Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons.
OSHA warns, late-night retail businesses, such as gas stations and convenience stores, “are prone to robberies.” As such, gas station owners are urged to “reduce their risk by improving visibility and surveillance, controlling customers’ access, and limiting the availability of cash.”
Such measures could include:
- Limiting window signs to low or high locations and keeping shelving low so that workers can see incoming customers and so that police can observe what is occurring from the outside of the store;
- Ensuring the customer service and cash register areas are visible from outside the establishment;
- Placing curved mirrors at hallway intersections or concealed areas;
- Maintaining adequate lighting inside and outside the establishment;
- Installing video surveillance equipment and closed circuit TV to increase the likelihood of identification of perpetrators;
- Using door detectors so that workers are alerted when someone enters the store;
- Having height markers on exit doors to help witnesses provide more accurate descriptions of assailants;
- Installing and regularly maintaining alarm systems and other security devices, panic buttons, handheld alarms or noise devices, cellular phones and private channel radios where risk is apparent or may be anticipated;
- Arranging for a reliable response system when an alarm is triggered;
- Installing fences and other structures to direct the flow of customer traffic into and around the store;
- Controlling access to the store with door entry (buzzer) systems;
- Installing physical barriers such as bullet-resistant enclosures with pass-through windows between customers and workers; and
- Using drop safes to limit the availability of cash to cashiers and posting signs which state that cashiers have limited access to cash.
Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights
Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include bright lighting, a security guard or off-duty police officer, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof pass-through windows for cash transactions. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.
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