A rise in the price of fuel is certain to lead to a rise in the price of healing oil and diesel fuel, making your home or business’ fuel an even more attractive commodity to criminals who can either take the fuel for their own personal use, or look to sell it on for a profit. Due to the rising price, there has been a significant increase in fuel related crimes, with some criminals now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, depots, and domestic properties. Some tanks may contain thousands of pounds worth of fuel, so it makes strong financial sense to initiate a few reasonable safeguards to protect your tank and its contents.
The purpose of these guides is to give fuel tank owners a few ideas on some of the precautions you can take to prevent your tank from becoming a soft target to the budding fuel thief.
The ever increasing price of fuel has led to a sharp increase in the theft of fuel from both commercial and domestic properties. Every accessible heating oil tank, diesel storage tank, or vehicle is potentially a target in the eyes of a fuel thief. Having your fuel stolen is not only costly to replace, but the inconvenience caused may incur additional costs in the case of diesel theft this could cause problems with costly downtime and disruption to business operations. In addition to theft, further criminal damage can be caused to tanks and vehicles which require repairs, and can put place further costs to consumers and businesses alike.
As the price of fuel continues to climb, heating oil is becoming a potential target for fuel theft. Some of these criminals are sunning large scale operations that require planning and the pre-identification of targets, and some cases simply involve opportunistic thief. Either way, an unexpected loss of heating oil, particularly in the winter months, is problematic for a number of reasons.
A standard domestic oil tank could contain hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of oil; therefore it makes good sense for oil tank owners to take reasonable measures to protect their oil tanks to deter would-be criminals. On top of this is the added inconvenience of having no heating, which can have devastating consequences for the more vulnerable people us such as the elderly.
For advice on how to protect your oil tank from fuel theft, please view our Domestic Heating Oil Security guide.
Criminals are on the lookout for storage yards or warehouses with poor surveillance, they’re looking for premises storing fleet vehicles which will give them opportunity to steal many parts at once.
Diesel thieves tend to target large fuel holdings, regardless of their location. Fuel thieves have been known to frequent petrol stations, transport yards, farms, construction sites, and fleet vehicle lock ups to find fuel that’s easy to steal. Commercial properties and premises such as farms and vehicle yards normally keep a significant amount of fuel in large tanks onsite. Sites like these can be easy targets for thieves as they are left unattended at night, or staff can forget to lock tanks at the end of the day.
If you regularly store a large amount of diesel fuel on your property or at your place of work then you or your employer are at high risk of diesel fuel theft.
For advice on how to protect your fuel from theft, please view our Diesel Fuel Security guide.
Wed, December 02, 2015 - 2:04:00
2nd November – Bury Free Press
Police are appealing to the public for information after 250 litres of heating oil was stolen from a home in the village of West Row.
Suffolk Police have said that the oil was stolen from a tank at a house in Beeches Road, West Row – sometime between Monday 19th October and Saturday 21st October.
If you noticed any unusual...
Thu, October 29, 2015 - 12:28:00
9th September – Wiltshire Times
Thief faces jail term after a string of offences
Ali Gocmen, 22, of Holt, is facing time in jail after admitting to several criminal acts.
Appearing at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday (8th), it was heard that on June 12th Gocmen had stolen a quantity of red diesel; he then, on July 31st, attempted to steal more fuel whilst...