Cops target fuel thieves

POLICE in Nottinghamshire say they are taking action to tackle a rise in thefts of fuel and parts from vehicles.

Officers have seen an increase in these offences since the global economic crisis and rises in the price of petrol and diesel.

They launched a three-month auto-crime campaign in a bid to reduce thefts from vehicles on 31st October, and there have since been 121 incidents of fuel and parts thefts - eight less than the same period last year.

Det Sgt Nick Sawdon, from the autocrime reduction initiative, said: “Most people associate thefts from vehicles with items left inside cars, such as sat navs and handbags, but it can be so much more than that.”

Three vehicles from the same Mansfield company had fuel stolen last month and thieves can target numerous private motorists’ cars in a single night.