Hole In One With O-Tags
There’s nothing more relaxing that a Sunday afternoon tee time. I was never really a big golfer, but my boss pulled me into the sport a few years ago. Ever since, I’ve been hooked… and sliced, depending on the day. Not that long ago, I pulled up to the club a little early one Sunday morning and I noticed that there were some police cruisers at the front of the pro shop. I went over to see what was going on, since I was close friends with the manager. I let him finish up with the officers before I went over, but I could tell he was pretty distraught.
After everything settled down, I found out that he discovered his shop was missing almost ten thousand dollars in golf clubs. He was certain someone broke in overnight, but there was no evidence of a burglary. There was no broken glass, no alarm notifications, nothing. I was a district LP manager for a large company at the time, so I knew just how he felt. I offered my assistance in reviewing video footage. I’m a terrible golfer anyway.
A few hours went by and I had his culprit. About two days before he discovered the clubs missing, a person came into the pro shop. He strolled around the cheaper boxed sets for a little while, before removing the contents of one of those boxes. Over the next twenty minutes, all while being assisted by my friend, the shoplifter filled that box with the high end clubs. After making the sale, the shoplifter exited the store with his $100 purchase… which also contained the $10k in missing clubs.
I offered some advice and told him about the O-Tag. His store was already set up with an EAS tower, so all he had to do was buy a few and see if they worked out for him. A few weeks later, he gave me a call to tell me a second shoplifter had attempted the same act. Only this time, when they walked out of the store, the tower alerted to the O-Tags inside the box. Instead of losing another $7k in product, he was able to have a thief arrested. As it would turn out, this thief was operating with the first guy who was ultimately arrested a few days later. Turns out, he ran a pawn shop on the other side of town and my friend was able to recover a great deal of his stolen property. Now, even though he caters to a very small group of people, there isn’t a single club in his store that isn’t protected with an O-Tag.
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