According to the Office For National Statistics (ONS), the retail sector experienced an 8% rise in shoplifting during 2016. The actual number was more than 350,000 reported incidents of theft – an increase of 25,000 from the previous year. Furthermore, the Association of Convenience Stores reported in their 2017 crime survey that convenience retailers each experienced losses through theft numbering more than £4,500 on average – around £232m nationally.
Figures like this just demonstrate how important it is for any type of retailer – no matter if they're a national chain store or a local convenience outlet – to be able to employ sufficient security measures within their store. Whether it's a high-quality CCTV camera, EAS security systems or even analytic software that can sufficiently measure the number of people in a store; the benefits provided far outweigh the initial costs of installing such systems.
EAS Security Systems From Maxtag.
This year, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary of providing high-end retail security equipment that will make a vastly-improved difference to the operations of a store. Throughout our 2 decades of operations, we have constantly kept ourselves at the forefront of the changing trends and technologies within the industry and having built up this knowledge and experience, we are able to confidently say that we will be able to install a custom security installation for all of our clients. No matter your requirements or type of business, we are able to revolutionise your retail environment, making it as secure as humanly possible.
Electronic Article Surveillance vs. Shoplifters
Generally, people with intentions of stealing from a store will think twice about going through with the theft if they see security devices and/or personnel surrounding them – although sometimes they will take a chance or even already have a plan in mind to successfully steal a product(s) from a store.
EAS Security Systems are now a well-known tool to use for retailers – a security tag (that's attached to a product) and a tracking system (typically installed by the entrance/exit) communicate with each other. If the tag is taken into the system's field of monitoring, this will send a signal to set off the alarm - alerting your staff to the situation. The method isn't foolproof, however – so here's how Shoplifters generally beat older types of tagging systems:
- Using simple hand tools. Older types of radio frequency security tags can be disarmed by making a slit in them, which allows for them to be removed before the person leaves the store. Some electromagnetic and acousto-magnetic strips can also be rendered unusable by the use of a strong magnet.
- Using specialist tools. Aside from being able to see videos over the internet on how to remove tags with common tools, potential shoplifters can also purchase official deactivators from online marketplaces. This makes the in-store removal of tags and the eventual theft, incredibly easy.
- Signal-blocking materials. Older types of radio frequency tags can be blocked if the item that they're attached to is placed in a bag or another type of container that has been thoroughly lined with foil. When taken through the field of monitoring provided by a pedestal or underfloor system, the signal will not communicate with the security system and no alarm would sound.
- Dummy tags. Many retailers believe that they can negate the cost of shoplifting and the purchase of a high-quality tagging system with that of introducing a deterrent, such as using dummy tags on products. With this being a common practice for many retailers, serial shoplifters will chance their arm when attempting to steal products and more often than not, thanks to no actual EAS security systems being present, they will get away with it.
The Scorpion From Maxtag – A New Kind of EAS Security System.
New for 2017, is our in-house range of EAS security tags – The Scorpion. Offering a range of modern benefits, including its versatility in regards to being able to be attached to different types of items, they provide a cost-effective way to protect your valuable products.
Even if you already employ EAS security systems within your store, it's likely that they may suffer from many of same negatives outlined above. What's more, many of these tags are likely to be affected by interference or environmental issues, further making it more likely that your products will be taking through the door without sounding an alarm.
The further added benefit with Scorpion security tags is that they have the ability to work with your existing underfloor, pedestal or loop systems that you have in place, further proving to be a high-quality security tagging solution, without incurring a huge cost.
Protect Your Business With Retail Security Systems From Maxtag.
Here at Maxtag, we can not only provide you with latest security equipment that will help your business to not suffer the effects that theft has on your profits, but we are also able to offer advice on how to avoid falling victim to any techniques that shoplifters implement to make away with your products.
If you would like more information on our EAS security systems, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer support team today. You can get in touch with us by calling 0800 044 3160 or by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.