The newest public threat to personal property, “sliding”, is a quick snatch-and-run theft from cars at the gas pump. Thieves brazenly slide up to the side of the car that you are not facing, open your door, and grab whatever they find on your seats. Their main target is women’s purses. Most times, they accomplish this public theft in broad daylight without even being noticed.
When pumping gas, make sure that all of the car doors that you are not standing near are locked. Lock them all if you have to leave your car to pay inside.