A TARGET employee has pointed out strange behavior that could indicate someone was stealing.
TikToker Kaitlin Sondae said if she finds loose labels in an aisle, she’s on the lookout for shoplifters.
“This is what it looks like when people steal clothes,” the Target employee said called while filming what appears to be a beauty products shelf.
Zooming in on a stack of labels hidden behind stacks of makeup, she said people would rip them off and leave the store without paying.
“Look how many there are,” Sondae said, fanning out the stack.
Target stores across the US have introduced new anti-theft measures to address the massive shoplifting problem afflicting businesses.
In 2021, retailers lost $94.5 billion, up from losses of $90.8 billion in 2020, according to a 2022 survey by the retail company National Retail Association.
The NRF said the main cause of those losses was theft.
Last month, a shopper posted a TikTok that appeared to show hundreds of products locked behind safety glass at their local target.
The company said burglaries had “just gotten worse” and they had no choice but to lock up more items.
“As with other retailers, organized retail crime is a problem across our business,” a Target spokesman told The US Sun last month.
According to the NRF, organized retail crime increased by 26.5 percent in 2021.
“We are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of our teams and guests while deterring and preventing theft,” the spokesman said.
In order to control the losses, Target introduces anti-theft measures such as an increased number of security tags and damage prevention officers, and also hires third-party security services.
“We work with legislators, law enforcement and retail industry partners to support public policy that helps achieve our goals of creating a safe environment in our stores and keeping our doors open in communities across the country” , said the spokesman.
The tightening of measures came after a 40-year-old woman was caught allegedly stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise through Target’s new self-checkout system.
This was the eighth time since December that employees reported seeing them stealing from the store, reports Watertown News reported.
Workers said the woman would go through one of the store’s self-checkout counters, but pass the items over the counter without actually scanning them, and then walk out.
Self-checkouts have been at the center of the shoplifting debate as the technological technology reduces staff costs but could lead to more thefts.
The US Sun has listed four security hacks uses the target to catch those trying to steal.