MURRAY Mallee farmers are being reminded to remain vigilant after more than 5000 litres of diesel was stolen from a number of properties in the region in recent months.
SA Police yesterday revealed at least five properties in the area had been the targets of fuel theft between January 13 and March 15 and are now urging farmers to reassess the security of their tanks.
On January 13, a property at Walker Flat was entered and diesel stolen, before a property in Karoonda was broken into and had diesel stolen sometime between January 14 and 17.
Then on March 14 a property at Oakvale Station and another at Mypolonga were both sites of diesel theft, with another at Wynarka on March 15 also targeted.
"We do get reports of fuel thefts from rural properties from time to time within the Murray Mallee LSA but essentially at no higher rate than other thefts such as farm machinery or stock," a SAPOL spokesperson said.
Police say it is unknown at this stage if the thefts are linked and the investigation is continuing.
Murray Mallee police urge community members who have diesel or petrol stored at their properties to reassess current security and location of tanks.
SAPOL fuel security tips include positioning above ground fuel tanks in sight of the main residence and other storage sheds, concealing the view of tanks from the road, installing security lighting around fuel tanks and dipping fuel tanks daily and installing a flow meter to monitor fuel usage.
Anyone with information that may assist is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report on line at www.crimestopperssa.com.au - you can remain anonymous.
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