Businesses can realize many benefits by utilizing barcode tracking software, including greater oversight over increasingly complex supply chain routes and more effective management of goods moving through warehouses. Another key benefit that this data gathering method provides is that it enables organizations to more efficiently and accurately track stolen goods.
This paradigm is exemplified by a recent incident is Metairie, Louisiana. In the town right outside New Orleans, a 43-year-old man tunneled through the walls of a local pharmacy and stole an unspecified amount of narcotics, The Times-Picayune reported.
Although the pharmacy's cameras and other internal security systems did not provide the town's police department with any key evidence, the robber left behind one crucial clue: a pickaxe that still had its original tag on it. According to the Associated Press, investigators used barcode tracking software to trace the tool back to the hardware store where it was purchased.
From there, Metairie police detectives unearthed video footage showing the suspect purchasing the pickaxe left at the scene of the crime and a 10-pound sledgehammer. Additional video footage provided investigators with the man's face and his car's license plate number. The Times-Picayune reported that the suspect was arrested earlier this month and is now awaiting trial.
The incident illustrates the sometimes extreme tactics thieves will take to steal valuable merchandise. While security tactics such as video cameras and fences can deter theft, not all robberies can be prevented. As a result, companies hoping to collect stolen goods should turn to barcode tracking software to determine an item's location and to prove ownership in the event the stolen goods resurface.
According to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are approximately 2.2 million burglaries in the United States annually. Of those, 61 percent involve forcible entry, and the estimated property value lost from these incidents totaled $4.6 billion.