Do beware of thieves who siphon oil from tanks and sell it on at a discounted price.
Now the oil price is high, criminals have even more motivation to steal. With the cost of oil topping £0.50 per litre, a domestic tank full of heating oil can be worth up to £1000.
Thieves are likely to target houses in rural areas, where owners might not consider exterior security.
Here are some tips to help protect yourself against oil theft:
Victims of oil theft should report incidents to their local police force.
August 2008 Update: there have been over 70 oil theft reports to Suffolk Police during the first half of this year, compared to six during the same period last year. Oftec (the heating oil trade body) is recommending that householders install security lighting and fit tank alarms.