An Alpha Bug Tag Deters Display Theft

Prevent Shoplifting-3                                                                                                 WC Blog 492
Alpha Bug Tag-5
Retail Anti-Theft Devices-4


An Alpha Bug Tag Deters Display Theft

     How do you prevent shoplifting of your computer tablet, computer or laptop displays? I work in a store that sells all of the above and other merchandise as well. Our displays are secured with retail anti-theft devices but despite the security we are using we have had at least one theft of a high priced computer tablet that I am aware of. The display was attached to an alarmed wire that is connected to the tablets and computers but in the situation I am addressing the thief was not concerned with the system we are using. I wondered what other steps the company could take to prevent another such incident. The first thing that came to me was that the company could invest in an Alpha Bug Tag for each unit. 

     The Alpha Bug Tag is a retail anti-theft device that uses electronic article surveillance to deter and prevent shoplifting (and the theft of mobile devices used in retail and the medical field too). The tag attaches directly to the unit to be protected and should someone walk towards a doorway that has EAS towers while holding a protected item alarms sound and warning lights flash. The tag also has a tamper alarm that sounds when a criminal tries to pry a device off of a display or mobile device. The 3 Alarm version of the tag also has a self-alarm that is activated if a shoplifter exits the store with a device and chooses to ignore the EAS tower alarm. The third alarm capability means that the shoplifter can no longer melt into a crowd of people and become anonymous; everyone around them will know they have stolen items. While you shouldn’t chase a thief you can act on information provided by bystanders who will give you get away vehicle and license plate information.

     At our store the bad guy who stole our tablet display came into the building, looked around and knelt down by the tablet displays. When no one was in the area he grabbed the display, jerked it from the alarm wire and mounts and ran out the door. The only alarm that was heard was at the display and our suspect was gone. Had a 3 Alarm Alpha Bug Tag been used to supplement the anti-theft unit the tablet was mounted on the tag would have set off the EAS towers AND the Tag would have sounded an alarm while the suspect was running in the parking lot. The combination might have been enough to prevent shoplifting since the suspect may have dropped the merchandise when he realized the alarm was going with him. While a police report was filed and the District Loss Prevention Manager was notified of the incident to the best of my knowledge the suspect has never been captured.

      Looking for an alternative to using dual retail anti-theft devices to protect your displays? There is now an Alpha Bug Tag 2 Snare that can be used in with the Bug Tag 2 units. The snare allows the tag to be secured to a shelf and provides the same capability of traditional retail anti-theft fixtures permitting patrons to pick up and handle display products. The Tag retains the anti-tampering features and if one of the cables is cut an alarm is activated and employees are alerted to a theft taking place at the display.

     Displays in your store require as much attention of not more attention than the brand new merchandise. Shoplifters get an active display unit in their grasp and may be more inclined to try to get away with it because they are holding it. It’s sort of like a new car. It’s one thing to look at it shiny and new on the salesfloor but once you get in it and hold the wheel in your hand it becomes more difficult to resist. Give criminals a reason to resist the temptation to steal your displays. Use an Alpha Bug Tag on all of the items you display whether it is on a traditional display or using the tag and Snare combination.
Need information on Alpha Bug Tag? Contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 now.
     

How do you prevent shoplifting of your computer tablet, computer or laptop displays? I work in a store that sells all of the above and other merchandise as well. Our displays are secured with retail anti-theft devices but despite the security we are using we have had at least one theft of a high priced computer tablet that I am aware of. The display was attached to an alarmed wire that is connected to the tablets and computers but in the situation I am addressing the thief was not concerned with the system we are using. I wondered what other steps the company could take to prevent another such incident. The first thing that came to me was that the company could invest in an Alpha Bug Tag for each unit. 
     

The Alpha Bug Tag is a retail anti-theft device that uses electronic article surveillance to deter and prevent shoplifting (and the theft of mobile devices used in retail and the medical field too). The tag attaches directly to the unit to be protected and should someone walk towards a doorway that has EAS towers while holding a protected item alarms sound and warning lights flash. The tag also has a tamper alarm that sounds when a criminal tries to pry a device off of a display or mobile device. The 3 Alarm version of the tag also has a self-alarm that is activated if a shoplifter exits the store with a device and chooses to ignore the EAS tower alarm. The third alarm capability means that the shoplifter can no longer melt into a crowd of people and become anonymous; everyone around them will know they have stolen items. While you shouldn’t chase a thief you can act on information provided by bystanders who will give you get away vehicle and license plate information.
     

At our store the bad guy who stole our tablet display came into the building, looked around and knelt down by the tablet displays. When no one was in the area he grabbed the display, jerked it from the alarm wire and mounts and ran out the door. The only alarm that was heard was at the display and our suspect was gone. Had a 3 Alarm Alpha Bug Tag been used to supplement the anti-theft unit the tablet was mounted on the tag would have set off the EAS towers AND the Tag would have sounded an alarm while the suspect was running in the parking lot. The combination might have been enough to prevent shoplifting since the suspect may have dropped the merchandise when he realized the alarm was going with him. While a police report was filed and the District Loss Prevention Manager was notified of the incident to the best of my knowledge the suspect has never been captured.
     

Looking for an alternative to using dual retail anti-theft devices to protect your displays? There is now an Alpha Bug Tag 2 Snare that can be used in with the Bug Tag 2 units. The snare allows the tag to be secured to a shelf and provides the same capability of traditional retail anti-theft fixtures permitting patrons to pick up and handle display products. The Tag retains the anti-tampering features and if one of the cables is cut an alarm is activated and employees are alerted to a theft taking place at the display.
     

Displays in your store require as much attention of not more attention than the brand new merchandise. Shoplifters get an active display unit in their grasp and may be more inclined to try to get away with it because they are holding it. It’s sort of like a new car. It’s one thing to look at it shiny and new on the salesfloor but once you get in it and hold the wheel in your hand it becomes more difficult to resist. Give criminals a reason to resist the temptation to steal your displays. Use an Alpha Bug Tag on all of the items you display whether it is on a traditional display or using the tag and Snare combination.

 

Need information on Alpha Bug Tag? Contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 now.     

 

A Leather Coat Looks Good When It’s Protected With An Alpha Cable Lock

Retail Anti-Theft Devices-3                                                                                        WC Blog 449
Alpha Cable Lock-4
Prevent Shoplifting-3


A Leather Coat Looks Good When It’s Protected With An Alpha Cable Lock

     When I was a Loss Prevention Officer many years ago for a department store we carried a lot of high ticket merchandise, clothing, china, shoes, even candy. We were using retail anti-theft devices sparingly and only on some of our clothing. Those were mainly hard tags designed to prevent shoplifting through deterrence and alarm activations when would-be thieves would try to sneak tagged items out of the store. There was hesitation to use the tags on items made of silk or leather out of concern for the material. This made it difficult for my Loss Prevention Manager and me to protect special shipments of leather coats we would get from time to time. The store manager wanted them displayed but did not want to risk “damaging” leather with a hole from the pin that clipped the tag to the jacket. At the same time he also wanted people to try on coats to see if they liked them and to encourage sales. Talk about a task! That didn’t leave many options so my boss had a special fixture ordered that consisted of wire strands that looped into an alarm box on the fixture. If someone pulled a coat off and tried to run with it the idea was that the fixture alarm would sound. That was great as long as we regularly checked the 9 volt batteries to be sure they weren’t dying on us. It also required a sales associate to unlock the fixture, turn off the alarm and get a jacket off for a customer to try on. It was a barrel of laughs when two or more people wanted to try on coats. Try monitoring that! Oh, and the alarm was off while the coats were being tried on. Granted we did not have many alternatives back then but today the Alpha Cable Lock would be a super choice to use on leather coats.

