A Sure Fire Combination To Prevent Shoplifting Is To Use Alpha Keepers And Checkpoint Pedestals
I disliked a lot of things about high school but one of the things I REALLY hated were combination locks that we had to use on our lockers if we wanted to protect our belongings. More than 34 years ago and I still remember hurrying from one class to my locker to put away one set of books and get the next set of books. Oh how I recall fumbling with the tumbler of the lock trying to hit each digit just right and hoping I wouldn’t have to re-spin and start over again. I could feel the clock ticking down that would summon the ringing of the warning bell for the start of the next period. To amplify the problem I believe within the depths of my heart that some administrator had a depraved sense of humor at my expense. It seemed my classes started at one end of the building and my locker was assigned at an opposite end of the building. I was forced to rush from a class to the locker then to another wing of the building for the next class. I even suspect the gym coach was in collusion knowing my disdain of P.E. This was their method of making me do their exercises, one way or the other they were determined to make my life miserable. Anyways, those combination locks were designed to keep me out of my locker and they were doggone good at it. I thought about it after I spent time at work last night opening Alpha Keepers to sell ink cartridges to one patron and a voice recorder to another customer.
Before I continue I want to bring my audience up to speed on what the Alpha Keepers are since I realize not everyone may be familiar with them. Keepers are clear boxes with a hinged, locking lid. They come in a wide variety of sizes so different types of merchandise can fit in them for example some are designed for compact discs, some for baby formula and even for fragrances. The lids on the Keeper lock in place once the merchandise has been placed in them and require a special detachment key to open them. The keys can be secured at the point of sale so they can’t be stolen and used by thieves. All of the boxes have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built into them and so they work best for stores that have EAS pedestals installed at exit doors or at entryways to prevent shoplifting when crooks try take products to areas where merchandise should not be taken, such as restrooms. What happens when someone attempts to take merchandise stored in the Alpha Keepers out of the store if there are EAS pedestals in place? A loud alarm (95 decibels loud) and flashing lights in the antenna activate and alert employees an attempted theft is taking place. Staff members respond to the alarm and recover merchandise before crooks get away with it.
How secure are these boxes? Can they prevent shoplifting? Well let me tell you a little about the voice recorder I mentioned earlier. My customer brought the protected voice recorder to me at my register. I used my detachment key and tried to open the box. Oops! I struggled with the key and the latch that was supposed to be unlocked with the key. Now I have dealt with Alpha Keepers for a long time as a Loss Prevention Manager so this was embarrassing. As I manipulated the key and jiggled the locking latch I started to feel foolish but my customer was patient and we both laughed at my predicament. I did get it open after a minute or two and completed the transaction but it was a good reminder that if I had difficulty opening the box WITH a key, it would be an almost impossible task for a thief without a key to open an Alpha Box and steal the contents.
I don’t need to take you to school to teach you the value of Alpha Keepers. Protect your merchandise prevent shoplifting while giving your customers access to products and you will increase your sales and decrease theft in your store. Alpha products and a Checkpoint EAS pedestals are an awesome combination.
Alpha Keepers are important and we can help you with them. Call 1.770.426.0547 and let’s talk.