Fuel thieves face up to five years in prison
How is tapping from fuel to assess legally? “Gasoline is a physical object that can actually be taken away. In this respect, it is also possible to steal it,” explains Uwe Lenhart, a specialist lawyer for traffic law from Frankfurt/Main count.” In the case of a so-called commercial inspection, a minimum prison sentence of three months applies (§ 243 Section. 1 No. 3 StGB) towards the perpetrator or perpetrators. Paragraph 242 of the Criminal Code even provides for up to five years in prison in extreme cases.
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And how can you protect yourself from fuel theft? “It’s difficult,” says Corinna Saccaro from the Kleve police force. “Only the general tips against breaking into a car apply: It’s best to park in a garage or somewhere else that is as well-lit as possible.” Video surveillance is an option for building contractors and fleet owners, but of course it comes at a cost.