Police Scotland is working with fuel retailers across Glasgow’s Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas to crack down on drivers who fill up and fail to pay for their fuel.
Police and local retailers acting in conjunction with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) have operated successful BOSS Forecourt Watch schemes in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas for several years.
Now, police are stepping up their efforts to combat criminals who drive off without paying for fuel. Officers are patrolling forecourts to deter fuel theft and apprehend offenders.
Commenting on the increase in activity to clamp down on fuel thieves, Rutherglen Community Safety Police Officer Richard Samson said: “Petrol drive-offs are becoming increasingly common in our area. It’s considered an offence and could lead to an arrest and a court date.”
Samson continued: “To tackle this issue, we’re working together with BOSS to raise staff awareness and secure the relevant evidence in order to stop this type of crime. By having our forecourts work together with BOSS and Police Scotland, I’m confident that we can effect change.”
Jim Anderson, BOSS Co-ordinator for Scotland, added: “We’re pleased to be able to strengthen our partnership in these areas with Police Scotland, and offer our support in reinforcing the message that taking fuel without payment is a crime and that offenders will be pursued and brought to justice.”
BOSS Forecourt Watch creates a closer working relationship between the police, BOSS and retail staff to increase awareness, prevention and the reporting and recording of incidents. There are almost 130 other Forecourt Watch schemes already operating throughout the UK.
For more information please visit http://www.bossuk.org