High Gasoline Prices Boost Crime in Mexico
One mid-Missouri town reported more thefts in 2005, especially at the gas pumps.
When prices peaked last year, the manager at Abel's Quick Shop in Mexico saw more customers than usual drive away without paying for gas.
So many, that the store installed outdoor cameras.
"They're very effective," said Manager Kerry Burke. "We've caught quite a few people driving off with fuel."
So effective, that Abel's Quick Shop plans to substitute new, digital cameras to zoom in on license plate numbers.
Thieves in Mexico also were busy at other locations last year.
Shoplifting jumped 64%, while other thefts increased from 132 reports in 2004 to 206 in 2005.
The town's overall crime reports rose from 277 in '04 to 365 in '05.
Despite last year's increase in crime, Mexico's Public Safety Department said numbers are within the town's 10-year averages or, in some cases, even lower.
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