There are many different ways to prevent shoplifting. As an owner or manager of a small business, choosing the right retail anti theft devices depends on what you need to protect. Personally, I am a huge fan of the simple, yet highly effective, Alpha Keepers. The customer still has access to the merchandise, without it having to be locked up behind glass. They can still read the ingredients or instructions if needed and the item stays completely secure. Plus, they are reusable, easily applied and easily removed.
I was at my friend’s store today, helping her get ready for her inventory. Her store is located in a pretty bad area; the crime rate is through the roof and the amount of shoplifting she deals with is outrageous. It is a constant struggle in this store, and this particular day was no different. While I was there, we caught a lady stealing. We walked up on her opening a package, both of us hearing that familiar sound of someone messing with plastic. She was about to drop it in her bag, then she looked up to see the two of us standing there staring at her, both of us with our hands on our hips. We made her dump her bag on the front counter; and made her pay for the item she was about to swipe.
One thing I did see that my buddy could make a big improvement on the choice of device used to protect razor blades. She currently has them in this giant dispensing type system, made and supplied by the makers of the razors. It’s a huge heavy abomination, and it’s a pain to use for both the customers and the store staff. It is wired into the overhead paging, and when it gets stuck the alarm sounds throughout the store over and over until someone can get over there to fix it. It does not prevent shoplifting in that section like my system does. I took that crazy contraption down years ago and now I use Alpha Keepers. I put up some pegs and I hang up my razor cartridges now, no matter the brand or size. Customers can freely choose the product they need, without feeling like they are having to get through a maze to get some cheese. Customers should not have to work for the items they came to shop for! My buddy is in luck though. I happen to have a lot of extra boxes of Alpha Keepers that I got due to a remodel. I told her I would come back and help her convert her old clunky system into a sleek model for selling. I know she will see the results soon, and the shrink reduction in this section will be quickly noticeable.
Alpha Security has many solutions to help prevent shoplifting. My friend has been experiencing another major problem at her store. People have been walking out the front door with big bottles of laundry detergent. I have a whole box of the tools she needs to deter this type of theft too, which is a whole box of Alpha cable locks. These fit right around the handle of the bottles. That cable is super thick, and it’s not something a little pocket knife or other typical blade carried by a thief is going to damage. They are tough and they have the same alarm capabilities as the Alpha Keepers.
I am giving away some of my extra retail anti theft devices to help my friend get some of the theft in her store under control. She will owe me big time, not even to mention all the work I put in there today straightening shelves and such.
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