Security guards claim supermarkets are turning a blind eye to shoplifters and are powerless to stop thieves

  • Security guards have accused shopping centres of ignoring shoplifters
  • 'Anna' and 'John' say shoplifting is common in Australian supermarkets
  • They say more needs to be done to stop thieves costing them thousands

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Security guards have accused shopping centres of ignoring shoplifters and claim they are unable to stop people from stealing.

Security guard 'Anna' - whose identity was not revealed - told A Current Affair[2] shoplifting was common in Australian supermarkets.

'Because retail stores make their money from us, we're the only people they make money from, so we are paying for those losses,' she said.

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Security guards have accused shopping centres of ignoring shoplifters and claim they are unable to stop people from stealing

A loss prevention officer who works with Anna, known as 'John', said shoplifters usually went for items which were small and easy to carry and conceal but had a large value.

Anna said supermarkets lost thousands of dollars a day from thieves.

She said shopping centres were not doing enough to combat the problem.

'It's out of control, and when something's out of control and you can't fight it, you have to ignore it,' she said.

She claims last month the pair were banned from a shopping centre for three months.

They were allegedly accused of impersonating loss prevention officers by other security and police.

Security guards claim supermarkets are turning a blind eye to shoplifters and are powerless to stop thieves

Security guard 'Anna' - whose identity was not revealed - told A Current Affair shoplifting was common in Australian supermarkets

They say they weren't working but are still unwelcome at the store.

'They don't like having outsiders catch people,' she said.

Anna said they see shoplifters all the time even when they are not working as security.

Dominique Lamb from the National Retail Association said supermarkets were using face recognition as a way of stopping shoplifting.

Security guards claim supermarkets are turning a blind eye to shoplifters and are powerless to stop thieves

A loss prevention officer who works with Anna, known as 'John', said shoplifters usually went for items which were small and easy to carry and conceal but had a large value

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ A Current Affair (www.9news.com.au)

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