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Warning after heating oil stolen near Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 15:43 26 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 26 December 2017

Operation Randall targets rural crime across Norfolk. Picture: Chris Bishop

Operation Randall targets rural crime across Norfolk. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Police are warning householders after an increase in thefts of heating fuel.

Officers say there were 100 reported incidents of oil theft in Norfolk in 2016.

So far, 2017 has seen 110 - a 10pc increase - according to the Operation Randall rural crime team.

The most recent was last week, when a “large quantity” was stolen from a property in Barroway Drove, near Downham Market.

Tips to protect fuel supplies include checking oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.

Fitting a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Consider perimeter security for the tank, such as a metal cage or fencing.

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