SELBY area homeowners are today (Fri Aug 5) warned to lock up their logs following a rise in the price of firewood of up to £200 per tonne.
According to the CLA, firewood is now a valuable commodity and becoming an increasingly attractive target for thieves.
CLA Yorkshire Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “For some time now, heating oil has been a popular target for thieves but we are concerned that logs are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition.
“Firewood has been rising in price for several years and the thieves are well aware of it. There is a tidy profit to be made, so householders need to make sure that they aren’t the losers.
“We are putting out the warning now because many people are starting to take delivery for the winter. Not so long ago a lorry load of logs could be tipped on a driveway or roadside to be stored at a later stage and they would be quite safe, but not now.
“Householders should be at home when the logs arrive and get them safely stored out of sight as soon as possible; or should choose suppliers who will unload and stack them where they will not be visible.
“The same goes for the small bags of logs you buy at the petrol station or the DIY store, they are very easy to carry away and by no means cheap.”
The advice is not for customers alone. The CLA is warning its members who operate log businesses that they stand to lose considerable sums if they don’t take elementary precautions.
The CLA is also asking anyone who is offered logs, especially at a cheap rate, to check out where they have come from and to be cautious.
Miss Fairburn added: “If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If the seller appears dubious in any way, you should refuse to buy and report the incident to the police.”