DETROIT (WXYZ) - It can happen in just seconds: You're busy filling up your tank, while a thief is busy taking your valuables right out from under you.
Surveillance video shows the latest trick of the trade for thieves. Police call them "sliders" because of the way they slide between the cars and quickly snatch whatever is on the passenger seat or the floor.
The thieves have been caught on camera all across the country, including in Texas, Kentucky and Florida. In some of the videos, the drivers realize what happened and chase after the sliders. But often the victims have no idea until it's too late.
Police call it a "crime of opportunity."
7 Action News checked with several police agencies in Metro Detroit to find out if this was happening in our area.
Most said they had not received any reports, but urged drivers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
They suggest drivers never leave their belongings unattended, even if it is only for a few seconds.
Police say the best bet is to take your purse or wallet with you to the pump. However, if you must leave it in the car, they recommend locking the doors and storing it out of sight.
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