a thousand pounds worth of red diesel, which was being stored in a yellow fuel bowser. The bowser is believed to have been towed away from the compound in Lydbrook – which offenders forced entry to – between 5pm n Thursday and 8am on Friday.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or knows the whereabouts of the bowser, should call police on 101 quoting incident number 112 of Friday 27th November.

 

For information on how to keep your fuel safe, including tips and advice, take a look at our indepth guides - Heating Oil Security Guide and Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Also, follow us on Twitter @FuelSecurityMon to keep up to date with our fuel theft news bulletins and #FuelSecurityFriday tips.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up – Thefts on the rise now the nights are drawing in

Thu, October 29, 2015 - 12:28:00

9th September – Wiltshire Times

Thief faces jail term after a string of offences

Ali Gocmen, 22, of Holt, is facing time in jail after admitting to several criminal acts.

Appearing at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday (8th), it was heard that on June 12th Gocmen had stolen a quantity of red diesel; he then, on July 31st, attempted to steal more fuel whilst also damaging a VW golf and driving a transit van dangerously on the A365; and finally, the defendant drove without due care and attention in Bristol on August 12th – all of which he has admitted to.

Judge Tim Mousley QC said: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of serious matters which you know will result in a prison sentence, the only matter is how long that prison sentence will be.”

The case was adjourned and Gocmen was remanded in custody and given an interim driving ban.

 

9th September – Oxford Mail

Residents rally round theft-hit Hill End

Outdoor learning centre – The Hill End Centre – that gives children and adults the chance to experience the outdoors, has received enough donations to replace their stolen equipment worth thousands of pounds.

Amongst the stolen equipment were chainsaws, strimmers, maintenance tools and diesel – and with thanks to the £5000 worth of donations, they can now order replacements. However, volunteers at the centre near Farmoor, have asked for an extra £1700 to be donated so that security at the centre can be improved before replacements are brought.

Chairwoman of the Friends of Hill End, Lesley Williams said: “We wish to thank those who have donated towards replacement equipment.”

To make a donation to the centre, please email: friendsofhillend@gmail.com

 

18th September – Milton Keynes

Five people have been arrested following a police raid on a caravan site – as part of operation Dovetail.

Red diesel and a generator, along with mobile phones, electronic devices, air weapons, boxed toys and keys, were all seized during the raid at Willen Caravan Site, in Willen Road, Newport Pagnell.

Det Insp Matt Darnell, leading the operation, said: “This was a really successful operation. A number of items were seized and we hope this sends out a clear signal that any kind of theft will not be tolerated.”

All those arrested are from Milton Keynes. Details on the arrested are below:

A 38-year-old man – on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle and possession of a weapon when prohibited for life.

A 42-year-old man – on suspicion of two counts of theft of a caravan, and theft of toys.

A 40-year-old woman – on suspicion of two counts of theft of a caravan, and theft of toys.

A 22-year-old man – on suspicion of two counts of theft of a caravan, one count of theft of vending machines and one count of theft of toys.

A 36-year-old – on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle and theft of pallets.

Anyone with any information relating to stolen items or vehicles, should call Thames Valley Police on 101.

 

1st October – Sleaford Standard 

Diesel thefts rife in the Lincolnshire area

In the past two days, there have been two reported diesel thefts within 6 miles of each other.

In the first incident, a large quantity of diesel was stolen from a number of Lorries in a rural farm area in Billinghay. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime overnight between 11pm on Wednesday 30th September, and 2:30am on Thursday 1st October. Fuel caps on the Lorries were also damaged at the site.

The second incident involved theft of diesel from a farm on Digby Fen Road in Digby. Six fuel caps were damaged in the process of the thefts, and approximately 300 litres of diesel was stolen from each of the 6 Lorries.

If anybody has any information or anything to report, they are being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 16 on 01/10/2015.

 

5th October – Morpeth Herald

Diesel siphoned from horsebox on farm in Tranwell near Morpeth.

The theft took place between 9am on Friday 2nd and 2pm on Saturday 3rd.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

 

22nd October – Droitwich Standard

300-400 gallons of diesel siphoned in Droitwich fuel theft

The incident in Shernal Green, saw nearly 400 gallons of diesel stolen. The incident occurred when thieves raided an outbuilding and a workshop used for storing tractors. It is thought to have taken place sometime between 6pm on Sunday (October 18th) and 9am on Monday (October 19th).

Two padlocks were forced off during entry, and a locking cap was removed from a metal diesel tank. A quantity of hand tools were also stolen in the raid – however, some were left behind next to a sty, in a field the burglars were escaping through.

Any witnesses, or locals with CCTV which may prove helpful, are asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tags: fuel theft, news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 15th August - 18th September

Thu, October 29, 2015 - 12:15:00

18th August – Dorset

Fuel theft from coach at Lodmoor Country Park

A coach driver is asking for better security measures at a car park in Weymouth after his coach had its fuel siphoned overnight.

Steve Brown, from Cheshire, regularly brings tourists to Weymouth & Portland on Group Travel Limited coach tours. He uses the Lodmoor Country Park car park – operated by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council – every time he visits, costing him £12 for each night he parks there. But Steve is now reluctant to visit the borough again after thieves’ siphoned fuel from his coach one evening last month, during an eight-day coach tour.

He said: “I only realised the fuel had been taken when I got behind the wheel one morning and discovered the fuel was on red.

“I knew I’d filled up the day before so at that point alarm bells started ringing in my head.

Steve who has been bringing people to Weymouth on tours for 6 years, says he is concerned that this will happen again, unless better security measures are put into place in the area.

The incident took place between 6 am on Wednesday 15th July and 6am the following day.

Dorset Police are aware of the incident and are asking anyone with any information regarding the theft to call them on 101 quoting occurrence number 049371.

30th August – Wales

Red diesel stolen from farm in Wrexham

Wrexham Rural Policing Team are seeking information following the theft of red diesel from Onnen Farm, Hall Lane, Penycae. The theft occurred sometime between Tuesday 25th at 23:00 hours to Wednesday 26th at 06:00 hours.

The offenders who are currently unknown and yet to be caught stole around 800-900 litres of red diesel from an external tank on the farm.

It is thought that the thieves’ wheel barrowed the fuel from the tank – and considering the large quantity taken, would have been on the premises for a long period of time.

Anyone with any information should call 101 and quote incident reference number RC15129915.

13th September – Cornwall

Angry boat owner hit twice by fuel theft in just seven weeks

Barry Wills from Scorrier, who keeps his yacht in Mylor Yacht Harbour, went two months ago to take his boat out only to find that the engine wouldn’t start.

Mr Wills said: “I looked at the fuel tank and it was completely dry."

After coming to the conclusion that the fuel had been siphoned from the tank, he took the boat out of the water to be painted – but it was when he decided to take it back out onto the water that disaster struck.

He said: “My wife and I went down there and the engine started and then it stopped suddenly.

"We were drifting towards the rocks and we couldn't do anything to stop it. I had to get the harbour launch to tow us back.

"The person who did it couldn't care less."

With just an apology from the harbour, Mr Wills took it upon himself to go and speak to other boat owners and now believes they were not isolated cases and that someone has been systematically stealing fuel from vessels around the harbour in short bursts.

A police spokesman said: “Our investigation is still continuing.”

For security tips and advice please take a look at our diesel fuel and heating oil guides, containing ideas to keep your fuel safe. Or take a look at our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Information gathered from the following websites: Dorset Echo, West Briton & Wrexham.com.

Tags: fuel theft, news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 25th July - 14th August

Thu, October 29, 2015 - 11:53:00

30th July – Essex

300 litres of diesel have been stolen from a combine harvester in Latchington.

The vehicle was situated in a field within the Bridgemans Green area, between 1am and 7am on 24th July. A Stihl leaf blower on board the vehicle was also stolen in the incident.

Police are appealing for help, and are asking for anybody who say anything suspicious in the area near to the time of the theft, to come forward with this information by calling 101 or 999 if urgent or an emergency.

30th July – Staffordshire

Diesel has been stolen from wagons at a waste depot in Leek.

Twelve wagons at the Fowlchurch Waste Depot have had their fuel stolen, after it was siphoned out of them, leaving workers turning up on Monday morning very surprised.

It is believed that the theft took place between 4:30pm on Friday 24th July and 6:30am on Monday 27th July.

A police spokesman said: “The thieves had forced the caps off the 12 wagons at the depot to steal the diesel. The incident was reported on Monday morning, but took place between late Friday afternoon and early Monday morning.”

It is unknown whether CCTV is in use at the site or how much diesel has been stolen.

A spokesman for the authority said: “This is a criminal investigation and it is inappropriate to comment at this stage.”

30th July – Cheshire

CCTV is to be installed at a council-run waste depot after fuel thieves targeted twice in the space of a month.

Around 1500 litres of fuel costing roughly £1,500 was stolen from vehicles at Cheshire East Council depot between February 16th and 17th. And in an almost identical theft, approximately 1000 litres of fuel was stolen from vehicles sometime overnight between March 11th and 12th.

Security cameras are to be fitted at the ANSA Waste Management Depot in Macclesfield – boasting 360 degree coverage as well as coverage for a nearby underpass which is a crime hotspot.

4th August – Wales

Theft of diesel from vehicles on Wrexham Industrial Estate

A number of vehicles in the Bridge Road area of Wrexham Industrial Estate had diesel stolen, sometime between 5pm on Wednesday 29th July and 8am on Thursday 20th July.

Police are asking those who have CCTV in the area, which may help with their enquiries, or anybody with any other information, to contact North Wales Police by dialling 101, quoting ref number RC15113990.

5th August – Yorkshire

300 litres of diesel have been stolen from a village construction site in Murton.

Police are asking if anybody with any information to call 101 or Crimestoppers, quoting reference number EF1501245.

14th August – Northern Ireland

500 litres of heating oil stolen from a residential property on Aughadey Road, Banbridge

The theft took place at approximately 9:30pm on Saturday 1st August.

A blue transit van was seen in the immediate area around the time of the theft – Police would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle, as they may be able to help them with their enquiries.

Follow our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon for news bulletins, as well as weekly tips on how to keep your fuel safe.

Information gathered from the following websites: Clacton and Frinton Gazette, Leek News, Macclesfield Express, Sunderland Echo, Wrexham.com and the Banbridge Leader.

Tags: fuel theft, news

Fuel Security News

Heartless fuel thief jailed for stealing from an Essex hospice

Fri, July 24, 2015 - 12:02:00

In May 2014, St Clare Hospice in Harlow was targeted by a heartless fuel thief, who stole over £1000 worth of heating fuel from their onsite tank. The hospice, which provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses, was left with no heating or running water after the theft.

Three weeks after the incident took place, Essex Police released a CCTV image of a man they were looking for in connection with the theft, and with thanks to media coverage, a man was later arrested and charged.

This week, following a three day trial, 22 year old Jake Seaton, of Barn Mead in Harlow was sentenced to 21 months in jail, despite pleading not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court in March.

