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Old 06-17-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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Enough to really pi$$ you off...

Last night, someone stole about 1/4 tank (10 gallons) of gas from my Suburban. I discovered it when I went out to my car this morning (parked on the street in front of the house) and found the gas door open and the cap hanging by it's strap. I had filled the tank Saturday afternoon, and when I got home last night, my gauge was at 3/4. When I put the key in and started up this morning, it read 1/2. At $4.00+ a gallon, 10 gallons is a considerable sum.

I hadn't given a thought about locking gas caps since the 1970's, I guess it's time to find one again...
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:32 AM   #2
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Before you put a locking cap on the TV ,have you thought about a little surprisein case they come back? ie some strong linament that would burn if he tried to rub it of .A mouse trap inside the cap . a video camera . Let your imagination run wild
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:35 AM   #3
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Last night, someone stole about 1/4 tank (10 gallons) of gas from my Suburban. I discovered it when I went out to my car this morning (parked on the street in front of the house) and found the gas door open and the cap hanging by it's strap. I had filled the tank Saturday afternoon, and when I got home last night, my gauge was at 3/4. When I put the key in and started up this morning, it read 1/2. At $4.00+ a gallon, 10 gallons is a considerable sum.

I hadn't given a thought about locking gas caps since the 1970's, I guess it's time to find one again...
You can also add a sign to the gas tank filler neck door.

CAUTION. CAUTION.

There are two hand grenades attached to the gas filler door. They must be disarmed, BEFORE opening the gas filler door.

Seriously, if your tow vehicle has a built in alarm system, you can add the security of the filler door to it.

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Old 06-17-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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Seriously, why don't the american manufacturers think that having a non locking filler door is a good idea? My VW has one, as does my wife's Volvo. Guess it's time to get a locking gas cap for the Dodge.
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Seriously, why don't the american manufacturers think that having a non locking filler door is a good idea? My VW has one, as does my wife's Volvo. Guess it's time to get a locking gas cap for the Dodge.

Chris- as good as an idea it sounds, the locking covers on todays cars, our Passat included is not to stop people from getting into your tank but to be sure the door does not open while driving. What it does do is cause $450 + of body damage when they put a pry bar on it and it pops right open!
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:26 PM   #6
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Thats a good point. It the same reason and rationale that I use for NOT locking my trailer in my driveway. It's cheaper to replace the stolen stuff than get the door repaired.

Maybe I need to rig up a .410 shotgun full of rock salt to the gas flap.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:26 PM   #7
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Ya'll can over engineer anything you want about the gas door, it won't stop the crook.

After Katrina a new technique was used, an ice pick (some dumb ones use a cordless drill) and kitty litter tray. They just punch a hole in the tank and get what they can in the tray. What ever runs out when the tray is poured into a gas can or they get chased away spills on the ground. Quicker than a siphon.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:33 PM   #8
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Replacing a punctured tank will cost a few hundred bucks. Glad we have a garage to park in, because it may get a whole lot worse out there.
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Ya'll can over engineer anything you want about the gas door, it won't stop the crook.

After Katrina a new technique was used, an ice pick (some dumb ones use a cordless drill) and kitty litter tray. They just punch a hole in the tank and get what they can in the tray. What ever runs out when the tray is poured into a gas can or they get chased away spills on the ground. Quicker than a siphon.
Gas thieves should all get Darwin awards. For Katrina we parked my wife’s Explore next to my mother-in-laws Toyota at her home and evacuated. Upon return we found the locking gas door on the Toyota pried open and the unlocked door on the Explore not even touched. The two cars were side by side with the Toyota gas door on the driver side and the Explorer on the passenger side, not 4 feet apart.
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A few years ago I had gas siphoned from my F-150 in a parking lot. I came out to find both tank doors open and the caps were hanging. Needless to say they did not get very much which was obvious by the huge pool of stomach contents on the ground. I took great pleasure in knowing that it was a painful event for that person.
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Gas thieves should all get Darwin awards. For Katrina we parked my wife’s Explore next to my mother-in-laws Toyota at her home and evacuated. Upon return we found the locking gas door on the Toyota pried open and the unlocked door on the Explore not even touched. The two cars were side by side with the Toyota gas door on the driver side and the Explorer on the passenger side, not 4 feet apart.
The thieves were Toyota owners and were afraid of cross-contamination...
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How about the fella in Florida that managed to get access to a service station pump. He gave away about 100 gallons to whoever pulled their cars up then he left. It was caught on security camera. Then the service station owner says he will raise the price to make up for his loss! REALLY!
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Chris- as good as an idea it sounds, the locking covers on todays cars, our Passat included is not to stop people from getting into your tank but to be sure the door does not open while driving. What it does do is cause $450 + of body damage when they put a pry bar on it and it pops right open!
Rick -I hate to hear that as I think of mine setting outside.

Chris -Good point leaving the door unlocked.
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........Maybe I need to rig up a .410 shotgun full of rock salt to the gas flap.
Or maybe a 10 ga with double ought!!!!
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