Meat Theft- Meet Your Match
As I’m browsing in my local grocery store earlier, I could not help but notice that there were different methods of product protection in place. First of all, this small independent store had Checkpoint pedestals at the front entrance. I also spotted Alpha Keepers being utilized. There was a variety of body washes, lotions, and facial products sitting on shelves safely enclosed. Even the razor section had a chime that sounded as I walked past. I had to wonder, however, why there seemed to be little or none of that same effort put into the protection of their high retail food items, especially in the meat department, when there was a clear issue in the health and beauty section of the store. If people are regularly stealing from one aisle, what would deter them from choosing another section. Since this small town grocer had the Checkpoint System in place already, it made me curious why they would not add Security Labels to the mix.
There was a recent article online about a man caught stealing bags of shrimp from a grocery store. The store owners knew it was not the first time he had ripped them off. After police interrogation, the man admitted to stealing meats on a regular basis. He admitted to being part of a group that sold the stolen products to food trucks in the city. This was the man’s primary means of employment; steal from one business to sell to another.
There was yet another separate story about a man that was caught rolling a cart full of briskets out the door, of course without paying for any of them. He had done it more than once, but had gotten away with it because he claimed to have paid at a register further away from the door. This particular thief was then taking these down to a local barbeque restaurant and selling them the stolen meat. If those packages had Checkpoint Labels attached, the store likely would have put a stop to his grand scheme the first time he tried it. He possibly would have been deterred from trying it in the first place.
Considering the cost of almost all varieties of meats has risen exponentially, this is a big area of opportunity in a lot of grocery stores. Shoplifters can conceal and get out the door with a large amount of meats, specialty cheeses, and other high end items, and they face little or no threat of being caught unless an employee happens to witness the crime in action. This type of retailer does not usually employ a dedicated on-site loss prevention employee. One way to change the rampant misconception that stealing food is an acceptable practice is to add Checkpoint Security Labels to select targeted packages. The tags easily adhere to almost any surface, and serve as an excellent deterrent to shoplifting.
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