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Bakewell officers issue advice to prevent theft of heating fuel

Posted on 20th August 2014

Officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team are asking residents to be alert after heating oil was stolen from a home in the area.

Sometime between Sunday, June 1 and Sunday, August 17, offenders stole around 700litres of fuel from tanks at a property in Over Haddon, Bakewell.

Safer Neighbourhood officers are urging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police to prevent a crime from happening.

The policing team are encouraging home owners to take extra steps to protect themselves from oil theft. This includes ensuring that tank lids are locked with a suitable secure padlock and that any empty containers or drums are removed from the immediate area to prevent drawing attention to an oil tank.

PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said “Heating oil and fuel in an expensive commodity and I would advise residents to help protect themselves and their neighbours against this type of crime.

“Thankfully, there are simple steps that can be taken to further protect your property from becoming targeted by opportunists, such as installing security sensor lights to brighten up dark areas around your home and oil tank.

“I would advise people to remember to check their tank’s oil levels on a regular basis and to try to limit access to the property by keeping gates closed and locked.”

Other tips to help protect heating oil tanks include:

  • If your tank is openly accessible to all, consider moving it to somewhere that is better protected or hidden from view, especially if you live close to a road;
  • If your tank is located in an outbuilding, ensure it is kept locked and secured at all times;
  • Disguise your oil tank if you can or create obstacles to make it more difficult to access.

For more information or to speak to the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police

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