Published 25/11/2015 00:00:00 in Press Releases

With forecourt crime costing the economy an estimated £40million a year, petrol retailers across England and Wales have been threatened by police authorities refusing to investigate ‘drive-offs’* and other forecourt crimes if budget cuts were implemented.

Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) comments, “The PRA welcomes the announcement of the maintenance of police budgets, following news that the Home Office recently established a Forecourt Crime Senior Steering Group with funding for at least 12 months.

“Forecourt crimes are most often committed by regular offenders, leading on to major theft and violence.

“Next week we are meeting with The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of Crime and Policing to discuss measures that will significantly address this issue and now there will be a more positive approach.

“We look to real support from police authorities to eradicate this problem and our retailers will work positively with police through their forecourt CCTV systems to provide a real insight on serious criminal activity.

“The PRA believes that this should be a win – win situation both the police and retailers.”



NOTES TO EDITORS: Drive offs – Driving away from a petrol station without paying for your fuel.

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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