Fuel theft

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    Aug 14, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    We have the highest fuel prices in the world and now petrol and diesel is being stolen from people's cars, lorries and vans. People are also driving away from garage forecourts without paying.

    And the thieves store the oil in lock-ups and garages, very dangerous as leaking vapour could cause a big explosion.
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    Aug 14, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    There have been stories here in the US showing people parking over the tank fill-up lids at gas stations with big trailers and stealing the gas from the underground tanks. The one story I read said people made off with over 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a matter of like 15 minutes without anyone noticing.
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    Aug 14, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    halltd saidThere have been stories here in the US showing people parking over the tank fill-up lids at gas stations with big trailers and stealing the gas from the underground tanks. The one story I read said people made off with over 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a matter of like 15 minutes without anyone noticing.



    Yea, that's been happening here in SC.
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    Aug 14, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    There's another scam involving the satellite dishe that a gas station uses to communicate with credit card verifying services. The thieves cover the feedhorn with a little aluminum foil to disrupt the communication link. This forces the gas station to accept credit cards without verifying them, so the thieves can use stolen credit cards to buy gas.
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    Aug 14, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    Buy a lock gas cap.
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    Aug 14, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    Buffyfan84 saidBuy a lock gas cap.

    That wouldn't stop this:
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    All the more reason to not buy a SUV or truck unless you really need one. It's much more difficult to steal gas from underneath a car. A high vehicle...pretty simple.
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    Aug 15, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    Plus small cars tend to have smaller tanks. Therefore the return on "investment" is much lower when you steal gas from a small car.
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    Aug 15, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    I bet most of the people stealing gas out of gas tanks are gay men; only we have the needed suction power to get the flow started through the siphon hose.
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    Aug 16, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    Tape razor blades to the cap. Just remember they're there when you fill up.

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    Aug 16, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    chicago_barry saidI bet most of the people stealing gas out of gas tanks are gay men; only we have the needed suction power to get the flow started through the siphon hose.


    Barry! Although I must confess ... you remind me that we've always been taught not to swallow ...
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    Aug 17, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    Just wait until it's water that people are stealing.

    YIKES!
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 17, 2008 9:06 AM GMT
    I work at a grocery store, and we have a gas station at our location as well. Our store used to let you pump then pay but we got 2-3 people driving off a week cause we are on a busy street with easy access out so we had to go to all pre-pay on our pumps, we've also put combo locks on the lids of the underground tanks so people cant steal from the tanks. I've heard about the foil trick to, good thing the ladder is locked off with a cover to the roof.
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    Aug 17, 2008 9:39 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]redheadguy said[/cite]We have the highest fuel prices in the world

    I don't want to be too smart, but we pay about three times as much for gasoline here in Europe compared to the USA. You guys are the lucky ones. I wish we would have your prices.
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    Aug 17, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    In2Lectual saidAll the more reason to not buy a SUV or truck unless you really need one. It's much more difficult to steal gas from underneath a car. A high vehicle...pretty simple.


    You shoot the thieves. Even simpler.
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    Aug 17, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    Buckwheet said
    In2Lectual saidAll the more reason to not buy a SUV or truck unless you really need one. It's much more difficult to steal gas from underneath a car. A high vehicle...pretty simple.


    You shoot the thieves. Even simpler.


    Haha niceicon_cool.gif
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    Aug 17, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    thisguy023 said[quote][cite]redheadguy said[/cite]We have the highest fuel prices in the world

    I don't want to be too smart, but we pay about three times as much for gasoline here in Europe compared to the USA. You guys are the lucky ones. I wish we would have your prices.



    Standard of living?
    Exchange?

    Zimbabweans have a 100million dollar bank note, you have it soooooooooooooooooooooooo easy.
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    Aug 17, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Buckwheet said
    In2Lectual saidAll the more reason to not buy a SUV or truck unless you really need one. It's much more difficult to steal gas from underneath a car. A high vehicle...pretty simple.


    You shoot the thieves. Even simpler.



    Or attach bear-traps under your car some sort of way. That'll teach their asses.
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    Aug 17, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    Welcome back to 1979.

    Say... which way is the disco from here?