Fuel cost link to oil tank thefts in Shropshire, police say

The increase in fuel costs could be behind a recent spate of heating oil tank thefts in Shropshire, police say.

Householders are asked to be vigilant after three thefts in 24 hours at the end of December and a fourth in the first week of January in Whitchurch.

Police recommend fitting an alarm to indicate if the oil level suddenly drops, or installing security lights.

If the tank is in an outbuilding, ensure it is secured at all times, West Mercia Police said.

A spokesman said: "While not a large problem, police in the county have noticed a slight increase in such crimes - possibly due to the increase in fuel costs over recent months.

"Such thefts have been taking place across the country, possibly as a result of the spiralling costs."

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