Fuel Security News

Homeowner targeted for heating oil theft

Fri, October 10, 2014 - 11:15:00

A homeowner discovered that they had been left without heating after their heating oil tank had been emptied of £300 worth of fuel.

The property in Hensbury Lane, had 500 litres of heating oil stolen from a large tank at the front of their home in Bere Ferrers, Devon. Investigators revealed that the discovery was only made when the owner went to use their heating due to the recent cold weather. However, it is believed that the fuel was gradually siphoned off over the duration of one to three months.

Sgt David Anning, of Tavistock police, said: “The theft could have taken place any time during the past month or more, but as the temperatures drop we will see more stealing by people who are prepared to put the welfare of others at risk by stealing their means of keeping warm.”

If you have any information on this incident, or know anything about fuel thefts in your area contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Fuel Security Monitor advises that, due to this incident, the people in the immediate and surrounding areas take extra caution with their fuel tanks. Homeowners should not advertise the fact that they have a fuel tank, so make sure it is inaccessible and also kept out of sight or camouflaged in some way, such as growing plants or shrubbery around it. Heating oil tanks can be fitted with tank locks for extra security, and also alarms that alert the owner of a sudden drop in fuel level. Furthermore, it is advised that owners fit their tanks with a fuel gauge and keep a regular note of their fuel usage, so that it if the fuel level drops unexpectedly they can contact the police and take the necessary measures.

Data sourced on Friday 10th October 2014 from the Plymouth Herald website. For more information on fuel theft, along with security information and tips to prevent it, read our Heating Oil Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.