You have probably witnessed the following before; you hear a peep sound at the exit of a store, which is followed by a sudden commotion, and then someone's bag is inspected. It was possibly a false alarm but it could also be an attempt to get an unpaid item out of the store.

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems are used in stores and libraries to prevent theft. There are different types of EAS in use but they all use electromagnetism. How do these work, is there a legal framework in which threshold values are established? Do these systems imply a risk for the consumers and which precautionary measures can be taken?

You can find the answers to all these questions in the following information leaflet.