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Supermarkets are now not simply safety tagging steaks and single malt whiskies now at Tesco they’ve begun slapping tags on their purchasing baskets.

With the cost-of-living disaster inflicting an increase in meals theft, grocery store customers have seen all types of things safety tagged— together with milk, butter, meat, and bars of chocolate.

But a minimum of one Tesco retailer in Theydon Bois, Essex has begun tagging their purchasing baskets after a spate of thefts

The measure comes simply days after one department in Bristol was checking clients on CCTV earlier than letting them within the door in a “nightclub-style door policy”.

The Bristol branch has also moved their shopping baskets away from the doors to stop thieves piling them up with shopping and running out.

One shopper in the Essex village, James Beach, 45, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw they had stuck tags on shopping baskets – I mean, what are you going to do with one of them?

“Is there nothing these people won’t nick?”

He added: “I spoke to one of the staff and she said they’d had loads of thefts so they were tagging the baskets now to try and deter people.”

Tesco has been approached for comment.

It came as a Labour said the Conservatives “shoplifter’s charter” has seen charging for the offence plummet whilst retailer thefts improve.

Security tags attached to the bottom of a shopping baskets in Theydon Bois. (SWNS)

Although many forms of theft have declined for the reason that begin of 2020, shoplifting has continued to rise with greater than 402,000 offences dedicated within the yr to September 2023 – equal to 1 each 80 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party mentioned figures obtained beneath the Freedom of Information Act confirmed costs for shoplifting had fallen by round 16% since 2018.

The social gathering has partly blamed the rise on a choice in 2014 to herald a brand new class of “low-value shoplifting” protecting the theft of things value beneath £200 in whole.

The change, introduced in by then-home secretary Theresa May, was supposed to permit the police to cope with these offences by publish, dashing up the method and giving the courts extra time to give attention to different crimes.

It was not meant to use to repeat offenders or these working as a part of an organised gang.

But Labour and others, together with the British Retail Consortium, have argued that in actuality it has led to the police “deprioritising” such offences.