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Alert message sent 05/04/2021 14:18:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Following the theft of approximately 500litres of heating oil from a property in Shandwick, Tain between the 15th and 30th of March 2021 Police Scotland are offering the following advice re Oil Tank Security.

A thief will come equipped with a limited range of tools so it is worth investing in some quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of tools as they have very little metal which make it difficult for bolt croppers to grip.

Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full.

Security lighting
Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. Low energy “dusk til’ dawn lights positioned close to the tank should in most cases provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.

Defensive planting
Plant prickly shrubs and bushes around your tank to provide an effective and decorative barrier. The smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help the police identify the offender.

A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can protect the tank but considerations must be made to allow the oil tanker driver access to fill the tank. We advise you install a metal grill or cage with a lockable access point.

And remember to report any suspicious activity, noting descriptions of persons and vehicles especially number plates.

Thank you.
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Keri Jones (Police, Constable, Highlands and Island)

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