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   By :  Tina
    Jun 15, 2018 11:41 AM

What! Why is there an empty box on the shelf?

Pilfering is the act of stealing some or all of the merchandise from the package and leaving the box behind. 

When a customer buys a product and finds that it is missing some items, they will be upset and have to come to the store to return the product. They will retain a negative experience shopping at the store. Although the shopper could get a refund or replace the product, the fact that they had to come back a second time will ruin their shopping experience at your store.

 

The Density Tag is the latest solution that helps retailers #PreventTheft in their stores. With the Density Tag, retailers are able to protect the valuable merchandise inside the box. The Density Tag “senses” the presence of the merchandise through the box. After it has learned what is inside the box, it will alarm if the item is removed from the box. Why? Because it senses the change in measured density. This solution offers the ultimate protection of the actual merchandise inside the box!

Through our product, Halo Metrics provide retailers the solution to prevent pilfering of boxed merchandise goods. Using the Density Tag allows retailers to leave their boxed merchandise on display instead of behind the counters. This will create an opportunity for honest shoppers to see the available merchandise and increase sales!

If you would like to learn more about the Density Tag click here. If you would like to see a demo, call us today at 1-800-667-9199 (Western Canada), 1-800-667-3390 (Eastern Canada), 1-514-603-3390 (Québec). There are no strings attached!

 

 
   By :  Ravinder
    May 15, 2018 07:17 PM
With labour optimization a constant challenge in the retail world, new technology by Halo Metrics is offering retailers an efficient - and cost effective - way to manage their staff in stores.
 
The company, which launched Ripple Metrics early last year, uses a proprietary combination of sensors and algorithms which anonymously and accurately counts and tracks visitor movement within a store. Ravinder Sangha, marketing manager of Halo Metrics, says the result is an extremely accurate suite of visitor traffic metrics that include customer presence, return frequency, stay time as well as the ability to map out the customer journey through a store, all of which is easily accessible through a cloud based dashboard. Now that technology, with its highly-accurate traffic count, can help retailers in the area of scheduling their staff in each store, said Sangha.
 
 
“We’re actually starting to see some great results when customers (retailers) start using this data for optimizing their scheduling and their labour,” he said. “Something very, very important is that we are able to give the retailer the tools to help them schedule the right staff at the right time doing the right tasks. That’s a key thing to understand. First of all, I think we’re all aware that labour costs are going up throughout the country because of minimum wage and other things putting a pressure on labour costs.”
 
Sangha said the technology allows retailers the ability to re-allocate that labour in a way that they can schedule their staff during peak traffic times.
 
“The results have been pretty incredible. For example, we have customers who have been relying on other methods to gauge traffic in their stores. They might be using POS. They might be using other technologies,” said Sangha.
 
 
“If they’re using POS, they’re at a fairly significant disadvantage because traffic in the store is not always reflected by transaction counts at the POS. We actually had an example of that where a customer had a measurable difference between the two in terms of traffic and transaction counts.” Sangha said Ripple Metrics’ reports can get very granular, getting traffic counts down to 15-minute increments throughout a day and also track that traffic throughout different departments. “Certain things unfolded as we shared this with the customer. They knew certain days were busier but they didn’t realize how busier they were,” he said. “We were able to tell them their typical peak hours throughout the week. And once they saw that they started to take that into account and started using the system for scheduling.
 
“The biggest thing for them is once they realized when their peak times were, and peak days of the week were, they right away were able to schedule their staff appropriately.” The data enables retailers to have their staff focused on selling during peak times instead of putting away stock or taking breaks. If they are going to be taking breaks during peak times, they can determine appropriate coverage for that. 
 
 
By determining traffic counts right down to individual departments within a retail store, this too can ensure the right amount of staffing is in place to deal with shoppers. Drilling down further, the technology could help staff certain departments to make sure employees with specific knowledge and expertise of certain products are available when customers are most likely coming to the store for those products. “At the end of the day, they’re using this information and they’re scheduling staff to be in the right place, at the right time doing the right tasks. And what we’ve seen is an immediate lift in sales,” said Sangha. “And that lift in sales is attributed directly to when they started scheduling based on actual traffic coming into the store.” The technology takes the matter of scheduling staff down to a science.
 
