People are being urged to safeguard their fuels stocks after 3,000 litres of red diesel were stolen from a farm near Aberlemno.
The incident happened some time between 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, and 12 p.m. the following day and Police Scotland is appealing to drivers and farmers, business operators and residents to take every precaution to prevent themselves from falling prey to this type of incident.
The force is also asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity or people 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.
Anyone storing large quantities of fuel is also advised to ensure that storage tanks are kept in a well-lit area. A spokeswoman added: “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.”
Further measures that can be taken include installing alarms within tanks that go off when the fuel level drops or if the tank is tampered with; using alarmed padlocks or installing specialised mesh inserts inside the filler spout to prevent anyone inserting a pipe for siphoning.
General security to premises can be improved with lighting, locks on access gates, CCTV and good security management of keys to both vehicles and padlocks.
Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity or who has information that could assist police enquiries should call Police Scotland on 101 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.