Campaign to combat forecourt fuel theft

Swindon Advertiser: Campaign to combat forecourt fuel theft Campaign to combat forecourt fuel theft

POLICE have launched a ‘Stay and Pay’ campaign designed to reduce forecourt crime in conjunction with the petrol stations most affected by fuel thefts.

Figures from 2009 onwards show that reports of forecourt crime have steadily risen in the county over the last three years.

Although there was a drop of six per cent last year, this still equated to 456 incidents of suspects leaving without paying for their fuel or obtaining fuel by false representation.

Despite officers working to reduce this type of crime by building relationships with petrol station staff, targeted patrols and use of CCTV, it is believed that the economic climate and rising price of fuel has led to this steady increase.

In response, Wiltshire Police’s Crime Management Unit (CMU) has launched the campaign in conjunction with Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPTs) and the 19 petrol stations most frequently affected.

The NPTs will provide staff with campaign posters and stickers, as well as a training package and guidance notes giving security advice and tips on how to identify offenders.

The agreed course of action now involves the driver returning to pay for their fuel.

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11:50am Mon 3 Dec 12

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Surely the simple answer is for petrol stations to spend a bit of money and invest in newer pumps that force you to pay before drawing fuel?

I'd suspect in the majority of cases it's people simply forgetting they haven't paid - easy enough to do if you're distracted I suppose....

Otherwise, the deterrent for not paying is not enough - if you get caught you are simply made to pay the petrol station. So if in the worst case you are caught, you can simply pay the fuel bill you would have needed to pay anyway.
Surely the simple answer is for petrol stations to spend a bit of money and invest in newer pumps that force you to pay before drawing fuel? I'd suspect in the majority of cases it's people simply forgetting they haven't paid - easy enough to do if you're distracted I suppose.... Otherwise, the deterrent for not paying is not enough - if you get caught you are simply made to pay the petrol station. So if in the worst case you are caught, you can simply pay the fuel bill you would have needed to pay anyway. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

12:36pm Mon 3 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

Agree with the above. In fact, once people read this article and realise that all that will happen if they don't get away with stealing the petrol is that they'll just have to pay for it, I would imagine petrol station will see more and more people chancing their arm. After all, they've got absolutely nothing to lose.
Agree with the above. In fact, once people read this article and realise that all that will happen if they don't get away with stealing the petrol is that they'll just have to pay for it, I would imagine petrol station will see more and more people chancing their arm. After all, they've got absolutely nothing to lose. I 2 Could B

1:53pm Mon 3 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

Theft will always exist while there is no deterrent for law breaking. Millions of motorists break the law every day speeding, phoning/texting, parking where they shouldnt, no tax/insurance/mot etc. No one has any respect or sense of responsibility anymore. Maybe points on thier licence for stealing fuel might deter them.
Theft will always exist while there is no deterrent for law breaking. Millions of motorists break the law every day speeding, phoning/texting, parking where they shouldnt, no tax/insurance/mot etc. No one has any respect or sense of responsibility anymore. Maybe points on thier licence for stealing fuel might deter them. house on the hill

3:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

PaulD says...

The technology to dispense a certain amount of fuel based on a pre-payment surely already exists. I suspect the reason it is not used is that the customer will more likely pay £X for fuel then leave as opposed to visiting the kiosk afterwards and buying other things, which brings in more revenue for the vendor

However as pay-at-pump is starting to take off, it will surely only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm anyway
The technology to dispense a certain amount of fuel based on a pre-payment surely already exists. I suspect the reason it is not used is that the customer will more likely pay £X for fuel then leave as opposed to visiting the kiosk afterwards and buying other things, which brings in more revenue for the vendor However as pay-at-pump is starting to take off, it will surely only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm anyway PaulD

6:59pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Captain T says...

Move to the American system. Over there you have to pay before you pump - you can't physically uplift any fuel without paying. This means entering your debit/credit card details before lifting the nozzle (as is the case at Pay at the Pump here) or if you want to pay by cash, you have to pay what you think you will owe to the salesman first. If you spend less than you have prepaid, they give you the difference back as change but because they preset the pump to dispense say, $40 of fuel, you can not extract more than that. If you want more, you have to pay more first. That's the only way to deal with fuel theft - pay first, deal with change etc later.
Move to the American system. Over there you have to pay before you pump - you can't physically uplift any fuel without paying. This means entering your debit/credit card details before lifting the nozzle (as is the case at Pay at the Pump here) or if you want to pay by cash, you have to pay what you think you will owe to the salesman first. If you spend less than you have prepaid, they give you the difference back as change but because they preset the pump to dispense say, $40 of fuel, you can not extract more than that. If you want more, you have to pay more first. That's the only way to deal with fuel theft - pay first, deal with change etc later. Captain T

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