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The Best Practices You Should Be Following With Securing Your Fuel

A few simple tips can help protect your fuel and equipment from theft

All it takes is 15 minutes for a thief to steal over $700 worth of diesel fuel from a storage tank and make off with $1,000 worth of pumping equipment. So how do you protect yourself and your business?

LOCK YOUR FUEL TANKS

If your tank has a lock box or an integral equipment cabinet, the first step in preventing fuel theft is to lock it. While a determined thief can use a bolt cutter, a good strong steel padlock and chain can prevent a theft. Many people make the mistake of using a $2 padlock to secure their tank. Spending more money on a premium lock will make sure that your investment is fully protected.

Every Western Global tank is designed with a lockable cabinet for built-in security.

KEEP YOUR FUEL TANKS VISIBLE

Fuel theft can be reduced by properly locating fuel storage tanks. Often the primary consideration for location of the fuel tanks is convenience. This is important, but the placement that is convenient for you or your customer may also be convenient for a thief. Tanks should be placed in highly visible areas. The further the tank is from the road the better. Most thieves will think twice about stealing when they can’t make a quick getaway.

USE PLENTY OF LIGHTING

Don’t leave your tanks in the dark. If properly installed, lights can provide an excellent source of low cost security. To be effective, lights should be placed so that they illuminate the wider areas surrounding the tank.

CONSIDER ADDING CAMERAS

Utilizing a security camera system can protect from theft and vandalism on your job site. Technology has improved significantly in the past few years, and reliable security camera systems are more compact, more user-friendly, and more affordable. Posting warning ‘recording in progress’ signs can further deter would-be thieves.

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