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Thieves steal 100 litres of diesel and cause around €27,000 worth of damage on farm

A farm in the UK was broken into overnight in recent weeks.

The incident occurred on Twentypence Road, Wiburton between May 20th, and May 21st last week.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Policing East Cambridgeshire, said: “Thieves forced their way onto the site before stealing 100 litres of diesel, causing an estimated £25,000 worth of damage to an irrigation pump.”

Prevent fuel theft

The police force issued advice to the public to prevent fuel theft:

  • Prevent your vehicle from fuel theft by parking in busy, well-lit areas which are monitored by CCTV;
  • Park with your fuel tank facing the road so that passing traffic acts as a deterrent to thieves;
  • Parking close to other vehicles is also a good idea as it restricts access to your fuel tank.
  • Locking fuel caps are not recommended as thieves will often just puncture the tank instead causing even more damage. Instead, fuel cap alarms can be fitted which are activated when your vehicle is tampered with.  
  • Re-fuel your vehicle just before planned journeys rather than leaving a vehicle fully fuelled overnight.

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