“It fully opens your eyes because we’re also tracking stay time in the store overall and also within the departments. We’re tracking new customers versus returning customers,” he said. “We’re also tracking marketing and promotional events as well.”
 
 
 
   By :  Tina
    Apr 13, 2018 02:13 PM

Nowadays, customers are more likely to make their purchases online if it is available. Why is that? It is easier to obtain information online in the convenience of their home.  Brick and mortar retailers are struggling to bring customers into the store. However, as Steve Dennis wrote in his article, “Physical Retail is Not Dead: Boring Retail Is.”

Major retailers have been hosting unique brand experiences in their stores. These unique experiences typically aim to bring customers into the store and to boost sales.  Studies show that the longer the customer spends in a store, the more they will buy. Why? Because when they are spending more time browsing in the store, they are able to see and review more products that they may want.

What do Brick and Mortar Retailers need to do to get customers into the store?

1)      Promotions that are only available in-store

2)      Events held in-store

3)      Create a unique in-store experience

 

Examples of in-store experiences:

Sephora normally hosts special events for their “VIB and/or Rouge” members. These members are the shoppers that spend more than $350 at Sephora. By providing special events for their higher tiered members, it gives shoppers incentive to spend more to gain this status and receive special benefits. Sephora also partners with their vendors where they would come and hosts make-up tutorials or receive facials/makeovers/customized palettes etc.

Origins offers free facials and in-store sinks for customers to try different products. Normally, customers are more hesitant on buying new creams because they are unsure what the texture or smell is like. By providing in-store sinks, customers are able to test the new cream on their hands and wash it off right away if they don’t like it.


GUESS Canada hosts monthly events where they would bring in a DJ and personally call shoppers on their “Guess list”. These events usually come hand in hand with a big sale but they also offer free goods if you buy more than x amount of dollars. 

La Senza Canada typically has in-store sale events where shoppers would be given the chance to spin the wheel to see what kind of promotion they would get. This would entice shoppers to stop by just to spin the wheel. Afterwards, they would usually come into the store to browse and use their coupon that they won.

What can cellular retailers do to create an enhanced in-store experience?

When you come into a cellular retailer store, the smartphones are usually locked down into the counter (disables customer to fully experience the phone) or dummy phones are on display. If dummy phones are the only ones on display, the customer cannot play around with the phone to see if it is user-friendly to them. They cannot experience the phone prior to purchasing. This plays a strong factor into the purchase decision process. These actions are a result of high-theft of smartphones on display.

Cellular retailers can keep customers in their store by delivering the best experience possible! Redefine the retail environment with the Genesis Wireless – the first wireless security display on the market! 

Halo Metrics Inc. is the only vendor in Canada to offer the ultimate solution – the Genesis Wireless. This solution allows shoppers to physically compare devices without the hassle of security wires. It is protected by an invisible bubble so retailers can still be rest assured that the devices are being protected. The Genesis Wireless enables the customer to test drive the product without restrictions. The shopper can fully feel the weight of the product, test how it fits in their bag or pockets, and fully experience the interface of the phone. An increase in consumer interaction sparks an increase in sales!

 

Live interactive displays encourages “slow shopping” which leads to longer customer stay times in the store and an increase in sales.  Some retailers are seeing sales lifts of 20% - 40% with unique brand experiences!

 

To sum it up, Brick and Mortar retailers will still be standing for a long time to come despite the growth in online shopping. B & M retailers need to adjust to the fast ever-changing needs and trends of the shoppers by implementing unique in-store experiences that the online world cannot offer. 

   By :  Tina
    Feb 10, 2018 08:14 AM

First we had the Cinnamon Challenge and then there was the (Kylie Jenner) Lip Cup Suction Challenge. Now, for some odd reason, the Tide Pod Challenge has gone viral! Children and teenagers are posting videos of themselves ingesting the laundry detergent packets – but at what cost? With smartphones being quite common, it is very easy to gain access to the social media platforms. As a result, they are doing silly challenges to post on these platforms for the views and likes.

