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Gas skimmer ordinance could hurt small businesses

Posted at 11:05 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 23:05:16-04

Gas stations within the city of Cape Coral now have to install locks on their pumps to prevent skimming.

Skimmers target the credit card readers to steal people's identity.

The locks would make the pumps stop working if they are tampered with.  Some smaller, independent gas stations are worried about footing the cost for the locks.  They say the tamper proof mechanisms could cost hundreds more dollars to install and maintain.

"It's the banks and credit card companies that need to protect the credit cards," said Chuck Debono, owner of Debono's Stop and Go.  "The criminals are always one step ahead of them, putting a lock on the pumps may slow them down, but it one stop them."

The ordinance was recommended by Cape Police and passed by council in April.