POLICE in the East Riding are warning local businesses to take extra care when leaving their vehicles unattended after fuel was siphoned from a van in Bridlington.
The incident occurred between 5pm on Tuesday November 20, and 8am on Wednesday November 21 outside a business in Sewerby Road in Bridlington.
A blue Nissan van which was parked outside the premises was approached, the fuel cap was removed and a quantity of diesel was siphoned.
Detective Inspector Paul Kirby said: “This kind of offence does happen from time to time across the country and it is something we certainly take seriously in the East Riding.”
“If you are a local business that might be affected please ensure your vehicles and property is as safe and secure as possible.”
Det Insp Kirby advised businesses to:
• Make sure all gates and compounds are locked. Make sure they are secure and possibly consider fitting an anti-attack cover for the lock.
• Check that any vehicles are parked in well-lit areas.
• If at all possible, park any vehicles against a solid object. Park them on the fuel tank side to prevent any access.
• Businesses should arrange for checks of vehicles and premises outside of working hours.
• If CCTV is used then make sure any exterior lighting is working, which will help to enhance the images. If possible put a camera on any tanks or vehicles.
• If possible, only fill up as necessary so there is only a small amount of fuel left at the end of the day.
If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number 1943185.