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Protecting your products against theft with tamper-evident solutions

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Many businesses are moving to a more secure packaging solution because of the ongoing threat of theft. Find out how and why you should join them.

Having your products tampered with or even stolen from the packaging before it arrives at the delivery address can be frustrating. That’s why many businesses are moving to a more secure packaging solution. Lots of businesses across different industries are using tamper-evident packaging solutions and it’s only becoming more popular amongst the packaging world.

For the pharmaceutical industry, tamper-evident packaging is a compliant requirement. For other sectors, tamper-evident packaging provides a great amount of security and peace of mind. Whatever business sector you operate in, tamper-evident packaging will increase product security along with customer satisfaction.

What is tamper-evident packaging?

Tamper-evident packaging is a way of providing visible evidence your products have been accessed by somebody that isn’t authorised to do so. This is done by using seals, markings, specifically designed cartons and other techniques.

To give you a better idea, an example of tamper-evident packaging would be the seal you find on the top of your milk bottles. If the top is still sealed when you remove the lid, you know it’s hasn’t been tampered with.

tamper evident tape leaving marks behind on box

Why do I need tamper-evident packaging?

Well, this is pretty easy to answer. Think about it this way: How do you make your money? Through your products, right? So, keeping them safe should be near the top of your priority list if you’re serious about providing a hassle-free, secure experience for your customer. Your products are being handled by many people at various stages after being packed, so we wouldn’t risk it for a chocolate biscuit.

Why is tamper-evident packaging so important in the pharmaceutical industry?

The pharmaceutical industry is constantly being threatened by illegal activity. Especially with falsified products. This becomes a threat to customers as they contain low quality, incorrect ingredients or an incorrect dosage.

With this being a constant risk, it’s vital that companies combat the tampering with packaging that can supply evidence as well as deter this behaviour.

Tamper-evident packaging doesn’t only protect your products, your customers are being protected too. Showing a clear concern for the safety of your products as well as your customers can build trust and loyalty, meaning they’ll be more likely to want to buy from you again. Everyone likes a returning customer.

Types of temper-evident packaging

Many different types of tamper-evident packaging are available for your products. Depending on your product and what regulations there are for your industry, you’ll need to decide on the ideal materials. Keep in mind that you don’t want to package your products like you’re delivering a bunch of diamonds. Make sure your recipient doesn't have to spend their entire day trying to break into the package - an easy opening package creates a positive unboxing experience.

Tamper-evident tapes

Using tamper-evident tapes to seal boxes mailing bags, and other types of packaging is a great way to help deter people from opening your package during the delivery process. Gummed paper tape (aka water activated tape) is a great example, it bonds to the carton and creates an incredibly strong bond – so strong that the cardboard is ripped when somebody attempts to peel back the tape. This creates evidence needed that the box has been tempered with during the delivery process.

Tamper-evident cartons

For valuable items, simple but cleverly designed cartons can be made to fold into tamper evident boxes. These provide another level of security. It’s impossible to get into them without damaging the packaging, leaving clear evidence of tampering - perfect for expensive mobile phones and other electronics.

tamper evident carton

There are many other tamper-evident packaging solutions available. But we don’t want to bore you with a load of examples because in most cases, you’ll want something designed specific to your product for maximum protection.

Interested in getting a tamper-evident box made specifically for your product? Our team of packaging experts here at Swiftpak can assist you by designing a package that is not only secure but is customer-friendly too. Get in touch if you’d like to start discussing your new tamper-evident packaging solution today.


Tamper-evident packaging isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s here to stay. We understand that finding the perfect balance between a secure and convenient package isn’t always easy. That’s why we are here for you. At Swiftpak, we are constantly innovating to find the best tamper-evident packaging solutions for our clients. If you’d like to see what our packaging experts could do for you, please contact us today, we’d be delighted to chat.