Oil Tank Security
As there have been a number of thefts of oil in our rural parishes over the past few months, the Police Crime Prevention Officer (CPO) has provided the following tips to help us boost security levels. Obviously, not all are appropriate in every case and if you have a specific concern or problem the CPO will be happy to advise.
• Place new tanks as close to occupied property as is safe or even
underground if appropriate. Check OFTEC oil tank regulations.
• Install steel cages and/or improve security that surrounds fuel storage tanks.
• Consider the use of ‘bunded’ fuel tanks if the existing storage facility is not of
that type. A ‘bunded’ tank is contained within a surround that is capable of
holding 110% of the storage capacity of the tank.
• Install a driveway alarm or wireless gateway alarm to notify occupants of
movement near parked vehicles.
• Install fuel cap alarms - wireless transmitters can be placed inside the screw
cap of the fuel tank. A magnetic switch on the device sets off an alarm if the
cap is opened or tampered with. More advanced systems can be
linked to security lighting or send a text message to the farmer, landowner,
householder or their security provider. An isolation switch allows authorised
access to the tank for refuelling.
• Fit anti-siphoning devices.
• Remove portable storage from site (barrels & drums etc).
• If you become a repeat victim, discuss with your local crime prevention
officer, the use of fuel dyes and DNA unique products such as DNA grease
(please note there are Customs and forensic issues and this should not be
done without advice).
• Install or confirm existing CCTV is fit for purpose.
If you see anybody loitering or acting suspiciously by an oil tank then please call the police using either 999 or 101, as appropriate.