It’s not an assumption but rather a predictable trend that shows that certain thieves have an affinity for specific products from retail and grocery stores nationwide. Some of these popular items are products that you may not even realize are ‘hot’ with shoplifters. However if you’re going to prevent shoplifting altogether, you need to learn how to protect health and beauty products in your store. Let’s examine with two of the most commonly targeted products.
We’ve all seen them and most of us use them. Those expensive yet essential packs of disposable razor blade refills you see in the health and beauty aisle. I personally cringe every time I have to buy them because of two particular reasons. One of those is the price of the blades and the other is the way you have to access the blades to buy them. Being a loss prevention person, I fully understand that in order to profit from them, you have to protect razor blades in stores. High prices go hand in hand with the need to secure them with products like Alpha brand Alpha Keepers! This product works by completely encasing your product and making it completely inaccessible to the customer without removal. If they aren’t removed before leaving the store, they will trigger the stores EAS system by sending a RF (Radio Frequency) signal to it, alerting store personnel.
Thieves target these razor blade refills because of the retail price versus the size of the product itself. They know that a typical 8 pack of blades can retail for $17 or more and they also know that they are really small in size. If a shoplifter has recognized that a retailer has failed to protect razorblades in their store, they will steal as many of them as possible with one grab. After all, they are very small and command a high resale price on the black market. This black market may include flea markets, online resale websites and small ‘mom and pop’ corner stores.
Another hot product for thieves is infant formula. The theft of these essential products has forced virtually every retail store to protect infant formula on their shelves. In order to prevent shoplifting of these highly valuable products, essential to young babies, retailers have used Alpha Keeper products to deter would be thieves. When stores choose to display infant formula on their shelves, they often choose Alpha Products keepers to protect infant formula.
Thieves realize the value of infant formula similarly in the way they know the value of the aforementioned razor blades. It’s all the more reason to focus on ways to protect health and beauty products in your store. Shoplifting low lives know that infant formula and razor blades are often found within feet of each other on the shelves within stores. They get a two for one ‘shopping’ trip this way. The get the small expensive blades by the arm loads and the pricey tubs of infant formula by the cart load!
By the way, knowledgeable crooks know that the powdered infant formulas are not only good for resale but the powdered version is also known to be used to ‘cut’ cocaine. Because cocaine in its purest form is often deadly, drug dealers often add powdered baby formula to the cocaine to thwart the toxicity of it. Stealing infant formula for addition to cocaine is more common around Border States in the southern portions of the U.S., however the practice is found in all areas.
So it is exceptionally important to protect infant formula in your store not only to cushion the ‘bottom line’ of profitability in your store but to prevent the product from being used in the deadly widespread use of drugs in the United States. It’s double the reason to protect health and beauty products in your store. When you prevent shoplifting in your store, you may also be contributing to the war on drugs. The use of Alpha Keepers by Alpha High Theft Solutions is a huge preventative and excellent starting point towards keeping these products on your shelves and revenue flowing in your favor. I’ve seen it first hand in many grocery environments that I’ve worked loss prevention in.
Take the step to not only to protect infant formula in your store but also to protect razor blades too. You won’t regret it. You’ll put a frown on the faces of would be thieves and do your part to prevent shoplifting in your store!
For more information on how to protect health and beauty products with Alpha Keepers contact us or call 1-770-426-0547.