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UK NewsThieves stole £1.75 MILLION worth of fuel from petrol stations, businesses and other cars last year - and 99% of crimes have gone unpunished

13:35  23 august  2019
13:35  23 august  2019 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

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FUEL thieves in one of Britain's car crime hotspots are almost guaranteed to get away scot-free Just one per cent of fuel thefts from petrol stations in Bradford have resulted in people being The unsolved 99 per cent of crimes have resulted in thousands of litres of petrol and diesel being stolen

Thieves are getting away with stealing millions of pounds worth of free fuel from petrol stations, businesses and other drivers in the UK each year, new figures have revealed.

An investigation found there were at least 25,614 confirmed fuel thefts in 2018.

A staggering £1.1 million of fuel was pinched in London in 2018, while petrol stations across the rest of the UK reported £638,217 worth of petrol and diesel had not been paid for last year.

Most worrying of all is that criminals are shown to a 99 per cent chance of getting away with the crime, with almost no fuel thefts resulting in a prosecution.

Thieves stole £1.75 MILLION worth of fuel from petrol stations, businesses and other cars last year - and 99% of crimes have gone unpunished © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Forecourt thefts: Criminals stole more than £1.75million of fuel from petrol stations last year, according to a new investigation

Petrol station forecourt crime stats were revealed by Crown Oil, which issued a Freedom of Information request to police forces regarding fuel-related crime.

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Bulk fuel theft is on the rise, according to a body that represents petrol stations across the UK. The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) has warned this sort of crime is on the rise because "In 53 years of operating this is the first time it's happened to me here," said the station 's owner David Evans.

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It calculated that over £1.75 million of fuel - including unleaded, diesel, kerosene, paraffin, coal and gas - was stolen in 2018.

According to the data Crown Oil received, the vast majority of these thefts were committed in London, with the Metropolitan Police receiving reports amounting to a whopping £1,113,074.98 last year.

Of the 45 police forces in the UK contacted about petrol station crime, just 23 responded - suggesting the overarching fuel theft figure could be much higher.

In fact, Crown Oil estimates there were around 120,000 fuel thefts in total last year - each one costing its victim £91.21, meaning a total national cost closer to £9million.

Incredibly, very few of these crimes result in prosecution.

Just one per cent of thieves were caught, according to the numbers received from the FOI request.

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Police reports say the most common type of petrol station crime is offenders driving away from the pumps without paying - making up 80 per cent of the figures.

With earlier reports this week claimed that London is suffering a crime wave of cloned cars in the last year, it's believed that many of these thefts are being conducted by drivers of cars using duplicate plates that belong to another vehicle.

This also means there is a high chance that many are repeat offenders.

Thieves stole £1.75 MILLION worth of fuel from petrol stations, businesses and other cars last year - and 99% of crimes have gone unpunished © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Earlier this week it was reported that car cloning is on the rise in London. With 99% of fuel theft crimes going unpunished, the numbers suggest many of the crimes are conducted by drivers with vehicles using duplicate number plates

Police have previously claimed that poor picture quality of CCTV images captured by cameras at fuel stations has made it difficult to identify offenders and vehicle registration numbers.

99 per cent of fuel thefts go unpunished

99 per cent of fuel thefts go unpunished Met Police reports £1.1m of fuel thefts in London in 2018, while rest of UK sees £638,217 of fuel stolen in the same year . In spite of this, though, only one per cent of all fuel thefts in 2018 resulted in a prosecution. The most common type of fuel theft was drivers leaving petrol stations without paying – making up 80 per cent of the figures – but the statistics also included petrol and diesel being stolen from vehicles and other fuel types being taken from commercial premises. From the data, Crown Oil calculated that, on average, each theft cost its victim £91.

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The remaining 20 per cent of fuel crime is unleaded and diesel being taken directly from other vehicles or stolen from commercial premises.

Commenting on the investigation, Matt Greensmith, managing director of the oil supplier, said: 'These findings confirm our suspicions - fuel theft occurs far too often across the country and costs businesses and individuals alike millions of pounds a year, whilst the nature of the crime often means a reported theft will go unpunished.'

Despite the high figure, the Crown Oil said this is a 11 per cent decline in fuel theft crime compared to 2016 - though some areas saw significant rises in this type of offence.

For instance, West Midlands police's stats suggested a near 50 per cent rise compared to two years previous, while Lancashire also saw a similar increase of 45 per cent.

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