Gas Station Theft Prevention
NCPC keeps an eye on this emerging crime trend.
Recently, there has been increased media coverage across the country regarding theft
at gas stations. The unique setting allows thieves to catch their victims by complete
surprise — when they are pumping gas or paying their tab inside the station. Most
of the time, gas station 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.
Then, the thief quickly drives off. It happens in a matter of seconds.
But these thefts can be easily prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken.
NCPC and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia recommends
the following tips to prevent citizens from becoming victims of theft at area gas
- 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 a moment.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Don’t let your cell phone distract you.
The NCPC blog, Prevention Works, featured an interesting article regarding
gas station theft and provided a link to a very informative and helpful video on
Click here to read the article and watch the video.
Gas Station Theft Prevention Posters
McGruff Poster #1
McGruff Poster #2