The looming threat of a fuel shortage and
astronomical prices at the pump have boosted the number of locking gas caps
being sold across the country.
According to The
Tennessean, auto retailer AutoZone sold more than 10,000 locking
caps two weeks ago – about a 60 percent rise over normal weeks. Pep Boys also
reported increased sales of fuel security devices by about 5 percent over
“It’s safe to say we’re seeing an increase in
the sale of locking gas caps,” Doc Brewer, a spokesperson for CarQuest, told The Tennessean.
The increased sales coincide with reports from
across the country of an increase in gas and fuel theft by siphoning and
drive-offs. Incidents in Georgia, Idaho, New York and Minnesota have all
received media attention in the last few weeks.
In a June 2005 poll on Land Line’s Web site, only 26 percent of
those polled said they used a locking gas cap or other security device to
protect their fuel, while 76 percent did not.