The recent arrest of a fuel thief highlighted the value of the partnership between Strathclyde Police and the British Oil Security Syndicate.
Staff at a BP service station in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, noted the car’s registration number, which appeared to have been altered, before the driver drove off having failed to pay for £56 worth of petrol.
The police were quickly contacted and a nearby crew stopped the car. They discovered that the rear plate had been altered by use of black tape and found a hat and jacket matching the clothes worn by the driver at the garage. A copy of the CCTV from the garage clearly showed the same man, who was arrested and kept in custody.
Strathclyde Police has also introduced Forecourt Watch at 11 sites in Clydesdale.