At the first launch of Pods, hundreds of toddlers were ingesting the Pods. As a result, Tide made the Pods bitter and changed the packaging to make it difficult for children to open it. Now with the Tide Pod Challenge, the company is working quickly with Youtube to remove the challenge videos. Instead of just tweeting/posting “Hey, don’t do that”, the company has put together funny meme-looking posts that people can spread and share.  They also released a 20-second video of football player Rob Gronkowski earlier this month telling viewers not to ingest the Pods. Their message seems to be working, as there are many memes, photos, and GIFS about the dangers of trying the Tide Pod challenge.

Now there are photos circulating social media about Tide Pods being locked up with security. People are making it seem like these products are being locked up because people eating them for the challenge. However, Tide Pods are a high theft item and is a growing currency for drugs.  Retailers in North America are already facing high shrinkage of Tide Pods prior to this challenge. Now that the product’s popularity has increased, the potential instances of theft have multiplied.

Halo Metrics Inc. has solutions to #PreventTheft of Tide Pods such as:

 

Keepers: Allowing you to openly display your merchandise while securely protecting the Tide Pods without hindering the packaging. It provides a clear casing to allow customers to see the product, but it also prevents pilfering of the packages! It is re-useable with easy application and removal by staff.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spider Wraps: Allowing retailers to maximize their display opportunities while preventing pilfering. The Spider Wraps are tough, secure, and reusable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CableLoks: Allowing retailers to cinch the handles of the products. It has an amplified alarm at the device and will be triggered when tampered with or when someone tries to walk out the doors with security gates.

 

 

 

 

Call us today and let us help you find the right security for your Tide Pods.  Let’s work together to #StopPeopleFromEatingTidePods!

 

 
   By :  Tina
    Dec 16, 2017 05:10 AM
As retailers know the holiday season brings with it the greatest opportunity for sales. But unfortunately it is also a busy time for shoplifting! Organizations that take prevention of theft seriously improve the shopping experience of honest consumers and improve the profitability of the business.  
 
Halo Metrics has worked with Loss Prevention professionals across Canada for almost 30 years. Based on their feedback and knowledge we have put together a quick checklist of simple actions you can take to prevent theft on a daily basis.  We hope you find this information helpful and send us your thoughts if you think we should add something?  Find us on social media @halometrics !
 

Top 10 Actions to #PreventTheft 

 
1.  Make eye contact and greet everyone that enters the store – This is the first line of defense. By making eye contact and greeting everyone that enters the store, you are decreasing the likelihood of the thief stealing from your store. Why? Because you made eye contact with them, which means they know you can easily identify them. 

 
2. Keep expensive merchandise away from entrance/exits – Similar to dine and dash, you would not want someone to quickly come in and grab your expensive merchandise and be able to quickly run out. By placing your expensive merchandise further into your store, but away from exits, this decreases the opportunity or the likelihood for those quick grab and dash thieves. 
 
3. Alternate direction of hangers for merchandise on racks to prevent sweeps – Again, you want to create difficult scenarios to avoid being a target of these quick grab and dash thieves. By alternating the direction of hangers, you are making it harder for the thief to sweep the rack; thus, diverting attention to the thief because of the struggle.

 
 
 
4. Employee Awareness - Engage with customers and ask open ended questions – if you are occupied with another customer, verbally acknowledge them and let them know that you will be right with them or request assistance from your colleague. If a customer is acting suspiciously, ask open ended questions then state, “I’ll be right over here if you need help or have any questions.” This lets the potential thief know that you are aware of their presence. Again, thieves hate attention so if you are engaging and acknowledging them, they are unlikely to steal as you can now easily identify them.

 
 
5. Assign employee zones within the store including the front door – You want to be able to allocate your employees throughout the store so that each zone is covered. You do not want to have all your staff at the front with one person in the back of the store. It is better to disperse your employees for better coverage. It disables the potential thief from finding privacy and doing all the shoplifting in that employee-free zone.

