Shreveport gas stations now required to have "Pay Before You Pump" policy

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport gas retailers have a month before they will start facing fines for breaking the city's new "Pay Before You Pump" ordinance.

The law, approved by the Shreveport City Council, means gas stations must now make patrons pay for their gas before they can pump it.

While many gas stations already have a "Pay Before You Pump" policy in place, those that don't have endured loses from gas drive offs.

Another issue is the rise in certain crime statistics. Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn says the increased number of reported gas drive offs means an increase in the number of what's called "Part 1" reported crimes. He says it makes it look like the city's felony crime rate has risen, putting a negative spin on actual crime in the city.

Whitehorn said the ordinance will reduce the money businesses lose to gas drive offs and reduce the crime statistics reported by the city.

Police say they are sending letters to major petroleum providers and taking other steps to make sure everyone knows about the new law. Police say they will start enforcing the law on October 15.