Clothing Security Tags Could Have Prevented A Theft – Don’t Be A Victim Too
If you operate a small to medium size store and sell clothing what do you do for clothing security? Do you know where your stock shortage is coming from? Are you focused on shoplifting theft or employee theft or is it something you have even thought about? As a business owner you may be aware that theft is taking place in your stores but don’t know what tools are available to prevent theft. Certainly cameras and emphasis on customer service are helpful, but they only go so far to prevent theft. Checkpoint tags on clothes offer round the clock protection of merchandise. If a store has an electronic article surveillance (EAS) system, as soon as items with clothing alarm tags on them pass through an EAS antenna the alarm sounds and staff can respond to retrieve merchandise.
Clothing security tags can come in different styles. They may be sleek, disk styles that compliment suits, dresses or expensive designer clothes. They also come in bulkier, rectangular styles that stand out more on heavier materials such as denim. They can be ordered in radio frequency (rf) or acoustic magnetic (am) depending on the type of electronic article surveillance system a store has in place. Most clothing security tags, such as Checkpoint tags are reusable. Once detached at a point of sale the two pieces can be kept in two separate containers and then placed on new product that arrives to the store. Regardless of the style of tag or the system being used, clothing security tags can prevent shoplifting or employee theft.
When I worked as a Loss Prevention Officer for a department store my supervisor and I were suspicious of one of the presentation employees. This employee would arrive to work and rather than place her purse in an employee locker she would take it to the presentation room with all of the mannequins and display items. We placed a covert camera in the room and began to see activity. The employee would take clothing from the sales floor to the presentation room and leave it in the room until the end of her shift. When she was done for the day she would fill her handbag with clothing, clock out and leave. Because the store did not use clothing security tags on a lot of merchandise, the employee never set off any alarms as she would exit the building. During the final incident of theft we observed before she was interviewed for stealing, we accounted for over $500.00 in merchandise being hidden in her handbag. It was never determined how much loss she caused before she was finally stopped. One has to wonder though, if Checkpoint tags were used on more items in the store, how much more theft could have been prevented?
While your store may not be large enough to have a presentation department or office areas for various departments, you are certainly going to have some off-stage areas. These may be breakrooms, or restrooms or perhaps a computer/training room. Anywhere there is an area that offers some privacy, there is opportunity for theft. You can place cameras in most areas of the store, but who is going to monitor them or take the time to review all of your video footage every day? Customer service will prevent some of the shoplifting in the store, but what about stopping a dishonest employee? You can’t hover all of your employees every minute of the day, nor would you want to try. By using Checkpoint tags you take away opportunity for theft and opportunity is one of the essentials for a thief.
Place Checkpoint tags on all of the clothes you carry and watch the theft in your store drastically diminish. Best of all, as the theft decreases the profitability of the store will rise and isn’t that why you are in business?
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