WALMART and Target have joined a number of US stores to step up their security to stop theft this holiday season.
Shops across America have taken extra precautions, including steel wire and plexiglass barriers, to prepare for shoplifting losses.
Others have hired additional security guards or installed additional cameras in the workshops.
JC Penney, Walgreens and Barnes & Noble are also among those looking to take action in the fight against crime.
Other measures include mobile surveillance units with 24-hour live video recordings, flashing lights and loudspeakers in store parking lots.
These can be seen in JC Penney and Walgreens stores across the country.
The move comes at a time when, according to the Target CEO, “there has been a significant uptick in theft.”
Brian Cornell said earlier this month: “Along with other retailers, we have seen a significant increase in theft and organized retail crime across our business.
“As a result, we are making significant investments in training and technology that can prevent theft and keep our guests and team members safe.”
One survey even said there had been a 26.5 percent increase in “organized retail crime” in the past year.
Burt Flickinger, managing director of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group, warns that all of this could mean steep prices for shoppers.
He told Reuters: “Sales are being suppressed. Profits are being penalized at the time of the highest inflation in 42 years.”
Flickinger added: “And now that the cost of crime prevention is rising, that’s being passed on at higher prices.
“These days you can see shampoos locked up, along with acetaminophen and Tylenol and multipacks of toothpaste.
“People planning to shop in stores will not want to enter these locked and over-secured stores.
“So overall, retailers are losing both planned purchase and impulse buying.”
And the extra security can annoy buyers.
A TikTok user said: “Target has a new feature!
“Now everything is behind glass like at Walmart!”
And buyer Rex Freiberger said: “My biggest annoyance about having so many items behind closed doors is when stores don’t have enough workers on the floor to unlock those doors.”
The US Sun previously reported on the law firm advising shoppers to follow a simple piece of advice when using self-checkout at Walmart and Kroger.
Steven R. Adams, LLC of the law firm Not Guilty Adams alleges that many shoppers are falsely hit with theft allegations after visiting stores across the country.
But in a blog post, the Ohio-based firm says there’s a simple fix.
“One answer is not to use them,” they wrote.
We also shared how a lawyer said he has three golden tips that could help you avoid a $150,000 fine if you’re falsely accused of shoplifting.
And we covered the asset protection investigator who uncovered how retail giants like Walmart stop stealing from self-checkouts.
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