Magazine article Security Management

Security Works: Better Red Than Stolen

Magazine article Security Management

Security Works: Better Red Than Stolen

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The weak economy has made a lot of people see red, especially retailers, whose profits have dropped not only as the result of slow sales but also from a rise in shoplifting incidents. Herman's World of Sporting Goods, a 270-store retail chain headquartered in Carteret, New Jersey, has chosen to see red dye tags rather than red numbers in its accounts.

Dye tags have been around for years but haven't been popular among retailers because they stain the merchandise when shoplifters try to remove them before exiting the store. "I didn't want to lose [merchandise] to dye or to theft," explains Joe Klein, Herman's director of loss prevention.

Klein's reservations about using the dye tags were overcome in 1991 after an exhaustive five-month test of the Universal KnoGlo dye tag by Knogo Corporation. The test was conducted in eleven stores, and the deterrent effect of the dye tags was immediate. "The results were astounding," says Klein. "When shoplifting is reduced by 65 to 75 percent, that kind of evidence is hard to ignore."

Klein also liked the tag's versatility. It can be used in conjunction with the electronic article surveillance system (EAS) tags already installed in stores. …

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