Cambridgeshire Police warn local residents and businesses to be vigilant after a rise in heating oil thefts
11th January 2011
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Cambridgeshire residents and businesses that store tanks of heating oil on their premises, are being urged to increase security after numerous thefts in the area.


Cambridgeshire Police believe that the rising price of oil has led to an increase of thefts from oil tanks, and are handing out crime prevention advice leaflets to local homes and businesses.


The theft of oil dramatically increased last year, rising from 87 in 2009 to 190 in 2010. There have already been 11 reported thefts this month alone.


Cambridgeshire Police have commented that people have a variety of options available that will make their oil tank more secure, such as putting up fencing around the tank, installing alarms and ensuring that their oil tank can be seen from their home.


They are also asking the local community to report any suspicious activity to the Police. Thieves require large containers to steal and transport the oil, so if you see anyone with a van or vehicle with a trailer, please call the Police on 0345 456 4564.


If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can opt to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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