Scania has introduced a Fuel Theft Alarm, with an installed sensor that monitors the fuel level, initially for single tanks and the manufacturer says it will soon also for the common double tanks.
Scania Product Manager, Eric Ljunggren said, “Although the loss of valuable fuel is bad enough, it is perhaps worse that the truck cannot carry out the day’s scheduled deliveries as planned and may be liable to penalties.”
How the Fuel Theft Alarm works
If the fuel level drops significantly, the alarm is activated and emits a high-pitched sound, which it shares with the normal theft alarm system. The alarm is also activated when the fuel tank cap is tampered with. When activated, the alarm system monitors the fuel level for up to 65 hours, provided that the truck’s master battery switch is activated. The customer will also receive an e-mail, text message and a warning notification in their Scania Fleet Management Portal if they have the Control Package.
Fuel theft is one of the biggest headaches for companies that own fleets and run logistics business. It is one of the key cost centres in fleet management.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of the Fuel Theft Alarm is in deterring presumptive thieves. A sticker on the tank warns miscreants that the fuel is protected. Even if the fuel in the tank is saved, attempts may still cause grief since a broken cap might require time-consuming and costly repairs.
“The owner will be alerted if the vehicle is being tampered with and the consequences of having fuel stolen can be avoided or at least mitigated,” says Ljunggren.