How To Remove A Magnetic Security Tag

Monday, April 20, 2009 by Admin · 55 comments

 

I was surfing the world wide web when I found this very helpful How to for removing a Magnetic Security Tag. This would have been handy for me last Christmas werein the bag i bought has its magnetic tag still attached to the bag. I have to go back to the store which is a 3 hour drive from where i lived and the traffic was such PITA!

To remove the tag you just need to get a very powerful magnet. The easiest way to get these magnets is from your computer's Hard Drive. When I say Hard Drives I mean busted hard drives not the ones your using right now. You can go to a computer repair shop and buy them non-working hard disk or if your a good actor/actress ask for one for free. A warning though; make sure to keep your ATM cards and Credit cards away from the magnets as the magnets will definitely erase any data stored in your cards.



Once you have the magnet it's just a matter of making the magnet touch the security tag as shown in the images below and voila the tag is removed.



[via ziza.ru]

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55 Responses to "How To Remove A Magnetic Security Tag"
Anonymous said...
8:42 PM

dude this thing ain't working for me!


Anonymous said...
5:33 PM

Thanks, this worked for me, but you really need a very strong magnet. In my case i had to 'combine' two of these hard disk magnets for the tag to open.


Anonymous said...
12:59 AM

If your magnet is not strong enough, try tapping the tag hard on the magnet. The combination of the pull of the magnetic field and the momentum of the tag may help loosen the steel balls that are holding the pin in. You could hold the pin part with an elastic band looped under it. This worked nicely with my old magnets and a new store tag.


Anonymous said...
11:59 AM

Just get a hammer and/or pliers and break up the plastic. The pin should come out without much hassle once it has been taken apart. Everyone has a hammer, not everyone has an old computer hard drive lying around the house.

This worked in about 10 seconds. I had the same tag as the one in the picture, but other tags may be more complex.


Anonymous said...
9:14 AM

Does this work with AM security tags?


Anonymous said...
2:10 PM

Checkpoint brand security tags need a really strong magnet or alternatively whack the plastic nob part with a hammer until you can break it off then take of the yellow plastic under cap and use a medium strength magnet to remove the metal cap and metal ball bearings. Once you've enticed the metal ball bearings out then the pin will release. (There is no ink inside this brand of security tag)


Anonymous said...
9:01 AM

Thanks - this worked for me as well, although I had to saw off part of the plastic knob to allow the magnet to work better.


Anonymous said...
1:28 AM

the magnets in your hard drive are called neodymium magnets, go search it on ebay and if you need them that bad dont go looking for an old hard drive just buy some


Anonymous said...
9:03 PM

Why steal in the first place??? If you use the excuse that you just want to remove a tag at home- its rubbish, because when you walked out of the shop with it still on, the gate would have beeped.


Admin said...
1:08 PM

stealing? nobody here says anything about stealin. in my case i bought the bag but for some unknown reason they didn't remove the tag and their detector didn't went off. maybe the machine needed to be repaired or they just turned it off.


Anonymous said...
4:22 AM

Just happened to me as well as I certainly didn't steal anything (don't make assumptions - you know the old adage about assuming.....) and I'll be darned if I'm going to brave holiday mall traffic again to have the store remove the tag. Magnets - here I come. Thanks for the tip.


Anonymous said...
8:01 AM

We purchased. A Fox sweatshirt on Maninac Island.Michigan This summer. My soninlaw opened it Xmas morning and found the tag when he tried it on.We were. Schocked! No alarm ever went off other family. Were also with us. I called 3 stores in our small Colorado town no one could help us. So what am I to do drive back to Michigan? I sure hope this works luckily we do have. An old computer lying around. Thanks for the info and helpful. Pictures.


Anonymous said...
10:57 PM

I've just bought a coat in the sales when I got home I noticed a securicty tag on the back of the collar. It didn't set off the alarm when I walk out of the shop, I wish it had cos I wouldn't have this problem now. I want to wear it tonight and haven't got time to drive and park in the middle of Winchester. I certainly didn't steal it, I've still got the recipt.


Anonymous said...
8:34 AM

Me too...no stealing. I bought the $49.00 mittens in Toronto in November and flew home to Saskatoon and then when I pulled them out to pack for a Xmas gift for my daughter, there was that thing on the mitt!!I have the receipts all from my credit card, but forgot which store had these. I am now having to go through the bank to get all the statements for each of the transactions to get which store, but then after all that, I live 3 hour plane ride away!!! This is a better plan!


Anonymous said...
5:02 PM

We have a bike bag with the security tag still inside it. We bought it online on ebay along with the used bike and other bits, and the receipt was intact with all the details. Originally it was delivered to the person by Evans Cycles, and that would probably be why the tag was missed. But before we noticed it we carried the bag in and out of various stores with security tags and barriers with NO beeping at all. Maybe it would only work with the barriers in the original shop? Anyway, as for the suggestion that they will always set off the alarms, some stores have to switch off the alarms because they beep almost all the time.


