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Supermarkets tag food to stop gourmet crimewave

Supermarkets in the UK are putting electronic security tags on parmesan cheese, lobster and legs of lamb to ward off a wave of gourmet shoplifters.

Security tags are usually attached to smaller, valuable items such as DVDs, perfume and razor blades – historically the most commonly stolen item.

However, in what is being seen as a sign of the recession hitting the more wealthy, supermarket staff are taking drastic steps to deter thieves, according to UK press reports.

Sainsbury’s in Bedford – north of London – said light-fingered foodies have stolen more than 70 percent of its hard Parmiganio Reggiano cheese, which costs around $4.50 a wedge.

Staff have responded by selling the cheese inside tamper-proof plastic security boxes normally used for selling DVDs. The supermarket said thieves left the more expensive blocks of $8 cheddar behind.

Meanwhile, upmarket food store Marks & Spencer has begun tagging expensive items such as lobster and steak, and supermarket giant Tesco is tagging joints of lamb, organic chickens and pecorino cheese.

Warren Beadle, a Somerfield store manager, told The Guardian: “There’s been a big increase in shoplifting in just the last few months. People are stealing everything from cheese to chewing gum, and we’ve seen them selling on food they’ve just shoplifted in the pubs. I’ve witnessed people selling legs of lamb that have been shoplifted straight out of Marks and Spencer’s.”

I suppose some will be saying its the work of the Poles!
Shows how bad things are getting, at least this does not occur in Poland.

Re: Supermarkets tag food to stop gourmet crimewave

"I suppose some will be saying its the work of the Poles!
Shows how bad things are getting, at least this does not occur in Poland. "


Yes and yes :-)

On our last visit to Poland some pre-packaged salami we bought had been tagged. Tesco.