Thieves stealing home heating oil in Port Alberni

Home owners advised to secure their oil tanks

Port Alberni RCMP want to notify the public that thieves are targeting homes heated by oil.

On Dec. 9, 2017, RCMP were advised of a theft of heating oil from a home in the 3500 block of 6th Avenue.

The senior resident had noticed that their home started getting cold the day before and thought there may be a problem with the heating system. Help came the next day, only to find that a small piece of copper line from the oil tank into the house had been cut and stolen and that a small valve allowed the oil to be drained easily. Several hundred litres of oil had been stolen from the senior.

It appears that suspects also tried syphoning heating oil from a residence in the 4500 block of Redford Street.

According to a local business dealing in heating oil tanks, it is recommended that home owners secure their oil tanks with a lock on the cap. Owners can also secure their investment in their heating oil by changing the weaker cooper line with a hydraulic hose, as well as building a secure box covering the hose or line from the tank to the house.

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