Anonymous said...
4:45 AM

Is there a certain size/weight of neodymium magnet I should buy? Wanted to purchase on ebay, and not sure what size to get


Anonymous said...
11:49 PM

The magnet should have a force of at least N48, size doesn't really matter. Most hard drive magnets have more than N48


Anonymous said...
12:04 AM

Same story here, bought a pair of slippers in a supermarket, the dummies at the counter didn't remove the tag, no alarms triggered.

So I went to dismantle an old hard drive, but it was aluminium with star-shaped bolts I don't have screwdriver for.

What I did was take a little hacksaw and accurately sawed around the plastic bump. Then I took out the bump, another plastic cover thingy, and with pliers, the little metal doohikey that locked the pin. Worked like a charm.


Anonymous said...
8:21 AM

If u don't want ink on ur clothes and ur willing to spend time take a sharp knife and cut through the pin that's what I did but it took a while


Anonymous said...
9:50 AM

In my case, my wife mail-ordered a pair of slippers from a national chain, and they came with the security tag attached. Today I noticed my wife was still walking around with the &^$# tag attached three months after she bought the slippers - she said she'd asked at the local store and they told her they wouldn't remove the tag.

The magnet didn't work for me, and I have a kick-%$@ magnet.

Another poster suggested hammering on it. DON'T USE A HAMMER.
It doesn't work and it bends the pin inside, making it difficult to remove the pin after the tag is released.

I used a pair of end-cutters, sometimes called nail-pullers. Bit the dome right in half after the hammer didn't work. Unfortunately, all the hammering made the pin tear the fabric. Luckily, they're fuzzy slippers, so the hole doesn't show.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...
9:58 PM

can they detect if i take this strong magnet into the shop at the enterance?


Anonymous said...
7:08 AM

when u open the security tag,does that mean that it's deactivated,that it won't do off when u leave the store??


Anonymous said...
12:16 AM

I was walking into a store and the security gate peeped and I did not have a tag on. Go figure.


Anonymous said...
3:39 AM

lol


Anonymous said...
2:12 AM

get a pair of pliers, hold, and smash with hammer... worked for me, only annoyance is trying to keep clothing clean. HULK SMASH!


Anonymous said...
5:10 PM

My favorite part is when you didn't know you had the fucking security tag still on the item you're wearing, and everyone thinks you stole it, and then a security guard stops you as you walk out of a store.
Good times motherfuckers, I'm writing this is jail.


Eugene Lumanlan said...
8:26 PM

good idea in removing the security tag. security tags


Anonymous said...
11:35 AM

Eureka! with a little tweaking this actually worked. With the newer tags you have to smash the plastic covering open and with a magnet you have to get all the balls off before it releases the pin. THANK YOU SO MUCH! you saved my dress!


Eugene Lumanlan said...
4:06 PM

this tag i guess to be a very good idea to avoid lifters. security tag


Anonymous said...
11:30 AM

And there's an easy way to get the magnet from your hard drive. All you need are the 2 separate parts of a security tag and...


Anonymous said...
11:33 AM

1. Place item on ground.
2. Drive over with steamroller, several times.
3. Remove pieces of broken security tag.
4. Take item to drycleaner.


Anonymous said...
5:04 PM

I have sirios question if i enter in the store whit some of thhese magnites will the alarm bipp ??


Anonymous said...
3:02 AM

Ahhhh my aunt bought me a shirt from portugal (keeping in mind I'm from South Africa) and nothing is working!!!!


Anonymous said...
8:43 AM

Since I was sans magnet, I resorted to good old fashioned destruction. I used a large pair of diagonal cutters (cutter that looks like pliers) and squeezed down at the base of the plastic nipple (stop giggling), cutting into the plastic. I rotated the tag 90 degrees and squeezed/ cut again. After the third turn and cut, the nipple was severed from the base, and the base and pin were free from the hat.


Anonymous said...
8:45 AM

Thanks, the hard drive magnet with the taping did the trick, no hammering needed


Anonymous said...
5:37 AM

Heh, recently (a month ago) I bought a pair of jeans, even don't remember where... To my surprise the f-cking Checkpoint tag was still on when I was ready to start wearing them. Luckily it was on poket's inner wall so I didn't make a fck about it and weared them as usual. Was in 3 countries during the period, went to a lot of outfit shops, and not even once the alarm went off, so I assume the f-cking thing was broken already or somehow permanently deactivated...
It was not the 1st time theese things were left on on the pieces of whatever now belonging to me. I knew as well theese things are unlocked by magnet, only was afraid if some special combination of magnetic polarities were used (like in old time magnetic keylocks), however the further I read the more confidence I got into how dumb teese things are.
So, I had a couple of HDD magnets laying around and decided to give them a try. 1st the Checkpoint thing didn't want to come off (that meaning this thing wants a REALLY STRONG magnet), then I scrached my head and added a couple of typical loudspeaker magnets behind theese really strong ones I alredy had... Not at the very first try, but tapping a little bit with the tag on the magnet and PUSHING THE PIN a little bit in FINNALY MADE IT LOOSE! VOILA!


