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‘Stay and Pay’ fuel campaign

November 26, 2012, 4:46 pm

Today, Monday 26 November 2012, Wiltshire Police launched the ‘Stay and Pay campaign which is designed to reduce forecourt crime by working in partnership with the petrol stations across the county most affected by fuel thefts.

Figures from 2009 onwards show that reports of forecourt crime have steadily risen in Wiltshire over the last three years. Although there was a drop of 6% last year, this still equated to 456 incidents of suspects leaving the forecourt without paying for their fuel or obtaining fuel by false representation.

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

The methods suspects are using include filling up their vehicle and leaving the forecourt without making any attempt to pay, leaving the forecourt at speed and refusing to pay even when challenged by staff.

In response, Wiltshire Polices Crime Management Unit (CMU) has launched the ‘Stay and Pay campaign in conjunction with Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPTs) and the 19 petrol stations across the county most frequently affected by forecourt crime.

NPTs will provide staff at these petrol stations with campaign posters and stickers as well as a training package and guidance notes detailing security advice and tips on how to identify potential offenders. These guidance notes will also be distributed to the other petrol stations in their areas.

The way in which forecourt crime is investigated has changed, with a greater emphasis and focus placed on the victim. The agreed course of action now involves the driver returning to the forecourt to pay for their fuel. This form of resolution is significantly reducing the number of these offences allocated to response officers, allowing them more time to concentrate on other incidents.

 
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