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Diesel Thefts

Alert message sent 26/08/2021 12:14:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Police Scotland in Angus are advising rural residents and members of the business community to be vigilant, consider their security and report any suspicious behaviour after recent reports of thefts within the area.

Between 5pm on Sunday 22nd August and 730am on Monday 23rd August 2021 an outbuilding was broken into and a quantity of diesel stolen from the Newton of Glamis area.

Sometime overnight on Sunday 22nd August and Monday 23rd August 2021 a quantity of diesel was stolen from an agricultural vehicle within a field in the Ruthven area.

In the early hours of Sunday 23rd August 2021 a quantity of diesel was stolen from the North Powrie Farm area.

About 1 am on Tuesday 24th August 2021, a male was disturbed at the Lochhead Farm area by Forfar attempting to to gain entry to a shed.

Consider the following advice to reduce the opportunities for a potential thief.

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

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Derek Mitchell (Police, Constable, Tayside)

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