Electronic article surveillance is a technological method for preventing shoplifting from retail stores, pilferage of books from libraries or removal of properties from office buildings.
An office is generally a room or other area where an organization's employees perform administrative work in order to support and realize objects and goals of the organization.
Retail is the process of selling consumer goods or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution to earn a profit.
Shoplifting is the unnoticed theft of goods from an open retail establishment.
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Special tags are fixed to merchandise or books.
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These tags are removed or deactivated by the clerks when the item is properly bought or checked out.
At the exits of the store, a detection system sounds an alarm or otherwise alerts the staff when it senses active tags.
Some stores also have detection systems at the entrance to the restrooms that sound an alarm if someone tries to take unpaid merchandise with them into the restroom.
For high-value goods that are to be manipulated by the patrons, wired alarm clips called spider wrap may be used instead of tags.
Spider wrap is a type of security device used by many retailers.