British Oil Security Syndicate reports drop in forecourt crime for Q4 2017

Kevin Eastwood: executive director at BOSS

Kevin Eastwood: executive director at BOSS

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has published the latest results of the BOSS Forecourt Crime Index which reveals that incidents of crime recorded by BOSS on Britain’s retail forecourts fell by 12.2% during the final quarter (Q4) of 2017. However, the latest BOSS Index shows that the annual average initial loss per site (before any Payment Watch recovery) remained above £1,000, reaching £1,046. This is up from £890 in 2016.

The BOSS Forecourt Crime Index is based on No Means of Payment (NMoP) incident reports that are made to BOSS as part of its Payment Watch scheme. During Q4 2017, the BOSS Index fell to 107. The Index was down from 122 in Q3 2017 and down from 109 at the end of 2016 (Q4 2016). The BOSS Index was established at 100 in Q2 2015.

During Q4 2017, the number of incidents reported per site fell to 5.8 (Q3 2017: 6.6). The average number of litres taken per incident fell slightly in Q4 to 35.9 litres (Q3 2017: 36.05). The fall in the average number of litres taken was more than offset by a 3% rise in the price of fuel to 121.1 ppl (Q3 2017: 117.6 ppl). As a direct result, the average initial loss per incident rose to £43.47 (Q3 2017: £42.40).

The fall in the average number of incidents per site in the quarter has more than offset the fuel price rise resulting in average initial losses per site during the quarter of £249.97 (Q3 2017: £278.20).

In the year ending with Q4 2017, the average number of incidents recorded per site was 25.1 with an average incident value of £41.71, resulting in the average initial loss per site, before any Payment Watch recovery, reaching £1,046. That’s up from £890 in the previous year.

Reduction in forecourt crime

Kevin Eastwood, executive director of BOSS, said: “BOSS is recovering £1 million each year on behalf of forecourt retailers. We’ve worked extremely hard to bring about a reduction in forecourt crime incidents during the final quarter of 2017. Rising fuel prices, however, contributed to an increase in the average initial loss before Payment Watch recovery of more than £1,000 a year for the average retailer.”

Eastwood added: “Any loss is unacceptable. BOSS will continue to promote stronger partnerships between retailers and police forces. These can reduce losses for retailers as well as the demands placed on police time, while also bringing persistent offenders before the courts. We still need retailers to remain vigilant and take responsibility to ensure that, where incidents do take place, the correct evidence is collected and retained.”

Forecourt crime is estimated to cost retailers more than £30 million annually with some two-thirds of such criminality resulting from drive-offs and the remainder coming from NMoP incidents. Since BOSS’ Payment Watch scheme was first introduced, more than £4 million of NMoP losses have been recovered and returned to retailers.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015.

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