Grocer Fred Meyer has announced plans to crack down on shoplifters.
Over the next few weeks, Kroger subsidiary Fred Meyer will be introducing new security measures at its Portland locations.
“It may not look like a Costco model, but we will be taking steps where we will check receipts as customers exit the store,” said Todd Kammeyer, president of Fred Meyer.
To catch shoplifters, Fred Meyer will increase the number of security guards checking customers’ receipts at the door.
Likewise, Fred Meyer intends to supplement its reinforced security corps with investments in “innovative security technology.”
Though the grocery store hasn’t specified exactly what this “innovative security technology” will be, it did cite enhanced monitors, goods tags and exit alarms as possible examples.
“We’re always looking for other, more efficient ways to monitor our stores and what’s happening in them,” Kammeyer said of the store’s technology proposal.
Fred Meyer’s increased efforts are part of a broader initiative to curb shoplifting in response to a nationwide spike.
According to Kammeyer, shoplifters robbed Fred Meyer in record numbers last year.
Accordingly, Fred Meyer has partnered with the City of Portland for its anti-shoplifting initiative.
“We want to be part of the city’s growth and revitalization efforts as we move forward,” said Kammeyer.
As part of the partnership, Fred Meyer’s security team met with the Portland Police Department to share data and ideas.
“Portland is proud to partner with Fred Meyer on this crucial initiative,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement.
“We recognize the critical role Fred Meyer plays for our residents, and this partnership is an example of our collective efforts to fight crime, increase safety and meet the needs of our diverse community.”
Beyond Portland, retailers across the country have implemented their own strategies to deter shoplifters.
Of particular note, Costo has tightened its guest policy, requiring customers to present ID that matches the name on their membership card.