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Police Wrap – 27 August

By johnboy 27 August 2008 67

1. There’s been a fire at Brand Depot. Lets hope a starving retailer wasn’t trying to get some insurance back before departing on a midnight clear.

    One store sustained fire damage with as many as a dozen more shops affected by smoke and subsequent water damage.

    ACT Policing and ACT Fire Brigade investigators are yet to determine the cause of the fire.

    ACT Policing has posted a static guard at the scene until AFP Forensic Services expected arrival tomorrow (August 27).

    It is expected some areas of the Brand Depot complex will be closed to members of the public for a period of time tomorrow morning to allow investigators to complete their analysis of the scene.

2. There’s going to be a petrol forum addressing people driving away without paying for fuel.

Sometime in late October they’ll have a chat about letting petrol stations email in their theft reports (fax is currently required).

Interestingly strategic closing of pumps is a strategy referred to. Perhaps not a conspiracy against tight-arse Tuesday after all?

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Granny 10:03 am 29 Aug 08

I love the stocks!

Not quite as amusing as a good old fashioned witch dunking or hanging, but still special in their way.

: )

Special G 7:58 am 29 Aug 08

I’m going to go with DMD on this one. Petrol drivoffs are a preventable crime. It’s not only the petrol drive off you are stopping – stolen plates would decrease as there would be no point. Stolen cars would not be able to be refueled. Add some pop up road spikes at the exits to the station for anyone not paying for fuel – or a bloke at the exit with a shotgun.

Kind of like credit card fraud – legislate to have a divers licence sized photo on the card or simply acceptable photo ID must be produced at the same time as the card. I can count on one hand the number of times a sales person has checked my signature on my card in the past year – I know this as it says CHECK PHOTO ID on it. Not being able to use the card means it is not a target for theives in the first place.

On the other hand I’m all for the stocks idea. With rotten veges to throw at them.

Sands 5:47 pm 28 Aug 08

There used to be a complete psycho working at the Weston servo late at night. I went in once to get milk and he was slamming in to someone who didn’t understand how pre-paid worked. Terrifying. Haven’t seen him lately though.

astrojax 4:13 pm 28 Aug 08

d’oh, that’s ‘at BD’, not ‘and…’

astrojax 4:12 pm 28 Aug 08

was the fire and BD lit with stolen petrol?

Spideydog 4:02 pm 28 Aug 08

Whoops silly italics went too far….doh

Spideydog 3:59 pm 28 Aug 08

Thumper Quote:

“Why don’t the servos put on service station attendants like they used to have? It would not only provide employment for kids but the attendants could hold a person’s licence, or car keys while they fill the car.

Then, when the car is full and the driver is paying, the attendant washes the windscreen and checks the tires. When the drive has paid for the fuel, the attendant gives them back the keys and/ or licence.”

I used to be a Servo Attendant many moons ago and you would be amazed at how many people prefer filling themselves (the general public is an amazing species…). Another point is I think most people would be offended if you asked for thier keys or licence before filling. A sollution they might be, but the public wouldn’t go for it I suspect.

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