Thieves are finding trucks and vehicles harder and harder to steal worthwhile quantities of fuel from and therefore attack farms, building sites and depos that aren’t safeguarded against them.
Another reason why fuel theft has risen over the years is possibly in relation to the rise in fuel prices. As the cost of diesel increases so does the chance of criminals targeting an exposed fuel tank.
So what can be done to stop thieves stealing from your bowser?
Unless you actually install a DFUEL system that monitors your tank 24-hours a day, 7 days a week it is pretty difficult to ensure that you’re never going to be targeted by fuel thieves. However, taking a few simple measures of fuel theft prevention can give you a good chance of minimising diesel theft. Here are some tips on keeping your bowser diesel safe from thieves:
Let the light shine through!
Thieves tend to work best in the dark and have stolen from premises like yours before. They know their way around them in the dark. Adding a spotlight over your tank of diesel fuel is a bright idea as it will shine some light on their planned procedure and hopefully have them running away. A spotlight will also be beneficial for those night time fuel dispensing for your vehicles.
His bark is worse than his bite!
Dogs have excellent hearing and can hear up to half a kilometer away. An alert dog can put of diesel thieves who make the slightest of noise when trying to take your fuel, and they tend to leave marks on the perpetrators just to remind them not to come back.
It is so alarming!
You actually want to be alarmed as this will certainly relieve any anxiety or worry of being a victim of fuel theft! There are a wide variety of fuel tank alarms which you can choose from. Even the cheapest should be enough to put off any would be fuel thief however, having a Digit fleet and fuel management DFuel system installed even notifies you of theft when you are not at the premises.
Protection is in the positioning!
The position of your diesel fuel bowser is important when deterring thieves. It needs to be positioned in the correct place so you can position it so that it is well-hidden although this may create an area where potential thieves are covered. Other options may involve placing your bowser tank in a building or outbuilding which is lockable! Restricting access with a wall could be a good idea but please make sure that your fuel suppliers can access it too!
See See the TV!
CCTV (closed-circuit television) can be used as a means of catching thieves. Chances are they’ll hide their faces so make sure that it is well positioned and that would be thieves can see that you’re watching them. A hidden camera will not have the same effect to deter them but may help catch them. Other hidden cameras can be used to catch them whilst a real or dummy camera could be used as a deterrent.
Lock it up!
Using a strong and pricey padlock will certainly deter a thief however, they do come equipped with cutters and other gizmos to help them steal your diesel. Make sure you invest in a robust lock, it takes them longer to get in and makes their theft process tedious!
You might want to try using several measures when preventing bowser diesel theft but, even if you choose just one method of theft prevention, it could drastically reduce the chances of you being a victim.
And if you have the time maybe invest in a simple demonstration of the benefits you can reap from using the DFuel system. Having your bowser fuel level in your hand at all times and being notified when fuel is being removed can only benefit your company and your anxiety levels.