Clothing security has always presented a problem for retailers. Clothing generally is highly desirable and easily concealed. In many cases, it is also expensive.
So to the clothing retailer, clothing security is a daily part of doing business.
The desirability and price of the product often defines the level of security devoted to clothing. For instance, a natural fur jacket that retails for thousands of dollars may be taken from a locked case by an attendant and shown to no more than two people at a time. Some seasonal merchandise such as imperfect t-shirts with the logo of the Super Bowl loser may be located outside the store on a rack for a sidewalk sale.
Various anti shoplifting methods have been tried by retailers to prevent costly losses to thieves: Alternating hangers to prevent grab and runs; locked chains through the sleeves of leather jackets to prevent their theft; Specially made locking displays that keep merchandise attached; Locked glass display cabinets; and many other mechanical means have been tried with varying degrees of success.
Probably the best balance between clothing security and customer accessibility is met by and electronic system provided by Checkpoint Systems. Clothing security tags are attached to the merchandise and can only be removed or deactivated by an employee of the store. If not removed or deactivated, an alarm sounds as the merchandise passes the sensors that are strategically placed at the exit of the store, or even in the department. This serves the dual purpose of alerting staff that an article is being taken fro its location, as well as a deterrent to those who are thinking about shoplifting from the store.
Accessibility means more sales and clothing security means less loss. Together, this means more profit for the store.