Perhaps it is a sign of the times and ridiculously high gas prices. Or maybe thieves are simply getting bolder. Whatever the case may be, when my sister told me that someone had stolen the gas out of her car and 20 others along her street I was completely dumbfounded. I couldn’t imagine the time and effort it took to commit such a crime, not to mention how incredibly risky it was.
As gas prices reach all-time highs I have heard that the old pump-and-run scheme has been rearing its ugly head at a few gas stations. However, most gas stations have adopted the pay-first, pump-later structure that seems to adequately protect them from serious loss. Indeed, I am happy that our local stations have a way to combat the cunning thieves among us; however I can’t help but think, what about the rest of us? What about the 20 people on my sister’s street that had their gas stolen while they slept? Unlike a purse or wallet, we can’t simply take our gas out of our cars and carry it into our house or the supermarket with us. No, we just have to leave it there and hope that we don’t become a victim, right? Wrong. Though it is difficult to prevent the theft of gas from a personal vehicle, it is not impossible. We can all be proactive in fighting this crime by taking simple steps to protect ourselves such as parking our vehicles in well lighted areas and investing in locking gas caps (which can be found at most auto parts stores). Sadly, we may not be able to stop the rise of gas prices, but we can do something to protect ourselves from gas theft!