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Security tips for domestic oil tanks

Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime when economic times are hard.

This makes oil a more attractive proposition for thieves and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and rural domestic properties.

With hand power tools and small mobile pumps available it is easy for a thief to gain entry into your oil tank and pump the oil directly into containers. A 1,000-litre tank can be emptied in minutes in this manner making your heating oil a valuable commodity to a thief in his daily 'work'.

It therefore makes good sense to take precautions to protect your oil tank. Community Lincs has produced a guide with ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief and this can be found on their website .

This is all part of Community Lincs support for affordable heat in rural communities and fits with its oil buying scheme offering collective buying power when individuals and businesses purchase their fuel oil together. This scheme, which has been running for six months, has now passed the 50,000-litre purchasing mark with a saving to its members in excess of £2,500.

Community Lincs Chief Executive Fiona White comments that she is very pleased with the uptake of this scheme which has over 80 members from 20 communities and anticipates that numbers will grow in the autumn ready for winter. She said that in spite of the recent unseasonal increase in wholesale oil prices their July buying round has produced one of theirbest prices yet ,saving members 5.6p per litre -  £56 for 1,000 litres.

For information on the oil buying membership scheme go to the website or contact Sharon Keeble on 01529 301980