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Police call it a "crime of opportunity" that can happen in seconds. You're casually pumping gas, only vaguely aware of your surroundings, when out of nowhere someone slides into your car and steals your belongings.

This type of theft is called "sliding" and, according to a recent ABC News report, it's on the rise.

It's quite simple. Usually occurring at gas stations, thieves lie in wait as unsuspecting car owners fill up. They case a car to see if it is unlocked. If there are any valuables within reach, and they "slide" under the view of the car's owner and grab any valuables they see on the front seat--purses, phones, computers, tablets. It's called "sliding" because of the way the thieves slide in below the eye level of the door.

"They're not looking for a confrontation," Houston police officer Jim Woods told ABC News. "They just want the property, because they know it's being left abandoned and you're not paying enough attention." It's happens quickly. The thieves typically hover at a gas station looking for just the right prey. The whole act takes a few seconds after they pull up to the target car.

How can you prevent becoming a victim of a "slider?" Police say that you should always take your purse or wallet with you to the pump or, if you have to leave things in the car, make sure to lock up. "A vehicle is not a secure location for your property," a police official told CBS New York. Never leave your car unlocked if the pump is filling your tank while you go into the gas station to use the bathroom or to shop in the convenience store.


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      runswthscisors40
      • 1 Year Ago
      There must be some mistake.....they're "entitled" to those purses!.....................
      tmlnhatter_3
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Sliders. Yummy. Too bad sliders are tiny burgers on the appetizer menu at most restaurants. They should have called them car ferrets. Ferrets are sneaky and usually for the people who own them the cause for anything missing.
      dreamweaver5580
      • 1 Year Ago
      What, she can't hear either......then it would be smart to keep your doors locked.
      Terry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not ONE of the perps were WHITE? Oh, that must be because I'M racist..
        pupmobile
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry
        I am so sick of all this racist crap, it is THEM that are racist, especially their leaders. Their leaders are to blame for most of the racial problems. They just have to stir up problems and they have to make everything racial. Bah humbug, this is getting old.
      zygi & paris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did this video show a Black kid stealing. If anything, it should have been a invisible color. I hate this ****.
        spdy65
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zygi & paris
        Uh...because in that one instance, it WAS a black kid?
        jabaileydc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zygi & paris
        They showed a tape from their video surveillance. I don't think they have to worry about being politically correct in finding a criminal that reflects your idea of a criminal for this particular story.. The dude who stole was black. It's on the video camera. So, the tape shows a black man stealing. Get over it!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zygi & paris
        Huh? What's an invisible color? I guess they could have erased the person's image from the video so as not to offend people like you, and then you would just see a purse floating out of the car. Yeah, that would be cool.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is why there are concealed carry laws in most states. That way women and men can protect themselves from bad people like these.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not if they don't notice the people taking off with their stuff... Would you really shoot these people? I keep a bunch of stuff no one would want in my purse. I might kick the person and call them a name but I wouldn't pull a gun. What if the other guy in the car runs you down or shoots back at you?
          itzvern
          • 1 Year Ago
          But the article said the sliders aren't looking for confrontation. (sarcasm)
      pruettee
      • 1 Year Ago
      They might be in trouble if they try my car. I have carried concealed for 12 years. I hope to get a new license soon. I alway am aware who is around me and my car, and especially if in a place where I have never been before, like when I travel.
        The
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pruettee
        If you have a concealed carry permit then you know you can't shoot someone over property.
          itzvern
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The
          But a gun in your face might be a small deterent.
      jspohrer18
      • 1 Year Ago
      is there anyone who still cant understand why RACISM exists????
        Purple Shell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jspohrer18
        What the heck are you talking about? This article is about theft. It is not about race. You sound like a bigot if you think only non white people steal.
          jspohrer18
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Purple Shell
          did you not see the video,i dont claim only negroes steal,but thats who i see inTHIS video,or maybe your convienentyly blind to that ,or selectivley blind,now if your deaf and domb you got a trivecta<<<
          propickup
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Purple Shell
          that's correct. thieves are thieves and they are all races
      • 1 Year Ago
      All cars after 15 secs of driving, the doors lock. when I go into the gas station, and get out, ALL the other 3 doors remain locked. They don't unlock when you open drivers door. That's one thing. I usually get my credit card out of my purse, and I always keep my purse on passenger floor anyway, so there is no way for that to be done this way. I don't think a women puts her purse on her drivers seat. does she., and the thief is going to the passenger side. Doors would be locked..And, my car is not a new fancy thing either. It's a 2000.
        gramargo
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hmm....never knew car doors locked after 15 seconds of driving......what kind of car does this? I drive a really old VW, keep the passenger door locked, and sling my fairly cheap purse across my body, so I think I'm fairly safe from a "slider".....nothing in my car to be worth breaking into, unless I've been grocery shopping, and those bags are always in the back with that door locked. Maybe being frugal is worth it!
        itzvern
        • 1 Year Ago
        Since when do all cars do this?
      robcabob1
      • 1 Year Ago
      ummm.... are all the people in the videos black? maybe I'm seeinng things?
      ladyredskins
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always lock my car when I am pumping gas because I leave my purse in the car. I only take my keys and credit card out of the car, things I need at the moment to pump gas, been doing this for a very long time.
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