Four young men walked into a grocery store that sells liquor and stuffed their pants with over $700 worth of top shelf vodka, cognac and other spirits. Then they walked right out the door, completely undetected. In a retail environment where there are more customers in the store than employees, it is imperative to employ tools like bottle locks. Alpha security has designed these so that they make liquor bottle security quick and easy. They deter theft by letting the customer know as soon as they arrive that this store takes loss prevention seriously. If there is a successful snatch and grab, the bottle is still practically useless to the thief without the appropriate tool to remove the bottle lock. The bottle will more likely shatter before they can ever get the cap off.
Now that so many different types of stores sell liquor, thefts have risen exponentially. A trio of women went into a store and loaded up shoulder bags right before they bolted out the door. Another small group convinced the staff they worked for the distributor and told them they were there to perform a reset. They loaded up several grocery carts of bottles, and when the few employees got distracted, walked out the door and loaded up their vehicle with the stolen goods. As of this story, that group has not been caught. Even a single bottle here and there can be very detrimental to any store’s bottom line. Simple solutions, like bottle locks, could be implemented and the problem could be solved. When a store looks at their profit line vs their loss line, they have to decide what the solution is if they are losing money from lack of liquor bottle security. Many store managers and owners go with their first inclination to simply move the product. Now, I am an avid opponent of merchandising expensive and highly targeted items anywhere near the exit doors. Just look at high end jewelery stores. They would never put the good stuff at the front. The same should go for liquors and spirits. The only difference is it’s probably not a good idea to even house the cheap stuff near any exit. Those can start to add up as well. I do see the benefits of displaying these products near a register, and the section should always be under some form of surveillance. If possible, there should be an employee there monitoring the section at all times as well.
If that is not an option in your location, then it may be time to take a look into what bottle locks can do for your operation and peace of mind. If your store has not had a problem with liquor bottle security, your luck is sure to run out soon. You cannot expect to be as lucky as a police officer that recently pulled over an SUV for a minor traffic offense. As he approached the vehicle he could tell it was loaded down with boxes. Those boxes turned out to be full of liquor bottles, and the folks inside the vehicle were wanted in three counties for stealing more than $20,000 worth of liquor from area grocers and package stores. The group would conceal and remove ten or twelve bottles at a time, stride right out the door, and were never noticed by the store staff. Of course, later in the shift when they were straightening shelves, the employees would finally realize they had been hit. Thankfully, these guys are going to jail for a very long time and won’t be a problem anymore.
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