Is your store a one stop shop for shoplifters? Some shoplifters come into a store fully prepared for the task ahead of them, and they have everything they need with them to commit the crime. They may already have tools, bags or other items used for defeating anti-shoplifting devices. Even if they aren’t prepared, there is no need for them to worry. You likely have everything, or at least some of what they will need to steal already in your store. Picture this, the shoplifter walks into the store and grabs a shopping cart. While still at the front, they decide to go green and pick up some of your finest reusable shopping bags.
Next, they find some items that they are interested in, but they are bothered by those pesky anti-shoplifting devices you put on them. Then they head over to the tools, hardware, crafts or other areas where they can pick up things they may use to help them commit the theft. Some of these items could be a screwdriver, razor blades, plyers, or even items made specifically for opening packages after purchasing them. Finally, when they remove the anti-shoplifting devices, they bag all of your stolen goods, and head out the doors looking like they made a purchase. It couldn’t be a better situation for the shoplifters to have everything they need in one place.
If you’ve never thought about it like that before, you aren’t thinking like a shoplifter. If you want to stop shoplifting in your store, you may want to start thinking like one. My point is that you could be making it convenient for your shoplifters without realizing it. You utilize other methods of retail theft prevention, so why not change your thinking in addition to help protect your merchandise. Instead of only monitoring high theft areas, you may want to consider keeping an eye on some of the supplies they may use to commit the theft as well. In addition, some of these items typically come in packaging that is easy to open or easily accessible, such as razor blades, which sometimes come in cardboard packaging that can be easily ripped opened without tools and will then give them access to almost everything else in your store. One option is to put these items in merchandise protection such as Alpha Keepers so they wouldn’t be able to get them out of the package as easy. Not only would it prevent easy access, and in turn improve safety in the store because there is one less person walking around cutting things open with a blade.
To help stop shoplifting, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this in your store. The best way to watch for the activity is to put up a camera and then review the video, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll see. You may find that you have just as much chance of identifying a shoplifter in these areas as high theft areas you already have on camera. If you don’t have the budget for a new camera, try increasing employee presence in the areas or make sure you walk these aisles daily to look for suspicious activity.
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