Securing Your Store: All You Need to Know About Different Types of Security Tags

Security tags are commonly used to protect various items from theft and unauthorized removal. While their specific design and functionality can vary, here are some common types of security tags used in different industries:

1. Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Tags

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tags are widely used in retail stores to prevent shoplifting. They work by triggering an alarm when passing through an EAS detection system located at store exits. EAS tags can be either hard tags, adhesive labels, or labels embedded in packaging, and they employ technologies such as radio frequency (RF), acousto-magnetic (AM), or electromagnetic (EM) to communicate with the detection system.

2. RFID Tags

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are small electronic devices that use radio waves to transmit and receive data wirelessly. They contain a microchip and an antenna and can be used for various applications, including inventory management, asset tracking, and security. RFID tags can be passive (powered by the reader’s signal) or active (with an internal power source), and they can be integrated into items or attached as separate tags.

3. Ink Tags

Ink tags are security tags that contain a vial of ink that ruptures if the tag is tampered with or forcibly removed. The ink stains the item, rendering it unusable or easily identifiable as stolen. Ink tags act as a deterrent and make it challenging for thieves to sell or use the stolen merchandise.

4. Sensormatic Tags

Sensormatic is a well-known brand that produces security tags and systems. Sensormatic tags are used in retail environments and typically rely on radio frequency (RF) technology. They are available in various formats, including hard tags and adhesive labels, and are compatible with Sensormatic detection systems.

5. Optical Tags

Optical tags are security devices that use a light-emitting diode (LED) and a photodiode to create a beam of light. When the beam is interrupted, such as by removing an item from a designated area, an alarm is triggered. Optical tags are often used to secure high-value items, such as electronics or artwork, in museums, galleries, and other specialized environments.

These are just a few examples of security tags used to protect merchandise and assets. Different industries and applications may have specific requirements, leading to the use of specialized security tags or systems tailored to their needs.