Around 600ltrs of heating oil were stolen from a tank at a home in Cock Road, Eye sometime between 9am Sunday 23rd & 5pm Sunday 30th March.
Also, at around 3.30am Sunday morning, 31st March, a window was smashed at a home in Cross Street, Eye.
If you have any information about these crimes please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference ST/14/ 891 + 887.
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Police have seen a significant rise in the theft of oil between the months of November 2013 to March 2014 with an average of 14 oil thefts a month.
Simple measures can be taken to help reduce the likelihood of being targeted:
• Screen your tank behind hedges or fencing.
• Close and lock any gates that lead to your tank.
• Conceal or cover any external pipes and fuel leads.
• Install security lighting or consider installing CCTV as it can be a good deterrent.
• Install lockable caps supported by a closed shackle padlock.
• Consider installing a tank alarm.
Ensure you regularly check the level of oil in your fuel tank as it is not always clear straight away if oil has been stolen. It is always worth considering installing an alarm such as ‘Tank Commander’ which can even alert you via text message to a sudden drop in the level of oil.
Consideration should also be given to external security lighting and locks on the oil cap to help prevent any crime.
Remember, the more difficult you make it for a theft to take place the less likely it is to happen.
An Eye-to-Eye member has just reported :
“We have had an oil theft as has another house in Cranley. Perhaps you could put this in Eye to Eye. Its definitely a gang, they used wire cutters and disabled lights and cut through a wire fence in the house at Cranley. The thieves at Cranley were disturbed by the house owner at 4.30am and legged it. Maybe an eye to eye alert. It is very depressing.”