South Fulton gas station takes steps to beef up security

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Carjackings, car thefts and other crimes happening at metro Atlanta gas stations have been in the news for several months.

One south Fulton County gas station has had enough and has invested thousands of dollars to protect its customers.

The BP on Cascade Road has had a number of incidents happen here. In most of the cases, they’re not actual carjackings, but car theft and many times criminals are sliding their way into cars and taking off.

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Police call it the slider phenomenon. In a video obtained by FOX 5 News, a woman pumping her gas can be seen on her phone and didn’t notice someone had slid in her car.

A similar thing happened to Melody Johnson at a Shell station on Cascade Road.

“I had the pump in the car and they actually drove off with the pump attached,” said Johnson. “I was shocked. I was taken off guard.”

And she’s not alone. BP said this same thing happened at their gas station every other day until they upgraded their security.

BP has now added 18 cameras, increased lighting, and cut back bushes where the criminals were hiding out.

BP’s district manager showed News Radio 106.7’s Christy Hutchings all the upgrades which also include an armed officer on the grounds after dark in addition to now closing at 10:30 p.m.

“I just want to commend BP for reacting,” said Fulton County Chairman John Eaves.

Months ago, Eaves convened a meeting with business owners to discuss this very issue.

“We don’t want one gas station to do a lot and then the bad guys move to the gas station, that’s doing little. So my goal is to para across the county,” said Eaves.

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Fulton County Police Major Wade Yates said catching the criminals is a top priority for them.

“We are working with entire metro Atlanta area with all the police departments to collaboratively try to stop this,” said the major.

For Johnson, what BP is doing means a lot to her.

“It goes along way,” Johnson said.

 

Fulton County police did not want to elaborate on the investigation, but they said this is not a part of any type of international scheme where these cars in metro Atlanta are taken to the Savannah Port to be shipped off in container ships.

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