Want to Protect Your Family from Crime? Don’t Let Them Go to Gas Stations
Have you been reading the newspaper lately? If you have, you might have noticed some headlines like these:
“Man Shot at Gas Station; Another Wounded in Car,” The Baltimore Sun, September 3, 2017
“Man Shot During Argument at a West Side Gas Station,” My San Antonio, September 9, 2017
“One Person Injured as Shootout Reported at Gas Station,” com, September 7, 2017
“Man Dies after Shooting at West Memphis Gas Station,” Midland Reporter-Telegram, September 11, 2017
It was easy for us to find the headlines above. They report gas station crimes that have happened in just the last few weeks!
If you scan the crimes reported in your local newspaper, you will that many other crimes are happening at gas stations too, including:
- Carjackings and muggings.
- Drive-offs, in which crooks drive away without paying for their purchases.
- Violent crimes against gas station attendants and convenience store personnel.
- Petty theft of purses, cell phones and laptops from customers’ cars.
And then we come to the “skimming” of credit card numbers that are becoming more common in gas stations across the country. In one recent case, thieves installed a device on the credit-card readers on gas pumps that automatically stole customers’ card data.
The Statistics Tell the Story
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 63,530 violent crimes took place in American gas stations between 2004-2008; another 58,850 thefts of property in gas stations happened during those years too. Those, unfortunately, are the latest national statistics that are available. Things might have gotten even worse today.
How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Family?
Here are some crime-foiling strategies recommended by the National Crime Prevention Council:
- Always remove your keys and lock the doors while you are pumping gas.
- Don’t be distracted by using your cell phone.
- Keep valuables in your vehicle out of plain view.
- Lock your car doors, even if you are going inside the station or store for only a moment.
- Be sure to pay attention to your surroundings.
- Pick gas stations that are well-lit and have video surveillance cameras at the pumps.
But We Have an Even Better Idea . . .
To avoid exposing your loved ones to the dangers of going to gas stations, only visit them when absolutely necessary. Use EzFill gas delivery instead. We can conveniently and safely handle all your refueling needs in your own driveway, parking garage, or place of business.
Going to gas stations is a risk you don’t want to live with. And thanks to EzFill gas delivery, you don’t have to anymore.