Police call it a "crime of opportunity" that can happen in seconds. You’re casually pumping gas, only vaguely aware of your surroundings, when out of nowhere someone slides into your car and steals your belongings.
This type of theft is called "sliding" and, according to a recent ABC News report, it’s on the rise.
It’s quite simple. Usually occurring at gas stations, thieves lie in wait as unsuspecting car owners fill up. They case a car to see if it is unlocked. If there are any valuables within reach, and they "slide" under the view of the car’s owner and grab any valuables they see on the front seat–purses, phones, computers, tablets. It’s called "sliding" because of the way the thieves slide in below the eye level of the door.