"Sliding" Targets Women Pumping Gas

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

"They'll leave it running. They'll leave it running with the doors unlocked. To me, that's crazy. You're asking for a crime then," said Deana Owen.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- There's been a recent outbreak of a crime police are calling "sliding" all over the country.

It targets women who are pumping gas.

"Well I have to go in and pay for it first, right? So I have to take my purse and then come back and put my purse in the car and then pump my gas," said Tiffany Burnside, who said she doesn't lock her car doors while she's pumping her gas.

She's not the only one who doesn't do lock her doors. According to a woman who works at a gas station, she sees it happen all the time.

"They'll leave it running. They'll leave it running with the doors unlocked. To me, that's crazy. You're asking for a crime then," said Deana Owen.

Owen said she always locks her car doors and is aware of her surroundings, but for people like Burnside, they could become victims of "sliding."

What happens is someone will sneak along the side of a car, quietly reach up to open the unlocked door and then grab whatever they can -- usually a purse -- from the passenger seat. They do it below eye level, so the victim never sees it happen.

"Criminals are ingenious if you're asking me, because I'm not criminally minded, so I wouldn't think of something like that. But to know that you could be pumping your gas and somebody would sneak on the other side of your car, I almost don't see how it could happen," Owen said.

However, it has been happening -- all over the country.

While police in Bowling Green said they haven't heard of the crime happening in the area, some men are still worried it could happen to their loved ones.

"I mean, I don't know how I would feel if my mother or my sister or my grandmother was a victim of this new sliding thing," said Tre', who was at the gas station. "You never know what this lady has going -- bills or kids or what have you -- life happens. For people to be stealing out of your car while you're looking the other way, I mean, what are the morals in today's society?"

Owen said people should always take safety precautions.

"Trust no one. Lock everything. Seriously," she said.

Burnside said after hearing about "sliding" and what could happen if she doesn't lock her car doors, she will lock them now.

Most of the people WBKO spoke with had never heard of the crime, but said they'll take steps to prevent it now.

While the Bowling Green Police Department said sliding hasn't happened in the area that they know of, they have known people to get into unlocked cars in other situations.

Police said it's best to practice safety measures, such as locking your doors and keeping valuables out of sight.

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