A new guide has been produced which helps fuel retailers to spot and prevent potential drive-offs – when drivers fill up and leave without paying. Produced by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, the guide supports a successful crime reduction training initiative in Rossendale, Lancashire.
Bob Ormerod, a community volunteer with Lancashire Constabulary, developed the drive-off prevention training which he has been delivering at local service stations during 2012. Ormerod said: “The training is based on the practical advice in the BOSS guide and has contributed to the number of drive-offs in the area falling by 62% compared to the same period last year, which is a considerable reduction. We’re bringing more offenders to justice and more than £1,100 has been paid back to retailers by motorists who had failed to pay for their fuel.”
Kevin Eastwood, executive director of BOSS, added: “We’re delighted that the guidance offered in our drive-off prevention manual is helping to bring about such positive results in Lancashire. This is a great example of how co-ordinated efforts to support and train fuel retailers can have a significant impact on cutting levels of crime on the forecourt.”
The BOSS handbook, Drive-off prevention – a useful guide for fuel retailers, uses real-life drive-off examples to illustrate typical instances that retailers should be alert to. Created in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service, the booklet has been distributed to a number of police forces throughout the UK.