BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has teamed up with Thames Valley Police to introduce a new Forecourt Watch scheme to reduce crime at 38 petrol station forecourts in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

Forecourt Watch creates a closer link between police, BOSS and retail staff to increase awareness, prevention and the reporting and recording of incidents. The Cherwell and West Oxfordshire scheme is the latest addition to 126 schemes operating in the UK.

Kevin Eastwood, executive director at BOSS, said: “Theft of fuel cost UK garages more than £25m last year. Our aim is to maintain fuel stations as a safe environment for customers and staff, targeting those people who drive off without paying for their fuel and using service stations as a route to commit more serious crimes. This initiative with Thames Valley Police will help immensely. ”

Sergeant Kevin Tobin, from Thames Valley Police, said: “Working with the police enables garages to reduce thefts from forecourts by an average of 25 a month. One area manager with garages in the Cherwell scheme has seen a substantial drop in losses and he says those forecourts are now his best performing sites. The scheme provides early information on stolen number plates allowing forecourt staff to take action to prevent offences being committed.”