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UK: tackling the rise in shoplifting is top priority as staff offered body cameras

The trial of the technology was revealed by Aldi UK & Ireland as Aldi announced the discounter’s annual results.

Shoplifting is a ­growing problem at stores around the country in the UK. Staff have been offered ­body-worn cameras at some of the budget shops as part of a trial due to the rise in crime. CEO, Hurley said of tackling ­shoplifting: “It is a top priority for us. There has been an uptick across the industry and we are not immune to that.”

Asked whether Aldi would back England following Scotland in making it an offence to assault or threaten a shopworker, he added: “We support any ­measures that will ensure our colleagues enjoy a safe working environment.”

The Mirror has launched its Clamp Down on Shoplifting campaign in the face of a surge in incidents of verbal and physical attacks on store staff.

Co-op, John Lewis and ­shopworkers’ union Usdaw are among those backing the drive, which includes demands for police to take the issue seriously. Hurley told how the cost of living crisis has changed shopping habits as Aldi revealed a jump in annual sales from £13.6billion to £15.5 bn. in 2022.

Source: the Mirror

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