A Memphis woman was recently robbed at gunpoint outside a gas station, in what WREG describes as a “growing gas station trend.” The thief apparently “pretended to get gas next to her…but then grabbed her purse and aimed a gun when she tried to get it back.” Police told media “gas stations have become hot spots for these types of crimes.”
Unfortunately, these thieves often take more than money and property. A store clerk was shot and critically injured during a Memphis gas station robbery in July 2018, per WREG reports. A 26-year-old man was shot and critically injured during an attempted carjacking outside a “gas station” in Hickory Hill in July 2015, per WMC 5 reports.
Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons. Memphis police urge gas station patrons to stay alert and follow these safety guidelines at the pump:
- Don’t keep your valuables in your car.
- Carry your purse.
- Don’t leave keys in the ignition.
- Make sure your doors are locked.
- Use a towel the same color as your car’s interior to hide belongings if you must keep them in your car.
Victims of Tennessee Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights
Tennessee gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, business owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include bright lighting, a security guard or off-duty police officer, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof pass-through windows for cash transactions. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.
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– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
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