12:01pm Saturday 26th October 2013
POLICE are warning people in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion to remain vigilant to fuel thieves, after several incidents across the area.
Dyfed-Powys Police said thieves have been targetting homeowners and businesses, stealing heating oil from homes and caravans and siphoning off diesel from lorries.
Officers are urging communities and businesses to support each other and the police to tackle these crimes and are encouraging the public and businesses to liaise with their local Neighbourhood Watch Groups.
PC Pat Jalloal said: “Given the current high price of fuel it’s highly likely that fuel thefts will increase and we’re continuing to see a spike in this type of crime in the county.
"While we utilize all resources to catch offenders, it’s vital individuals, businesses and communities do all they can to protect themselves from falling victim.
“For instance, make sure fuel tanks are not visible from the highway, if they are try and disguise them in some way for e.g. behind a trellis, hedge or a fence. Also, place pebbles or stones around the area of the tank so if anyone does walk around it you can hear them and if they shouldn’t be there report them to the police.
“In order to tackle fuel thieves it’s important that local communities and businesses remain observant and report any suspicious vehicles including cars, vans and lorries in the area.
"The best way to tackle this type of crime is for the public and the police to work together.”
Police are urging anyone with information of anyone going out with drums and pipes to steal fuel to please contact either their local police station on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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