Gas Station Theft Prevention

Gas Station Theft Prevention
Posted on 05/01/2017

Gas stations have a unique setting that allows thieves to catch their victims by surprise.

Thefts can occur while patrons are pumping gas or paying their tab inside the station.

Most of the time, customers leave their car doors unlocked and items like purses and wallets are often left in plain view.

A thief is able to drive up next to the victim’s car, open an unlocked door, and grab any valuables within reach. This can happen in a matter of seconds. 

These thefts can be easily prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken.

The National Crime Prevention Council recommends the following tips to prevent citizens from becoming victims of theft at area gas stations:

-Pick stations that are well-lit and have video surveillance cameras at the pump.

-Always remove your keys and lock the doors while you are pumping gas.

-Keep valuables out of plain view in your vehicle and lock the doors even if you are going inside for only a moment.

-Pay attention to your surroundings.

-Don’t let your cell phone distract you.