One of the most popular forms of retail theft prevention is the use of clothing security tags. If used properly they can serve as a huge deterrent to shoplifters who want to go undetected. However, they must be utilized properly or they’re just a waste of time, energy and money. I was in a popular retailer this past holiday season browsing for gifts when the familiar chirp of an EAS pylon filled the air. I instinctively looked towards the nearest exit where a man carrying several bags stopped and looked around with confusion in his eyes. A nearby sales associate, without bothering to look up from his task, blurted out, “Don’t worry about it; it’s been doing that all day!”
First of all you have to understand that there are 2 main types of clothing security tags. The first is the standard ink tag. This tag is attached to an article of clothing and must be removed by a magnetic device upon checkout. If it is not removed properly and someone attempts to remove it by force or some other means, several tubes of ink inside of the tag break permanently staining that article of clothing. This is probably not the best thing to use if tie-dye shirts make a comeback, but otherwise they’re a solid deterrent.
The second type is the EAS (or Electronic Article Surveillance) tag. These are placed on articles of clothing, similar to the ink tags, but instead of being filled with tubes of ink these tags will set off an audible alarm if they pass between EAS pylons without being deactivated or removed completely. However, as in the above mentioned case, if your store associates aren’t trained and dedicated to being vigilant these loss prevention measures are nearly useless. Clothing security tags can serve as a great deterrent, but the best way to combat shoplifters is with dedicated informed associates.
For more information about clothing security or security tags on clothes contact us Clothing Security Tags or call 1.866.914.2567