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Diesel Fuel Theft

Commercial vehicles parked overnight on the side of the road or in laybys, vehicles and fuel tanks in depots, as well as farmyards and businesses have been affected by diesel thefts.

Vehicles

These few precautions will reduce the opportunity to siphon your fuel tank:

  • Use fuel caps that set off an alarm when tampered with.
  • Use secure lorry parks when stopping for rest breaks.
  • Park in well-lit areas which helps you see all your vehicle.

Vehicle depots

Businesses where vehicles are parked overnight and the fuel storage tanks can be vulnerable to break-ins, leading to fuel being drained or siphoned from vehicles and tanks. We’d suggest the following to improve your security:

  • Securing the storage tank behind another line of fencing or within a cage would create sufficient inconvenience to put off thieves.
  • Keep your compound as secure as possible; make sure the gates are keep closed and access limited to authorised staff. Visitors should use an alternative entrance.
  • Electronic gauges can be used to activate an alarm when the levels drop rapidly.
  • Security lights can have a very positive effect, but only in locations where you can see the lights coming on or they complement the CCTV system.
  • CCTV can be used to obtain images of the oil tank and other areas around your business; it won’t stop the crime but it will capture evidence.

Farmyards

Farms can be vulnerable to fuel theft due to their often isolated locations.  Improvements can include

  • Obscure the location of the fuel tank, prevent it being seen by visitors or passers-by.
  • Securing the storage tank behind another line of fencing or within a cage would create sufficient inconvenience to put off thieves.
  • Make access into the farmyard awkward by fitting locks to your gates.
  • Electronic gauges can be used to activate an alarm when the levels drop rapidly.
  • Security lights can have a very positive effect, but you must be able to see them from the house.
  • CCTV can be a good deterrent and an effective security feature around your business when it’s monitored, it won’t stop the crime simply evidence any event.

The selection of leaflets and Home Security Survey in Further information will offer you a few extra points on protecting your vehicles and diesel.  If you have further concerns about your diesel, heating oil or vehicles, further crime reduction advice could be offered by appointment.

 

 

Page last updated: 03 February 2017