Fuel Security News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.