Security tags are generally placed on smaller boxes of merchandise in order to prevent shoplifting, but is there another alternative? Don’t get me wrong, those tags are a great resource and do a great job protecting merchandise, but sometimes shoplifters are able to cut or rip the tags off of the boxes and take the merchandise. There lies the problem, how do you stop that from happening? The answer is to use Keepers from Alpha Security, which are sturdy, solid, and totally encompass the product. The Alpha Keepers also are locked closed, but can be easily opened with a magnetic key once the product is purchased at the register. At the same time, they are clear so the customers still have full view of the product inside the Alpha Keeper.
One of the biggest shoplifter apprehensions I have conducted to date involved a very large amount of movies and TV box sets, was just under $2,500, and the actual theft took less than thirty minutes to commit. We noticed that our entertainment area had been looking light on inventory for the past couple of weeks, so I began reviewing sales, count changes and video of the area. The only problem was that the camera wasn’t in the best position to view the area, so we couldn’t identify what was happening. We moved a camera closer to the area and constantly monitored the aisle for activity. At the time, we didn’t have any retail anti-theft devices on the movies. The only measure to prevent shoplifting in the area was shelving that made it where you could only pick up movies one or two at a time, instead of the whole stack. Unfortunately this shelving wasn’t consistent throughout the area, and only slowed down the theft.
While I was watching the aisle, I noticed a kid that picked up a few video games very quickly. He then walked over to what appeared to be his mother and handed her the games, which she then dropped into a large open bag in her shopping cart. She then went over to where the movies were, and began picking up multiple movies at once and throwing them into the bags. If this weren’t enough, she was then met by a man that had two more shopping carts with large open bags. Then both of them basically started clearing off the shelves of movies and TV boxed sets.
By the time they were done picking up merchandise and bagging it, the bags were completely full. They then all met up together and walked out of the store, where we stopped them and brought them back into the store. Once I started talking to the shoplifters, they verified that they were a family, and that they had done the same thing previously to sell the merchandise to a store that buys, sells and trades movies. The point of this story was to show how much impact one case can have on your profit in a short period of time, and that it may have been avoided if the movies were placed in Alpha Keepers. If you’re trying to prevent shoplifting in your store, you’ll definitely want to give these devices a chance. You’ll be happy you found these Keepers from Alpha Security.
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