Fuel Theft Warning

The Federation of Petroleum Supplies (FPS), the trade association for the oil distribution industry in the UK, has warned to be on your guard as fuel theft is on the increase.Mark Askew, FPS Chief Executive has warned that oil users in rural areas may be at greater risk.  He said:  “Consumers in isolated locations, especially with tanks sited near the road shousecurity camera 2ld be especially vigilant. If you’re particularly concerned, consider relocating your tank to an area that is more secure, remembering to leave it accessible for deliveries. Fitting CCTV and/or security lights to monitor your tank can also go some way to deterring potential thieves.”The FPS has the following advice for consumers to reduce the risk of oil theft:

  • If your tank has a lid, fit locks. Consumers with the ‘vent and fill’ design should fit the lockable cap designed to secure this type of container. Of course, locking your tank may prevent your supplier from filling your tank if you’re not at home, so make sure your supplier has a key or code for access.
  • Make sure your oil gauge is correctly attached and in good working order, so that you can monitor any discrepancies. A remote electronic oil level gauge can be purchased that will set off an alarm if the level falls suddenly.
  • If you belong to a neighbourhood watch scheme you can discuss this issue of oil theft with your group co-ordinator so that everyone of the scheme can be vigilant.