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Primark to trial sealing bags with ‘sold’ stickers to stop shoplifters





Primark is trialling new methods to clamp down on shoplifting.

The fashion and accessories retailer, which last year began equipping some staff with body cameras as part of efforts to deal with anti-social behaviour, will now be sealing its paper bags after customers have paid.

Primark is trailing adding blue stickers to bags in some stores. Picture: Primark.
Primark is trailing adding blue stickers to bags in some stores. Picture: Primark.

The nationwide chain has confirmed ‘a number of stores’ will be closing the tops of the paper bags with large blue ‘sold’ stickers after customers have purchased their shopping.

It means that anyone leaving carrying a Primark bag without one of the stickers risks being stopped by on-site security guards, who can check they aren’t leaving with items not paid for.

A spokesperson said: “Anti-social behaviour and crime is rising and we’re working with retailers and organisations to help tackle this.

"We’re now also trialling new measures to help prevent stock loss, which includes sealing bags with ‘sold’ stickers once a customer pays for their items at the tills.

"We’ll be keeping an eye on this and monitoring the impact these new measures have.”

Primark spoke out last year about the problem the high street was experiencing. Picture: Chris Davey.
Primark spoke out last year about the problem the high street was experiencing. Picture: Chris Davey.

Primark, which is nearing its 50th anniversary, was among a number of big-name high street chains to warn about the problems facing retailers.

Associated British Foods, Primark’s owner, warned last September that company profit margins were likely to suffer as a result of the lawlessness being experienced by the UK’s high street.

Its announcement followed similar warnings by John Lewis and Tesco.



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