Sneaky 'Sliders' at Gas Stations Targeting Women Nationwide: How to Protect Yourself (VIDEO)

slidersTypically when I think sliders, I think of cute little burgers or sandwiches that are hard to resist, but this new crop of sliders is much more dangerous than just a few extra fat grams. Police are warning people, particularly women, of this sleazy new breed of criminals they've dubbed "sliders" who strike when you least expect it.

According to a report by ABC, sliders are striking at gas stations across the country with increasing frequency.  In a typical scenario, a woman leaves her purses in the car while pumping gas. While she's doing so, one of these brazen thieves slips in and snatches her purse and anything else they can get their hands on in mere seconds, while the woman is right there. Often the victims have no idea what's happened until it's too late.

Houston police officer Jim Woods told WIVB, "They say it's sliding because they're sliding below the eye level of the door."

I can absolutely see how this can happen. I always leave my purse in the car while I pump gas. While I pump I'm typically staring off into space, people watching, or something other than worrying about someone stealing my stuff while I'm right there. So it's easy to understand how someone could do it, but it's the brazenness of the crime that's so disturbing. 

People are desperate, and it seems criminals are getting bolder all the time, doing things like this right under our noses. It's scary, because if they can grab a purse that quickly, they could also sneak into your vehicle, and then do all sorts of unthinkable things from there.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Police say lock your car every time you leave it, even if you're going to be right there, or keep your purse with you. Also, be incredibly aware of your surroundings. As sad as it is, you just can't assume you or your stuff is safe anywhere.

The following video should change the way you pump gas from here on out. Make sure you share it with your daughters of driving age and other women in general.

Have you been a victim of a slider?


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nonmember avatar Mal

I usually go to the gas stations that pump for you but when I pump myself, I lock my car anytime I'm no in it, so it wouldn't be an issue for me. That's horrible though. Shame on people.

Julie Winkler

ok, you have to be an absolute idiot to have this happen to you. 1) why oh why would one EVER leave their car unlocked when they are not in it? When I pump gas that door is shut and locked before I do ANYTHING else. 2) how are you so unaware of your surroundings? The 'sliders' aren't even being that sneaky. A car pulling up that close to my own would be alarming, they don't even pretend to pump gas next to you. And people are in that much of a fog to not hear the car door open? I know sometimes your head is other places but in public you must always be aware of you surrounding and look alert, thieves watch for people who look distracted/weak.  

Teal Chastain Blacksten

I ALWAYS put my purse on the trunk of my car when I'm pumping gas. Leaving it uanttended in the car is asking for trouble. 

nonmember avatar J

Well look at you three. People do have extremely stressed out lives, aren't lazy enough to have someone pump their gas and just simply just be preoccupied with

Joo Hee Bennett

I'm so sick of douchebag losers having to steal from people and having no remorse.  WTH?!  My car (We live off the last strip of a bus line) has been broken into twice, once they got a lot (ipod, money, a nice watch... ) the 2nd time, he got nothing (I think it's the same guy) because I dont leave expensive stuff in my car anymore.  Lesson Learned.  But man, who the EFF are raising these people?  Throw all the rapists, stealers, murderers on a big bad island and let them fend for themselves.  Our tax dollars and government help DOES NOT BELONG TO THESE JERKS!


Melis... Melissa1508

@Joo Hee, EXACTLY.  Me too.  Crime has gone up a lot where I live and I get so sick of these entitled fucks who think it's okay to come into someone else's home or vehicle and steal what they worked to get.  I happen to believe in corporal punishment and an eye for an eye...I think if someone steals they should have their hand cut off.  Sorry, I know the bleeding hearts won't like that, but I guarantee crime would go down.  Our society coddles criminals and punishes the victims.

nonmember avatar Mal

@ J, I am not lazy for not pumping my gas. I live in NY and the 3 cheapest gas stations near me also happen to pump for you. There are a lot here that pump for you. Also, when I go to Long Island there are less that pump for you, so I pump myself, and no matter how stressed I am, my daughter is always with me so I always lock my car out of habit. You have no right to judge. I was not judging anyone, I just mentioned my circumstances and said it was a non issue for me personally.

nonmember avatar Sarah

I have a dog in my car that will eat those who get too close, I really rely on her in so very many ways. I feel much better with her as my co-pilot.


@Mal:  I'm jealous!!!!  Ya'll have service stations up there.  Danggggg!!  That sounds like heaven to me.  :)

fleur... fleurdelys3110

This is why I always go to stations where they pump my gas for me. If I have to pump my own gas, then I ALWAYS look the car door while standing at the pump. Growing up near NYC has made kind of cynical and suspicious of human nature, and now it is confirmed that my suspicions are legitimate!

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