Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has advised people living in the Oakbridge Park area of Derry to be alert after the recent theft of heating oil from homes in the area.
Colr. Duffy said the most recent theft took place earlier this week and she asked residents to look out for suspicious activity.
“I would like to warn people to be on the lookout for the gangs behind this type of theft. The most recent oil theft in Oakbridge Park took place on Monday during the day,” said Colr. Duffy.
The price of a barrel of crude oil has increased since February which in turn has resulted in an increase in the price of home heating oil.
Aodhan O’Donnell of price comparison website Powertoswitch.co.uk explained why the price of home heating oil has increased in recent weeks.
“While the price of home heating oil remains low and competitive, it has been creeping upwards over the last few weeks.
“The average cost to fill a 500 litre tank has increased by almost 3p per litre (11 per cent) since the end of February,” he said.