Ever Had Your Heating Oil Stolen?

We’ve touched on this sensitive issue before, but with hundreds or even £1000 worth of fuel sitting in your tank just waiting for some scumbag to pump it out, have you ever been the victim of heating oil theft? And if so, what measures have you taken to prevent it from happening again?

Last time we posted up this blog we had a massive 81 replies with some unusual and controversial suggestions, not all of which we would recommend you follow. For example, we definitely wouldn’t recommend you invest in a shotgun, cut off thieves’ hands or cover your walls with razor blades (all of which could land you in deep water)!

But there’s no escaping the fact that oil theft is rife. One customer admitted to having had two oil thefts in as many months.

Our favourite anti-theft suggestion is always going to be to recommend you install an inexpensive tank lock like the one on our security page.

You could also do, like some of our customers suggest, and install a heating oil monitor with remote wireless device in your home which warns you if your fuel level goes down. Or an alarm on your tank. One customer caught a policeman wandering around. Good to know the local neighbourhood bobby is still well and truly on the beat.

Had your heating oil stolen? Make an anonymous oil theft report today and help to raise awareness n your local area!

 

 

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  1. Have invested in a tank lock. When going to the tank to fit it to the filler, which went without a hitch, I realised that there is a second, and larger, entrance alongside the filler hole. This is presumably there for inspection purposes but would be just as easy, or even easier, to siphon the fuel out. As the cover had a place to be able to lock it to the tank with a padlock I duly went off to buy a waterproof padlock and fitted it.

    But looking at the pipework from the tank leading to the house the pipe is connected to the tank with a 50mm or so nut. As the tank is above ground level the easiest way of getting to the contents would be to undo the nut. Short of pouring concrete over the connection and all exposed pipes. including the anti-airlock device, (no, I know better than do this) I still feel that if targeted by thieves the filling cap is the last point they would try even without a lock.

  2. I see the spate of heating oil thefts has started again- I popped a link below to a story from our local paper.

    http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Warning-after-spate-of-heating-oil-thefts.htm

    Not really too sure what people can do. I suspect heating oil thefts are more likely to occur in less populated rural areas; my reasoning being that the majority of urban areas rely on mains gas for heating etc.

  3. I know of instances where theives have followed oil tankers and observed deliveries so that they know where the fuller tanks will be.They will then case the area to see if tank is easily accessable or overlooked. They prefer the newer plastic tanks as they are easy to drill a hole in with cordless drill.They will often take what they want leaving the remainder to drain out causing a dreadful mess.They mostly use unmarked transits in which they keep one or two 500 litre agricultural plastic caged containers.

    Delivery drivers need to be aware of suspicious people/vehicles observing or following them. Practical action householders can take include sreening off their tank(trellis/fencing) and installing security lighting with sensors -preferably out of reach from offenders.

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