When shoplifting became widespread, clothing stores decided to use various security measures to ensure that people couldn’t just walk out without paying for items. Security tags were placed on clothing items to prevent their theft. These devices are quite small and emit a radio signal of high frequency. The signal is released at all times and will instantly send off an alarm if someone tries to take the item outside the store without paying for it. Once you have purchased the item, the cashier or salesperson remove the tag to ensure it doesn’t give you any problems, especially when an ink security tag is used. This one spills ink on the clothing and renders them damaged.
The security tag is small and can be hidden in different items to work as an anti-theft device. As it is not visible, sometimes the store may also forget to remove it from the clothes before you leave. Hence, you have paid for the clothing items, but the tag is intact and this can be a problem for you. Often, it is too much of a hassle for us to go back to the store just to get the tag removed. Also, if you have thrown the receipt away, there is no possibility of proving to the store that you paid for the item and they simply forgot to remove the tag. In this case, there are several ways on how to remove security tag.
The Rubber Band: Take a large rubber band like the one that’s usually used by the post office. Look for the pin inside your clothing, which will typically be next to the ink cartridge part of the security tag. The rubber band should be wrapped around the pin a couple of times until it is tight. If the first one doesn’t break the two pieces apart, you should use a second rubber band. Once the rubber bands apply enough pressure, the two pieces of the security tag will automatically fall apart.
Freezing: Perhaps one of the simplest and easiest method for removing the security tag is to simply place the garment in the freezer. The ink inside the cartridge will freeze and you can just rip it away from the clothing item without causing any damage.
The Lighter: The top part of the ink tag should be melted with the help of a lighter. It isn’t going to take longer than 15 seconds to do so. Use a knife for scraping off the melted part of the tag. The rest of the ball bearings should be carefully popped. Once the first one is removed, taking out the rest is quite simple. The two pieces of the security tag should be slid apart. It will not be difficult to do so after the ball bearings have been removed.
Any of these methods can be effective in removing an ink cartridge security tag, but you may need a security tag remover for dealing with one that gives off a signal. There are magnetic security tag removers that can neutralize the signal and deactivate the tag.