Police warn residents of rural Leicestershire to be on the look-out for diesel and heating oil thieves
Thieves and targeting homes and businesses for heating oil and diesel, police have warned.
Since the beginning of June last year there have been more than 30 such thefts in Barrow Upon Soar, Wymeswold, Burton on the Wolds, Hoton and Thurmaston.
Police and oil delivery firms are distributing a leaflet to warn people to be on the look-out for thieves and to take some basic security measures.
Pc Rich Gosling said: "On several occasions we have had up to one thousand litres of oil stolen which is a large quantity.
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"This means the thieves must have sizable containers to collect the oil and a van or larger vehicle to take it away.
"If you see any suspicious activity around your village then please contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
"It is also worth remaining vigilant if you see people acting suspiciously around your car or your neighbours car or driveway as they may be trying to steal the petrol."
Other police advice includes:
Check the oil level on your tank regularly or fit an electronic gauge which sounds an alarm which if the oil level drops
Hide storage tanks behind fencing or shrubs
Consider installing CCTV cameras
Install dusk to dawn security lighting