According to data released by Mexican state owned oil company Pemex, 2,614 illegal fuel siphons were discovered on their pipes in 2013. The theft from their pipes lead to losses of gasoline, oil, natural gas and petrochemicals.
Back in 2000, the oil company discovered 155 illegal fuel siphons, which means that the rate of fuel theft at Pemex has increased by 1,548 percent in 13 years.
Based on the number of siphons, an attempt to steal oil and fuel from the pipelines took place at a rate of every 14 hours in 2013.
In the border state of Tamaulipas, there were 8 illegal siphons in 2000. In 2013, the company discovered 539 siphons.
In the sate of Veracruz, there were 25 siphons in 2000 and 240 in 2013.
In the state of Jalisco, the siphons increased from 7 in 2000 to 230 in 2013.
In the state of Guanajuato, the siphons went from 13 in 2000 to 165 in 2013.
And in Nuevo Leon, fuel siphons from pipelines went form 1 in 2000 to 140 in 2013.
Security analysts and oil industry officials state that areas where drug trafficking cartels are active see more fuel siphons.
Source: “Major Increase Of Illegal Oil Siphoning In Mexico Leads To Losses In The Millions,” Fox News Latino, February 5, 2014.