When it comes to merchandise protection in my stores, I am always looking for the highest quality security devices that are cost effective. Are you looking for a fix that won’t break the bank? Each year expert thieves find new ways to pilfer our highest profit products. As retailers, we must remain hyper vigilant in the fight against loss. I’ve worked in several retail stores who at first, did not have security tags on clothes. I would watch clothing items walk out of the store daily. The shoplifters were taking over the location, leaving shelves empty and sales spiraling down. We could not allow this to keep happening, so we implemented clothing security tags on our products.
As a Loss Prevention manager, I frequently scan my CCTV cameras to analyze trends and patterns. I noticed we were consistently shrinking out in women’s & juniors clothing, so this was a high focus area for my store. We implemented a plan to have any women’s & juniors clothing priced at $29.99 and up, to utilize clothing security tags. Now that we executed a plan, we need to see if it really was working. I was scanning cameras one afternoon and noticed 2 woman in my store carrying large purses. The purses were extremely flat & appeared empty on camera. This alerted me to them, as I know this routine all too well! They both rapidly selected 15 high dollar shirts, priced at $49.99-69.99 each piece. After selecting the items, they lookout for store personnel as they head straight for an area with no checkouts or shoppers around. I knew they were now ready to conceal. They bend down to the ground as they get ready to load up their empty purses. They pull the shirts off the hangers, but then stop to discuss. I can see both subjects placing their hands on the clothing security tags. They try to break it off, but the task proved too difficult. They leave the 15 shirts on the ground, grab their empty purses, and exit into the parking lot. They didn’t realize my store places security tags on clothes. This showed my store team the importance of ensuring that we are utilizing the clothing security tags. These 2 subjects could have absconded close to $1000 in one instance. If the shoplifters decided to be bold by stealing with the tags on, they would set off the security system as they approach the exit. The security system would alert by making a massive noise and light up at the same time. This would place all eyes on them and allow the associates to react in time. Keeping security tags on clothes works as a deterrent in several different ways, which makes them extremely successful in retailers. At my location, we see several of these same incidents similar to the 2 subjects I watched. The shoplifter leaves empty handed due to our tough merchandise protection standards. Each week my store pulls our known theft numbers to see where we stand. For those 2 specific departments, we have noticed a massive decline in thefts after we started the new plan. I’ve personally seen this program work every time. Another positive aspect of the tags, are how customer friendly they are. My store manager really likes that they are reusable and easy to remove at the point of sale. This allows customers to still be able to check out at the registers quickly.
Clothing items are extremely easy to conceal for thieves. Improve your bottom line by simply placing security tags on clothes. Why not protect your assets with an easy, cost effective fix? Clothing security tags ensure that your business is protected. You will notice a difference in your theft problem immediately at your store!
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