What types of security labels are available from standard printers?

Security labels are often used to prevent theft, or to detect product tampering with items that may contain private or valuable information, proprietary equipment or settings or other information that could be used for malicious intent if stolen.

Typical places that security labels are used include:

  • On envelopes
  • On filing cabinets
  • On cartons
  • In entry ways
  • On electronic components
  • ..and more

Security labels not only help to protect your product, they also help to combat counterfeit and other fraudulent activities. Most printers who offer security label printing services can supply labels with anti-counterfeit properties available with special materials, unique holograph patterns, special foils, aggressive adhesives, security slits and other security features. Labels that use holographic technology provide an added level of protection since they are impossible to duplicate. Holographic security labels are the most preferred method for fighting against counterfeiting.

Security labels are almost impossible to remove

If someone does attempt to remove a security label, the label will destruct itself in a manner that clearly indicates that it has been willfully tampered with. Security labels, by their very nature, are designed to show evidence of product tampering immediately. Each of these features are dependent upon the type of label used. However, some examples of this include the use of polyester materials with a built-in release mechanism that will leave a dot pattern, words like VOID or OPENED or the use of paper that will rip when removed or the use of special tags that release special dyes if tampered with.

Security labels can be custom-printed

Many printers offer the option of custom-printing security labels to include a company’s logo or name or by adding consecutive serial numbers for quick product identification. Customised imprints increase the overall effectiveness of the label and should be made using a highly durable ink that will not whether or rub off with normal usage.

What types of products will benefit the most from security labels?

While it is true that every product can, in one way or another benefit from the use of a security label, there are certain industries that are more susceptible to theft and counterfeiting than the rest. Therefore they would see drastic decreases in these illegal activities by deploying a plan that includes the use of security labels.

These industries include:

  • The entertainment and media industry (tamper resistant stickers used to prove that a product has not been opened)
  • The clothing and retail goods industry (ex the use of special tags that release dye if removed)
  • The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry (ex the use of tamper detecting stickers to tell if a product has been opened prior to sale)
  • The beauty products and cosmetics industry (ex the use of permanent stickers that identify where a product is sold and if it was opened prior to sale)
  • The food and packaged goods industry (ex the use of special labels to verify if a product has been tampered with prior to sale)
  • The electronics industry (holographic stickers used to prove product authenticity)

Security labels don’t only protect retailers and manufacturers

Security labels, particularly those used to detect product tampering and product authenticity help to protect consumers by giving them valuable information to determine if a product has been opened or tampered with prior to the point of sale, or if the product is counterfeit. Studies have proven that consumers are far more likely to purchase from manufacturers that use security labels on their products.

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