Is Security Tape an Effective Solution for Card Skimmers?
June 9, 2016
The simple answer is "No". Security tape is relatively cheap in the short term but will be the most costly long term solution imaginable. Here are a few reasons why security tape is completely ineffective:
1) Security tape can be purchased online from several retailers including one linked to by the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing. While some sites use branded tape, most customers will see security tape and assume the dispenser is safe
2) For sites that use security tape its imperative the tape be inspected at least once per shift and the serial numbers on each seal need to be inventoried and verified. As a site owner you have to ask yourself if this is something you trust your associates to do.
3) According the National Retail Federation, 43% of retail theft is done by employees. The reality is convenience retail pays a relatively small amount of money and employees are susceptible to temptation or turning a blind eye to the work of a skimmer for a $50 or $100 bill.
Remote alarming of dispensers monitored is the only real effective solution.