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Garages see rise in fill-up and flee crime
THE rising price of fuel is being blamed for the number of motorists speeding away from the pumps without paying.
One Hereford garage owner maintains he suffers from around five or six drive-off thefts a month and this week alone has already seen two drivers flee his forecourt without paying up.
Grant Baynham, manager of L T Baynham on Whitecross Road, said petrol station driveoffs are a continual problem.
He said: “The economic situation hasn’t helped, and we are in a peculiar position where people have the goods before they pay for them.
“There’s still a section of society that will commit crime. And because of the price of fuel, it’s a commodity that people resent paying anything for really.”
Mr Baynham added: “If the cameras indicate the registration number then we report it to the police and when the police get involved then there’s a pretty good recovery rate.
“There’s a certain percentage – about 30 – where it’s an innocent mistake. But the rest are not.”
Information revealed to the Hereford Times in a freedom of information request, showed those unpaid bills cost the county’s filling stations a total of £3,864 between August 2012 and August 2013.
For more on this story, see today's Hereford Times.
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