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Police Say Beware of Oil Thieves After Derryboye PS is Robbed
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FOLLOWING the theft of  approximately 2000 litres of heating oil from the Derryboye Primary School on the Manse Road, Crossgar, the PSNI  have issued an alert against fuel thieves.

A police spokesperson said: “As we are now in the winter months and with the price of crude oil remaining high, fuel oil tanks can be rich and easy pickings for thieves. Schools, transport depots, domestic properties and holiday homes can all be targets. However Police in Downpatrick are advising that by taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect your oil.”

Anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area of the Crossgar school or who has any information is also asked to contact police in Down Patrick on 0845 600 8000.  Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An alarmed padlock may deter oil thieves.

LOCK YOUR GATES. The simple act of keeping your garden or drive gates closed and securely locked can prevent a theft. Ensure that all gates and fences are in good repair.

CREATE OBSTACLES. Plant pots and general garden paraphernalia can be placed in the path of any potential intruders. They will make noise and waste time moving the items or navigating around them. Remove and secure any tools or ladders which could be used as an aide to commit crime.

LIMIT THE QUANTITY OF FUEL IN YOUR TANK. Full tanks are a more popular target, so consider limiting the amount of oil that you have in your tank at any one time.

LOCK YOUR TANK. Use a good quality, alarmed padlock or install lockable caps with crop proof fittings. Were possible fit hardened flexible casings, to any vulnerable fuel hoses, so that they are harder to cut.

CONSIDER INSTALLING SECURITY LIGHTING AND CCTV. Lights don’t not only warn you of an intruder but also alert neighbours and passing police patrols.

Further crime prevention advice is available from your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams or from the Crime Prevention officer by calling 0845 600 8000.