Ricker’s Oil Co. has announced that it will invest over $100 thousand in anti-skimming efforts.
A rise in the frequency of skimming incidences at gas stations throughout central Indiana has certain retailers stepping up their defense.
According to a report from Inside Indiana Business, Anderson, Ind.-based Riker Oil Co. is taking steps to combat the work of credit card skimmers, by investing $150 thousand to implement anti-skimming technology at each of its 56 Indiana locations.
The company has already begun the installation of security systems that detect the presence of skimming devices, and the security system is expected to be fully implemented within the next 12 weeks.
Skimming technology, which is used to steal customer credit card information, is installed through the front hatch on the front panel of the gas pump which contains the credit card unit, but with the new security system, Ricker’s management and maintenance will be notified within 11 seconds of any tampering being done to the front hatch of any fuel pumps. Pumps that are tampered with will be placed out of order until they are deemed safe.
Previously, the company made efforts to protect against skimming by monitoring safety seals over the front panels of pumps, but the new system will be more effective, as notification is nearly immediate when the pump is tampered with.