A convenience shop boss in Tile Hill has taken the step of padlocking fridges due to £12,000 worth of shoplifting.
Paul Cheema, store boss of the Malcolm’s Store on Tile Hill, now secures food in the refrigerated section with bicycle chain padlocks.
This comes after the amount of thefts caused by shoplifters rose. Shoplifting-related losses in convenience stores have tripled in the last year to a total of £131m, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.
Mr. Cheema said in an interview with the BBC: “Why should I have to do this in my own convenience store, start locking away my own produce?” He expressed concern that shoplifters may now target different aisles in his store.
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