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Axminster homeowners urged to lock up heating oil
Monday, 22 October 2012
AXMINSTER police have urged homeowners to watch their heating oil supplies as autumn and winter close in.
One domestic heating oil tank has already been breached in Membury, the perpetrators getting away with £300 worth of oil. The theft took place at some time between October 4th to 11th.
PCSO Andy Trott urged homeowners to check their tanks on a regular basis and keep them as secure as possible.
A partnership between Devon and Cornwall Police and East Devon District Council offers alarmed padlocks at £7 each.
PCSO Trott stressed that the partnership sells the locks on a no-profit basis and outlets include Axminster Police Station. He said: "It is triggered by tampering and goes of at 110 decibel, so makes quite a noise."
He also said that the constabulary offers a free property marking service, and explained: "It can be used on anything from mobiles to ride-on mowers."
Anyone who has information about the oil theft in Membury is asked to call the force switchboard on 101. The crime reference is KA/12/513. The 101 number can also be used for property marking enquiries.
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