 

6. Exercise the Shop Keeper’s Right to Refuse Act for all known shoplifters – If you encounter a known shoplifter, call mall security in advance if you believe the individual may become violent or aggressive. It is better to have mall security at the store right away to assist you in case something happens. 

 
 
7. Identify suspicious actions and let them know you are there to “assist” if required – When someone is paying more attention to the employees than the product, they are looking for an opportunity to steal as they probably already know what they are going to steal. If they are coming into your store with large duffle bags or worn out-wrinkled bags from other retailers, it is likely that these bags are for their stolen goods. Usually shoppers come to their malls with a small bag/purse or brand-new looking retailer bags (having bought something from their store). If someone is staying in areas where employee visibility is limited (corners or behind pillars), it is likely that they are trying to be discreet to create opportunities to steal.

 
8. Create mitigations for these common tactics used to steal – a. Shoplifters tend to distract the employee while their partner goes and does the job. Ensure that each employee is paired up with another to act as backup assistance (or eyes in this case) in the event that one is busy assisting another customer. They also tend to target new employees or employees working alone. Again, ensure everyone has a partner for backup assistance. 

b. Grab and run is the most common method as it is quick and sometimes you don’t know even know it happened until it’s too late. You can prevent this from keeping your expensive or top shrink merchandise away from all entrances/exits.

c. Waiting for peak selling times when employees are busy helping other customers is another method used to steal. Make sure not to understaff during peak hours. Saving costs by understaffing is not worth losing the profits from theft during that time!  

 
9. Follow these steps after witnessing a theft – The most important thing to do after you witness theft is NOT to confront or accuse the shoplifter as it can lead to violence and aggressive behavior. Safety comes first! Notify other employees or your manager of the incident. You can approach the suspect and begin a conversation such as “I see you selected the blue ‘xxxx’, let me show you something similar that you may like ...” Afterwards, give the shoplifter a little bit of space to be able to “ditch” the product while you linger close to the entrance.
 
 
10. Use these cost effective solutions to #PreventTheft – Simply having antennas/gates at the entrances/exits is a visual deterrent. Shoplifters would know that you have security on the top shrink items so it would discourage them from targeting your store. If you are on a tight budget, we have low cost solutions that are also great for acting as a visual deterrent such as locking peg hooks, peg hook locks, one alarm Spider Wraps or Cableloks (to prevent pilfering). 

 

Great customer service, employee awareness, and implementing a theft awareness programs into your organization can help you #PreventTheft. As the holiday season is here, be sure to follow these steps to lower your theft rate and increase sales!

 
 
   By :  Tina
    Dec 12, 2017 02:46 AM

Thank you to all of our customers for your support in 2017!  Every year our President creatively puts together a Holiday Message based on a familiar theme.  Enjoy this years holiday opus from Cheryl Gillott!

   By :  Ravinder
    Aug 22, 2017 01:02 AM
In the new world of retailing consumers can make purchases anywhere, so why should they come into your store? The fact is that people still enjoy shopping in bricks and mortar stores for several reasons including the opportunity for socializing, the ability to touch and feel the products they want to purchase, and to experience something unique while in the store.  
 
Experience is the key term.  Retailers who create in-store experiences with their displays or hold in-store events and have product available to try, test, or taste are winning over customers.  It makes sense.  With people being as connected as ever and posting everything on social media they want to share their experiences and even show them off.
 
How do you measure the success of your experience-driven initiatives? Retail business is driven by sales data and rightly so.  But some measures of performance need a new view or even a new way to be able to measure the true success of the bricks and mortar store.  
 
Online stores have had a great advantage with the analytics that are available to measure how customers interact with their website and tracking a visitors every movement through to purchase.  These include a key set of metrics used to measure the customer experience.  But now we have the technology to put bricks and mortar stores on an even playing field with online stores.
Ripple Dashboard
Using specialized sensors we can anonymously track shopper movement within the store, provide accurate shopper traffic counts, and recognize new customers versus returning customers, measure frequency of visits, and capture average stay time and more.  These metrics are important in measuring the success of your experience-driven initiatives.  
 
