Preventing Fuel Theft

Forecourt retailers face the same retail crime challenges as the rest of the convenience store industry, but they also have the added burden of fuel theft from their sites. Fuel theft has been a long standing issue that forecourt retailers have successfully managed over a number of years.

ACS has put together comprehensive guidance for retailers, working with with the Home Office and the Petrol Retailers Association supported by the Downstream Fuel Association to help prevent fuel theft in store, and what to do when offences occur.

Speaking on the release of the guidance, ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Fuel retailers make every effort to prevent fuel theft from their sites by investing in CCTV, automatic number plate recognition and staff training. We hope the guidance we have produced will support retailers to prevent fuel theft and help them build closer relationships with the police to catch offenders and deter others from trying.”

Welcoming the new guidance the Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, Sarah Newton MP, said: “Fuel theft harms businesses, consumers and communities which is why the Home Office is working closely with industry partners and local fuel retailers to understand the nature of this crime, and its cost for retailers. This joint approach has led to this important guidance which will help fuel retailers prevent thefts in future.  With the help of the police, we are improving the law enforcement response to support fuel retailers, clamp down on thieves and bring offenders to justice.”

Download the A3 poster featuring the key information from the fuel theft guide

Click on the links below to download the guidance documents.

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