      An Alpha Cable Lock comes in several sizes a retailer can choose from to prevent shoplifting. There are small sizes that are outstanding to use on purses, wallets, shoes, backpacks, etc. Larger sizes are available to be used on bicycles, infant strollers, and yes, leather coats. The locks have a built in LED light that flashes and let’s bad guys know the merchandise is protected and that deters theft. The locks also have a tamper alarm that sounds if the retail anti-theft device is tampered with in the store and workers can respond and find out what the commotion is about. You can believe me when I tell you it is a commotion when that alarm sounds! These locks also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology in them that sets off EAS towers set up at a store entrance and exit. Should a criminal decide they want to attempt to walk out with any merchandise protected with a lock the tower alarm would be set off. As with the tamper alarm employees will be alerted by the sound and respond to the door to stop a theft.

     You may be wondering in our situation why wasn’t an associate required to allow just one customer at a time to try on a leather coat and then re-arm the fixture? Couldn’t the other customers wait until it was their turn? We did want the fixtures to be re-armed but the reality was and is in any store, when there is more than just the one customer and you are trying to do your best to help you don’t always think things through. Could more employees have helped? Anyone who has worked in retail knows there are moments when there aren’t enough people to cover every place they are needed. Sometimes we feel like we are putting out one fire and the next one pops up. The beauty of the Alpha Cable Lock is that is removes the requirement for an employee to stand by while a customer tries on an item. The cable allows enough room for freedom of movement to try on a coat or jacket while providing optimal security should someone attempt to sneak out of the store with  merchandise that has one of these retail anti-theft devices on.

     Did we lose any leather coats? Yes unfortunately even with the “alarm” fixture we didn’t have 100% procedure compliance by all of our associates. Of course that never looks good at inventory time. Make sure you give your customers access to merchandise while you prevent shoplifting and guard your goods with EAS security. Use Alpha Cable Locks and Let your employees focus their attention on the customers that truly need assistance. See what Alpha Security can do for your bottom line.
Get more information on Alpha Cable Lock, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today.

When I was a Loss Prevention Officer many years ago for a department store we carried a lot of high ticket merchandise, clothing, china, shoes, even candy. We were using retail anti-theft devices sparingly and only on some of our clothing. Those were mainly hard tags designed to prevent shoplifting through deterrence and alarm activations when would-be thieves would try to sneak tagged items out of the store. There was hesitation to use the tags on items made of silk or leather out of concern for the material. This made it difficult for my Loss Prevention Manager and me to protect special shipments of leather coats we would get from time to time. The store manager wanted them displayed but did not want to risk “damaging” leather with a hole from the pin that clipped the tag to the jacket. At the same time he also wanted people to try on coats to see if they liked them and to encourage sales. Talk about a task! That didn’t leave many options so my boss had a special fixture ordered that consisted of wire strands that looped into an alarm box on the fixture. If someone pulled a coat off and tried to run with it the idea was that the fixture alarm would sound. That was great as long as we regularly checked the 9 volt batteries to be sure they weren’t dying on us. It also required a sales associate to unlock the fixture, turn off the alarm and get a jacket off for a customer to try on. It was a barrel of laughs when two or more people wanted to try on coats. Try monitoring that! Oh, and the alarm was off while the coats were being tried on. Granted we did not have many alternatives back then but today the Alpha Cable Lock would be a super choice to use on leather coats.
     

An Alpha Cable Lock comes in several sizes a retailer can choose from to prevent shoplifting. There are small sizes that are outstanding to use on purses, wallets, shoes, backpacks, etc. Larger sizes are available to be used on bicycles, infant strollers, and yes, leather coats. The locks have a built in LED light that flashes and let’s bad guys know the merchandise is protected and that deters theft. The locks also have a tamper alarm that sounds if the retail anti-theft device is tampered with in the store and workers can respond and find out what the commotion is about. You can believe me when I tell you it is a commotion when that alarm sounds! These locks also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology in them that sets off EAS towers set up at a store entrance and exit. Should a criminal decide they want to attempt to walk out with any merchandise protected with a lock the tower alarm would be set off. As with the tamper alarm employees will be alerted by the sound and respond to the door to stop a theft.
     

You may be wondering in our situation why wasn’t an associate required to allow just one customer at a time to try on a leather coat and then re-arm the fixture? Couldn’t the other customers wait until it was their turn? We did want the fixtures to be re-armed but the reality was and is in any store, when there is more than just the one customer and you are trying to do your best to help you don’t always think things through. Could more employees have helped? Anyone who has worked in retail knows there are moments when there aren’t enough people to cover every place they are needed. Sometimes we feel like we are putting out one fire and the next one pops up. The beauty of the Alpha Cable Lock is that is removes the requirement for an employee to stand by while a customer tries on an item. The cable allows enough room for freedom of movement to try on a coat or jacket while providing optimal security should someone attempt to sneak out of the store with  merchandise that has one of these retail anti-theft devices on.
     

Did we lose any leather coats? Yes unfortunately even with the “alarm” fixture we didn’t have 100% procedure compliance by all of our associates. Of course that never looks good at inventory time. Make sure you give your customers access to merchandise while you prevent shoplifting and guard your goods with EAS security. Use Alpha Cable Locks and Let your employees focus their attention on the customers that truly need assistance. See what Alpha Security can do for your bottom line.

 

Get more information on Alpha Cable Lock, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today.

 

Knowledge Of Anti-Theft Devices Can Help Others Prevent Shoplifting; Your Management Knowledge Can Help Others Improve Their Future Part 2

 

Prevent Shoplifting -4                                                                                                              WC Blog 426
Retail anti-theft devices-3
Knowledge Of Anti-Theft Devices Can Help Others Prevent Shoplifting; Your Management Knowledge Can Help Others Improve Their Future Part 2
     In part 1 I discussed the fact that most of us think of how we will benefit when opportunity knocks and we take advantage of it. We weigh the pros and cons of that opportunity and choose whether to accept it or not. How will it affect us? Will it open a new job for us, perhaps a promotion or could it lead to a new leadership role? There are so many things that happen when opportunity presents itself. I gave an example of how an application I put in for a Loss Prevention Associate job turned into an offer to be the Loss Prevention Manager for the same store. Sometimes we are presented with an opportunity but when we consider all factors we decide not to accept it. A number of years ago I was looking for employment and based on my knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting, how to use retail anti-theft devices and investigate internal theft a part-time job was offered as a Loss Prevention Associate. The possibility it could lead to a full-time position was tempting but there were other circumstances that caused me to turn it down. Retail managers can help young people learn the skills and recognize opportunities that may help them be successful as they grow older.
     Since I have already mentioned it I do want to briefly discuss what it means to prevent shoplifting so it will make more sense in how I was presented my opportunity in career advancement. To prevent shoplifting in a retail store it takes at least a minimum of using retail anti-theft devices and customer service. The customer service gives potential thieves more attention than they want. Greeting people as they walk into the store, making eye contact and offering superior service takes away the opportunity for a shoplifter to steal. It also requires a strong customer service culture to respond to electronic article surveillance systems when security tagged merchandise activates alarm towers at the front doors of a store. A timely response to an alarm going off gives stores a chance to conduct receipt checks and recover merchandise a thief is trying to steal. While it is desirable to have some type of security or Loss Prevention Staff in place it isn’t necessarily required, especially for stores that may not have a budget to afford it. A trained store team can deter a significant amount of theft. Having experience and demonstrated understanding of the role of Loss Prevention in a store’s profitability helped me when opportunity knocked.
     You managers have the ability to help others more than you may think. How you lead your employees influences how they will lead others one day. The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words” comes to mind. Have you told people you have an open door policy but you keep it closed all of the time? When you give a corrective action, especially to a younger worker do you take time to explain the “whys” for that action? You do a disservice to someone if you write them up for being tardy too often and don’t follow it up with a conversation about how those actions impact their fellow employees. Perhaps you have a policy that prohibits cell phones on the salesfloor yet you find one of your younger employees texting while working, do they understand how that phone interferes with customer service? I recall when I was a new Loss Prevention Manager and blew up at two members of my team. Though I had told them only one could be in the security office at a time, I caught both in there watching cameras. I chewed them out and told them why they couldn’t be in there at the same time but I may not have been clear enough when I first covered the policy with each of them. I thought about the incident later and tried to change my style but it is hard to undo what has already been done.
     On the flip side of the negatives, I also made a point of encouraging my L.P. staff to interview for other L.P. jobs even if they had no intention of leaving. I conducted mock interviews with them and taught them how to incorporate their knowledge of retail anti-theft devices and how to prevent shoplifting. I explained that each interview was an opportunity to get more experience at it and be better prepared for the future. Are you giving your employees opportunities? Are you stretching them to do more? Whether it is store operations or Loss Prevention you can make opportunities happen for others the question is, “Will you?”
For more information about retail anti-theft devices contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.
   

