Some Tesco Express stores across the UK have started placing security tags on packets of chicken as the ongoing cost-of-living crisis continues to intensify.
However, now, poultry products worth just under £6 are the latest items to have extra security.
Customers spotted the tags at Tesco’s West Ruislip store, over the weekend, with items featuring the extra security including Tesco-branded Piri Piri half-chicken and bagged roast chicken.
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Earlier this month, Tesco’s Tower Bridge Road locked away sausages and bacon behind a door to “protect stock and availability”, with Aldi customers also seeing measures introduced to buy steak at the discount grocer.
In an Aldi store located in central London, steaks were only “available by request”.
“These items are request only to keep our colleagues and community safe from anti-social behaviour,” a sign read.
This comes as The Telegraph reported that shoplifting cases took a drastic rise in the final three months of 2022 as thieves targeted supermarkets due to riding inflation, soaring energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis. The Office for National Statistics reported nearly 275,000 cases of shoplifting in 2021/22,