Fuel Theft in Companies is a recurring and systematic reality that is increasingly affecting the profitability of your operation.

The video you just watched is module 1 of the training How to Stop Fuel Theft? Click below to go to the next chapter.

Below you will find the 8 most common sensory systems of Fuel Theft in cargo transportation, construction, agricultural, government, oil, river and maritime sectors.

The good news is that by using a High Precision Fuel Theft Prevention System you will control each of them.

As a result of effectively controlling Fuel Theft you will obtain savings between 6% and 18% in the land sector.

And in the fluvial sector you will obtain savings between 6% and 50% of the monthly fuel expense.

Robo de Combustible Método 1- Extracciones en la ruta

Fuel Theft by Milking


The most common technique is carried out by the driver, who drains fuel directly from the tank and sells it on the black market.

Robo de Combustible Método 2 - Extracciones en el Estacionamiento

Fuel theft in parking lots

 Secondly, the security guard proceeds to drains fuel from the tank.

Rarely third parties perpetrate the parking lot and steal the fuel without the complicity of the security guard.

Robo de Combustible Método 3 - Facturas Ficticias

Fuel Theft through Fictitious Invoices


The driver relates for reimbursement fictitious invoices obtained at legally constituted service stations. he buys-thirds, in the amount of quantities.

Abastecimientos inferiores al Facturado por la Gasolinera

Fuel Supply less than billed

The driver shows up with the company vehicle and buys fuel at the service station. However, it demands that a part be deposited in another vehicle or in another container. 

Robo de combustible Método 5 - Descalibracion de la estación de combustible

Fuel theft due to miscalibration of the fuel station dispenser


Very commonly fuel gauges are out of calibration in favor of the service station. Therefore, it is common for you to buy 90 Gallons and get 85 Gallons in your tank. Commonly, service stations deliver fuel in a range of -5% to -2%, with cases close to -10%.

Robo de Combustible Método 6- Ahorrando los viáticos

Saving travel expenses

In emerging markets drivers prefer to sleep in the vehicle instead of spending the travel expenses that have been assigned to them.

As a result of using the air conditioning, there is excessive fuel consumption and also high engine wear.

Robo de Combustible Método 7 - Horas de Trabajo

Fuel Theft due to working hours

In the river and/or construction industry, odometer tampering is the most common form of fuel theft.

Thus, the operator simulates that the equipment worked during Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. When in reality they did not work, their purpose is engrossed on to the theft of fuel and collection of overtime.

Malos Hábitos de Conducción

Driving Habits

Last but not least, a driver who does not take into consideration the following will cause a significant increase in fuel consumption.

– Inertia,

– idling

– and engine revolutions

or that has a recursive form:

– Sudden accelerations

– Sharp turns

– Sudden braking

– Speeding

Although this is not a technique of Fuel Theft, we decided to include it, since our analyzes indicate that this aspect can bring a considerable increase in your fuel costs.

Fuel Theft in trucks


The most common techniques of fuel theft in trucks are:

In first place, Milking. Which is executed by the truck driver who knows the place where putting a hose in the tank will represent income for him.

Second place, fuel dispense miscalibrated on purpose by the gas station.

In the other hand you need to consider idling. We have found many cases in which the driver is wasting 1.4G to 2.4G per hour wit 0 miles run.

At the end companies who have decided to  install high precision fuel level sensors are saving mostly at least 8% of their fuel.

Stay tuned later you will find below 4 additional video demonstrations in which Fuel Theft occurred in trucks, machinery, stationary tanks among other equipments.

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