And this is to say nothing of other related problems that affect gas stations and convenience stores – shoplifting, for one. Around 54 percent of shoplifters steal from stores like these on a regular basis, and juvenile thieves are an issue as well.
However, while gas stations have been the victims of criminals in the past, a new form of crime targets the customers rather than the business itself. This crime has been called “sliding,” and it’s a true menace. What’s more, this deed is mostly targeted at women.
The criminals, or “sliders,” look for SUVs stopping at gas stations – particularly those vehicles being driven by women. As the driver alights to pump gas, the slider quickly opens the passenger door. The crook then steals the likes of purses and valuables from the car’s passenger seat before making a rapid getaway.