Stick'em Up?

Submitted by ub on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 10:31

With gas prices always climbing, it’s important to protect your valuables and that means the gasoline stored inside your car's gas tank.

The average price of gas in the US is currently around $4 per gallon and therefore fuel theft has increased. Thieves are becoming creative and deviant.

- According to The AP, bandits have struck at least three upstate New York towns at night, tapping into underground tanks. Nearly 1,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, kerosene and octane gas worth almost $6,400 were stolen.

- A man in The Bronx, who was driving a Dodge Ram van rigged with two nozzles with hoses that were integrated into the side was recently arrested crossing the Whitestone Bridge. Tucked behind the driver’s and front passenger’s seats were two 55-gallon and one 300-gallon plastic drums filled with fuel.

The spike in fuel theft has led to an increase in sales of anti-theft locks on gas caps and other products. But gas caps alone will not prevent theft. Please, watch out because some criminals will go as far as knocking holes in vehicle gas tanks or cutting your gasoline lines.