Commercial fuel theft

Fuel theft in more recent times has increased, with thieves actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. Recent research by UK rural insurer NFU Mutual found that rural theft cost an estimated £44.5m in the UK during 2013 – up 5.2 per cent on the previous year, with oil being ranked the third most commonly targeted item.

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Commercial fuel theft

Fuel theft in more recent times has increased, with thieves actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. Recent research by UK rural insurer NFU Mutual found that rural theft cost an estimated £44.5m in the UK during 2013 – up 5.2 per cent on the previous year, with oil being ranked the third most commonly targeted item.

Oil can be easy to target as tanks are quite large – thieves need only to trespass onto the property, pierce the tank and then siphon off the oil. This can cause great expense through repair or replacement of the tank and oil, and there may also be environmental damage from spillages to clean up.

As such, it is important to take appropriate security steps to prevent theft or unauthorised use of your fuel. Whilst you can’t totally protect your tank against theft, you can greatly reduce the chance of your oil being stolen by taking a few simple precautions.

At Northern Energy we have fully trained and briefed our drivers about the need to be watchful, both when on the road and when making deliveries to customers’ tanks, and to report any suspicious vehicles to the police.

But, in addition, it makes good sense to take precautions to protect your fuel and further information can be found on the Oilsave website oilsave.org.uk/oil-tank-security

We recommend:

  • Security lighting – this can have a very positive effect, making your property harder for a thief to target.  Even basic lighting can be an important security deterrent and you should consider protecting your site with an even illumination that discourages intrusion, reduces an intruder’s freedom of movement whilst helping to detect interlopers via sight or surveillance.  However, bad lighting can assist intruders, for instance ensure your lighting doesn’t illuminate the whereabouts of security staff.
  • CCTV – as a crime prevention and a crime detection tool, CCTV has grown massively in recent years and could play a part in the protection of your oil tanks.
  • Careful positioning of your tank – the position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of a thief.  Ensure your tank is not easily visible and consider disguising it’s current location with hedges, trees and/or trellissing.  However, it is important to  remember that your tank must be accessible for deliveries.
  • Locking devices – these can be fitted at a number of points on a tank, for instance at the fill point, tank gauge or suction line.  Locks are relatively inexpensive and can easily be fitted over existing pipework, providing a first line defence against fuel theft.

A further problem is that, due to the increasing cost of road diesel, more and more fuel is being stolen from vehicles, either whilst parked in their yards, or whilst drivers are taking a break.  A few simple steps may well reduce the risk of this:

  • Again, consider CCTV to monitor your yard.
  • Always park vehicles in well lit and well used areas, wherever possible.
  • Park with the fuel tank facing the road so more visible to passing traffic and any attempt at theft would be clearly visible.
  • Consider fitting a device to the filler cap that can activate the vehicles’ alarm when tampered with.
  • Park vehicles very close together to prohibit access to the fuel tank.

Remember it is easier to take these simple precautions than to suffer a fuel theft.

Please contact our team for more information.

What our clients are saying

We have just had a delivery this morning. The driver is new and I just wanted you to know how efficient he was and very friendly. He told us about your new vehicle which will be able to access hard to reach properties if the weather is bad and the big tankers cannot get access. Mr S
We had an exceptionally busy period at the pub in summer and ran out of gas from a delivery which would normally have lasted much longer. I rang Northern Energy mid-morning when we discovered our situation and they delivered within 20 minutes! We were all very impressed by the speed and helpfulness of the service which got us out of a potentially very difficult situation. Lunch service went on as normal in our pub.
Thank you, Northern Energy!
Mrs R - Publican
Excellent service , easy to order with polite efficient sales staff. Delivery drivers friendly and reliable, very impressed with all round customer service.  Mrs J
Your telephone is answered quickly and in a friendly manner followed up with call/message of delivery date. Mrs B
My husband and I are very pleased with your overall service and have recommended your service to other people round about. We rate you 10. Many thanks Mrs B
Yes I would recommend you, I score 10. The 'PPP' keeps my tank topped up, no VAT to pay. A very good efficient firm with nice friendly delivery men. Thank you Mr W
Been with you now since 2005 would recommend you to anyone Mr W
Always good service from ring (a day before) to say delivery is on it's way to the tank being filled up, thanks guys! Mr T
Last year I recommended you to my neighbour and he is equally happy with your service. Mrs S
I have just recommended your company to a friend who's just moved into a new home and uses oil. I have given you 10 in ratings. Mr M
We find the whole service really easy & efficient Mrs M
We are new customers, but the one delivery we have had came on time. The driver was very friendly and quick with no mess. Very pleased and no need to go elsewhere! Mrs D
I have always been very happy with the service I've recieved from Northern Energy and in fact have got you 2 more customers in the village. The delivery men are always courteous and I think that goes a long way! Northern Energy get a five star rating from me. Mr C
I am pleased with your automatic top-up system. It saves me worrying about running out and presumably saves you money if you can top up a group of neighbouring customers in one delivery - so win-win. Mr D
We have been very impressed with the service received from Northern Energy. The team are always very friendly and always willing to help in any which way they can. If we are cancelling a delivery there are never any questions asked. Recently we had a new oil tank fitted and the oil was delivered within two days of being ordered (we had allowed up to 5 days). Mr K
As a customer I love the all inclusive package of oil and maintenance that you offer. As a second home owner, we never run out of oil like we do ‘at home’ because you keep us ‘topped up’. Mr C

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