Petrol stations introduce monitoring system to spot stolen cars
Every year the Czech police are alerted to around 15,000 stolen cars, though on average only around 3,000 of them get returned to their owners. Now the police may get help in tracking them down from an unexpected quarter: the country’s petrol station owners are introducing a new monitoring system to alert officers to stolen vehicles.
Now petrol station owners have decided on a common strategy: to introduce a camera system linked to the police register of stolen vehicles. An instant blockage mechanism would prevent such drivers from filling up. Pavel Novak heads the company which delivered the tailor-made software:
Test runs have proved successful and the new computer system will gradually be introduced at petrol stations around the country, starting with those that have registered the biggest losses. With petrol stations losing around 15 to 20 million crowns annually they figure the investment is well-made. Meanwhile, the police have welcomed the move saying time is essential in tracing stolen cars. Andrea Zoulova is a police spokeswoman:
Together with security stickers on cars – a system that the Czech police introduced ten years ago after the British model – the monitoring system at petrol stations is expected to help reduce a problem that has plagued Czech society for years.