At some point in their lives, most people have turned on their local news and seen surveillance camera footage of an armed robber holding up a gas station or convenience store. Often these criminals may kill or inflict serious injuries on the station/store employees and customers.
Gas stations and convenience stores can be easy targets for would-be thieves and vandals. The smaller buildings are easier for criminals to maneuver around. They are often staffed with a small number of employees, or just a single employee – making it more difficult for the clerk to monitor the cash register, the store, and the gas pumps all at the same time. Most gas stations and convenience stores offer late-night hours as a benefit to their customers, but that also makes them prey for robbers who know there will be less people around to witness robberies.
A CCTV surveillance system installed at your gas station or convenience store can:
Help to dramatically reduce any criminal activities at your station/store and assist in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.
Reassure your employees and customers that your station/store is a safe environment, which could lead to an increase in business.
Locations Where You Should Install Security Cameras in Your Gas Station or Convenience Store
As you design your gas station/convenience store security plan, you should consider installing surveillance cameras in the following locations.
Fixed, high resolution cameras should be placed at every entrance to record recognizable facial features of everyone walking into the premises. These video images need to be clear enough to identify robbers in order to facilitate their arrest and indictment.
Any cameras installed at entrances should be positioned to reduce any backlight conditions that may occur due to daylight coming in through the door or windows as the person enters the building.
With the price of gasoline on the rise, the incidence of people driving off before they pay for their gasoline is increasing. By installing fixed, super-high resolution CCTV box cameras near your pumps, you can capture the license plates of each car entering and exiting your station/store – day or night. Plus, observable cameras may stop customers from driving off without paying.
Additionally, if you want a comprehensive view of all activities at your pumps, you can install weatherproof, vandal-resistant, outdoor dome cameras with nightvision above your pumps. These cameras can record any suspicious activity, vandalism, or stolen vehicles – providing the police with details about the criminal, their car, and their license plate number, enabling them to catch the criminal more quickly.
Around the Outside of the Building
If you are located in a high-crime neighborhood, you should install weatherproof, infrared bullet security cameras around the perimeters of your building. These cameras have wide-angle lenses that can see clearly for up to 75 feet (depending upon the camera) – even in the dark – helping you to catch any vandals, or people exhibiting suspicious behavior, in the act.
A prominently displayed high resolution, CCTV CCD box camera or a high resolution, vandal-proof, indoor dome camera installed near your cash register can help protect your employees and aid in identifying robbers. These cameras can also assist law enforcement personnel in determining the thief’s movements in the store to help them gather additional evidence related to the crime, what type of weapon the thief used, and other key features about the thief, such as tattoos.
With security cameras, you can also monitor all cash and credit card transactions to ensure that your employees are not stealing money from you or using customer credit card numbers to enter fake sales in order to pocket the cash. Additionally, surveillance cameras allow you to observe all alcohol and cigarette sales to make sure your employees are not selling restricted merchandise to underage customers.
Throughout the Store
Video surveillance cameras installed throughout your store enable you to spot suspicious activity and stop customers and employees from stealing merchandise – reducing your store’s losses. Plus, if customers and employees are aware that they are being monitored, they will be less likely to steal from you.
Security cameras can assist you in managing your employees by observing their productivity, so you can reward hard workers and/or reprimand slackers or rule breakers. Plus if your store has a kitchen area, you can track all food-handling operations to ensure all food safety and quality control procedures are being followed by your employees.
Capture All Operations at Your Gas Station or Convenience Store on Video
By installing a DVR with your surveillance system, you will have recorded video to assist law enforcement in the capture and prosecution of any criminals. Plus video allows you to learn from previous incidences and make the necessary corrections to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.
CCTV Dynamics offers a variety of complete surveillance packages or individual cameras, DVRs, or accessories for your gas station or convenience store installation. Visit our website today for more information.