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