There are an estimated 27 million shoplifters in the U.S., according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This means that 1 out of every 11 people is a shoplifter. Surprisingly, the vast majority of shoplifters only steal for the high they feel when they “get away with it.” Unfortunately, the act doesn’t just affect the offender. Shoplifting hurts the stores, burdens the courts, and negatively affects the community as a whole.

Use the following tips to help prevent shoplifting in your retail store.

1. Add Anti-Theft Tags on Merchandise

One of the most widely used anti-theft technologies is radio frequency systems (RFS). These systems respond to RF tags, which continue to become smaller and smaller. When a product with an RF tag passes through the system, it will respond to the signal being emitted by a the transmitter antenna. Then, the adjacent receiver will register the response and emit an alarm, depending on a number of criteria.

2. Install Visible Security Cameras

Having visible security cameras in place will prevent most shoplifters from attempting to steal from you. You can emphasize the presence of a security system by posting signage around the store to inform people they are being video taped. In addition, security cameras allow you to use footage to convict would-be shoplifters.

3. Implement Facial Recognition Software

If you are using video surveillance, you can also increase security by integrating facial recognition software. This software will analyze every shopper who enters your store and compare them with known shoplifters. If the system recognizes a known shoplifter, it will automatically send an alert to the the store manager or loss prevention specialist, so they can effectively deal with the issue.

4. Adopt Mobile Point of Sale
Many businesses are beginning to implement a mobile point of sale system (POS). A mobile POS is essentially any mobile device that performs the function of a cash register. This allows for employees to come out from behind the cash register and interact on the store floor, reducing the opportunity for potential thieves to steal.

5. Train Your Employees How to Spot a Shoplifter
Teach your employees how to spot a potential shoplifter. When people are on the verge of stealing something, they usually display visible signs that they are up to no good. Be on the lookout for customers who:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Seem nervous
  • Wander the store
  • Linger
  • Constantly look at employees

Herring Technology offers state-of-the-art security cameras as well other security products that can help keep your retail store safe. Learn more by contacting us at (615) 846-2380.
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