Theft comes in all forms and businesses have to constantly be on guard to protect against it. It can be the grandmotherly shopper who steals from you or an employee pilfering from your stockroom. ince theft can hit you from any number of directions, the best decision you can make is to use retail anti-theft devices to protect your merchandise. Alpha Security products offer stores the ability to deter theft, whether it is an internal or an external threat.
Because of the versatility of Alpha Security devices, they can be used by retailers of any size to protect product. Do you sell sporting goods? Alpha cable locks can be wrapped through the webbing of a baseball glove without restricting a customer from trying it on or walking through your store with the item in their cart. Do you specialize in selling purses or wallets? Alpha cable locks can benefit your business as well, being strung through a zipper ring or around a purse strap. The customer can try on the purse, open pouches and compartments of wallets and see all the selling points but the security device remains on the product and deters theft. The Alpha cable lock comes in a 2 alarm or 3 alarm model so the retailer can choose the level of security they want to enjoy. The 2 alarm device will sound an audible alarm from the device if a customer attempts to tamper with and remove it from the product. The second protection is that it will activate the alarm antenna at the front of the store if someone attempts to shoplift the merchandise with the device on it. The added level of security with a 3 alarm device is that if a thief finds a way to get the retail anti-theft device out of the store without the door alarm sounding, once they get a certain distance from the store, the alarm self- activates!
I mentioned earlier that thieves can come into your store and you never know who it may be, and sometimes it will surprise you. I once had a woman in our store with her young daughter and they were walking through our handbag department. We were experiencing a lot of theft in this department at that particular time and it became a focus for our Loss Prevention team. Since the mother and daughter were in the area, I began watching them on our closed circuit television system. It didn’t take long for the mother to begin removing the paper stuffing from the purse and pulling off the price tags. I expected the woman to put the purse on her shoulder and walk out of the store. To my shock (and anger I might add) the mother walked with the young girl towards the exit. As they neared the door, the mother placed the purse on her daughter’s shoulder and began to leave the store! When I stopped the woman and confronted her she began admonishing her daughter for “trying to steal the purse”. Well, the incident didn’t result well for the mother as I recall and the police were called. There are two points to this story. First, you can’t profile who will and won’t steal from your business. Second, this situation might not have even taken place if we had access to a retail anti-theft device such as the Alpha cable locks, which were not available at that time.
Today, if the same scenario took place and the store was using a 2 alarm or 3 alarm Alpha cable lock, the flashing red light of the device would have alerted the woman that the purse was protected. Even if she had decided to walk out the door, the alarm activation would have alerted an associate that something was amiss. She might not have even considered attempting to shoplift and saved herself a lot of grief in the process.
What is theft and pilferage costing your company? Have you taken all the steps you can to protect your assets? Do you think you have merchandise that can’t be protected do to design or size? Consider looking into what Alpha Security products may be able to do for your company. There may be retail anti-theft devices available that you never considered before, investigate all the options available to increase your profits.
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