Shoplifting/LP Terminology (updated 1/4/19)

Submitted by thief moderator in Shoplifting (edited )

Loss Prevention/Security

LP - Loss Prevention

AP - Asset Protection

S3 Handkey - S3 handkey used for removing security tags

PTZ Camera - Pan-tilt-zoom camera. A very high quality camera that can pan, tilt and zoom (as the name describes).

ORC - Organized Retail Crime

Internal theft - Theft committed by the employee against their own business.

EAS - Electronic Article Security. Typically 2 tall towers that set off all alarms (besides ink tags).

Magnet Detecting Towers - Towers that can detect if you have a magnet or S3 Handkey. These are extremely uncommon, but easily identifiable. They are typically clear and look futuristic (picture), and are dangerous for a shoplifter. These send invisible signals to employees that tell them to watch over you as you have a device that can be used to shoplift.

Plainclothes - LP and Security employees dressed as a regular person

No-chase policy - A policy set into place by a store stating you cannot chase a shoplifter. Most stores with this policy will at least call the cops.

Shrinkage - Inventory loss caused by shoplifting, internal theft, ORC, or wastage.


See w/shopliftingtags for a full list of tags and how to remove them.

Source tag - An item that has tags attached during manufacturing inside the box.


Golf Detacher - A magnet used and designed to detach security tags. Very strong. Golf detachers come in different ratings, coming in 12000 gs, 15000 gs and 16000 gs, 16000 being the strongest. Be careful not to get these too close to cards.

Booster Bag - A typical bag lined with material, typically foil, to block RFID signals to bypass security tags to prevent setting off an alarm. In most states, having a booster bag immediately warrants the shoplifter for possession of shoplifting gear, which is a felony.


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bwqrdsaf wrote

Need to have SWIM under Other: Someone Who Isn't Me

Intended to be used to imply the alleged crime was done by someone else and not by OP


LiftyBoi wrote

What kind of tags do booster bags work with? To what extent could I rely on booster bags?


RandoManner wrote

What is staging? I'm assuming hiding an item and coming back another day for it. Probably to make sure the item is not being actively watched. Is this correct?


Akcat907 wrote

Can someone please explain the light and motion sensor tags?! They’re driving me nuts! Tin foil? Booster bags? How do I conceal?!


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Hermes wrote (edited )

Can you just use magnets instead of a golf detacher? If they find that big thing on you, that may transfer pretty theft to a robbery/felony. But if you carry magnets, they are more difficult to find on you aren't they?


Jiminsmallpepper wrote

What about barcodes printed in the item? Like I saw an album that had the barcode printed it on (it wasn’t a white sticker but just black bars with numbers) do these set of alarms if I were to walk past the doors??


youbuyingweselling wrote (edited )

what are the alarms called that they have lowes now? i have heard them be referred to turtle alarms due to there green color but what company makes these? i guess they are pressure sensitive?


thief wrote

I, haven't heard of any new alarm systems. If you can find a pic I can maybe give some more detail


Drshoplifter wrote

Id note that 3 alarm tags set off the security alarm and go off themselves with their internal alarm when you pass the was towers.


MHC wrote

I have noticed that this is a popular topic! Would someone explain why?