Theft of alcohol from retailers and grocers is on the rise. Thieves don’t appear to be discriminating between big box stores and small businesses either. While a big box may be more susceptible because of the square footage of the building, the small business has big challenges as well by not having as many employees in the store for coverage, and the ease of getting in and out quickly. With all the stories in the papers and on the nightly news of these brazen thefts, consider Bottle Loks as a theft deterrent for your business to utilize.
Organized retail crime is a problem for many stores. The methods have changed through the years, but it still robs you of merchandise and your bottom line. In many cases they are entering the store while it is open, and getting away with cart loads of bottles. They know that most stores have a “do not chase or exit the building” policy in place for thefts, and employees know they can be terminated for doing so, even if the person is caught. Bottle Loks can assist you in your fight. Theft rings typically come in and observe your store first. They need to know how many people are usually working, when you are the busiest and most distracted, and possibly when you get deliveries so you have the most inventory available. You can help change their mind about targeting your store if they see you have product protection in place.
Theft rings can be sent in by different operations. They may be stealing alcohol for a fence operation that simply resells the bottles to private individuals. They may also be stealing for an unscrupulous bar or nightclub owner. In this case, they may have been cut off by reputable wholesalers, or they do not want to pay the taxes and fees associated with buying legally. In a recent case in California, a restaurant and bar owner was busted after a long surveillance operation. His two hired thieves were caught, and they cooperated with authorities to help catch him in the act. He was not only selling the stolen alcohol in his own business, but also selling the excess bottles to other area restaurants and bars.
Bottle Loks can help get your store off the thieves “shopping” list. If they know you have incorporated these into your tool chest, they are less likely to choose to steal from you. They know the Bottle Loks are designed to make it near impossible to get the bottle open (without breaking it) unless they have the proper tool to remove them. Bottle Loks also produce an alarm if they are taken through the door. If they do get out with the bottles, and the Bottle Loks are still attached, they are worth less money to them at the buyer. Imagine the time it will take to remove the devices from each item. Buying stolen merchandise without being caught is tricky enough I’m sure, but to have to clean it too makes it a lot less desirable.
Don’t be the next victim in your community. Take a look at what Bottle Loks can do for you, and how they can deter theft for you. They are an investment that will pay you back.
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