As the cost of fuel increases, so does gasoline theft. Law enforcement officials have lately noticed a rise in the number of gas-station drive-offs. But they also warn you may be at risk just because you drive a car, as more people are finding gas was siphoned out of their tank. Bruce Briggs of Arnold Motor Supply says your local auto parts store may have the solution. He recommends adding a preventive-maintenance item…a locking gas cap. Briggs says some drivers may not even know they’re victims of theft — and if they notice at all, might think their car’s getting bad mileage lately. While modern security systems make it tougher to break in to your car, truck, van or SUV, Briggs says most don’t have security for the gas tank. Briggs says that with the price of gas these days, people find creative ways to siphon tanks, and that’ll be a good way to prevent it. Locking gas caps are available at auto parts stores and range in price from ten to fifteen-dollars.
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