So you have finally grown tired of losing all of your merchandise to theft, and made the decision to protect your merchandise. Now what? Can you really stop shoplifting? How do you decide what to protect? How much will you need? What kind of devices will you need? Is it worth the investment? It may actually be a little overwhelming to try and come up with a plan to protect your merchandise. You probably won’t want to go crazy and just start throwing the tags all over everything you see, although Checkpoint Tags can be placed on virtually any product. They are a good place to start when formulating a plan, and have been the standard in the industry for years.
The tags work in conjunction with the EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) antennas that you will want to place at the entrance and exit doors. There are several different kinds of tags, so you have some options. For example, most clothing would call for hard tags, which use a pin that attaches to the merchandise. When using tags for boxed items, you would probably want to go with a soft tag depending on what merchandise you are trying to protect. These tags are adhesive on one side, so all you have to do is stick them to the merchandise. All of the tags are effective tools when trying to stop shoplifting, but you can get creative and try different options to see what works best for your products.
In addition to being a great deterrent and setting off the door alarm upon exit, they are also good for putting another step between the shoplifter and the merchandise they are trying to steal. I have caught many shoplifters by hearing the crackling sound of the shoplifters trying to remove Checkpoint Tags before stealing the items. Some shoplifters also leave the tags on the shelf right where they take them off of the product, so if you find a tag, you could review video of that area and see if you get lucky enough to find the culprit and be ready for them the next time they come into the store. In my experience, this happens a lot in the cosmetics area. It’s not always theft though, but people wanting to try out the items before they buy them. They remove the tags from the product and then use the item, which causes you a loss either way, because you can’t sell the item after someone uses it. This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. I can’t stand when I see people open up the package of an item and damage the package, only to put that package back and select an identical item that is still in perfect shape to purchase.
If you want to stop shoplifting in your store, you will have to get your team on board to stay aware of customer activity, and offer assistance to anyone that is in their area. They also need to know how to use the tags and other security devices. You will have to put forth a little investment to get your system installed and started, but it is well worth it, and will pay off in the end. As far as the Checkpoint tags themselves, they are inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry about using them freely.
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