Petrol stations beefing up CCTV as fuel prices rocket

UK Petrol stations are stepping up their forecourt security amid fears of a surge in the number of cash-strapped motorists who fill up then drive off without paying.

The average price of a litre of unleaded is now 124p thanks to the VAT rise, up from 107p a year ago.

As a result many garages have upgraded CCTV, alarms and locks on storage tanks.

Brian Madderson, of the Retail Motor Industry, said: “Most petrol stations have increased their security.”

One Lexus driver has made off with over £600 of fuel from seven service stations on the A34 in Hampshire.