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Police Sound Alarm On New Crime Targeting Unsuspecting Motorists Known As 'Sliding'

For those that exhibit criminal tendencies, it’s safe to say that the ends justify the means - at least as a far as they are concerned. Criminals are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on things they desire, and the risk of being busted and having to do time doesn’t provide much of a deterrent. As long as they get what they want, they seem to believe that all is well.

Of course, reality tells us otherwise. Those that live their lives above board manage to get the things that they want the old-fashioned way: by earning the money they need.

Things may get tight along the way, but that serves as further inspiration to keep the nose to the proverbial grindstone and continue plugging away to reach the goals that they have set for themselves. They may even draw some inspiration from others that have found success and apply what they have learned to their own journeys down the path to success.

Criminals also draw inspiration. Unfortunately, they draw it from other criminals. Similar to the rest of the world, the criminals out there follow the trends.

If they catch wind of something that’s working, they’ll be sure to add it to their repertoire. In some cases, the new addition to the toolbelt becomes so popular that the authorities have no choice but to sound the alarm to warn the unsuspecting public.

As Life Aspire shares, that’s what’s happening with a new tactic from criminals known as sliding. Retired NYPD detective Joe Giacalone of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice has offered up some details on what’s going on.

“This is a very easy crime. Sliding is an operation where a bad guy pulls up alongside of your vehicle, while you’re parked at the gas station,” he explained. “He either reaches through an open window or actually opens your door, and will remove items right from the seat.”

In short, unattended cars at gas stations are easy marks for crooks. Since the majority of gas stations have some kind of convenience store attached, it’s perfectly normal for folks to hop into the store while they’re filling up. As they do so, they often pay no mind to the fact that they’ve left their vehicle opened and essentially unattended.

"Generally, women are the victims because of the pocketbook, because it's an easy target. It has a strap, you can just reach in and grab it," Giacalone continues.

In addition to pocketbooks, things such as laptop cases, smartphones or tablets left on the car charger, briefcases, and even wallets have been plucked by thiefs that come across the easy mark. So what can we all do to avoid being victimized? For starters, never leave anything of value in an unattended vehicle.

It’s an unfortunate reality of the world that we live in: if thieves see something that they can easily snag, they’re going to take it. If there’s no temptation to be found in your vehicle, there’s a good chance they’ll move on.

In addition, roll up the windows and lock the doors, even if you think you’re going to be in and out in a flash. It’s a minor inconvenience, but it can save you a ton of trouble if you throw another impediment in the paths of the thieves that are using the sliding tactic with great success.

Source: Life Aspire
Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr, YouTube

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