Retailers relying on sales transactions alone as a proxy for shopper traffic are severely underestimating this data.  Ripple Metrics offers TRUcount traffic data that is extremely accurate and is the foundation of experiential metrics designed to help measure the shopper experience.  
 
Now you can accurately track sales conversion, traffic in the store, and the customer journey.  With this data you can optimize staffing schedules, understand the impact of your marketing efforts, and improve the store layout, all in an effort to improve the shopping experience and overall sales. 
Visitor Flow Report
Visit www.ripplemetrics.com to learn more about this Halo Metrics powered solution.
   By :  Ravinder
    Jul 25, 2017 05:38 AM
Richmond, B.C – July 17, 2017 - Halo Metrics Inc. announces that it has signed an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with Delta Lock LLC.
 
Under the agreement Halo Metrics Inc. will actively market, sell, and provide service for Delta Lock’s comprehensive range of mechanical locks for showcase, cabinet & casework locking systems for all retailers, fixture & millwork industries in Canada that are not currently part of Delta’s national account program.
  
Halo Metrics began providing security solutions to Canadian retailers in August of 1988 from its British Columbia location. Over the last 28 years Halo has grown and been able to work with retailers across Canada with local representation in BC, Ontario and Quebec.  
 
“Our focus is to balance the retailer’s loss prevention efforts with the honest shopper’s need for merchandise to be on hand and accessible when they want it” says Cheryl Gillott, President of Halo Metrics.  “The new agreement with Delta Lock enables Halo to offer our customers more of a complete security solution. We are very pleased with our new relationship with Delta Lock and the signing of this agreement”.
 
“Delta Lock and Halo Metrics have a shared passion for excellence in customer service. They have earned the trust and respect of retail loss prevention professionals with their knowledge and commitment in this area.  We are excited to partner with a great company like Halo Metrics to help bring Delta Lock solutions and services to Canadian customers", said Bob Bonstrom, VP Sales & Marketing for Delta Lock.
 
The agreement is effective immediately.
 
 
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About Halo Metrics Inc. (halometrics.com)
 
In business in Canada since 1988, Halo Metrics has grown to become a leading source for Canadian retailers seeking merchandising and loss prevention solutions.  Our security solutions prevent theft while enhancing customer's shopping experience.  Halo Metrics has offices in major centres across Canada with full bilingual English and French technical and sales support.  
 
Twitter: @halometrics
 
About Delta Lock LLC. (deltalock.biz)
 
Delta Lock is a lock manufacturer serving the retail, medical and manufacturing industries. We provide quality products for virtually any locking application along with great service and tailored solutions. We are a solution provider and specialize in lock customization, prototypes and special modifications. We have a full design team and machine shop capability for rapid turnaround of ideas to drawings to working samples.
 
Facebook: @showcaselocks
   By :  Ravinder
    Jun 16, 2017 06:42 AM
Shoplifting continues to be a challenge for retailers.  According to the National Retail Federation Security Survey inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales.  External theft or shoplifting accounted for a significant portion of this with an average loss of $377 per incident.  
 
All retailers are affected by this kind of theft and understand that it’s just one of the frustrating parts of running the business.  With good customer service, store design, and the use of loss prevention technologies you can significantly reduce this problem.
 
Having said that it is an excellent idea to train staff to recognise suspicious behaviour and spot a shoplifter in real time.  Depending on the type of thief some are more easily identified than others.  For example professionals or organized criminals make a career out of stealing and can be difficult to detect.  While amateurs may not be as smooth they could be easier to catch in the act.
 
