How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fuel Theft
by Apex Capital | May 30, 2013
Seen any of these headlines lately?
- Suspect charged in theft of $25,000 worth of diesel fuel over two years
- Four in custody after Tunbridge Wells fuel theft
- $1,000 reward now offered as officials investigate theft of $10,000 worth of diesel fuel
Those were just a few of the stories that came out in the past few weeks about diesel fuel theft. Many retailers are saying the recent increase in diesel and gasoline prices has led to a spike in fuel theft.
Thieves may break into your tank and siphon off fuel, use an unattended a hose that’s filling your tank, or employ other tactics to steal your diesel for resale or personal use.
For truckers, this is particularly painful. On average, one commercial truck consumes 20,500 gallons of diesel in a year — about $70,000. Some estimates put the cost of fuel theft as high as $2.1 billion to the trucking industry each year.
What can you do to avoid becoming a victim of fuel theft?
1. Install locking fuel caps. A very determined thief can get past this, but most criminals tend to go for easy targets.
2. Install cameras where you store your truck and on the truck, too. Make sure you clearly mark that the truck is under surveillance.
3. Never leave your vehicle unattended when you’re fueling.
4. Fill up only when you’re about to drive away from the truck stop, otherwise you may be a tempting target to a would-be criminal. If you do have to park, make sure to do so in the most highly visible area possible.
5. Only buy your fuel from reputable dealers. Fuel thieves sell the fuel they steal and cannot operate at a profit without customers. When buying from a thief, you are encouraging the criminal behavior.