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Officers respond to an increase in reports of fuel thefts

The well-publicised price increase and restrictions on the use of red diesel have resulted in thieves targeting both commercial and domestic fuel sources.


Thefts have been reported from restaurants and public houses, where used cooking oil is targeted. We are also seeing reports of suspicious activity in and around domestic heating oil stores and large scale thefts of diesel from industrial premises such as quarries, transport hubs and depots.


As a result of these thefts, officers in rural communities have identified the at risk premises and are carrying out patrols in and around them. The force’s Rural Crime Team have recently arrested a male suspected of stealing fuel from a quarry and a van was seized from a number of males seen acting suspiciously near to a pub. A proactive operation will be carried out in the near future targeting criminals who use rural roads to carry out such thefts.


The Rural Crime Team are asking for members of the public and people working in agriculture and on industrial sites to report any suspicious activity. Due to the volumes concerned criminals are utilising transport containing pumps, hoses and large storage containers to facilitate the theft. If a vehicle looks out of place please report it via 101 or online, if you witness a crime occurring dial 999.


The designing out crime website has some excellent advice on how to prevent becoming a victim - https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/fuel-theft

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Garry Neill
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