March 14, 2009
Posted: 10:08 PM ET
SHOPPERS are staying loyal to gourmet food during the recession – but many are walking out without paying. And now supermarkets are waging electronic warfare against a new wave of discerning shoplifters.
Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Tesco are putting electronic tags on lobster, parmesan cheese and prime cuts of steak to deter light-fingered foodies.
Historically, supermarkets have attached security tags to small, valuable items targeted by thieves, such as perfume, DVDs and razor blades – the most commonly stolen item. Now they are tagging joints of lamb, organic chickens and even pecorino cheese.
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