Wouldn’t it be great if shoplifters wore uniforms and name tags? They would be easily identified as they entered the building, and you could go ahead and call the authorities. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and shoplifters are able to get in and out of the building, many times undetected, with valuable inventory. If you are the owner or manager of a business that sells wines and spirits, you have probably come to realize that there is no single stereotype that identifies your particular brand of thief. When you deal with impulse thefts, it can be any customer in your building. Posting signs throughout the store that your business prosecutes shoplifters, and adding mirrors and cameras are a couple of ways to change the mind of a potential thief. Another great addition is Bottle Loks.
Recently, in one of our locations, an employee was arriving for his shift when he witnessed two men exiting the building, and he heard the Checkpoint Alarm sounding. The employee felt certain he had dealt with one of the men before, for stealing. The clerk at the checkout told him the two men had been looking at different items in the aisle, but had seemed to concentrate on a certain high retail brand of Vodka. They did not buy anything, loudly exclaiming they changed their minds as they walked out the door. There were three bottles of that expensive Vodka missing from the shelf, according to the system. The employee called in the incident, and luckily on this occasion, they were caught just down the street with the stolen items wrapped in one of their jackets.
When someone gets the bright idea to steal bottles of wine and liquor, they don’t generally take the time to think things through. They see the clerk is busy, there are other customers in the store looking around, and suddenly they are imagining themselves hiding some bottles somehow and walking out the door. Sometimes it is for the thrill of it, just to see if they can get away. It could be that they want a more expensive brand than they can afford, and they may feel entitled to taking the better product.
After all, they think, the store can afford it. Other times when there is a group of people, it can be a case of peer pressure or just trying to show off, and that can apply to any age. No matter their own justifications, we as the management of the store have to take the initiative to protect our assets. Signs, mirrors and cameras are great aids for deterrence, but Bottle Loks are more like the arch nemesis of wine and spirits thieves. They fit over the top of almost any size bottle, and have a sleek smart design. They are easily attached, and when done properly, easily removed. There are available with several levels of alarm capabilities. Bottle Loks send the clearest of messages to a shoplifter, that any plans or considerations of stealing these bottles needs to be aborted.
Uncontrolled theft can cripple any store over time. Additionally in the business of selling such regulated products, inventory accountability is paramount. Take a look at how Bottle Loks can make your work day a little easier, and less stressful.
For more information contact us at Bottlelock.net or call 1.770.426.0547