OFTEC Issues Heating Oil Theft Alert
8th January 2013
Homeowners are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in fuel prices has meant that heating oil may be an attractive target for theft.
Many consumers keep their storage tanks topped up during the autumn and winter so the risk of theft is increased. Several recent incidents have seen thieves target quiet, rural communities, siphoning fuel from oil storage tanks outside people's homes, leaving them with little or no fuel. Most victims have been completely unaware that anything was wrong until their heating stopped working because they had run out of oil.
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) - which claims to represent the oil heating and cooking industry - urged homeowners to be aware and to take precautions to protect their fuel oil. Jeremy Hawksley from OFTEC said, "Usually it's only when people run out of oil and their heating stops working that theft becomes apparent. Making a regular note of your oil levels and taking simple preventative measures will help to make sure that you are not the victim of oil theft."
To help protect your fuel supply OFTEC recommends oil heating consumers should:
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Theft of heating oil tends to be a rural problem. The majority of those homes do not have access to mains gas and rely on alternative forms of heating such as oil. When fuel prices rise heating oil becomes a lucrative commodity for thieves, with both homes and businesses being targeted.
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Article Last Updated 8th January 2013