Over the past two months there has been a significant increase in the amount of reported fuel thefts in the Mid North region.
The thefts have mainly occurred from large agricultural vehicles, including tractors, harvesters, augers and fuel storage containers. Fuel amounts vary from 20L to 80L.
It appears that agricultural vehicles that are within view of the road, and in unlocked paddocks are being targeted.
Areas that have been targeted are Jamestown, Caltowie, Bundaleer, Gladstone, Gulnare, Georgetown, Laura, Wirrabara, Yongala, Hallett and Burra.
Farmers are reminded to ensure the security of their equipment by locking gates, moving machinery away from the road so it is not so easily accessed and to implement a security plan which may include the use of portable CCTV cameras and locks for their gates.
Police urge the public that if they see people or vehicles behaving suspiciously on rural roads or in a paddock to contact police on 131 444.
If anyone has any information in relation to these thefts are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au