Poster scheme launched in East Kilbride to reduce forecourt crime
May 18, 2011 by Michael
A new scheme has been launched by Strathclyde police and the British Oil Security Syndicate to reduce the amount of forecourt crime in petrol stations across the region.
Forecourt crime prevention schemes are already in operation throughout the UK and are working to combat an estimated £19 million worth of loss of revenue to the Oil Industry each year. Forecourt crime includes drive-offs, where a driver fills up and does not pay for their fuel; and credit card fraud. Forecourt crime often leads to a bigger picture of a larger criminal operation and many offenders drive vehicles that pose a risk to the public, for example they may not have an MOT that deems them to be roadworthy or they could be uninsured.
Strathclyde police hopes that, by displaying high-visibility posters and stickers at petrol and service stations, criminals will be deterred from carrying out these crimes. Local printing companies offering services like sticker and poster printing in East Kilbride could easily produce eye-catching posters highlighting the penalties for committing forecourt crime.
These posters and stickers will promote Forecourt Watch, which is the nationwide scheme that aims to make petrol stations a safer place to be for both staff and customers. The scheme is run by the British Oil Security Syndicate and they have reported ‘notable success’ when it comes to preventing crime on Forecourts.
The support of Strathclyde Police, coupled with the right level of promotion for the scheme, could mean that forecourt crime in East Kilbride is reduced significantly, making petrol stations a safer place to be.