WALTHAM FOREST: Police call for pre-paid petrol

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: WALTHAM FOREST: Police call for pre-paid petrol WALTHAM FOREST: Police call for pre-paid petrol

WALTHAM Forest Police are urging petrol station owners to introduce pre-payment systems to stop motorists from driving away without paying.

Officers have recently been targeting the long-standing problem in sections of the borough using mobile CCTV vans, but say different methods of paying at the pumps would greatly help bring the number of cases down.

Sergeant Ismail Madari, of Chapel End Safer Neighbourhoods Team in Walthamstow, said the garage on Forest Road by the junction with St John's Road was hit four to five times a week with thefts.

He said: "We have had some arrests in connection with this but the CCTV operations are on-going.

"It predominately happens in the evening and at night because that particular petrol station is open 24 hours."

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2:28pm Fri 8 Oct 10

sensibility says...

Prepayment at petrol pumps may stop drive outs but I reckon there would be an increase in the use of stolen cards especially with the new ones where no pin is needed for amounts under £15.

Parking a CCTV vehicle for all to see just displaces the criminals it doesnt catch them.
Prepayment at petrol pumps may stop drive outs but I reckon there would be an increase in the use of stolen cards especially with the new ones where no pin is needed for amounts under £15. Parking a CCTV vehicle for all to see just displaces the criminals it doesnt catch them. sensibility

5:10pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Techno2 says...

Why not ban cars that use petrol? No petrol pumps would then be needed and the problem of drive-aways would be solved. We can then get the police to prioritise the violent crimes and other anti-social behaviour in our community which to public are probably more concerned about.
Why not ban cars that use petrol? No petrol pumps would then be needed and the problem of drive-aways would be solved. We can then get the police to prioritise the violent crimes and other anti-social behaviour in our community which to public are probably more concerned about. Techno2

5:21pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Sam Hain says...

My local petrol station has solved the problem by no longer selling petro!
My local petrol station has solved the problem by no longer selling petro! Sam Hain

11:43pm Fri 8 Oct 10

rubberneck says...

Tesco (who I admire for their enerprise) identified an easy market to sell goods and bypass planning by buying up filling stations to sell their goods in the original petrol stores. they knocked the places down and redesigned them to make petrol an ancillory purchase. We are the only Country in Europe now where a motorist on the fumes pulls in to a 'petrol station' and queues for ages behind people doing a weekly shop.

We can buy bog roll, fresh bread, condoms, adult mags, wind-up special offer torches, fresh flowers, books on fly fishing by J. R. Hartley but not a can of oil or a wiper blade for your car.
Tesco (who I admire for their enerprise) identified an easy market to sell goods and bypass planning by buying up filling stations to sell their goods in the original petrol stores. they knocked the places down and redesigned them to make petrol an ancillory purchase. We are the only Country in Europe now where a motorist on the fumes pulls in to a 'petrol station' and queues for ages behind people doing a weekly shop. We can buy bog roll, fresh bread, condoms, adult mags, wind-up special offer torches, fresh flowers, books on fly fishing by J. R. Hartley but not a can of oil or a wiper blade for your car. rubberneck

11:12pm Mon 11 Oct 10

md-j says...

'Officers have recently been targeting the long-standing problem.. using mobile CCTV vans, but say different methods of paying at the pumps would greatly help bring the number of cases down.'

They're absolutely right, so why are they using precious time acting as state-funded private debt-collectors?
Petrol stations already use pre-pay late at night, so the question is why it's not universal, because it would also eliminate the queues in the shops.
The answer? Simple! Petrol-buyers wouldn't buy anything else, and there's not much profit on petrol now. Those queues are worth a few drive-aways to the vendor, even if they're a nuisance to the rest of us.
'Officers have recently been targeting the long-standing problem.. using mobile CCTV vans, but say different methods of paying at the pumps would greatly help bring the number of cases down.' They're absolutely right, so why are they using precious time acting as state-funded private debt-collectors? Petrol stations already use pre-pay late at night, so the question is why it's not universal, because it would also eliminate the queues in the shops. The answer? Simple! Petrol-buyers wouldn't buy anything else, and there's not much profit on petrol now. Those queues are worth a few drive-aways to the vendor, even if they're a nuisance to the rest of us. md-j

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