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BOSS FORECOURT CRIME INDEX


BOSS introduced the Forecourt Crime Index in 2015 to provide a better measure of changes in forecourt fuel crime. The index is based on Drive Off and No Means of Payment (NMoP) incidents reported to BOSS as part of its BOSS Payment Watch scheme.

During the Q3 2022, the BOSS Forecourt Crime Index increased 16.7% to 244.1 (209.2: Q2 2022), reaching the highest level since the Index was introduced in 2015. Analysis by BOSS has found that during Q3 2022 NMoP incident reports increased by 18.3%, while the number of Drive Off incidents climbed by 13.8%. Incidents of unpaid fuel are 32% higher than in Q3 2021.

The average number of incidents per site advanced to 24.8 (21.7: Q2 2022). NMoP incidents accounted for 65% of all reports and the cost of each incident averaged £78.37 (£75.54: Q2 2022), while the average cost of a Drive Off incident cost increased to £56.63 per incident (£53.82: Q2 2022).

In 2019 BOSS estimated that unpaid fuel cost UK forecourt operators £88 million per annum. Lockdowns saw incidents see-saw but since the economy reopened forecourt fuel crime has begun to move back to pre-pandemic levels.

BOSS CRIME INDEX: 

Quarter Avg fuel price in Q £/litre INDEX (Baseline 100 in 2015 Q2)
2019 Q1 1.256 145
2019 Q2 1.308 185
2019 Q3 1.305 170
2019 Q4 1.292 167
2020 Q1 1.270 199
2020 Q2 1.117 102
2020 Q3 1.166 146
2020 Q4 1.168 107
2021 Q1 1.218 141
2021 Q2 1.284 170
2021 Q3 1.315 185
2021 Q4 1.448 174
2022 Q1 1.610 199
2022 Q2 1.710 209
2022 Q3 1.885 244

The Forecourt Crime Index was established by BOSS in 2015 to report on incidents of making off without paying for fuel and motorists claiming to have no means of payment. 

For more information about BOSS please call 01926 864 757

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