With the change in season and decline in temperature homes are getting ready for the cold winter months by stocking up on their heating oil. Unfortunately this has also meant a sudden rise in heating oil thefts around the country with thieves taking advantage of the fuller fuel tanks and police warning homeowners to be extra vigilant.
The latest heating oil thefts have been particularly focused in rural areas of the country where neighbours are more widely spread out and it’s generally a lot quieter making it easier for fuel thieves to target unprotected heating oil tanks.
Aside from personal loss and frustration, heating oil theft can also be damaging to the environment with thieves often breaking tanks causing leaks and spillages that can contaminate and ruin the surrounding landscape leading to costly repairs and any specialist cleaning that may be required.
Although homes that use fuel will always be a target for thieves the above are just a few simple ways you can help prevent against any loss and secure your heating oil.