A good friend of mine had a great story about how to stop shoplifting. He told me that when he was an Assistant Manager in a very large retail chain some years ago that his Manager had a unique way to deal with the shoplifters they caught. Apparently this was a frequent occurrence at this store. The Manager would tell the two employees that caught and were holding onto the shoplifter in a very convincing tone “We do not have time to wait for the Police to get here. Just take him out back of the store and beat the “stuffing” out of him.”
At this point my friend said most shoplifters would start crying, promise to change their evil ways and never return. My friend said it was both funny and pretty pathetic to watch. Of course, they would then let him go to scamper off into the sunset. But, he did say that after this was done for a while, their shrink losses were less.
To stop shoplifting now, in this century, I would not recommend this course of action. But do not take my word for it, call your Attorney and ask him/her. So if we cannot beat the stuffing out of them then how do we stop shoplifting? Well, in this century we have modern conveniences such as running water, electricity and Sensormatic systems. These systems when used properly with our training will allow you to significantly reduce your shoplifting losses and increase your sales. Increase your sales? Yep, if your merchandise is not being stolen, then it is available to your good customers. On top of that the training we provide, enhances your customer service skills. Enhanced customer service skills with drive away the shoplifter and make your legitimate customers happier. Come on, who does not like good customer service? A knowledgeable employee that is personable and helping with your selections? Oh, yeah shoplifters. THEY HATE CUSTOMER SERVICE.
So can you beat the stuffing out of a shoplifter you catch with a Sensormatic system? Well, no to that also. But in fact by stopping shoplifting through deterrence with a Sensormatic system you are being proactive. Most shoplifters will not steal, if they know you have an active system on guard and customer service oriented employees working the floor. We want to PREVENT the losses from even occurring or even so far as to make the shoplifter think twice and ultimately not steal from you.
But aren’t those systems expensive and they false alarm a lot. No and Yes (kind of). So, NO our Sensormatic systems are available in all budget ranges. You can get a great system at a very affordable price, fully installed. Loss Prevention Systems even has awesome equipment financing. That preserves your cash. So, YES many Radio Frequency (RF) Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems are famous for false alarms including phantom alarms, which are alarms that occur when no one is around the system.
Sensormatic EAS systems are Acousto Magnetic (AM). Without going into technical detail, an AM system has few false or phantom alarms. It is a different technology that has been around 50+ years. That is one of the reasons that Sensormatic is in 80% of the top 200 Retailers world-wide.
So instead of you beating yourself up (or someone else) fix the problem once and for all. We do this every day, day in and day out. Loss Prevention Systems folks are specialists in not just shoplifting prevention but loss prevention in general. We understand employee theft, inventory control, pre-employment background screening and much more.
Do not try to reinvent the wheel. Contact us or call 1-866-914-2567 today to stop shoplifting and learn more about Sensormatic systems.