In part 1 I discussed the fact that most of us think of how we will benefit when opportunity knocks and we take advantage of it. We weigh the pros and cons of that opportunity and choose whether to accept it or not. How will it affect us? Will it open a new job for us, perhaps a promotion or could it lead to a new leadership role? There are so many things that happen when opportunity presents itself. I gave an example of how an application I put in for a Loss Prevention Associate job turned into an offer to be the Loss Prevention Manager for the same store. Sometimes we are presented with an opportunity but when we consider all factors we decide not to accept it. A number of years ago I was looking for employment and based on my knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting, how to use retail anti-theft devices and investigate internal theft a part-time job was offered as a Loss Prevention Associate. The possibility it could lead to a full-time position was tempting but there were other circumstances that caused me to turn it down. Retail managers can help young people learn the skills and recognize opportunities that may help them be successful as they grow older.

Since I have already mentioned it I do want to briefly discuss what it means to prevent shoplifting so it will make more sense in how I was presented my opportunity in career advancement. To prevent shoplifting in a retail store it takes at least a minimum of using retail anti-theft devices and customer service. The customer service gives potential thieves more attention than they want. Greeting people as they walk into the store, making eye contact and offering superior service takes away the opportunity for a shoplifter to steal. It also requires a strong customer service culture to respond to electronic article surveillance systems when security tagged merchandise activates alarm towers at the front doors of a store. A timely response to an alarm going off gives stores a chance to conduct receipt checks and recover merchandise a thief is trying to steal. While it is desirable to have some type of security or Loss Prevention Staff in place it isn’t necessarily required, especially for stores that may not have a budget to afford it. A trained store team can deter a significant amount of theft. Having experience and demonstrated understanding of the role of Loss Prevention in a store’s profitability helped me when opportunity knocked.

You managers have the ability to help others more than you may think. How you lead your employees influences how they will lead others one day. The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words” comes to mind. Have you told people you have an open door policy but you keep it closed all of the time? When you give a corrective action, especially to a younger worker do you take time to explain the “whys” for that action? You do a disservice to someone if you write them up for being tardy too often and don’t follow it up with a conversation about how those actions impact their fellow employees. Perhaps you have a policy that prohibits cell phones on the salesfloor yet you find one of your younger employees texting while working, do they understand how that phone interferes with customer service? I recall when I was a new Loss Prevention Manager and blew up at two members of my team. Though I had told them only one could be in the security office at a time, I caught both in there watching cameras. I chewed them out and told them why they couldn’t be in there at the same time but I may not have been clear enough when I first covered the policy with each of them. I thought about the incident later and tried to change my style but it is hard to undo what has already been done.

On the flip side of the negatives, I also made a point of encouraging my L.P. staff to interview for other L.P. jobs even if they had no intention of leaving. I conducted mock interviews with them and taught them how to incorporate their knowledge of retail anti-theft devices and how to prevent shoplifting. I explained that each interview was an opportunity to get more experience at it and be better prepared for the future. Are you giving your employees opportunities? Are you stretching them to do more? Whether it is store operations or Loss Prevention you can make opportunities happen for others the question is, “Will you?”

 

For more information about retail anti-theft devices, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.
   

 

 

Knowledge Of Anti-Theft Devices Can Help Others Prevent Shoplifting; Your Management Knowledge Can Help Others Improve Their Future Part 1

     Opportunity knocks so they say and we want to think we are ready to answer that door and invite it in. When we hear the saying, “Opportunity Knocks” I wonder just how many of us think of it in terms of something that can benefit US if we accept it? I think back to my early years in Retail Loss Prevention. I was a Loss Prevention Associate for a department store and doing well in that role catching a lot of shoplifters and assisting in a few internal investigations. Opportunity for me knocked when a new big box retail store was coming to our area and was looking for Loss Prevention Associates. I applied only for the opportunity for a little better pay. I figured I had an advantage with my knowledge of retail anti-theft devices such as an Alpha ink tag and how to prevent shoplifting. I also had my U.S. Air Force Law Enforcement experience as a key part of my resume. Well, I was interviewed for the position and due to some unforeseen circumstances the person who was going to transfer for the L.P. Manager position changed his mind. Based on my interview, Loss Prevention experience and college degree I was offered the Loss Prevention Manager position. I say I was blessed with the opportunity and when it was presented I accepted.  While I use this example of an opportunity that was presented to me, I also like to look for opportunities when I can give to others. It may be my knowledge of retail anti-theft devices or my years of experience as a manager. I want to help other retail managers understand that there are times when they can be the agent of presenting opportunities to others.
     Before I do that I do want to be sure to clarify what I mean by retail anti-theft devices like the Alpha ink tag. As the name implies retail anti-theft devices are tools used by retailers to deter and prevent shoplifters from stealing merchandise. The types of devices I am specifically referring to utilize radio frequency technology that passes a radio wave between a tag and an electronic article surveillance tower. If a tagged item is carried too close to a tower alarms are set off and employees are alerted that someone is approached the doors with unpaid product. Some devices use an additional security feature to deter theft. The Alpha ink tag is one such device incorporating the radio frequency technology AND ink. If a shoplifter attempts to force an ink tag off of an item it will spread the ink and stain the merchandise rendering it useless to the criminal. This will prevent shoplifting since bad guys tend to leave protected merchandise alone not wanting to chance being noticed or caught when attempting to steal.
     As I was saying I would like to suggest that instead of looking for opportunities that will benefit ourselves what if we as managers made opportunities knock for others? Let me give an example from my own experiences. I work part-time as a sales associate for an office supply store. I use my knowledge of Loss Prevention and shortage prevention to make suggestions to the store manager that I think would enhance security or drive profitable sales. .  I have made suggestions that could help prevent shoplifting such as adding additional security measures to some items.  I have made suggestions to change forms that would make researching out of stocks more efficient. The suggestions might not be very beneficial to me but for my manager they could be extremely beneficial in terms of efficiency.
     I also had a conversation with a young co-worker recently. He was hired in a temporary seasonal position and started to tell me about how he was not sure he would be hired back when the opportunity arose. I asked if he had been given any feedback regarding his performance and he said he had. I used this time to give him some unsolicited suggestions for future jobs he might hold. I let him know that the suggestions were based on my experiences as a manager. Whether he chooses to use the feedback or not is his prerogative but he has been provided an opportunity that can aid him in future success if he is open to it.
     In part 2 of this article I will give some additional suggestions for how you as a manager or store owner can be the instigator of opportunity for someone else. It may be as simple as suggesting the use of an Alpha ink tag to a clothing store owner to improve shortage or giving feedback to a young employee.
Get more information on retail anti-theft devices, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today

Opportunity knocks so they say and we want to think we are ready to answer that door and invite it in. When we hear the saying, “Opportunity Knocks” I wonder just how many of us think of it in terms of something that can benefit US if we accept it? I think back to my early years in Retail Loss Prevention. I was a Loss Prevention Associate for a department store and doing well in that role catching a lot of shoplifters and assisting in a few internal investigations. Opportunity for me knocked when a new big box retail store was coming to our area and was looking for Loss Prevention Associates. I applied only for the opportunity for a little better pay. I figured I had an advantage with my knowledge of retail anti-theft devices such as an Alpha ink tag and how to prevent shoplifting. I also had my U.S. Air Force Law Enforcement experience as a key part of my resume. Well, I was interviewed for the position and due to some unforeseen circumstances the person who was going to transfer for the L.P. Manager position changed his mind. Based on my interview, Loss Prevention experience and college degree I was offered the Loss Prevention Manager position. I say I was blessed with the opportunity and when it was presented I accepted.  While I use this example of an opportunity that was presented to me, I also like to look for opportunities when I can give to others. It may be my knowledge of retail anti-theft devices or my years of experience as a manager. I want to help other retail managers understand that there are times when they can be the agent of presenting opportunities to others.

