Why is Clothing Security, or lack there of, such a hot topic? There are several current running stories in the news that can explain that subject in great detail. Business owners and managers that do not take the initiative to protect their inventory could be setting themselves up for major losses. Cameras can record all day long, and staff can walk the floor and monitor shoppers, but creative thieves and professional shoplifting groups will find ways to get what they want.
Investing in product protection tools can pay your business back. There are many options to choose from so you and your staff can decide what works best in your particular market. If your target shoppers are teenagers, middle age contemporary, sports oriented, or even formal wear there is a tag made for your merchandise. Hard tags and soft tags alike come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. They can be pinned on, sewn in, stuck on or even attached via lanyard. Let’s take a closer look at some of them. Hard tags that are attached to the outer layers and are meant to be in visible locations. They are almost impossible to remove without the proper tools, or there could be damage to the item if an attempt is made. They are completely reusable, and do not require much storage space. Soft tags, on the other hand, are generally put on the price tag or even sewn into a hidden pocket of the article. They are meant to be a hidden deterrent. The customer knows the store has product protection in place, likely indicated by the Checkpoint Pedestals (Electronic Article Surveillance) located at the entrances, but they do not know for sure which items or where the tag may be located. If you sell delicate items there is also the option of attaching the hard tags with a lanyard. The cables are virtually indestructible, and are also completely reusable.
What happens when there is no Clothing Security being used? Well, there is the group of professional shoplifters caught recently and charged with 68 counts of felony theft based on the $150,000 worth of stolen high end fashions they were found in possession of. Each person in the group had a specific duty to perform, from distracting staff to blocking camera views to the actual concealment and theft of the clothing items. Everything was being sold for pure profit at local flea markets and online sales sites. Another group of just 2 people had over $80,000 worth of clothing in a home specially rented just to store the stolen items. When they were arrested they had $10,000 worth of stolen clothing in the car with them. The stories were the same for both groups. Find out what the store used for Clothing Security and if it could be defeated, hit those businesses over and over.
This type of repeated activity can close a business down. You pay for your inventory and it should be on your shelves and available to your honest cash paying customers. If it is going out the door unpaid, you lose those valuable items along with any profit you would have made. That is not a viable business model.
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