Prevent Shoplifting and “Sticky Fingers”

What measures prevent shoplifting by juveniles and impulse shoplifters? 

When I managed a loss prevention department for a major retailer and dealt with shoplifters almost daily, I noticed that certain type of shoplifters that I called a “casual shoplifters”, almost always had certain characteristics in common.  Generally these shoplifters, who were middle class and up, didn’t come to the store to steal, but conceived the idea once inside.  When apprehended, they almost always had the means to purchase the merchandise, either cash or a credit card.  In the case of juveniles, they were often out shopping for a particular item, but decided it was to their advantage to steal the item and use the money (sometimes that their parents had given them for the item) for something else.

Adults would be shopping for a particular item as well, and would either decide that it was “too expensive” or to upgrade to a better brand of clothing.

At any rate, the opportunity would present itself because of inattention by the staff or a hidden area of the store, the merchandise would be concealed and walk out the door carrying its value and profit with it.

How much of this goes on?  The report card for retail loss prevention is found in the rate of inventory shrinkage for its particular responsibility, and all efforts to prevent shoplifting are reflected in that.  Casual shoplifting makes up a percentage of the loss, but fortunately is probably the easiest type of shoplifting to prevent.

Casual shoplifters are the most easily deterred by the sudden appearance of a salesperson (or anyone else for that matter), the presence of CCTV cameras, proximity of other shoppers, or the use of retail anti theft devices.

Simply put, an EAS system such as one of the models provided by Checkpoint Security Systems, detects merchandise that has not been paid for as it leaves the store.  The Checkpoint security tags that are placed on the merchandise allow the customer to handle, touch, and even try on the merchandise, but announces to the potential shoplifter that it is going to take considerable effort and risk to get out of the store undetected with his loot.

There is a device from Checkpoint Security Systems that is designed for almost any retail environment, merchandise, or situation.

Any retailer who is seriously considering ways to prevent shoplifting and improve profits should explore a retail theft device from Checkpoint Security Systems.

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