Before I do that I do want to be sure to clarify what I mean by retail anti-theft devices like the Alpha ink tag. As the name implies retail anti-theft devices are tools used by retailers to deter and prevent shoplifters from stealing merchandise. The types of devices I am specifically referring to utilize radio frequency technology that passes a radio wave between a tag and an electronic article surveillance tower. If a tagged item is carried too close to a tower, alarms are set off and employees are alerted that someone approached the doors with unpaid product. Some devices use an additional security feature to deter theft. The Alpha ink tag is one such device incorporating the radio frequency technology AND ink. If a shoplifter attempts to force an ink tag off of an item it will spread the ink and stain the merchandise rendering it useless to the criminal. This will prevent shoplifting since bad guys tend to leave protected merchandise alone not wanting to chance being noticed or caught when attempting to steal.

As I was saying I would like to suggest that instead of looking for opportunities that will benefit ourselves what if we as managers made opportunities knock for others? Let me give an example from my own experiences. I work part-time as a sales associate for an office supply store. I use my knowledge of Loss Prevention and shortage prevention to make suggestions to the store manager that I think would enhance security or drive profitable sales. I have made suggestions that could help prevent shoplifting such as adding additional security measures to some items.  I have made suggestions to change forms that would make researching out of stocks more efficient. The suggestions might not be very beneficial to me but for my manager they could be extremely beneficial in terms of efficiency.

I also had a conversation with a young co-worker recently. He was hired in a temporary seasonal position and started to tell me about how he was not sure he would be hired back when the opportunity arose. I asked if he had been given any feedback regarding his performance and he said he had. I used this time to give him some unsolicited suggestions for future jobs he might hold. I let him know that the suggestions were based on my experiences as a manager. Whether he chooses to use the feedback or not is his prerogative but he has been provided an opportunity that can aid him in future success if he is open to it.

In part 2 of this article I will give some additional suggestions for how you as a manager or store owner can be the instigator of opportunity for someone else. It may be as simple as suggesting the use of an Alpha ink tag to a clothing store owner to improve shortage or giving feedback to a young employee.

 

Get more information on retail anti-theft devices, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today

 

 

 

ALPHA BUG TAG PUTS ALL EYES ON SHOPLIFTERS AFTER BOOSTING ELECTRONICS IN THEIR PANTS!

ALPHA BUG TAG PUTS ALL EYES ON SHOPLIFTERS AFTER BOOSTING ELECTRONICS IN THEIR PANTS!
Alpha Bug Tag- 3                                                                     ML Blog 18
Prevent Shoplifting-3
      
       In Loss Prevention, you watch hours upon hours of CCTV, waiting for that one shoplifter to boost your products. You truly never know what situations will arise: You never know exactly who is going to steal or under what circumstances. Even with theft being a serious crime, you run across shoplifters that do some downright humorous things. Some tactics will never make sense, but you just have to laugh it off and keep being a dedicated professional. But even the most dedicated loss prevention people can’t be in the store at all times. For the moments you can’t be there to watch people, you can use the best shoplifter proof protection devices to prevent shoplifting from these situations that may arise! We often use hard tags or ink tags for clothing items, but what can be done for other products we sell? A very common misconception is there is no protection devices to fit properly, so management throws their hands up to the problem. Retailers often neglect these products due to it being a boxed product versus clothing item.  The Alpha Bug Tag is the best option for these difficult merchandise protection situations!
       I was watching one of our high theft departments and noticed 2 subjects walk right into my camera range. I knew right away according to their behavior that they were going to steal. They started looking around suspiciously, while keeping their eye on the prize. They saw 15 boxes of high dollar electronics speaker that are priced at $79.99 a piece. The size of box is small, with a high price ready for them to resell! They feel like it’s a win, win… while not realizing I am watching every move they make on CCTV. They grab the electronic speaker’s and quickly go to a corner in the store. It seems they did not see that the merchandise is tagged with an Alpha Bug Tag to prevent shoplifting. Or for some reason they don’t feel it will alarm at the door. They looked around, and started stuffing all 15 boxes into their pants. Not in any pockets though, but straight into their pants! The speakers are pretty heavy so I figured most of them would fall out as they were walking… but it didn’t. They started wobbling around the store, oddly enough making sure no one saw them. The wobbling by itself should have made them worried about getting attention from the sales staff, but again it didn’t! After they finally felt comfortable (well as comfortable as you can be with 15 boxes in your pants), they went for the exit. The alarm went off right as the subjects exited thanks to the Alpha Bug Tag. All eyes now on them from everyone in the store. Since they did exit the store, I ran out there and apprehended both subjects and brought them back to my Loss Prevention office to process them. I asked for all of the speakers back, and they started pulling them out one by one. Come to find out, they had their underwear duct taped to their legs in order to hold the speakers!! First time ever seeing this! This was definitely a strange situation, but I managed to prevent a lot of money from going out the door. My store team was so excited for the big bust, but laughed when I had to explain where the speakers were and what happened! 
       Shoplifters never cease to amaze me. In the end, my store was thankful for utilizing the Alpha Bug Tag. What if I was not watching these subjects? These subjects could have got away with a lot of merchandise. The associates need an alarm to go off, incase no one noticed the subjects stealing. It is important to utilize them to prevent shoplifting at all times!
Alpha Bug Tag is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.

In Loss Prevention, you watch hours upon hours of CCTV, waiting for that one shoplifter to boost your products. You truly never know what situations will arise: You never know exactly who is going to steal or under what circumstances. Even with theft being a serious crime, you run across shoplifters that do some downright humorous things. Some tactics will never make sense, but you just have to laugh it off and keep being a dedicated professional. But even the most dedicated loss prevention people can’t be in the store at all times. For the moments you can’t be there to watch people, you can use the best shoplifter proof protection devices to prevent shoplifting from these situations that may arise! We often use hard tags or ink tags for clothing items, but what can be done for other products we sell? A very common misconception is there is no protection devices to fit properly, so management throws their hands up to the problem. Retailers often neglect these products due to it being a boxed product versus clothing item.  The Alpha Bug Tag is the best option for these difficult merchandise protection situations!
       

I was watching one of our high theft departments and noticed 2 subjects walk right into my camera range. I knew right away according to their behavior that they were going to steal. They started looking around suspiciously, while keeping their eye on the prize. They saw 15 boxes of high dollar electronics speaker that are priced at $79.99 a piece. The size of box is small, with a high price ready for them to resell! They feel like it’s a win, win… while not realizing I am watching every move they make on CCTV. They grab the electronic speaker’s and quickly go to a corner in the store. It seems they did not see that the merchandise is tagged with an Alpha Bug Tag to prevent shoplifting. Or for some reason they don’t feel it will alarm at the door. They looked around, and started stuffing all 15 boxes into their pants. Not in any pockets though, but straight into their pants! The speakers are pretty heavy so I figured most of them would fall out as they were walking… but it didn’t. They started wobbling around the store, oddly enough making sure no one saw them. The wobbling by itself should have made them worried about getting attention from the sales staff, but again it didn’t! After they finally felt comfortable (well as comfortable as you can be with 15 boxes in your pants), they went for the exit. The alarm went off right as the subjects exited thanks to the Alpha Bug Tag. All eyes now on them from everyone in the store. Since they did exit the store, I ran out there and apprehended both subjects and brought them back to my Loss Prevention office to process them. I asked for all of the speakers back, and they started pulling them out one by one. Come to find out, they had their underwear duct taped to their legs in order to hold the speakers!! First time ever seeing this! This was definitely a strange situation, but I managed to prevent a lot of money from going out the door. My store team was so excited for the big bust, but laughed when I had to explain where the speakers were and what happened! 
       

Shoplifters never cease to amaze me. In the end, my store was thankful for utilizing the Alpha Bug Tag. What if I was not watching these subjects? These subjects could have got away with a lot of merchandise. The associates need an alarm to go off, incase no one noticed the subjects stealing. It is important to utilize them to prevent shoplifting at all times!

