04/18/22

Gas Theft Is On The Rise; Four Ways To Protect Yourself 

It is flammable, poisonous, and hard to carry, but that isn’t stopping criminals from trying to get their hands on this increasingly hot commodity. Gasoline. As prices at the pump continue to rise, so have the incidents of gas theft. For victims of this crime, not only is it inconvenient but it can be expensive as thieves are resorting the methods such as drilling through gas tanks to get their hands on the fuel. 

Here are four ways to help protect yourself from falling victim to gas theft. 

  1. Light It Up. Although parking in the garage in the best plan, if you must park on the street try and do so under a street light. The more light that is illuminated on your car, the more likely the thief will move on to an easier target. 
  2. Lock Your Tank. To deter a thief from easily siphoning gas from your tank, consider investing in a gas cap lock.  
  3. Face The Road. When you park, do so with the gas door facing the road. Thieves are more likely to bypass a car that leaves them exposed to the eyes of those passing by.
  4. Get A Ride. Airport parking lots are a haven for gas thieves. When traveling, get a ride to the airport to avoid leaving your car unattended in long term parking. 

As always, if you see suspicious activity please call the police. 

According to AAA, Oregon ranks sixth highest in the nation for gas pump prices.