AROUND 1,000 litres of heating oil has been stolen from Wiltshire properties in recent weeks - prompting police to urge residents to review their security amid a warning these thefts could increase.

Between April 8 and April 13, around 400 litres of heating oil worth approximately £800 was stolen from a tank in a garden in Market Lavington.

And between April 13 and April 25, approximately 600 litres of heating oil was stolen from a tank in a garden in Coate, near Devizes. The oil was worth approximately £1,200.

Detective Sergeant Jo Webber said: “With the price of fuel increasing, it is possible that we may see an increase in these types of thefts.

“Domestic oil tanks can contain hundreds of pounds worth of oil so it is really important that residents take as many steps as possible to ensure their tanks are not easy targets.

“Please consider good quality locks, security lighting, fencing and CCTV to ensure your tank is well protected.

“If you notice any suspicious activity around domestic tankers, as well as large suspicious vehicles close to a property, report your concerns to police.”

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220037940. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.