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If you want to protect your merchandise from thieves, an EAS system is the best place to start. Just by having one, you will show thieves that you are a store that is taking loss prevention seriously and deter many of the non-professional thieves. However, to deal with the more experienced shoplifters you need to combine an EAS system with either EAS labels or EAS tags. Both will trigger your EAS system if anyone attempts to bring an item out of your store without purchasing and deter thieves through their presence, but which one works best? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer as it depends on the unique circumstances of each store.
Let us start with labels. For those who are not familiar, EAS labels are thin stickers with a metal coil embedded inside. This metal coil will trigger an EAS system’s alarm if it crosses in front of an EAS system. You typically use EAS labels by just sticking them to an item the same way you would attach any kind of sticker. EAS labels come in a variety of shapes and sizes with bigger sizes being able to be picked up by EAS systems farther away. In addition, you can get EAS labels that are just plain white, transparent or even ones that have a fake barcode on them. The fake barcode kind is especially effective as thieves are less likely to identify it as an EAS label and therefore less likely to try and remove it.
Some of the pros of EAS labels are:
Some of the cons of EAS labels are:
Tags, like labels, also use a metal coil to trigger an EAS system to alarm when it crosses its path. However, tags in comparison to labels come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Typically, they have a plastic casing surrounding the metal coil. They can come with different functions such as enclosing caps to prevent the opening of bottles to self-alarming speakers that will alert staff when passed through an EAS system. Tags also are attached to items in a variety of different ways. Some are attached using pins or lanyards while others wrap themselves around the item using cables. No matter which way an EAS tag is attached to an item it is usually extremely difficult to remove it from the item without the proper detacher making it great at stopping even the most experienced thieves.
Some of the pros of EAS tags are:
Some of the cons of EAS tags are:
As you can see the decision of whether to use tags or labels comes down to what kind of products your business stocks and personal preference. However, in our experience, most stores benefit by using both tags and labels. They find that using labels on products that work particularly well with labels (packaged goods) and using tags on items that work well with tags (clothing) lets them have the best of both worlds.