Security tags on clothes are cause for alarm, not because they are dangerous or might hurt someone, but because they will cause an audible alarm to occur when stolen merchandise passes through the field of a Checkpoint Systems antenna.
Clothing security is necessary, of course, because certain items of clothing are prime targets of shoplifters. Whatever the latest fad is in fashion, whatever is trendy, and whatever is expensive are more often than not the items that are pilfered. Hardly anyone steals plain white athletic socks when an almost identical pair with a cool logo is displayed nearby. By the same token, name brands of anything tend to be stolen while the generics stay on the shelves.
My thought is that people steal clothes more for greed than need. I know that stores that sell higher end clothing have more need for security tags on clothes and anti shoplifting devices like those developed by Checkpoint Systems than your local thrift store. So if people could buy shirts at a thrift store for under five dollars, why steal seventy dollar shirts and risk arrest?
Apparently, some people feel it’s worth it, because expensive clothing is stolen every day.
To protect desirable and popular merchandise from thieves, retailers have turned to Checkpoint Systems for solutions to the problems caused by shoplifters. Security tags on clothes serve the dual purpose of prevention, by warning potential shoplifters that they are likely to be detected and by the alarm itself, which alerts the staff that an item is leaving the store that hasn’t been paid for.
So which alarm is better? The alarm that sounds when security tags on clothes pass the Checkpoint Security System, or the alarm caused by an unacceptable inventory shrink?