Be vigilant to heating oil theft

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POLICE in Coleraine are warning home owners to take steps to protect themselves against oil theft.

As we approach the winter months and the price of crude oil rises, fuel oil tanks can be rich and easy pickings for thieves.

Farms, transport depots, and domestic properties can all be targets however by taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect your oil.

Police would offer the following advice to those wishing to lessen their chances of falling victim -

Local your gates, disguise your oil tank, create obstacles, limit the quantity of fuel in your tank, lock your tank, fit a level gauge, consider installing security lighting or CCTV, install a guard around your tank, site your tank cleverly and don’t leave any scrap metal in view.