Look Out for the Lookout-Prevent Shoplifting
It is important to stay on top of the latest technologies in shoplifting prevention. Why? Because that’s exactly what the shoplifters are doing. Not all shoplifters are opportunists. There are probably a few shoplifters sitting around right now, contemplating how they are going to steal something from your store. They are learning what stands in their way of getting what they want, and dreaming up ways to get around it. This is why you need to stay ahead of the game and use the most up to date products to prevent shoplifting, by using products that the thieves have yet to figure out how to defeat.
One technique shoplifters use is to work in groups, usually consisting of two to three people, but could be many more. Sometimes one of them will go into an aisle and begin selecting merchandise from the shelves, while another person stands at the end of the aisle or circles around to ensure they are not attracting any unwanted attention. This “lookout”, also stands guard as the other shoplifter attempts to remove retail anti-theft devices, and signals the primary thief when an employee is in the area. One good example of an anti-theft tool is the Spider Wrap from Alpha Security. This product is great for covering boxed items, and yes, it kind of resembles a spider. There are cables that cover every side of the box and it clips closed. When a shoplifter attempts to cut the cables to remove it from an item, a loud alarm sounds, which makes it very difficult to discreetly steal the merchandise.
I recall an occasion early in my career when I was in uniform at a big box retailer, checking receipts at the door. A man walked up to me and stood in front of me asking if we were hiring for security at the store. He then started asking me random questions, and he appeared to be very nervous. I knew something wasn’t right, and then he gave it away when he looked back over his shoulder. He made eye contact with another man standing behind a clothing rack with a cart full of expensive merchandise from the electronics department.
I immediately started walking toward the other man with the cart, and they both took off running. When I looked in the cart, I noticed that all of the anti-theft devices were still attached to the products. The seemingly friendly guy that was talking to me was really trying to distract me while his buddy made it out the door with the cart full of merchandise. Luckily, I figured out what was going on before it was too late, and I was able to recover everything from the cart. This was one of the many lessons I have learned in my career.
Shoplifters are sneaky, and if you want to prevent shoplifting in your store, you have to always be on the lookout for new ways to keep your merchandise in the building. There are always new retail anti-theft devices being developed for all types of merchandise. These will help deter some thieves from even attempting to steal the items you are using the devices to protect. It will also make it very hard to steal them if they do attempt the theft.
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