Despite the current exceptional assistance from the government (-18 cents including tax per liter of gasoline), fuel prices are not coming down. At most service stations in the region, the price of a liter of unleaded diesel exceeds 2 euros. In this unprecedented context, a phenomenon surfaced: the phenomenon of fuel theft. A malicious practice that can take various forms, and this fraud is not without consequences for the vehicles involved. decoding.
Fuel theft .. How is this possible?
‘Black Gold’ never quite lived up to its name so well. the magazine More automatic Reports indicate that this is more than 6 million liters of fuel that are stolen every year in France. Faced with this unfortunate remark, a question arises: how do thieves go to commit theft?
Unfortunately, there is not only one way to suck (read: steal) fuel from a car. between Auto theft in tanker truckThe The complicity of some delivery drivers From fuel or even “classic” tank overflow many city cars, Gasoline or diesel theft has never been this way. The current context of high fuel prices also explains the resurgence of these malicious acts.
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In most cases, The tank is being forced by criminals using a drill, when they find that the filler neck is relatively well protected with a lock and lid. But sometimes, this lubricant is exposed to everyone’s eyes, without a cover, and barely protecting them Plastic cover, it can be damaged easily.
If a drill is used, the thieves form a gap more or less. Some even go so far as to puncture the tank multiple times, in different places in order to circulate more air in the tank and pull the gasoline out more quickly.
How do you protect against fuel theft?
Although these businesses are widespread, there are some good practices To observe to avoid exposure to this adventure. If owners can’t fully protect themselves from fuel theft, they can arrange for it The complexity of the task thieves and Dissuade them from acting.
Park your car inside
Park your car indoors as much as possible if you have to Dedicated parking space. Otherwise, for obvious reasons, It is preferable to park in places that are covered or considered “safe” If you have to park your vehicle outside. The Residential or suburban areas, lit and photographed with a surveillance camera It is better to avoid a bad surprise in your absence.
park your caras possible, Along the wall, tank sideRemember to apply the handbrake more often than usual. This will make access to your tank much more difficult for anyone wishing to break into the tank. Moreover, why not show self-confidence like a thug by indicating to him, using a message that crept into the passenger compartment, under the windshield wipers, that the tank is empty or nearly empty?
Give priority to newer vehicles
It has the latest car models Enhanced protection against fuel suction. Thus, their tank contains Center Hole Locking System To make any theft almost impossible, but that’s not all: The division and complex shape of the tank These compounds make the task more difficult. So it’s a feature to consider if you’re planning to change your car or if you haven’t bought one yet.
Avoid certain refueling periods
It is best to avoid refueling on the eve of certain deadlines such as school holiday where is the Long weekendsEspecially if you have easy access to your car’s fuel tank. You will reduce the amount of fuel stolen and thus save your wallet!
Use anti-siphon devices
Still very uncommon and installed on heavy cargo carriers, the Electronic sensors connected to the fuel gauge It could also be an interesting alternative.
The principle of operation is simple: the tank is connected to Warningthe latter is triggered in case An abnormally rapid drop in the vehicle’s fuel level. If necessary, an alert is sent to the driver by text or email to the previously entered contact details. It is also possible to equip the device with a siren (accessible 100 dB !) or any other screeching alert to force the thieves to stop their malicious acts and flee.
These connected solutions, which are marketed mainly to companies, can reproduce well and win more and more private vehicles.
Car insurance and fuel theft
Some car insurance companies offer coverage in the event of damage occurring during the theft of fuel (the deterioration of the chute or sometimes even the tank). However, this is not as systematic as we mentioned French insurance companies : “If damage is observed during the theft of fuel, Vandalism warranty may apply Pay for the car repair.
If your car insurance pays for fuel theft under vandalism coverage, note the following:
- You will only be compensated If the culprit is found in vandalismin the event that you are insured against third parties;
- In the case of subscribing to a contractBack to back lockYou are compensated, under the relatively broad coverage it offers. be careful, The discount on all-risk auto insurance is much higher Because it covers you more.
Fuel theft: What are the penalties?
It is clear that fuel thieves are committing a a crime And face punishment Six months in prison and a fine of 7,500 euros Thanks to Article 313-5 of the Penal Code.
In addition to the financial damage they inflict on their victims, fuel thieves return the vehicle they potentially stole dangerous. In effect, a borehole tank turns a moving vehicle into a real traffic hazard. Because the fuel is highly flammable, The risk of fire increases tenfold, especially when in contact with a poorly extinguished cigarette or a very small spark. In addition, prolonged exposure to the smell of gasoline (containing carbon monoxide) can be harmful and cause poisoning that is often fatal.
If you notice a hole in your vehicle’s fuel tank and suspect an act of vandalism, Immediately call the police by calling 17 and file a complaint. It is even possible that several vehicles in addition to your car have been stolen in your area of residence! We also recommend that you monitor and Report any suspicious behaviorEspecially if you notice that there are one or more people carrying gas canisters near your home.
Have you experienced or witnessed such malicious action? Feel free to share your experience or any tips to avoid these thefts with the LeLynx.fr community!