Investigating Officer PC Mark Smith said: “Seaton had denied this heartless crime and showed no remorse for his actions.

“Upon summing up, the judge remarked how it was despicable to steal from a charity which cares for people with terminal illnesses.

“I am pleased that justice has been done in this case.”

Chief executive of the hospice, Tanya Curry, said the hospice was ‘shocked and saddened’ that somebody would even think of targeting a small local charity such as themselves. Tanya also revealed that the charity had been forced to step up security following the theft, with the facilities team working ‘tirelessly’.

She said: “At the time, our facilities team worked tirelessly to ensure that the impact of the theft was minimised, with an alternative heating source arranged for our Inpatient Unit whilst awaiting the delivery of replacement oil. We also increased our security even further following the incident.”

She continued: “All this takes time and money. Our services are free at the point of delivery, but we only receive limited NHS funding, so the vast majority of the £3.2 million we need to provide our care we have to raise ourselves. It is a relief to know that justice has been done and the serious nature of the incident recognised.”

Information gathered from: London Evening Standard, Herts & Essex Observer and Brentwood Gazette.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for July

Fri, July 24, 2015 - 11:30:00

Wales – 9th July

A victim of fuel theft is offering a cash reward to anyone who can help locate the thieves that stole 1000 litres of diesel from his agricultural machines.

Eric Thomas who runs Llŷn Plant Hire is a contractor and is furious after thieves targeted his machinery on farm land in Boduan. Around 1000 litres of diesel were stolen from a total of five vehicles, including a JCB and a tractor.

Mr Thomas, of Sarn, is determined to find the thieves and hopes that his cash reward will encourage witnesses to come forward.

Lincolnshire – 16th July

An attempted fuel theft in Grantham was left in a mess after thieves left a large gash in a heating oil tank, causing a large amount of heating oil to spill out onto the ground.

The incident took place at Folkingham Road in Pickworth.

PCSO Barbara Mooney of Grantham Rural North Policing Team has asked that if anybody has any information on the incident, to contact 101 and quote the incident number 394 of 13/07/15.

Derbyshire – 23 July

Police are appealing for witnesses after two crimes have taken place in a South Derbyshire village.

Red diesel was stolen from a tank at a farm near Etwall, sometime overnight between Tuesday 14th July and Wednesday 15th July.

Police believe that a vehicle is likely to have been used and therefore parked nearby. The crime reference number for this incident is 29860/15.

In a separate incident, a tractor was damaged between 9:30pm and 10pm on Thursday 9th July in Sandypits Lane, Etwall. The crime reference number for this incident is 29339/15.

If you have any information on either case, then please contact police on 101 and quote the relevant crime reference number.

 

It's important to ensure you have the necessary security for your fuel tanks, just incase you are ever targetting by fuel thieves. For information and tips on how to ensure your tank has the necessary security measures, take a look at our Heating Oil Security Guide and our Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Information gathered from the following websites: Cambrian News, Grantham Journal and the Burton Mail.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for the beginning of June

Mon, June 22, 2015 - 10:40:00

Cambridgeshire – 8th June

Homeowners in Cambridgeshire are being urged to make sure their fuel is safe and secure, after it was revealed that heating oil theft in the county is on the rise.

Gas supplier Calor, have obtained data that revealed there was 148 domestic fuel related thefts in the county in 2014, compared to the 66 thefts that were reported the previous year – a rise of 124%.

It was also revealed that Cambridgeshire has the largest number of recorded domestic fuel thefts in the country.

Alastair Lovell, of Calor said: “Heating oil is easy to target as tanks are quite large, and thieves need only to trespass onto the property, pierce the tank and then siphon off the oil.

“This causes great expense through repair or replacement of the tank and oil, and there may also be environmental damage from spillages to clean up. Meanwhile, homeowners are left in a house with no heat or hot water.

“These figures demonstrate the seriousness and growth of heating oil theft.”

Ways to prevent theft of fuel can be found at the bottom of this bulletin.

Ireland – 13th June

An investigation into the theft of an oil tanker containing laundered fuel from Aiken Barracks two years ago has been completed, yet the hunt for the thieves continues.

Despite an investigation by the Defence Forces’ Military Police being completed, no one has been charged in connection with what has been called ‘one of the most audacious crimes ever committed in Dundalk.’

On 26th May 2013, a tanker loaded with an estimated 20,000 litres of laundered fuel, was stolen from Aiken Barracks after it had been put there for ‘safe keeping’. Revenue officials had stored the 124L lorry (registration WLZ 2949) at the base after they crumpled a major fuel laundering plant in Co. Monaghan the week before it was stolen. The oil laundering plant was the biggest of its kind found in the state in 2013 and was capable of washing 15 million litres of fuel per year.

The raid on Aiken Barracks a week later (26th May) took place at 2am, in which the lorry was driven past armed soldiers before smashing through the metal front gates.

Security at the base was increased and following the completion of the investigation, a report has been handed over to the General Office Commanding (GOC) at Brigade Headquarters, where it remains ‘under consideration/review’.

A Defence Forces spokesperson said: 'Because the Garda investigation is ongoing, there has been no action taken and that will have to be considered by the GOC. Security was reviewed and increased in the aftermath of the theft at Aiken Barracks'.

Ireland  16th June

The first half of 2014 saw 261 diesel thefts from farms in Ireland – figures from the Central Statistics Office revealed.

The Irish Rural Link (IRL) – the national network representing the interest of rural communities – has responded to the latest rural crime figures calling them ‘unsurprising’.

It was revealed that along with the 261 reported diesel thefts there were a total of 420 crimes a month on farms in the country in the first half of 2014 – including a total of 1720 cases of farm machinery and equipment theft, 218 vehicle thefts, 280 cases of non-aggravated burglaries, 48 livestock thefts, 6 thefts from persons and one case of aggravated burglary.

Chief executive of the IRL Seamus Boland said: “the figures are very serious. Crime statistics continue to rise and needs to be addressed by government. As the number of crimes continues to rise so does the fear among rural communities.”

Worcestershire – 18th June

More than £15,000 worth of fuel has been stolen from a company in Redditch over the past year.

Owner of Redditch Skip Hire Ltd, Adam Wood, has been left feeling ‘so fed up’ with diesel being syphoned from his vehicles, that he is offering a £5,000 reward to anyone who has information on the culprits.

The company, based on Weights Lane, has seen its trucks broken into every 2-3 weeks, with the most recent theft having taken place on Sunday 14th June, when 12 vehicles has their fuel lines ripped out – totalling £2,000 of diesel stolen.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact company owner Adam by emailing him at adam@redditchskiphire.co.uk and to call West Mercia Police on 101.

 

With fuel thefts forever occurring across the UK, it is important to keep your fuel safe and secure in order to keep your mind at ease.

There are a number of ways in which to keep your fuel tank secure and your fuel safe, and all of this information can be found on our website in the Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide and the Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Tips include anything from planting shrubbery around your fuel tank, to high-tech devices keeping track of fuel being dispensed and by whom.

We also provide monthly bulletins, keeping you up-to-date with reported fuel thefts occurring across the UK.

Information gathered from the following websites: Ely Standard, Irish Independent, Irish Farmers Journal and Redditch Standard.

Tags: news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for May

Tue, June 02, 2015 - 10:04:00

12th - 19th May  Staffordshire

Earlier this month Police released images of a man they wanted to speak to regarding a fuel theft that occurred at Swadlincote golf course– police chiefs have now revealed that a man has been questioned, and thanked those who responded to the appeal to help identify him.

PC Phil Marriott said: “Last Thursday I interviewed a 42 year old man from Burton in connection with this crime and will now be submitting a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“We are working closely with local businesses to protect sites and identify suspects. Anyone with information about fuel thefts or any other crime should contact Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Fuel was stolen from a machine within the compound of Swadlincote Golf Course, in William Nadin Way, at 3:30 am on Wednesday 15th April.

Forty litres of diesel was also stolen from one of the vehicles left there overnight.

18th May – London

Two people have been arrested by Police after the car they were travelling in was stopped on the M40 near Beaconsfield –officers discovered 500 litres of diesel within the vehicle, which the occupants couldn’t account for.

The car was stopped on Tuesday 5th May, and since then the pair have been arrested on suspicion of theft.

A 28 year old man and a 24 year old woman, both from Hillingdon in London, have been bailed until 6th June.

Police also said that the person driving the vehicle had no driving license, insurance or MOT and the vehicle was also carrying false driving plates.

24th May – Northumberland

15,000 litres of diesel stole from a storage tank at a Northumberland compound.

On Tuesday 21st April, Police received a report that thieves had stolen diesel from a storage tank at a compound in East View, Choppington, to the south-east of Morpeth.

It is not known for definite when the theft took place but it is thought to have occurred sometime between June 2014 and April 2015.

Syphoning equipment had been used to remove the fuel from the storage tank and could have visited the site more than once to steal the fuel.

An investigation is underway, and Police are asking people to contact them if they have seen any suspicious cars or people in the area, or if they have any other information regarding the theft – the Police can be contacted on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number sn 597 21/04/15.

24th May – Lincolnshire

A CCTV image has been released of two men Police would like to speak to in regards to a heating oil theft.

The Bourne and Billingborough neighbourhood policing team are investigating the theft which occurred at a property in Spring Lane, Folkingham, on 24th April.

If you are either of them men in the picture, or can identify them, call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting crime ref 15000022081.

 

The Fuel Security Monitor has two guides to help with keeping fuel tanks secure – the Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or the Diesel Fuel Security Guide – they offer advice and tips on how to keep your tank safe, from tank alarms, to lockable caps, to tactical planting around your tank. For more information go to our website, or alternatively, check out our Twitter page for the latest fuel thefts from across the UK.

Informationg gathered from the following websites: Burton Mail, Forecourt Trader, Northumberland Gazette and Grantham Journal.

Tags: fuel theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for the end of April

Fri, May 08, 2015 - 10:11:00

21/04 – Scotland

A reported fuel theft in Ross-shire has triggered a Police appeal, warning those with heating oil on their property to remain vigilant.

Due to a recent fuel theft reported in the Craigton area of North Kessock, Police in Ross and Cromarty are prompting householders, farmers and businesses to be on the lookout for suspicious activity if heating oil is stored and/or used on their premises.

Police Scotland is also urging members of the public to take the necessary precautions to help deter and stop fuel thieves from striking.

28/04 – Scotland

Police are investigating a fuel theft of 4500 litres from a building site in Stonehouse.

The Lockhart Gardens Barratt building site, called Police on 23rd March to report a diesel theft, and from ongoing investigations it seems that fuel thefts had been occurring before 23rd March, since the site first opened.

Inspector Andy Bell from Larkhall Police said: “It appears the issues regarding diesel had not been reported to us prior to March 23rd, but had been taking place since the site opened.

“We are continuing enquiries into the theft at the site and due to the ongoing issues, have liaised with the site manager offering advice on security measures as well as deploying additional patrols in the area through the night where possible.”

