Category Archives: Technology

Retailers To Pay For Police Help

The Mail Online reports that ten of Britain’s top retailers have agreed to fund a police crackdown on shoplifting gangs.

John Lewis, Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Next are among those reportedly investing £600,000 into the operation, dubbed Project Pegasus.

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1m Fake Watches In UK

According to the Fashion United website, recent research conducted by Watchfinder & Co., identified 1,010,572 fake watches circulating within the UK market.

An estimated 40 million counterfeit watches are sold worldwide annually, resulting in profits exceeding 1 billion dollars.

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AI Used To Spot Thieves

From across The Pond, the New York Times website reports on how facial recognition technology is being used in the UK to combat the rising numbers of shoplifting offences.

When one such piece of software, Facewatch, spots a flagged face, an alert is sent to a smartphone at the shop.

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High Tech Thieves Stole Spirits Worth £50k

According to the Exmouth Journal a high-tech shoplifting gang stole almost £50,000 worth of expensive bottles of spirits from supermarkets in Devon and Cornwall over a five-month period.

Romanians Marian Stoica and Robert Matei – both jailed for two years – targeted stores in towns across the two counties, using special tools to remove security tags.

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Tags On 85p Snack Bars

The Gloucestershire Live website reports that Aldi has added security tags to packets of sweets worth as little as 85p in at least one of its UK stores.

Yellow stickers, which activate security systems if stolen, have been pictured on Kinder snack bars priced at 85p and Maltesers, Minstrels and Revels costing £1.35.

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Carpet Store Manager Stole £30k

The Basingstoke Gazette website reports that a deputy manager at a carpet store stole more than £30,000 from his employer to fund his gambling addiction.

Daniel Salmon was working as part of the leadership team at Tapi Carpets and Floors when he pilfered £31,313 in a matter of weeks.

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