Use Alpha Keepers To Protect Video Games And Other Goods

I was browsing an online auction site and found several items that I purchased. During my search I was finding a lot of video game units and video game system software. While most of the prices of the games appeared reasonable for how new they were and how recent the release of those games were there were some that caught my attention. It seemed to me the prices were low considering the item being offered by the buyer. My experiences as a retail Loss prevention Manager started to make me question those prices. Something just didn’t appear legitimate about those items. If I had purchased them would I sell them at such a discounted rate? I am reasonably certain there are stores I could take them to and get more money for my game. My inclination tells me that there are some stolen games being sold on these sites. I can remember numerous cases I had involving the theft of video games and I knew some were being pawned and some were suspected of going to flea markets. Some games were being traded for drugs and others were being sold to video game stores or mom and pop shops. Most of the theft involved shoplifters but I did apprehend a dishonest employee every now and then who was also stealing from the store. I had several options for trying to prevent shoplifting and pilferage but at the time Alpha Keepers were not one of my choices. Had they been we would have prevented even more video game theft than we already were.

 

 Alpha Keepers are a line of retail anti-theft devices that provide showcase quality security with the added benefit of a tamper alarm. They eliminate the necessity of having an employee with a key readily available to open it at any moment of the day. Keepers are boxes made of a clear, solid material that allow your patrons to pick up and carry merchandise through the store as they continue to shop. Since they are clear your customers will be able to look at the product packaging and read the information on the labels without waiting for someone to open a showcase and babysit while the customer looks over the item. Keepers have a locking hinged door that can only be opened by a cashier at a register. Any effort by a would-be thief to try to get to the merchandise and steal it results in a tamper alarm. The alarm is a shrill, obnoxious screech (for lack of a better description) that can be heard throughout a store. The sound draws employees over and they provide extreme customer service in order to recover merchandise.

 

 There was a shoplifting case I had that was hurting my shortage in the electronics department. The store had $29.99 games and under on open shelf display. We had a problem with criminals removing the cellophane on the games and removing the discs from the plastic case. The cases were left on the shelf making it more difficult to see where concealment was taking place since the suspects were not walking around the store. After a number of situations where we would see members of the group in the store and being unable to see the theft take place I decided to try to deter them. I walked up on one suspect who started digging through the game packages. When I found one that was empty the suspect got nervous and started to walk away. Eventually he walked behind a fixture of jackets and came out. I went behind him and checked the pockets of the jackets and found several discs in one of them. I knew I could not stop him but I also knew he was aware that we knew who he was. I did not have a problem from this group again. The thing about this story is, if we had Alpha Keepers at that time there wouldn’t have been a problem removing the games from a locking showcase and putting them on open shelves.  Keepers would have allowed us to still prevent shoplifting and provided easy access to the majority of the customers in the store who were honest. In fact Keepers not only prevent shoplifting they encourage sales since customers no longer have to wait for assistance.

 

 There can be no argument, access to merchandise drives sales. Retail anti-theft devices deter and prevent shoplifting. Combine the two and the sky is the limit on how profitable a store can be. Start reaching for the sky today.

 

Alpha Keepers are important and we can help you with them. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.

 

Canine Crooks And Other Criminal Capers Can Be Prevented With Alpha Keepers

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Canine Crooks And Other Criminal Capers Can Be Prevented With Alpha Keepers

     As I have been spending time on the internet looking for the latest crime trends I came across a recent trend that has me very concerned as a Loss Prevention professional…animal theft. You read that correctly animal theft, specifically dogs and birds gone bad. I had no idea that it was taking place but it is happening in stores world-wide and I have to “paws” and wonder, what happens to birds that steal, instead of going to the big house do they go to the bird house? If given bail, would they take flight? When dogs try to get away are they “fleaing” the scene of the crime? Does the store owner call the pawlice when they suspect there are cat burglars? How do you prevent shoplifting by these furry friends? I’m not sure if they would prove to be deterrents to critter criminals, but I do know that Alpha Keepers can stop human shoplifters. By now you’re wondering if I’m kidding about all of these stories of corrupt canines and birds preying on store owners. I will let you decide for yourself:
January 10, 2017, Washingtonpost.com, “’Sneaky’ squirrels have stolen dozens of candy bars from this convenience store”, by Karen Brulliard
September 11, 2015, mirror.co.uk, “Shoplifting seagull is chased around store by furious owner after pinching packet of peanuts”, by Alexander Lerche
May 19,2017, nbcnews.com, “Dog Caught on Camera Stealing Bread From Store”
December 6, 2013, HUFFPOST, “Shoplifting Dog Caught Stealing Bones From Store, Burying Them Out Back”, by Ryan Grenoble
There are more such stories you would go ape over like the monkey in India stealing cash from a jewelry store, time.com, June 6, 2016, by Cady Lang, but no more horsing around. It is a serious problem and though it is hard to prevent shoplifting, it is not impossible.

