Homeowners in Sheffield and the outlying areas should perhaps be on their guard, as it seems as though boiler thefts are currently rife in the city.

Figures from Sheffield Council show that in 2013, over 200 council houses in Sheffield were targeted by boiler thieves at a cost to the council of £287,000 to replace them, the Star reports.

And now another appliance has been stolen from a house in Gaunt Road on Gleadless Valley, with burglaries also being investigated by local police in Woodseats, Jordanthorpe, Ecclesall, Norton and Totley. It’s thought that the boilers are being taken from properties in order to sell them on for scrap.

Home security should always be a priority but you would perhaps be wise to be particularly vigilant at the moment if you live in or around Sheffield and don’t want to come home to find your boiler missing.

Installing a burglar alarm is a good step if you haven’t done so already, but you could also consider fitting alarms to your windows to prevent people breaking in that way. And, of course, when you go out make sure all windows and doors are locked tight, and that you actually put the alarm on before you leave the house. You might be surprised at just how many people fail to do this last step!

If your central heating is playing up, call Leeds boiler repair experts Home Services Assistance to come and help. We’ll be able to get your boiler up and running in next to no time.