I always do my best to try and keep you a step ahead of the crooks. I haven’t mentioned this before because quite frankly it was rare. But with the price of gas these days it is beginning to happen a lot all over the place.
I am talking about gas thieves, not from the pumps but from YOUR car/truck’s gas tank! Now for those saying but don’t most if not all vehicles have a locking gas cap or lock to even get to the cap? The answer is yes your car/truck probably does have some type of locking mechanism preventing your gas from being siphoned.
But you see that doesn’t help here. What they do now to get to that high dollar gas you have just waiting for them to steal is drill a hole in your tank and drain it that way. No more mouthfuls of gas trying to siphon. Nope, now they just drill a hole and empty your tank.
The loss of gas here is only a small part of this problem. As you probably already thought to yourself, the tank now needs to be fixed. This requires for the tank to be dropped and either replaced or fixed if it is even possible (I am no mechanic). This can cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on what type of vehicle you drive.
They are mostly targeting bigger cars/trucks. They want the bigger gas tanks because this isn’t even a little bit efficient way to steal gas and a lot gets dumped out on your driveway. Bad for your pocket and for the environment.
So what can you do? There are some things you can do to try and prevent this.
1. Light is a crooks enemy. Get a motion activated light and put it right over the driveway. This serves 2 purposes. It helps scare off people who may want to do something to your vehicle. The 2nd thing this does is help protect you and everyone else that comes over to your house during nighttime hours. A dark driveway is not a good thing to come home to.
2. Another thing you can do is get a motion activated camera. You can go with something like either a Domed Security Camera or dummy outdoor camera right in plain sight so everyone can see it and hopefully it will deter most criminals.
3. You can also try an inexpensive alarm that alerts you when someone is in a area you are monitoring. We have the Voice Alert which works as a wireless driveway alarm system. You could place a sensor in your driveway and set it up to say (yes say) “someone in the driveway” or whatever you want it to say. This way you know when it happens and can do something about it.
4. If your neighborhood has a watch group, join it. If it doesn’t then now might be a good time to form one. The police can only do so much and be in so many places at once, it is up to us to help out. Be smart and careful though.
Until our Government gets off its arse and forces a change from fossil fuel burning engines we will be at the mercy of a part of the world that hates us and is enjoying watching us squirm as they reap record breaking profits at our expense. Crimes like this shouldn’t even exist but unless we force a change things will only get worse! Write those politicians and tell em to get to work!