Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up from 27th January – 12th February

Thu, February 12, 2015 - 12:25:00

Fuel theft round up from 27th January – 12th February

Bideford, North Devon

Heating oil has been stolen from two tanks located at a home in Cheristow Hartland near Bideford, North Devon. The theft is thought to have taken place sometime between 12pm on Tuesday 13th January and 9am on Tuesday 10th February.

A spokesman for police in Bideford said: “We are investigating a report of the theft of heating oil from two tanks at a property.

“Residents are asked to be aware of these incidents and check tanks and outbuildings on a regular basis for signs of interference.

“Report any suspicious activity seen to police, dialling 999 if offenders are still in the area at the time of your call.”

If anybody has any information about this incident, they can call 101 quoting reference CR/009472/15 or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire

Domestic heating oil has been stolen from a storage tank located in a residential garden in the Shipton Bellinger area. The theft is thought to have happened between the 23rd January and the 10th February.

Police are asking people who may have seen something to contact them on 101, quoting reference 44150048162.

Hatfield Peveral, Essex

There has been a spate of oil thefts in the Hatfield Peveral area, forcing police to issue a warning to residents, in order for them to seek extra security.

The theft is said to have taken place in the early hours of the 29th January, in which thieves stolen a quantity of heating oil from an oil tank at a property in Nounsley Road. It is thought that the culprits gained access through a field next door.

Anybody who may have information are being asked to contact Braintree Police Station on 101, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Over the past couple of days, home heating oil has been stolen in the ballintrillick area. Police are urging people who may have information on the incident to contact them, and if any further suspicious activity is seen to report it immediately.

Terrington, North Yorkshire

Heating oil worth approximately £400 has been stolen from two tanks at two properties in Wiganthorpe near Terrington. The incident is said to have taken place between the 19th January and the 20th.

Police are asking if anybody saw anything suspicious during this time, to call 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to Louise Neville-Beck.

Worcester, West Midlands

Diesel has been stolen from four tractors at a farm year in Oldbury Road, St Johns, Worcester. It is thought to have happened between 12.20am and 12.40am on Tuesday 10th February.

The tractors were parked in a farm yard at the property, when the 350 litres of red farm diesel were stolen. CCTV footage of the incident was caught on cameras located in the yard, which showed one or possibly two offenders in the yard at the time of the incident.

Anybody who may have information relating to this incident are being asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101, and to quote reference 0140 S 100215 22CC/8789C/15.

North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula, Scottish Isles

A number of fuel thefts have occurred at rural properties on the Scottish isles of North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula.

Police say that thieves are operating in seculuded areas because oil tanks can be easily approached in the darkness, meaning those living in rural communities are especially susceptible to this type of theft.

Anybody who may have information regarding these thefts are asked to call 101.


In order to keep your fuel tanks safe, a number of options have been drawn up by the Fuel Security Monitor and are acknowledged by police forces across the country.

- Check fuel level regularly – this will help to determine usage and whether a theft may have taken place due to sudden drop in level. Determining when these thefts have taken place can be made easier if daily checks are taken on measuring amount of fuel left in the tank.

- Keep tanks secure – numerous devices can be purchased to help keep your tank secure, and deter thieves who are after an easy break in.

- Visibility – Make sure your tank is visible from your property, but camouflaged and out of sight to passers-by. This will give you the opportunity to see somebody sneaking around your tank, or know when somebody is being nosey; this could be a potential thief – so keep a look out and be aware.

- Fit security lights to your property – ones that come on when movement is detected. These can be useful in numerous ways: They will light up anything or anybody that comes close or onto your property, alerting you to the fact that something or somebody may be getting a little too close for comfort to your tank. These lights will also help you to identify any vehicles or people that are acting suspiciously near your property and tank, and perhaps help identify those who have attempted or succeeded in a theft.

More tips and advice can be found in our Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide. We also offer tips and advice, similar to that for the heating oil, in our Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Here are some news updates from Twitter regarding heating oil and diesel fuel theft.

















For more fuel theft bulletins, as well as Freedom of Information requests providing statistics and data on these particular issues, visit our news page and Twitter page.

Information gathered on the 12th February 2015 from the following websites - North Devon Journal, Hampshire Alert, Braintree & Witham Times, Facebook, Gazette Herald, Worcester News and Island News.