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Protect your vehicle from gas theft

These steps could help to prevent thieves from siphoning out your vehicle's gas.

Thieves have found a new target: the gasoline from your vehicle. As the price of gas rises, so do the number of gas-theft incidents. Here's how you can help protect your vehicle and your pocketbook:

  • Always park in well-lit, well-traveled locations.
  • Park in your garage or driveway whenever possible. If you have to park in the street, do so under street lighting near your house.
  • Avoid parking in public places for extended periods of time. For example, rather than leaving your car in the airport parking lot for a week, ask a friend or neighbor for a ride.
  • Position your vehicle so the fuel door is seen from a main road.
  • Consider installing a locking gas cap, even if your fuel door locks.
  • Remember to call 911 if you see suspicious behavior, such as someone putting a siphon into a gas tank or acting strangely around parked cars.
Car with gas pumping into it

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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