Home heating oil tank security is a major issue due to the increasing cost of domestic heating oil, don’t become a victim – find out how you can reduce the chances of your tank being targeted below.
Most domestic heating oil users only check their tanks every few weeks or months and are unaware if a thief is syphoning off small quantities but on an often basis, so try to dip / check your tank on a frequent basis to monitor your heating oil level.
One of the biggest challenges is keeping the heating oil in your tank and out of the hands of thief’s, but what’s the best way?
- Siting Your Oil Tank - The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to the house, with one or more windows capable of giving a view of it, then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high.
- Oil Level Gauges – Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full but are dependent on you being home and in the same room as the alarm unit at the time.
- Security Lights – Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief, especially lights which also sound when the light has been triggered.
- Defensive Planting – Defensive planting is nature’s way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not wish to force their way through or over a prickly hedge.
- Securing Your Oil Tank – A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank, but it must be remembered that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank! A metal or grill cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security but can be costly.
What measures have you taken to secure your heating oil tank?
How often do you check your tank level? Share your security hints and tips below…
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