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Oil Security Problems

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For several years now there has been an increase in oil theft throughout the UK and unfortunately I often find myself discussing the issue with clients. This reoccurring problem is generally intensified whenever there is a rise in the price of crude oil. Thieves use this means to cash in on profitable re-sales of stolen oil, or to simply save money by using the oil themselves. To be more specific, an average size fuel tank holds approximately £1620 of kerosene, a tidy profit for a crook I’m sure.

Domestic properties are the main targets for these crimes along with transport depots and farms. The oil is usually siphoned or decanted into large containers and sometimes even pumped straight into other bulk tanks, while large vehicles are used to store and transport the stolen oil. The main problem is that storage tanks often appear to be relatively insecure which in effect attracts unwanted thieves onto your property.



The best ways to prevent crimes like this are to increase your security defences. Now, there are many different ways in which you can do this, all of which range in price, duration and self - dedication. I shall begin by revealing some simple and cost - effective procedures that are often overlooked by tank owners. Firstly, try reducing the amount of oil that you store in your tank at any one time. For example, only filling your tank a quarter of the way instantly decreases the risk of oil loss. Secondly, try using padlocks or lockable caps, as they substantially restrict manual access towards your tankers. Thirdly, why not take part in a neighbourhood watch scheme; having your neighbours keep an eye out can sometimes be the most effective policy of all!
Well there are some of the basic principles for protecting your oil, but if you would like to hear more on this subject then next time I will be talking in depth about tighter security, bespoke defensive products and tactical gardening!

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