Quickly Remove a Store Security Tag

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Intro: Quickly Remove a Store Security Tag

So my neighbor ordered some stuff online from a big chain dept store, and when it came it had a store security tag on it. She came to me and asked if I knew anything about removing it without activating the GPS module and releasing the dye pack and nerve gas. I told her I would see what I could do....two minutes later I returned unharmed with her garment in one hand and the evil device in the other fully intact. 



The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time. 

Step 1: What You Need.

These mysterious devices are rather simple devices. While they can be mutilated off with a pair of snips, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, they can be removed much easier with a high powered magnet. I used a hard drive magnet and a light touch.

The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 2: Set Up

Security tags differ in shape and have various configurations but all utilize the same locking mechanism. Its a simple spring & and clip. That security device remover is nothing more than an electro magnet. Place your magnet on the table and position the tag bottom side down.







The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 3: The Removal

When you place the base of the tag down on the magnet, you will hear it click. Manipulate the pin up and down and it will come out.
No muss no fuss and the tag is still fully intact. 





The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 4: Legal Ramifications

Shoplifting is illegal. You can go to jail and face heavy fines. This Instructable is for informational purposes only. It is also not funny to slip a tag on your friends coat when you go to the mall...well, maybe a little.

Lex



The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

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KennethS132

8 months ago

Bingo! I've waded through a zillion goofy "procedures" calling for freezers and Dremel tools and forks. Place strong magnet near back, easily remove pin. Done.
THANK YOU!

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instructew

1 year ago

I don't have a hard drive magnet. Was wondering what is the pull force of the magnet you used?

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KennethS132instructew

Reply 8 months ago

Refrigerator magnets and the like won't do it. I had a crazy strong but small rare earth magnet left over from a science experiment. It made the mechanism click when within maybe half a centimeter. Mine looked exactly like the picture sunrise22 posted.
HTH

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Lextoneinstructew

Reply 1 year ago

Its a pretty strong neodymium magnet. I don't know the actual pull or gauss of it.

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LREN18

9 months ago

Most of the security tags come off with magnets like you showed. A few require a hook like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078TPM5RD

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BruceK26

2 years ago

seriously? I have a magnet strong enough that it has a pacemaker warning and is strong enough to lift my floor jack off the floor. I see no one who this has worked for but you. I learned how to get out handcuffs quicker.

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r33verBruceK26

Reply 9 months ago

Just because it didn't work for you, or because the magnet you used was TOO powerful (yes, that's possible in this instance), doesn't mean in any way, shape or form that it doesn't work... It's funny, because if you actually work in a place that has the tool to remove hem, or have access to one, or order one online, you will IMMEDIATELY find it to be a powerful magnet. It's not rocket science, although... Stuff like this (magnets) is like magic to simple folk... Maybe go somewhere else and try to discredit things that are legitimate. So unfortunate. :-(

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Lextoner33ver

Reply 9 months ago

The perils of authoring on a public forum.

Happy holidays!

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LextoneBruceK26

Reply 2 years ago

You created an account to leave one post on this Instructable? You sir are a troll.

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BruceK26Lextone

Reply 2 years ago

No not necessarily; it was the first time I had to look something up I couldn't figure out for myself, you however are arrogant! not one comment said your system worked for them they all said it was a good idea

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DanielL544

1 year ago

A good tecnique. The one I ended up using for lack of a good magnet was a 3.5 inch half serrated knife

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sunrise22

1 year ago

Thanks to Lextone for this instructable. This technique worked for me. I too used a neodymium magnet from an old hard drive. Some perseverance is required - it took me about 90 seconds of trying before the pin slid out.
As Lextone says, you will know that your magnet is strong enough if you hear the mechanism clicking as you move the magnet around the end away from the pin. To perform this test, place the pin next to your ear. Move the magnet around about a quarter inch away from the other end (i.e., the base of the tag). If you do not hear any clicks then you need to find a stronger magnet.
Many of the tags I have come across have a rounded base as in the attached picture.

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Lextonesunrise22

Reply 1 year ago

Glad you found the Instructable helpful. It does take a little patience and a strong magnet. Thanks for sharing your insight :)

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Maxzf

1 year ago

I have serious rare earth mags. What is the max time I should have work it before I'll know if it's one that will work at all?

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LextoneMaxzf

Reply 1 year ago

It will be immediately evident. When you put the magnet on the end and move it around you will hear the mechanism clicking.

You are basically picking the lock with the magnet. You have to move it around.

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Lextone

2 years ago

Several people said it worked if you go back and read. Others applied the magnet wrong or never actually tried to do it, so they bash it. Most are bored children. If you know anything about lock manipulation, its not magical, it's touch and feel. Shimming a set of handcuffs off is way different than picking the mechanism or shearing the swivel.

I have been a pro member here for almost 10 years. I, like others believe in the be nice policy. When people create an account just to leave a negative comment, that is, by definition, trolling. We call em like we see them. It's not arrogance, it's just the way it is.

Here's a challenge for you. If you have a better way to pic the lock, creat an Instructable and show me up. Pick it, not cutting, mutilating or smashing it, manipulate it so it can still be used for its intended purpose.

I dare you......

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ZackK16

2 years ago

Translation- My friend is a shoplifter and this is how to get the tags off so you can wear your stolen gear.

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V2525ZackK16

Reply 2 years ago

Lol ....I stoled when I was 14 years of age. I got caught. Most embarrassing thing in my life. I never stoled again. Even tho the store didnt call the cops. So humiliating ? btw...I didnt steal for fun, my mom and two sisters were struggling back in the 80's. Learned my lesson. I never stoled again.

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isa.swy

3 years ago

Literally so helpful!! I bought a fur jacket from khols and the lady forgot to take the tag off. Didnt think anything of it when i beeped because sometimes they do, but when i got home and put it on i saw it. Literally ripped it off because i didnt want to go back and ripped my damn jacket :/.. so now i know if it ever happens again, a magnet. Does it matter ehich magnet??