Now that gas has permanently blown past $2 and is resting at $2.70 per gallon at the neighborhood Arco, I bought a locking gas cap for the car. It cost $13 at Kragen’s, but since I just put $40 in the tank, the cap is a cheap preventive measure. The car is parked outside our house at night and in a lightly patrolled train station during the day.
Siphoning gas from parked cars hasn’t been a problem in our area for 20 years, but it’s likely to recur with prices at their current levels. It did happen to us once before. The tank for our VW Rabbit was drained one night, a very upsetting experience. I’ve had wallets and gifts stolen, and my house has been burglarized. But steal a man’s gas? The end of civilization as we know it.
Marin commuters can have a cold one on the Sausalito Ferry to end the day.