A COMPANY is enhancing its working relationship with major fashion house River Island.

Agon Systems’s clothing security tag - The Concept Tag - has helped the retail chain reduce theft by 60 per cent in its largest UK store on Oxford Street in London..

River Island has seen a huge drop in theft of security tagged garments at Marble Arch Park House.

The fashion retailer achieved the result after making the switch to the new device developed by Agon which is based in Polegate.

The switch also saw a reduction in theft on non-tagged items by 27 per cent at the store.

Agon Systems estimates that it will ship its 10 millionth Concept Tag from its base at the Chaucer Business Park later this year,.

This follows two years of growth which has seen the product find a home with some of the UK’s biggest retail names.

Managing director Sean Welch said: “We’re delighted that River Island has decided to expand its use of the Concept Tag to more locations on the back of a highly successful initial implementation.”

“Once again it shows how fantastic the device is as a retail loss prevention tactic, and to have it done in such a high-profile arena is all the more impressive.”

Helen Tierney, senior profit protection manager at River Island, said: “When we agreed to trial the Concept Tag I knew it would help reduce our retail losses from theft.

“However, I didn’t expect it to be as effective as it’s been so far – or so quickly.

“The fact that shoplifters are moving to other stores as they know they’ll have no luck removing the tag is fantastic.

“It’s especially welcome when it’s a River Island store in such a high profile location as Oxford Street!”

The fashion retailer installed the Concept Tag at all three of its Oxford Street stores, as well as a fourth in Rotterdam’s Lijnbaan shopping district in April 2016 for a 12-month trial.