I have one. Like he said. It's just another layer..... One more step to the crime. Maybe the thief forgot his screwdriver that day.
My dad owned a gas station in NJ in the late 60's to 1987 and during the 1972-74 when we had a real gas shortage people really got hit hard. Back then if you got caught with a NYC credit card (rubber hose) and gas can they really rode you hard because they automatically assumed you where siphoning gas
I'd rather them steal my fuel than to pry the locking cap off, and in the process bend the sheet metal or scratch the finish on my trucks bedside. YMMV
Yeah,"BUT",then they just take a punch,scratch awl,and put a whole in your tank,see this a bunch,now your out gas and a tank,most tanks are plastic now,it is very easy to push something thru and drain the gas into a pan,a couple of Counties over some guys were punching holes in tanks,putting a fitting attached to a hose and an electric pump and sucking tanks dry in less than 5 minutes for the whole crime,If they want it ,they'll get it.:mad:
Well I have a locking gas cap, but it's just as much for me as it is to keep someone out. I've driven off without 2 or 3 gas caps in my time. I figure it won't stop a determined thief, but I live in an apartment and figure that if someone sees it they'll just move on to another larger tank. My Jeep only holds 12 gallons to begin with.
We are in a rural area, had problems as soon as we moved here with kids siphoning our gas for their ATV's. We decided to keep vehicles in locked garage at night. Left one can out that had a quart of clear Karo syrup mixed in it. About 4 weeks had gone by with no sign of our "friends" ATV. Then I was out working on my truck when he came down the road. So much smoke coming out of that thing it looked like the space shuttle.It was funny to us, but aggravated an already bad neighbor problem.
I have a "lock and load" gas cap,theft during the night in Texas can get you kilt
For the naysayers, I got a locking cap during the last fuel price spike (was it the summer of 2008?) - anyway, I stayed a night at a hotel in downtown Charleston and when I stopped for gas on the way home, found that the key-hole had been pried open by a screw driver, but the cap was still in tact. I was still able to jam the key in there to open it, but even if I would have had to pry it off, it saved me from losing $100 worth of gas. It was just enough difficulty for the thief to provide incentive to move on to the next car.
One could come up with an argument to not put locks on your house too, I suppose.