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Possible solutions to vehicle based fuel theft

Posted By Jonathon Reynolds On 23 May 2008 @ 10:47 am In Business,Law & Justice,Transport | 36 Comments

Back on the 13th May 2008, the Canberra Times [1] ran an article about the fuel theft that has started to occur as a result of number-plates being stolen from cars. Obviously a number plate can be removed from a car even if you use tamper proof screws (if you are determined enough you would just jemmy the plate off with a screwdriver, and if you are out to commit a crime you aren’t going to worry about a slightly bent plate or damage to the car you stole the plate from). The article also mentioned that not many services stations had number plate recognition video software, besides that doesn’t stop drive-offs in the first place anyway. With the skyrocketing price of fuel, it looks like service station retailers will need to become more and more cautious and proactive to limit their losses with fuel theft. For example I know that the Independent Caltex Retailer in Kaleen has required consumers to pre-pay for fuel before you fill up after 9 pm at night for a while now. I’m not sure that any ACT retailers are requiring pre-payment during the day but it is becoming a more common practice interstate. Perhaps we will end up going the way they have in the UK. Service stations are taking more drastic steps to protect themselves with systems such as “Drivestop”. An interesting PDF describing the system [2]. Their website is http://drivestop.com [3]  (unfortunately you need to register to get to their demo video)

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[1] Canberra Times: http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/drivers-lose-out-as-fuel-thieves-scoff-their-fill-from-stolen-plates/768908.aspx

[2] PDF describing the system: http://www.drivestop.com/docs/DrivestopBrochureV4.pdf

[3] http://drivestop.com: http://www.drivestop.com/

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