It is very rare for HGV drivers to be victims of crimes while they are out on the road, since they are moving around so much. However, on those few occasions when they are a target, frequently it is for petrol theft. Sometimes the fuel inside of an HGV is financial more valuable than the actual cargo that the HGV is transporting and it is usually easier to access it, especially since an HGV may be left unattended on a rest stop. Leaving the vehicle on a break or stopping overnight at an unsecured spot always carries a small risk of a fuel thief accessing the fuel tank of the HGV and siphoning off its fuel, which leaves the driver to deal with the problem.
Why Steal Petrol?
The simple answer is because it is quite valuable. “Although oil prices rise and fall over time, fuel prices have continued to stay high on a consistent basis. That means it can be very lucrative to sell fuel in bulk on the black market” commented a spokesperson for HGV Training Cost. Since specialist fuel is used by HGVs, siphoning fuel from one can bring a higher price for the thief. However, it is dangerous to siphon fuel, for both the vehicle driver as well as the thief. If the driver doesn’t notice right away that the theft has taken place, they could end up damaging their vehicle or it could cause an explosion and fire.
How Is Petrol Stolen?
The most common method for siphoning fuel is to take a long tube and feed it from the fuel tank cap to the fuel tank. Then the thief holds up the tube and sucks on the other end of it until the fuel begins to flow out. Next, they spit a mouthful … Read More ...