Heating oil thefts in East Lothian
Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses and urging the public to remain vigilant following recent thefts of heating oil in East Lothian.
The first incident happened sometime between 12pm on Thursday 20th and 12pm on Saturday 22nd December at an address in Brownrigg Cottages, North Berwick.
The property received a delivery of Kerosine fuel on the 20th and the digital reader on the storage tank confirmed almost 700 litres of oil were inside.
However, two days later, the reader showed a drop of around 450 litres and the homeowner contacted police.
Sometime between 8.30am on Christmas Day and 12pm on Friday 28th December, a further fuel theft was then reported at an address in Main Street, East Saltoun.
Around 300 litres of fuel was drained from a storage tank at the rear of the property, leaving the tank completely empty.
Police believe isolated rural properties make attractive targets for fuel thieves and are urging any homeowners with outdoor fuel tanks to take the necessary precautions to safeguard their heating oil.
The total value of fuel stolen during both of these incidents is over £700.
Inspector Simon Broadhurst said: “We continue to investigate the fuel thefts from these properties and any members of the public who can assist with our enquiries are asked to come forward.
“Outdoor fuel tanks are potentially vulnerable if the appropriate security measures are not in place around them.
“Local officers across Midlothian and East Lothian will engage with rural homeowners and businesses and offer crime prevention advice if and when it is required.
“Taking simple steps such as concealing tanks with vegetation and plant growth, which do not hinder access; installing anti-theft locks and grills as well as alarms can help protect your property against crime.
“If and when possible, the use of CCTV cameras may also be prudent.
“Anyone looking for more information on crime prevention can contact their local policing team or visit the Lothian and Borders Police website at www.lbp.police.uk.”
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