Theft of heating oil sparks police warning
8:55am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
Police have warned people to be on their guard as thieves target heating oil from both domestic and business premises across Cornwall.
In the last seven days D&C police has received 11 complaints from across Cornwall, with quantities of between 100 and 750 litres of oil stolen.
A police spokesman said: "Oil is frequently stored in rural areas and can be difficult to protect. Owners can make life more difficult for any would be thief by fitting good quality locks to the tanks and secure any gates on the approach to make access difficult.
"Supply pipes from the house to the tank are also vulnerable so check these frequently for signs of interference.
"PIR lighting and CCTV would also reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference BE/13/133.