Tesco shoppers in Theydon Bois in disbelief as supermarkets starts slapping security tags on shopping baskets

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Security tags attached to the bottom of a Tesco shopping basket in Theydon Bois -Credit:No credit

Tesco has begun attaching security tags to their shopping baskets in an unusual move. Supermarkets have traditionally tagged food and drink items to deter theft, but now a Tesco in Essex is taking the unprecedented step of tagging their shopping baskets.

This comes as the cost-of-living crisis triggers a surge in food theft, with supermarket shoppers witnessing a range of items being security tagged, including milk, butter, meat, and chocolate bars. One Tesco store in Theydon Bois, Essex, has started this new practice following a series of basket thefts.

This action was taken just days after a Bristol branch began monitoring customers on CCTV before allowing them entry, implementing what has been described as 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.

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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 contacted for a response.

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