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Stroud - Domestic Heating Oil Theft

Alert message sent 14/08/2021 17:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Resident,

Please be aware that we have had a report of theft of domestic heating oil from a property in Winchester Road, Stroud. 

The theft occurred between 12/08 - 22:00hrs to 13/08 08:00hrs where heating oil was stolen from a fuel tank outside the property. The tank was emptied.

At this time there have been no further reports of this type of activity in the East Hampshire area.   

I appreciate that this was an overnight incident but if you were in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious or have any CCTV - please contact 101 quoting incident number 44210322337 or you can update the crime by following this link - https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/  You can also call Crime Stoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.

Please be aware of the following crime prevention advice in helping to protect your oil tank;

 - Install a Heating Oil Tank Alarm. This could be a good idea to alert you to a dip in your oil 
   levels. Alarms can alert you from indoors, or you can get notifications sent to your phone.
- Install CCTV. This could deter potential thieves from targetting you. Signs alerting others you
   have CCTV in place can also help as a visible deterrent. 
- Security lighting. This is an effective way as it will interrupt and draw attention to any thieves 
  on your property.
- Place gravel around your tank. This will make the surrounding area noisy which is often
  enough to put thieves off.
- If you can keep your tank hidden. Thieves often use google maps to find satellite images of
  heating oil tanks. Roofs are often a good way of hiding your tank as they will not be
  visible on satellite images. 
- Lock it up. Keep your tank securely locked up with a high quality padlock.  

Regards, John.
Message sent by
John Payne (Police, PCSO, East Ha)

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