Caution urged after fuel theft

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Police in Angus are urging residents in rural communities to be on their guard against fuel theft.

The appeal follows an incident at a farm near Aberlemno, Forfar where around 3,000 litres of red diesel was stolen from a storage tank sometime between 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 26 and 12 p.m. on Monday, October 27.

Officers are appealing to drivers and farmers, business operators and residents across Tayside to take every precaution to try and prevent themselves from falling prey to this type of incident.

A spokeswoman said: “We would also ask that the public are vigilant and report any suspicious activity, people or persons to police, especially if they are concerned about their presence in rural areas where they might have access to fuel tanks, agricultural vehicles or lorries for the purposes of fuel theft.

Police Scotland is also advising those who keep fuel in large quantities to ensure that storage tanks are kept in well lit areas. Tanks can be given the additional security of being surrounded by a metal cage and consideration should be given to building a secure metal box round the fuel valve to prevent attack by bolt cutters.

Good quality robust fencing can discourage criminal activity and the use of thorny shrubbery such as berberis or hawthorn can also reduce accessibility for any unwelcome visitors. However, if at all possible, fuel tanks should be relocated inside suitable lockable outbuildings that can be fitted with an alarm.

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity or who has information that could assist police enquiries should call Police Scotland on 101 or speak to any officer. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.