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Police Report to the Parish Council 10/10/2013

Report received from PCSO Adele Lyall. 2 incidents reported. Crime Prevention Advice - A message from the Neighbourhood Policing Team - Heating & Diesel theft.

There can be an increase in the theft of heating and diesel oil whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they can actively target fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. These tanks can contain many thousands of pounds worth of oil and is therefore essential to take a few precautions to protect them.

Location of the tank:

If possible locate the tank out of sight of the main road and in view of the house. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it can give the thief the advantage. Ensure the tank is within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you.

Securing your oil tank:

Secure your oil tank with a wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall which can give significant protection to the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible, check with the relevant local authority building control or planning officer. You could also consider chemically "tagging" the fuel.

Control switches:

Control switches that control the flow of oil should be turned off and the electricity supply isolated when the tank is not in use.


Invest in a good quality lock, closed shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to thieves. Due to their design, closed shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip.

Oil level gauges:

Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. Remember to check oil levels regularly, this will help you to monitor usage and check none has gone missing, this could also result in earlier reports of theft.

Security lights:

Consider installing security lights, low energy 'dusk 'til dawn' lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.

Closed circuit television:

You could also consider the installation and use of CCTV, however before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs. For advice contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.

Securing Diesel in vehicles:

Ensure your vehicle is locked when unattended; consider installing anti-siphon devices.

Useful contact details:
OFTEC or the "Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry" offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you. They can be reached at www.oftec.org or by calling 0845 6585 080.

Remember be vigilant and report any suspicious activity including registration numbers of suspicious vehicles to the Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Cumbria Community Messaging
Please pass this message onto friends, family and residents of your areas to re highlight the issue.

If you would like to join Cumbria Community Messaging then please contact us or visit: www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk
It is managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association and offers you and other members of communities across Cumbria the means to receive crime information from Cumbria Police. You can select which information you wish to receive by managing your own settings, and it is completely FREE. Anyone can join, you do not have to be a member of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), or become a member of NHW to join. Farm Watch, Church Watch and Camping and Caravan Watch are a small example of the schemes that you can register for. You can join as an individual or as a group. If you want to receive information but do not wish to be responsible for a larger group, you are still welcome to make use of this messaging system.
As well as Cumbria Constabulary the partners providing information are Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association. If you do not have internet access, contact your local PCSO and they will aid in registering your details on the system.


To follow Allerdale Rural Police specifically use the link below.


Below is also a link to Cockermouths online News Letter which gives current information about what has been going on. There are also links to the other areas that Allerdale Rural Policing Team cover. It also shows which Community Officer covers your areas and the next meeting dates.


Contact can be made to: AllerdaleRuralNPT@cumbria.police.uk or call 101
For emergency always call 999
Your local Police Community Support Officer is PCSO 5316 Adele Lyall
Email: adele.lyall@cumbria.police.uk
Thank you, Adele.


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