ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE (EAS)

How can I stop thieves in my shop? Prevent shoplifting with our security and detection systems for retail & commercial businesses.

We are able to supply, install and maintain Electronic Article Surveillance equipment (EAS) or adopt and maintain existing systems. There are several major types of Electronic Article Surveillance systems and mostly include the fitting of electronic detection pedestals at the premises entry/exit doors. EAS is a technological method to prevent shoplifting from retail stores, pilferage of books from libraries and unauthorised removal of high value items from offices. Tags are removed or deactivated by checkout staff or other authorised persons when the item is properly bought or checked out. The detection system sounds an alarm or otherwise alerts the staff when it senses active tags.

The four most common EAS systems are:

Magnetic systems:

These tags are made of a strip of amorphous metal (metglas) which has a very low magnetic saturation value. This system is suitable for items in libraries since the tags can be deactivated when items are borrowed and re-activated upon return. It is also suitable for low value goods in retail stores, due to the small size and very low cost of the tags.

Acousto-magnetic systems:

These are similar to magnetic tags in that they are made of two strips, a strip of magnetostrictive, ferromagnetic amorphous metal and a strip of a magnetically semi-hard metallic strip, which is used as a biasing magnet (to increase signal strength) and to allow deactivation. These tags are thicker than magnetic tags and are thus seldom used for books. However they are relatively inexpensive and have better detection rates than magnetic tags.

Radio-frequency systems:

These tags are essentially an LC tank circuit that has a resonance peak anywhere from 1.75 MHz to 9.5 MHz; they are mostly used in clothing stores.

Microwave systems:

These permanent tags are made of a non-linear element (a diode) coupled to one microwave and one electrostatic antenna. They are mostly used in clothing stores.

Studies have shown that a reliable tagging system can reduce shoplifting by 60% on its own. When used in conjunction with CCTV and other measures, theft reduction is much higher. Alongside security personnel/CCTV, tagging systems are regarded as the most effective way to both deter shoplifting and to catch thieves.

In addition to installing, monitoring and maintaining new Electronic Article Surveillance systems we also adopt existing systems that may have fallen into disrepair or require upgrading.

For more information on our Electronic Article Surveillance equipment please complete our contact form or call us on 07751703813 or 07974125365.