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Colchester Police Station
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- Induction loop
- Disabled Parking
- Automatic Door Opening (via push button)
- Disabled toilet
- Confidential Room
- Customer Care Pack
- Visitor parking facilities
Heating oil thieves are operating in the Colchester and North Essex
area. If you use heating oil to heat your home here is some advice
from www.oiltheftwatch.org to protect your property.
1. Out of Sight: If installing a new tank, you should consider the
placement very carefully. Ideally, your tank should not be visible
from the road outside your home and should not be placed near any
external gates or doors. If possible, install your tank in an area
that can easily be seen from your home, so you can keep an eye on
2. Add Protection: Fit a sturdy lock to the fill cap of your tank
(and also the vent cap, if possible), and consider installing a
security cage or protective casing to your tank and any exposed
pipes. Ideally, any casing should be locked with a shackle padlock,
which can’t be easily broken with bolt croppers.
3. Security Lights: Install a movement-sensing security light to
alert you to any late-night visitors. A set of strong flood lights
would also make a thief think twice about targeting your
4. CCTV: The cost of CCTV systems has dropped over the past few
years, making basic packages more affordable. If you decide to
install a system, you should also place a ‘CCTV’ sign on your gate
to let any potential thieves know that you are taking measures to
protect your heating oil.
5. Use Signs: A much cheaper alternative to CCTV is to place a
‘Beware of the Dog’ sign on your garden gate. Thieves tend to avoid
houses that have dogs, as they may bark and attract attention
during a theft.
6. Lock It Down: Generally, you should always make sure that any
access points to your garden (such as gates, doors or garages) are
securely locked when not in use.
7. Fix Your Fences: If there is a hole in your fence, thieves may
be able to gain access through it. Make sure that all of your
fences are in good condition and replace any low fences with higher
versions, to prevent your tank from being seen by passers-by. You
should also avoid placing wheelie bins by your fence, as thieves
may use these to climb into your garden.
8. Neighbourhood Watch: If you are going on holiday, ask a
neighbour to keep an eye on your oil tank and report any suspicious
9. Defensive Planting: If you have a green thumb, try planting
prickly plants such as rose bushes, junipers and holly around your
tank. These make a great defence mechanism as thieves generally
avoid things that may catch on their skin or clothing and leave
10. Toughen Up: If you are installing a new tank, you should
consider purchasing a steel one, as these are harder for thieves to
11. Turn It Off: When your tank is not in use (i.e. during summer
or when you are away) turn off your boiler and secure any control
switches, as this will make it harder for thieves to get oil out of
12. Monitor Your Tank: If you have a good idea of how much heating
oil you have and how much heating oil you tend to use, it will be
easier to tell if there is a sudden drop in levels.
13. Install an Alarm: Fit an audible tank alarm which will let you
know if your oil levels drop suddenly due to a theft or leak.
14. Add Insurance: As with any valuable item, you should check that
your heating oil supply and tank are covered by your home
15. Stay Informed: Keep an eye out for thefts in your area and
increase your security measures accordingly. When you sign up to
our nationwide oil theft alerts, you will receive an email bulletin
every time a theft is reported in your area.
Remember, if you are targeted by thieves you should alert the
police and report the theft, so that other oil users in your area
and the police are aware of the threat. If you witness a theft in
progress, never attempt to approach the thief.
Essex Police can be contacted by phoning 101 - remember 999 if you
see a crime in progress.