POLICE in Angus are urging residents in rural areas to consider increasing the security around their fuel storage tanks following a rise in the number of reported fuel thefts from both domestic and agricultural premises in the last month.
The current economic climate, the increase in the price of fuel and the isolated locations of fuel tanks can make unattended fuel tanks more susceptible to criminal activity.
Claire Taylor, crime prevention officer explained: “There are a number of things you can do to protect your property. Good quality robust fencing will slow down the thief before they gain access to the premises. The fencing should be at least waist height to discourage thieves.
“The use of thorny shrubbery such as berberis or hawthorn can deter access to certain areas and is also effective against walls and fences. Consideration should also be given to the use of appropriate security lighting to cover vulnerable areas.
“Further crime prevention measures include ensuring that all outbuildings are secured and robust padlocks are used on fuel tanks. Wherever possible, the relocation of fuel tanks inside outbuildings will assist in deterring further criminal activity.”
She continued: “In addition, there are many devices on the market which can enhance the security of fuel tanks such as alarms that can be concealed within fuel tanks and are designed to sound when the tank is tampered with or if there is a sudden drop in fuel. Tanks can also be fitted with lockable devices such as closed shackle padlocks.
“Finally, please remember to report any suspicious people or vehicles seen in your area and where possible, make a note of the colour, make, model and registration number of suspicious vehicles along with a description of the people inside.”
For further advice on security the local Crime Prevention Officer can be contacted on 01307 477477.
Anyone with information that they think may be useful to the police should contact Tayside Police at 0300 111 2222. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.