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OPP report a spike in gas thefts

Investigators say many of the thefts have been "drive offs'' at gas stations

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With the cost of filling up hitting $100 for many vehicles, Ontario Provincial Police are seeing a rise in gas thefts.

The same spike was evident the last time fuel prices escalated, and as the price of fuel climbs, police say so will the likelihood of more gasoline thefts.

Investigators say many of the thefts have been ``drive offs'' at gas stations where self-serve customers fill their tanks and drive off without paying.

Police recommend installing a locking gas cap, noting that many fuel doors that open remotely or with a key are flimsy and easily compromised.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 04/08/2014 10:51 AM
    Well... duh?

    When people feel like the big gas companies are robbing them, of course they're going to feel justified in robbing the greedy gas companies right back.

    Everyone needs to go out and buy an electric car. Everyone. If everyone has one, trust me, there will be charging stations popping up all over the place. And those big oil sheikhs with their limo fleets will have to go back to herding goats at an oasis somewhere.
    1. HP posted on 04/08/2014 11:01 AM
      @Angry Bill It's the taxes, not big government...in most states down south gas sells for about .80/litre but the price of oil is the same.

      Good luck with electric cars...until they become cheap and have extended range you can't sell a lot of them. I'd have to drive an electric car for over for years before I broke even on the price of gas.
    2. Seriously?! posted on 04/08/2014 11:08 AM
      @HP hum... HP... Taxes IS big government.... Yes, taxes are a huge part of the price, BUT taxes do not fluctuate from day to day... The company up the price to what the market will bare. Hate to say it, you do need to blame the people buying huge vehicles... I remember back in the 70's when we ran out of gas and small cars become the norm... People want big vehicle, they have to pay, don't feel sorry for them. I commute everyday and fill up a couple times per week. My choice, because it is still cheaper and faster than transit.
    3. Frankie posted on 04/08/2014 11:21 AM
      @Angry Bill Electric cars might have been more attractive were it not for McIdiot sending us to energy hell with his idiotic plans that will see electricity prices skyrocket the next 30 years. Cold weather another problem for driving range with current batteries.

      They tried solar cars in California but that manufacturer went bust.
      Perhaps with greater innovation we'll see more electric cars as they're pretty cool!
    4. Angry Bill posted on 04/08/2014 03:30 PM
      @Frankie I agree, Frankie. That's why I said everyone needed to buy electric cars.. The companies are innovating, but not fast enough. If everyone bought one, then the pressure would be on to innovate even harder, and to provide the quality of batteries that people need for range and functionality in cold weather.

      It's happening, just not fast enough. Tesla, the company that currently puts out the best electric cars right now, is coming out with a more affordable model. That will make it available to more people, which will in turn make the prices go lower still.

      Yes, the liberals have ensured that we will bleed money to pay for electricity. All the more reason to get rid of them. If more people did things to get themselves off the grid as much as possible, that would mitigate a lot of expenses that we can't otherwise control. But if everyone installed solar panels, a wind turbine, or what have you, then the power companies would have a fit. And would demand that their pals the liberals do something about it. And I'm sure they would.. by taxing people even further back into the stone age, just because the people want to generate a bit of their own power to save the high fees they are otherwise forced to pay.

      Bottom line: fire the liberals and keep them fired. They're not fit to govern. And get yourselves off the grid as much as you are able.
    5. Frankie posted on 04/08/2014 04:30 PM
      @Angry Bill Tesla may do for electric cars what Apple has done and other major innovators. Agree that for every step forward, these Liberals will tax us and force us 100 steps backwards.

      Thanks to the idiot Liberals not increasing nuclear power we may end up with electricity shortage if everyone went electric.

      Too bad I can't harness energy to provide electricity to my home every time my blood boils thinking about the most corrupt and incompetent government in Ontario history.
  2. Paul posted on 04/08/2014 12:03 PM
    Electric, self-driving cars. No more dependence on gas for those who already drive, no more dependence on union jagoffs for those of us who rely on public transit.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/08/2014 03:31 PM
      @Paul I fully agree. Can't wait for that to happen, Paul.
  3. john posted on 04/08/2014 12:54 PM
    well if those jackasses stop raising prices they would not have that problum now would thay . they bring it on themselves and i got no love for them either . one reason why i don't drive is cause of that . i cant bleave thay wasted ( a long time ago ) 100k of our money to find out why us young people are not buying cars and driving them . it should be a no brainier what a wastes of money that was .
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