Criminals back on scent of heating oil supplies

Oil thieves are once again targeting homes in the Larne area.

Police have advised householders and business owners to be vigilant, following reports of heating oil theft in the borough over the past few weeks.

Neighbourhood Inspector Noel Rogan said: “As an expensive commodity, heating oil is very attractive to thieves. It therefore makes good economic sense for people to protect themselves and their neighbours against this type of crime.

“Be on the lookout for any activity that is out of the ordinary in the local area. People should pay particular attention to any lorries, vans, and cars towing trailers laden with containers that would be capable of transporting oil. Most oil distributors advertise their company on their delivery vehicles.

“Always make sure that the lid of your own tank is locked with a suitable padlock and consider fitting sensor lights to brighten up dark areas around your home, particularly areas around the oil tank. Try to limit access to the tank by keeping gates closed and locked as well.”

Inspector Rogan also urged householders to be good neighbours.

“Check on elderly neighbours or relatives who could be vulnerable to this type of crime.

“We take all reports of suspicious activity very seriously.

“If you notice anything untoward in your neighbourhood, or see unknown vehicles outside premises, note down any important details such as a description or vehicle registration and contact police immediately on 999.

“Officers will follow up on your call and your prompt information could prevent a crime from occurring,” he said.

n For further crime prevention information, please contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.