 

Alpha Bug Tag is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.

 

Hit One Out Of The Park; Prevent Shoplifting Of Baseball Bats By Protecting Them With An O Tag

 

Retail Anti-Theft Device -3                                                                                                     WC Blog 399
Prevent Shoplifting – 4
O Tag – 5
Hit One Out Of The Park; Prevent Shoplifting Of Baseball Bats By Protecting Them With An O Tag 
     As per my usual routine I was browsing the internet today to see what criminals are up to these days. My goal was to see if there was something new and hot for thieves. From my own experience as a Loss Prevention Manager I already know that sporting goods are always a popular item for criminals. They are hard to trace, can be easily traded for drugs or sold on the internet. I have had problems with shoplifters swapping out golf clubs in boxed sets, ticket switching baseball gloves, stealing bikes and I knew that baseball bats could be a potential problem but I dealt with one case of it. A shoplifter put one down the front of his pants and tried to walk out of the store (hobble out was more like it). At the time I did not have many options to prevent shoplifting of baseball bats other than lock them up which was not an option at all. Electronic article surveillance soft tags were the only retail anti-theft devices we had to use.  Well apparently there is a lot more bat theft that goes on than I knew after my search of the internet. Here are a few examples:
From abc30  Feb. 7, 2015 – Clovis police were looking for two grand theft suspects who had stolen about $1400 worth of baseball bats from a sporting goods store.
From NJ .com, Apr., 6, 2015 – A couple was charged with stealing nearly $3,000 worth of high-end baseball bats from a sporting goods store in Mount Laurel, N.J.
My Coast Now reported on May 5, 2017 that thieves broke into a Nanaimo, British Columbia store and stole at least 6 rare bats and 3 Louisville Slugger bats in addition to 12 pair of football receiver gloves. http://www.mycoastnow.com/30809/unique-baseball-bats-stolen/ 
AlbuquerqueJournal reported on April 24, 2015, that a man stole 2 baseball bats worth $300 each from a sporting goods and batting cage store.
While there is more theft than I thought there is also another device to prevent shoplifting and that is the O Tag from Alpha Security.
     The O Tag is a superior choice for protecting baseball bats because they are designed specifically to fit around the handle end of the bat shaft. Since it is designed and built by Alpha High Theft Solutions it has built in electronic article surveillance technology that works in conjunction with EAS towers from Checkpoint. The O Tag sends out radio frequency waves that can be detected by the towers when the tagged merchandise is carried to close to the doors where the towers are located. When the detection takes place a 95 decibel alarm sounds and warning lights in the towers flash. This alerts store associates to go to the doors, conduct a receipt check and recover merchandise that has not been paid for yet.
     While retail anti-theft devices on the baseball bats does prevent a theft, it is also effective in deterring one since the shoplifters often choose to avoid the risk of walking out with tagged products. Preventing a theft is great but deterring the would-be thief from even considering stealing from your store is better. The knowledge that a store tags ALL of their merchandise sends the shoplifters to other locations. No, we don’t want them to steal, ever, but if other store owners choose not to protect their goods with retail anti-theft devices that becomes their issue. If you are investing in it you will reap ALL of the benefits that result from your foresight.
     Use an O Tag on all of your baseball bats and you will improve your instock percentages and that in turn will result in increased sales and profits. Shrinkage, empty fixtures from theft and decreased profits all fit together. The converse is true also, use the O Tag, prevent shoplifting and watch profits rise.
The O Tag is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.
     
 

As per my usual routine I was browsing the internet today to see what criminals are up to these days. My goal was to see if there was something new and hot for thieves. From my own experience as a Loss Prevention Manager I already know that sporting goods are always a popular item for criminals. They are hard to trace, can be easily traded for drugs or sold on the internet. I have had problems with shoplifters swapping out golf clubs in boxed sets, ticket switching baseball gloves, stealing bikes and I knew that baseball bats could be a potential problem but I dealt with one case of it. A shoplifter put one down the front of his pants and tried to walk out of the store (hobble out was more like it). At the time I did not have many options to prevent shoplifting of baseball bats other than lock them up which was not an option at all. Electronic article surveillance soft tags were the only retail anti-theft devices we had to use.  Well apparently there is a lot more bat theft that goes on than I knew after my search of the internet. Here are a few examples:

From abc30  Feb. 7, 2015 – Clovis police were looking for two grand theft suspects who had stolen about $1400 worth of baseball bats from a sporting goods store.

From NJ .com, Apr., 6, 2015 – A couple was charged with stealing nearly $3,000 worth of high-end baseball bats from a sporting goods store in Mount Laurel, N.J.

My Coast Now reported on May 5, 2017 that thieves broke into a Nanaimo, British Columbia store and stole at least 6 rare bats and 3 Louisville Slugger bats in addition to 12 pair of football receiver gloves. http://www.mycoastnow.com/30809/unique-baseball-bats-stolen/ 

AlbuquerqueJournal reported on April 24, 2015, that a man stole 2 baseball bats worth $300 each from a sporting goods and batting cage store.

While there is more theft than I thought there is also another device to prevent shoplifting and that is the O Tag from Alpha Security.

 

The O Tag is a superior choice for protecting baseball bats because they are designed specifically to fit around the handle end of the bat shaft. Since it is designed and built by Alpha High Theft Solutions it has built in electronic article surveillance technology that works in conjunction with EAS towers from Checkpoint. The O Tag sends out radio frequency waves that can be detected by the towers when the tagged merchandise is carried to close to the doors where the towers are located. When the detection takes place a 95 decibel alarm sounds and warning lights in the towers flash. This alerts store associates to go to the doors, conduct a receipt check and recover merchandise that has not been paid for yet.

 

While retail anti-theft devices on the baseball bats does prevent a theft, it is also effective in deterring one since the shoplifters often choose to avoid the risk of walking out with tagged products. Preventing a theft is great but deterring the would-be thief from even considering stealing from your store is better. The knowledge that a store tags ALL of their merchandise sends the shoplifters to other locations. No, we don’t want them to steal, ever, but if other store owners choose not to protect their goods with retail anti-theft devices that becomes their issue. If you are investing in it you will reap ALL of the benefits that result from your foresight.

 

Use an O Tag on all of your baseball bats and you will improve your instock percentages and that in turn will result in increased sales and profits. Shrinkage, empty fixtures from theft and decreased profits all fit together. The converse is true also, use the O Tag, prevent shoplifting and watch profits rise.

 

The O Tag is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.
      

 

 

PREVENT SHOPLIFTING BY EMBRACING NEW ALPHA TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR BUSINESS!

 

PREVENT SHOPLIFTING BY EMBRACING NEW ALPHA TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR BUSINESS! 
 Prevent Shoplifitng-3                                                                     ML Blog 10
  Alpha Hang Tag- 3
        Shrinkage takes a massive bite out of your stores bottom line.  Shoplifters are one of the highest contributors to shrinkage for the retail industry.  Retailers have a myriad of ways to protect their assets from thieves. We have to think smarter than the thief and stay one step ahead of them at every turn to prevent shoplifting.  We accomplish this goal by using the most advanced security devices available and embracing new technology. Most stores will place spider wraps and large tags on their products for theft prevention. That is an excellent deterrent for boxed items and clothing, but what about our clamshell packaged merchandise?  In the stores that I have worked Loss Prevention for, we can easily have over 50 percent of our products hanging on a peg hook.   With such a large quantity, why wouldn’t you protect that product as well? Many stores are forgetting about those areas, which leads to a trending high amount of loss each year.
 
