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Dated: 09 February 2011

Rise in Fuel Prices Cause Rise in Fuel Theft

We’re more than certain that you will have noticed how much the price of petrol has risen over the past few months. So much so that in January of this year the cost was 1p off the record high hit back in 2008.

This rise in prices has acted as a major cause of frustration for many motorists and now it seems as though some motorists are taking to fuel theft in greater numbers.

This point was illustrated by thieves in the Stirling that went as far as cutting fuel lines as they tried to steal tanks of petrol from cars.

Not only was this act a crime, but it posed a serious risk to passersby as pools of fuel were left underneath the cars in question - a stray spark could have been deadly.

This type of crime has reportedly been on the rise in recent times with Police Forces from across the UK being called out to investigate similar cases.

On the BBC website, a Central Scotland Police spokeswoman was quoted as saying, "We are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around these times to come forward.

"There is a very obvious fire risk if puddles of fuel are lying near vehicles and we urge motorists to be vigilant. If they see anything suspicious they should call the police."

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