Reducting Retail Theft: The Role of EAS Systems
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Reducing Retail Theft: The Role of EAS Systems and Security Devices

Date: May 31 2024
Read Time: 4 minutes

In retail stores, losses from theft are over $100 billion yearly. With it likely to keep rising, it’s no wonder that businesses are adopting Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems at a rapid pace. With shoplifting and organized retail crime on the rise, EAS systems have become a cornerstone of inventory security. In this blog, we’ll delve into the significance of EAS security systems in retail, backed by compelling statistics, and explore how they contribute to loss prevention and overall store safety.

Understanding EAS Systems 

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems are designed to deter theft and unauthorized removal of merchandise from retail stores. These systems typically consist of three primary components:

1. Security Tags or Labels: These are attached to merchandise and contain a sensor that triggers an alarm when passing through the EAS detection system.

2. EAS Detection System: Installed at store exits, these systems include antennas or pedestals that emit radio frequency (RF) or electromagnetic fields. When a tagged item passes through these fields without proper deactivation, it triggers an alarm.

3. Deactivation Devices: Used at the point of sale, deactivation devices remove or deactivate the security tags or labels, allowing legitimate customers to exit the store without triggering alarms.

The Role of EAS Systems in Retail Security

Theft Deterrence: 

One of the primary functions of EAS systems is to deter theft. Visible security tags or labels serve as a deterrent to potential shoplifters, signaling that merchandise is protected. Knowing that stolen items will trigger alarms at the exit, thieves are less likely to attempt theft, reducing overall shrinkage.

Loss Prevention: 

By alerting staff to attempted theft in real-time, EAS systems enable prompt intervention. Store personnel can respond swiftly to apprehend shoplifters or prevent theft before it occurs, thus minimizing losses. Additionally, the presence of EAS systems sends a message that theft will not be tolerated, discouraging would-be offenders.

Customer Experience: 

While security is paramount, it’s also essential to prioritize the customer experience. EAS systems strike a balance between security and convenience, allowing legitimate shoppers to browse freely without unnecessary hindrance. With efficient deactivation devices at the checkout, customers can complete their purchases seamlessly, enhancing overall satisfaction.

InVue’s EAS-Compatible Security Devices

Your EAS detection system is only as good as the EAS tags you use. There’s a variety of tags that will alarm when they pass through the detection sensors, but many are easy for customers to remove in store, rendering the detection system useless, like magnetic tags. At InVue, our sell-thru merchandise security devices cannot be defeated by magnets, so customers can’t easily cut them or break them off.

Safers: Protect merchandise with full visibility in fully secured housing that can only be opened using our patented OneKEY.

Package Wrap: An upgrade to a typical spider wrap, our steel cable package wrap cannot be unlocked using magnets.

Cable Lock: The most versatile lock for a variety of retailers, the Cable Lock can be used on clothing, sporting goods, shoes, handbags and more. It alarms when tampered with or when passing through your EAS system.

Cable Lock Anchor: An innovative, double-sided lanyard lock. It connects to a store fixture and the merchandise. Both sides of the lock alarm when tampered with or when passing through an EAS detection system.

OneKEY Bottle Cap: Combat theft of one of the most popular items for grocery store theft with the only bottle cap that cannot be defeated by magnets.

Evolving Technologies and Integration

As technology advances, so do EAS systems. Modern solutions offer enhanced features such as remote monitoring, data analytics, and integration with other security systems. By leveraging these capabilities, retailers can gain valuable insights into store traffic, inventory movement, and potential security threats, enabling proactive decision-making and optimization of security protocols.

Integration with surveillance cameras, access control systems, and inventory management software further strengthens security measures and operational efficiency. By creating a cohesive security ecosystem, retailers can better protect their assets while streamlining processes and improving overall performance.

Retail Security Remains a Need

In an era where retail theft continues to escalate, prioritizing robust security measures remains imperative for businesses. EAS systems, along with advanced security devices like those offered by InVue, stand as formidable barriers against theft, safeguarding merchandise and enhancing the shopping experience. By embracing evolving technologies and fostering a culture of vigilance, retailers can navigate the ever-changing landscape of retail security with confidence, ensuring the safety of their assets and the satisfaction of their customers. As we look to the future, the commitment to innovation and adaptability will remain essential in supporting a secure and thriving retail environment.

Contact InVue for EAS-compatible tags for your retail store.