Merchandise losses (also referred to as shrinkage) cost retailers billions due to shoplifting, internal theft and other types of criminal activity every year. It is termed our nation’s “silent crime.”
Shoplifting is one of the most prevalent crimes in the United States, averaging about 550,000 incidents per day. Current estimates say as many as 1 in 11 Americans shoplift in our nation today and shoplifters are only caught 2 percent of the times they steal and then only turned over to police 50 percent of the time. The majority of shoplifters are non-professional, but 30 percent of them are compulsive or habitual thieves.
The shoplifting is primarily committed by otherwise law-abiding citizens enticed by the temptation and opportunity. More than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last five years.
So there are many retailers confronted with the problem of their goods flying out the back door. Some shoplifters choose to grab and run through emergency exits. These losses are passed along to the rest of us by way of higher prices, restrictive security measures, increased taxes for police, and the cost to prosecute and then incarcerate those convicted.
Another loss threat is through burglaries. Burglars would rather wait until the store is closed. Although there is an element of opportunism present, it is quite different than the opportunity presented the shoplifter to quickly grab an item. Their opportunity is a back door that is perceived to be vulnerable to attack, and they are likely to be after more than one item. About 2.2 million burglaries occur each year.
The Securitech Trident™ locking solution is designed to keep inventory in the store and keep burglars out of the store.
Securitech has long focused on niche markets which they perceived as problems that would evolve into trends. And indeed the trend has been more crime requiring better solutions.
The Trident is a multi-point lock system designed to be adaptable and configurable for a variety of applications.
Securitech has pioneered many such solutions using the adversarial streets of New York City as their proving ground. They were pioneers in multi-point locks, which are known to be far more effective at thwarting break–ins than single point locks. However when more than a single lock is mounted on a single door; unless the locks are part of an approved multi-point lock system, life safety violations are inevitable since the International Building Code (IBC 2009 – 1008.1.9) requires that a door be “readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.”
Several provisions of the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA) 101 – 2009 also apply. These include:
- 18.104.22.168.9. A latch or other fastening device on a door leaf shall be provided with a releasing device that has an obvious method of operation and that is readily operated under all lighting conditions.
- 22.214.171.124.9.1. The releasing mechanism for any latch, other than for existing installations, shall be located not less than 34 in. (865 mm), and not more than 48 in. (1220 mm), above the finished floor.
- 126.96.36.199.9.2. The releasing mechanism shall open the door leaf with not more than one releasing operation, unless otherwise specified in 188.8.131.52.9.3 and 184.108.40.206.9.4.
Improperly deployed multiple locks on a door represent building code violations, hamper egress and endanger the customer and occupants of the premises controlled by the door. Security professionals must be mindful of both Life Safety (ensuring safe egress) and Security (protecting individuals and assets and keeping intruders and thieves out)
Since its introduction in 2005, the Trident system has evolved into a powerful solution both in terms of its ability to repel attacks and the features it offers the end-user. Trident also is designed with the local authority having jurisdiction (LAHJ) and code compliance in mind.
After thieves damaged the rear door at GPLA headquarters, the organization updated its security with a donated Securitech Trident three-point locking system and Select Products SL21 continuous hinge.
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