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FLEXIBLE CABLE SENSOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240925D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-12
Document File: 13 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

A flexible cable sensor for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal is provided. In one example, the flexible cable sensor includes a flexible elongate body, an insertion end at one end of the elongate body, and a receiving end at an opposite end of the elongate body. The elongate body includes at least one conductor extending between the insertion end and the receiving end for defining a sense loop. The receiving end is configured to receive the insertion end therethrough to define a loop for securing the elongate body to an item of merchandise, and interruption of the sense loop is configured to be indicative of cutting the flexible elongate body and/or unauthorized removal of the flexible elongate body from the item of merchandise.

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FLEXIBLE CABLE SENSOR

Abstract

[0001]        A flexible cable sensor for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal is provided.  In one example, the flexible cable sensor includes a flexible elongate body, an insertion end at one end of the elongate body, and a receiving end at an opposite end of the elongate body.  The elongate body includes at least one conductor extending between the insertion end and the receiving end for defining a sense loop.  The receiving end is configured to receive the insertion end therethrough to define a loop for securing the elongate body to an item of merchandise, and interruption of the sense loop is configured to be indicative of cutting the flexible elongate body and/or unauthorized removal of the flexible elongate body from the item of merchandise.

Field Of The Invention

[0002]        Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to merchandise display security systems and methods for displaying and protecting items of merchandise against theft.

Background Of The Invention

[0003]        It is common practice for retailers to display electronic items of merchandise on a merchandise display security device.  The security device displays an item of merchandise so that a potential purchaser can readily view and, in some instances, operate the item when making a decision whether to purchase the item.  At the same time, the item of merchandise is usually physically secured on the security device so as to prevent, or at least deter, theft of the item.  The merchandise display security device may also include an audible and/or visible alarm that is activated to alert store personnel in the event that a shoplifter attempts to separate the item of merchandise from the security device. 

Detailed Description Of Embodiments Of The Invention

[0004]        Retailers especially like to display cameras and the like on a merchandise display security device since a potential purchaser will typically desire to experience physical characteristics and operating features of the merchandise such as size, weight, balance, tactile comfort and the quality of the image seen through the viewfinder, as well as operation of the camera lens.  Retailers sometimes choose to display one or more lenses that the potential customer may attach to the camera or interchange with another lens.  In some cases, a camera lens is more valuable than the camera itself.  Thus, it may be desirable to prevent or deter theft of one or more camera lenses.

[0005]        Retailers also like to display various items of merchandise that provide unique challenges for securing the item from theft.  As such, it may also be desirable to provide a merchandise security device that is flexible and easily adaptable to a variety of merchandise.

[0006]        Referring now to the accompanying drawing figures wherein like reference numerals denote like elements throughout the various views, one or more embodiments of a merchandise displ...