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.

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