The oil in your tank is valuable and you should consider taking appropriate security measures to prevent its theft, or unauthorised use. You can’t totally protect your tank against theft, but you can greatly reduce the chance that your oil will be stolen by taking a few simple precautions.
Making sure the oil gauge is secured correctly to the tank
If your tank has a lid design, consider fitting suitable locks and/or lockable valves where necessary and then ensure that they are used. This may be a legal requirement for some tanks. Your tank installation engineer or fuel delivery company will be able to advise you.
If of a vent and fill type, you can buy a special lockable cap
Don’t forget to provide the keys/combinations for these devices to the delivery company when a delivery is expected and you may not be present.
Monitor your oil tank on a regular basis. Remote electronic oil level gauges are available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. There are different versions on the market at the moment and cost between £70 and £100.
If the need arises to replace your tank, consider where you position the tank and make more secure. But remember to leave clear access for the fuel distributor at the fill point and the gauge can be seen.
You MUST never lock or block the tank vent/ breather, as this will cause the tank to split and cause further damage.
Consider fitting CCTV to monitor the tank
Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. It’s not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy “dusk till’ dawn lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.
Further guidelines and advice can be obtained via your tank installation engineer or fuel delivery company.