Not all shoplifters fit the stereotypical look of a “street person” or “gang member”.  It’s the behaviours that are the biggest telltale signs and not so much about how they’re dressed. For a comedic view of the types of shoplifters take a look at this video:
 
 
Identifying suspicious behaviour or incidents
 
For over 29 years Halo Metrics has worked with Loss Prevention professionals across Canada to prevent theft. Along the way the LP community has provided great insights and have pointed out several suspicious behaviours and clues to watch out for.  Here are some tips to note:
  • Be aware when an individual is dressed inconsistently with the weather ie: large over coat in the summer.
  • A person who is paying more attention to the employees rather than the merchandise should be considered suspicious.
  • “Shoppers” coming in with large duffle bags or worn out, wrinkled bags from other retailers.
  • Be cautious when a shopper asks the employee to check the back room for certain models or having them write down model numbers under the guise they want to compare item online. This distracts the employee for their purpose.
  • An uptick in false alarms from security products. Thieves will watch to see how staff react or don’t react.  
  • Someone refusing customer service.
  • Person lingering or staying in an area in the store where employee visibility is limited ie: corners, behind pillars.
  • Check merchandise to make sure other merchandise is not hidden inside especially for fitting room items or other things with storage compartments.
  • Shelves or displays purposely disorganized to hide “holes” should be a flag.
  • Be careful when a group of three or more than either swarming the employee or distracting them while the others steal.
  • When you notice the same individual in the store but they never make a purchase.
Some typical methods used for stealing include:
 
1. Distracting the employee.
2. Grab and run
3. Concealing product in their pockets, underneath clothing, in bags, purses and strollers.
4. Working in groups
5. Waiting for peak selling times when the employees are busy helping other customers.
6. Targeting new employees or employees working alone. 
 
Although all theft negatively impacts the profitability and bottom line of the business, the professional shoplifter and organized retail crime groups have the biggest negative impact.  This is due to the large quantities they steal that are often higher ticket items as they have more value when re-sold on the street.  If they were successful, they will continue to target that location or other stores in the chain.  One incident can result in several thousands of dollars in losses. Ultimately, the losses will impact the price the consumer pays, product not being available for the consumer to purchase and possibly the future growth of the company.
 
How should you approach a suspected shoplifter to deter or prevent a theft?
 
It is absolutely crucial for the organization to have a theft awareness program in place that includes policies and procedures that address shoplifting.  
 
The first line of defence is to make eye contact and greet everyone that enters the store.
 
When you SUSPECT that a customer may steal, the employee should attempt to provide extra customer service to the individual.  Open ended questions such as “Are you finding everything ok?” or “Do you need any help?” will only result in the individual refusing service.  Employees need to engage the individual by introducing a new product, asking questions about what they are specifically looking for or find a “conversation piece” about the customer ie: “I love your shoes, I used to have a pair that looked identical” or “Wow! For a second there I thought you were my uncle….you look JUST like him!”  This tells the suspect he would easily be identified.
 
When you have WITNESSED the SELECTION and CONCEALMENT, safety comes first!!  Do not confront or accuse the shoplifter or ask them to empty out their pockets/bag etc.  Most importantly, DO NOT search them.  If you saw the theft, notify other employees or your Manager and advise them of the incident.  At this point, you could approach the suspect and begin a conversation such as “I see you’ve selected the brown ‘xxxx’,  “Let me show you something similar that you may like…”,  “I see you’ve selected ‘xxxxx’….can I show you where the register is or start a fitting room for you?”.  Then, give the shoplifter a little bit of space to be able to “ditch” the product and if possible, position yourself close to the entrance.
 
For apparel retailer how can fitting rooms create challenges for loss prevention?
 
The key component that shoplifter looks for is PRIVACY.  The fitting room offers the suspect a place to conceal the merchandise and remove the security tags.  The fitting room is the most vulnerable area of the store unless a stringent fitting room policy is in place.  The other challenge is keeping the rooms free of merchandise.  Even with a policy is in place, if a customer enters a fitting room and there is other merchandise left behind, they now have the opportunity to steal even more.  If a fitting room has price tags and security tags that have been removed and not collected by the employee, it tells customers it’s easy to steal from this retailer.
 
