Bars And Grocery Store Businesses Aren’t The Only Establishments That Can Benefit From Using Bottle Locks: Part 1
If you are like me there are only a few businesses I can think of off the top of my head that sell or serve alcohol. What comes to mind for me are alcohol beverage control (ABC) stores in some states, grocery stores, and bars. With those in mind, I have written a number of articles on the need to use bottle locks to prevent and deter theft. I am a proponent of using anti-theft devices as much as possible to keep thieves from accessing product and to also keep prices down. What I had not considered before was all the other locations where alcohol may be sold. I went to the ttb.gov website (alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau) and found an entire listing of retail beverage alcohol dealers. Some of the businesses listed deal only with beer or mini bottles for mixing drinks, and these may not benefit from liquor bottle security, but for those that use or sell from full size wine or liquor bottles, bottle locks can help keep expenses down.
Bottle locks are covers that are placed on the tops of bottles and lock in place. Once locked it requires a special detachment key to remove the lock so drinks can be poured. Without a key it is nearly impossible to remove a lock and attempts to force a bottle lock off will likely cause a bottle to break. Keeping bottles on store shelves secured deters theft. If a bottle in a bar has already been opened, locks prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access and pouring without paying, or stealing an entire bottle outright which costs the business money.
So what locations does the government list as retail beverage alcohol dealers? Some of these are obvious and I will list them first:
• Convenience Stores
• Stores• Liquor Stores
• Package Stores
• Private Clubs
• State Stores
A number of these may sound very similar, such as “state stores” and “liquor stores”. Often the names are interchangeable depending on the state in which you live. Clubs may include nightclubs, bars, and vary from private clubs only in the aspect that one requires some type of membership to enter and the other is open to the public. Lounges may also be known to some people as clubs.The distinctions are probably made by the website to minimize the opportunity for someone to try to intentionally manipulate the “type” of establishment they are operating.
In each of these businesses, clearly liquor bottle security can play an important role. Clubs, bars and taverns sell alcoholic beverages by the glass, requiring a bartender to pour and mix the drinks. There have been numbers of incidents where patrons have gone behind a bar or reached over the bar and stolen a bottle that has been left within their reach. In some cases dishonest bar and club employees have stolen bottles of wines and spirits and taken them home. If bottle locks were in use, and detachment tools strictly controlled, this type of theft would be prevented and therefore profits would improve. Even after a bottle has been opened and a drink(s) sold from it in a bar, the bottle is re-capped. The bottle lock can easily be placed back on the bottle and the bottle left safely behind the bar.
State stores and supermarkets that sell wines and/or spirits benefit in improved in-stocks and reduced theft when they employ a bottle lock on each beverage. Not only is there the deterrent effect when thieves notice the liquor bottle security device in place, but there is also the EAS antenna factor that comes into play. Shoplifters notice the antennas when they enter the store and consider whether they are going to take the chance of stealing something and setting off the alarm.
In part 2 of this article I will share some other venues where liquor may be sold and how they too could benefit from using liquor bottle security. In the meantime, start using bottle locks today and watch your in-stocks and profits start to grow!
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