        In one of my stores, my expert Loss Prevention team apprehended 132 shoplifters in 1 year.  60% of those shoplifting cases had product that was selected from peg hooks versus off fixtures.  I would place the merchandise on a locking peg hook thinking it was protected and that the merchandise could not be removed unless an associate unlocked the peg.  However, it never failed that a thief would come through with a knife and cut the top of the plastic off.  This was so they could get the product off of the locking peg and steal it easily.  I watched one morning via CCTV, a shoplifter come through an aisle of high dollar product on pegs. I noticed the subject quickly pulling an item out of his pocket. I saw on camera that he pulled out his own box cutter, and then cut a whole row of product off. After getting the merchandise off, he concealed it all into an empty shopping bag! After concealing, he had a get away driver waiting and fled the scene. It all happened extremely fast. Not only did he get away with 10 expensive items, but it could have been a harmful situation for associates. We had to change the culture! We had to put a stop to the thieves from coming in, using knives/box cutters to steal items regularly. After figuring out where the issue was, I was able to get approval to order the Alpha Hang Tag. I had no idea these existed in the Loss Prevention world. I received a shipment in and place them on our highest theft products to prevent shoplifting in that area. I would complete counts daily to track if the Alpha Hang Tag was truly working. After 4 weeks of usage and tracking, I found 0 product was cut off by thieves. The only product that was missing, was the product that was sold to customers. This was a huge win for my store! 
 
        After noting the success rate, I was able to obtain approval to order more and place it on other products as well. The feedback I received from associates was likewise positive. The Alpha Hang Tag is extremely small, so it is very customer friendly. It is also easy to put on, so it does not take inordinate amounts of time for the associates to put on before putting the merchandise on the sales floor. The best part for the store was not finding tons of empty packaging daily any longer, knowing that we were able to prevent shoplifting!
Get more information on how to prevent shoplifting, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today. 

Shrinkage takes a massive bite out of your stores bottom line. Shoplifters are one of the highest contributors to shrinkage for the retail industry.  Retailers have a myriad of ways to protect their assets from thieves. We have to think smarter than the thief and stay one step ahead of them at every turn to prevent shoplifting. We accomplish this goal by using the most advanced security devices available and embracing new technology. Most stores will place spider wraps and large tags on their products for theft prevention. That is an excellent deterrent for boxed items and clothing, but what about our clamshell packaged merchandise?  In the stores that I have worked Loss Prevention for, we can easily have over 50 percent of our products hanging on a peg hook. With such a large quantity, why wouldn’t you protect that product as well? Many stores are forgetting about those areas, which leads to a trending high amount of loss each year.        

 

 In one of my stores, my expert Loss Prevention team apprehended 132 shoplifters in 1 year. 60% of those shoplifting cases had product that was selected from peg hooks versus off fixtures. I would place the merchandise on a locking peg hook thinking it was protected and that the merchandise could not be removed unless an associate unlocked the peg. However, it never failed that a thief would come through with a knife and cut the top of the plastic off. This was so they could get the product off of the locking peg and steal it easily. I watched one morning via CCTV, a shoplifter come through an aisle of high dollar product on pegs. I noticed the subject quickly pulling an item out of his pocket. I saw on camera that he pulled out his own box cutter, and then cut a whole row of product off. After getting the merchandise off, he concealed it all into an empty shopping bag! After concealing, he had a get away driver waiting and fled the scene. It all happened extremely fast. Not only did he get away with 10 expensive items, but it could have been a harmful situation for associates. We had to change the culture! We had to put a stop to the thieves from coming in, using knives/box cutters to steal items regularly. After figuring out where the issue was, I was able to get approval to order the Alpha Hang Tag. I had no idea these existed in the Loss Prevention world. I received a shipment in and place them on our highest theft products to prevent shoplifting in that area. I would complete counts daily to track if the Alpha Hang Tag was truly working. After 4 weeks of usage and tracking, I found 0 product was cut off by thieves. The only product that was missing, was the product that was sold to customers. This was a huge win for my store!         

After noting the success rate, I was able to obtain approval to order more and place it on other products as well. The feedback I received from associates was likewise positive. The Alpha Hang Tag is extremely small, so it is very customer friendly. It is also easy to put on, so it does not take inordinate amounts of time for the associates to put on before putting the merchandise on the sales floor. The best part for the store was not finding tons of empty packaging daily any longer, knowing that we were able to prevent shoplifting!

 

Get more information on how to prevent shoplifting, contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 today. 

 

 

Jewelry Hijinks Might Have Been Prevented If Alpha Jewel Locks Had Been Around; How I Was Outwitted By A Slick Senior

 

Alpha Jewel Lok-4                                                                                                                 WC Blog 354
Retail Anti-Theft Devices-3
Jewelry Hijinks Might Have Been Prevented If Alpha Jewel Locks Had Been Around; How I Was Outwitted By A Slick Senior 
     Loss Prevention personnel see a lot of strange things get stolen. Sometimes we catch the bad guys and sometimes they get one over on us. During the course of my years in the field I encountered all kinds of strange things. I had an employee I caught who stole pairs of socks along with other clothing and I caught a golfer with $300 in his wallet stealing a couple of packages of underwear but one of the oddest shoplifting stories was one about a shoplifter who actually got away. The shoplifter was an older woman, probably in her 70’s shopping in our jewelry department. Our store didn’t lock up all of our jewelry in display cases or in counter top displays. Some merchandise was out for open sale. Our retail anti-theft devices were limited to electronic article surveillance tags (EAS) tags on the backers of some items such as rings and earrings, but not all. While it would have behooved us to have Alpha Jewel Loks available to secure the smaller pieces like bracelets and earrings, they had not been developed at that time. I will get back to the story of the sticky-fingered slickster in a moment. First I need to discuss exactly what an Alpha Jewel Lok is so I don’t leave anyone scratching their head.
     Alpha makes all types of retail anti-theft devices but the only one they have that is small enough to offer EAS protection to items as small as a bracelet or small pair of hoop earrings is the Alpha Jewel Lok. This tag has a small, steel hook that locks closed in a solid housing unit with EAS technology built into it. The hook can secure clasps together, earrings or be clipped through a watch band. While you may be thinking that something this small could be broken by a thief, it is strong enough that the jewelry will break before the lock does. Shoplifters aren’t looking for broken merchandise as that defeats their purpose. The EAS portion that interacts with the alarm towers at the doors deters potential thieves who want to avoid alarm systems.
     As I was saying, this older woman was spending a lot of time around the costume jewelry counter looking at what I call the lower end jewelry. Some of it was gold plated or silver plated and could run up to around $50 a piece but generally no more than that. I caught myself watching her because she was in a high theft area but I then moved the camera to something else. I chided myself thinking, “What is this little old lady going to do?” As the customer continued to take her time picking up earrings, removing them from the backings, trying them on and then putting them back I couldn’t shake the feeling something wasn’t right. She was taking a long time trying the merchandise on, looking in a mirror and viewing herself. Part of me excused the behavior thinking that she was just a lonely woman with nowhere else to go and nothing to do. The longer she lingered the more suspicious I became and zoomed my camera in but still I saw nothing that looked like theft. The only thing that really stood out as suspicious was that she was looking only at pierced earrings and trying them on and taking them off. She didn’t look at any other types of jewelry. 
     After more than an hour of trying on earrings the sinister seventy-something went on her merry way. I knew something just did not feel right but she was gone and I was going to figure out what she did. I went to the counter and started looking at the earrings, especially a couple pair I could be sure she had tried on. As I looked at the earrings I noticed something, every pair was some type of gold. Then I noticed it, the earring backers that keep the earrings from falling out when worn were all plastic or silver. The greedy granny had stolen the gold earring backs from a LOT of our earrings. I don’t recall how many, but it was a significant number. To this day it remains a bit of a sore spot that she got one over on me.
      There are a lot of odd things that get stolen and just when you think you’ve seen it all, some new twist or turn happens that you never expected. Using Alpha Jewel Loks and other retail anti-theft devices on as many items as possible can minimize the amount of theft your store will experience and save you money. Just don’t let anything surprise you if it isn’t secured or locked up.
Need information on Alpha Jewel Loks? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.

