LETHBRIDGE: A new province wide prepaid gas law could soon be considered for Alberta, and Lethbridge's police chief says it's about time. Country 95 News was the first to break the story Monday morning about the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police's plan asking government to legislate gas prepayment. The story soon spread to other major news outlets across the province, and has sparked a public debate.
The main issue, Lethbridge Regional Police Service chief Tom McKenzie told Country 95 News, is the amount of time it takes police to track down the perpetrators of petty gas and go theft. And with the price of gas climbing sky high, such thefts are becoming more and more common, especially in larger urban centers like Calgary and Edmonton. "It's an alarming rate of incidents. And of course now that takes a police officer off the street who has to attend and get the details and information and the follow up work to try and find the offender," said McKenzie.
McKenzie added the Lethbridge area isn't far behind when it comes to this trend. "We're already seeing theft of gas from vehicles increase, and I think you'll see that happening more and more at service stations," he said. "So we encourage all of our service stations to take precautions and do what they can."
He says service station owners should install video cameras and record customer license plates, until the government has the chance to respond to the Alberta police chiefs' recommendation. They voted on the resolution in early May, and have since forwarded it along to the provincial government. Prepaid gas fill-up is already mandatory in B.C.
Photo by Marion Warnica, Country 95 News