Preventing Commercial Fuel Theft – Our Tips

June 16th, 2014

Victims of commercial fuel theft are not only liable to loss of money from the theft of fuel, but also the additional costs of replacing damaged tanks and severed fuel lines.

Keep your fuel safe

Although commercial fuel thefts are rare, it is good practice to take precautionary measures to safeguard your fuel supply.

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By following these simple steps, you can ensure your tank and the fuel within it stay safe from thieves:

  • Keep your tank hidden or disguised from public view. Trees, fencing and foliage are all great ways to simply conceal your tank. (Although remember your tank still needs to be accessible to your delivery driver)
  • Add CCTV cameras around your property to act as a deterrent. Ensure that these cameras are visible.
  • If your building has a gate, ensure that this is kept closed and locked to keep opportunist thieves at bay
  • Consider securing your tank with a good quality lock that can withstand bolt cutters – however, thieves have been known to drill holes into tanks and even cut the fuel line, which will result in the need for a costly new tank!
  • A good quality security light can offer additional protection when it gets dark or at night
  • Upgrade to a bunded tank (a tank inside a tank) – this will make it more difficult for thieves to gain access to your fuel supply
  • Consider using a remote electronic oil gauge. This device will sound an alarm inside your building if your fuel levels drop unexpectedly
  • Check that your insurance policy covers you for commercial fuel theft.

Remember – these tips are not meant to worry you. They have been shared as preventative measures that are worth putting in place to protect your fuel supply and tank from potential thieves.

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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