How to use EAS to safeguard your new shop.

by Karter Hall on August 10, 2022

The merchandise is ordered, the shop is fully outfitted, and the point of sale is operational. What about the electronic article surveillance (EAS) system that will prevent theft from your store?

Without a doubt, once you switch the door sign open, people other than real customers will be eagerly examining your goods. EAS is still the best method for preventing stealing of specific items.

This tutorial will lead you through the most important factors to consider while utilizing EAS to safeguard your new shop.

Why EAS?

There are several ways to safeguard a retail establishment, and the most effective loss prevention sometimes involves utilizing many strategies at once.

However, EAS is the most popular and efficient technology to prevent stealing of specific products on a product-level.

It is utilized by 73% of businesses worldwide and is thought to reduce theft by 60% to 80%. It involves each product being watched by tags or labels that interact with surveillance antenna at the store's entrance.

So what factors should you take into account when deploying EAS?

Types of EAS systems

The distinction between the two popularly utilised types of EAS systems is the frequency at which they operate. The distinctions between the two, known as Radio Frequency (RF) or Acousto Magnetic (AM) systems, are as follows:

RF systems - The cost of RF systems can vary greatly, from extremely cheap for simpler RF systems to expensive for more complex RF systems. With some RF antenna systems, it is possible to upgrade to RFID, and it is offered by a wide range of vendors.

The negative of RF is that it can only provide a small selection of detection systems, which are frequently confined to pedestals, and that the systems may be more sensitive to metallic and electrical interference.

AM systems - AM systems often provide a broader detecting area, allowing for the separation of the antenna. This works well in retail settings with large store entrances. These antennas can also be hidden beneath the flooring or in door frames. AM, on the other hand, is less prone to interference.

The cost is frequently more than RF, and antenna cannot be converted as readily to RFID, which is a drawback.

The distinction between RF and AM may be learned more about here, but after you've chosen an antenna system, it's important to think about the tags or labels you'll apply to your items.

Security tags and security labels

Hard security tags and security labels are available in a variety of sizes and strengths for both RF and AM systems, and some have extra benefit denial features like ink colour to reduce the allure of items to thieves.

The main examples of the various product kinds, the sort of tag or label often used to secure them, and the elements you should take into account are provided below:

Clothing - Hard tags, which come in a range of strengths, forms, and working mechanisms, are typically used to secure clothing. Each of these features helps to increase the security of your belongings.

Retailers must equip themselves with security tags that cannot be bypassed by detachers that are easily accessible online in the extremely sophisticated shoplifting environment of today.

Retailers should at the very least make sure that their security tags feature a big pin head and either Hyperlock or Multipolar tag locking mechanisms that need specialized and difficult to find detachers to open them.

Fashion accessories - Instead of having a pin head go through the real item, fashion accessories like purses and shoes are typically fastened using a wire tag or lanyard. High-strength cables that can't be easily cut or yanked off by a thief should be used in lanyards. Meanwhile, optical tags that were specifically created to protect eyewear can be used.

Electronics are one of the most commonly targeted commodities for theft because of their high resale value. Electronics are often fastened to a stand with an alarm, charger, and locking cord if they are on show and are accessible.

Electronic accessories - Although some of the most commonly stolen products are the accessories that go with electronics, there are several ways to safeguard them. These include stop locks, multipurpose tags, and display hangers.

Bottles - There is a selection of tags made exclusively for alcohol bottles, with straps, caps, and safe locks available, whether it's top-shelf booze or a rare bottle of red.

Small items Adhesive security labels are the greatest choice for tiny things like groceries or hardware because to their price and disposability, but you must consider whether flat paper thin labels or compact two dimensional labels are desired.

The security of medications is better served by AM-based systems since they frequently include a lot of foil.

Detachers and deactivators

In order for a product to leave the store without activating an alarm, all tags and labels must be detached. Detachers for security tags are frequently made for a particular brand or grade of tag that your shop uses.

Detachers should be appropriately protected at the point of sale while yet being easily and conveniently accessible to personnel since they are highly sought commodities for any would-be thief.

Further questions?

To learn more about which security tags are a good fit to upgrade at your retail store, INEO’s expert online support staff are able to assist you with the decision. Please reach out to Amit Pannu, at APannu@ineosolutionsinc.com. 

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