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"Sliders" targeting women at gas stations

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's a new crime targeting women at the gas pump.

Thieves called "sliders" are stealing wallets and purses while their victim is in plain sight, and it only takes a matter of seconds.

"Usually, I would have been a victim because I didn't lock my door and my purse was on the passenger side," said Quincy resident Kathy Jones.

"Sliders" drive up next to a car while the driver, usually a women, is pumping gas. The thief gets out, check to see if the car is unlocked, and takes whatever they can get their hands on.

"Try and be alert of who pulls up next to you and what they look like," said Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue. "I'm not saying to be paranoid, but just be aware of your surroundings."

Even though "sliders" haven't made their way to the Tri-States yet, Bogue says it may just be a matter of time.

"It's more of a big city type of crime, but they do pass through," said Bogue. "So, nobody is exempt."

So how do you protect yourself?

Chief Bogue suggests locking your door and taking your belongings with you.

"A thief is an opportunistic person and they're going to take advantage of you if you do not do these things and keep your belongings secured and locked," said Bogue.

After hearing about this new crime, Jones says she's going to be better about keeping her doors locked and her purse out of sight.

"It is going to make me think twice about it," said Jones. "I'm going to try and be more careful about that."

Something else to watch out for, having your windows down while pumping gas. It's just another way thieves can take off with your valuables.

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