AlertSystems Respond to Petrol Thefts in Shropshire

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Leading business security provider, AlertSystems, has responded to a report on petrol thefts in the Shropshire area.

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Petrol theft is a significant issue for petrol retailers in the UK but with the use of a CCTV security system and Automatic Number Plate Recognition it is possible to try and combat these thefts.

102 drivers attempted to escape petrol forecourts without paying between January 1, 2012, and January 1, 2013, according to a Freedom of Information request made by the Shropshire Star published June 23.

The paper reports that offences averaged at two a week, with only 19 being resolved and sanctions taken against those involved.

The West Mercia Police report stated that there were around 250 reports of people making off without payment from Petrol Stations in Shropshire, but the large majority of these were found to be genuine errors, with no intent to commit an offence and payment made soon after.

A spokesman for BP told the Shropshire Star: “Drive-offs continue to be a problem. BP works closely with the police to identify offenders through the use of sophisticated CCTV cameras and Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems. These initiatives have helped to reduce losses.”

As suppliers of HD surveillance and ANPR software, AlertSystems highlight the importance of sophisticated security systems to take action against theft.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems said:

“Petrol theft is a significant issue for petrol retailers in the UK but with the use of a CCTV security system and Automatic Number Plate Recognition it is possible to try and combat these thefts and provide a greater chance of tracing and capturing these criminals. For both big brand and independent garage owners, it is now a vital addition the forecourt.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain over 5000 security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems. AlertSystems offers effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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