DEC 00] WEST MIDLANDS POLICE NEWS
Coventry Petrol Thieves Pumped Dry
flood of drive-off thefts from a Coventry petrol station has
been reduced to a trickle after police moved into the forecourt.
one point £2,000 of petrol thefts a month were taking place at
the BP Safeway garage on Stonebridge Highway in Finham.
decided on a radical solution: moving a portakabin onto the
forecourt to act as a crime prevention base.
officers now use the cabin as a base from which to patrol the
area, and members of the community can meet there to discuss
crime and safety issues.
idea came about as a result of a problem-solving meeting.
looked at areas causing concern and were asked to come up with
Safeway was a hotspot in our area an we worked together with
their staff to do something about it.
have all been delighted with the result. Only the other day a
woman motorist said that she now sued the service station
because we were there and she felt safe.
the portakabin was installed the £2,000 worth of drive-off
thefts a month at the petrol station have reduced to a
Brant, manager of the BP Safeway service station, said:
makes life much easier for us. Obviously it is a visible
deterrent and our staff and customers alike feel more secure
knowing that the police are there.”