Fuel Security News

Heating oil thefts are on the rise in East Sussex

Mon, November 03, 2014 - 9:37:00

During October, there was a number of heating oil thefts reported to the police in the Rye and Battle areas.

In one incident, which took place between the 10th and 12th October, five hundred litres of oil, worth £300 was stolen from a tank at the side of a house in Mountfield.

Another incident, separate from the above, which occurred between the 17th and 21st October, 1,000 litres of heating oil, was stolen from a property at Stonegate.

Police are appealing for any information and would urge any witnesses to come forward.

Due to this incident, the Fuel Security Monitor recommends that local people take added caution with their heating oil tank. If possible keep oil tanks and bowsers out of sight, or make sure they are disguised so that they can’t be seen by people driving or walking past. Security devices are available to add onto tanks and bowsers, such as lockable tank caps and alarm systems to give an alert when there is a sudden drop in fuel.

Data sourced on 3rd November 2014 from the Rye & Battle Observer website. For more information on heating oil theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, go to our website, take a look at our Heating Oil Security Guide  or visit our Twitter page.