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A staggering £2,099,518 worth of fuel was recorded as stolen across the UK in 2015, new research by Certas Energy reveals.
The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Britain’s leading distributor of fuels and lubricants Certas Energy, reveals that over £2 million of fuel was reported at stolen across the UK across 12 months in 2015.
Some 19,755 commercial fuel thefts were recorded across the year, compared to 9,429 recorded domestic fuel thefts. The total recorded value for commercial fuel theft, including reported thefts from petrol stations, was £1,469,354.13.
Greater Manchester had the highest number of commercial fuel thefts, with a total of 3,804 reported in 2015. South Yorkshire was the second highest, with 2,382 recorded crimes and Hertfordshire took third place with 1,705.
As well as being the second highest for commercial fuel theft, South Yorkshire was the area with the most domestic fuel theft, with 2,368 recorded thefts. Dyfed-Powys police had the second highest rate of domestic theft, with 1,683 recorded instances. South Wales was the third highest, with 1,207 recorded thefts. The total recorded value for domestic fuel theft was £630,163.93.