Households in Creggan have been warned to be vigilant after several incidents of oil theft across the estate.
The warning has been issued by Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell following a spate of thefts into the weekend.
Colr. Campbell made his appeal after a number of homes in the area were targeted in the last 24 hours.
He said: “Sadly it’s not uncommon nowadays to hear of heating oil being stolen from homes.
“I was speaking to one of the residents targeted who lives in Rinmore Drive and they had 200 litres stolen from their tank. He wanted me to get the warning out through the local media.
“Back in February there was a spate of similar incidents in Creggan with five homes targeted in just one night.”
Colr. Campbell said that it was a particularly low blow to steal oil in the mouth of Christmas.
“Having oil stolen is causing severe hardship to many families who cannot afford to refill their tanks, especially just a few weeks before Christmas,” he said.
“This type of crime takes time and special equipment such as a tanker or large tank in the back of a van and siphoning equipment.
“I would call on people to be observant. If you see suspicious activity in the laneways around a neighbour’s house, particularly if there is no-one at home, call the police.”