By definition, gas stations are designed to be easy to get in and out of. They also have a lot of people and cars coming and going. Many gas pump patrons may leave a door unlocked or window down as they fuel up. After all, you’re standing right next to the car, what could happen? Easy pickings for a would-be car-jacker or thief.

New legislation approved by the Atlanta City Council is aimed at making those pickings a little more difficult. The ordinance would require service stations to install a continuous video recording system that shows all fuel pumps. The cameras would be required to produce a retrievable and identifiable image that “can be made a permanent record and that can be enlarged through projection or other means.” The cameras must be maintained in working order at all times and in operation during all hours the establishment is open for business.  

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