One customer out of Florida said ‘When the bad guy realizes a Flint Loc is installed on their pumps, they leave and drive somewhere where there is no Flint Loc.
Philo, OH (PRWEB) July 16, 2011
As gas prices rise so do the incidents of fuel theft. The results are increased costs in loss and damage repair for station owners and an added burden on law enforcement. On June 21st 2011, at the conclusion of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Trade Show and Conference in St. Louis the NSA awarded an Endorsement to Flint Loc, LLC for their fuel theft deterrent system, the Pump Alarm.
Trade Show host, Sheriff James W. Murphy, of St. Louis City County, called the Pump Alarm “…the best new product that he’s seen,” and that was prior to the NSA’s official Endorsement. The National Sheriff’s Association requires a third party company (Secure Systems Group Ltd) to complete all the due-diligence on companies being considered for Endorsement before the board makes any final approvals. Details on the National Sheriffs Association and other endorsements can be found at http://www.sheriffs.org.
The Flint Loc Pump Alarm stops fuel theft by shutting down power to the pump, stopping the flow of unmetered fuel on any intrusion of the dispenser. The Pump Alarm also sounds an alarm alerting station personnel and sends an “intrusion notification” email to any email address programed into the system.
The Pump Alarm is the product of W.H. “Burky” Burckholter and his team at Flint Loc. Burky is a veteran of the fuel dispenser business. He was the owner and operator of Holly’s Pump, a fuel dispenser repair and rebuild service since 1983. In 2006, Burky was approached by a national truck stop chain to help with the growing problem of fuel theft and the Pump Alarm was his solution. Flint Loc has been manufacturing the pump alarm since 2006 and as of this writing has over 5000 units operating nationwide.
The sheer number of gas and diesel dispensers across the U.S. make monitoring of service stations by local law enforcement a tough job. And while many service stations are equipped with video cameras monitoring the pumps, thieves working in teams can easily distract the attendant from the closed-circuit monitors while a partner renders the pump metering system inert. Once inside the dispenser housing the thieves can disable the fuel flow meter and pump as much gas as they can hold (often into concealed tanks) without incurring any additional expense.
“Retailers are reporting losses as much as 1500.00 per month per station,” reports the website, gastheft.com. Various reports in company newsletters and blogs claim that almost 4 billion dollars in revenue is lost to the fuel industry because of theft. Although these figures are not yet cited in NTSB statistical data, all agree that the losses are significant.
As Flint Loc’s National Sales Manager, David Jacobs, notes, “It has been reported through our customers that not only is there no more fuel being stolen on their sites, but the bad guys are fleeing once the alarm is set off."
The problem is real and growing which is why Flint Loc’s partnership with the NSA is seen as an aggressive tool for station owners, law enforcement, and ultimately, all of us who buy gas.
You can learn more about the Pump Alarm Fuel Theft Deterrent system at flintloc.com.
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