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.