I am stunned at the number of liquor store thefts that occur on a daily basis. All I have to do is key it into a search engine, and boom, there they are. Now, in my career as a store manager for a small retail pharmacy, I have come to some conclusions. If thieves are successful, they will continue until they are stopped. In my store, one of the most effective tools we use to stop rampant theft was a product by Alpha Security. Alpha Keepers are clear boxes that we utilize to display the most commonly targeted items. This allows us to keep the items on the sales floor, and give the customer the freedom to pick it up from it’s home shelf location, instead of forcing them to come to the front to ask for it.
There are similar products by Alpha Security that are perfect for the business that needs liquor bottle security. They are called, very simply, bottle locks. They fit right over the top of almost any size bottle, and they are an ingenious way to protect the valuable inventory. Another great reason to invest in bottle locks is that they have different levels of alarm capabilities. They can self alarm if they are tampered with or if someone attempts to remove them without the proper key. They will also set off the Checkpoint Systems if someone attempts to take a protected bottle too close to the door. They also have the ability to continue to self alarm if a thief is able to successfully remove a protected bottle from the store. The fact is that the bottle lock is such a heavyweight, the bottle itself will likely shatter before the lock breaks. So the risk is not worth the reward, so this will not be a common problem.
I read a recent story from over the summer where a brazen theft could have been stopped by bottle locks. A bearded man walked into a liquor store and headed straight over to the expensive top shelf vodkas. He stood there a moment, and then picked up three 1.75 liter bottles, that retailed over $50 each. Then he walked straight out the front door. The staff never noticed him. A moment later a woman came in and said she had just seen a bearded man running toward a waiting car near their front door, carrying the three bottles. She thought it was odd. She was in her car passing by, but was so bothered by the scene, she turned around and came back to alert the staff. She asked them if they had just had a thief, and they started looking around. It didn’t take them very long to discover the empty space on the shelf where the vodka had been. Of course they called the police, but with this reactive type of behavior, he probably won’t be caught. They didn’t have a clear shot of him on camera, so their only hope is that someone will turn him in. So if you partied with a bearded man over the summer, and he served very expensive liquor, you may be able to get a handsome reward for his arrest. Otherwise, this guy got away and had a good time with $150 worth of free booze. If he had tried that with a store that used bottle locks, he would more likely have been caught, if he even tried the theft there at all.
Another great benefit of real liquor bottle security tools like these, is their power of deterrence. It’s much better to prevent the loss than deal with the thief and the court system.
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