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To Catch a Thief

You don't need a badge--just better technology.

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This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's every retailer's job to thwart thieves. Luckily, there are a variety of affordable technologies available to help businesses stop shoplifters, including:

Booster bag detection: Electronic article , or EAS, systems--those tags that set off an alarm when they move past a detector--aren't new, and thieves have been able to outsmart them by using "booster bags" lined with aluminum foil. Good news: Now there are detectors--such as those from Checkpoint Systems Inc.--that sense large metal surfaces, tipping you off to booster bag use.

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