n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Security measures as contributing factors to loss control and crime prevention at petrol stations : a case study from Gauteng

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The study examined security measures as contributing factors to crime reduction at petrol stations in Gauteng. The sample population of the study was petrol stations (Sasol, Total, BP and Engen brands) in Gauteng. BP only allowed employers/operators of petrol stations to participate in the study. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used. Questionnaires for employers (18 participants) and for employees (41 participants) were distributed to selected petrol station sites. Interviews were conducted with selected petrol station employers. Recommendations were made based on the findings of the study. The main findings were:

  • 43% of employees and 39% of employers agreed that their petrol stations were safe places at which to work
  • Vulnerable items at petrol stations were identified by the participants
  • 77% of employees and 77% of employers agreed that when the petrol station management is part of Community Policing Forum, crime at petrol stations could be reduced
  • 72% of employers and 69% of employees agreed that participation in local projects by petrol station management as part of their social responsibility (community upliftment) helps reduce crime at petrol stations
  • The profile of the perpetrators of crime at petrol stations was uncovered
  • The financial loss suffered by petrol stations as a result of internal and external people
  • Security measures in place at petrol stations

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