Fuel theft from vehicles has surged by 500% in London since the start of 2008, according to the RAC.
Soaring prices at the pumps are thought to be a primary cause behind the growing trend, the motoring organisation said. Almost every region in England has seen a rise in fuel theft of more than 50% since January.
Police forces say they cannot give accurate figures on such theft, as they are recorded in the same way as all thefts.
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