Oil prices fuel new crime trend

PUBLISHED: 13:28 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

OIL theft is emerging as a new crime trend due to the increasing costs of fuels.

OIL theft is emerging as a new crime trend due to the increasing costs of fuels. Police are warning businesses and householders who use heating oil to be extra vigilant.There have been reports of thefts of heating oil from domestic oil tanks, particularly in rural areas, and theft of diesel from farmyard storage tanks. With fuel prices set to go up, police fear such thefts may continue to be a problem.The public is being urged to keep tanks where they can be seen, to block vehicle access, invest in metal cages, provide good lighting and to check home insurance policies to ensure they cover the theft or loss of oil.


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