As Gas Prices Rise, So Do Gas Crimes

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

As the cost of fuel continues to rise, so does the pressure on motorists. Not only are gas prices at a record high, but now it’s vital to protect the gas currently in their tanks.

Some might say the price of gas is the crime itself, but to those who have been victims of gas siphoning, getting out of a car that's full, and coming back the next day to one that's on empty can leave you feeling, empty.

Stacey Welch, with O'Reilly Auto Parts, said, "That's happened to a couple of friends of mine; they got up, had X amount of gas in their vehicle, got up the next morning and it was gone. Now, they're thinking about getting gas caps."

Welch has seen the number of people requesting locked gas caps go up in recent weeks, along with rising costs for fuel.

If gas is at $3.85 and you’ve got a 14 gallon gas tank filled to capacity, that's over a $50 dollar investment sitting outside your home at night.

Many people are doing what they can to protect it, while others avoid getting gas until it's too late.

Mark Smith of Eagle Towing says the number of calls they get specifically relating to gas have gone through the roof since prices started to climb. "We've been doing a lot of fuel deliveries, where we didn't used to do as many fuel deliveries. We've even had people running out at the pump."

Smith also says the people they tow aren't the only ones having trouble operating; the cost of diesel is making things very difficult for towing companies as well.

Another thing they've seen at Eagle Towing are problems with theft from towed vehicles in their lots. They're even considering an electric fence just to keep people out.

According to AAA the national gas average is just under $4.00 a gallon; this time last year it was $3.20.


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  • by Bruce on Jun 3, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    People caught stealing Gas or anything else should,be sent to jail for a extended period of time. I happen to agree with Sonia,Our Government has ignored this Issue for thirty years,anyone with any sense could see that a shortage was in the future. But then when Oil Controls the Government instead of The People being in control,,The result is what we have today By the Way Please Go and Vote Today Maybe Just Maybe something will change,,
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Jun 3, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    One word people: Revelations! We are in the end times I do feel--our government is at fault for the soaring prices and fixed wages. They are hurting our economy and our families. People resort to stealing when they can't afford to live anymore. Food stamps and WIC are higher than ever but there are still people that need those too and can't get them. Every time the fuel prices rise - so do our electric bills. Alabama Power alone has increased four times in the past year -- what I paid $250 for last year (same month) is now $100 higher! We need to protect our land and begin harvesting our own again ~ Grow veggies and share freely with your neighbors as they do the same for you. TAX free food!
  • by sonia on Jun 3, 2008 at 01:45 AM
    It is a shame that it is hard enough on the honest working people that are trying to make a good living and then you have people that don't want to work or just want to take from people because they want what they want when they want it. I feel like the government can put a stop to the rising fuel cost,but if they do that then their pockets would not be as fat as they are now. I overheard some one talking about having to get a horse and start riding it,but how are we to feed the horse when everything is steadily going up except for the pay wages in Alabama?
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