These days it’s hard to watch or read the news without seeing a story about liquor thefts in grocery or liquor stores. While watching several of these stories lately, I started to see a trend. There were videos showing the thefts, and I could clearly see that none of the bottles of alcohol had bottle locks, or any other visible form of bottle security attached to them. For some of these stores, thefts like these are a regular occurrence, so why isn’t it a priority to protect the merchandise from theft? As a business owner or manager, it is important to keep up with new ways to increase your profit, and keep losses to a minimum, and the best way to protect your wine and liquor from theft is by using bottle locks. These devices are an easy to use, affordable solution that can help reduce liquor theft in your store.
I have seen many news stories about these kinds of thefts, but one of the most recent stories I saw was about a guy that walked into a store and walked out of that store with more than one bottle of liquor down his pants. The thief came into the store trying to return a bottle of alcohol that was likely stolen from another store. While he was waiting for his refund, he walks around the store and puts the bottles of liquor down his pants. Of course, he then gets the refund and walks out of the store with the merchandise in his pants. Again, I didn’t see any kind of bottle security measures whatsoever in the video. I just don’t understand why these stores aren’t taking advantage of merchandise protection devices to protect their products.
Another story I viewed recently was especially disturbing. It showed a woman in a liquor store teaching a young child how to steal a bottle of liquor. The woman walked with the child and showed her which bottle of alcohol to steal, and then began distracting the store clerk. While she was distracting the clerk, the child was struggling to get the heavy bottle of liquor that the woman wanted off the shelf. The child finally settles for a smaller bottle that she can lift, and makes her way out of the store while walking backwards, with the liquor hidden behind her back.
After watching this story, I couldn’t help but think of how terrible it is that someone would teach something like this to a child, and unfortunately, I’ve personally witnessed thefts similar to this one in the past. Could this story have had a different outcome if the liquor bottles were protected and locked? Obviously, bottle security doesn’t help with horrible parenting or teaching people right or wrong, so even if this liquor was protected, the theft would more than likely been committed at a different store that didn’t use bottle locks.
Although these two stories were much different in the details, there was a common theme in both of them, which was that the stores being targeted for theft didn’t use any kind of bottle security for their merchandise. If you don’t think this is going to matter to a thief, think again. Shoplifters want to get in and out of a store undetected, and as quickly as possible-with your merchandise. One thing that they don’t want is to go through the trouble of dealing with something that could potentially get them caught in the store, like bottle locks.
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