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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