Petrol Thefts (6770/19)

Request

How many petrol thefts (motorists driving off without paying from petrol stations – also known as ‘bilking’) were reported to West Midlands Police in the following financial years?

 2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

Response

The number of offences per financial year for making off without payment where the primary location description is a petrol station are as follows:

2014/2015 = 4,728

2015/2016 = 3,982

2016/2017 = 5,817

2017/2018 = 7,435

2018/2019 = 6,990

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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