If you own or manage a retail business, or store that deals with the public, protecting stock and making sure you’re reducing opportunities for theft and shoplifting is an imperative part of your overall shrinkage strategy.
Obviously keeping eyes on all customers isn’t possible, or profitable. Signs and security cameras are a great tool, but won’t stop theft entirely. One of the best ways to reduce shrinkage is with Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems and labels. One of the most common retail security tags we sell are plain or barcoded EAS labels that simply stick on to your products, along with retail hard tags for clothing and a range of other EAS tags, labels and stickers.
What is an Electronic Security Tag?
Electronic security tags are designed to work in conjunction with alarmed gates at the entrance of your store so when a thief tries to steal an item from your store, the tagged product ‘talks’ to the gate and either a visual alarm or sound will alert staff that someone has walked out of the store with a product that hasn’t been de-activated.
Staff typically will either remove tags once a product has been purchased or deactivate an EAS label or tag so customers are able to walk through the store entrance without an alarm sounding.
Electronic security tags are an extremely effective way of visually showing potential shoplifters your products are protected by an alarm system and will more often than not lead to shoplifters not attempting to steal the item in the first place.
Types of Electronic Security Tags
Here at Easitag we have a wide range of EAS tag types and sizes. Below are just a few of the different types of anti theft tags we have in stock. If there’s a particular product or style that you need that you don’t see on our website, please contact us on 1800 077 375.
Paper-thin labels and stickers
Typically called retail security labels or stickers these are small, thin labels that also act as stickers (some products have the labels applied directly to the box or packaging either by staff or via source tagging or they have labels slipped into the box). These types of labels are used when hard tags or pin tags aren’t suitable and offer a very discreet way of protecting your stock from shoplifters.
Once the customer goes to the counter to make the purchase, staff use a deactivation tool (usually built into the customer service desk or bench where the till is located) to deactivate the label so the customer can leave the store without activating the alarm system.
Hard tags and pins
Hard tags and pins are usually placed on clothing or sometimes electronic goods and other high value items (make up, batteries, razors, etc). Hard EAS tags come with a wide a range of different attachment methods from lanyards, securatie (like a zip tie) clamps and pins – the options for your retail store to protect your products are affordable and reliable.
Specially designed to attach to the top of premium wines and spirits, EAS bottle tags enable bottles to be openly displayed and protected with a strong visual theft deterrence with or without alarm activation at the store exit.
If your store doesn’t have EAS alarm gates, these security tags for bottles are ideal for ‘benefit denial’ as they’re virtually impossible to remove or destroy without the proper detaching device.
Food Grade EAS and RF Labels
When adding security labels to food and meat, there’s an additional set of difficulties faced as many meat and food products need to be refrigerated and are subject to condensation and moisture. Meat/Food EAS labels need to be water resistant whilst still offering maximum detection distance and deactivation height combined with minimum cost.
If you’re interested in talking with us about EAS security labels and tags, please feel free to contact us or call 1800 077 375 today.