Petrol Stations ‘Encouraging Theft’

Saturday, 2nd August 2014 at 12:00pm

According to the Shropshire Star, petrol stations and supermarkets are encouraging theft by failing to take measures to stop customers leaving without paying, a Home Office minister has said.

Crime minister Norman Baker questioned whether police should respond to reports of motorists driving off without paying for fuel, if forecourt retailers are not willing to stop the practice by demanding pre-payment at the pump.

Mr Baker suggested that petrol companies have taken a calculated risk by not requiring all motorists to pay up front for fuel, because they believe that drivers are more likely to buy other items if they have to go into the shop after filling up.

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