SAFETY AT THE GAS STATION: SHERIFF CARMINE MARCENO’S MAY SAFETY & SECURITY TIP
Thefts at gas stations, across the United States, remain a concern for law enforcement. Like many other crimes of opportunity, an unlocked vehicle with personal items in sight makes for a quick and easy target.
Whether you are simply distracted while pumping gas or inside paying, thieves wait for the opportunity to quickly open your vehicle door and grab anything and everything of value.
Car thieves sit in waiting for the opportunity to occupy and steal a running and/or unlocked vehicle.
Many elect to use their refueling time as an opportunity to catch up on missed text messages, listening to voice mail and returning phone calls. These distractions make one an easier target.
Choosing well-lit fuel stations with surveillance cameras decrease the appeal to criminals.
Whenever possible, purchase fuel during daytime hours and do so from a station that offers significant visibility to the roadway. Select a pump closest to the structure. This increases your visibility to cashiers and staff that work inside. Additionally, due to their proximity to the register, these pumps are generally free of skimming devices.
Locking your vehicle doors and keeping valuables out of sight make it extremely difficult for thieves to enter your car or truck. Take your keys with you…do not leave them in the ignition or leave fobs on the seat.
Be certain to terminate your credit card transaction, at the pump, prior to leaving and ensure that the pump handle is fully seated in order to complete your transaction.
Avoid distractions. Be observant and aware of your surroundings. Take necessary precautions.