And it's not just the drive-off
boy- racers which we have to install CCTV cameras for.
In a three-month trial with Thames Valley Police, the Shark Forecourt Alert system has picked up 41 vehicles wanted for drive-off
offences or which previously left without paying.
The shame list provides details of the drive-off
date, car registration number, whether gardai have been called and how much fuel was taken.
The boss of one petrol station in Maghull said he lost around PS14,000 last year through fill-and-run drive-offs
- known as bilking.
FUEL thefts from Teesside filling stations seem to be on the increase due to drive-offs
as reported in the Gazette's article Probe After Fuel Thefts (13.
Ray Holloway, of the Petrol Retailers Association, said: "One forecourt owner told us he was losing around pounds 1,400 a month from drive-offs
POLICE have released this picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with a spate of drive-offs
from car showrooms in Coventry and the West Midlands.
The problem reached an all-time high in the first half of 1999, when some of the company's 28 stations were reporting up to 30 drive-offs
The third car is a blue Fiat Stilo which was involved in a highvalue drive off at BP Reliance on June 8 and is also connected to similar high drive-offs
in other parts of the country.
A lot of the stations around here often have a lull for a while and then have a succession of drive-offs
but it is a problem we want to stamp down on.
The reason is forecourts suffer great losses from drive-offs
are a problem not just here but in Europe and America.