Target forced to lock up underwear in a bid to crack down on theft
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  • Target has locked up underwear brand Pair of Thieves and others amid a clampdown on soaring shoplifting
  • The goods were put under lock and key at retailer’s White Plains store in New York City
  • It is the latest measure by Target to curb spiraling thefts and follows the closure of nine of its stores 

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Target has resorted to locking up underwear by a brand ironically named ‘Pair of Thieves’ in a bid to clamp down on rampant shoplifting.  

The LA-based label is among several which have been placed in protective cabinets at one of the retail giant’s stores.

The measure comes amid a surge in shoplifting at the chain, which has shuttered locations and recorded $500 in losses as a result of thefts.

Pictures show the underwear behind plastic cases under lock and key at Target’s White Plains store in New York. Similar measures can be seen in place at other branches in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Orange County, California.

It comes after personal care items were seen shut away at the retailer’s other locations in San Francisco and New York.

Target has been forced to lock up underwear by a brand called Pair of Thieves among others as it struggles under sky rocketing shoplifting

The underwear was seen under lock and key at several stores including ones in New York, Orange County and this branch in Minneapolis

The underwear was seen under lock and key at several stores including ones in New York, Orange County and this branch in Minneapolis

The underwear was seen under lock and key at several stores including ones in New York, Orange County and this branch in Minneapolis

Target has already been forced to close down nine stores amid rampant thefts which have cost the company $500 million

Target has already been forced to close down nine stores amid rampant thefts which have cost the company $500 million

Target has already been forced to close down nine stores amid rampant thefts which have cost the company $500 million 

A spokesman told Fox News at the time that the business takes a ‘multi-layered approach to combating theft’ including in-store technology, training for store leaders and security team members, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies.

‘On a limited basis, we also employ theft-deterrent merchandising strategies, such as locking cases, for categories that are prone to theft,’ the spokesman added and explained the decision for this is taken at a local level.

Shoplifting continues to be a major crisis in the Big Apple despite Mayor Eric Adams vowing to clamp down retail crime.

Thefts in the city soared by 64 per cent over the last four years, according to The Council on Criminal Justice.

And it is a similar story across the country’s major cities, with thefts up 61 per cent in Los Angeles and 73 per cent in Dallas.

The crime wave has resulted in retailers taking drastic measures to preserve their stock.

In September, Target announced it was closing nine stores across major cities due to the scale of shoplifting.

Two locations in Seattle, three stores in the San Francisco-Oakland neighborhood, three stores in Portland and one store in Harlem, New York shut their doors for good.

The retail sector saw losses of almost $80 billion last year amid a surge in shoplifting

The retail sector saw losses of almost $80 billion last year amid a surge in shoplifting

The retail sector saw losses of almost $80 billion last year amid a surge in shoplifting

Other retailers, including this Walgreens in San Francisco, have been forced to lock up their items to deter thieves

Other retailers, including this Walgreens in San Francisco, have been forced to lock up their items to deter thieves

Other retailers, including this Walgreens in San Francisco, have been forced to lock up their items to deter thieves 

‘We cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance,’ Target said in the news release at the time.

‘We know that our stores serve an important role in their communities, but we can only be successful if the working and shopping environment is safe for all.’

The news came months after CEO Brian Cornell revealed theft was costing the company up to $500 million a year. 

Across the country other retailers have also been forced to lock up everything from frozen goods to toothpaste.

In San Francisco, Walgreens employees chained up freezers in a bid to clamp down on people swiping pizza and ice cream up to 20 times a day. 

The retail sector lost almost $80 billion due to shoplifting last year, according to a report by The National Retail Federation.

The increase of nearly $13 billion on the year before came amid a frightening rise in violent thefts in Democrat-run cities, the data revealed.

Meanwhile CVS announced it was closing down 900 stores by the end of 2024. 

DailyMail.com has approached Target and Pair of Thieves for comment. 

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