SC Petroleum Marketers Association tips to prevent gas theft

Michael W. Fields, executive director of the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, has several tips for gas station owners to prevent gas theft.

  • Use padlocks to lock panels and dispensers
  • Work with equipment companies to move sensitive wiring and change access codes (regularly)
  • Educate employees to keep eyes open and report suspicious behavior
  • Use intercom system to greet folks so that they know you are there and watching
  • Install video surveillance to monitor outside areas
  • Completely fence in dispensers (more drastic measure)
  • If thieves are caught, prosecute them under code section dealing with "tampering with a UL approved device" - harsher penalties than the "driving off without paying" code section.