Police believe the discovery of a stolen 1,000 litre oil container near Louth may have prevented many rural fuel thefts.
A joint probe by Humberside Police and Lincolnshire Police enabled officers to locate the container in Binbrook less than 24 hours after it was reported stolen.
It had been taken from North Farm at Wold Newton on Monday, April 29 before later being found by police on the back of a stolen trailer on Binbrook Industrial Estate.
No arrests were made and police would encourage anyone who may know about the theft to call them (telephone 101 quoting incident 1971273), but they believe the container was being readied for diesel thefts.
“This is an excellent result of how both police forces working together is very effective,” said a Humberside Police spokesperson.
“There are large areas of rural land in both North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire and this can sometimes make it difficult for officers to track those people who cross the borders to commit crime.
“The partnership working means that information can be shared and this helping to reduce the number of offences.”
The lighter nights often mean that areas such as the Lincolnshire Wolds are a target for thieves who are intent on stealing high value plant equipment.
To help reduce the chances of being a target police would offer the following crime prevention advice:
• Make sure all farm buildings/buildings are locked and secure and any machinery or equipment is out of sight and under lock and key.
• Make sure your fuel stocks are secure at all times.
• If you have CCTV please check it is working correctly.
• Report any suspicious activity or vehicles to the police on 999 or 101 immediately.