More and more motorists are filling up at petrol stations and driving off without making payment.
Forecourts have seen a 52% increase in people filling up without paying.
The minister for International Development fears that with oil-producing countries such as Libya in turmoil, fuel prices will increase even more with talks of £2 a litre.
Police are trying to reduce numbers by placing decoy vehicles in forecourts.
Filling up with fuel and driving away without paying is a criminal offence. If you fill up and realise you do not have the means to pay, enter the garage and discuss the process.
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