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Heating fuel theft on the rise as prices soar

Posted: August 9, 2011 - 9:18pm

The cost of fuel may be the reason there is a spike in the theft of petroleum products in the capital city area according to a Juneau Police Department information release.

On Aug. 3, JPD received its 19th report of heating fuel theft for the 2011 calendar year, an alarming number, they say, that has totaled an estimated dollar value of over $10,000 in theft. There were just 11 reports in 2010, valued at $5,000.

Police want the public to know there are a variety of options to combat this type of theft. Safeguards include:

• securing your fuel tank by adding locking tank caps that can be purchased by fuel providers or at local hardware stores.

• paying attention to what is happening in your neighborhood.

• reporting suspicious activity to the police department.

• installation of video surveillance equipment.

If you know or suspect this has happened to you, or just want to be careful, police suggest installing a simple video surveillance system to monitor your heating oil tank.

Anyone with information on fuel thefts is encouraged to call JPD at 586-0600 or leave an anonymous tip at juneau
crimeline.com.

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