Fuel distribution facilities require comprehensive approach to security. These objects are especially exposed to various dangers, because they are public, located outside the built-up area and operate around-the-clock. What also matters is the fact that there are large amounts of cash in the facility.
In most of these objects there are no steady security employees and often the staff consist only of one-man, especially during the night shift. Even if the most common crime on the petrol stations is the fuel theft from the distributor, the whole area, including fuel tanks, parking, way in/out, should be monitored. Cameras at the entry and exit should be connected with application for automatic number plate recognition set to warn staff if the specific number plates stored in database occur in the camera’s field of view. Such organized system helps prevent crimes thanks to the database with unfair customers. According to the police, installing monitoring system on the petrol station has a positive effect on the security level: it can prevent or find the perpetrator.
Video surveillance systems can also be integrated with other systems used on the petrol stations, such as cash system or fuel distribution. Considerable increase in the security level can be achieved with advanced image analysis (intelligence) by using following functions: detection of loitering or moving into forbidden direction, entry into pre-defined zone.
The most common dangers on the petrol stations are:
- fuel theft from distributor (refueling and leaving the station without paying for fuel)
- theft of goods from the store/station committed by customers (e.g. from shelves in the building or from stands located outside)
- thefts committed by personnel
- acts of vandalism
- robberies and mugging
- road accidents on station area
Proper station protection against theft is not just the monitoring, but also procedures and vendor’s training for various circumstances. Video surveillance with automatic video stream redirection to the surveillance centre in critical or alarm situations allows you to make the right decision in the operation centre in order to act immediately. The important issue is automation of the monitoring process. Creating such system doesn’t engage the stuff and it enables easy supervision over conventional processes inside the petrol stations by using pre-programmed scenarios. There are other systems installed on the stations: access control, intruder alarm and fire alarm.
Depending on the station type and procedures, these systems regulate access to separate areas or inform about unauthorized entry into the specific zone. All mentioned systems can be integrated and managed from a single graphical interface. It additionally enables to create interactions between the systems (e.g. displaying streams from the cameras associated with the alarm zone and automatic zone door lock). Support for multiple systems from a single interface simplifies the process of staff training.
We have experience in cooperation with petrol stations operators and in the creation of a gas station security plan and implementing appropriate system solutions. In order to assist with danger analysis and solutions selection, please contact us.