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Warning as domestic oil thefts rise in Dorset
12:30pm Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
DOMESTIC oil consumers in Dorset are being warned to be extra vigilant when it comes to safeguarding their supply.
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers says that domestic oil theft is on the rise.
FPS chief executive Mark Askew warned that consumers in rural areas may be at greater risk.
“Consumers in isolated locations, especially with tanks sited near the road should be especially vigilant.
“If you’re particularly concerned, consider relocating your tank to an area that is more secure, remembering to leave it accessible for deliveries.
“Fitting CCTV and/or security lights to monitor your tank can also go some way to deterring potential thieves.”
The FPS advises consumers to fit a lock if the tank has a lid.
Consumers with the ‘vent and fill’ design should fit the lockable cap, making sure the supplier has a key or code for access.
Make sure your oil gauge is correctly attached and in good working order, so that you can monitor any discrepancies.
A remote electronic oil level gauge can be purchased that will set off an alarm if the level falls suddenly.