NYC Grocery Stores Consider Locking Up Food Due To Theft

Target employee stocking personal hygiene items in new locked security shelving, Target, Queens, New York. (Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Like drug stores locking up toothpaste, your local grocery store might have to start locking up meats and vegetables due to rampant shoplifting.
  • “People have no fear of coming to your store and stealing,” Nelson Eusebio of the National Supermarket Association.
  • He also warns that shoplifters are becoming more violent.
  • “Our employees are terrified,” Eusebio says.  “We have young people that come to work, young cashiers who work part-time, these kids are 16-17 years old.  They’re traumatized.”

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