There are times in retail you come across some things that seem to be beyond the ability of a store to adequately protect. How does a retailer prevent the theft of merchandise like sunglasses or a golf club? The method I have seen used most often is EAS source tagging in UPC tags. The problem with these retail anti-theft devices is that the tags can usually be removed with little effort. Alpha hard tags have developed a number of products that can prevent shoplifting of items that can be difficult to protect, among these the O tag and the Eyewear tags.
I worked in a store that served a tourist community that visited for primarily one of two reasons, to visit the beach or to golf. Because we are a destination for beach goers, we carried a large selection of sunglasses, some of which were quite pricey. Our displays for the glasses were a wall fixture and the standing glasses fixtures which can turn. To prevent shoplifting we had EAS source tagging for the majority of our glasses. For those that were not source tagged we manually tagged them ourselves. The issue we ran into was that shoplifters would just tear off the hang tags and wear the glasses out of the store, or place them in a purse or bag.
Alpha hard tags have created an eyewear tag to specifically prevent shoplifting of sunglasses, and standard reading glasses. These retail anti-theft devices fit on the arm of a pair of glasses and while they allow a customer to try on the glasses, they also provide a deterrent to theft. The hard tag is large enough to be a visual deterrent to theft and comes with either RF or AM alarm capability to work with an EAS system. Looking at the devices, it appears any attempt at tampering with the eyewear tag will result in breaking the glasses.
As I mentioned, golf is a significant tourist draw for our area and thus, golf club theft in our store tended to be a problem. Much like the sunglasses, they proved to be difficult to protect and the retail anti-theft devices we generally employed were EAS tags and security tape on the boxed clubs. Unless it was an attempted rollout, the problem we were faced with was box stuffing. Thieves would take single clubs and add them to a boxed set, or switch out clubs from a boxed set and put more expensive individual clubs in the box. If cashiers were not paying attention to the broken seal on the box or looking for re-taped boxes, (the thief would put clear tape over the box since they did not have access to our security tape) a box stuffer would get away with their crime.
The O tag is an Alpha hard tag designed to protect difficult to secure items with a tubular design. The beauty of the device is that it comes in two sizes, the smaller which allows it to be placed on something as thin as golf club. The larger device can be fitted to an item with the thickness of a baseball bat handle. In our situation, trying to protect golf clubs, the O tag would have made box switching of clubs more difficult. The device would have made it hard to fill the box and the fact it would alarm at the doors would have provided a deterrent. The thief would have also faced the challenge of removing the tags, even if they had gotten them past the doors.
Alpha Hard Tags can take the challenge out of trying to protect those difficult items in your store. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to thieves because you can’t think of a way to protect your merchandise. Retail anti- theft devices like eyewear tags and O tags are just a sample of the strategies Alpha Hard Tags can offer you.
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