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The effect of CCTV security as a deterrent can only be maintained if the footage is later used in conjunction with arrests

The reaction follows a report in the St. Helens Reporter that relays new figures released, suggesting although the number of drive-offs is in decline, the number of offenders identified is still critically low.

According to figures released under new Freedom of Information regulations, the number of motorists driving off without paying for petrol in petrol garages across Merseyside has decreased from 140 to 102 over the past twelve months. However, out of these 242 accumulated cases, only 18 people were able to be prosecuted.

The offence, also known as bilking, has been a problem in the region for a number of years. Twenty separate petrol stations have reported incidents, with Tesco sites in particular falling victim to repeat occurrences. The supermarket chain has stated they “are working closely with police at all our stores and petrol stations in St. Helens”, but concerns remain regarding the apparent ineffectiveness of existing forecourt security systems in the area.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in business security throughout the country, has released a statement following the report. “While the figures suggest CCTV systems are providing a deterrent for potential fuel thieves, unfortunately the number of people reprimanded is at a dangerously low level.

“The effect of CCTV security as a deterrent can only be maintained if the footage is later used in conjunction with arrests. If criminals realise that the cameras are simply there as a threat rather than an instigator of further consequence, the figures will not continue to decrease at this rate.

“An investment in high-quality CCTV systems, allowing offenders and their vehicles to be identified easily, is the only logical step towards crime-free forecourts across Merseyside. This in turn will allow police to carry out and complete investigations at a more efficient rate, and provide the local community with a vote of confidence when it comes to tackling incidents of this kind.”

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