Prevent Oil Theft

Oil tank theft has risen approximately 153% since 2011, with more than 1,200 thefts in heating oil nationwide. As the black market for oil increases, the rewards for offenders do also. The incidents have not been confined to residential oil tanks, with schools, businesses, play groups and churches also being targeted. According to the Irish Times even an army barracks has been targeted with a tanker containing 20,000 litres of seized fuel being stolen from Aiken Military Barracks in Co. Louth in May 2013.

OFTEC represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Ireland and David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager said “ Houses, farms, business premises, transport depots and holiday homes can all be affected- especially within rural areas or on quiet residential streets. Usually it’s only when people run out of oil and their heating stops working that theft becomes apparent. However, taking a few simple precautions such as making a regular note of your oil levels will help to ensure you are not the victim of oil theft”.


Police and insurers advise customers to prevent oil theft in the following ways:

  • check oil levels frequently
  • try to arrange smaller but more frequent oil deliveries;
  • install automatic movement sensor security lighting around the tank
  • plant shrubs or erect fencing to screen tanks from view from the road
  • install and use lockable access gates, and erect lockable fencing around your tank, including over the top
  • consider fitting an alarm system which warns if the oil level drops suddenly
  • be vigilant following a delivery
  • be aware thieves may return to steal replacement oil following an initial theft
  • note suspicious vehicles’ registration numbers and report them to police.


Prevent Oil Theft with O’Reilly Oakstown Diesel Defence System

Protect your fuel tanks from theft, damage and the risk of ground contamination caused by fuel theft. If your oil tanks are at risk we can install secure concrete enclosures to stop opportunistic thieves. All our units come with lockable filling points on top and lockable fuelling points on front if required.

Diesel Defence Tanks can also be used to build fuel tanks where necessary. Read more here

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Inspection of Septic Tanks

THE EPA has drawn up a seven-page checklist for inspection of septic tanks and treatment systems by trained local authority staff. It spells out what an inspector will look for during inspections and the information entered will determine whether or not the septic tank is deemed compliant with standards or is in breach.

The checklist is in three sections.

Section one identifies the property and whether or not the septic tank is registered with the local authority.
Section two looks at site characteristics and the design of the septic tank.
Section three is the biggest and most important section and focuses on whether the septic tank is operating to standard; specifically, is it complying with the Water Services Acts and Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems Regulations 2012? It asks if there are:

  • Unintended leaks from the system including from the tank, inlet and outlet pipes, distribution box or manholes.
  • Unlicensed or untreated discharge of effluent or greywater to surface waters or ground waters, including via sub-surface conduit, i.e., an underground pipe.
  • Discharge causing wet areas or ponding.
  • Clean water from roofs, etc, entering the septic tank.
  • Lack of maintenance as indicated by odour or noise.
  • Components not operating properly, including tank, pipes, distribution box, manholes and covers.
  • Components of secondary systems, where present, not operating properly, including pumps, float switches and alarms.
  • On desludging (emptying), it asks is there evidence that the tank or unit has not been desludged, if it needs desludging and who has carried out desludging? If desludging was carried out by a third party, it asks for name and contact details, for a receipt and whether or not the contractor was authorised.
  • Where the tank was emptied by the owner, i.e. the farmer, it asks if there is evidence the sludge was not used for agriculture and spread in a way that contravenes regulations.
  • Finally, the checklist asks if there is evidence that the system constitutes a risk to human health or to the environment.

Article written by Paul Mooney,
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Do I need to Replace my Septic Tank?

The good news is you may not need to! Some tanks will perform to the required standard with some adjustments. If you are unsure about whether you need to replace your tank or not, then call us today on Lo-Call 1850 200 702 and we will assist you.

We offer a free site visit and assessment and will provide you with the best advice, taking into account your needs and budget. Whether you need some minor adjustments, or an updated system, we can provide the best solution for you.

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