POLICE are reminding oil companies to secure their heating oil as the peak theft period comes in.
Analysis over the past two years has shown that both Derbyshire and Leicestershire Police see an increase in heating oil thefts in May, late October and November.
Nationally, 37 per cent of all rural properties rely on heating oil and with the increases in prices of all types of heating commodities it becomes more of a target for criminals.
The contents of a typical oil tank can cost as much as £1,000 to replace so can have significant affect on the business involved.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We would like to encourage members of the public to take on board the advice being given by officers to ensure their oil is secure as possible and hopefully prevent them becoming a victim of this type of crime.”
Anyone with concerns about oil related crime is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.