How to Prevent Gasoline Theft


( – Gasoline prices are at a historic high in America, with no sign of coming back down anytime soon. It seems that the cost of nearly everything else is going up, too, as inflation skyrockets across the country. If that wasn’t bad enough, now police are warning of a disturbing trend on the rise: gasoline theft.

It really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that thieves are turning to the good-as-gold liquid now, especially considering the meteoric rise in crime America has witnessed over the past year. Thankfully, there are a few ways one can protect their hard-earned gasoline from being stolen by the dregs of society. Here are a few to consider:

Invest in a Locking Gas Cap

Before going to fill up the tank, it may be wise to invest in a locking gas cap. These devices deter a would-be thief from siphoning gasoline from the tank. Even if the fuel door on one’s vehicle locks, law enforcement still urges everyone to replace their gas caps, as the doors aren’t foolproof.

Park Carefully

When selecting a parking spot in public, opt for locations that are well lit. Most thieves will look for targets that don’t put them under a spotlight where passersby can openly see their activities.

At home, park inside the garage whenever possible. If this isn’t an option, park so that the gas tank access is facing the road. In order to siphon the liquid gold, the person will be in open view of anyone driving down the street, as well as neighbors.

Be Careful!

When one suspects they’ve become a victim of gasoline theft, they must be extra cautious before driving the vehicle. Some thieves are resorting to drilling holes into gas tanks themselves or cutting fuel lines. Not only does this lead to costly repairs to the vehicle, but driving with this damage could be extremely dangerous. Instead, call the police and let them inspect the vehicle to ensure it’s safe first.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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