Recently criminals have renewed an old ploy of stealing purses and other valuables from unsuspecting victims while the victims were at gas stations to fuel their vehicle.
Usually the thefts occur when the victim is distracted pumping gas or going into the establishment to pay for their purchase. Often victims leave their valuables such as purses, wallets, handbags, briefcases, etc., right in plain view with their automobile unlocked or the windows down making these items easy prey for Dirtbag Criminals who simply reach in, take what they want and are long gone before the victim even realizes what has happened.
Most crime is what I refer to as, "Crime of Opportunity" and this is a perfect example. Make it a solid habit of ALWAYS rolling up your windows and locking your vehicle even if you are only going to be away for a "Few Moments."
Also make sure to hide your valuables or place them in your vehicle's trunk to reduce the chance of this type of theft. Remember too that criminals often work in teams so make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times and be suspicious of people who attempt to engage you in friendly conversation as this could just be a ploy to distract you while someone else robs you blind!
Back on April 11, 2007, Commander Andy Solberg
from the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department
visited my Code Red!
radio show dedicated to personal security, safety and emergency preparedness issues heard on Federal News Radio AM1050
in Washington, DC and via the internet at: http://www.coderedradioshow.com/
to discuss steps you can take to immediately reduce your chances of being the victim of a theft or other crime while fueling your vehicle at a gas station.
To hear these important personal security tips simply visit: http://www.theurltool.com/?2293
and click on the MP3 play button for the April 11, 2007 Code Red!
broadcast. The interview can be downloaded to your computer and burned to an audio CD for future reference.
For even more information, please take a few moments to watch the following quick video from the Broward County, Florida Sheriff's office that can help you prevent being a victim when using gas stations. Click on the following link: http://www.theurltool.com/?2284
I encourage you to share this information with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues to help keep them safe and secure too!
Til Next Time,
Labels: Gas Station Thefts