Prices, theft fuel sales of locking gas caps

| 9/1/2005

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 previous years.

“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.