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Tackling theft of fuel in Three Rivers, Can you help identify people?

February 26, 2013, 1:07 pm

Police in Three Rivers are launching a new campaign to tackle the theft of fuel from the districts petrol stations.

As part the campaign, police are releasing CCTV images of people they wish to speak to in
connection offences.

The images of people who have been captured from forecourts of petrol and service
stations across the district will appear on the Hertfordshire Constabulary Facebook page.
(www.facebook.com/hertspolice) You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the
images.

PC Claire Parfitt from the South Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team is leading the campaign.
She said: “In recent weeks there have been a number of offences in Three Rivers where
motorists have driven off without paying for their fuel.

“Often people will know they should pay, dodge the cameras on the forecourt or alter their
number plates in order to avoid prosecution. It is just a small minority of people that commit
these offences and often the busiest garages targeted, causing inconvenience to paying
customers.”

Specialist Crime Prevention Officers have been working with petrol stations in the district,
by advising managers on different crime prevention and detection methods in a bid to reduce
incidents.

Officers from the Rickmansworth Safer Neighbourhood Team are running an initiative to
assist motorists in making their vehicles more secure and reduce the chances of the theft of
number plates. Members of the public are invited to attend the event on Friday 22 March,
between 2pm and 5pm at BP Express Service Station on Uxbridge Road. The team will be
working in partnership with Halfords, who will be fitting free tamper proof screws to number
plates. Officers will also be giving targeted crime prevention advice.

Offenders use a range of techniques in an attempt to escape prosecution such as using stolen
vehicles and number plates and not registering vehicles with the DVLA. Police have been
successful in prosecuting offenders through improved technology and working closely with other agencies. Last year a prolific offender from Bedfordshire was charged with ten offences committed throughout Hertfordshire and is currently on conditional bail awaiting sentencing.

PC Parfitt added: “Criminals need to be aware that Hertfordshire Constabulary takes the theft
of fuel seriously and we will track down offenders and bring them to justice. We would like
to speak to people in the photos as they will be able to assist us in our investigations and we
look forward to a positive response from the public.”

If you can help identify these people, please call PC Parfitt via the non-emergency number
101. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by
calling 0800 555111. Your information will be treated confidentially and you do not have to
leave your details.

The incidents include:
• BP, Uxbridge Road A412, Rickmansworth on Thursday 15 November 2012 at
3.30pm. Police want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C2/12/2610)
• BP, Uxbridge Road A412, Rickmansworth on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at
9.15am. Police want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C2/12/2677)
• Esso, Sandy Lodge Lane, Northwood on Friday 23 November 2012 at 9.37pm. Police
want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C3/12/1268)
• Esso, Sandy Lodge Lane, Northwood on Wednesday 28 November at 4.25pm. Police
want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C3/12/1332)
• Esso, Sandy Lodge Lane, Northwood on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 at 5pm. Police
want to speak to the motorcyclist pictured, do you recognise him/her from the clothes/
equipment they are wearing? (Ref C3/12/1005)
• Esso, Sandy Lodge Lane, Northwood on Monday 8 October 2012 at 4.27pm. Police
want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C3/12/1084)
• Shell, Watford Road A412, Croxley Green, on Sunday 2 December 2012 at 12.47am.
Police want to speak to the man pictured. (Ref C2/12/2731)

There are other ways which you could assist police and protect yourself from becoming
a victim of crime.

  • Please fit theft proof screws or a specially designed secure number plate which makes it difficult for them to be stolen.
  • Report your number plate either lost or stolen to police as soon as you notice them missing.
  • Ensure that you notify the DVLA immediately if you buy or sell a vehicle. You can find out more information about the requirements on www.gov.uk .

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.

 
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