We can all do something about forecourt crime, was the message at the North West British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) conference.
We can all do something about forecourt crime, was the message for delegates at the North West British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) conference from Dave Griffin, Cheshire Assistant Chief Constable (Operations). Mr Griffin, who opened BOSS?s fourth annual seminar at Widnes, said he was encouraged by the success of Forecourt Watch schemes in significantly reducing forecourt crime. Forecourt Watch is run by BOSS with the police and petrol retailers. More than 40 such schemes are running across the UK. Mr Griffin said: ?BOSS is an excellent example of true partnership. Police cannot fight forecourt crime on their own; we have to work together in partnership and we can only operate effectively with the help of petrol retailers.? Delegates heard about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, credit card skimming, and new data protection laws. Conference organiser, BOSS regional co-ordinator for the North West John Turtle, said: ?The BOSS seminar has been an excellent forum for interested parties to exchange practical solutions on reducing forecourt crime. Our research reveals that people who commit crime on petrol forecourts are often involved in more serious crime. By working in partnership with police forces and petrol retailers we can also help to reduce a variety of other crimes. BOSS was formed in 1991 by the oil industry and is supported by the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), Home Office Crime Reduction College and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). BP, Esso, Jet, Q8, Shell, Texaco and TotalFinaElf are member companies. BOSS is arranging more seminars throughout the UK in 2002.