With the recent rise in theft of fuel from domestic and commercial tanks, Police Scotland are reminding everyone that it is important to put measures in place to protect your fuel tank and make it extremely difficult for thieves to target your fuel.
They have published a list of tips to help people avoid becoming the victim of fuel theft, including:
- Locate your tank in a safe location. Many thieves use Google Maps to find satellite images of fuel tanks.
- Consider locating your tank behind a garage or shed and away from roads. Positioning it close to your business or home will ensure it’s in clear view.
- Locate your tank inside a security gate or cage with a good quality, robust fence, or cage to make life difficult for thieves.
- Instal an alarm and considering fitting alarms to external gates surrounding your fuel tank or to the inside of a shed or outbuilding that is housing the tank.
- Fit a fuel theft lock. Thieves often come armed with tools but a quality lock, locking fuel cap and anti-siphoning deterrents will slow down the criminals and reduce the likelihood of success.
- Install an outdoor security lighting and positioning your tank in the bright light is an effective solution to consider. With most thieves striking at night, installing automatic security lighting will help stop criminals from targeting your fuel tank.
- Install a CCTV cameras on your premises should dissuade anyone from targeting your tank, as well as catching a thief in the act and will provide the police with the evidence required to bring those to justice who choose to ignore the deterrent.
- Put up signage to highlight the security measures you have installed can help deter those up to no good. These could include, Private property, keep out, Warning CCTV in operation, all vehicles are left with minimum fuel, Security patrols in operation, all vehicles fitted with security devices, etc.
Any suspicious activity, or those involved, should be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101. If a theft is in progress, or if it is an emergency, call 999.