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County Armagh residents are being urged to take steps to protect their heating oil

Home heating oil stolen in Scarva

Residents across Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne are being urged to take steps to protect their home heating oil as winter takes hold.

Crime Prevention Officer, Lisa Sherman, said: “No one wants to wake up to an empty oil tank and realise they have been the victim of theft so there are some steps you can take to protect your property and heating oil.

“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 use 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.

“Last, but certainly not least, be a good neighbour and report anything suspicious around a neighbour’s home such as persons taking hoses through to an oil tank or looking around someone’s property. You should report this straight away to police on the 101 number or 999 in an emergency.”

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