When I was a United States Air Force Security Policeman there were times I was posted at a checkpoint to the base flightline. While stationed at the post I would check identification cards to ensure that only authorized personnel were entering restricted areas. Unauthorized persons would either be turned around or detained and placed in handcuffs, depending on where the checkpoint was located. The purpose of these checkpoints was to protect Air Force planes and property from possible attack or sabotage from would be enemies. Since my military service happened to be mostly during peacetime, the only “attackers” I dealt with were during base exercises, although I did have to really detain a number of people at various times for entering restricted areas, most were just inattentive to what they were doing. In situations where I did have to detain someone I would alert other security personnel with a call over the radio for back-up. In a manner of speaking Checkpoint security tags fill a similar role. They stop shoplifting before it takes place because they act as a warning sign to potential thieves.
When Checkpoint security tags are placed on merchandise they serve as a warning sign to bad guys that crossing the line and stealing the protected item would be a very bad idea. Just as my job at the checkpoint was to deter someone from trying to gain unauthorized entry, Checkpoint security tags are a deterrent to unauthorized removal of merchandise. Checkpoint hard tags are designed to be pinned to an article of clothing in a place that will be visible to shoppers. The tags don’t interfere with trying on clothing, so shoppers can still make sure a piece of clothing fits before purchasing it. In most situations however, a shoplifter will choose to go after some other item that is not protected when they see the tags. If a store has an aggressive tagging strategy the shoplifter is likely to simply leave and steal somewhere else. The Checkpoint hard tags are designed in two pieces that connect together to create a tight fit and are not easily separated without the use of a detachment key, which is normally controlled at the front end of the store. An amateur shoplifter may try to remove a tag but will get frustrated quickly. The professional shoplifters know what tags can do and try to avoid them. I should also mention that the tags have electronic article surveillance technology built into them which is another facet of their deterrence value.
If you are not very familiar with Checkpoint security tags you may not be aware that they work best when used in conjunction with Checkpoint electronic article surveillance antennas. These are the things you often see at the entry/exit points of a store when you walk through the door. Electronic article surveillance antennas “sense” when a tag is carried into its radio frequency range and sound an alarm and flash bright lights to alert store employees that unpaid merchandise is being removed from the store. Though it may be a bit of a stretch, this is similar to the alert I would send out when I was at a checkpoint and I had a security breach and called for back-up. The alert the antenna sends provides an opportunity for store staff to stop shoplifting and recover merchandise through a receipt check. There are also times when the alarm at the door will be enough to cause a shoplifter to drop the item they were attempting to steal and run away. Either way, the merchandise is recovered for the store.
In the military, staffing checkpoints and beefing up security served two purposes. The first was deterrence, by making a potential target more unappealing to attackers because the risk of failing or being caught was greater. Second, it gave additional manpower to respond in the event a penetration was to occur. Checkpoint hard tags and electronic article surveillance antennas are a retailer’s equivalent to those checkpoints. The tags act as a deterrent to stop shoplifting and the antennas provide the alert to get staff to respond if a breach is taking place. Okay, I admit my analogy it may sound a little extreme but you get the point.
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