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Advisory on Theft Of Fuel Oil 07/01/2017 21:58:57 165875 January 8, 2017

Posted by cumbrianwa in Uncategorized.
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Theft of fuel oil Eden
This is a message sent via Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch on behalf of Cumbria Police
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Karen Dakin (Police, PCSO, Eden NPT)

In the last month there have been 2 reports of theft of heating oil from domestic properties in the Eden area, one report between 22/12/2016 – 23/12/2016 in the Crosby Ravensworth area and the other between 24/12/2016 and 04/01/2017 in the Temple Sowerby area. Please be vigilant and consider the below security advice.
Location of the tank:
If possible locate the tank out of sight of the main road and in view of the house. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it can give the thief the advantage. Ensure the tank is within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you.
Securing your oil tank:
Secure your oil tank with a wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible. You could also consider chemically “tagging” the fuel.
Control switches:
Control switches that control the flow of oil should be turned off and the electricity supply isolated when the tank is not in use.
Padlocks:
Invest in a good quality lock, close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to thieves. Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip.
Oil level gauges:
Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. Remember to check oil levels regularly, this will help you to monitor usage and check none has gone missing, this could also result in earlier reports of theft.
Security lights:
Consider installing security lights, low energy ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.
Closed circuit television:
You could also consider the installation and use of CCTV, however before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.
Securing Diesel in vehicles:
Ensure your vehicle is locked when unattended, consider installing anti-siphon devices. OFTEC or the “Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry” offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you. They can be reached at: www.oftec.org or by calling 0845 6585 080.
Remember be vigilant and report any suspicious activity including registration numbers of suspicious vehicles to the Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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