Fuel Security News
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.