Where I grew up, on the Lake Michigan shore in a little town called Holland, I basically never locked the doors on my first two cars. With the notable exception of my older brother stealing my car from our high school parking lot, so he didn't have to burn his own gas (I still own you for that, Aaron), there just didn't seem to be cause to worry about a locked door. To this day, in some of the more genteel areas of the country, I have friends and relatives who leave keys in the ignition pretty much permanently, as losing a key is far more likely than having a car stolen.

That kind of behavior would be downright reckless in some of our nation's metro areas, where purses and personal items are seemingly unsafe even when one is pumping gas directly next to a vehicle. A new CNN report details the actions of so-called "sliders," thieves who pull up to cars at a gas station, "slide" to the door while keeping under the field of view of the side window, and then snatch loose items from unattended passenger seats. Lock those doors, roll up those windows and watch the video report below for tips, city dwellers.

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      gashman79
      • 1 Year Ago
      People are b&stards
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really don't think this is an issue for city dwellers anymore than anyone else. In fact, probably less of an issue in downtown areas. In most (not all) gas stations in the middle of cities this wouldn't even be possible, most gas stations don't have multiple rows of pumps next to each other, so a car is never directly next to you. Also, this is kind of dependent on not having many people around and being able to exit quickly, far less likely in the city. The author seems like he may just have seen a bunch of movies from the 70's and 80's based in urban decay areas, or just watched a Wire marathon. Cities dangerous! Suburbs safe!
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      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many of them are wearing hoodies?
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a REASON that manufacturers include the "driver's door only" unlock functionality for cars. It isn't there to annoy you, it's there to help mitigate these sorts of situations.
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        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        Idiotic comment. You should be ashamed of yourself if you were brought up right, but it's obvious you were not.
      whitelighting
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what happens when you are raised by monkeys you act like a monkey
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are the worst comments I've seen outside of YouTube.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both of the guys are black, RACIST!
        sixsix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        They are preying on a white car! Where is Jackson or Sharpton!?? Injustice I say!
        Number23
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        I know, weird right? You never see young black men involved in crime.
      william_bixby
      • 1 Year Ago
      'Sliders' sounds like the small version of the Hamburglar.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of these people's might catch a bullet sooner or later if the police cant find them fast enough. Careful with Terrence C Grisby on here....... He fights every battle placed in here.
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