Warning over oil thefts

RURAL homeowners in Wiltshire on oil-fired central heating are being reminded about the risk of oil thefts as winter sets in and warned to remain vigilant throughout January and February when the demand for oil may increase.

A Rural Crimes survey showed that fuel was the third most attractive commodity for thieves targeting rural properties. This, coupled with more severe cold weather and increasing oil prices likely in the coming months, makes heating oil prone to theft.

Christian Lange, Sector Inspector for Amesbury and Tidworth from Wiltshire Police, said: “Wiltshire has many rural communities and each year they continue to be affected by heating oil theft especially at this time of year when we reach the peak of winter.

“We are continually working hard to combat this by warning and informing people. Simply being aware and taking simple precautions to protect your tank can significantly reduce the risk.

"No one wants to be a victim of crime, so it really is beneficial to be proactive and take measures to deter thieves from targeting your property.”


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