Safeway takes drastic measures to prevent shoplifting
San Francisco, California – The Safeway in San Francisco’s Castro District has implemented additional security measures to prevent thieves after cutting hours due to rampant stealing.
Safeway was working 24 hours and started closing its doors at 9 p.m. due to rampant theft.
Customers started noticing additional security guards both inside and outside the store, as well as more security gates and barricades at the entry.
To make it more difficult for criminals to flee, an automated gate closes after each customer. Safeway’s shopping carts now include poles to make them more difficult to remove from the store.
“Like other local businesses, we are working on ways to curtail escalating theft to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and to foster a welcoming environment for our customers. Their safety remains our top priority. These long-planned security improvements were implemented with those goals in mind,” Safeway said in a statement.