Clothing theft rings are on the rise. These groups are figuring out the best ways to get in and get out with a lot of stuff that is worth a lot of money. If your store is not putting security tags on clothes, you may be next on one of these group’s agenda. I’ve looked into two of these groups and the details of their cases are astounding. These people are organized; they have all the plans and logistics worked out before they ever start. One group only had five people and the other had as many as sixteen working for them. They did the research and figured out which stores had a clothing alarm in place and which ones had no type of clothing security at all.
One group was a family, and the members were a mother, three of her adult children, and a brother-in-law. They primarily went to small stores and specialty boutiques. They primarily stole lingerie and accessories. They would drive around, find these stores in strip malls, go in as a harmless looking family, and wipe them out. When they gathered up enough merchandise they would have neighborhood yard sales. They became very popular where they lived because of all the great deals they had. Finally someone caught on and turned them in, but not before they amassed thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods in a storage facility. Sadly, with little help to identify where the items came from, most of the merchandise was not returned to the stores.
Security tags on clothes can be a more valuable addition than simply just a theft deterrent. They can also be stamped with your store information for easy identification in the event there is a recovery. They can be placed in obvious places, like price tags, or even sewn into hidden seams and pockets. Until the clothing security tags have been deactivated, they will cause the clothing alarm to sound! This is a big deal when you deal with the following type of theft ring.
This was the group that employed sixteen people at times. Each member that entered the stores played a part and had an assigned task for the thefts to be successful. First were the ones stuffing the bags. They were given shopping lists and their jobs were to gather those items. They were warned to not pick up anything that had a clothing security tag attached. Next came the ones responsible for distracting the staff. Just in case the first group raised any suspicions, the second group was to keep the employees busy with questions and random conversations. Lastly came folks that were to actually remove the bags from the store. If the clothing alarm sounded, the second group was to act casual and continue browsing while the last group made a run for it. Other members would come back and pick them up later in a different vehicle. This ring of people actually got away with tens of thousands worth of merchandise from several different locations. They picked their stores based on ease of escape routes, and lack of clothing security. They knew where they could be most successful. They had a truck they drove around that advertised “Name Brands At Great Prices!”. That truck is the reason they finally got caught. They had a stolen license plate on it. Thank goodness for dumb crooks.
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