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Tesco’s Chief Executive, Ken Murphy, has announced that staff are to be offered bodycams after abuse rose by a third in the last year.
Last summer, 100 retail chiefs wrote to 41 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, urging them to make crime in retail a priority in local policing strategies.
The BRC also wrote to Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners in July, asking them to do more to protect retail workers. This followed findings from the BRC that incidents of theft have increased by 27% in 10 of the UK’s largest cities, as perpetrators have become more emboldened and increasing links to organised crime.
Other supermarkets have already implemented similar polices, with Sainsbury’s employees using body-worn cameras since 2018 and the Co-Op since 2020.