The news is full of recent stories of thefts from small wine and spirits shops. There are a number of different factors causing the rise in these particular types of crimes. If your store already sells these products, or is just considering adding them, take a look at Bottle Loks to minimize some of the theft risks.
First, just consider the sheer availability of these products currently on the shelves of so many different retailers. There is profit to be made, and there is enough demand to support the additional sellers. There is also enough demand from an underground market to make it a lucrative business for thieves to get involved in. Unfortunately for the honest business managers and owners, there are those out there that are looking for easy inventory to steal. In one incident two men broke into a store overnight. They disabled the security, painted over the cameras, and managed to get out with about 2500 bottles of high end retail wines. Even scarier was the fact that this was the second time these guys had done this. There was another smaller incident of five men going into a store together, creating a scene to distract the clerks, and managing to get out with about 25 bottles. Even that added up to an over $1200 loss. The store employees reported the theft later that night, only because they finally noticed the empty shelves where the bottles had been displayed.
In both these cases, the thefts could have possibly been avoided if the store had been utilizing Bottle Loks. These caps fit securely over the tops of almost any size bottle. Studies have shown the bottle will break before the cap will come off. Of course, they can be removed easily by the clerk after the bottles are purchased. They also come in multiple alarm levels so your staff can choose which ones are appropriate for certain bottles depending on high retail or trends and popularity.
In a case of an after hours theft, Bottle Loks can help deter the crime during the planning stages. In most cases, many thieves have been known to come in and “shop” the store before the actual break in. They want to get the layout of the store, identify the camera locations, and all exits. Imagine if they come in to gather this information just to find that the bottles they are looking for are equipped with these secure caps. The fact that Bottle Loks have the word “alarm” printed on them let the would-be thieves know that this particular business takes asset protection seriously. While most honest business owners and managers hate to hear about any type of theft like this, it has to take some of the sting out of it when it happens to your competitor and not your store.
Don’t be the next news story in the rising wine and spirits theft industry. Take a look at the available options and choose the best ways to secure your inventory.
For more information contact us: Bottlelock.net or call 1.770.426.0547