Driving Off Without Fuel Week Of Action28/11/2011
Partnership working aims to cut fuel ‘drive-offs’
Driving off without paying for fuel at forecourts across South Nottinghamshire has seen an increase in the current year with this type of offence up 28% when compared to the same time last year. South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership are working in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police’s Pre-Crime team and large retailers to raise awareness of the issue and improve security and procedures to reduce the number of ‘drive-offs’ that are affecting these businesses.
This Thursday (1st December) will see a ‘day of action’ across the Morrison’s Supermarket sites in Gamston, Netherfield and Eastwood. The aim of this day will be to raise awareness of the ‘drive-off’ offence and local community safety teams from the Borough Councils together with police volunteers and neighbourhood policing teams will be at these sites to offer crime prevention advice on the run up until Christmas.
One of the methods that offenders use to commit the ‘drive-off’ offences has been to steal registration plates and then use these on a different vehicle. The teams will have tamper proof screws available, free of charge, at all 3 locations. These screws ensure that thieves cannot easily remove the car registration plate. To obtain yours, visit us at Morrison’s Filling Stations at Gamston, Netherfield or Eastwood on Thursday 1st December.
Dispensing fuel when you do not have means to pay, or making off without offering payment for fuel is a criminal offence. Chief Inspector Paul Murphy of Nottinghamshire Police explains "While the requirement to pay for fuel at the time is commonly known, many people still risk arrest and prosecution by making off without paying. We have worked extremely closely with local petrol retailers including Morrison’s, enhancing CCTV and other detection systems. Although the branding signs outside Petrol Stations imply that the loss is suffered by huge multinational companies, in actual fact many filling stations are independently owned or run and those hardworking individuals are very hard hit by the constant losses they suffer, putting some out of business.”
There are also many ways in which the public can help in reducing this sort of crime, by informing petrol station staff where they notice suspicious activity such covering up of number plates, swapping number plates, filling up containers within vehicles and such like. Alternatively, information on this type of crime or any other information which may be of interest to the Police may be reported by dialling 101, or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
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