Higher fuel prices are spurring increased attempts by criminals to steal fuel. Essentially all fraud involving tampering requires access to the equipment, undetected altering of hardware, and knowledge of electronics, no matter what brand of dispenser is involved. Thieves are getting more and more bold, sophisticated and aggressive. Therefore, we are encouraging our customers to develop a security plan to help prevent fraud. No single solution will completely prevent attacks, but careful procedures can significantly reduce the opportunity.
Based on reports from your fellow retailers about incidences across a wide range of pump types and station designs, here are 12 ways to prevent gas theft.
1. Periodically change the programming access (PIN) codes on the manager’s keypad.
This is the most effective method to prevent theft involving dispenser electronics. Trusted station employees and the Authorized Service Contractor (ASC) should be the only personnel with access to these codes. Keep access codes in a secure location known to all station management.
2. For areas subject to high risk of theft, add special keys/locks to replace the standard locks.
This enhancement is extremely effective in preventing access to the dispenser. Custom locks are available in the market and can be installed on existing dispensers and new dispensers by your Authorized Service Contractor.
3. Remove the manager’s keypads from the dispensers and store them in the station or another safe location.
The keypads should be accessible to station management or ASCs should they be needed. A sign-out system can be used to track who last used the keypad. This step can be taken in addition to #1 above.
4. Monitor and compare ‘pump total’ and ‘station total’ reports regularly on the store point of sale and automatic tank gauge.
Station personnel can detect possible theft by noting the difference between ‘pump totals’ and ‘station totals’.
5. Maintain employee views of the fueling islands because thieves don’t like to be seen.
If full view is not possible, due to merchandise displays or other obstructions, utilize video surveillance equipment. Equipment monitoring should be made obvious and signs stating its use should be posted.
6. Be alert to any unit off-line message at the POS.
Should station personnel observe an unexpected offline message, they should know the reason for this. If a customer seems to be fueling at the position offline, this could indicate a theft is in progress if fuel is actually being delivered.
7. Be alert to service calls for dispensers that have been ‘offline’, which may indicate that fraud has occurred.
8. For units left powered during off hours, ensure that power to the Submerged Turbine Pumps (STP) is turned ‘off’.
9. Inspect your site frequently, keeping watch for loose pump faces, doors, stray wires or other parts.
Especially inspect for signs of tampering affecting security features (such as locks, special security kits, calibration seal wires, etc.) that indicate the devices may have been defeated or security compromised.
10. Be alert for abnormal traffic patterns on the forecourt.
Retail fuel suppliers recognize that merchants must protect themselves and their customers from fraud. We will continue to take steps to help merchants increase dispenser resistance to tampering and to provide customer education and recommendations.
11. Check the video security camera tape daily for suspicious activity at the pump.
12. Check the POS settings and change settings on any older POS that allows a “hot-authorization feature.”
Consult with your Garaquip Engineer for more information regarding these features.
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Along with taking up space, oil, lubricant and fluid storage, handling and dispensing can have a considerable impact on any maintenance or repair shop’s productivity, says Garaquip Oil Handling Expert, whose expertise includes lubrication and maintenance fluid systems.
For many shops, the traditional solution is to dispense lubricants and fluids right out of jugs, pails, kegs or drums, however, these methods present some issues. For one thing, with drum storage, accurate inventory control is very difficult. Too often, the drum runs dry before a technician has dispensed the necessary amount of lubricant. Another frequent occurrence is that empty containers and drums often have residual product left in them. Over time, that amounts to a lot of wasted product.
Drums take up a lot of valuable floor space and can be messy. There is also the chance that shop employees might hurt themselves when handling the drums.
Garaquip offers alternatives to traditional packaged lubricants that can provide an easier, safer, cleaner and more accurate and efficient way to handle all kinds of lubricants and other maintenance fluids. These include centralized lubrication systems where lubricants can be stored in bulk containers and dispensed through hose reels right into the unit being serviced.
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Car lifts come in a range of styles and uses from wheel alignment lifts to scissor lifts and ensuring that your garage workshop get the right equipment for the tasks at hand can be a daunting choice. So which do you choose?
Garaquip has in stock the Electro-hydraulic lift with 2 independent cylinders (1 cylinder per column) which has the following advantages.
- The lift has been designed and built in line with standard laws to ensure an overtime stable performance and reliability
- It is equipped with an electromagnetic locking system that activates mechanical safety locks to ensure an increased safety
- It is equipped with an aerial safety bar to prevent any damage that could be caused to the vehicle during its lifting
- Equipped with safety valve and anti-knock valve to limit the risk of hydraulic and / or overload malfunctions
- If the oil pump breaks when the vehicle is stationary, the system will react to prevent the vehicle from falling sharply
- Equipped with a column cylinder for greater stability during up and down movements
- High quality hydraulic pump
We have provided this information to help our clients make the right choices to suit their garage equipment needs however if you are still unsure or have additional car lift related questions that you need answering call Garaquip Sales team on +263 8677009106/7
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