In recent months Stonehouse, in its more rural areas, has been targeted by thieves and is an ongoing problem for much of rural South Lanarkshire.

Inspector Bell added: “We have made a couple of arrests and continue to target those believed to be responsible.

“In addition, we are working with the farm community and have set up a Lanarkshire Rural Group – basically enhancing communication between ourselves and the farming community to reduce the instances of rural crime.”

Anyone with information can contact Larkhall Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

28/04 – Wales

But it’s not all negative…

A countryside crime team in North Wales, which was started 18 months ago, has seen rural crime slashed by two thirds since their introduction – setting a benchmark for rural policing.

A dedicated team set up by North Wales Police called the Rural Crime Team has witnessed a dramatic reduction in the number of countryside crimes, especially in the theft of fuel from farms.41 cases of these thefts occurred in just nine months last year and according to recent figures, that number has fallen to just 15.

Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick, who requested that the team was set up, has said: “When I went about the agricultural animal markets during my campaign, the one story I was hearing from all farmers was that the rural areas were not adequately policed, and there was an obvious need for that gap to be filled.

“I’m immensely pleased that the team has been so successful. The rural crime team has set a benchmark for the rest of the UK. Their work is attracting a great deal of interest from other forces.”

End of April – Lincolnshire

Theft of heating oil reported from an address in Long Sutton.

Police are now warning residents who store heating oil to make sure it is correctly secured and to be on their guard.

The Fuel Security Monitor has two guides to help with keeping fuel tanks secure - Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

These guides give tips and advice, both free and paid for, on keeping fuel storage tanks safe and secure. Careful planting, tank gauges, tank alarms and much more is advised for tank security in the two guides. So take a look for more information. Alternatively, go to our website or Twitter page to read up on the latest fuel thefts from across the UK.

Information gathered from the following websites: Ross-shire Journal, Daily Record, Wales Online and Spalding Today.

Tags: news

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 2nd April -20th April

Tue, April 21, 2015 - 9:22:00

South Wales – 4th April

Industrial estates in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales have become victim to recent fuel thefts, resulting in Police and local crime fighters joining forces in an attempt to catch the culprits.

Funded by the Crime Prevention Panels from Ebbw Vale and Tredegar, 30 signs in numerous languages have been put up to warn thieves about Police patrols taking place in the area, as well as to alert HGV drivers parking in the area that fuel thefts have been taking place nearby.

Working alongside Blaenau Gwent Council, the signs have been put up at locations where thefts have taken place – including three estates on the Heads of the Valleys Road, Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate, Crowns Business Park and Rassau Industrial Estate.

It is thought that the recent fuel thefts have occurred due to the increase in plant machinery in the area, due to on-going bypass work.

60 factories have signed up to ‘Factory Watch’ – the scheme which aims to detect and reduce crime incidents by factories sharing information between them and the police, via the online watch link.

Kent

Detectives who were investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of fuel have arrested three men.

Kent Police had recently received five reports related to heating oil thefts across East Kent.

In two separate incidents, a total of £3000 of heating oil was stolen from two properties in Etchinghill between 8am on March 27th and 7am on April 1st.

Three other incidents including, £700 worth of heating oil was reported missing in Stelling Minnis, £400 worth reported missing in Ashford and an attempted theft reported in Acrise.

Two men were arrested on April 7th on suspicion of conspiracy to steal heating oil. A 33 year old man from Dartford and a 29 year old man from Strood were released on bail until 23rd June pending further enquiries.

Another arrest was made on 10th April, a 41 year old man from Chatham – arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal heating oil. He has also been bailed until 23rd June pending further enquires.

Northern Ireland

500 litres of diesel has been stolen from machinery that was carrying out road works in Larne.

The theft took place on Shanes Hill Road sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to contact Larne Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Lincolnshire

A theft of heating oil from a tank has been reported in Belchford. The theft was reported on 4th April.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to call PCSO 2188 Nigel Wass, Horncastle NPT on 101, extension 4627 or on his mobile – 07939 312724.

Cumbria

Diesel fuel has been stolen from a property in Holme.

The theft occurred between 3am and 4am on April 9th. Cumbria Police say the suspect was wearing a black balaclava and camouflage clothing.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Below are some more fuel thefts that have taken place:

For tips and advice on keeping your storage tank secure, our website has two guides on fuel security. From free ways to keep your tank secure - such as tactic planting, to paid-for devices which can alert you to when there’s an intruder or a sudden drop in your fuel level. For in depth advice take a look at the following guides: Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Alternatively, take a look at our website or Twitter for fuel theft updates and information.

Information gathered from the following websites: Wales Online, Ashford Herald, Larne Times, Lincolnshire Alert and the Westmorland Gazette.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 25th March - 1st April

Thu, April 02, 2015 - 7:38:00

Hampshire

Two Southampton men have been found guilty of stealing red diesel from their employer.

Jamie Hiscock, 28, and Zbikniew Ilinec, 62, stole the red diesel from a firm owned Hiscock’s uncle.

Hiscock, who was site foreman for the firm, and co-accused Ilinec, both admitted to stealing £9000 worth of fuel in October 2013. However, Mr Blanchard a director of the firm has said he has lost around £30,000 worth of diesel.

Hiscock, who earns around £700 a week after tax was able to pay compensation, said what he had done was ‘utterly stupid’ and was ‘deeply sorry’.

Hiscock was sentenced to ten months in jail, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 80 hours of community service, pay £5000 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.

Ilinec, who needed a polish interpreter, was said to have health problems including cancer. Judge Recorder Pawson accepted that Ilinec had helped Hiscock because he feared for his job, and said: “You are described as a humble man who to a certain extent was easily led and felt in a difficult position, although that does not excuse what you did for one moment.”

Ilinec received a one-year community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months, and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Two other defendants were acquitted at trial.

Cumbria

Police are urging homeowners to be vigilant after a heating oil theft in Old Hutton - adding to a spate of fuel thefts from properties around Cumbria.

Heating oil was reported stolen on March 26, from a house in Old Hutton. It comes after two similar incidents took place in the north of the county near Carlisle the week before.

Police are asking people who have heating oil tanks, to regularly check their oil levels and take the necessary security procedures. Police are still unsure on whether the incidents are linked.

Anybody with any information are being asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ireland

A rise in diesel thefts has been seen around Limerick, resulting in Gardai to seek the public’s help.

Fuel has recently been stolen from a number of locations including a school in Pallaskenry, which had fuel stolen just after 10pm on Saturday 14th March; a soccer club in Askeaton was targeted on just before midnight on Sunday 22nd March; and fuel was syphoned from a number of lorries parked overnight at Foynes Port between Sunday 22nd – Monday 23rd March.

North Wales

Heating oil stolen from Morfa Nefyn Community Centre in Pwellheli

Thieves have stolen a large quantity of heating oil from a Pwellheli community centre, forcing police to ask for the public’s assistance with the investigation.

Local Officer PC Gethin Jones explained that between Monday 12th January and Saturday 14th March 2015, thieves stole a large quantity of heating oil from a storage tank located at the back of the Morfa Nefyn Community Centre in Pwllheli.

It is thought that a vehicle must have been involved in the incident due to the amount of oil stolen, leading Police to urge anybody who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in the area, to come forward.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have information that could help identify the thieves.

PC Jones gave the following advice to the public: “Take extra care and ensure where possible locks are fitted, check the amount of oil in the tank regularly,  be vigilant of any unusual vehicles parked close to homes or gardens and install security lighting to protect the area around the tank.  It is also very important to stress if you see any suspicious behaviour to let us know immediately”

Anyone who has any information are asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC15041288.

Northern Ireland

Police received a report that heating oil had been stolen from a homeowner in the Castle Park area of Cushendun on Saturday 21st March. The theft is thought to have taken place sometime between 9th and 14th March. Please contact Police if you have any information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For tips and advice on keeping your storage tank secure - such as free ways to keep it secure, or paid-for devices - our website has two guides on fuel security. For more in depth advice take a look at the following guides: Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Alternatively, take a look at our website or Twitter for fuel theft updates and information.

Information gathered from the following websites: Daily Echo, The West Morland Gazette, Live 95 FM, North Wales Police and Ballymoney Times.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 12th March – 24th March

Tue, March 24, 2015 - 1:15:00

Dorset

Theft of heating oil in Poyntington

An estimated 1200 litres of heating oil has been stolen from a tank at a house in Poyntington. The theft is thought to have taken place between February 11th and March 12th.

If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Dorset Police on emergency telephone number 101 and quote 11091.

 

Essex

Warning after heating oil theft

Heating oil has been stolen from an outside tank in Essex, estimated to be worth £400.

The incident happened on Hackmans Lane, Cock Clarks, overnight on the 9th March.

Police are being asked to check the security of their heating oil storage and to report anything they deem suspicious to Maldon Police on 101.

 

Norfolk

Pair charged with alleged theft of red diesel

Two men have been charged with the alleged theft of red diesel

Police have charged two men from Watton in connection with the red diesel theft in East Harling on Tuesday 10th March.

Raimondas Degutis, 35, and Airimas Siaudinis, 20, both of Cardington Road, face a charge of going equipped for theft. Degutis also faces charges of driving without insurance and driving without the appropriate driving licence.

They have both been released on bail and appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday 27th March.

 

Lancashire

Theft of diesel from industrial estate

Police in Lancashire are warning locals after a diesel theft occurred on Roman Way Industrial Estate.

The incident happened at 17:30 on 8th March and is the second offence of its type to have happened in the last two weeks.

CCTV footage reveals two males leaving a double cab transit tipper before stealing the fuel. No further information has been found, but investigations are ongoing.

 

Attempted fuel theft in Somerset

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are warning those living in North Somerset to be on the lookout, after residents in Wick St Lawrence called the police following a disturbance at 5am, in which a man was seen tampering with a fuel tank at a property in the village.

No trace of the man was found after police arrived at the scene, but a car was later recovered containing fuel containers.

Police believe that this incident and another involving a heating oil tank may be connected, as well as other offences carried out last month.

PC Jim Murrary said: “We had two reports of thefts and attempted thefts from heating oil tanks at other properties in Wick St Lawrence in February.”

“We have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the affected areas and sent messages out through Farm Watch and other watch schemes.”

If anybody has any information regarding this incident, then please call police on 101 quoting reference 24847/15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For tips and advice on keeping your fuel tank safe, from free ways to keeping it secure, to paid-for devices, take a look at our two guides for more in depth advice: Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Alternatively, take a look at our website or Twitter for fuel theft updates and information.

Information gathered from the following websites: Dorset Alert, Maldon and Burnham Standard, Thetford and Brandon Times, Stay In The Know and The Weston Mercury.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 1st March – 11th March

Thu, March 12, 2015 - 9:17:00

Fuel theft round up for 1st March – 11th March

Northumberland

Men jailed after attempted theft of diesel in Northumberland

Patrick Maughan, Anthony Dickinson and Lewis Brough were given prison sentences after admitting conspiracy to steal from a Northumberland garage and post depot, as well as admitting setting fire to an 18-tonne lorry in an attempt to cover their tracks.

