Police issue warning after £3,500 diesel theft

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DYFED-POWYS Police is highlighting the risks of fuel theft from vehicles across Pembrokeshire after £3,500 of diesel was stolen from a quarry in Tiers Cross.

The theft happened sometime between January 25 and 27.

Police officers have issued guidance to help prevent other people becoming victims.

Inspector Gareth Thomas said: “This type of crime is normally connected to isolated areas, but I would ask all members of the public to be vigilant regarding fuel theft.

“To support us, we need members of the public to check their security arrangements and to improve them where necessary.

“If you have CCTV systems ensure that the exterior lighting is working to help enhance images and train a camera on any tanks or vehicles.”

If anyone has information on individuals involved in fuel theft please contact either your local police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

These simple but effective tips can make life more difficult for would-be-thieves:

• Make sure gates and compounds are locked and secure, consider fitting an anti-attack cover for the lock;

•If vehicles are not parked at the operator’s base for whatever reason then vehicles should be parked in well-lit areas and be visible to passing vehicles or people;

• Park vehicles against solid objects on the fuel tank side to prevent access;

• Ensure vehicle fuel caps are locked and secure;

• Run the tank down daily and re-fuel each morning;

•If you have CCTV systems ensure the exterior lighting is working to help enhance images. Train a camera on any tanks or vehicles;

• Don’t leave keys in vehicles;

•Arrange for checks on vehicles and premises outside of working times.

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