Police in Armagh are appealing for information following the theft of heating oil from the Appleby Social Education Centre on Ballynahonemore Road.
Some time over the weekend, betweenMarch 28 and 31, approximately 5000 litres of oil were taken.
It is believed too that a quantity of oil may also have been stolen over the previous three months.
We are appealing to anyone who witnessed any activity around the area or has information in relation to these thefts to contact them on 101, quoting ref: 604310314. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are aslo advising householders to take steps to protect their home heating fuel:
Check your heating oil regularly and often.
There are many devices on the market for measuring how much oil is in your tank – buy one and it.
Invest in security features for your tank such as lockable fuel cap and sensor lighting coverage.
Make it hard for an intruder to gain access to the rear of your home. Install locks to the area of the tank.
Use plants with thorns or spikes around your oil tank.
Consider a shed audible alarm.
Make sure that your boiler is securely locked up with a good quality padlock.
Mark your boiler with your post code and house number using an engraving tool.
Be a good neighbour and report anything suspicious around a neighbour’s home such as persons taking hoses through to oil tank or looking around someone’s property.