5 Prevalent Myths About Security Tags

Apr 4, 2024 | Loss Prevention Products

At this point, security tags are an intrinsic part of the modern retail landscape. Many of the security systems of today’s stores are built on comprehensive systems of different devices, from RFID to EAS tags. Still, there are plenty of retailers who haven’t yet taken the leap.

So, what is it that keeps some of us from making such a sound investment in our security? For many, it’s a misunderstanding of the data. As with any industry-specific technology, there are a number of misconceptions and myths floating around the security tag. In this article, we’ll be debunking five such myths about security tags.

5 Common Myths (and Why They’re Wrong)

1. Security Tags Are Expensive or Complicated to Implement

Contrary to popular belief, security tags are far from the hyper-complex and vastly expensive technology many people make them out to be. In reality, they’re an elegant technological solution — simple to use, yet remarkably effective.

There are plenty of tags on the market that come in affordable options for businesses of all sizes. Plenty of these are designed for ease of implementation, making them an accessible and cost-effective solution for hesitant retailers.

2. Security Tags Are Easily Defeated by Shoplifters

While ORC is boundlessly clever, it’s hard to defeat a sound solution. While many shoplifters attempt to circumvent security tags, modern iterations have taken incredible steps toward combating ORC. Features like tamper-resistant designs, alarm triggers, and RFID technologies make it nearly impossible to defeat a proper setup without drawing attention.

3. Security Tags Are Only Effective Against External Theft

One of the factors that makes security tags so valuable is the protection they offer beyond the external threats. They also have the potential to drastically reduce instances of internal threat and shrinkage.

Many forms of security tags — especially the RFID variety — have automatic inventory tracking capabilities, making it difficult even for experienced employees to make off with an item without proper point-of-sale procedures.

4. Security Tags Interfere With Customer Experience

Security tags are designed for unobtrusive operation. Many varieties are so subtle that consumers might not even notice when they’re present. While certain kinds of tags are designed to be obvious, this is typically an intentional feature. In terms of customer experience, deterring theft in the first place is far preferable to sounding alarms.

5. Security Tags Are One-Size-Fits-All Solutions

It’s important to reject any notion that security tags are a slap-on solution for any size of retail operation. Rather, one of the stand-out features of this technology is its capacity for customization. From ink-filled hard tags to discreet RFID labels, there’s a flexible option for virtually every kind of store.

Explore Security Tag Solutions With PPS

Now that you’ve got a more accurate and comprehensive view of the prevalent technology that characterizes most retail security systems, we hope you’re feeling adequately prepared to take the leap into a better security strategy. 

Here at Product Protection Solutions, we offer a wide range of out-of-the-box security technologies, including various tags, to help retailers like you build the right security for their unique business. Whatever your size, whatever your product, PPS is here to help.

Want to learn more about your retail security tag options? Contact PPS today.