Gasoline and rare metals are being stolen at a greater rate these days. Gas theft has been observed during previous periods of high gas prices, and individuals are stealing precious metals such as platinum and copper at a growing pace. Theft of metals is especially disturbing, though it is hard to do much about without catching the thief in the act. Since rare metals always have a market, it is darn hard to get the stolen goods back.
Here is the proof: Precious metal and gasoline theft increasing nationwide.