Strathclyde Police is working with retailers in the West End of Glasgow to crack down on drivers who fill up and fail to pay for their fuel.
Police and local retailers in conjunction with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) have operated successful BOSS Forecourt Watch schemes in the Partick & Garscadden areas for several years, but Police are continuing their efforts with officers patrolling forecourts to deter fuel theft and apprehend offenders.
Inspector Gillian Docherty said: “Working in Partnership with the local retailers and BOSS allows us to jointly tackle this problem head on and to identify those criminals responsible for this type of crime at the earliest opportunity. Being able to work together to raise awareness in the community is a very effective way of preventing crime and I am pleased to have these partners on board to help get the message across.”
Jim Anderson, BOSS co-ordinator for Scotland, added: “We’re pleased to be able to strengthen our partnership in these areas with Strathclyde Police, 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.”