Theft of fuel

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It has been reported that across the country the number of individuals filling their vehicles with fuel and leaving without paying is increasing, and police forces have been unable to investigate such instances. How many individuals have made off without paying for fuel in London over the last three years, and what steps has the Metropolitan Police Service taken to combat it?


Answer for Theft of fuel

Answer for Theft of fuel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There appears to have been a downward trend in this offence:

2013 - 14597 offences

2014 - 12107 offences

2015 to End Oct only - 9042 offences

The MPS are working with the Home Office Tackling Crime Unit to design a package to ensure consistency in recording and investigation of fuel theft related crimes across all forces as well as a coordinated approach from Police, government and industry in producing measures to prevent and reduce crime on petrol forecourts.