The three men were using a stolen HGV filled with diesel storage containers when they attempted their first break at the Alnwick Royal Mail base in November 2012. However, once inside the compound their lorry got stuck in mud and the three men panicked, setting fire to the stolen HGV before leaving on foot.

The fire they started ended up spreading to three nearby cars, causing more than £12,000-worth of damage.

Despite all this, Maughan, Dickinson and Brough returned to Northumberland a week later and this time targeted Adderstone Garage, near Belford. But their plan was interrupted after they were caught siphoning diesel, forcing them to abandon £3,000 of fuel and another stolen lorry.

The men were quickly caught by police, after latex gloves and a cigarette end containing their DNA were found in the abandoned lorry at the garage.

After a lengthy investigation, Maughan, 29, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, Dickinson, 46, four years, and Brough, 22, three years and three months. All pleaded guilty on the day of the trial to conspiracy to theft. Dickinson also admitted a charge of arson in relation to the lorry at the post depot.

 

Northern Ireland

It has been reported that diesel was stolen from a tank located at a property in Fairhead Road, Ballycastle. It was thought to have taken place sometime last week (2nd – 8th March). The theft is currently being investigated by police.

 

Suffolk

Three incidents of theft have taken place in Great Thurlow.

The thefts, which took place sometime overnight between February 27th and 28th, involved 1000 litres of domestic heating oil, worth £390, being taken from a tank at the rear of a house in the village.

Two cars were also broken into, which saw a sat nav, hands free kit and an iPod stolen, estimated at a total of £80.

Police are linking the thefts and are investigating. Anybody with any information should call 101.

 

Northamptonshire

Attempted theft of heating oil in Upper Boddington

A thief was left empty-handed after he tried breaking into a house and heating oil storage tank in Church Road, Upper Boddington.

The attempted break in is thought to have happened sometime between 8pm on Monday night and 8am on Tuesday.

It is believed that the thief had tried to force entry to the tank, which was located in the back garden of the property, but failed to get inside it. The thief then tried to get into the house through a ground floor window, but failed again.

As a result, no property was stolen. Police are asking anybody with any information to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

West Midlands

Police appeal after stolen fuel found

West Midlands Police are asking anybody who believe they have been a victim of a fuel theft on Thursday 5th March to contact them, after stolen fuel was found. The fuel is thought to have been vehicle clear diesel.

Two men, who were driving a vehicle with a Polish registration, were arrested at about 4am on March 5th in Main Road, Meriden, near Coventry. A large amount of fuel was found stored in containers in the rear of the white Ford Transit Van they were in.

Anyone with any information, please contact police on 101, West Midlands Police and quote incident 180 of Friday, March 6.

 

Devon

Industrial estates warned over recent rise in crime

Police in Plympton say there has been an increase in crime on commercial and retail industrial estates over the past three months, especially in the theft of fuel.

This has led police to alert industrial estates, units and retail parks and to ensure that their properties are secure. Parkway, Chantry Court, Valley Road, Newnham and Langage trading estates have all been hit by the recent thefts.

PC Rendle of Plympton Police, said: “One particular crime of note is the theft of fuel. We’ve had half a dozen where offenders have drilled out petrol tanks and siphoned off fuel, or they’ve just lifted the caps off, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage on top of the cost of the diesel.”

He added: “My advice would be to park vehicles in a locked and secure compound or parking in such a position that the offenders cannot access the fuel tanks.”

Police also asked for property owners to check their CCTV is working, as well as keeping buildings locked and secured, with alarms set.

Extra police patrols are being conducted in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Plympton Police via Facebook, on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

 

Northern Ireland

Heating oil theft in Banbridge

Police are investigating after heating oil was stolen from a property on Cline Road.

It is believed that the theft occurred sometime between Friday 20th February and Monday 2nd March.

Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity, or has any information is being asked to contact Banbridge Police on 101 quoting reference number 439020315 – or alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Keep your fuel safe by following the following tips put together by the Fuel Security Monitor:

+ Keeping a check on your fuel level, to determine how much is being used and to know if your fuel level has taken a sudden drop.

+ Securing your tank by using tank alarms, by putting it out of sight to passers by but in sight so that you can see it from your home, and try making access to your tank difficult for thieves, by planting shrubbery around it or placing plant pots around it.

+ Install security lighting so that you are alerted to when somebody may be on your property, in the hope that it'll scare them away, they'll be seen or it'll be easier to identify them.

For other information, tips and advice for keeping your fuel safe, have a look on the Fuel Security Monitor website, or read our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or our Diesel Fuel Security Guide. Alternatively, visit our Twitter for updates and news bulletins.

The above news stories were found at the following websites: Chronicle Live, Ballymoney Times, Haverhill Echo, Northampton Chronicle, Evesham Journal, Plymouth Herald and the Banbridge Leader.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 16th February - 26th February

Thu, February 26, 2015 - 11:18:00

Fuel theft round up for 16th February - 26th February

Bridgewater, Burnham & Highbridge:

Data from the Avon & Somerset Constabulary has revealed that the number of reported oil thefts in the county has risen over the last few years, to around 100 separate incidents annually – four times as many of them happening at domestic properties.

Paul Made of Calor: “These figures demonstrate the seriousness and growth of heating oil theft for those living in Somerset.

“It is sometimes assumed that oil thieves only target commercial buildings, but in fact residential properties are equally at risk.”

Macclesfield:

1,500 litres of diesel have been stolen from a council waste depot, after thieves managed to drain the ten waste collection vehicles at the property on Commercial Road. Police believe the raid occurred between February 16th and 17th, took place over a period of several hours and possibly involved a number of large vehicles. The fuel siphoned is estimated to be worth around £1,700.

Inspector Steve Griffiths said: “It is estimated that 1,500 litres of fuel was stolen valued between £1,200 and £1,700.

It would have required a number of people, for a number of hours, using large vehicles, to remove that amount of fuel. I would like to appeal to witnesses.”

A Cheshire East Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that fuel was stolen from refuse collection vehicles parked at Commercial Road depot.”

“The incident occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday morning (February 16/17) and was reported to the police.”

Please call the police on 101 quoting incident 99 of February 17, 2015 if you have any information.

Holt Heath:

Heating oil has been stolen from a tank at the side of a driveway in Witley Road, Holt Heath, near Worcester. It thought that the theft took place between December last year and 7:30pm on Tuesday 10th February.

Anyone who may have any information is being asked to contact the police on 101 and quote reference number 0104S110215.

Marshchapel:

A large quantity of heating oil has been stolen, sometime over the past two weeks, from an address on Church Lane in Marshchapel.

Please call Lincolnshire Police on 101 with any information and quote incident number 38 of February 16.

Cambridgeshire:

A thief who made off with £300-worth of oil from a Cambridgeshire garden but was caught by police has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Povilas Duckevicius, 28, made off with 600 litres of heating oil from a pensioner’s garden, but was later caught by police because his DNA was traced from the saliva he left on the hose pipe in which he used to syphon the oil.

The incident took place in a pensioners back garden sometime between January 11th and 13th, in Snailwell near Newmarket. Although Duckevicius wasn’t seen stealing the oil, he was caught shortly after due to leaving behind the hose pipe he’d used to syphon the fuel, which contained his saliva – allowing police to trace his DNA.

Prosecutor Paul Brown said: “He cut the victim’s hose pipe and used that to syphon the oil. When you do that you leave your saliva on the tube. Police managed to analyse his saliva, and the defendant was then arrested.”

Mr Brown explained how the victim needed the heating oil in order to maintain her health. The incident has left her in constant fear and forever wondering if someone else was to going to enter her garden that shouldn’t be there.

Duckevicius was ordered to pay £300 in compensation to the victim.

 

In order to keep your fuel tanks safe, there are a number of precautions you can take, these include:

+ Checking your fuel level regularly, to monitor how much you are using, and therefore see if there's a sudden drop in fuel level.

+ Keeping your tank secure, by either purchasing devices such as tank alarms, or by putting your tank somewhere where you can see it out of the window. Furthermore, you could plant bushes and put plant pots surrounding your tank so access can be made difficult if an intruder was to attempt at stealing fuel.

+ Security lights will alert you to anybody entering your property/grounds, and will normally scare away thieves.

The Fuel Security Monitor has further ways in which you can deter thieves and stop your tank being targeted - these can be found in our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or our Diesel Fuel Security Guide for those who keep tanks of diesel on their property - or visit our Twitter page.

Below are some news updates from Twitter regarding heating oil and diesel fuel theft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information gathered from the following websites: Bridgewater Mercury, This Is West Country, Macclesfield Express, Worcester News, Louth Leader, Cambridge News and Twitter.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up from 27th January – 12th February

Thu, February 12, 2015 - 12:25:00

Fuel theft round up from 27th January – 12th February

Bideford, North Devon

Heating oil has been stolen from two tanks located at a home in Cheristow Hartland near Bideford, North Devon. The theft is thought to have taken place sometime between 12pm on Tuesday 13th January and 9am on Tuesday 10th February.

A spokesman for police in Bideford said: “We are investigating a report of the theft of heating oil from two tanks at a property.

“Residents are asked to be aware of these incidents and check tanks and outbuildings on a regular basis for signs of interference.

“Report any suspicious activity seen to police, dialling 999 if offenders are still in the area at the time of your call.”

If anybody has any information about this incident, they can call 101 quoting reference CR/009472/15 or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire

Domestic heating oil has been stolen from a storage tank located in a residential garden in the Shipton Bellinger area. The theft is thought to have happened between the 23rd January and the 10th February.

Police are asking people who may have seen something to contact them on 101, quoting reference 44150048162.

Hatfield Peveral, Essex

There has been a spate of oil thefts in the Hatfield Peveral area, forcing police to issue a warning to residents, in order for them to seek extra security.

The theft is said to have taken place in the early hours of the 29th January, in which thieves stolen a quantity of heating oil from an oil tank at a property in Nounsley Road. It is thought that the culprits gained access through a field next door.

Anybody who may have information are being asked to contact Braintree Police Station on 101, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Over the past couple of days, home heating oil has been stolen in the ballintrillick area. Police are urging people who may have information on the incident to contact them, and if any further suspicious activity is seen to report it immediately.

Terrington, North Yorkshire

Heating oil worth approximately £400 has been stolen from two tanks at two properties in Wiganthorpe near Terrington. The incident is said to have taken place between the 19th January and the 20th.

Police are asking if anybody saw anything suspicious during this time, to call 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to Louise Neville-Beck.

Worcester, West Midlands

Diesel has been stolen from four tractors at a farm year in Oldbury Road, St Johns, Worcester. It is thought to have happened between 12.20am and 12.40am on Tuesday 10th February.

