Dennis Davenport, manager of the trucking firm HMT, told the BBC News that:
Would a locking gas cap put an end to fuel thefts? Not much. During a recent fuel theft, five criminals broke open the lock on the tank, used a battery-powered siphon to transfer the fuel into drums and carted it all away.These days, with a vehicle with 1000 liters (264.2 gallons) of fuel you're talking about a pump value of £1,350 ($2,171 U.S.). It's instantly usable and disposable. The fuel you carry is now more valuable than the cargo.
Chrys Rampley, security manager for the Road Haulage Association (RHA), claims that determined thieves will stop at nothing to get the fuel, stating:
That's like $20,000 worth of fuel vanishing before breakfast. Not a good way to start your day.There are thieves out there who are determined, sitting and waiting outside secure [truck] depots for the right moment to siphon the fuel. A whole fleet of 10-15 vehicles can have their tanks emptied in one night.
[Source: BBC News]