Fighting Forecourt Crime

Tel: 01926 864757


Welcome to the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS)

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, is an independent, not-for-profit trade association that campaigns to reduce crime on Britain’s service station forecourts.
We work in partnership with the police, fuel retailers and a range of other key crime-fighting agencies.

BOSS was formed in 1991 by the oil industry with the help and support of the Home Office Crime Reduction Centre and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Today BOSS delivers nationwide Forecourt Watch and Payment Watch schemes, making fuel service stations safer places for retail staff and customers.

A BOSS support team of regional co-ordinators works in partnership with all of our stakeholders to offer advice and support and ensure that the necessary actions and procedures are available to fuel retailers and police forces.


BOSS operates throughout the United Kingdom. The BOSS Payment Watch debt recovery scheme, which can recover up to 80% of losses from no means to pay incidents, is available to any UK fuel retailer. BOSS is also expanding its current network of Forecourt Watch schemes.

Currently 130 of these are established, including force-wide schemes in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Kent, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. There are three BOSS support services available to police and retailers; Forecourt Watch, Payment Watch and the Electronic Reporting System.