The tractors were parked in a farm yard at the property, when the 350 litres of red farm diesel were stolen. CCTV footage of the incident was caught on cameras located in the yard, which showed one or possibly two offenders in the yard at the time of the incident.

Anybody who may have information relating to this incident are being asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101, and to quote reference 0140 S 100215 22CC/8789C/15.

North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula, Scottish Isles

A number of fuel thefts have occurred at rural properties on the Scottish isles of North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula.

Police say that thieves are operating in seculuded areas because oil tanks can be easily approached in the darkness, meaning those living in rural communities are especially susceptible to this type of theft.

Anybody who may have information regarding these thefts are asked to call 101.

 

In order to keep your fuel tanks safe, a number of options have been drawn up by the Fuel Security Monitor and are acknowledged by police forces across the country.

- Check fuel level regularly – this will help to determine usage and whether a theft may have taken place due to sudden drop in level. Determining when these thefts have taken place can be made easier if daily checks are taken on measuring amount of fuel left in the tank.

- Keep tanks secure – numerous devices can be purchased to help keep your tank secure, and deter thieves who are after an easy break in.

- Visibility – Make sure your tank is visible from your property, but camouflaged and out of sight to passers-by. This will give you the opportunity to see somebody sneaking around your tank, or know when somebody is being nosey; this could be a potential thief – so keep a look out and be aware.

- Fit security lights to your property – ones that come on when movement is detected. These can be useful in numerous ways: They will light up anything or anybody that comes close or onto your property, alerting you to the fact that something or somebody may be getting a little too close for comfort to your tank. These lights will also help you to identify any vehicles or people that are acting suspiciously near your property and tank, and perhaps help identify those who have attempted or succeeded in a theft.

More tips and advice can be found in our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide. We also offer tips and advice, similar to that for the heating oil, in our Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Here are some news updates from Twitter regarding heating oil and diesel fuel theft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more fuel theft bulletins, as well as Freedom of Information requests providing statistics and data on these particular issues, visit our news page and Twitter page.

Information gathered on the 12th February 2015 from the following websites - North Devon Journal, Hampshire Alert, Braintree & Witham Times, Facebook, Gazette Herald, Worcester News and Island News.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for January

Mon, January 26, 2015 - 10:35:00

Petrol and Diesel Fuel Thefts

Essex: January 5th – January 6th

Fuel thefts in Essex leaves two pensioners over £300 out of pocket.

A double fuel theft has taken place in Tollesbury, Essex between noon on January 5th and 10:30am the next day.

Thieves cut the fuel pipes of two cars, one belonging to a 73-year-old widower and the other a grandfather-of-four in which £100 of fuel was stolen.

Mike Seaborn, 73, whose silver ford fiesta was targeted, said he knew straight away that something wasn’t right.

Mike told the Essex Chronicle: "I had a near full tank of petrol as I had filled up at the Shell petrol station in Tiptree on Friday (January 2nd), but when I got in the car I only had a quarter of a tank.

"My initial reaction was that I'd been siphoned and my neighbour agreed. But there was no petrol on the ground, just a slight whiff of it."

Mr Seaborn decided to go and refill his tank at the petrol station on Maypole Road, but discovered after paying at the till that a huge pool of fuel was on the ground by his car. After calling the AA to drain the rest of his tank, he soon realised that his fuel pipes had been cut, so immediately phoned his neighbour Ken Salmon to check to see whether the same had happened to his car.

Mr Seaborn paid out £180 to have the remaining petrol drained from his car, lost £80 worth of fuel at the petrol station after it leaked from his tank, and then paid £75 to have his car repaired – totalling £335. Neighbour Ken took his car to be repaired, after discovering that he too had been targeted by the thieves – he was charged £37 by a local garage and said the experience has been ‘quite traumatic’ and feels as though he has been ‘violated’.

As a result of the above fuel thefts, a neighbourhood watch committee has been arranged and is taking place at The Royal British Legion in Tollesbury on Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call Essex Police on 101 or PCSO Karen Garwood on 07968 574809.

Information gathered from The Essex Chronicle.

 

West Sussex: January 18th – January 19th

Lorries parked in Burgess Hill overnight targeted by fuel thieves

Sussex Police have revealed that six lorries in Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, have had £600 worth of diesel fuel stolen, sometime between midnight on January 18th and 7am on January 19th.

Police are asking anybody who may have witnessed the theft or anybody who may have information on the thefts to call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0208 of 19/01.

Information gathered from The Mid Sussex Times.

 

Heating Oil Thefts

Cornwall: January 17th – January 18th

£1000 worth of heating oil stolen from children’s charity in Cornwall

Thieves have stolen £1000 of heating oil from the CHICKS Coastal Retreat in Tywardreath, a charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children.

It is believed that the thieves forced entry to the property via the gates, sometime overnight between January 17th and January 18th, and emptied the tank of its contents.

CHICKS head of operations Rod Webb-Taylor said: “It’s shocking and upsetting that a theft like this has happened.

‘‘The oil tank had recently been filled in order to cater for the special residential breaks we held over Christmas for disadvantaged children and we estimate that around £1,000 of oil was stolen in total.

‘‘As a charity that relies solely on voluntary donations, it’s a big loss for us and it’s a really sad way to start the New Year.’’

The charity has owned the property in Tywardreath since 2003 and has helped thousands of children from all over the country. The charity has another retreat located at Brentor Devon.

Police have been informed.

Information gathered from The Cornish Guardian.

 

Staffordshire: January

Heating oil stolen from property in Hill Chorlton

Police are investigating a fuel theft that involved ‘several’ litres of heating oil being stolen from a village home.

The offenders, which police are now on the hunt for, removed a padlock from the tank before taking the fuel from the property located in Staffordshire. Although the owners aren’t sure when the theft took place, it is thought to have occurred in the last month.
Police are now warning residents to be on their guard after the recent rise in oil thefts.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “This type of incident tends to be on the increase at this time of year so we would urge people to review their security. If you do store heating fuel at your premises, consider fitting alarms to your tanks.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Information gathered from The Stoke Sentinel.

 

Fuel Security Monitor Advice:

This time of year fuel thefts are rife, due to darker nights and the cold weather keeping everybody inside. 

The Fuel Security Monitor advises that to help stop diesel and petrol thefts, vehicles are kept in a garage, on a driveway, or on the road outside your property -  and ideally near to a light source, i.e. a street lamp or driveway security light. For vehicles parked on commercial properties, the same applies, ensure vehicles are parked inside the property if available, outside the property or on a driveway, and again near to a light source. Furthermore, if the property has gates, make sure these are locked overnight and in the day if possible. Equipment for tanks containing petrol or diesel can be fitted with lockable caps and fuel monitors for further security. More information and ideas to keep fuel safe can be found in our Diesel Fuel Security Guide

To help deter heating oil thefts, we would advise that tanks are located out of sight to passers by and are difficult to access to deter theives if they target your tank - this can be done by planting shrubbery and carefully placing plant pots. More ideas, including advice on security devices for oil tanks - such as tank alarms - can be found in our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide.

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for Christmas and New Year period

Tue, January 13, 2015 - 1:49:00

Diesel stolen from excavator in Lincolnshire

300 litres of red diesel have been stolen from an excavator in Manby Middlegate sometime overnight between Tuesday 6th January and Wednesday 7th January.

The yellow excavator was parked in a field adjacent to the B1200 between Manby and Saltfleetby. PC Young is asking anybody who may have any information on this incident to call 101 quoting incident number 55 of January 7th. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Heating oil stolen from house in Brancaster

Police are asking any possibly witnesses to come forward after hundreds of litres of heating oil were stolen from a house in Brancaster over the Christmas and New Year period.

The property, located in Main Road, had the fuel stolen sometime between 2pm on Christmas Eve and 11am on Sunday 4th January. It’s believed that roughly 800 litres of heating oil was stolen from the property owner’s tank, located on the premises.

Anyone who may have witnesses the incident or anything suspicious during the time frame and area mentioned, are being asked to contact PC Stephen Carter of Hunstanton Police on 101.

 

Thieves CAN be caught

Trio sentenced after admitting stealing heating oil from primary school.

Three men have been sentenced for the theft of heating oil from Garvagh Primary School in Northern Ireland last March. Stephen Kane, 39, Philip Edward McDonald, 27 and Kenneth Ivan Park, 54, were all sentenced on Friday.

The court heard how in the early hours of the 12th March 2013, police had received reports of suspicious activity in Garvagh Primary School near to where the fuel tank was located. A vehicle seen in the area at the time of the incident was later brought to the attention of the police, after they noticed all the windows of a Renault Scenic were open, despite the temperature being a mere -4 degrees. The three men – along with a fourth man Kenny Grissam, 39, who was also in the car – were arrested after their vehicle was stopped and policed noticed a strong smell of heating oil.

It was revealed that Park’s grandson was a pupil at the school at the time the theft took place and after a search was conducted of Park’s home, two 25-litre drums of heating oil were found hidden in the wardrobe of a bedroom inside the property. The vehicle involved, which Park was driving at the time it was stopped, was searched and as a result several items including a screwdriver, pliers and a wrench were found.

Police found that the oil tank had been damaged during the theft, and also found at the site was the tip of a latex glove in which Grissam’s DNA was found on. Furthermore, heating oil remnants were found on the clothes of Park and McDonald – adding more evidence to the case.

Passing sentence, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said: “Whilst the amount involved in this case may not be the highest value, the theft of public property could have the potential to inconvenience children being education in the school.”

McDonald was handed a four-month prison sentence, Kane was sentenced to serve 9 months - after committing the offence during a previous suspended sentence - and Park was handed a six-month sentence, which was suspended for two years. The fourth man, Grissam, failed to appear in court and so an arrest warrant was issued.

 

The Fuel Security Monitor would advise you to remain cautious to any suspicious activity, and to alert the police if necessary. Make sure premises and homes are secured and that outside tanks are kept hidden out of view from passers-by – also make sure that tanks aren't easily accessible, so that it deters thieves. For more information and advice on keeping your fuel secure, including fitting tanks with security devices or ways you can secure your tank for free go to the Fuel Security Monitor website where there are two guides – a Heating Oil Security Guide and a Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Information gathered from the Louth Leader, Lynn News and Midulster Mail.

Fuel Security News

What does the fall in oil prices mean for home owners and businesses?

Thu, January 08, 2015 - 8:41:00

Brent Crude Oil is at its lowest price in over four years, and it's continuing to fall – so what does this mean for heating oil users and businesses that fuel their vehicles.

London’s City AM website, the online version of its free daily business newspaper, reported in December that oil prices had already dropped by roughly 40% in 2014 – Prices per barrel were around $107.95 in June and by December, the prices had fallen to $64.44.

The falling price of oil has been the result of slowing global growth and increased supply of oil and gas.

And it seems that the price of oil is continuing to drop, as oil prices currently stand at just under $50 per barrel, a figure that hasn’t been seen since May 2009.

