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Electronic security tags

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Asked by: Irene Robles

How do electronic security tags work?

The tag is a small “signal transmitter” that you put on the merchandise that you want to protect. The tag will signal to the EAS antennas to make them alarm if they come to close. E.g. if someone is trying to steal the item and take them through the exit without paying/removing the tag.

How do you remove an electronic security tag?


Quote from video: There's a locking mechanism. Which has a few ball bearings in there and all we need to do is simply remove that out of the way so that we can get this pin and to let go of the mechanism.

What does it mean when an item is electronically protected?

Electronic protected health information or ePHI is defined in HIPAA regulation as any protected health information (PHI) that is created, stored, transmitted, or received in any electronic format or media.

How are EAS tags deactivated?

With radio frequency (RF) technology the deactivation of the label itself is linked to the barcode scanning action meaning that tags can be deactivated as they are scanned. This integration is important because it ensures a seamless handing of the RF tag during the scanning process.

What deactivates security tags?

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Security labels are usually deactivated by a deactivator that is situated at the point of sale or integrated into the scanner. This deactivator works by breaking a circuit within a label so they no longer emit a signal and can pass near an antenna without causing an alarm to sound.

How do stores detect stolen items?

Anti-shoplifting alarms use a technology called RF (radio-frequency), while a similar (but more advanced) technology called RFID (radio-frequency identification) has many other uses, from tracking pets and public library stocktaking to collecting fares from bus passengers.

Does aluminum foil work on security sensors?

The sensors designed to detect the anti-theft devices attached to merchandise cannot penetrate through the aluminum foil, rendering the stolen merchandise invisible to the sensors.

Do security tags have trackers?

Without a detection system, security tags are useless.



The detection system usually is connected to software that controls the sensitivity, volume and duration of the alarm. Sensormatic and Checkpoint are the two most commonly used retail security programs.

Will a magnet remove a security tag?

Many security tags are deactivated in-store with an electromagnetic device. To remove them at home, use a high-powered magnet, such as a hard drive magnet. Place the magnet on a flat surface and lay the tag on top of it with the ink dome or cartridge facing down.

Will a magnet set off store security?

Do magnets set off store alarms? Yes, magnets set off store alarms.

How do you demagnetize security stickers?

To deactivate the magnetic security strip, all that need be done is to magnetize the strip along its length. This can be done by applying a sufficiently strong magnetic field along the length of the strip.

Do unscanned barcodes set off alarms?

No, unscanned barcodes don’t set off alarms. In contrast, all barcodes do not trigger an alarm. What triggers the alarm is the magnet. However, magnets are usually placed near the barcode so the cashier knows and can deactivate the magnet simply by scanning the item.

Does aluminum foil block security sensors?

The sensors designed to detect the anti-theft devices attached to merchandise cannot penetrate through the aluminum foil, rendering the stolen merchandise invisible to the sensors.

Do security tags have trackers?

Without a detection system, security tags are useless.



The detection system usually is connected to software that controls the sensitivity, volume and duration of the alarm. Sensormatic and Checkpoint are the two most commonly used retail security programs.

What kind of magnet removes security tags?

You can use a hard drive magnet or a rare earth magnet since most tags are deactivated in stores with electromagnetic devices. Place the dome side of the tag against the magnet. Pull the magnet away from the tag.

How many layers of foil are in a booster bag?

How many layers of tinfoil are nessesary to cheat an anti-shoplifting system? Only a few layers are needed to cheat most most RF-systems – a few more layers are needed to render all AM-systems useless. Well-made booster bags thus contain up to 20 layers.