It’s no surprise that alcohol gets stolen. Sometimes it’s a major burglary and other times it’s the invisible thefts committed by shoplifters. Either way, it’s going to have a negative effect on your store’s bottom line. The profit margin on alcohol is substantial, so these types of losses are a shrink budget killer. There is one sure fire way to deter thefts of your prized inventory: Bottle Locks. These tools, offered by Alpha Security, are the small answer to a big problem.
It’s not just alcoholics that steal liquors and spirits. Most often it’s just everyday people that fall for the temptation to steal what makes them feel good. The bad angel wins and they give in and try it. Sadly, once someone gets away with it, they come back and try it again. One couple was recently arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of bottles over a three month period. The store staff finally realized the inventory was off and they started closely monitoring the most commonly stolen items. The couple is facing jail time and some serious fines, but recovering any of that loss is unlikely for the store, even if restitution is ordered. Looking back to the first time the couple came and attempted their first theft, bottle locks could have alerted staff and prevented the whole fiasco.
Liquor bottle security should be concentrated on deterrence and detection. That’s why Alpha Security came up with bottle locks. They put a quick decisive stop to liquor theft. They are special locking caps that fit over the top of almost any size bottle you carry. They are extremely strong, and can only be removed with the proper tool. That said, the clerk can take them off with this tool in seconds. It’s not a complicated process. Unless you are the thief, that is. If a criminal tampers with the bottle lock or attempts to remove it while in the store, it will self alarm. If they decide to run and do manage to get out the door with a bottle that has a bottle lock still attached, they won’t get to enjoy it’s contents. You see, they are so strong that the bottle will more than likely shatter before the lock will come off.
From a single bottle valued at over $1,000 to one sold for a mere $3, bottle locks don’t discriminate; they will protect and secure anything you’ve got. Some people steal alcohol because they are collectors and they want those rare and vintage age bottles. Other times people steal the very low end stuff just because they want a quick buzz. Some teens steal liquor because they look at it as a rite of passage and they consider it a part of growing up. They like to say they’ve stolen a brand of bottle that was mentioned in a hip hop song. (It sounds crazy to me too!) Sometimes people steal novelty bottles; one brand is shaped like skulls. Bottle locks will fit on those too.
Liquor bottle security means whether your store is small for convenience or a warehouse, your staff will be able to better monitor and be aware of any theft attempts. There’s nothing worse than finding empty spaces on your shelves after you’ve been hit. Let bottle locks be the missing link to your asset protection plan.
For more information on bottle locks, contact us or call 1.770.426.0547