The New Year is now in full swing and with oil prices lower than usual, many homeowners will be stocking up on oil to heat their home and businesses will be stocking up to heat their premises.

Most people will likely refill their tanks over the coming days, if they haven’t done so already, because of the recent low prices – giving thieves a prime opportunity to go on the hunt for recently filled tanks in order to empty them.

Not only this, but the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 brought a fall in fuel prices too – with prices expected to reach as little as £1 per litre. So this will no doubt lead to lengthy queues at petrol stations and an influx of orders for businesses stocking up on fuel to power their vehicles. Again, a prime opportunity for thieves to strike and cash in on the falling prices of fuel and oil.

Over the Christmas and New Year period there were a number of fuel thefts, including two heating oil thefts that happened in Northern Ireland and Nottinghamshire, where large quantities of heating oil were stolen from onsite storage tanks.

With this in mind, the Fuel Security Monitor advises that, despite whether you’ve filled your tank up or just have a remaining amount left, that you keep your tank as secure as possible. Tank security can be anything from planting shrubbery around your tank, to fitting your tank with a security device. All our tips and advice is given on the Fuel Security Monitor website, where there are two guides: the Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide and the Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

For more information on the heating oil thefts, see the following links below:

Bothamsall Heating Oil Theft

Ballykelly Heating Oil Theft

Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 1st December – 9th December

Fri, December 12, 2014 - 9:18:00

Diesel stolen from Bourne farm – 1st December

About 6,000 litres of red diesel have been stolen from a farm in Edenham, Bourne.

The theft is thought to have happened in November, sometime between 6pm on 18 November and 8.30am the next day.

To read more go to the Peterborough Today website.

 

Heating oil stolen from Wretham property – 1st December

Police are appealing for information after 400 litres of heating oil were stolen from a tank at an address in Sunnyside.

It’s thought that the heating oil was stolen from an unlocked tank between 2am on Monday 24th November and 3am on Tuesday 25th November.

Anyone with any information are being asked to call PC Matthew McKay at Thetford Police Station on 101, or alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.

To read more go to the EDP24 website.

 

Tean haulage company targeted by fuel thieves – 2nd December

Offenders have made off with a large amount of diesel fuel after targeting vehicles at a haulage firm.

JW Cantrell Haulage, located in Tean, had roughly £240 worth of diesel fuel stolen, between 6pm on 27th November and 6am the next day.

Those who may have any information on this incident are being asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

To read more go to the Stoke Sentinel website.

 

Heating oil stolen in Ludford – 8th December

Heating oil has been stolen from Ludford Village Hall, sometime between Wednesday 3rd December and Saturday 6th December.

Anyone with any information should contact PCSO Sally Read from the Louth Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team if they have seen anything suspicious in the area or has specific information relating to this crime. She can be contacted by calling Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 269 of December 6th.

To read more go to the Louth Leader website.

 

Thieves steal heating oil from Caythorpe farm – 9th December

Thieves have stolen a large quantity of heating oil from a farm on Caythorpe Heath.

The incident, in which 400 litres of heating oil was stolen, is thought to have taken place between Monday 8th December and Tuesday 9th December, sometime overnight.

If anybody has any information regarding this incident, contact the force control room on 101, quoting incident number 309 on December 9th.

To read more go to the Grantham Journal website. 

 

The increase in fuel thefts during the winter months is well known, and the above thefts, which are just a select few, show just how many can occur in such a short amount of time. The winter brings darker mornings and nights, as well as low temperatures, a prime environment for thieves to strike, knowing that you'll be inside not wanting to venture if there's no reason to. To help keep your fuel safe during winter, and the rest of the year, our Fuel Security Monitor can help!

The Fuel Security Monitor has two guides to help you with security tips and advice on keeping your fuel safe throughout the winter and the rest of the year. These tips include ways of keeping your tank secure, from installing guages, to planting shrubbery around your tank and creating obstacles with plant pots. Our two guides cover Diesel Fuel Security and Domestic Heating Oil Security. Alternatively, take a look at our twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Bowser containing 1000 litres of diesel fuel stolen in Derby

Mon, December 01, 2014 - 1:07:00

A mobile tanker – called a bowser – containing 1000 litres of fuel has been stolen in Derby.

The bowser, which is yellow, belongs to Derby City Council and contained 1000 litres of red diesel which was due to be used by machinery at Markeaton Park.

The bowser was being stored in the park and was stolen from the park between 11.30pm on Sunday 2nd November and 9.30am on Monday 3rd November.

Police have recently issued photographs of the yellow bowser. Anyone who has any information on where the bowser is, or anything to do with the disappearance of the bowser are being asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 and to quote crime reference 46524/14.

With the culprits of this incident still at large, we advise that precautionary measures are taken in securing your fuel tanks and bowsers. The Fuel Security Monitor website has two guides with advice and tips on how to keep your fuel safe, especially now we are into the month of December when temperatures continue to drop – these two guides are: the Diesel Fuel Security Guide and the Domestic Heating Oil Guide. These guides include ideas such as keeping your tank hidden and installing a gauge to your tank to keep an eye on the level of fuel in there.

Data sourced from the Derby Telegraph website on Monday 1st December 2014.

Fuel Security News

Man charged after £1,500 worth of fuel stolen from St Clare Hospice

Mon, November 24, 2014 - 4:52:00

A man has been charged and is due to appear in court accused of stealing £1,500 worth of fuel from the St Clare Hospice.

A 20 year old man from Barn Mead was charged with theft and has since been released on police bail. He is due to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 12th December.

The theft at St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, near Harlow, happened between May 14th and May 15th.

The fuel at the hospice is used to heat the inpatient unit, and due to the theft, the hospice has had to take further security measures.

At the time, chief executive Tanya Curry said: “We are shocked and saddened that anyone would even think of targeting a charity like St Clare."

Whilst this incident seems to be isolated, the Fuel Security Monitor advises that extra precautions are taken in securing fuel tanks and premises, especially if you are due to have your tank filled or have recently had it filled. Tank locks and fuel guages are just some of the security devices which can be added to your tank to make it more secure. To read more about how to keep your tank secure, take a look at our Heating Oil Security Guide and Diesel Fuel Security Guide, go to The Fuel Security Monitor webpage or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecMon.

Data sourced on Monday 24th November 2014 from the Herts & Essex Observer website.

Fuel Security News

500 litres of heating oil stolen in Isle of Whithorn

Wed, November 19, 2014 - 3:09:00

An investigation has been launched after a homeowner discovered they had become victim to fuel thieves

Police Scotland have launched an investigation after a homeowner was left without heating oil, after having about 500 litres of heating oil (around £300 worth) stolen from the tank at their house in Tonderghie Road, in the Isle of Whithorn. It is believed that the fuel theft could have occurred at any point over the past month.

The homeowner only discovered they had become a victim of fuel theft after their central heating system went off much sooner than expected.

Police are asking the public to get in touch if anybody has any information surrounding this incident. They can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact the police directly by calling 101.

The Fuel Security Monitor would advise homeowners who have heating oil tanks, to get their tanks fitted with the appropriate security devices, including tank gauges. If a tank gauge is fitted, owners are able to view the amount in the tank and can be alerted if the fuel level is getting low from the warmth of their home, without having to go outside and check the tank itself.

Those living nearby should remain cautious and make sure their tanks are secure, as thieves may still be active in the immediate and surrounding areas. It is at this time of year when thieves are on the lookout for people having their tanks filled so that they can come back and steal the fuel – gaining hundreds of litres of fuel which they can then sell on for a large sum of money. 

Data sourced on Wednesday 19th November 2014 from the Galloway Gazette website. For more news stories, security tips and advice, as well as information on fuel theft for both heating oil and diesel fuel, go to our website or visit our Twitter page. Our website includes guides on Heating Oil Security Advice and Diesel Fuel Security Advice.
 

Fuel Security News

Diesel theft from generator leaves hundreds without power

Tue, November 11, 2014 - 10:34:00

Hundreds of households on Barry Island were left power-less for two days after a fault led to a power outage, and thieves stole diesel from the backup generator.

423 Barry Island residents awoke to no power on the morning of November 4th, due to a fault with a transformer that had developed in Western Power Distribution’s Plymouth Road Substation. Residents were left without power from 3.15am until 7.30am and then again on November 5th, after thieves risked their lives to steal diesel from a temporary measure generator.

Western Power Distribution Substation identified that a transformer needed to be replaced, and engineers at the company planned to replace the damaged transformer on November 7th which they warned would leave residents without power again for a further two to three hours whilst the work is carried out.

A Western Power Distribution spokeswoman said: “Diesel fuel was stolen from the temporary generator which meant that the same 423 customers went off supply again. To prevent any further theft of fuel from the generator our engineers have now connected the temporary generator to a mains supply.

“The mindless theft of diesel from our generator not only caused added inconvenience to our customers, but also put the lives of those responsible for the theft at risk. Our equipment carries very high voltage electricity and we would urge the public to always keep their distance.

“We would also like to apologise to those customers who have been inconvenienced.”

This case identifies that no matter what the risk to the individual, thieves will go above and beyond to steal fuel from storage containers. This should give the public who have fuel in storage, more reason to protect their containers in whatever way they can. For information and ideas on how you can keep your fuel tanks secure, including tank alarms and creating obstacles, take a look at our two guides on the Fuel Security Monitor section of our website: 1) Diesel Fuel Security Guide and 2) Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Data sourced on Tuesday 11th November 2014 from the Barry and District News website.

Fuel Security News

Norfolk’s Fuel Theft Set to Fall in 2014

Mon, November 10, 2014 - 10:44:00

We sent out a series of Freedom of Information Requests to police forces across the United Kingdom asking for information on the theft of heating oil from oil tanks, as well as the theft of diesel from storage tanks. We excluded theft from vehicles or garage forecourts.

We asked the Norfolk Constabulary to supply us with all the key stats on fuel theft within the last five years. The force responded with a wealth of information, and using their data we were able to get a snapshot at the state of fuel-related crimes in Norfolk.

It’s worth noting that whilst we’ve included the statistics for 2014-2015, the request was originally sent in August, and so we cannot account for the last 2 months and cannot realistically predict the next 2. However, from the levels seem already we can estimate that currently the figures look to be falling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As is common with most reports we are seeing, it seems there is a sharp increase in Heating Oil thefts in 2010, followed by a fall in recorded thefts 2 years later. We could speculate this could be to do with oil prices at the time of the crime, making heating oil a more valuable commodity to enterprising criminals.

We can also see a sharp drop in 2014, but as this year isn’t over and winter is still yet to come, we can speculate this figure will increase by the time we ring in the New Year. Even so, it does seem that this year could be lower than previous years.

Regularly check your oil tank’s fuel level

Obviously with every Freedom of Information request which is granted we will receive a varying amount of data from the Police. This can depend on how criminal statistics are recorded, how the data is entered electronically, and most crucially the nature of the offence. In some cases there is an exact idea of how much fuel has been stolen, in some cases it’s approximate, and in some cases the victims have no idea how much or how little fuel has been taken from them.

