Police urge vigilance after recent home oil thefts
Police in South Down are urging householders to be vigilant of oil theft following a number of incidents across the local area over the last few weeks.
In many cases a vehicle will be required to transport the oil so it is vital that suspicious vehicles are reported to the police straight away. You know your own area and know what looks out of place or untoward.
There are also steps you can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime.
LOCK YOUR GATES. The simple act of keeping your garden or drive gates closed and securely locked can prevent a theft. Ensure that all gates and fences are in good repair.
CREATE OBSTACLES. Plant pots and general garden paraphernalia can be placed in the path of any potential intruders. They will make noise and waste time moving the items or navigating around them. Remove and secure any tools or ladders which could be used as an aide to commit crime.
LIMIT THE QUANTITY OF FUEL IN YOUR TANK. Full tanks are a more popular target, so consider limiting the amount of oil that you have in your tank at any one time.
LOCK YOUR TANK. Use a good quality, alarmed padlock or install lockable caps with crop proof fittings. Were possible fit hardened flexible casings, to any vulnerable fuel hoses, so that they are harder to cut.
CONSIDER INSTALLING SECURITY LIGHTING AND CCTV. Lights don’t not only warn you of an intruder but also alert neighbours and passing police patrols.
If you have observe suspicious activity in your area please contact police immediately on 0845 600 8000.
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