Credit card information stolen by gas pump skimmers has been an increasing crime in Florida.
In 2017, Cape Coral Police reportedly found 11 gas skimming devices in the city. So far in 2018, they’ve already caught a couple more.
Due to the rise in the high profit, low-risk crime, the City of Cape Coral has drafted an ordinance to help stop it.
The ordinance proposes that every gas station in Cape Coral be required to have one of the following:
A lock unique to that gas station for each pump
A system that would shut down the pump if tampered with
A device that encrypts your card information.
Cape Coral Police say to reduce your risk even further; you should pay with a credit card or with cash.
Stations who break this rule can be fined $250 per pump, per day. For a ten pump gas station — that’s $17,500 a week out of their pocket and into the cities.
The state already requires gas stations to have some extra security in place as of October 1, 2017 — and defines gas skimming as a felony offense.
The city council will hold a public hearing on March 5. The ordinance would go into effect on May 1.