Different Types of Security and Anti-Theft Tags

Security Tags

Have you ever noticed labels attached to the clothes, some products, or alcoholic drinks in stores that are impossible to remove? They are called Security Tags. Retailers use them to make their work easier. For instance, security tags help to avoid shoplifting. Some of their types are impossible to remove by yourself. They can be removed with special equipment that the retailer staff has. Some of the security tags can damage the cloth or product you’ve bought if you try to remove them by yourself.

What Are Security Tags And Different Types Of Them

Security Tag is a small signal transmitter that is put on the merchandise that is required to be protected. The Security Tag sends the signal to EAS antennas to make an alarm. For instance, if the thief tries to steal the cloth or item and takes them to the exit without removing the tag, there will be an alarm.

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Such security tags can destroy the item in different ways. For instance, ink tags can damage the cloth with the ink, making it unusable in such a way, while the person tries to remove it. They also dirt hands, making it easier to notice the theft.

The other tags you may see on the bottles can be removed only with a special key. There are also security tags that can destroy the view of the product if you remove them incorrectly.

Seal Security Tags:

A seal security tag or as it is also called a zip tie is a device that is used for securing cables and wires in electrical equipment or installations. It consists of plastic or metallic material, a strap, and a locking mechanism in one device. It works rather as a belt. The strap goes through a head that consists of a flexible tongue that glides over teeth, molded into the strap to prevent it from slipping backward. The Seal security tags can be cut easily with a knife or scissors.

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Seal security tags are often made of plastic but are also available in materials for a variety of needs, for instance, metallic security tags are used for products that require corrosion-resistant ties with high tensile strength.

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EAS security tags:

EAS (electronic article surveillance) security tags are widely used in shops. They keep an undisrupted connection with the antenna that is at the entrance of the shop. If the EAS tag is too close to the antenna, the alarm will alert the retail staff about the theft. EAS security tags are quickly and easily deactivated by the retail staff, using a deactivation pad or a detacher.

There are two types of EAS security tags, RF and AM, that is why we should know the difference between them and where they are used.

Radio Frequency (RF) technology is often used with retailers who use security tags. The RF electronic article surveillance comprises hard tags or soft labels, and normally one or more antennas at the entrance. The security tags have tiny circuits that resonate between 7.4 to 8.8 MHz, with the most popular frequency being 8.2 MHz.

EAS (RF) security tags are used for a variety of items, including clothes, food, or pharmacy products. Security tags can be deactivated by using a Label Deactivator to break the tag’s circuit, but some of the tags can be deactivated only with a powerful magnetic security tag detacher.

Pros of RF security tags:

  • They are affordable. They can be as low-cost as high-cost for more advanced RF systems;
  • They are available for many industries;
  • It has a wide range of sizes and shapes;

Cons of RF security tags:

  • They can’t be reused when the circuit is deactivated;
  • They are more sensitive to electronic and metallic interference.

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Acousto Magnetic (AM) provides more flexibility for the installation of the antennas than RF, which can be installed at the entrance of the store or be hidden within door frames. The Acousto Magnetic system operates at 58 kHz, which means it sends out in pulses 50-90 times in a second. AM security tags work better when the other technologies can fail. Such tags are used in department stores, hardware stores, and by the retailers who sell products with metallic components.

AM is more often seen in small to large clothing apparel chains, electronics, and DIY (Do It Yourself) stores.

Pros of AM security tags:

  • They have a larger detection area;
  • They are less sensitive to electronic and metallic interference;
  • They can be reused and reactivated;

Cons of AM security tags:

  • AM is more expensive to install than RF.

EAS Security tags can be installed with a tagging gun. Tagging guns are widely used in clothing retail stores to make the job of adding price labels to garments fast and simple. The needle of the tagging gun is pushed through the security tag and connects the tag with the cloth on both sides.

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Warning! EAS Security Tags can be deactivated ONLY by the retailer staff with an electromagnetic device or a hard-powered magnet. DON’T do it by yourself.

Electronic Article Surveillance Antenna

EAS Antennas are often installed at the entrance of the store, overhead, or beneath the entrance floor.

Such antennas are connected with security tags which are installed to clothes or other individual products. When the security tag is close to the antenna, the alarm warns the retail staff about the shoplifting.

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Installing the correct EAS system depends on the usage and needs of the stores. If you have time and your budget allows, you can install a trial system to decide what kind of technology is better for your store.

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