Warning after Bridlington business vehicle has fuel siphoned

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.