OFTEC urges oil users to protect their tanks

OFTEC, the Oil Firing Technical Associating in the UK and Ireland issued a warning this week to all heating oil users in the UK. The weather is expected to become colder towards the end of this month and the demand for oil increases, leaving oil users vulnerable to theft. According to OFTEC a recent survey on rural crimes showed that fuel was the third most attractive commodity for thieves targeting rural properties. The following tips can be followed to deter thieves from targeting your property:

  • Keep tank lid locked with a padlock
  • Install a security light close to where your tank is situated
  • Display a warning sign to say your tank is alarmed
  • Install a CCTV camera near your tank- especially those tanks used for commercial purposes
  • Look out for suspicious vehicles when your fuel is being delivered.

Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC said: “This is an issue that we can’t stress enough at this time of year as no one wants to run out of oil and risk going cold. If more people are aware and vigilant of oil thefts in rural communities, hopefully there will be fewer victims of this crime. “Thefts can take place at any time of year as thieves are extremely opportunistic. However, January and February often brings the harshest weather and this, combined with people feeling the pinch after Christmas, can make the early New Year a popular time for thieves to strike.”