How to Make Booster Bags
Booster bags are used by professional and amateur shoplifters to steal items with magnetic strips, EAS tags and RFID chips. The bag is an effective shield that prevents sensors from detecting the presence of these items in someone’s possession. To date, most loss prevention detection devices cannot penetrate the booster bags seemingly impenetrable layers. They are popular because they are cheap and can be made in a little less than ten minutes. It is important that your loss prevention specialists be familiar with these bags and how to detect them. We will look first at how they are made.
How To Make Them
The shoplifter will take two ordinary shopping bags that they get at a department store, or other merchandiser. If the one bag has a liner that can be removed, they will use just the one and remove the liner. They will then line the sides of the bag with several layers of heavy duty foil. Of course a bag with reflective surfaces in it will attract the attention of security so they disguise the foil. They do this by securing the surface of the foil with a heavy black plastic layer that is cut to fit the bag perfectly and glued or taped to the sides. More sophisticated shoplifters use a thin layer of copper or wire mesh and then cover that with plastic. This cuts down on the ‘crinkle’ as the bag moves and as items are dropped inside.
In fact, any container lined with enough foil, or a layer of copper or tin can effectively block the sensors and you will experience losses of any small, expensive items that can fit into the container. Sometimes the container is a box, a coat, or even pants pockets. So what is a loss prevention specialist to do? He or she has to detect these booster bags and defeat the thief.