Most concerning is the victims who have no idea how much fuel was stolen, we advise that you regularly check your oil tank, not only so that you inspect it and its surroundings to keep it safe and secure, but also to check the fuel levels. If you are unfortunate to have fuel stolen from you, having a rough idea of how much fuel was taken take help you claim back the correct amount on your insurance, whilst also helping the police with potentially valuable information.

One of the worst reported cases involved someone having just under 5,000 litres of heating oil stolen from their tank, a conservative estimate of 60 pence per litre means this theft amounted to just under £3,000 worth of fuel being stolen.

If you’ve ever felt concerned about your oil tank and wanted to know what measures you can take to protect it, read our guide on how to protect your oil tank from opportunistic criminals. If you have any concerns about your tank, please read our Oil Tank Pack – an essential guide to oil heating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consistent with the sharp increase in Heating Oil thefts in 2010, Norfolk also suffered a distinctive increase in Diesel thefts in 2010. We also saw a similar slight drop, and then a resurgence making 2013-2014 the worst year for diesel thefts. Between 2009 and today there were 1,091 recorded crimes, however I believe 340 (or roughly a third) can be discounted, as they largely relate to forecourt thefts.

Whilst these thefts are still significant and help contribute to the larger picture of the state of fuel crime in Norfolk, making off at the pump without paying is a completely different level of crime to stealing thousands of litres of Red Diesel from a commercial enterprise. Where stealing from diesel from the petrol station could opportunistic and worth only £50, stealing a significant amount of fuel from a farm, commercial fleet’s car park, or construction site requires organisation and can be worth thousands of pounds.

The most notable theft from the report is an incident where 15,000 litres of Red Diesel was stolen. Whilst the description doesn’t go into any greater detail, we can estimate that if the fuel were valued at a conservative price of £0.80 a litre this would be worth £12,000. These larger fuel tanks are most commonly found in large industrial parks, and would supply large vehicles and commercial fleets. Thefts on this scale are not from an opportunistic criminal, these are incredibly well organised, and would be specifically targeting tanks of this size – the audacity of stealing such a large quantity is breath-taking, as transporting several thousand litres of fuel is not only time consuming, but difficult to do carry out covertly.

If your company has a tank of this size, it’s imperative you are taking the necessary precautions to protect it from organised crime. Regardless of the size of your fuel tank, the right security measures can ensure that your business capital is protected.

There are three separate incidents of 10,000 litres of Red Diesel being stolen, sadly the description of the crimes do not give us any additional information apart from the fact they were burglaries from ‘non-dwellings’. The most recent incident in 2014 estimates the value of the fuel to be £7,500 which is a huge hit to any business. In late 2014 one of the smaller recorded thefts priced red diesel as £1.00 per litre, which shows how the price can rapidly increase in such a short time, and become a more valuable commodity. This could be one of the reasons why diesel theft increase in 2013-14, and why it’s difficult to speculate on 2015’s potential levels whilst we still have the winter months of 2014 to come.

From the graph you can see that whilst the theft levels do look lower than the preceding years, there is still a chance for the thefts to increase and reach the levels of the previous years. The data shows that thieves are indiscriminate when it comes to targeting fuel; there isn’t a definite model or pattern that is clear to see. However, we think if you do store several thousand litres of diesel onsite it would be prudent to take precautions to make sure your property is protected, and that thieves are deterred from trying to steal from your property.

If you’re concerned about the safety of your fuel, read our guide for more information on how to protect your property from diesel theft.

From the graph you can see that whilst the theft levels do look lower than the preceding years, there is still a chance for the thefts to increase and reach the levels of the previous years. The data shows that thieves are indiscriminate when it comes to targeting fuel; there isn’t a definite model or pattern that is clear to see. However, we think if you do store several thousand litres of diesel onsite it would be prudent to take precautions to make sure your property is protected, and that thieves are deterred from trying to steal from your property.

If you’re concerned about the safety of your fuel, read our guide for more information on how to protect your property from diesel theft.

Fuel Security News

Red diesel stolen from farm in Angus

Mon, November 03, 2014 - 10:13:00

Residents in Angus are being warned by police to be on guard after 3,000 litres of red diesel was taken from a storage tank on a farm near Aberlemo. The fuel was stolen between 10 pm on 26th October and 12 pm on 27th October.

Officers are now appealing to local drivers, farmers, business operators and residents across the Tayside area, to take every precaution possible to try and prevent fuel thieves from striking again.

Anybody who has any information, or wants to report any suspicious behaviour, should call Police Scotland on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A spokesperson for the police said: “We would also ask that the public are vigilant and report any suspicious activity, people or persons to police, especially if they are concerned about their presence in rural areas where they might have access to fuel tanks, agricultural vehicles or lorries for the purposes of fuel theft.”

People living or working nearby should take extra care when storing fuel on rural properties, such as on farms. Make sure your fuel bowser or tank is kept out of sight from people driving and walking past, or is well hidden/camouflaged. Fuel tanks and bowsers can be fitted with security mechanisms for extsuch as lockable tank caps and alarms that alert the owner of a sudden drop in fuel level.

Data sourced on 3rd November 2014 from The Evening Telegraph website. For more information on fuel theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, go to our website, read our Fuel Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Heating oil thefts are on the rise in East Sussex

Mon, November 03, 2014 - 9:37:00

During October, there was a number of heating oil thefts reported to the police in the Rye and Battle areas.

In one incident, which took place between the 10th and 12th October, five hundred litres of oil, worth £300 was stolen from a tank at the side of a house in Mountfield.

Another incident, separate from the above, which occurred between the 17th and 21st October, 1,000 litres of heating oil, was stolen from a property at Stonegate.

Police are appealing for any information and would urge any witnesses to come forward.

Due to this incident, the Fuel Security Monitor recommends that local people take added caution with their heating oil tank. If possible keep oil tanks and bowsers out of sight, or make sure they are disguised so that they can’t be seen by people driving or walking past. Security devices are available to add onto tanks and bowsers, such as lockable tank caps and alarm systems to give an alert when there is a sudden drop in fuel.

Data sourced on 3rd November 2014 from the Rye & Battle Observer website. For more information on heating oil theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, go to our website, take a look at our Heating Oil Security Guide  or visit our Twitter page.

Fuel Security News

Fuel thefts stats revealed for Thames Valley

Tue, October 28, 2014 - 4:35:00

Fuel theft is an infuriating crime – it leaves companies with no fuel to fill their vehicles or machinery and it leaves homeowners with no heating oil to heat their home. What’s even more infuriating is the cost that’s left behind, because not only do many have to pay for the damage caused to tanks and other repairs such as forced entry, there’s the cost of refuelling the tank and it can leave the victim in a damaging financial situation.

For our customers we believe it’s essential that they are aware of the specific figures of fuel theft, so we contacted Thames Valley Police and asked them to provide us with this data from the last five years. This appeal was part of the Freedom of Information Requests that we sent out to police forces across the United Kingdom, to create reports which give our customers the vital information on fuel related crimes, in order for them to remain cautious.

Thames Valley Police were happy to help and responded with the necessary statistics. This data gave us the information we needed to create this report on fuel related crimes in the Thames Valley area.

Fuel thieves are increasingly targeting heating oil tanks

This graph shows that heating oil thefts in the Thames Valley area has considerably increased over the past five years.

Splitting heating oil theft into theft from domestic properties and theft from commercial properties, excluding those classed as ‘other’, reveals huge results. Thefts from domestic properties, including driveways, gardens and dwellings totalled 281 thefts over the past five years. However, thefts from commercial properties, including farms (barns, yards, houses and fields), industrial estates, schools and social clubs totalled 96 thefts over the past five years.

Within the 96 commercial heating oil thefts, there were 11 types of property which had a total of 24 thefts. These properties included churches, doctors’ surgeries, playing fields and social clubs – and we assume that these thefts are one off incidents, as the social nature of the property suggests that the outside areas are normally busy or have people passing by regularly, and therefore thieves would usually see this as a risqué place to steal from.

However, the remaining 72 thefts involved properties such as yards/compounds and farms. These types of property are normally located in rural or isolated areas and are usually left unmanned in the evening, throughout the night and sometimes in the early morning. This therefore would give thieves the opportunity to steal the heating oil from the storage tanks and thus gave much higher results than the social commercial property thefts.

These results show that domestic properties are more often targeted in comparison to commercial ones, and this could be down to several reasons. Domestic properties using heating oil are usually in rural areas, where there are low numbers of people living, less street lighting and neighbours are normally not within close proximity, meaning thieves are more likely to target due to there not being much chance of being caught. Commercial properties are normally located in built up areas, where there are people walking and driving past throughout the day and evening and streets have better lighting.

Diesel thefts at their lowest in five years

The graph reveals that diesel thefts in the Thames Valley area have been quite steady from 2009 to 2012, and that there was a decline in thefts in 2013 – something which we hope to see continue in the future.

The fall in diesel thefts in 2013 came at the same time in which heating oil thefts peaked by a substantial amount, this lead us to assume that thieves were more actively targeting heating oil rather than diesel fuel.

As with the heating oil statistics, there are property types which had diesel fuel stolen from them which were one off cases. These cases involved properties such as sports stadiums and golf clubs – which are likely to have people on the premises at numerous times of the day, meaning it would be difficult for fuel to be stolen; and also sewage works, for which we think has obvious reasons as to why it wasn’t targeted very often!!!

However, some commercial property types have a high number of diesel theft cases associated with them, these include building sites, farms and yards/compounds.

Building sites are usually in built up areas but are normally gated off to the public and unmanned during the evening/night. This would give thieves a difficult entrance to the site where the tank’s located, but once inside (unless caught breaking in) they would be undetectable to passers-by, giving them the opportunity to steal fuel without getting caught.

Similarly, farms and yards/compounds are typically located in rural or isolated areas, and therefore are prime locations for thieves to target. These sites are usually unmanned during the evening, night and sometimes early morning and are less likely to have people passing by – again giving thieves the opportunity to steal fuel without getting caught.

There are precautionary measures that people can take, whether there tank is for domestic or commercial use. One way of deterring thieves is by making the tank inaccessible, this can be done by surrounding it with plant pots, shrubbery, or enclosing it somehow, such as housing it in a small out building or shed. There are also security devices you can purchase to keep tanks secure such as tank locks, and also tank gauges which monitor the tanks fuel level and alert the owner when the level drastically changes without having to go and physically check.

For more advice and information go to the Fuel Security Monitor Website and take a look at our Heating Oil Security Guide and Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Fuel Security News

Building site targeted for fuel theft

Tue, October 21, 2014 - 2:24:00

A building site in County Antrim, Northern Ireland has had fuel stolen from an on-site fuel bowser.

Police believe that the site, located on Templepatrick Road in the Templepatick area, was entered sometime between 10:40pm and 11:10pm on Tuesday 7th October 2014.

