As it comes to the time when you are thinking about topping up your heating oil tank for winter, with the value of fuel it is worth considering its secutiry. In the more isolated parts of the countryside it is primarily domestic properties that have been targeted by the heating oil thieves, but we have also seen such thefts at farms and other businesses.
There are a number of security devices available that will protect your fuel supplies - details of which can be found via your fuel supplier or local plumber's merchant. One such system is "GPRS Fuel-Oil Alarm" from www.compoundsecurity.co.uk and Tank Commander - www.commandersecurities.co.uk which have "Secured by Design" accreditation; these products will detect a dramatic drop in fuel and calls you on the telephone. There are also other systems that will add on to an existing intruder alarm system, whilst others protect the filler cap and there are of course the conventional locks.
Another consideration would be defensive planting around the tank, concealing it and restricting access to it by fencing, and where possible locating the tank under lighting in view of lived in rooms within the house.
The Illusion of Occupancy
As the nights draw in earlier don't forget to use table lamps on timers, and there is a product called "Fake TV" that produces lighting that resembles a television switched on within a room www.immobilise.com, you can also record serial numbers of products here free of charge. Consider installing external "Dusk till dawn" lighting and remember to ensure gates are in good condition, closed and locked. A new product available is a movement sensor that activates an appliance plugged into a plug socket; an internet search will find such.
If you would like further advice regarding security please look at the Essex Police website https://www.essex.police.uk/advice, the crime prevention website https://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com or contact your local Crime Reduction Advisor by using the 101 non-emergency telephone number.
Naturally, please report any unusual activity to police in an emergency on 999 or after the event on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.