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Shoplifting Prevention Guide


Why use a shoplift prevention system?

The process of taking merchandise from a store without paying for it is known as shoplifting. Although shoplifting has been around for a long time, the problem continues to grow. The majority of shoplifting is done by amateurs, but some thieves are professionals and know exactly what they are doing and how to get away with stealing.

Because shoplifting is such a problem, U.S. retailers lose billions of dollars worth of merchandise every year. This not only hurts retailers, but the lost revenue and cost is passed along to the honest consumer. There are now methods of preventing shoplifting, growing in effectiveness and complexity, that help combat the ever-increasing shoplifting epidemic.

Shoplifting prevention systems are helping department stores and retailers save money. Although an investment in the beginning, shoplifting prevention systems will make up their cost and save you thousands of dollars. This guide should help you determine which system will best meet your needs.

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Things to consider before purchasing an anti-shoplifting system.

How many entries do you have?
Be sure you have all access entries and doors to your store protected. Although many shoplifters are amateurs, many professionally shoplift. Make sure you have everything covered. You can call (800-658-8788) or e-mail (info@abcoffice.com) one of our knowledgeable sales associates with any questions. They will be able to help you determine the best system and setup for your place of business.

How wide is your door?
Shoplifting gates and towers are capable of detecting hard tags and labels within a certain radius. If you have a large entry to your store, you may need additional towers for proper coverage and protection. The distance between towers or antennas depends on what type of anti-theft tag or label you are using.

What do you sell?
What you sell will determine what kind of anti-theft devices you will need. Hard tags and anti-theft labels are the most common type of anti-theft devices sold. Labels are more common for software, CDs, DVDs and other solid products. Anti-theft tags are more common for use with clothing and other types of apparel.

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What are the different types shoplifting prevention systems?




Gates, Towers and Antennas

Gates are also known as towers or antennas. These devices are commonly seen on exits and entrances to department stores and other businesses. These towers have a transceiver built in that can detect anti-theft tags and labels. If an anti-theft tag or label has not been deactivated, it will alert you to the possible theft. Different gates and antennas detect different frequencies. Make sure anti-theft hard tags and labels use the same frequency as your gate or tower.

Some gates can be used as stand-alone units where others must operate in units of two or more. Most towers and gates can be linked together to provide a broad range of theft detection, especially for use in large entryways. You can see our entire selection of anti-theft systems by going here: http://www.abcoffice.com/shoplift1.htm.

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Accessories
We have a wide variety of anti-theft accessories that work in conjunction with shoplifting prevention systems. Some of these accessories include pins for tags and detachers that are used to remove hard tags. You can see our entire selection of anti-theft accessories by going here: http://www.abcoffice.com/shoplift1.htm#detacher.

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Hard Tags
Hard tags usually consist of a plate with a pin that can be attached to clothing and other apparel. These tags, if not removed, will cause anti-theft tower antennas to go off. Our tags are available in both 4.6 and 8.2 MHz frequencies. Hard tags can be removed with a tag detacher. Hard tags are very easy to use and are a great way to prevent shoplifters from stealing from your business. Even the appearance of a hard tag is enough to prevent most would-be shoplifters from stealing. You can see our entire hard tag selection by going here:http://www.abcoffice.com/shoplift1.htm#hard-tags.

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Labels
Labels work much in the same way that hard tags do. Labels are commonly applied to CDs, DVDs, electronics and other solid or boxed products. Labels will make a gate or tower system alert you if it has not been deactivated. Our labels are available in 8.2 MHz frequency. Labels are very easy to use and are a great way to prevent shoplifters from stealing from your store. You can see our entire selection of anti-theft labels by going here: http://www.abcoffice.com/shoplift1.htm#labels.

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Deactivators
Deactivators are designed to disable anti-theft labels. Once a deactivator has been used, products are free to leave the store without alerting any anti-theft systems. Deactivators are commonly used at cash registers. You can see our deactivators: http://www.abcoffice.com/k2k.htm.

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Glossary

Antenna - An antenna is also known as a gate or tower and is used to detect anti-theft hard tags and labels that have not been deactivated.

Baseplate - A baseplate is what supports a tower, gate or antenna. This also allows you to secure a tower, gate or antenna to the ground.

Deactivator - A deactivator is used to deactivate anti-theft labels, which allows legit customers to leave the store.

Detacher - A detacher is used to remove hard tags.

Gate - A gate is also known as an antenna or tower and is used to detect anti-theft hard tags and labels that have not been deactivated.

Hard Tags - Hard tags set off alarms when not removed from clothing and other apparel.

Labels - Labels are designed to set off alarms when not deactivated.

MHz - This stands for megahertz. When used in reference to shoplifting prevention systems, it is the radio frequency used between towers and anti theft tags or labels.

Shoplift - Shoplifting happens when a person removes a product from a store without paying for it.

Tower - A tower is also known as an antenna or gate and is used to detect anti-theft hard tags and labels that have not been deactivated.

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