Using security tags to secure your merchandise, whether it's apparel, high-end fashion accessories, or booze, is one of the most efficient ways to combat stealing.
Not only do visible security security tags inhibit shoplifting, but EAS(electronic article surveillance security) tags also warn workers to probable theft right away. This helps battle a retail shrink problem that cost US retailers .8 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
If you're interested in using security tags as a loss prevention method, here's some information on the different types, sizes, and designs of tags available.
Electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags, visual deterrent tags, and benefit denial tags are the three basic forms of security tags.
According to the most recent Global Retail Theft Barometer, EAS security tags are the most successful tag type for combating theft, being used by 73 percent of merchants.
The EAS system detects security tags communicating with an antenna located near a store's entrance. An alarm sounds when the marked item comes close to this antenna, alerting workers to a potential threat.
The frequency at which the tags and antenna work differs between the two main EAS systems (radiofrequency and bespoke magnetic).
The majority of people in the retail surveillance and security industry are familiar with EAS tags, but many are unfamiliar with the RFID security tag. The RFID security tag is similar to Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), a word used in retail outlets and libraries for theft prevention, but with an RFID chip. RFID security tags can be attached to a wide range of goods, and they come in a number of form factors. Pins that run through the object and are usually tied to the product's tags by a looping wire are the most popular.
All products in each of these categories use an EAS security tag upon arriving at the store, which must be deactivated as soon as the relevant item is purchased. Gate readers at entry/exit points with a created field around the area detect EAS or RFID transponder signals that haven't been disabled in stores that use EAS tags.