Retailers of all sizes and specialties lose money to shoplifting. According to Jack L. Hayes International retail theft surveys, each average shoplifting incident sees $134 leaving your store.

Thieves tend to hide merchandise under their clothes or in coat pockets, purses, shopping bags, etc. Putting security tags or sensors on your inventory deters these criminals. The type of tag or labels used depends on the security systems installed.

Security tags are either hard or soft. Radiofrequency and acusto magnetic systems are the most used technologies in the EAS 0r  retail loss prevention industry. Security tags contain a circuit or coil that sets off an alarm when it passes through an EAS tower or pillar placed at the store’s entrance.

Hard Tags


Many variations and sizes of hard tags exist, Some of these may be  known as mini tags, microtags, pencil tags, omni tags, golf tag, etc, which vary greatly in size. Size of the anti-shoplifting security tags, may depend on the type of security system being used, or the detection range of such system. Sensormatic® tags are very popular and efficient, with a patented, secure, clutch.  To prevent illegal removal of the security tags, special clutches are being produced, which require more than 150 lbs of pressure to release. Another type of tag known as the ink tag, a great deterrent, spills a colored dye which ruins the garment, making it unwearable. Most tags require a magnetic detacher while others, like the sensormatic® tags, which require detachers with a special hook.

Cables, Lanyards and Spiderwraps

You can protect merchandise that cannot be protected with a security tag and pin by using lanyards. Lanyards, or metallic wires, along with security tags, allow protection of electronic devices, leather coats, kitchen appliances and expensive handbags. Adjustable wraps with built in sensors, can protect boxed goods efficiently.

Soft Tags


Soft tags also known as security paper labels, are applied to any non-metallic solid surfaces. These labels may be black, white, or printed with a fictitious barcode.

Labels are weaker than hard tags, therefore, security systems have to be installed as per label parameters. Similar to the security tags, labels come in various sizes, and variations, depending on the security system installed. Labels are deactivated at point of sale using deactivators, which demagnetizes or breaks circuit in the label, depending on technology.

Source tagging is attaching security tags or labels at point of manufacture. This is an ever growing process, especially for large retailers, which saves employee labor time as all merchandise comes in and goes directly to the sales floor. Tags are removed and sent back to manufacturers for recirculation. Labels are sewn into the garments, deactivated at point of sale, and removed by consumer at home.

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