New York City stores are locking up Spam and other foods amid shoplifting surge


By Megan Cerullo, CBS News

Aug 1 2022


Some New Yorkers are resorting to theft as inflation lifts the cost of everyday goods, including food.


Drugstores in parts of New York City are on high alert amid a rise in shoplifting and are increasing security measures to stop theft. Cans of Spam, a cooked pork product that retails for $3.99 per 12-ounce tin, appeared to be encased in an antitheft container at a Duane Reade store in Manhattan, according to a customer who shared an image of the loss-prevention device on Twitter.


Cans of Celebrity brand ham, which retails for $3.49, were also encased in plastic, according to a customer tweeted an image of the product. 


In June, the consumer price index rose 9.1% in from a year earlier, the highest inflation in more than 40 years.


The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a rise in retail crime, due in part to the increase in online shopping. Thieves have become more brazen in stealing from stores because they can sell items online, experts have said...


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