Theft of heating oil

Police in Banbridge are appealing for information following the theft of home heating oil from a house on Castlewellan Road.

Some time between Wednesday January 1 and Saturday January 11, approximately 800 litres of oil was taken.

Police are appealing to anyone who noticed any activity during this time to contact them in Banbridge on 0845 600 8000.

Police are also reminding householder to take steps to prevent heating oil thefts.

Check your heating oil regularly and often.

There are many devices on the market for measuring how much oil is in your tank - buy one and use it. Invest in security features for your tank such as lockable fuel cap and sensor lighting coverage.

Make it hard for an intruder to gain access to the rear of your home. Install locks to the area of the tank and use plants with thorns or spikes around it.

Consider a shed audible alarm.

Make sure that your boiler is securely locked up with a good quality padlock and mark it with your post code and house number using an engraving tool.

Be a good neighbour and report anything suspicious around a neighbour’s home such as persons taking hoses through to an oil tank or looking around someone’s property.