Retailers have always faced the challenge of preventing shoplifting, which can cause significant financial losses. In response to this problem, Sensormatic, a leading provider of retail security solutions, has developed an anti-shoplifting system that has been proven to be highly effective.
The Sensormatic anti-shoplifting system is a comprehensive solution that utilizes a combination of electronic article surveillance (EAS) and other technologies to prevent theft. The system consists of three main components: tags, pedestals, and a monitoring system. The tags are small electronic devices that are attached to products in the store. The pedestals are placed at the entrances and exits of the store and are designed to detect the tags. The monitoring system is used by store personnel to track the movement of tagged products and identify any potential theft.
Studies have shown that retailers that use the Sensormatic anti-shoplifting system experience a significant decrease in shoplifting losses. In fact, some studies have indicated that the system pays for itself in as little as five months. This is because the system is so effective at preventing theft that the savings from reduced losses quickly offset the cost of the system.
But the benefits of the Sensormatic system go beyond just preventing shoplifting. The system also provides retailers with valuable data and insights into their inventory and customer behavior. By tracking the movement of tagged products, retailers can identify which products are most popular and adjust their inventory accordingly. They can also use the data to optimize store layouts and improve customer experiences.
The Sensormatic anti-shoplifting system is a valuable investment for any retailer looking to prevent shoplifting, reduce losses, and increase profits. By utilizing advanced technology and providing valuable insights into customer behavior, the system offers a comprehensive solution that pays for itself in a short amount of time.
What are the differences between Checkpoint Systems and Alpha High Theft Solutions 1 alarm, 2 alarm and 3 alarm solutions?
The following is a brief explanation of the Alpha High Theft Solutions 1, 2 and 3 Alarm products functionality.
1,2, and 3 alarm solutions encompass individual and combined security solutions for whatever your loss issue is.
The functionality begins with our Alpha 1 Alarm device and it will activate the Checkpoint Systems Electronic Article Surveillance antenna if a breach occurs.
The Alpha 2 Alarm device has added security that in addition to activating upon breach it will activate if the device is cut or even tampered with. The cable is coated and made from aircraft strength cable for extreme durability and reliability. The coating on the cable not only protects the merchandise from theft but protects it from the device.
For our most complete device the Alpha 3 Alarm Includes the same as 1 and 2 alarm actions, activation upon breach and activation upon tampering or cutting, It also will continue alarming with an extended range protection at 95 Decibels for up to 10 minutes after shoplifter has left the premises. The standard decibel is a ratio of how much acoustical energy we hear with and for human conversation is 35 to 45 DCB. This technology provides an extra piece of mind when added to your security solution to stop shoplifting.
We are frequently asked what the difference between Alpha High Theft Solution devices that have 1 Alarm, 2 Alarm and 3 Alarm features. In the clothing security world we can use those devices in conjunction with a clothing alarm and regular security tags. These devices are used for merchandise that we have a more serious problem with or that shoplifters have targeted that may not be able to utilize traditional security tags on clothes.
Alpha Security 1 Alarm – These types of clothing security tags or devices will only trigger the antennas at the doors. A regular hard tag or label will do this. However, Alpha also has Spider Wraps, Cable Loks and other items that will cause an alarm.
Alpha Security 2 Alarm – A 2 alarm device will do what a 1 alarm device does plus it will “self-alarm”. Self-alarm means that if a shoplifter tries to remove the device, cut the cables, pry the device off or damage it the device itself will go into alarm. These 2 alarm devices have a built in sounder that produces about 90 dB of sound. That will immediately draw attention to the shoplifter. Normal repeated use by customers and store personnel will not cause an alarm. These devices are very robust.
Alpha Security 3 Alarm – These devices do everything that a 1 and 2 alarm device does plus when the shoplifter tries to leave the property the 3 alarm devices built in sounder, again about 90 dB goes off. The shoplifter then has a choice they can run down the street or mall with this sounder going off, attracting attention to themselves or they can drop the merchandise. The sounder will last up to 10 minutes once the shoplifter passes through the antennas.
These clothing security tags are as robust as any Checkpoint tags or Alpha clothing security device. They have excellent construction, solid plastic welds and high quality electronic components. Of course the added benefit is that they are reusable over and over saving you money and labor. Alpha High Theft Solutions are not intended to be for all merchandise. It is clearly more cost effective to use Checkpoint tags for the bulk of your merchandise. But remember your clothing alarm is only as good as the security tags on clothes.
Just yesterday I was at a hardware store and heard one of the Checkpoint Systems go into alarm mode. One of the employees mentioned to me to simply ignore the “noise” and mentioned that the system would soon stop to make that noise.
