Oil thieves target homes in Whiteabbey

POLICE are investigating a number of recent incidents of theft and attempted theft of home heating oil from properties in Princes Avenue and Princes Crescent, Whiteabbey.

It’s understood there have been two thefts and two attempted thefts in the area in the past couple of weeks.

Reminding householders and business owners to be vigilant against oil theft, a PSNI spokesperson said: “As an expensive commodity, heating oil is very attractive to thieves. It therefore makes good economic sense for people to protect themselves and their neighbours against this type of crime.

“Be on the lookout for any activity that is out of the ordinary in the local area. People should pay particular attention to any lorries, vans, and cars towing trailers laden with containers that would be capable of transporting oil. Most oil distributors advertise their company on their delivery vehicles.”

He added: “Always make sure that the lid of your own tank is locked with a suitable padlock, and consider fitting sensor lights to brighten up dark areas around your home, particularly areas around the oil tank, and try to limit access to the tank by keeping gates closed and locked as well.

“Be a good neighbour. Check on elderly neighbours or relatives who could be vulnerable to this type of crime.

“We take all reports of suspicious activity very seriously. If you notice anything untoward in your neighbourhood, or see unknown vehicles outside premises, note down any important details such as a description or vehicle registration and contact police immediately on 999. Officers will follow up on your call and your prompt information could prevent a crime from occurring.”

For further crime prevention advice, call the Crime Prevention Officer at Newtownabbey Station on 0845 600 8000.