Gas Tank Siphoning Alert Informative - A disturbing new trend is on the rise....
And it hits you right where it hurts, your gas tank.
How many of you park your car in a shopping center parking lot, lock your doors, set your alarms and think your car is safe? I was one of those people myself, until today. These thieves don't want your car, your stereo, the Ipod that I see so many people leave on the front seat, they want what's in your gas tank!
I stopped into my local Kroger to fill up (I get .10 cents off a gallon with every 100.00 spent) and get some perishables (milk, eggs, and bread) for the week. I filled up my car, which even with the .10 cents off per gallon still totaled 35.78 for a full tank.
I park my car, lock my doors, and set my alarm and when I got done with my shopping 15 minutes later, I had 1/4 of a tank of gas left in my car.
It seems that I am the latest victim in a very disturbing trend of fuel siphoning.
I don't know about you, but in this house filling up our cars has become yet another monthly bill. We both fill up once every two weeks, his truck costing close to 100.00 every two weeks and my car costing 40.00 every month. This theft not only left me without gas, but with a huge hole in my wallet. In order to pay for the new tank of gas that I needed I would either have to dip into the grocery budget, the savings account, or the emergency fund. I had no choice but to take 40.00 out of savings to replace the gas that was stolen out of my car.
I went to the police and filed a report, and sadly, I am not the only victim of this siphoning thief. According to the detective I was the 10th complaint they had that day of someone stealing the gas from their car. When I asked what they were doing to try and catch this person/people, he just looked at me and said, "this guy is siphoning cars in broad daylight, in busy parking lots, we are doing everything we can to find out who he/they are." Which to me means, we'll put your name on file and if we catch him we'll give you a call.
So until this person is caught, what are WE supposed to do?! Put padlocks on our gas tanks? Put up surveillance cameras and tie an attack dog to our cars?
I took a pretty hard hit today so I can't even imagine what would happen if this gasoline was stolen from someone who really couldn't afford it.
The next time you are out, pay close attention to your gas tank.