Supermarkets put security tags on basic food items to tackle shoplifting amid inflation

Supermarkets put security tags on basic food items to tackle shoplifting amid inflation
Cheese covered in security tags in Aldi (@Celeste_Tam42)
// Supermarkets have resorted to adding security tags to basic food items as the cost-of-living crisis leads to rise in shoplifting
// Brits took to social media to share pictures of the tags more commonly used on bottles of alcohol

Supermarkets across the UK have added security tags to basic food items as the cost-of-living crisis leads to a surge in shoplifting.

Brits took to social media to share pictures of the tags more commonly used on bottles of alcohol, and instead attached to £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar.

Meanwhile, a Co-op store in Wolverhampton had security warnings on £8 lamb chops  as well as baby milk cartons.


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It comes as customers express their fury over Lurpak butter being sold for more than £9 a pack.

Iceland has a 1kg pack price at £9.35, while Sainsbury’s online and in-store list a 750g tub for £7.25.

The UK is currently facing the worst inflation in 40 years, climbing 9.1% in the 12 months to May, the highest since at least February 1982 when it reached 10.2%.

Furthermore, Tesco has fitted security tags to tubs of baby milk while Sainsbury’s recently tagged tubs of Aptamil baby, toddler and follow-on milks to tackle shoplifting.

Fellow Big Four grocer Morrisons has placed security tags on £8.50 children’s multi-vitamins.

Sainsbury’s CEO Simon Roberts has warned that pressure on household budgets “will only intensify over the remainder of the year” as he pledged to invest more money into improving value for shoppers.

“We really understand how hard it is for millions of households right now and that’s why we are investing £500 million and doing everything we can to keep our prices low, especially on the products customers buy most often,” he said.

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