EAS System Components

In addition to the all-important gates or pedestals you walk through, the most important components of EAS systems include the following:

• Disposable EAS tags –RF Label 、AM label are available in many different types — pressure-sensitive labels with simulated bar codes, tags or labels that can be imprinted with price, inventory, promotional or bar-code information, and tags specially designed for products such as earrings, compact discs and cosmetics, which are all items easily pocketed by shoplifters. These thin, adhesive-backed labels can be as small as a paper clip and can be easily disguised to look like standard retail tags.

• Reusable Hard tags — Probably the most familiar reusable EAS Security tag is the hard, plastic tag attached to most apparel and armed with an almost impossible to defeat locking mechanism — it can also be a pain if it’s attached to the wrong part of a garment you want to try on! This off-white, pin-connected tag requires a special detacher unit to remove it.

• Benefit denial tags — This is a security Ink Tag. If you steal an item with this kind of tag, you’re going to get an unpleasant surprise when you try to remove it in the dressing room or later at home. The ingenious tags have been designed to break and release fluid — usually colored indelible inks — onto the garment (working even against gravity) and on you if you try to forcibly remove it. The idea is that a shoplifter is being denied any benefit from his/her crime and will not be able to use or sell the item because it has now been ruined. Store clerks use electronic scanners to deactivate tags on your purchase.

EAS Deactivators and detachers — Desirable qualities in deactivators include a large deactivation zone and 100 percent deactivation with no false alarms. The type of electronic deactivator depends upon the kind of EAS system and tags used by the store. We’re all familiar with hand-held scanners and flat scanner pads used to swipe and deactivate merchandise tags. Traditionally, scanners must touch a label directly to use specific frequency to deactivate it. But with the growing use of source tagging (hiding identification tags somewhere on an item or in its packaging) proximity deactivators, or verifiers that don’t require contact with a label, are becoming more important.

• Accessories and other products — In addition to selling hundreds of different types of labels, label applicators, security pins, locking devices for ink tags and security lanyards for use with EAS systems, some companies even offer “dummy” or inactive EAS tags and systems. Retail Security Products claims these tags and labels can be used as stand-alone deterrents to theft, with inactive EAS pedestals or in conjunction with a live EAS system on lower priced items.