A GROCERY store has unveiled a new desperate measure to stop theft following mass lockdowns in the area.
The supermarket was desperate to curb shoplifting in its store.
A Safeway in Vallejo, California, installed metal emergency gates in front of one of its exits to deter theft.
The gates sound an alarm if a shoplifter tries to leave the building.
Shoplifting has become an acute problem in California, particularly in San Francisco, just 30 minutes’ drive from Vallejo.
The area, hit hard by rising crime and a homeless epidemic, has been locked down multiple times.
Popular brands like Nordstrom, Whole Foods, and Office Depot have ceased operations in the neighborhood.
Billionaire Elon Musk last week called downtown San Francisco “post-apocalyptic”.‘.
Safeway has also increased security throughout California.
A Twitter user shops at a Safeway in Oakland noticed: “Bars everywhere, multiple security guards, you have to scan your receipt for the gate to open to get out and if you don’t buy anything a staff member has to open the gate to let you out.”
According to a retail expert, shoplifting is becoming such a serious problem across the US that shoppers are facing significant price hikes.
Target said the theft of merchandise cost the store millions of dollars that year.
David Moon, a retail specialist, narrated Knoxville News Sentinel that this level of link action will have an impact on consumers.
In a recent press release, the retail giant said theft from stolen and lost merchandise will total $500 million more than last year.
“Retailers need to raise prices to absorb the cost of stolen inventory,” says David Moon called.
Target’s CEO said, “We’re not the only ones seeing a trend that has only gotten worse over the past 12 to 18 months.”