School Is Targeted Yet Again By Oil Thieves

Lockerley primary school has been the victim of oil thieves three times in the past eighteen months. The school reopened on January 4th after the Christmas holidays and there was shock and dismay when the realisation that there was no heating set in. It was decided to close the school again for three days after students bravely tried to function as normal for two days. With the horrendous weather sweeping the United Kingdom at the time it was impossible for emergency supplies of oil to get to the school and it was forced to close again for three days.

With a tank half full before the school closed for Christmas, head teacher Ms. Ann Smyth spoke of her shock at finding the gauge showing empty when they returned. The school had to close again from the 6th to the 8th of January, but management continued to try to get more oil delivered. Eventually the oil company managed to battle through the snow and ice and had 1000 litres delivered on the evening of January 7th. However their joy was short lived as they found the gauge again showing empty the following Monday morning. Ms. Smyth also told of how thieves had tried to steal oil from the tank in July 2008 but were interrupted and fled.

Staff at the school originally thought that the tank's gauge was not working until they checked the levels themselves and found that thieves had cut into the top of the tank. It has now been necessary for the schools security measures to be increased to try to stop further thefts. In order to make the tank less accessible to thieves a cage placed around it is being considered. Police are investigating these incidents.

Theft of oil from tanks is a growing crime which has been made worse by the recession and the ever increasing cost of oil.

Getting the home heated up during winter can be very expensive. Fuel such as electricity and gas show no signs of coming down in price. Savvy people are changing over to oil as a home fuel though. After the changeover they have to make sure that the storage tanks are always full of cheapest heating oil to make sure they don't run dry in the cold weather.

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