Simi Valley Police Department

Beware at the Pump, New Type of Theft is Trending

Police are reporting more and more "slider thefts."


SIMI VALLEY (KNX1070) - Police are reporting more and more "slider thefts." It occurs when a theft targets an unsuspecting driver who, while pumping gas, leaves their door unlocked. Within seconds, the thief has swiped their wallet or purse, phone ect. and taken off.

There's been at least one recently in Simi Valley and two others in nearby suburbs. Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz tells KNX it's a crime of opportunity:

He says women with baby strollers are also an easy target of slider thefts as are college students who usually drive with high-tech devices.