Reporting Procedure for Gas Drive Offs - Quick Reference
Effective October 26, 2011
Before the police will investigate a gas drive off you must:
Once all of these criteria are met, call the Green Bay Police Department at 920-448-3200 and request a police officer to be dispatched.
The officer will review the report and determine if the above criteria have been met. If so, the officer will investigate the case and take the appropriate action.
October 14, 2011
Dear fuel station operator,
The Green Bay Police Department has begun to look for ways to increase our efficiency in order to provide better service to the community. Throughout this process we have identified a number of situations when the police expend significant resources with minimal benefit to the community. By eliminating or reducing situations like these, we can free up police resources to focus on areas that are most beneficial to the community. One of those situations are what are commonly referred to as “gas drive offs”.
Earlier this year we surveyed station owners to gauge the severity of the problem and look for an alternate solution. The majority of station owners agreed that a pre-pay policy was the only sure way to prevent these losses however; station operators were reluctant to institute such a policy on their own and suggested the city pass an ordinance requiring all fuel stations to abide by this practice. That effort was unsuccessful and so we examined alternate practices which have been adopted by neighboring communities.
The Green Bay Police Department conducted a study of the problem of gas drive offs and made the following observations:
Based on our research we concluded the following:
As a result of our research we are implementing procedures described in the attached report. Certain criteria must now be met before police will become involved in drive offs. These procedures are similar to those which have already been adopted by neighboring jurisdictions. We understand that losses due to drive offs are a serious problem. Our research shows that a prepay policy is the single most effective way to prevent the loss of fuel but, such a policy is a business decision you must make. This procedure will go into effect on October 26, 2011.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions about this new procedure, please contact our crime prevention officer at 920-448-3171.