MORE supermarket essentials under lock and key in grim snapshot of cost-of-living crisis in the UK

MORE supermarket essentials under lock and key: Now Co-op puts security boxes around baby milk and washing tablets after Tesco and Aldi fitted security tags to milk, cheese and meat – in grim snapshot of cost-of-living UK

  • Supermarkets are locking up household essentials in an attempt to deter thieves
  • Co-Op in Manchester city centre has put security tabs on washing detergent
  • The store is also locking up baby milk and powdered formula products
  • It comes after Tesco and Aldi stores fitted security tags to milk, cheese and meat
  • Read more: Supermarkets ration egg purchases due to supply issues

Supermarkets are locking up household essentials in an attempt to deter thieves amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Shoppers were shocked to discover Co-Op is now keeping washing machine tablets and detergent in security boxes at one of its stores in Manchester city centre.

Photographs show Ariel, Bold and Persil products costing as little as £3.50 on shelves under lock-and-key with a sign reading: ‘Shoplifters will be prosecuted.’

This comes after Tesco and Aldi shoppers have reported that security tags being fixed to milk, cheese and meat at some locations.

It is usual to see bottles of alcohol and more expensive items bearing security tags, but some shoppers fear the new security measures paint a more concerning picture.

Shoppers were shocked to discover Co-Op is now keeping washing machine tablets and detergent in security boxes at one of its stores in Manchester city centre. Photographs show Ariel, Bold and Persil products costing as little as £3.50 on shelves under lock-and-key

Shoppers were shocked to discover Co-Op is now keeping washing machine tablets and detergent in security boxes at one of its stores in Manchester city centre. Photographs show Ariel, Bold and Persil products costing as little as £3.50 on shelves under lock-and-key

Baby milk brands, such as Aptamil and Cow and Gate, have also been placed in security cases at some Co-Op stores (pictured). The tubs of formula range from £10.25 to £18 for 800g

Baby milk brands, such as Aptamil and Cow and Gate, have also been placed in security cases at some Co-Op stores (pictured). The tubs of formula range from £10.25 to £18 for 800g

Security tags are often used on expensive items or dangerous items in supermarkets such as alcohol, razors and even perfume.

The tags can only be removed once a person has paid and a sales assistant has removed the box. If a person were to take a security tagged item out the shop without paying, a loud alarm would sound.

Shockingly, common household items including refrigerated ones and even butter have been found locked in a security box as the cost of living crisis sees prices skyrocket.

At Co-Op, washing detergent and baby milk brands, such as Aptamil and Cow and Gate, have also been placed in security cases.

The tubs of formula milk powder range from £10.25 to £18 for 800g.

MailOnline has approached Co-Op for comment. 

This comes after the majority of milk cartons in the Tesco Extra store in the village of Pool in Cornwall had individual plastic security tags attached to them yesterday afternoon (pictured)

This comes after the majority of milk cartons in the Tesco Extra store in the village of Pool in Cornwall had individual plastic security tags attached to them yesterday afternoon (pictured)

In July shoppers took to social media to share pictures of security tags on £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar (left) and £8 Co-op lamb chops in Wolverhampton (right)

In July shoppers took to social media to share pictures of security tags on £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar (left) and £8 Co-op lamb chops in Wolverhampton (right)

Similarly, Tesco fitted security tags to large cans of baby milk at a Tesco Extra in Streatham, south London, and Sainsbury’s has started tagging tubs of Aptamil baby, toddler and follow-on milks. 

Concerned parents have been hit by soaring costs of baby milk in the past year.

Date from analysts Assosia revealed that Aptamil Organic 1 First Infant Milk from Birth 800g, rose from £12 to £13.50 in Sainsbury’s.

In February, Cow & Gate 1-2 Years Growing Up Milk 200ml rose from 70p to 75p in Tesco, the data shows.

SMA Growing Up Milk 1-3 Years 200ml rose from 80p to 85p in Asda on 5 March.

Little Steps First Infant Milk From Birth 200ml was also subject to a price increase at the retailer, rising from 70p to 75p on 4 March, the data reveals.

Co-Op has places signs warning that 'theft and abuse will not be tolerated' in its stores

Co-Op has places signs warning that ‘theft and abuse will not be tolerated’ in its stores

Co-Op placing household essentials under lock-and-key comes after it was revealed yesterday that the majority of milk cartons in the Tesco Extra store in the village of Pool in Cornwall were fitted with individual plastic security tags.

CornwallLive reported that the store has suffered a spate of thefts of milk – especially of four-pint containers. 

But Tesco denied this was the reason for the tagging, telling CornwallLive it was down to ‘human error’.

A Tesco spokesperson told MailOnline yesterday: ‘We do not have a policy to place security tags on fresh milk. A very small amount of milk was incorrectly tagged today in our Redruth Extra store and these tags have now been removed. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.’

Earlier this month the supermarket chain started  using security barriers to protect Tesco workers from shoppers waiting to snatch reduced yellow sticker items from their hands before they hit the shelves. 

Photos showed workers barricaded behind yellow barriers with ‘do not enter’ signs while tagging items with their reduced price. 

Concerned Brits have slammed supermarkets for their security measures

Concerned Brits have slammed supermarkets for their security measures

Concerned Brits have slammed supermarkets for their security measures.

One person said: ‘Im not surprised, the prices the charge are ridiculous!’ [sic]

‘How low can people get?? Will this be the return of the blogroll Bandit??,’ said someone else [sic]

‘Well its low income, single mums on benefits struggling soo i guess thats their target,’ wrote another user [sic]

‘At the price they are being sold I’m not surprised,’ commented another user.

However, the increased security measures are nothing new. In July shoppers took to social media to share pictures of security tags on £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar and £8 Co-op lamb chops in Wolverhampton. 

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