To remove them at home, use a high-powered magnet, such as a hard drive magnet. Place the magnet on a flat surface and lay the tag on top of it with the ink dome or cartridge facing down. You should hear a click letting you know the tag has deactivated. Wiggle the pins in the tag up and down to release them.
How do you stop a security tag from beeping?
Although it may sound too simple to be true, yes, you can stop the alarm from going off by covering the tags with a conductive material. The aluminum foil bag example in the beginning works because of a concept called ‘electromagnetic shielding’.
Will wire cutters cut a security tag?
Wiggle the wire cutters inward until you hit the metal pin. Gently squeeze the wire cutters until the pin pops. Do not try to turn the wire cutters to widen the gap — this will break the seal and cause the ink to explode. Cut the pin and remove the tag.
Can you take off a security tag at home?
Many security tags are deactivated in-store with an electromagnetic device. To remove them at home, use a high-powered magnet, such as a hard drive magnet. Most garment security tags have 1 or more pins inside that secure the cartridge to the body of the tag.
But there’s an important reason security tags are filled with ink –– it can be a helpful measure for retailers and deter potential shoplifters. If an item with an ink tag is purchased at a store, the cashier will remove it with a special device called a detacher after the customer pays.