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Australia: Record oil price fuels wave of diesel thefts on farms

A cut to the petrol tax announced in Tuesday's federal budget has been received as welcome but ineffective. As trucking businesses labelled a cut in the fuel excise announced in the Federal Budget as welcome but ineffective, farmers have warned thieves are using drones and greater coordination as part of a wave of diesel thefts. Because alas, criminals are turning to increasingly sophisticated and risky tactics to steal fuel from regional farms and businesses.

Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers said that thieves were even hitting farms and businesses during daylight hours, ‘putting workers and managers in potential danger’. The group's chief executive, Bree Grima, said the trend was worrying and urged regional businesses that used and stored diesel to boost their safeguards against break-ins and thefts.

"Most importantly, we're calling for agribusinesses to install cameras and to check current ones are working, blind spots are addressed, and that cameras can operate effectively at night. CCTV footage can be the difference between assets being recovered and never seeing them again."


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