     The first thing store owners can do to deter and stop criminals from stealing is to use Alpha Keepers to keep merchandise safe. Keepers are locking, see-through boxes that hold a varied array of products and still give shoppers the convenience of viewing and carrying items around the store. When Keepers are used, in many instances locking showcases can be eliminated. This frees up employees from having to spend time locking and unlocking cases and they can provide more valuable customer service elsewhere. Keepers also work with electronic article surveillance (EAS) pedestals. When an Alpha Keeper box is too close to an EAS pedestal it causes alarms and flashing lights in the pedestal to turn on and nearby store staff members respond and recover merchandise before it is taken out of the building. Keepers prevent shoplifting through deterrence. Shoplifters don’t want to attempt to forcibly remove merchandise from the box and risk someone hearing them and they are bulky making it harder to hide if they are thinking about stealing.

     While this article started by sharing criminal animal antics on a more serious note there are human criminals victimizing pet stores and other retailers and cleaning them out. For example a story in Yahoo News, March 15, 2017, “’Sticky Fingers’ busts US Retail Theft Ring”, the article reports that, “While electronics goods were most favored, they also ran a sideline in expensive flea collars pinched from pet stores”. In a May 17, 2017 story in nwi.com, by Lauren Cross, “Police: Hobart Petco theft suspect stole ‘thousands of dollars’ in flea meds”, a suspect was reported, “…allegedly stealing “several hundred dollars-worth” of Frontline flea and tick prevention medication…” If these stores resort to using Alpha Keepers in the future, there is a good chance they can prevent shoplifting from taking place again.

     Retailer owners don’t get “ticked” off by shoplifters stealing from you. Whether it is a flea collar or a DVD there are Alpha Keepers that will probably suit your needs to reduce theft and in turn boost sales.
Alpha Keepers are important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.

     

As I have been spending time on the internet looking for the latest crime trends I came across a recent trend that has me very concerned as a Loss Prevention professional…animal theft. You read that correctly animal theft, specifically dogs and birds gone bad. I had no idea that it was taking place but it is happening in stores world-wide and I have to “paws” and wonder, what happens to birds that steal, instead of going to the big house do they go to the bird house? If given bail, would they take flight? When dogs try to get away are they “fleaing” the scene of the crime? Does the store owner call the pawlice when they suspect there are cat burglars? How do you prevent shoplifting by these furry friends? I’m not sure if they would prove to be deterrents to critter criminals, but I do know that Alpha Keepers can stop human shoplifters. By now you’re wondering if I’m kidding about all of these stories of corrupt canines and birds preying on store owners. I will let you decide for yourself:

January 10, 2017, Washingtonpost.com, “’Sneaky’ squirrels have stolen dozens of candy bars from this convenience store”, by Karen Brulliard

September 11, 2015, mirror.co.uk, “Shoplifting seagull is chased around store by furious owner after pinching packet of peanuts”, by Alexander Lerche

May 19,2017, nbcnews.com, “Dog Caught on Camera Stealing Bread From Store”

December 6, 2013, HUFFPOST, “Shoplifting Dog Caught Stealing Bones From Store, Burying Them Out Back”, by Ryan Grenoble

There are more such stories you would go ape over like the monkey in India stealing cash from a jewelry store, time.com, June 6, 2016, by Cady Lang, but no more horsing around. It is a serious problem and though it is hard to prevent shoplifting, it is not impossible.
     

The first thing store owners can do to deter and stop criminals from stealing is to use Alpha Keepers to keep merchandise safe. Keepers are locking, see-through boxes that hold a varied array of products and still give shoppers the convenience of viewing and carrying items around the store. When Keepers are used, in many instances locking showcases can be eliminated. This frees up employees from having to spend time locking and unlocking cases and they can provide more valuable customer service elsewhere. Keepers also work with electronic article surveillance (EAS) pedestals. When an Alpha Keeper box is too close to an EAS pedestal it causes alarms and flashing lights in the pedestal to turn on and nearby store staff members respond and recover merchandise before it is taken out of the building. Keepers prevent shoplifting through deterrence. Shoplifters don’t want to attempt to forcibly remove merchandise from the box and risk someone hearing them and they are bulky making it harder to hide if they are thinking about stealing.
     

While this article started by sharing criminal animal antics on a more serious note there are human criminals victimizing pet stores and other retailers and cleaning them out. For example a story in Yahoo News, March 15, 2017, “’Sticky Fingers’ busts US Retail Theft Ring”, the article reports that, “While electronics goods were most favored, they also ran a sideline in expensive flea collars pinched from pet stores”. In a May 17, 2017 story in nwi.com, by Lauren Cross, “Police: Hobart Petco theft suspect stole ‘thousands of dollars’ in flea meds”, a suspect was reported, “…allegedly stealing “several hundred dollars-worth” of Frontline flea and tick prevention medication…” If these stores resort to using Alpha Keepers in the future, there is a good chance they can prevent shoplifting from taking place again.
     

Retailer owners don’t get “ticked” off by shoplifters stealing from you. Whether it is a flea collar or a DVD there are Alpha Keepers that will probably suit your needs to reduce theft and in turn boost sales.

 

Alpha Keepers are important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.
     

 

Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

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Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

   I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?

     It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.

     Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 

     I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets.
 For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.

     

I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?
     

It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.
     

Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 
     

I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets. 

 

For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.