REVEALED: Queensland's fuel theft hotspots

THE number of petrol theft cases in Queensland is on the increase with nearly 11,000 cases recorded already this year, putting the number on track to surpass last year's total of 14,601.

The Queensland Police statistics revealed the area with the highest number of petrol thefts included the Gold Coast and Logan, with 3,884 offences recorded.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said 2,393 drive-offs were recorded on the Gold Coast and 1,491 in Logan.

"The bad news is these statistics, based on 2015 figures, are trending upward," she said.

The RACQ has called on the police to crack down on fuel thieves.

"The shocking rate of run-offs across Queensland proves this is a serious and all-too-common crime - and it's clearly not going away," Ms Smith said.

"With CCTV footage now available at many service stations, a database of offenders should be developed to help catch them and prevent further theft.

"We want to send a strong message to the community that this type of offence won't be tolerated, and if people commit these crimes they will get caught and prosecuted."

Ms Smith said there was no known link between drive-offs and petrol prices.

"High prices at the bowser don't turn law abiding citizens into thieves. Those who are driving off without paying are more often than not involved in other criminal activity."

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