Soaring gas prices are not unique to the United States, of course. And as the price of gas goes up, it only makes sense that motorcycles are becoming an increasingly attractive means of transportation to many people.
Unfortunately (and perhaps ironically), motorcyclists in London, England — where gasoline is even more expensive — are finding themselves the frequent target of gasoline theft. According to MotorcycleNews.com, thieves are stealing the gas from bikes by simply cutting the fuel lines and draining the tanks. Motorcycle gas tanks are a smaller source of fuel than are those from cars, but they’re an easier target as well. According to the website, one rider has reported being a victim of this three times already. The worst part is not the loss of gasoline, but the damage to the bike.
As a motorcyclist, I would love nothing more than to make a suggestion as to what any of us should do if if we catch someone cutting fuel lines to steal gasoline. It would probably be short, and contain a little profanity (as well as the words “swift” and “violent”.) But as a lawyer, I’ll use my better judgment and refrain from doing so.