A WARNING for women: Thieves known as "sliders" are now using this new and tricky technique to steal your purse. 3 Good evening. Purse snatching may be one of the oldest crimes in the world .. but now crooks have added a different twist ..striking at gas stations and convenience stores. The thieves are called "sliders" ...because they SLIDE in, open the car door and steal the purse... as the woman pumps the gas. Oftentimes, the victim doesn't even REALIZE it happened! Channel 4's Ashley Harding joins us live with more on what you need to know to keep yourself from becoming a victim...Ashley? 3 3 3 PKG: nats from electric slide video TRACK It's called "sliding"....no, not this kind... But "sliding" in and stealing. As this video shows, it's when a thief enters an unlocked car as a victim fills up her tank and steals her purse! As channel 4's crime expert Ken Jefferson shows it can happen to anyone. And it can happen in a matter of seconds! 16:36--16:45 "And that's what's happening, people are paying attention to the gas pump, not paying attention to the side of the door and they're grabbing purses." TRACK For Jacksonville resident Shantay Owens, it's a huge wake up call.18:42--18:52 "Even though you feel like you're this close, I would have never imagined someone would be walking on the other side just that quick and would have been gone with my purse and all of my belongings." TRACK Belongings like your wallet, credit cards, driver's license, and much more. Ashley standup: "As we've been saying, this can happen anytime, anywhere. And I'm ashamed to say, it even happened to me! I had gotten to the gas station, I didn't realize that my door was unlocked, and the next thing I knew my purse was stolen." TRACK Jefferson says bad guys look for people whose minds appear to be somewhere else. In my case, I was thinking about my upcoming wedding.... He says you never know when someone may be watching you. You should always be on guard and looking around. 25:05-- "For instance, while we've been doing this interview, a person has been standing around the whole time just watching us." 25:14--25:19 "He could be watching for vulnerability of a person. You just never know." TRACK And if someone does get your purse, you should do whatever you can to help police.22:27--22:37 "Try to get a vehicle description, color, and a tag number if at all possible. Call right away with that information." TRACK Shantay Owens says this is the last time she leaves her door unlocked at the pump. 19:04--19:13 "Really a good wake up call. I will be getting my keys, making sure I locked the door even when I'm just right here by the pump." 3 Ashley ... let's get back to your own experience... when did YOU realize it had happened to you? you had no idea someone was lurking right there at the pump?