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Fuel Pump Security Measures Working

Post Date:02/11/2019 3:51 PM

 

Fuel Pump Security Measures Working

 

The Collier County Code Enforcement Division has been diligently working to make all gas station owners and operators aware of the county’s recent ordinance establishing fuel pump security measures.  To date more than 90 percent of the county’s gas stations are in compliance; a positive sign of increased security for all gasoline consumers in Collier County.

Code enforcement staff have contacted the 123 gas stations in the county beginning last fall after the Board of County Commissioners passed the new ordinance (No. 2018-55) establishing fuel pump security measures that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Commissioners wanted better protection for consumers since credit card skimmers have become so prevalent.  The illegally installed skimmers can capture and steal customer payment card information.

The new fuel pump security ordinance requires a few different options for gas station owners and operators to secure their gas pumps including: a visible fuel pump lock requiring an access key to be maintained at the gas station at all times; or an anti-breach system that renders the fuel pump, or scanning device on the fuel pump, inoperable if the fuel pump is accessed without its proper security code. 

Commissioner Burt Saunders, District 3, pressed for the new fuel pump security measures.  He advised that even though the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services require some security measures to prevent fuel pump tampering, they have proven insufficient. 

 “Protecting our residents and visitors from theft of credit card information at gasoline stations is a high priority,” said Commissioner Saunders. “The new ordinance, enforced by our Code Enforcement staff, will be effective in protecting consumers from credit card skimming devices. It allows for advances in technology and alternative methods of protection for our consumers. Many newer stations already have pumps that include technology and devices that meet the requirements of this new ordinance,” added Saunders. 

The new ordinance covers all of Collier County including the municipalities of Everglades City, City of Marco Island and City of Naples. Code Enforcement staff are continuing to work with the few gas stations that have not yet come into compliance. 

View this video to learn more about the county’s efforts to protect consumers from fuel pump credit card skimming devices:  https://youtu.be/A0wZL9a3wmI 

For more information contact Community Liaison Connie Deane at Connie.Deane@colliercountyfl.gov or 239-252-8365.

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