Cambridgeshire Constabulary is again offering crime prevention advice as the winter months approach and heating oil thefts may occur.
Many householders, commercial premises and farms will start using more oil and filling up tanks as the temperature gets colder and the nights get longer.
While the number of oil thefts reported to police often increases during the autumn and winter months, there are basic measures that can be put in place by families and businesses to protect their fuel.
Sergeant Jon Hiron said: “Theft of heating oil has been an issue for rural areas for some time, but it can be a particular problem at this time of year as home owners get their supplies for the winter months.
“Coupled with rises in the cost of fuel, oil has become a much more attractive target for thieves.