NEWS & ADVICE
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FUEL THEFTS With the price of fuel so high, this type of crime appears to be on the increase; not only from commercial premises but also from homes and private vehicles. By implementing some simple measures you can help to minimise the theft risk.
Heating Oil Security
• Move it -
• Screen it -
• Cage it -
• Alarm it -
• Hide pipe work -
• Cut the power supply -
• Block vehicle access -
• Invest in good lighting -
• Check your home insurance -
On the Driveway
• If possible, garage your car. Many people fill their garage with junk and leave their expensive car on the driveway.
• Modern cars cannot be taken without the keys. Thieves will sometimes burgle houses to get them, so do not leave them lying around.
• If you have a van, reverse it up to a wall to deter theft of its contents.
• Always remove valuables and lock your car even if it's kept in the garage.
Away from Home
• Lock your vehicle whenever you go to pay for fuel.
• Do not leave valuable items in view (wallets, handbags, portable sat-
• In attended car parks, park near the attendant's kiosk if possible and do not leave the ticket in the car.
• Park in well-
Advertising scams: If you run a local business, be alert for cold-
In some cases there will be an end product, but the circulation will be small and limited to the north of England, from where these firms usually originate. Under no circumstances should you agree to see a proof of your ad, because they will take that as a confirmation of order and chase you unmercifully for payment, even if you didn't actually agree to an order.
SHED SECURITY : Keep your property in your possession, not the burglar's:
• Site your shed as close to the house as possible.
• To prevent snooping, white-
• If you have opening windows in your shed, then screw them shut.
• Fit a "close-
• Drill out the hinge screws so that they cannot be easily removed.
• If the door is suitable, fit hinge-
• Secure tools, mowers, cycles etc with a steel security cable.
• Visibly mark all removable items with your house number or name, and postcode.
• Further information about locks, padlocks and other security measures, can be obtained from your local Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Stephen Armson-