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Commercial Vehicle fuel thefts

Police are appealing for witnesses and asking operators of commercial vehicles to be vigilant following a number of fuel thefts from vehicles in the Banchory area. Police are keen to trace a silver or grey transit style van, with side doors and blue light strip on the windscreen which has been seen in the area.

Anyone with information can contact the Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Urquhart said ‘With spiralling oil and gas costs and recent changes to red diesel legislation we can expect to see an increase in this type of crime. I would urge operators of commercial vehicles, especially those in rural areas, to review their security -

Deter thieves from entering your property by installing and using lockable gates and by maintaining boundaries and perimeter fencing;
Consider fitting a locking cap to your tank;
Check fuel levels regularly;
Where possible install automatic movement sensor security lighting to cover your vehicles and the immediate surrounding area;
Note suspicious vehicle registration numbers and report them to the police through the 101 number;
If tanks are located in outbuildings or sheds, ensure these are kept locked;
Be aware that if thieves have already stolen fuel from your tank they may return to steal any replacement oil you order;
Be especially vigilant following a recent delivery of oil/diesel;
Report any suspicious activity, or those involved, to Police Scotland by calling 101.  In an emergency, call 999.


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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.


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(Police Scotland, PC, A Div - North East - Crime Reduction Team)

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