Texas looking at new tech that could help identify card skimmers

WANT YOU TO CALL THEM IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE TRUCKWE'VE BEEN WARNING YOU EVERY FEW WEEKS AS NEW SKIMMERS POP UP AT AUSTIN- AREA GAS STATIONS

NOW THERE'S A NEW TOOL ON THE MARKET THAT CAN ALSO HELP IN THE FIGHT KXAN'S JACQULYN POWELL GOT AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK BILL CALLAWAY, CROMPCO: "IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TURNING IT ON" JACQULYN: THIS SMALL MACHINE

CALLAWAY: "AND IT'LL TAKE ABOUT 30 SECONDS TO A MINUTE TO DO AN INITIAL SCAN OF THE AREA"JACQULYN: COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCECALLAWAY: "THAT'S A KNOWN SKIMMING ADDRESS"JACQULYN: WHEN IT COMES TO CATCHING SKIMMERS ON GAS PUMPSCALLAWAY: "RATHER THAN TAKING APART THE ENTIRE DISPENSER TO GET IN AND LOOK FOR A SKIMMER, THIS ALLOWS THE SERVICE COMPANY OR THE REGULATORY AGENCY TO JUST BASICALLY DO A QUICK SCAN" JACQULYN: IT'S CALLED A "BLUE- SLEUTH

"TEXAS AG COMMISSIONER SID MILLER GOT A DEMONSTRATION SID MILLER, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: "THIS IS THE FIRST ONE THAT I'VE ACTUALLY, VISUALLY SEEN MYSELF

"JACQULYN: HE'S CONSIDERING BUYING THE PRICEY TOOLS — AT AROUND A THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH — FOR HIS INSPECTORS MILLER: "IF IT'LL PROTECT THE CONSUMERS, WE'LL FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY FOR THAT" JACQULYN: STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA — AND EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE — ARE ALREADY USING THEM JACQULYN: IT'S THE LATEST IN MILLER'S CAMPAIGN– TO SPREAD THE WORD AND STOP THE THIEVES WHO PLANT SKIMMERS MILLER: "I THINK WE'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE PEOPLE ARE REPORTING THEM NOW" JACQULYN: HE SAYS CRIME RINGS –INSTALLED THE MACHINES FIRST IN EAST TEXAS, AROUND TYLER

THEN, AS PEOPLE BEGAN REPORTING THEMMILLER: "WE THEM AROUND THERE OF COURSE THEY MOVED TO HIT AUSTIN, AND SO THE HARDER WE PICK UP AND MOVE" JACQULYN: HE SAYS BY DRAWING ATTENTION TO A NUMBER OF SKIMMERS IN NORTH AUSTIN MILLER: "WE'VE KIND OF RUN THEM OUT OF HERE NOW YOU'RE NOT SEEING AS MANY IN THIS PART OF TOWN" JACQULYN: BUT, MILLER SAYS, HE'S LOOKING INTO THIS TOOL BECAUSE THERE'S NO TELLING WHERE THEY'LL POP MILLER: "TECHNOLOGY GETS BETTER, THE CROOKS GET BETTER, THEN WE HAVE TO STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF JACQULYN: JACQULYN POWELL, KXAN NEWS

SYDNEY:IN THE PAST YEAR20 SKIMMERS FOUND IN THE AUSTIN METRO AREA 476 POSSIBLE SKIMMERS WERE REPORTED IN THE AUSTIN METRO AREA SINCE THE START OF 2017 — THAT'S WAAAAY MORE THAN ANY OTHER PART OF THE STATE

SO PEOPLE ARE REALLY PAYING ATTENTION HERESYDNEY:WE WANTED TO KNOW HOW OFTEN PEOPLE BEHIND THESE SKIMMERS ARE PROSECUTEDWE CHECKED WITH THE TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WE WERE TOLD THEY HAVEN'T FILED ANY CASES DEALING WITH SKIMMERS IN MONTHSTHE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS IN THE PAST YEAR TEXAS HAS SEEN A 30-PERCENT DROP IN SKIMMER