Ricker's Investing in Anti-Skimming Tech

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Anderson-based Ricker Oil Co. is fighting back against credit card skimmers. The company will invest $150,000 in anti-skimming technology at each of its 56 locations throughout the state. 

The company says it has already begun installing security systems at each of its stores to detect the presence of skimming devices. The decision follows a recent surge of credit card skimmers at gas stations throughout central Indiana.

"Credit card skimming is rapidly becoming a threatening issue, not only in Indianapolis, but nationwide," said Jay Ricker, company founder and chairman. "It’s important that our customers feel safe when they make a transaction at our pumps. Because of this, we have made credit card skimmer detection and prevention a high priority along with general safety at our stores."

Skimmers are installed through the front hatch on the front panel of the gas pump which contains the credit card unit. The device is used to steal customers' credit card information.

The company says within the next 12 weeks, each gas station will have the security system in place. If the front hatch is being tampered with, the security system will notify Ricker's management and maintenance within 11 seconds. The pump will also be placed out of order until it is deemed safe in order to prevent skimming.

The company says it previously worked to protect against skimming by placing safety seals over the front panels of every gas pump. Employees would monitor the seals daily and place a pump out of order for inspection if a seal was broken.

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