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Gas Pump Security Prevent Card Card Skimming

If you drive a vehicle your credit or debit card is at risk. Especially NOW!! As Gas prices increase, so does theft. What can you do and what are the gas pump operators and manufacturers doing to prevent and stop skimming? Credit Card Skimming is where the bad guys will put a device on the gas pump that will intercept your card number. I will go into where these skimmers are placed. Let’s start with what can you do to help prevent your card number from being stolen.

Credit and Debit Card Skimming
  1. The most important thing you can do is Do Not Use Debit Cards. Once your debit card number is stolen the bad guys can empty your bank accounts. The banks say you are protected, but until they investigate, you have no money in your bank account.
  2. Before using a gas pump look at it, do you see anything attached to it that looks like it doesn’t belong there?
  3. Are all the pump access doors securely locked?
  4. Does the store attendant have clear line of sight to the pumps?
  5. Are there surveillance cameras pointed at the pumps?

If you feel uncomfortable at a gas station or you find one of the above items, then leave and find another station, they are on every corner.

The gas pump operators are stepping up to try and prevent skimming by working with a specialty security company, like Locking Systems International, to come up with devices that stop this practice. The major point of attack are the card readers, this is where the skimming devices are placed. Below are some of the steps that gas pump operators are taking:

Gas Pump Security
  1. Replacing the gas pump locks with stronger and more secure locks, some operators are going with high security cam locks and padlocks. LsiDepot The Place for Secure Locks!!
  2. Installing a specially designed box that encases the card reader to prevent access to it. This card reader security box is locked with a special lock that has patented protection on the lock and keys.
  3. Installing a special cover, secured by security screws over the gas pump control board.
  4. Installing a special security box around the pulser, this device is what counts the gallons of gas dispensed.
  5. The card reader manufacturers are also increasing the security of the reader itself.

Many gas stations are requiring that you input the zip code that matches the credit card. When credit cards with a chip imbedded becomes mainstream many credit and debit card problems will go away. At Least until the Bas Actors find another way to steal your stuff!!

Lsidepot has Locks and devices designed to help prevent Credit Card Skimming.

The “Hockey Puck” Padlock

What is the “Hockey Puck Padlock”?  As the name suggests it is shaped like a hockey puck.  It is 2-7/8” wide by 1-1/2” thick.  It has no visible shackle and is usually made of solid hardened steel.  It comes with many types of lock cylinders and security levels.  Most manufacturers stick to the basic size and construction materials, with the difference in the lock cylinders.  More on this later.

Hockey Puck Padlock

A weak point in padlocks is the shackle, which is the attacking point.  Some shackles are cut very easily with bolt cutters.  The Hockey Puck Padlock was designed to combat this by not having a visible shackle to cut.  It has an internal shackle that is operated by the lock cylinder.  When the lock is opened it moves down and out, this moves the shackle to an open position.  When the lock cylinder is closed or locked the shackle moves to a locked position.  In this position the shackle will go through the holes of specially designed hasps.

Hasps designed for this type of padlock usually shrouds the padlock so that it can’t get attacked on the sides or get “wrenched”.  These hasps are usually made of hardened steel and are designed for a specific application.

Features:

  • Round padlock usually made of hardened solid steel
  • No visible shackle to cut
  • Many different types of lock cylinders
  • Steel shackle
  • Choice of security levels-dependent on the lock cylinder
Hockey Puck Padlock

As I mentioned earlier in this article, the lock cylinder is the major difference between the designs of these padlocks.  Most of the hockey puck padlocks are physically secure and very difficult to attack.  The cylinder is the factor that makes the difference between the padlocks.  As in all types of locks the cylinder defines the security level.  To get a high security hockey puck padlock you should look for one that has a patented lock cylinder that provides key control.

Most of these padlocks come with a particular lock cylinder and it cannot be changed, so the security level can’t be changed.  There is a new style patented hockey puck padlock on the market that allows the end user to change the lock cylinder.  This new Lock was designed and manufactured by Locking Systems International. This is a unique design in that the end user can purchase a lock for a particular application at a particular security level, if the need arises to go to a higher security level, the end user can very easily change the lock cylinder.

Contact Locking Systems International for additional and help.

Stainless Steel Padlocks

Stainless Steel Padlocks have been developed to protect locks in harsh environments. For these padlocks to be truly considered “Harsh Environment Padlocks” they must have interior protection also. They come in a variety of security levels from low entry level security all the way to high security with key control. Electronic locks are also being made in stainless steel.

stainless steel padlock

Stainless Steel Padlocks should have:

  • Stainless steel body (normally 303 stainless steel is used)
  • Interior parts should be stainless or brass, in some cases diecast is used
  • Lock cylinder should be medium to high security
  • Key control should be a standard
  • A patented padlock would enhance it

Above I mentioned medium to high security with key control. I believe if you are going to spend the money for stainless steel it should have key control with a quality lock cylinder. You are looking for a complete package when you are considering this type of padlock.

Cobra Lock offers a PUCK style padlock made of stainless steel with stainless steel internal components. This is a patented product that allows the end user to select the lock cylinder and therefor the security level. If the end user selects a high security patented lock cylinder, then the complete package will have patented protection. This is very important to achieve a high level of key control.

This type of lock is used in marine applications and where the lock will be subject to harsh and wet conditions. Any type of lock used in this environment should be tested for function on a regular basis to ensure that it is operational. This is especially true in applications of a high security nature.

There are Aluminum Padlocks that are also used in marine and wet applications. A stainless-steel padlock will provide a much stronger lock body that will be heavily resistant to physical attacks. It will also provide protection from rust and corrosion both externally and internally.

Finally, we come down to cost, yes this padlock will cost you more than one not made out of stainless steel. So, you must ask yourself a question. What are you trying to protect and how must is that worth to you? You could be protecting an asset or a person, how valuable is that to you.

Just one more thought, it can be cheaper to spend the money now than suffer an asset loss that can be much more costly.

If we can help you choose the correct locks for your application please contact us at: LsiDepot.com or Locking Systems International.