Research Reveals True Extent of Fuel Theft In The UK

Research Reveals True Extent of Fuel Theft In The UK

A staggering £2,099,518 worth of fuel was recorded as stolen across the UK in 2015, new research by Certas Energy reveals.

The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Britain’s leading distributor of fuels and lubricants Certas Energy, reveals that over £2 million of fuel was reported at stolen across the UK across 12 months in 2015.

A shocking 19,755 commercial fuel thefts were recorded across the year, compared to 9,429 recorded domestic fuel thefts. The total recorded value for commercial fuel theft, including reported thefts from petrol stations, was £1,469,354.13.

Greater Manchester had the highest number of commercial fuel thefts, with a total of 3,804 reported in 2015. South Yorkshire was the second highest, with 2,382 recorded crimes and Hertfordshire took third place with 1,705.

As well as being the second highest for commercial fuel theft, South Yorkshire was the area with the most domestic fuel theft, with 2,368 recorded thefts. Dyfed-Powys police had the second highest rate of domestic theft, with 1,683 recorded instances. South Wales was the third highest, with 1,207 recorded thefts. The total recorded value for domestic fuel theft was £630,163.93.

Fuel theft hotspots by recorded instances:

Commercial Fuel Theft Hotspots

Total Recorded Instances

Domestic Fuel Theft Hotspots

Total Recorded Instances

Greater Manchester

3,804

South Yorkshire

2,368

South Yorkshire

2,382

Dyfed-Powys

1,683

Hertfordshire

1,705

Wales South

1,207

West Mercia

1,550

Staffordshire

1,197

Avon and Somerset

1,167

Humberside

891

 

Fuel theft hotspots by highest recorded value:

Commercial Fuel Theft Hotspots

Total Recorded Value

Domestic Fuel Theft Hotspots

Total Recorded Value

Greater Manchester

£265,044.31

West Yorkshire

£276,443.82

West Mercia

£247288.11

Humberside

£137,123.48

Lincolnshire

£118,585

Norfolk

£32,043.02

Derbyshire

£112,312.49

Avon and Somerset

£29,302.07

Hertfordshire

£108,061.73

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

£28,872.44

Angus Blundell, Director of Marketing at Certas Energy said “Although £2 million is a shocking number, not all police forces held or recorded the total value of oil theft, meaning this could be the tip of the iceberg for oil theft. Whether the theft is bilking from a petrol forecourt, or draining heating oil from domestic oil tanks, it is important that these crimes are seen as severe as burglary.

“As part of our service to protect our customers and keep their heating oil safe, we offer a unique locking device which is almost impossible to move when the cap is locked. To find out more about the oil theft hotspots, and further advice on how to keep your oil safe, please visit: www.certasenergy.co.uk.