Police are appealing for motorists in the West Country to be on the alert after petrol was siphoned from a number of cars overnight. This problem is now on the increase and there have been numerous reports from different parts of the country.
Thieves forced the fuel caps off a Vauxhall Carlton, Rover Maestro and a Rover Mini in Yate near Bristol to steal petrol. There was a report from a local man in Leamington Spa when at least £45 of fuel was taken from his Seat Alhambra and fuel was stolen from a car in Greenhithe London, the fuel caps had been levered off both cars.
Fuel thieves could be deterred if you fit a locking fuel cap or can park with the fuel cap against the wall, but the RAC reports an even more worrying problem, there is a trend for thieves to drill in to tanks to obtain fuel. Most new cars now have plastic tanks and once the fuel has been taken you could be left in a dangerous situation as fuel will be left under the car, it only needs a cigarette stub to be dropped near by and the consequences could be dangerous.
The AA urges motorists to use a garage at night if available as they have also reported an increase in call outs to fuel thefts.
The Avon and Somerset Police key message is to be on the alert and call police if you spot anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles and try and park in busy well lit areas, secure your car and set any alarm.