Gas stations are ideal for video surveillance because, like convenience stores, they are popular targets for theft. If you own or manage a gas station, consider setting up a do-it-yourself security system with a recording unit and cameras. Gasoline theft” costs the average station owner $50 per incident. Deter and catch criminals who might “gas and dash”, vandalize your property, or shoplift from you.
What to Consider When Securing Your Gas Station
The size of your station, its location, your employees, and many other factors need to be assessed before you choose the surveillance system that will work best for you.
What is your biggest security concern? What do you want to protect?
Consider the amount of fuel stored on site and the money regularly kept in the main cash register.
Have you ever wished you could have caught an incident on tape?
How often do customers drive off before paying for their gas? Has an employee been suspected of stealing but lacked conclusive proof?
Does your store location contribute to your level of security?
If your station is located near a freeway or a similarly high-traffic area, you are more likely to experience theft since a great deal of vehicles pass through your area.
Do you have extended or all-day hours?
Some gas stations are open 24 hours a day, which makes them more susceptible to robbery and vandalism. When an increase in staff presence is not feasible, a video security system can become an essential aspect of one’s business plan.
Benefits of Gas Station Surveillance
Fast & Hassle-Free Setup
Do-it-yourself (DIY) video security is hassle-free and quick to install. All-in-one surveillance packages include everything you need to get your system up and running in no time: a digital video recorder (DVR), viewing screen, cameras, mounting equipment, cabling etc. You can even view footage over the Internet so that you can always have an eye on your business, even if you’re not there.
Prevent Theft and Vandalism
Prominently displayed security cameras help deter crime. You can monitor your gas pumps, cash register, and employees, preventing people from stealing or damaging your goods and apprehending those who do.
You might think you can rely on cashier and customer memory in the event of a crime at your gas station. However, it’s easy to get flustered and forget important details. Security cameras provide video footage of people’s vehicles, faces, and actions at a much higher resolution than memory can provide. Night vision cameras go the extra mile and help you determine suspicious activity that you may have missed otherwise. Most importantly, you’ll have a record of people, car models, and license plates, which can be useful if you ever need to provide evidence to your insurance company or the authorities.
- Place fixed cameras near your gas pumps so they are able to capture clear images of people and vehicles
- Choose high resolution cameras (i.e. 600 TV lines) to ensure that license plates can be read clearly
- Install a dome camera above your pumps in order to give a comprehensive view of your station
- Post warning signs so that employees and customers know they are under surveillance
- Mount cameras near the cash register(s)
- Train employees on what to do if there is a security breach and check with your local police department to make sure you know the law