Durham Constabulary launches Forecourt Watch to crack down on fuel thefts from North East petrol stations

The Northern Echo: Police have launched an initiative to tackle fuel thefts from the region's petrol stations Police have launched an initiative to tackle fuel thefts from the region's petrol stations

A POLICE initiative aimed at tackling fuel theft across the Durham Constabulary force area has been launched today (Monday, December 9).

The majority of the region’s service stations and fuel retailers have signed up to the Forecourt Watch scheme which will act as a security network against fuel thieves.

The idea is that if a vehicle makes off without paying for fuel, details of the vehicle and offence will be circulated immediately to all who are signed up to the scheme.

All staff will then be on the lookout for any vehicles of a similar description arriving at their forecourt and once a suspicious vehicle is spotted, the police can be informed and action will be taken.

Sgt Chris Milburn, who has led the development of the scheme, said: “Forecourt Watch is a great way of tackling the issue of the theft of fuel from forecourts.

“By working closely with the garage owners and staff we are significantly increasing our resources in terms of getting the information we need to stop those responsible for these types of crimes, protecting the staff and genuine customers of these premises.

“Once the garages are alerted they are in an ideal position to play a key part in helping us to tackle this issue.”

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3:50pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Homshaw1 says...

You can't get out of a multi story car park without paying. How hard can it be to stop people leaving the forecourt?
You can't get out of a multi story car park without paying. How hard can it be to stop people leaving the forecourt? Homshaw1

6:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

stevegg says...

All the forecourt staff I have seen at petrol stations are normally far to busy to keep an eye on people driving off without payment, it is only ever discovered once they have left. Its far to easy to do this, the fuel companies should be forced to do what other countries do and have pre payment pumps where you only can withdraw the amount you have already paid for, this would stop this crime overnight and save valuable time for over stretched police officers. They have a duty to prevent crime under the crime and disorder act but fail to do so.
All the forecourt staff I have seen at petrol stations are normally far to busy to keep an eye on people driving off without payment, it is only ever discovered once they have left. Its far to easy to do this, the fuel companies should be forced to do what other countries do and have pre payment pumps where you only can withdraw the amount you have already paid for, this would stop this crime overnight and save valuable time for over stretched police officers. They have a duty to prevent crime under the crime and disorder act but fail to do so. stevegg

10:56am Tue 10 Dec 13

darlopaul says...

I really don't understand why this country hasn't followed the likes of America where you have to pay for the fuel first in order for the pump to be credited. I can't see a downside to it at all?!
I really don't understand why this country hasn't followed the likes of America where you have to pay for the fuel first in order for the pump to be credited. I can't see a downside to it at all?! darlopaul

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