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.