There was a theft of heating oil from a tank located in the garden of a dwelling in Coughton, Ross-on-Wye.
The tank contained oil on Saturday, January 23rd when the central heating system was being repaired. The oil was discovered stolen, on Thursday, January 28th, approximately £600 worth of oil has been siphoned from the tank. The lid of the tank was found discarded in the garden. If you have any information regarding this call 101 quoting reference OIS: 0539-S-280116.
Although it is impossible to predict whether you will be the victim of heating oil theft, there are a number of simple steps that you can take to protect your oil tank. If possible, install your tank in an area that can easily be seen from your home, so you can keep an eye on it.
Fit a sturdy lock to the fill cap of your tank (and also the vent cap, if possible), and consider installing a security cage or protective casing to your tank and any exposed pipes. Ideally, any casing should be locked with a shackle padlock, which can’t be easily broken with bolt croppers. Install a movement-sensing security light to alert you to any late-night visitors.