Kent residents handed oil theft warning

PUBLISHED: 12:40 01 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 01 October 2013

Kent Police are urging residents to take steps to scupper oil thieves as the winter months approach.

Between September 2012 and January 2013 there were 123 reported thefts of heating oil across the county worth a total of around £90,000.

Det Ch Supt Jon Sutton said: “The theft of heating oil can cause considerable distress to the victims and to replace stolen fuel in domestic tanks can cost as much as £2,000 to £3,000.

“For some victims, this means they are left struggling to heat their homes over winter months.”

Police recommend individuals and organisations install alarms and plant foliage around external oil tanks to deter thieves.

If you are worried you have been a victim call police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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