Stores in New York Want To Lock Up Food Because of Theft

Because of the widespread problem of stealing, the grocery store near you could have to begin locking up veggies and meats in the same way that pharmaceutical stores lock up cosmetics.

According to Nelson Eusebio of the National Supermarket Association, customers do not feel uncomfortable coming to your business with the intention of shoplifting. In addition to this, he issues a warning that shoplifters are growing more aggressive.

Traumatized Staff

Eusebio claims their staff members are living in constant fear. They have young individuals come in to work for them, such as young cashiers who work part-time. These youngsters are between the ages of 16 and 17; they have been scarred by it.

According to Eusebio, the police do not respond fast when stores call about stealing; the perpetrator may be far gone by the time cops arrive at the scene.

According to him, the business world is heading in the direction of locking up food. It will no longer be possible to shop in the traditional sense.

According to Eusebio, the shelves behind the counters are stocked with all the baby formula, shampoo, and cosmetics.

The frequency with which it occurs is only going to increase. They are going to create an atmosphere in which everything is going to be hidden behind the counter; the actual act of shopping will be eliminated entirely.

If authorities don’t take action soon, according to Eusebio, people won’t be able to smell the food, examine the ingredients, or look at a recipe. All of this will be lost.

The National Supermarket Association is the organization that advocates for locally owned and operated supermarkets in New York City. According to the organization’s statistics, 30 percent of its members have moved out of the city.

New York City businesses are pleading for assistance in combating repeat shoplifters.

The owners of bodegas and grocery stores in New York City are requesting greater assistance to battle the brazen stealing putting their companies in danger of going out of business.


According to Frank Marte, who works with the Bodega and Small Business Group, around 97% of those who steal products do so with the intention of reselling them.

Marte claims they have compassion for their employees and security personnel because there are no consequences for them.

The district attorney is not punishing them or their elected leaders, even though, in this scenario, they are the worst. Also, they should collaborate with the New York Police Department.

Collective Action to Protect our Stores (CAPS) is the name of the alliance that the business community has come together to establish.

The Metro Supermarket Association, the National Supermarket Association, as well as the Bodega and Small Business Group, are the original members of the coalition. The alliance is led by independent supermarkets that are members of the National Supermarket Association.

One of the things they are requesting is for the penalty for shoplifting to be made more severe.

This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.