Wednesday, 24 September 2014

eCops: Heating Oil Theft - South Cambs

Dear residents, please be aware the 'peak season' for heating oil theft will begin in October.

Seven out of ten heating oil thefts occur at residential properties, the remainder occur at commercial/ public sector sites. Large scale theft of cooking oil is also thought to be linked to heating oil theft.

Rural areas are more commonly targeted, and most offences have taken place during the hours of darkness.  Thieves are quite bold, driving onto private driveways or gardens to access the tank.

Extra vigilance is important especially during the Autumn/ Winter period and just after an oil delivery.
Check your tank at regular intervals to ensure early reporting, this will also maximise forensic and investigative opportunities if there has been a theft.

We recommend taking some simple measures to protect your tank, you will find more detailed advice on the South Cambs police blog www.southcambscops.com and also attached to this message.

Always report suspicious activity, and make a note of vehicle registrations.  The vehicles favoured by oil thieves in the past have been vans and estate cars.

Call Police via 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Kind regards

Rachel Carr
Crime Reduction Officer