I was not quite sure how to interpret his response. If I was a shoplifter I might take his response as apathy on the employee’s part. The Checkpoint Systems detected that an item had been taken out of the store for a specific reason.
Most likely the Checkpoint system went into alarm mode due to a Checkpoint tag or Checkpoint label not having been deactivated but no employee should simply make the generic determination that this was a mistake on the system’s part and wave the customer through the door.
This behavior is like a gold mine to a shoplifter. It gives them the impression that they have the green light to shoplift. Shoplifters know and watch for this kind of apathy. They conceal an item on themselves, purchase several other items, set off the Checkpoint systems and wait for the wave on.
If I was a shoplifter and had seen an employee taken their job and job responsibilities seriously by approaching the custom and say “My apologies, our inventory control system has picked up a tag that we must have failed to remove or deactivate. Let me take care of that now.” Once this employee has sorted out the alarm he/she may find that it was a case of shoplifting. As a shoplifter I might now have second thoughts and probably will go to the business next door to pursue my trade.
Checkpoint Systems will give you additional support when your employee coverage is low due to the volume of customers on the floor. Or maybe your staff’s attention is deterred by a situation created by a shoplifter who is intentionally trying to distract your employee. This could not happen to the Checkpoint Systems; they are working 24/7 without any time off, vacation or sick days (well, maybe a sick day if someone breaks it).
Shoplifting will never go away. The current economic conditions are not promising to reduce shoplifting. However, even in the best of times you cannot afford to allow profits to walk out the door!
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Some time back I reviewed a study that was discussing the behavior of habitual shoplifters. Do you realize that these habitual shoplifters will try to steal from your store again and again since there is only a 2 percent chance that they will be caught if you do not currently use one of the Checkpoint Systems.
When I was Director of Loss Prevention at a major national retailer, I saw immediate results when we installed Checkpoint systems in our stores. The shoplifters simply went somewhere else since the EAS system was the only cost effective way to shut them down. Shoplifting was no longer a given in our stores. Since people who steal are lazy for the most part, utilizing Checkpoint systems made their “job” more difficult. And so they decided to travel another path of lesser resistance by visiting the store next door.
Remember, that even when a shoplifter is caught in your store, the chances are very high that they will hit you again unless you begin to use Checkpoint systems to deter shoplifters from doing what they do.
After having installed an Electronic Article Surveillance System, we would attach checkpoint tags on merchandise that used to be targeted by the shoplifters. We would be able to decrease the theft of these high target items. This strategy also allowed us to monitor our inventory and we could easily use checkpoint tags or checkpoint labels on merchandise as needed. We were able to respond to the theft issues and begin to effectively protect our merchandise.
These Checkpoint labels can be disguised in a number of ways and are paper thin. Other system tags may be easily spotted by a shoplifter and removed from the merchandise. You may also think about attaching several checkpoint tags on particularly hot merchandise. Just make sure you add these checkpoint tags several different spots on the items.
Paying close attention to your customers creates a positive customer service experience. Greet them when they walk in, follow up with them on the sales floor and make sure that they can reach you easily. Shoplifters hate this very concept!
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What do you mean ME? Prevent shoplifting? Recent studies show that a lack of deterrence efforts by a retailer will add up to 75% more shoplifting in a store. This makes sense, don’t do anything and your store will be wide open. Not only will shoplifters hit you but they will keep coming back over and over. Then to add insult to injury their shoplifter buddies will start to show up. Now your store is “shoplifting central”.
Shutting down shoplifters is a no brainer. A “good” program that will prevent shoplifting is made up of employees that are trained and comfortable in good customer service skills that drive shoplifters crazy. It’s simple really; Approach any suspected shoplifter as you would any customer. “Hello, how can I help you?” This type of simple greeting will shut most impulse shoplifters. Chances are they will not shoplift in your store during that visit.
A “best practices” program that will prevent shoplifting involves more. Your employees must know the techniques to send amateur and professional shoplifters down the street in frustration to your competition (who is not as smart as you!). This involves more skill and knowledge through training.
Additionally to prevent shoplifters from making your store the shoplifting hot spot in the city you must understand that they know your store as well or better than you do. They will select a time of day when your employee to customer ratio is the poor. Since you are busy it makes it easier for them. To compensate you must use an Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) system. EAS systems like a Checkpoint system bring the fight to the shoplifter.
Aggressive and proactive customer service that is appealing to customers and very stomach turning to shoplifters can only be achieved with training. However, once your people are trained you as the leader must regularly reinforce it. All of us have all put programs in together and in place. We feel GREAT! We fixed the issue! Then, six months later we back to where we started. Our failure is that we did not keep it a priority with our employees.
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