Heating fuel stolen in north Northumberland
Police have received reports of heating fuel being stolen in north Northumberland.
Properties in the Waren Mill and Bamburgh areas have been hit.
Police have asked residents with a fuel tank for their heating oil to review their security measures.
Steps to reduce fuel being stolen include
Perimeter - Check your perimeter is in good repair, are there any gaps through hedges or any other natural “fences”. Any state of disrepair to the perimeter should be attended to.
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Lighting - low level security lighting is recommended - dusk to dawn lights are the best option which operate by a photo electric cell and turn the lights on as it becomes dark and then stay on all night until dawn.
Fencing - enclose your tank with a good strong wooden fence, you can consider reinforcing this with prickly defensive planting. The fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible.
Alarms - you can purchase alarms for fuel tanks, which would if the level of oil drops dramatically send a text message to nominated mobile numbers, obviously you would need to have a plan in place if this did happen as to what action or response you would take. You could reinforce this by a small warning sign located on the fence of your fuel tank stating is have a monitored alarm fitted.
Further advice can be found at www.northumbria.police.uk