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Anti-Theft Hangers

By Fausto Trombley

One of the worst scourges to the retail clothing industry is theft. It can be hard to stop and if left unchecked can eat up profit margins, as thousands of dollars are literally walked out the doors. It is estimated that shoplifting accounts for between 20 and 30 billion dollars in lost merchandise every year. These anti-theft hangers can help you battle the shop lifters and keep your store in business.

The most commonly used anti-theft hangers are referred to as electronic article surveillance clips (EAS). These items have an electronic sensor or RFID chip in them designed to set off an alarm if someone tries to carry them through a store checkpoint. When someone purchases an item store clerks have a special tool to remove or deactivate the device. It can then be reused on another item. The most popular version takes form of an alligator clip with a pin through it.

These clips are made of difficult to break plastic and can be easily pinned onto any kind of garment. Numerous anti-theft hangers will release indelible ink if a thief tries to remove them in a dressing room or later at home thereby ruining the stolen item. This is called benefit denial and prevents the thief from reselling the clothing. These devices are very difficult to defeat and even work against gravity.

For expensive items you can take measures further by running metal cables through sleeves and clothes hangers or store racks. People will still be able to try the items on, but will have a difficult time walking away with them. Security cameras or CCTV networks can also help monitor store activity. Cameras can help you cover blind spots. Place a camera over the cash registers as well. This way if there is any suspicious activity from employees you will have difficult evidence before you wrongfully accuse someone, which could spark nasty legal action dissension among other workers. These systems have become less expensive in recent years and digital recording devices have eliminated the need to store dozens of VCR tapes.

Without anti-theft hangers there is nothing stopping thieves from simply pulling things off the hangers and carrying them out of the store. A little investment is required, but it is worth it. Tags cost between 50 cents and a few dollars depending on their style, but are reusable. Checkpoint towers start at around $1000. Once the system is in place it will pay dividends year after year.

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