Police warns of ‘attractive target’ for thieves after £400 worth oil is stolen in Laxfield

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Police have offered advice to homeowners in a bid to deter thieves after oil was stolen in Laxfield.

It happened at an address in Fressingfield Road at some point between 9.20am on Wednesday, January 25 and 2.30pm on Friday, January 27.

Access was gained to the oil tank by cutting a padlock and approximately £400 worth of oil was stolen.

Anyone with information that could assist police enquiries is asked to contact the Incident and Crime Management Hub at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 14487/17.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Police said the cold weather, along with rising cost of fuel, means heating oil has become an “attractive target” for thieves.

They have reminded homeowners of simple measures to prevent such thefts including positioning lights with a ‘Dusk ‘til ‘Dawn’ feature close to the tank, ensuring fences are high and not easy to climb, and investing in good quality locks, such as shackle padlocks.

They added homeowners should check their oil gauges regularly, and consider installing a remote electronic oil level gauge, which triggers an alarm if there is a sudden drop.