Gunfire erupted outside a “gas station at 3090 W. Sunrise Blvd.” August 23, 2018, leaving one man critically injured, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Police told media the shooting occurred “as the victim was leaving the gas station and convenience store and may have been the result of a robbery.”
The Florida Sheriff’s Association warns, “there has been an increase in reports of theft at gas stations around the country.” Valuables are often left in plain sight inside unlocked vehicles while customers are distracted at the pump or paying inside, creating an easy target for thieves and carjackers. Unfortunately, these crimes can escalate into violence with tragic consequences.
The FSA urges patrons to take safety precautions at the pump:
- Pick stations that are well-lit and have video surveillance cameras at the pump.
- Keep valuables out of plain view in your vehicle and lock the doors, even if you are going inside for a moment.
- Don’t let your cell phone distract you.
- Always remove your keys and lock the doors while you are pumping gas.
Victims of Florida Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights
Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Florida gas station owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.