nunya said...
5:54 AM

I feel u, but at the same time u don't realize the tag is on until u get home cause obviously the door alarm don't work. I was pissed of that i had to get on the bus and spend $10 just to go back to 1 store to remove an alarm. They need to fix the alarm. That's just not fair to the consumer.


nunya said...
6:01 AM

I feel u. But it's not fair that i have to spend $10 to go back to the store to remove a tag when if the alarm was working i would not have to go out of my way. And yes i did have proof of purchase cause i pay for everything i buy. That's no consideration for the consumers


nunya said...
6:08 AM

U IS MAD FUNNY SON.........LMFAO


nunya said...
6:11 AM

Ya'll ppl r 2 funny X^)....... OR JUST IGNORANT


nunya said...
6:17 AM

Ok u must think we are really stupid. That don' t even sound right. Cause u had to have proof that that wasn't they shirt.like the alarm should have went off when u walked in oh yeah and the camera should show u coming in with the shirt. But what a koinkydink that your shirt still had an alarm on it and you wore it to the same store u bought it from


Anonymous said...
11:57 AM

Hey thanks... it worked out for me... and in my defence ... i am a stocklit. Garments dealer.. had picked up stocks from a closed down Esprit store... and atlest 200-300 pcs had tge security tags. Still on in no way i waz going to packup all the pcs and spend on transportation again to have them removed... and in no way i could have sneaked out 300 odd pcs out ;-)
and yes neodymium magnet works better but its the same concept


Anonymous said...
10:59 PM

Thanks, I bought some shorts for my son. When we left the store the alarm went off and I didn’t think anything of it. They didn’t remove the security tag from on pair. I have a magnet from a hard drive laying around. I tried this and it surprisingly worked. It took me a while. Move the magnet around and touch it then pull way. Be patient. It finally worked. I put the pin back in (not in the shorts of course) and got it to work again. I tried again but couldn’t do it a 3rd time in about a minute so I gave up. Since I did it twice I should be able to do it again.


Anonymous said...
3:47 AM

Just bought two bras , paid in full, store left tags on. This isn't about theft.


Christie said...
4:44 PM

I just had success by prising a screwdriver under the small tag end and forcing it away with lots of weight and force until it bent, then finally popped off. Rather chuffed.


Anonymous said...
5:24 PM

i got a sweater as christmas gift. i put it on and went to store in different town. as i was leaving the gates, all the hell broke loose. there had been small alarm tag that no one had noticed. problem was easy to solve as they didn't sell that sweater so the cashier removed it. another example that those security tags are sometimes forgotten inside products. perhaps there was two and cashier in store where it was bought removed the other, leaving one behind...


Anonymous said...
1:04 PM

I ordered clothes online, one item was backordered and then shipped to me with this type of tag; didn't steal it like you assume


Anonymous said...
12:00 AM

To the Anonymous person who asked, "I have sirios question if i enter in the store whit some of thhese magnites will the alarm bipp." The answer is YES.


Anonymous said...
11:39 PM

If your at home use a lighter to melt th opposite side of the pin usually the bubble in the plastic a spring Will pop out give a little shake once u pulled the spring out that's all the magnet is really doing not any use for a shop lifter as I don't think you can do in the shop lol


paul henry said...
12:01 AM

If you don't have a magnet and only need to get a tag of as the store left it on heat the bubble in plastic security tag on the opposite side of the pin I use a cigarette lighter it will set tag on fire so be careful a spring pops out remove and the pin will come out tag removed


Anonymous said...
8:00 AM

the design is flawed on the one on my glasses. the spring on the hinge is exposed so it was easily snipped with my side cutters. too easy.


Anonymous said...
1:29 PM

I just bought a hat from Walmart for my husband to use while hunting tomorrow and didn't realize there was even a tag on it until I went to put it with the rest of his hunting clothes. I ended up using a flat head screwdriver to pry apart the plastic pieces and a pair of wire cutters to cut through metal.


Mittutop Kolumn said...
2:06 PM

This was so useful and informative. The article helped me to learn something new. Security Alarm In Chennai


Anonymous said...
6:14 PM

Can 4 little magnets from DVD players put together be strong enough, it's really frustrating having to go back to shops that don't remove all tags and it's embarrassing if you walk into another store and you set there alarm off. Receipt are handy in my case. But that store wouldn't remove it and I wasn't catching a train and doing a 4 hr round trip


Anonymous said...
6:51 AM

Well if you want a good magnet to remove tags and use for other stuff this 12000 G magnet will do the jobb.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/12000GS-Super-Mini-Golf-Detacher-Security-Tag-Remover-Golf-Tag-Detacher-Opener-Unlock-Eas-Tag-Detacher/32535107696.html


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