Fuel thefts at filling stations hit record high as prices at the pump continue to soar


Fuel theft from filling stations has reached record levels due to hike in pump prices.

The Petrol Retailers Association says drive-off raids – where motorists fill up and leave without paying – have increased by 61 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2021.


Britons have hit record levels of filling their motors and leaving stations without paying, a 61% increase this year compared to 2021credit: bao media

PRA executive director Gordon Balmer said the number of burglaries was “going through the roof” and that ten incidents a day were being reported.

He claimed that retailers would lose £25 million if the current rate of drive-offs continues for the next 12 months.

He added: “It’s a really difficult issue at the moment – and is growing.

“You are looking at about £41 million in terms of the cost to the industry of fuel either being stolen through drive-offs or people not having the means to pay.

He said: “With the pressure on the police over the years, many police forces have said ‘this is not a criminal offence.

“‘It’s a civil offence, so you need to deal with it.

“‘And if the actual value of the crime is less than £100, we will not send anyone to the police’.

“This is raised by me personally with the Home Office.”


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