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Cooking Oil Theft in Stonehaven

Police Scotland are asking restaurants, hotels and takeaway food outlets to be vigilant following the theft of used cooking oil from two business premises in Stonehaven. 

Over 1000 litres of used oil was taken from two premises in Stonehaven between Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2022. Police are keen to speak to three occupants of a white Ford Transit van that was seen in the area at the time.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Urquhart said ‘I would advise restaurants, hotels and fast food outlet owners to be particularly vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police via 101. This appears to be a very sophisticated and organised group of criminals whom have the ability to travel throughout the country committing these crimes. Used cooking oils are being stolen across the country and being taken south to be processed. If you have any doubts call the company that normally makes your used oil collections in order to verify identities. Thieves are on occasion presenting false identification.’

· If you have a contract to have your used cooking oil collected, make sure you check to confirm that it is a legitimate company that you are dealing with.

· Ask for identification when drivers attend to collect from your premises. If in doubt phone to confirm.

· Keep rear gardens or yards securely locked and consider CCTV and security lighting. 


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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.


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(Police Scotland, PC, A Div - North East - Crime Reduction Team)

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