Neighbourhood Bulletin – Theft of Domestic Heating Oil


Wiltshire police have recently seen an increase in the theft of household heating oil from tanks. This type of theft is becoming more desirable due to the increasing global prices of oil, along with easy access to the storage containers which are usually housed in people’s gardens.

Crime Reduction Officer, Claire Rooney from Wiltshire Police said “Many homes, especially those in rural locations throughout Wiltshire are served by this form of heating, and their oil is stored in large tanks in the garden, with the average oil tank costing £1000 to fill, I would urge anyone with an oil tank to take some basis crime prevention measures”

Crime Prevention Measures

  • Ensure the tank is as out of sight as possible, if you are unable to do this camouflage as best you can
  • Conceal exterior pipe work
  • Keep front gates to your property shut and any side gates locked
  • Check your tank regularly and report anything suspicious to your local police as soon as possible
  • A metal cage can be used to protect the tap
  • Install security lighting
  • Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover

Anyone with information is urged to contact Salisbury Police. If you require any further information on Crime Prevention, please contact the Community Affairs Department at Salisbury Police Station 0845 408 7000



Claire Rooney, Community Affairs – Salisbury 01722 435210

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