PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- What police described as a "crime of opportunity" serves as another reminder to be completely aware of your surroundings wherever you go.
Thieves known as "sliders" are targeting gas stations and other various locations where people are likely to leave their purses and belongings unattended in a car.
The thieves perform a crime known as sliding, where they slide into cars, grab purses and take off before most people notice.
Surveillance videos have revealed that the crime is done in a matter of seconds.
Major Robert Ryan of the Cranston Police Department said that these burglaries can be prevented by keeping your purse with you or out of sight when you pump gas and by locking your door.
"This appears to be a stealth crime of opportunity and the best way to protect yourself from a crime of opportunity is to remove the opportunity."
Police believe these crimes are a result of a common mistake. Although you may be standing directly next your car, break-ins are still possible.
In order to avoid being an easy target for sliders, be sure to take proper precautions whenever you are pumping gas.
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