Don’t give thieves a present

WE ARE coming to the time of year when everyone likes to receive presents.

Unfortunately, there are people who like to give themselves presents - but they like even more for these to be paid for by law-abiding citizens like the readers of the Montrose Review.

They look for the most vulnerable and unguarded places where valuables are kept, and using their trade secrets, help themselves.

But sometimes they don’t even need to break in. Read on.

Tayside Police offer the following advice for drivers and businesses, which may prevent your premises or vehicles being targeted.

• If you have a garage use it. Use locking caps on your vehicles.

• Consider re-fuelling vehicles just before the planned journey rather than leaving a vehicle fully fuelled overnight.

• When parking on street at night, park in a well lit area.

• Ensure that no tools or containers that could be used to remove stolen fuel are left lying within yards.

• Use secure parking areas or compounds when vehicles are parked overnight, in particular when vehicles are not parked at their operating base.

• Consider the use of alarms. This could be on the vehicles themselves or on the perimeter of the parking/storage area.

• Improve lighting and focus on vulnerable areas.

• Fit anti-siphoning devices.

• Install or confirm existing CCTV is fit for purpose, and train a camera on fuel tanks and vulnerable vehicles.

• Install cages and/or improve security surrounding fuel storage tanks.

• Consider using ‘bunded’ fuel tanks if your existing storage facility is not of that type.

• Consider the use of fuel dyes.

• Wherever possible park vehicles against buildings or other solid objects on the fuel tank side to prevent easy access.

• Remove portable storage from site (barrels & drums etc) or make them secure.

• Consider installing fuel cap alarms - wireless transmitters can be placed inside the cap of the fuel tank. A magnetic switch on the device sets off an alarm if the cap is opened or tampered with. More advanced systems can be linked to security lighting or send a text message to the business owner, farmer, landowner, or security provider. An isolation switch allows authorised access to the tank for refuelling.

• Make sure gates and compounds are locked and secure and fit an anti attack cover for the lock or use a closed shackled padlock.

• Do not leave keys in or near a vehicle or easily found to facilitate the theft.

• Arrange for checks of vehicles and premises outwith normal operating hours.

• Commercial companies may consider issuing fuel cards rather than your storing fuel.

• Agricultural sites should consider portable refuelling systems that can be locked in secure storage areas and not left in fields or stockyards.