Incidents of forecourt crime recorded by BOSS (British Oil Security Syndicate) fell by 4% during the final quarter of 2018, according to the latest results from its Forecourt Crime Index. The index is based on no means of payment incident reports that are made as part of its Payment Watch scheme. During Q4 2018 the BOSS index fell to 153, from 160 in the third quarter of 2018. The index was established at 100 in Q2 2015.

BOSS executive director Kevin Eastwood said: "It is positive to see the average number of incidents start to fall during the second half of 2018 as BOSS has worked hard to tackle forecourt crime. These efforts have seen the BOSS Payment Watch initiative help to recover more than £8m during the year."