Criminals Move to Gas Stations for Easy Targets

If you follow us on Facebook you may have noticed us sharing several articles related to Detroit Citizens defending thier homes and family from intruders. We have even seen the city Police Chief encourage homeowners to own guns and protect themselves.

We have seen reports of violent crime decrease in the city over the last few months as CPL holders have been actively increasing.

However we all know that life is not always good and unfortunately the bad guys usually find a new way to do bad. In true form when one door closes another opens. While home invasions are becoming more and more dangerous for criminals instead of just giving up on a life of crime we see them adapting.

In the last 2 days alone a rash of attacks at gas stations have occurred.

  • Sunday 2:30pm Man shot at a Mobil Station
  • Sunday 4pm Man beaten to death and run over at a Valero
  • Monday 8:30am hit and run at another Valero

What is so incredibly scary is that the times of these events are in broad daylight in public places. One look at our current society does shed some light on how this can be happening.

The next time you go to the gas station take a look around at what you see. People on their phones trying to juggle a phone credit card and gas pump all while involved in a conversation. You see people no on the phone leaning against cars head back thinking or stressing about the day. Mothers with heads stuck through the window talking to children in the car. All of these people have something in common, they are soft targets.

A criminal sees an easily or completely distracted person with electronics, a car and likely cash all ripe for the taking. While many homeowners no have a home defense gun CPL holders are less common. Moreover the non CPL holder is more likely to be distracted and not alert leaving themselves vulnerable.

Regardless of the time of day and even if you don’t believe in carrying a gun being alert is and should be your first and primarily line of defense. There is no better way to be safe then know your surroundings who is near you and what threats as well as exit points are available to you. You are your best and fastest first responder.

Charles is the editor for 248 Shooter a midwest based gun news and gear review site as well as Online Content Director for On Target Magazine. He is an avid student taking classes from top tier trainers around the country. Charles shares his love for training as well as experience and opinions on some of the most talked about gear and products used by competitive shooters, military, leo and civilians.