Our store recently apprehended a shoplifter in what we thought was a relatively routine case. A man walked into the men’s wear department, picked up a shirt, and headed toward the fitting room.
He walked out of the fitting room with the shirt within a few minutes and walked into a far corner of the store. We watched him as he removed the shirt from the hanger, rolled it up tightly, and carefully placed it under his arm thinking no one would see it.
The clothing alarm sounded as he was leaving the store as we expected it would. Because we knew he had not paid for the shirt, we assumed we would find the clothing security tag on the shirt.
I picked up the shirt to catalogue the item number and description after we got him back into our office for processing. I looked for the price tag to get the information needed, and as I turned the shirt around in my hand, it struck me that the shirt didn’t have the Checkpoint tag anywhere on the garment.
The suspect became adamant about going to the bathroom which set off an alarm in my head. As it turned out, he had also stuffed a pair of jeans into his jacket unseen. The jeans had alerted our clothing alarm with the checkpoint tag.
Without a tag on the jeans, not only would we have never discovered the jeans, but the alarm would not have sounded at all with the tag missing on the shirt. Bottom Line: it is much simpler to accost a thief with an alarm as well as to assure you have found everything upon discovery.
For more information on Checkpoint tags, clothing security, clothing alarm, or clothing security tags and how they can work with Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system please contact us at security tags on clothes or call 1.866.914.2567.