Police and NFU shine a light on rural fuel thefts

POLICE have united with the National Farmers’ Union to bring fuel thieves to the attention of Borders farmers this winter.

Many properties in the region have fuel tanks on their land, which can attract thieves.

Police are urging the public to take steps to ensure they do not fall victim to this crime.

Officers and representatives from the NFU attended the ‘Christmas Cracker’, hosted by John Swan Auctioneers, on Tuesday December 4 to distribute a specially created fuel theft leaflet, with detailed advice on protecting farms against crime.

Information on appropriate locations for fuel tanks, control switches and oil gauges is provided in the leaflet, along with recommendations for general measures such as CCTV and security lighting.

Inspector John Scott said: “The quantities of fuel stolen from farmlands can range from as little as 10 litres to several hundred litres, and demonstrates a need to ensure all fuel tanks are suitably protected from thieves.

“Not only does fuel theft have a significant financial implication for the victim, it has previously resulted in damage to farmland, with fuel being left to spill out onto the ground after thieves have taken as much as they can.”