How to take off the target security tag


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Have you ever bought a new item and took it home, only to realize that the cashier forgot to remove the target security tag? 

If you are reading this article, it is likely that you bought something and left the store with the red target security tag still on it. Thankfully, you can remove a security tag by yourself. 

In this article, we will be discussing how to remove target security tags on your own but before then let’s find out what a target security tag is.

What Is Target Security Tag?

Target security tags are used by stores as a means of reducing theft. It is important not to confuse this tag with the more common price tag. Typically they are attached to items of clothes and other commodities.

Target security tags are a special kind of tag specifically created for use with target products. Since these tags are generally much smaller than standard security tags, potential thieves are less likely to discover them.

They are equally efficient at preventing theft, though.

These tags can be removed using a special that is available at the target. You can use this tool to remove the tag without causing any form of damage to the product. Once the tag is off, the item can be taken out of the store without setting off any alarms.

How To Remove Target Security Tag

Target security tags are the misery of many shoppers, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be difficult. There are various ways to get rid of these annoying tags without destroying your clothing. 

Here’s how to remove those annoying things easily so you can resume your shopping!

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1. Pair of Pliers


The most common way for people to use pliers is to hold up one side of the tag and pull with their hands on the other side.

This works by releasing its hold on your garment as soon as you snap the metal wire connecting the two sides, making it easy enough for you to dispose of it in any way you like.

2. String

You can try using a string if pliers don’t work for any reason or if there is no metal wire nearby. You only need a long piece of string to get started.

You need to hold on to one end of the string and tie the other end around the tag. Simply pull on the thread until the tag pops off to finish the process.

Just be mindful not to pull the tag too hard or you risk tearing your clothing.

3. Screwdriver

This is another quick and simple method but then it is not as safe as using scissors. Finding a little screwdriver or anything else that will fit into the tag’s hole and using it to pry the tag off is all that is required. Just be careful not to trip and risk tearing your clothing.

4. Scissors

Although it’s probably the easiest way, hurting yourself or your clothing is more likely when removing a security tag this way.

All you have to do to remove the tag is cut through the plastic part of it, not the metal wires. Just be extremely careful in the process to avoid slipping and cutting your clothing or yourself.

5. Magnetic Tag Remover

This is most likely the quickest and simplest way to take a security tag off, but it is also the most expensive. Simply buy a magnetic tag remover and hold it up to the tag to remove it.

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The magnet will make the tag lose its hold on your clothing and allow it to come off easily enough for you to dispose of it however you want.

6. Nail File

Although it might take a little longer than the other ways, this is generally the safest way to remove a security tag.

All you need to do is file the tag’s plastic part until it is sufficiently thin to break off. If you don’t want to take the chance of ruining your clothes, it could take some time, but it’s worth it.

7. Needle Nose Pliers

This method is quick and simple, but it’s not as secure as using scissors. All you have to do to remove the tag is to locate a set of needle tip pliers and use them to pop open the tag. Just be careful in the process to avoid slipping and causing any damage to your clothing.

8.  Safety Pin

This method is quick and simple, but it’s not as secure as using scissors. Getting a safety pin and using it to simply pull the tag off is all that is needed.

Insert the pin inside the security tag and twist it to snap it off. Make sure you are very careful to avoid hurting yourself.

9. Tweezers

Although it might take a little longer than the other methods, this is generally the safest way to remove a security tag.

Simply locate a pair of tweezers and use them to remove the tiny metal wires holding the tag in place. Just be mindful to avoid causing any damage to your clothing in the process.

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10. Rubber bands


Put a rubber band around the security tag’s pin. The rubber band should be small enough to go around the pin but should be big and thick enough to be strong. This will let the pin come out.

Use one hand in holding the tag and pull the pin off with the other hand. The pressure of the pins should be strong enough so that the pin eventually pops open or easily pulls apart from the rest of the tag.


You have it now! There are ten simple ways to get rid of those annoying clothing security tags. Make sure you try about 3 to 4 methods before giving up as one of them is surely going to work out. 

I hope you found this article helpful in teaching you how to get rid of target security tags on your clothes.

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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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