Loss Prevention personnel see a lot of strange things get stolen. Sometimes we catch the bad guys and sometimes they get one over on us. During the course of my years in the field I encountered all kinds of strange things. I had an employee I caught who stole pairs of socks along with other clothing and I caught a golfer with $300 in his wallet stealing a couple of packages of underwear but one of the oddest shoplifting stories was one about a shoplifter who actually got away. The shoplifter was an older woman, probably in her 70’s shopping in our jewelry department. Our store didn’t lock up all of our jewelry in display cases or in counter top displays. Some merchandise was out for open sale. Our retail anti-theft devices were limited to electronic article surveillance tags (EAS) tags on the backers of some items such as rings and earrings, but not all. While it would have behooved us to have Alpha Jewel Loks available to secure the smaller pieces like bracelets and earrings, they had not been developed at that time. I will get back to the story of the sticky-fingered slickster in a moment. First I need to discuss exactly what an Alpha Jewel Lok is so I don’t leave anyone scratching their head.

Alpha makes all types of retail anti-theft devices but the only one they have that is small enough to offer EAS protection to items as small as a bracelet or small pair of hoop earrings is the Alpha Jewel Lok. This tag has a small, steel hook that locks closed in a solid housing unit with EAS technology built into it. The hook can secure clasps together, earrings or be clipped through a watch band. While you may be thinking that something this small could be broken by a thief, it is strong enough that the jewelry will break before the lock does. Shoplifters aren’t looking for broken merchandise as that defeats their purpose. The EAS portion that interacts with the alarm towers at the doors deters potential thieves who want to avoid alarm systems.

As I was saying, this older woman was spending a lot of time around the costume jewelry counter looking at what I call the lower end jewelry. Some of it was gold plated or silver plated and could run up to around $50 a piece but generally no more than that. I caught myself watching her because she was in a high theft area but I then moved the camera to something else. I chided myself thinking, “What is this little old lady going to do?” As the customer continued to take her time picking up earrings, removing them from the backings, trying them on and then putting them back I couldn’t shake the feeling something wasn’t right. She was taking a long time trying the merchandise on, looking in a mirror and viewing herself. Part of me excused the behavior thinking that she was just a lonely woman with nowhere else to go and nothing to do. The longer she lingered the more suspicious I became and zoomed my camera in but still I saw nothing that looked like theft. The only thing that really stood out as suspicious was that she was looking only at pierced earrings and trying them on and taking them off. She didn’t look at any other types of jewelry. 

After more than an hour of trying on earrings the sinister seventy-something went on her merry way. I knew something just did not feel right but she was gone and I was going to figure out what she did. I went to the counter and started looking at the earrings, especially a couple pair I could be sure she had tried on. As I looked at the earrings I noticed something, every pair was some type of gold. Then I noticed it, the earring backers that keep the earrings from falling out when worn were all plastic or silver. The greedy granny had stolen the gold earring backs from a LOT of our earrings. I don’t recall how many, but it was a significant number. To this day it remains a bit of a sore spot that she got one over on me.

There are a lot of odd things that get stolen and just when you think you’ve seen it all, some new twist or turn happens that you never expected. Using Alpha Jewel Loks and other retail anti-theft devices on as many items as possible can minimize the amount of theft your store will experience and save you money. Just don’t let anything surprise you if it isn’t secured or locked up.

 

Need information on Alpha Jewel Loks? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.

 

 

Retail Anti-Theft Devices Could Have Prevented A Shoplifter From Biting Off More Than He Could Chew

Retail Anti-Theft Devices – 4                                                                                                                 WC Blog 151
Alpha Ink Tag-4
Retail Anti-Theft Devices Could Have Prevented A Shoplifter From Biting Off More Than He Could Chew
      Being a Loss Prevention Manager doesn’t mean you are always at work when the interesting shopliftings occur.  Sometimes it’s your team that has to deal with the difficult situations such as the one that took place one afternoon at the store where I worked.  Two of my team members were working this particular day when they began watching a suspect in the shoe department.  The suspect in this case began trying on men’s work boots.  We had no retail anti-theft devices on our shoes or boots such as an Alpha Ink Tag to deter theft.  The subject in this case found a pair of boots, put them on and walked to the front of the store and watched the door.  When he felt it was safe, he walked to the exit and as he started to leave, my two Loss Prevention Officers stopped him and brought him back in the store.  As they neared the security office the subject turned to run and the officers grabbed him.  The suspect then bit one of the officers and tried to throw a punch at him.  Fortunately for the suspect the officers showed a bit of restraint and while he ended up with a bump on his head he was no worse for wear, aside from a ripped t-shirt.  The officers called for local police and then notified me of the incident.  Of course my concern was for my Loss Prevention Officer who had been bitten.  I was also curious why the suspect had fought so hard over a pair of boots.  It turned out the suspect had an extensive criminal history and was also identifying himself as his brother who was a detective in a nearby state.  The point of this story is that retail anti-theft devices can and do deter theft. A store may or may not have Loss Prevention personnel but, the devices along with electronic article surveillance antennas can prevent shoplifting.
     The Alpha Ink Tag can be applied to nearly all clothing items, as well as comforters, sheet sets, even purses and totes.  The tag has one side with dye capsules built in that are designed to break if someone attempts to tamper with the tag and remove it on their own.  The only way to take it off without risking damage to the merchandise is with a detachment key controlled by the store, usually secured at the point of sale.  The tag is pinned to merchandise and makes a tight seal hindering attempts to pry them off.  I have seen the results of ink ruining clothes after a shoplifter attempted to take an Alpha Ink Tag off of a pair of jeans.  It leaves a mess that cannot be cleaned off of the garment and unless you are into tie-dye, you wouldn’t want to wear it.
     It is my firm belief that retail anti-theft devices do deter theft, especially when they are placed in a prominent location on an item.  In the situation my Loss Prevention Officers had to contend with, I believe that had our store used an Alpha Ink Tag on shoes the shoplifter would never had attempted to steal the boots in the first place. I can’t say he would not have tried to steal something else if ink tags had been used, but who knows?  In this case had the criminal been deterred by a retail anti-theft device and left the store empty handed the Loss Prevention Officer would not have been bitten.
     As a side note for those who would argue against Loss Prevention Officers because of rare instances like this, I would point out that in the vast majority of cases where we had two Loss Prevention department members available, we had few fights or injuries.  The training program we had made officer and shoplifter safety paramount.  There were other benefits the officers brought to the store such as helping find lost purses, cars and children.  They built partnerships with police and store managers.  While stores in our area and even next to ours were robbed, we never experienced one robbery in the nearly 14 years I worked there.
    Oh, and what happened to the Security Officer after the bite?  He had to go through a series of shots to ensure he did not acquire any blood borne pathogens. He did return to work and fully recovered, but it was not an experience he wanted to go through again.
Need information on retail anti-theft devices?  Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.
       

Being a Loss Prevention Manager doesn’t mean you are always at work when the interesting shopliftings occur. Sometimes it’s your team that has to deal with the difficult situations such as the one that took place one afternoon at the store where I worked. Two of my team members were working this particular day when they began watching a suspect in the shoe department. The suspect in this case began trying on men’s work boots. We had no retail anti-theft devices on our shoes or boots such as an Alpha Ink Tag to deter theft. The subject in this case found a pair of boots, put them on and walked to the front of the store and watched the door. When he felt it was safe, he walked to the exit and as he started to leave, my two Loss Prevention Officers stopped him and brought him back in the store. As they neared the security office the subject turned to run and the officers grabbed him. The suspect then bit one of the officers and tried to throw a punch at him. Fortunately for the suspect the officers showed a bit of restraint and while he ended up with a bump on his head he was no worse for wear, aside from a ripped t-shirt. The officers called for local police and then notified me of the incident. Of course my concern was for my Loss Prevention Officer who had been bitten. I was also curious why the suspect had fought so hard over a pair of boots. It turned out the suspect had an extensive criminal history and was also identifying himself as his brother who was a detective in a nearby state. The point of this story is that retail anti-theft devices can and do deter theft. A store may or may not have Loss Prevention personnel but, the devices along with electronic article surveillance antennas can prevent shoplifting.
     

