Police are reminding residents to make sure their fuel is secure, after two arrests in connection with the theft of red diesel last month from a farm in Longcott, Faringdon.
The theft happened on 21 March, and officers arrested two people shortly afterwards in connection with it. A 19-year-old man from Swindon was subsequently released on police bail until 26 April 2014.
The second man, Philip O'Driscoll, aged 46, of Streetfield Road, Northampton has been charged with one count of theft and will appear at Oxford Magistrates on 22 April 2014.
Considering the position of your tank can reduce your chance of becoming a victim as it can have a significant effect on its vulnerability:
- If it is close to the house and overlooked, then the thief may consider the risk of being seen to be too high.
- If it is close to the road or other access points, then it will be an easier target.
- Hiding it behind the garage or other structure is commonplace but can be an advantage to the thief.
- If tanks are to be stored in an outbuilding then there are strict regulations which must be followed and advice should be sought from the fire service and the Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry (OFTEC).
For further crime prevention advice on red diesel and heating oil visit our country watch website.