In a span of mere months, several grocery stories in Charleston, West Virginia caught four shoplifters trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of meat, reports wowktv’s Chelsea Spears.
Grocery stores have responded to shoplifting by upping the amount of security and surveillance on their property. The Foodland, a local grocery store, uses 72 surveillance cameras and has its employees walk through the aisles to cut down on theft, reports Spears.
Why is it so important that stores catch thieves? Spears reported that shoplifting meat can hike up food prices in order to cover the costs of the stolen products.
“It affects everybody,” Charleston resident Pete Shirkey told Spears. “It kind of makes you mad, you know, because you got to work for what you get. That’s what I was taught… but a thief’s a thief.”