FAQ

FAQ

Have you got a question? In the following overview we have a selection of frequently asked questions.

Is your question not amongst these? Contact us through email address info@fuelshield.eu or phone number 0344-662 346.

Why do I need to protect my tank?

With the increasing cost of fuel the practice of fuel theft is becoming more and more widespread and more and more costly in the transport, agricultural, constructional and maritime sector. The target in these sectors are companies running fleets of vehicles or tanks filled with fuel, homeowners having oil fired heating systems and farms that have their own on site fuel supplies.

Whether the thefts are by individual thieves, organised gangs or even from within the own organisation it can soon add up to a significant cost. You’ve not only lost the fuel, but think about the downtime of a vehicle, the repair time and the repair costs.

What are the real costs of fuel theft?

With fuel theft you don’t only have to deal with the costs of the lost fuel. If a vehicle or exhaust system is damaged then the down time has to be accounted for not just the repair.

Fleet owners, if you suspect a driver of fuel theft then we can tell you when and where the fuel cap was removed, even when the alarm was not armed.

If a home fuel tank is targeted in winter when you are away there is a danger that heating systems could fail costing much more than the loss of fuel. Farmers, can you afford to lose fuel to thieves when margins are so tight?

When using plant on site, is Monday morning the first time you would notice a theft? Save time and money by knowing immediately if your fuel, batteries or even the plant itself were stolen!

How can Fuel Shield help?

An alarm system should be a visible deterrent and with the Fuel Shield prominent signage we are aiming to make Fuel Shield as visible as possible. However even with a visible deterrent there should be a backup to act when thieves are more determined. With that your fuel tank and catalytic converter are protected with a special designed sensor, that detects every illegal activity.

The system has an audible siren, can be connected to other existing security systems and will send text message alerts to 3 mobile phone numbers in the background.

The system was primarily designed for defence against fuel theft from commercial or leisure vehicles and static tanks but actually has a multitude of uses for trucks, vans, farm vehicles, plant, motor homes, boats and caravans.

It will also detect attempted vehicle theft, catalytic converter theft, battery theft or DPF theft. It can provide GPS location information and provide for a GEO fence to indicate when vehicles are stolen.

How has Fuel Shield been developed?

Fuel Shield is designed to prevent two of the fastest rising crimes: fuel and catalytic converter theft. Fuel Shield is specially created around the latest developments, in cooperation with English Police. Chats with police and victims have led to the conclusion that common solutions did not fit the wishes for fuel theft prevention. This argumentation became Fuel Shield’s guideline and the system was introduced in the Netherlands at the end of 2014.

Placeable in every vehicle Fuel Shield detects attempted fuel theft, catalytic converter theft, DPF theft and battery theft. To minimise the damage on vehicles this technology will detect every form of the thefts mentioned above.

What system do I need?

The main Fuel Shield product is the ‘Full system’ with text message alerting, local siren and arm/disarm by remote control or text messaging.
This system and its functions are explained in the Vehicle Installation and Static Tank Installation pages. It is our most flexible and versatile system and can be used without a SIM card if text message alerts are not required.

We also supply standalone systems which will only activate a local siren or external alarm system. The standalone systems can be adapted so that we can supply a fuel cap sensor as well. Contact us for more details.

What type of sensors do you use?

We have special shaped sensors for filler neck applications, sensors for flat surfaces and specially moulded sensors for exhaust system applications.

All our sensors are designed and made in our premises in the UK so we can also design and manufacture custom sensors for any special applications.

What kind of power supply do the alarms require?

All systems can be powered by either a vehicle battery 12/24 V or a mains power supply.