HGV drivers urged to be vigilant after spate of A507 fuel thefts
PUBLISHED: 10:43 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:50 23 June 2018
HGV drivers have been urged to take extra care after a spate of fuel thefts from lorries parked up in lay-bys on the A507 and other roads.
There has been an increase in recent incidents along the A507, A421 and other main roads in mid-Bedfordshire of major fuel thefts while drivers are asleep.
Thieves are cutting fuel lines or breaking into diesel caps and siphoning more than 500 litres of diesel at a time, causing significant cost and disruption for hauliers.
Police have said they will be stepping up late-night patrols of lay-bys in response to these incidents, and have also issued advice on precautions drivers can take to stay safe.
Acting Sgt Rachael Welch said: “It’s important lorry drivers are aware of the best ways they can stay safe and prevent thieves stealing from them.
“If you’re a HGV driver I would encourage you to park somewhere which is well-lit, near other vehicles and preferably with CCTV.
“You could also park in a way that restricts access to the fuel tank, such as close to walls or trees, or with the tank facing the road, which acts as a further deterrent.
“Drivers would also have better protection if they looked for a ‘parkmark’ area.”
Anyone with any information on these offences should call police on 101, or use the force’s online reporting tool. Alway call 999 in an emergency.