Business owners are being urged to be on their guard following five fuel thefts in Milton Keynes.
The offences have taken place in Darin Court, Crownhill, Old Wolverton Road, Old Wolverton, Saxon Street, Bletchley, and Bond Avenue, Bletchley between last Thursday (17/4) and today (23/4).
All of the offences took place overnight between 6pm and 10.15am.
Offenders are thought to steal the fuel overnight, as the drivers discover this when they go to start-up their vehicles the following morning.
In each incident the offenders are thought to have removed pumps from portable toilets and used them to drain the vehicle’s fuel tank.
Thames Valley Police are asking business owners to do everything possible to prevent further offences taking place.
They advise everyone to ensure the perimeter of the yard is secure, check that all fences are secure and that gates are closed with shackle padlocks to standard BS EN 12320.
Fleet owners are also asked to consider fitting metal shrouds over the locks to make it more difficult for offenders to cut the lock off.
It is also advised that a vibration activated alarm system is fitted which can detect intruders at the gates of the premises.
An alternative would be to use an infrared beam activated alarm system.
It would be preferable to park the vehicles in the area where the beam shines and therefore the beam will be broken when the offenders approach the vehicles.
CCTV systems should also be considered in order to monitor any activity within the yard.
Officers further advise that vehicles should be left with a minimal fuel within the tank, in order to limit loss were it to be stolen.
Vehicles should also be closely parked alongside each other to make access to the tanks difficult.
Det Insp Suzette Allcorn said: “This is a crime series which we are thoroughly investigating. We would like business owners and managers to be particularly aware of the recent thefts, which have not been limited to just one area of Milton Keynes.
“We ask that business owners follow the crime prevention advice above and do everything they can to prevent further offences taking place”.
If you have any information about the fuel thefts which you think may aid the investigation, please contact Milton Keynes CID office via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
For further information about alarm systems, please look at the following websites which are independently approved: Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) www.ssaib.org and the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) www.nsi.org.uk