A fuel bowser and a quantity of water piping were stolen during the incident. Sergeant Jonathan Francey said: “I would appeal for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of who has any information to contact officers in Antrim on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Due to this incident, the Fuel Security Monitor recommends that local people take added caution when a premises containing fuel in a tank or bowser is left unattended. Unmanned premises such as farms and building sites should make sure that fuel tanks and bowsers are kept out of sight, so that they can’t be seen by people driving or walking past. Security devices are available to add onto tanks and bowsers, such as lockable tank caps and alarm systems to give an alert when there is a sudden drop in fuel.

Data sourced on Tuesday 21st October 2014 from the Antrim Times website. For more information on diesel theft as well as heating oil theft, take a look at our two guides which give secuity advice and tips. Guide 1) The Diesel Fuel Security Guide and Guide 2) The Heating Oil Security Guide or visit our Twitter page for more information, available whilst you're on the move.

Fuel Security News

Theft of fuel and quad bike from rural property in Scotland

Wed, October 15, 2014 - 3:43:00

Police Scotland are asking for people with information to come forward after a quad bike and fuel estimated to be worth £5000 were stolen from a rural property in the North-East.

The incident is said to have taken place on Thursday 2nd October between the hours of 5pm and 7:30am the following day.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

The incident comes after the 2014 Rural Crime Survey published by NFU Mutual revealed that the three top ranking items stolen from farms over the previous 12 months, were quad bikes (at number two) and oil/diesel (at number three).

The data is based on claims experience over a 12 month period, where NFU Mutual agencies were asked to rank the most stolen items in their area. The results were then totalled from across the whole country, to publish a UK wide report revealing the top 10 items most commonly targeted by thieves.

The Fuel Security Monitor offers tips and advice to those worried about fuel theft, and this information comes in the form of two guides: 1) The Heating Oil Security Guide and 2) The Diesel Fuel Security Guide

Data sourced on Wednesday 15th October 2014 from the Evening Express website and the NFU Mutal website.

Image courtesy of NFU Mutual.

Fuel Security News

Shocking fuel theft stats from Northamptonshire Police

Mon, October 13, 2014 - 9:25:00

Fuel theft is one of the most exasperating crimes you can experience. Not only will it cost hard-earned pounds to replace, but unexpectedly running out of fuel can be even more inconvenient. Police have warned householders to be on the lookout for fuel thieves operating in their area and to keep a watchful eye over your fuel tanks.

To help you stay vigilant – and to really understand and appreciate how fuel theft affects our customers – we asked the Northamptonshire Police to supply us with all the key stats on fuel theft within the last five years.

We sent out a series of Freedom of Information Requests to police forces across the United Kingdom asking for information on the theft of heating oil from oil tanks, as well as the theft of diesel from storage tanks. We excluded theft from vehicles or garage forecourts.

The force responded to our request with gusto, and with their data we were able to get a snapshot at the state of fuel-related crimes in Northamptonshire.

Heating oil thieves are successfully targeting unattended tanks

The graph shows that Northamptonshire heating oil thefts have risen over the past five years.

The slight drop in 2011- 2012 could be related to an alert that Northamptonshire Police published in early 2012 warning communities of an increasing number of thefts in South Derbyshire. On the whole, however, the number of reported crimes has increased over the last few years.

The report shows that theft from heating oil tanks mainly came from driveways and gardens, detached houses, and business premises. That gives us something interesting to think about.

We can deduce from this insight that the oil was being stolen from places where it was difficult to keep a close eye on the tank, such as premises that were probably unattended. Detached houses may not have thief-deterring neighbours nearby, and business premises are likely to be deserted at night.

The category ‘driveways and gardens’ can cover a lot, so the statistics relating to them require some guesswork, but it’s easy to imagine tanks being hidden away at the back of a garden with the victim completely oblivious to the crime. One confusing aspect of the report is that theft from a driveway seems more daring and easier to detect, but that simply shows the importance of good tank security.

The most notable crimes include the theft of 2,500 litres of heating oil with a value of £1,614.37 which was taken from a detached house, and the theft of over 4,000 litres of heating oil stolen from a community centre, the value of which is estimated to be £2,570.

Diesel fuel is a more profitable target for thieves

The graph shows that diesel fuel thefts could be on the decline, with an increase over the last year which was out of character compared to the previous 2 years. To come up with a more meaningful insight, we would need to look further into the past or see how 2014 shapes up. With the current data it’s difficult to see if the increase in diesel fuel theft will continue or return to a lower level.

One thing we can note is there are far more instances of diesel fuel theft compared to heating oil. This is probably because diesel fuel is more commonly used by people in everyday life, giving it greater resell value and thus more attractive to a thief.

We can also see that thefts are more likely to occur on commercial premises where there will be minimal security at night. The majority of recorded crimes came from farm fields, stables and barns, commercial yards, building sites, and business premises.

The most notable incidents include the theft of 7,000 litres of diesel from a commercial yard, totalling over £3,000 in lost fuel, and a series of thefts from building sites, business premises and commercial yards with between 4,000 and 5,000 litres of red diesel being stolen.

Conclusion

In the days of economic recession, fuel from both commercial and residential premises has become a valuable target for thieves. Often they are hardened professionals able to pilfer thousands of litres in one go, and they are looking for targets which offer the least resistance. Leaving your fuel tank unattended, especially at night, could leave it exposed to criminals.

Don’t make your fuel an easy target for thieves. If you’re concerned about the safety of your tank, please read our Domestic Heating Oil Security and Diesel Fuel Security guides.

Fuel Security News

Police warn homeowners using heating oil of thieves targeting local area

Sun, October 12, 2014 - 4:12:00

Lincolnshire Police are warning homeowners who use heating oil to be extra cautious after four incidents of heating oil being stolen have happened over the past week in Brant Broughton and Bassingham. The four incidents were all reported to police over a period of seven days.

The police are asking locals to be on the lookout for any suspicious behaviour due to the colder weather, meaning heating oil users are likely to start having their tanks filled. Anyone who thinks they may have seen or heard anything suspicious or out of the ordinary is asked to contact them on 101, or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Fuel Security Monitor offers a security guide for people with heating oil tanks, giving them tips and advice on how to make sure their tank is safe and secure. Advice includes keeping the tank out of sight to anybody passing by, and to create obstacles to make it tricky for people who attempt stealing your fuel. The guide also suggests adding fuel gauges and tank alarms for extra security. To view the guide, click here.

Data sourced on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 from the Granham Journal website. For more information go to the Fuel Security Monitor website and have a look at the Heating Oil Security Guide, or visit our Twitter page for more information @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Construction site targeted for fuel bowser theft

Fri, October 10, 2014 - 11:23:00

A construction site was left damaged and without fuel after thieves made off with 1500 litres of diesel which they had taken from the on-site fuel bowser.

Police are appealing for information after diesel was stolen by thieves from a fuel bowser on a construction site near Bruton, Somerset.  So far police have received reports that a white car and a white transit van entered the construction site, where the thieves then broke into a fuel bowser and stole 1500 litres of diesel, leaving a significant cost for the owners, as well as causing damage to the property.

Diesel was also siphoned from two nearby vehicles after their fuel tanks were broken into.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call Avon & Somerset Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

People living or working nearby should take extra care when leaving fuel on unmanned premises, such as on farms and construction sites. Make sure your fuel bowser or tank is kept out of sight from people driving and walking past. These tanks and bowsers can also be fitted with security mechanisms such as lockable tank caps and alarms that alert the owner of a sudden drop in fuel level.

Data sourced on Friday 10th October 2014 from the Western Gazette website. For security information and tips on how to prevent fuel theft, read our Diesel Fuel Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Homeowner targeted for heating oil theft

Fri, October 10, 2014 - 11:15:00

A homeowner discovered that they had been left without heating after their heating oil tank had been emptied of £300 worth of fuel.

The property in Hensbury Lane, had 500 litres of heating oil stolen from a large tank at the front of their home in Bere Ferrers, Devon. Investigators revealed that the discovery was only made when the owner went to use their heating due to the recent cold weather. However, it is believed that the fuel was gradually siphoned off over the duration of one to three months.

Sgt David Anning, of Tavistock police, said: “The theft could have taken place any time during the past month or more, but as the temperatures drop we will see more stealing by people who are prepared to put the welfare of others at risk by stealing their means of keeping warm.”

If you have any information on this incident, or know anything about fuel thefts in your area contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Fuel Security Monitor advises that, due to this incident, the people in the immediate and surrounding areas take extra caution with their fuel tanks. Homeowners should not advertise the fact that they have a fuel tank, so make sure it is inaccessible and also kept out of sight or camouflaged in some way, such as growing plants or shrubbery around it. Heating oil tanks can be fitted with tank locks for extra security, and also alarms that alert the owner of a sudden drop in fuel level. Furthermore, it is advised that owners fit their tanks with a fuel gauge and keep a regular note of their fuel usage, so that it if the fuel level drops unexpectedly they can contact the police and take the necessary measures.

Data sourced on Friday 10th October 2014 from the Plymouth Herald website. For more information on fuel theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, read our Heating Oil Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Suspected diesel theft from a parked digger

Fri, October 10, 2014 - 10:32:00

Police are investigating reports of a diesel theft from a digger parked up on Coast Road, Larne. The incident is said to have taken place between Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October sometime overnight.

Larne PSNI commander, Chief Insp Stephen McCauley is appealing to the community for information, he said: “Anyone who knows anything about the theft or saw suspicious activity along any stretch of the road is asked to call Larne police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Due to this case, the Fuel Security Monitor would ask that people take added caution when parking their vehicle. Whether parking during the day or overnight, make sure that the vehicle is securely locked, near to a light source - if not parked in a secured garage or driveway, and valuables are removed from the vehicle or moved so that they are out of sight.

Data sourced on Friday 10th October 2014 from the Larne Times website. For more information on fuel theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, read our Diesel Fuel Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Fuel Security News

Theft of diesel fuel in Somerset

Thu, October 09, 2014 - 12:41:00

Two vehicles have been broken into over the weekend, leaving the owners without fuel and their satellite navigation devices.

The incident took place at a compound in Frome and it is thought that the fuel syphoned from the vehicles totalled a value of £480. CCTV at the site on Mells Road was also smashed during the incident. The occurrence is said to have taken place over the weekend, between Saturday October 4th and Monday October 6th.

The Fuel Security Monitor would ask people in the immediate and surrounding areas to take extra precautions when parking their vehicle. Parking during the day or overnight won't make a difference to theives, so when parking your vehicle make sure you're near to a light source, you take any valuables with you or keep them hidden inside the vehicle, and finally make sure that the vehicle is securely locked - if not parked in a secured garage or driveway.

Data sourced on Wednesday 8th October 2014 from the Frome Standard website. The Fuel Security Monitor includes two guides on fuel theft, with security information and tips on how to prevent it. They are the Diesel Fuel Security Guide and the Heating Oil Security Guide, or you can visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.