How retailers are trying to stop organized retail theft
(NewsNation Now) — In an effort to combat a wave of retail thefts and smash-and-grab robberies, some retailers are setting up coiled wire — not unlike what can often be seen outside a prison — to act as a barrier between potential thieves and high-end merchandise.
The product is called concertina or tangle wire, and its Slinky-like design acts both as a deterrent and a means to slow down thieves.
It’s also safer than the alternative razor or barbed wires, said Josh Nielsen, the vice president of Adamson Police Products. Although it’s not impenetrable, it does work as a visual deterrent and has the potential to slow down thieves in time for police to apprehend them, Nielsen said.