In recent years oil thefts have increased in the Winter months due to higher demand increasing the value of home heating oil. It is always prudent to remain vigilant and to take the necessary precautions to protect your heating oil, especially during the Winter period.
Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC, says: “Unfortunately, oil is a valuable asset so this is a problem we’re seeing more frequently. Quite often oil users don’t know anything has happened until their heating suddenly stops working and they are horrified to find that their tank has been drained, so it is good practice to check your tank level regularly.
The good news is that there are some simple things that can be done to limit the risk of theft, such as fitting lockable caps and installing a security light to deter thieves. Electronic level gauges and alarms are also very effective in alerting someone to a sudden drop in their oil level.
Although oil thefts are not a common problem, there are basic steps that customers with oil tanks can carry out such as placing their tanks in an area that can be seen from the house but not in public view. Fitting lockable caps to tanks, installing a security light and making sure that fences and gates are in good repair will also deter thieves. Electronic level gauges and alarms are also very effective in alerting someone to a sudden drop in their oil level.
For more information on securing your oil tanks please contact your local depot and we will be happy to offer any help we can.