Theft/Auto Burglary at the Fuel Pump does happen. It’s easy for a thief to quickly enter your unlocked car and grab items like a purse, backpack, computer bag , cell phone or other valuables if they are left in plain sight while you go inside the store or leave your vehicle unlocked as you are re-fueling.
Thieves hit all areas, watching for people who leave their purses or other valuables on the passenger seat, doors unlocked and are distracted. Thieves are really looking for is a common mistake. And that’s thinking, “I’m standing next to my car, so no one would be crazy enough to try to break into my car when I’m standing right next to it.”
Citizens are warned to lookout for “Sliders” – Thieves operating at gas stations who steal your valuables while you’re at the pump. Sliders is the name given to thieves who prey on people at gas stations and snatch their valuables when they’re busy pumping gas or paying for it.
Women in particular are vulnerable because many typically leave their bags or purses unprotected on the front seat with the door unlocked and the window down.