A supermarket has sausages, bacon and other meats behind a locked door “to protect stock and availability”.
Tesco Express on Tower Bridge Road in the city centre London was posted on social media for its signs warning customers of the security move.
A sign on the fridge door reads: “To protect stock and availability, this door is locked. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.”
The sign was taped to the fridge window in the chilled meat department, while a photo of a shocked customer shows sausages, bacon and grilled pork ribs trapped behind the glass.
Tesco occasionally puts security tags on expensive items to help deter theft.
Earlier this month, consumer journalist Harry Wallop published a photo of a sign telling customers shopping at an Aldi store in central London that the steaks were “available on request”.
The sign read: “These items are only being requested to protect our colleagues and the community from anti-social behavior”.
Mr Wallop shared the image on Twitter with the caption: “In my local Aldi UK. You must now ask the seller to bring steaks from the storage room. stop shoplifting.
“I’ve seen security labels on high-value products in supermarkets – but never before. Grim times.’
The Telegraph reported that shoplifting has increased dramatically in the last three months of 2022 as the cost of living crisis prompts thieves to target supermarkets.
Almost 275,000 shoplifting cases were recorded in 2021/22, reports the new Office for National Statistics.
Police Chief Inspector Andy Cooke said rising prices would lead to an increase in crime and become a greater threat to police.
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