Around two weeks ago, a female electric vehicle (EV) owner shared a notable insight on a CleanTechnica article, emphasizing the safety advantage of EV ownership. The commenter highlighted that charging at home eliminated the need to visit gas stations, reducing exposure to gas station-related crimes.
While gas station crimes might not seem prevalent at first glance, a closer look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data reveals a significant number. The most recent FBI crime report from 2019 showed 6,739 gas or service station robberies in the US for that year, with a three-year average of around 7,000 incidents per year.
Gas stations are not only sites for robberies but also experience shootings. Though recent aggregate data on fatal shootings is not readily available, historical data indicates that a considerable portion of homicides in the retail trade sector occurred in food and beverage stores and gas stations.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided older data suggesting that workplaces with high rates of occupational homicide include gas stations. Recent news stories further underline the reality of gas station crimes, with incidents such as shootings and homicides occurring at these locations.
The insight from the EV owner points out that EV drivers, who predominantly charge at home (about 80% of American EV charging occurs at home, often at night), are less exposed to gas station-related crimes. EV chargers, lacking attendants and cash registers, eliminate the incentive for robbery. Some EV drivers can even charge at workplace chargers during daylight hours, further minimizing the risk.
As electric vehicles gradually replace internal combustion engine vehicles, the dependence on gas stations may diminish, potentially contributing to a safer environment without the associated crime risks.