Diesel Theft is Quick, Easy, and Lucrative – That’s Why it’s Probably Happening to You

People bandy about the notion of diesel theft every now and again.

It’s all buzzy and gets an expose on Carte Blanche here, a write up in Business Day there, resulting in South African business owners momentarily being alert to its insidious nature, but then, slowly, everyone loses interest once again.

It’s just nicer to choose to trust our people. It’s more comfortable to believe in our precautionary devices. It’s easier to hope for the best. And then we reason that all of this compromising is okay because really, how big of a deal can it be anyway? The answer… pretty big. With the escalating cost of fuel currently and the ease with which it can be stolen, you probably are losing hundreds of thousands of rands without even knowing. These figures can make or break a business.

Let’s put it further into perspective, just in case you really do think, it doesn’t, or could never happen to you.

  1. It’s EASY. Most regular diesel theft is organised. The truck is parked off a side road, or even at a gas station en route to its predetermined destination and a middleman will siphon from the trucks tank. He will use either a hand or battery operated pump.
  2. It’s QUICK. They can fill a 25L container in less than 2 minutes. That’s a low risk thieving opportunity.
  3. It’s LUCRATIVE. It is believed that drivers take a cut in the vicinity of R150 – R200 per 25 litre container (approx R7.50 per litre). However, the stolen diesel is then sold on by the middlemen at upwards of R10 per litre. (That’s a 30% discount on a very expensive but necessary commodity). Some middlemen are even connected (and brazen) enough to sell the fuel back to petrol stations, who then sell it back to you at pump price.

When the theft is so easy, with such low risk and with such a high return, it’s no wonder that it is becoming more and more of a problem.

It doesn’t have to be this way though. You don’t have to bleed fuel. You can save it and your bottom line by installing one of our TankSafe devices.

Our TankSafe® ‘Optimum’ Next Generation Anti-Siphon for instance, is a best in class product and a world leader. It is the only anti-siphon unit on the market that can promise and deliver 100% protection from diesel theft in the form of skimming and siphoning, as well as spillage.

You can thank our patents and years of experience, innovating and being solutions-driven for that.

That being said, we can fit your fleet, your budget and your needs, with a tailored solution for you and your business, so please chat with one of our consultants.

Ultimately, no matter the route you go (pun intended) our devices pay for themselves with the fuel you save, in a matter of months.

And with over 1.5 million units sold worldwide, there can be little doubt that ours is a name that you can trust to protect what is yours.

If you feel you might be at risk, we would like to engage with you on your existing fleet or on your next truck purchase, so please give us a call or mail us via the forms below.

You can read more about all of our devices and the roles they serve here.

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