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Five Things You Can Do To Protect Your Heating Oil From Theft

residential-fuel-tankLocal police authorities have been encouraging owners of oil heating systems to hide their oil storage tanks behind fencing and hedges. Whilst I despise the theft of oil from a persons property, it needs to be noted that erecting a timber fence or trellis goes against OFTEC advice when it comes to protecting your tank from fire.

When erecting a fence or trellis or anything that is intended to hide your oil from unscrupulous so-and-so’s please take into account OFTEC’s  advice, it’s there for a reason.

It’s a dog eat dog world and if someone wants your oil, they will have it. The best thing you can do is make your oil less attractive than others;

  • Site the tank in a position away from sight of the road
  • Add a padlock
  • Add a tank alarm
  • Close gates e.t.c.
  • Go as far as to install CCTV in the area if possible.


Read more on the latest advice from the Suffolk Constabulary.