Customer service, employee awareness, the use of loss prevention technologies and the cleanliness of the store are just some of ways to prevent theft. Alternate measures are to have a code word with Mall Security that alerts them (and not the shoplifter) that you need assistance with a walk through to help deter the theft or possibility of one.  
 
For more information about loss prevention strategies to prevent theft contact Halo Metrics Inc.
 
   By :  Ravinder
    May 02, 2017 03:19 AM
The Halo Metrics team and I recently attended a terrific Asset Protection workshop put on by the Loss Prevention team at Best Buy including Martin Dempsey, Victor Vilas, and Joe Haddad.  With a room full of Loss Prevention professionals the agenda featured a presentation by Doug Fell from the Vancouver Police Department’s Anti-Fencing Unit.  Doug speaks at many of these events and throughout his lengthy career has accumulated numerous stories and insights on how organized crime works and the impact on retailers.  
 
We also learned what life is like from the point of view of those committing the crimes.  Kevin McArthur from the Hope for Freedom Society spoke eloquently about how mostly young men fall into a life of crime at their weakest moments of addiction and personal tragedies. He admits that there are those who are hardened criminals who will never change. But as in his own example, people can recover and rejoin society as positive and productive members.  It was valuable to hear him speak.
 
We all know theft from shoplifting is fuel for bigger issues related to organized crime.  Police departments and retailers are working together to help stop this through various creative strategies.  Doug’s team has been successful in using Civil Forfeiture laws to hurt organized criminals where it matters the most. In their wallets!
 
Photo: JENNIFER GAUTHIER/METRO
[Detective Const. Doug Fell motions to the baby formula and other goods police seized in early November from an individual who is expected to face numerous charges.]
 
It takes a tremendous amount of effort to catch the bad guys. The success stories end with examples of prosecution of the criminals and recovery of the stolen goods.  We see some of these recoveries on the news when the stolen merchandise is spread out across tables or floor space in a warehouse. These cases take time to come to a successful end.
 
Photo: THANDI FLETCHER/METRO
[Among the stolen items, police seized 3,500 razor blades stolen from local Metro Vancouver pharmacies, including London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart, as part of a large-scale fencing ring operating out of a convenience store in Surrey.]
 
 
Doug pointed out something very simple that can help the police and retailer.  The police are not experts in your product or how it is sold or how you can track it.  When they come upon an individual who has 50 packs of razor blades or 24 containers of infant formula how can they tell if these items were stolen?? That’s where the experience of a retail loss prevention expert comes in handy.  You know the typical life cycle of an item and if someone has way too many for normal use.  You have access to your inventory database and can figure out if the merchandise is missing from your store.
 
But perhaps the simplest thing that one can do to help the police is to simply tag the items with your store logo and location or some other way to uniquely identify the goods. If the recovered items can be identified stolen from a specific store it speeds up the process tremendously.  Better yet, once recovered the items can be returned back to your business!!  The police love returning stolen merchandise once the bad guys have been caught.
 
Photo: RAVINDER SANGHA
 
What happens when they can’t return the stolen goods to the rightful owner? After a waiting period the items typically go to a Police Recovered Goods auction like the one held in Surrey, British Columbia this past weekend.  In an interview with News1130 VPD Supervisor of Property and Evidence Control, Justin Hull stated: “It’s bittersweet because we do have a pretty impressive haul, but that means we’re unsuccessful in getting a lot of these items back to their owners.”
 
It was amazing to see bags full of batteries, razor blades, Tide detergent pods and much, much more! I just happened to attend this auction looking to purchase one of the hundreds of bicycles being sold.  But it really emphasized how much really gets stolen and that this warehouse was just a small sample of that!
 
Halo Metrics has introduced the new 2829s Micro SWAT label to our customers in Canada.  It works with an existing RF based EAS systems but more importantly it is very difficult to remove and leaves behind a mark on the stolen product regardless of what EAS system you use.  This mark can be custom printed with your store information.  See the product details here and watch a quick video of the tag from our partners at Checkpoint Systems here:
 
  
Contact Halo Metrics to learn more about the SWAT label and what other options are available to prevent theft.
 
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