 

The Alpha Ink Tag can be applied to nearly all clothing items, as well as comforters, sheet sets, even purses and totes. The tag has one side with dye capsules built in that are designed to break if someone attempts to tamper with the tag and remove it on their own. The only way to take it off without risking damage to the merchandise is with a detachment key controlled by the store, usually secured at the point of sale. The tag is pinned to merchandise and makes a tight seal hindering attempts to pry them off. I have seen the results of ink ruining clothes after a shoplifter attempted to take an Alpha Ink Tag off of a pair of jeans. It leaves a mess that cannot be cleaned off of the garment and unless you are into tie-dye, you wouldn’t want to wear it.
     

It is my firm belief that retail anti-theft devices do deter theft, especially when they are placed in a prominent location on an item. In the situation my Loss Prevention Officers had to contend with, I believe that had our store used an Alpha Ink Tag on shoes the shoplifter would never had attempted to steal the boots in the first place. I can’t say he would not have tried to steal something else if ink tags had been used, but who knows?  In this case had the criminal been deterred by a retail anti-theft device and left the store empty handed the Loss Prevention Officer would not have been bitten.
     

As a side note for those who would argue against Loss Prevention Officers because of rare instances like this, I would point out that in the vast majority of cases where we had two Loss Prevention department members available, we had few fights or injuries. The training program we had made officer and shoplifter safety paramount. There were other benefits the officers brought to the store such as helping find lost purses, cars and children. They built partnerships with police and store managers. While stores in our area and even next to ours were robbed, we never experienced one robbery in the nearly 14 years I worked there.
   

Oh, and what happened to the Security Officer after the bite? He had to go through a series of shots to ensure he did not acquire any blood borne pathogens. He did return to work and fully recovered, but it was not an experience he wanted to go through again.

 

Need information on retail anti-theft devices? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.
       

 

Shoplifters Eyeing Your Sunglasses And Designer Frames? Eyewear Tags Take Away Their Temptation And Save YOU Money!

Eyewear Tag-5                                                                                                                               WC Blog 334
Alpha Security-4
Retail Anti-Theft Devices-4
Shoplifters Eyeing Your Sunglasses And Designer Frames? Eyewear Tags Take Away Their Temptation And Save YOU Money!
     I have a bad habit of going through sunglasses far too quickly. I misplace them, I lose them, and I sit on them when I put them on the seat of my car. I have bought a pair for each of my cars just to avoid moving them between vehicles and guess what…I still lose them. For this reason I have stopped purchasing expensive sunglasses and I have made stores that specialize in dollar merchandise my go to sunglass provider. For most people sunglasses are an important part of their style and they spend money to make sure they get a pair that expresses who they are while protecting their eyes from the brightness and glare of the sun, especially when driving. Some buy them for the outdoor sports they love or for the job they do. Whatever the reason, people will spend a lot of money on a quality pair of glasses, just not me because I can’t take care of them. For the stores that carry a better quality of sunglasses, theft is always a concern and trying to prevent shoplifting is a challenge. In spite of this challenge there are retail anti-theft devices from Alpha Security that can deter criminals who would clean out your inventory if given half a chance.
     The Alpha Security Eyewear Tag gives store owners the advantage of electronic article surveillance protection (EAS) while allowing shoppers the ability to try on glasses without affecting the way they fit. The tags are reusable so there is no need for constant replenishment of these retail anti-theft devices. When the customer is ready to make a purchase the glasses are taken to the point of sale where a special Alpha Security detachment tool is used by the cashier to remove the tag. Tags are then stored in a bin until ready for application on new products received by the store. Stores that invest in EAS pedestals, like those sold by Checkpoint Systems, have the advantage of alarm protection should a thief attempt to walk out with a protected pair of glasses. The pedestals sound a loud, beeping alert and flash colorful LED lights to alert employees that a tagged item is carried too close to the doors. Often this is enough to deter a theft since shoplifters don’t want to chance being caught. For store owners that have chosen not to invest in EAS pedestals the Eyewear Tag still provides ample deterrence value. In order to try to remove a tag a thief would have to try to force a tag off of the arm of the sunglasses and we all know how fragile those arms can be (especially me)! 
     How effective is this retail anti-theft device in protecting product? On the Alpha Security website they have a “Hard Tag Infographic” and in it they have posted, “A leading sunglasses chain began using the Eyewear Tag. Shrink went from more than 20% to ZERO! Even with no EAS!” Having worked in Retail Loss Prevention for nearly 20 years, being a L.P. Manager for 13 of those years, I can tell you I have NEVER seen any other shortage reduction strategy that has been THAT effective! Think about that if you own a small eyewear store(s) and have annual sales of $100,000 a year, 20% shrink is $20,000! What could you do with a windfall of $20,000 added back to your profit line?  Could you use that money to add another part-time employee to your staff thereby increasing customer service and increasing sales even more? Could you use it for pay raises and thereby increase employee morale and their desire to improve their own sales performance? You may choose to expand your business or simply enjoy the fruits of your labor and investment. 
     Retail anti-theft devices are proven to be effective at shortage reduction through deterrence and tag detection adding to store profitability. For sunglass and eyeglass stores, Eyewear Tags may be the ultimate solution for eliminating theft in your business and driving theft-related shortage to zero.
Eyewear Tags are important and we can help you with them. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.
     
     

I have a bad habit of going through sunglasses far too quickly. I misplace them, I lose them, and I sit on them when I put them on the seat of my car. I have bought a pair for each of my cars just to avoid moving them between vehicles and guess what…I still lose them. For this reason I have stopped purchasing expensive sunglasses and I have made stores that specialize in dollar merchandise my go to sunglass provider. For most people sunglasses are an important part of their style and they spend money to make sure they get a pair that expresses who they are while protecting their eyes from the brightness and glare of the sun, especially when driving. Some buy them for the outdoor sports they love or for the job they do. Whatever the reason, people will spend a lot of money on a quality pair of glasses, just not me because I can’t take care of them. For the stores that carry a better quality of sunglasses, theft is always a concern and trying to prevent shoplifting is a challenge. In spite of this challenge there are retail anti-theft devices from Alpha Security that can deter criminals who would clean out your inventory if given half a chance.
     

The Alpha Security Eyewear Tag gives store owners the advantage of electronic article surveillance protection (EAS) while allowing shoppers the ability to try on glasses without affecting the way they fit. The tags are reusable so there is no need for constant replenishment of these retail anti-theft devices. When the customer is ready to make a purchase the glasses are taken to the point of sale where a special Alpha Security detachment tool is used by the cashier to remove the tag. Tags are then stored in a bin until ready for application on new products received by the store. Stores that invest in EAS pedestals, like those sold by Checkpoint Systems, have the advantage of alarm protection should a thief attempt to walk out with a protected pair of glasses. The pedestals sound a loud, beeping alert and flash colorful LED lights to alert employees that a tagged item is carried too close to the doors. Often this is enough to deter a theft since shoplifters don’t want to chance being caught. For store owners that have chosen not to invest in EAS pedestals the Eyewear Tag still provides ample deterrence value. In order to try to remove a tag a thief would have to try to force a tag off of the arm of the sunglasses and we all know how fragile those arms can be (especially me)! 
     

How effective is this retail anti-theft device in protecting product? On the Alpha Security website they have a “Hard Tag Infographic” and in it they have posted, “A leading sunglasses chain began using the Eyewear Tag. Shrink went from more than 20% to ZERO! Even with no EAS!” Having worked in Retail Loss Prevention for nearly 20 years, being a L.P. Manager for 13 of those years, I can tell you I have NEVER seen any other shortage reduction strategy that has been THAT effective! Think about that if you own a small eyewear store(s) and have annual sales of $100,000 a year, 20% shrink is $20,000! What could you do with a windfall of $20,000 added back to your profit line?  Could you use that money to add another part-time employee to your staff thereby increasing customer service and increasing sales even more? Could you use it for pay raises and thereby increase employee morale and their desire to improve their own sales performance? You may choose to expand your business or simply enjoy the fruits of your labor and investment. 
     

Retail anti-theft devices are proven to be effective at shortage reduction through deterrence and tag detection adding to store profitability. For sunglass and eyeglass stores, Eyewear Tags may be the ultimate solution for eliminating theft in your business and driving theft-related shortage to zero.

 

Eyewear Tags are important and we can help you with them. Call 1.866.914.2567 and let’s talk.