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Theft of fuel from commercial vehicles

Alert message sent 22/07/2021 17:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Due to the recent rise in theft of fuel from commercial vehicles please find below some tips to avoid becoming a victim of such a crime:

•    Deter thieves from entering your property by installing and using lockable gates and by maintaining boundaries and perimeter fencing;

•    Plant shrubs or install fences to hide exposed domestic heating oil tanks from the eyes of opportunist thieves cruising the neighbourhood;

•    Consider fitting a locking cap to your tank;

•    Check tank oil levels regularly;
•    Where possible install automatic movement sensor security lighting to cover your tank and the immediate surrounding area;

•    Note suspicious vehicle registration numbers and report them to the police through the 101 number;

•    If tanks are located in outbuildings or sheds, ensure these are kept locked;

•    Be aware that if thieves have already stolen fuel from your tank they may return to steal any replacement oil you order;

•    Be especially vigilant following a recent delivery of oil/diesel;

•    Consider fitting an alarm system that notifies you if fuel is being drained from the tank.

Report any suspicious activity, or those involved, to Police Scotland by calling 101.  In an emergency, call 999.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

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