Just had a crap weekend sorting out the problem caused by (another) fuel theft, after three of our wagons were hit on our site. I'm looking into anti syphon devices and I'm after some advice from current/previous users. I've seen devices from basic anti syphon at £40 to anti syphon & skimming proof at £180 - So,
Are the the Gucci versions worth the extra brass?
Is there any point in using them without an added sender unit lock, too?
Are these measures effective in making the scum look elsewhere for their ill-gotten gains, or will I just end up replacing punctured tanks as well, if I make it too hard to steal the fuel.
Any and all help and advise is very much appreciated.
If gangs are determined to steal fuel, they will often go armed with a cordless drill. Drill two holes in the tank, place a container underneath and then wait while it fills up. Anti syphon may prevent those who use a pump. If they were hit on your site then you would be better investing in CCTV.
Have shown your message to my TM as I did not fully understand your problem. He says: You should contact TISS Ltd, 330 Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 1DW, UK - Tel: 01253 400 401. They are NOT the cheapest but are certainly the best by a country kilometre since we fitted their devices, over four years ago, we have seen a significant saving on our fuel expenditure. Would expect you to save around 92 per truck per month. As "Taffnp" says: "There is not much defence against the "Drillers" but you can stop the "Suckers" and "Pumpers".
Taffnp: Yes, I fear you're correct. The CCTV options are being sought now. Our 'visitors', who were finally rumbled and scared off by the on-site security guard were using a hatchback, filled with 25 litre plastic containers and a pipe, rather than a van, an IBC & electric pump etc. So more than likely opportunist, than a fully professional mob.
Emsav: Cheers. It's TISS that makes the Gucci £180 version I mention in the OP. Could you ask your TM if you're using any added sender-unit security too?
TM has told me that our older vehicles, those about to be sold on have no sender unit security. Everything since 2006 has the full impregnable kit fitted at manufacture - adds around 100 Euros to the overall cost of each truck. His comment was "Best 100 Euros we ever spend, the cost can be absorbed without difficulty as we are in "profit" after 3 months."
Got screwed over at Worksop last week. Luckily they didn't take anything from me but the poor FlipFlop had both tanks drained. Anti syphon fitted all they did was rip the pipes from the tanks leaving it to drain. They will deter some teives but if they want it they will get it.
We havn''t any anti syphon devices fitted. Boss would rather replace fuel alone, and not have to replace tank as well after its been drilled.
Touch wood we havn't lost any fuel for 2 years now. Allegedly a starving doberman loose in the yard makes a good anti syphon device, and big sign that states "SURVIVERS WILL BE PROSECUTED".
No anti-syphon for us either. We have had a bit nicked lately, Crick/Daventry area is a bit of a hotspot for us which is a problem as its where the bulk of our work is.