But there’s an important reason security tags are filled with ink –– it can be a helpful measure for retailers and deter potential shoplifters. If an item with an ink tag is purchased at a store, the cashier will remove it with a special device called a detacher after the customer pays.
Many modern tags actually contain an electro-magnet, not an ink pouch; upon breaking it open, you will see for yourself that there’s no ink inside it. Put something between the tag and the head of the pin to give it some slack. Bend the pin back and forth until it breaks.
Ink security tags are used as a deterrent to shoplifting. The tags consist of two pieces held together by a pin and contain a sealed vial of dye. If the tag is forcibly removed by someone other than the retailer, the ink vial breaks and bleeds onto the garment, damaging it permanently.
How do you know if a store tag has ink?
There are two main types of tags: Ink tags: First determine if the tag is an ink tag, which is usually white or red and circular and usually says it contains red, pink, or blue and yellow ink that may combine. If you try to remove it improperly the tag will “explode” marking the thief — or you — and the item with ink.
What kind of security tag has ink?
Benefit denial tags see the stolen merchandise negatively impacted when the thief tries to remove the tag. The most common form is ink dye tags which release indelible ink when the tag is tampered with, effectively rendering the stolen item useless.
Does security tag ink wash out?
Security ink is permanent, which makes it difficult to get out of clothes. According to the Iowa State County Extension Office, treat the stain immediately and blot it rather than rubbing, which will only spread the mess.
What happens if you pull off a security tag?
If you take the security tag off the jacket and leave the store with it, on top of being charged with removal of the device, you could also be prosecuted for theft. The charges for this offense range from a simple misdemeanor to a class “C” felony. Again, the level depends on the value of the stolen item.
Inside the ink security tag is a sealed vial of dye. If the tag is forcibly removed instead of properly removed by the retailer, the security tag ink vial breaks, and permanent ink bleeds all over the garment, rendering it unusable and worthless; the shoplifter cannot wear, sell or attempt to return the garment.
How do security protected stickers work?
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.