With fuel quickly becoming the driving factor in job profits, the ability to manage this is becoming increasingly difficult. Many factors are leaving operators defenceless against the rising epidemic of fuel theft.
There are a multitude of systems which claim to have superiority over rivals and the markets have quickly become saturated with these devices and systems.
Some companies have previously fitted Anti siphon devices and had subsequently removed these as the savings being promoted through sales representatives failed to be delivered. This is consistent with internal thefts continuing as the theft is being committed by in-house personnel who have full control of the pump and therefore can dispense the fuel in to any container.
The rising levels of internal fuel theft is causing great concern yet the majority of these go undetected due to the belief that suitable control measures have been implemented.
The inability to verify the drivers employment history, supported with driver shortages has further enabled thefts to be committed with relative ease.
With large fleets which operate 24/7 operation with full utilisation of vehicles, this enables fuel theft to occur across the fleet; multiple drivers can enable the theft to be evenly distributed and evade suspicion.
The fuel analyst who has to collate the fuel data for the weekly reports has a enormous task as the amount of conflicting data, such as pump throughput – Canbus – Telemetrics -Paragon – Trip sheets. All of which inevitably produce conflicting data.
More companies are trying to adapt a fuel efficient approach by displaying fuel efficiency in vehicle or driver league tables.This enables a driver to calculate how much fuel he needs to draw from the pump in order that no suspicion is made. The fuel does not need to be fully put into the tank as there is no control or measure for this. Some companies may even pay a fuel bonus through what is believed to be a fuel champion.
Many companies are using the phrase “Skimming” and claiming that their product prevents this. Skimming is when the tank is deliberately overfilled beyond the base of the siphon unit thus rendering the fuel vulnerable, as up to 10% of the tank is potentially at risk. Other methods of overcoming internal floating devices is by the use of a knitting needle or wire which will allow access to the tank contents.
As there is no statistical data available for the level of internal fuel theft, the majority of it goes undetected. Refrigerated fleets are at even greater risk
We have worked with a large number of haulage companies and have seen an alarming increase in fuel theft. Through our detection and through site audits, attention has been drawn to suspicious activity and highlighted process vulnerabilities.
We have conducted and supported a number of sting operations which have resulted in a range of outcomes from employment terminations, to criminal proceedings.
If you require advice on how to secure your fuel supply chain and ensure you are operating ahead of criminality please feel free to contact us today at www.fueltheftsolutions.co.uk
Fuel Theft Solutions Ltd