There are several ways you can remove the “opportunity” and reduce the chances of becoming a victim. Police have these tips that might stop you from being targeted:
1. Consider installing a locking gas cap. Remember that many of the “fuel doors” that open remotely or with a key are flimsy and easily compromised. 2. Avoid parking in dark, isolated areas (especially for extended periods). 3. At home, park in a locked garage where possible. If you don’t have a garage, park as close as possible to the house and avoid parking on the street. 4. If you must park on a street or in a parking lot, attempt to locate your vehicle so the fuel door is visible to you or other residents in your area. 5. If you have bulk fuel on your property, ensure you lock the tank and or dispenser to prevent access.
Don’t hesitate to call police if you witness suspicious activity in an area where fuel is stored or around parked vehicles. Be a good witness and if possible record the license plate number and/or vehicle and suspect descriptions.