Tesco trials security barriers for alcohol aisles to prevent shoplifting


Supermarket giant Tesco PLC (LSE:TSCO) has installed barriers in the alcohol section of one if its supermarkets in a trial aimed at cracking down on shoplifting.

If the trial at the Tesco Extra branch in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham is successful, the scheme could be rolled out to other stores, according to a report in the Sun newspaper.

The barriers have been put up because shoplifting is a problem at night when fewer staff are working.

They can be set to retract automatically as customers approach or require staff with a key card to open them.

A supermarket source told the Sun: “It is quite an extreme method to cut down on theft but a very effective one.

“They are a bleak sign of the times but will save Tesco a fortune.”

Tesco shares were 1.11% lower at 266.35p in midday trade.


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