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News - 5 June 2009
Forecourt crime is target of new campaign in Norfolk
Police and petrol stations have launched a campaign against theft from filling stations in Norfolk, after a rise in the number of drivers filling up and leaving without paying.
Norfolk Constabulary and the British Oil Securities Syndicate (BOSS) launched the scheme, called ForeCourt Watch, at a Shell garage in Norwich. The project will involve a greater level of information sharing between the police and filling stations in a bid to track thieves who steal fuel.
According to a police spokesman: “Drive-offs from petrol stations have a financial impact on retailers and customers and are often committed by those involved in other types of crime and by criminals operating across county borders. The scheme allows police to share information with retailers and, in turn, retailers support the police by providing fast and effective reporting of crimes and suspects. “Visual deterrents on the forecourt will alert customers to the scheme and the consequences for them of making off without payment.”
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