Supermarket chain Lidl GB has revealed plans to roll out body-worn cameras across all its stores to improve the safety and security of its customers and staff.
The retailer, which operates a network of more than 960 stores, has invested more than £2m ($2.45m) to facilitate the introduction.
Lidl GB stores will start receiving the security cameras from the end of the month, with all stores expected to be equipped with body-worn cameras by Spring 2024.
Colleagues will receive training to safely use cameras without invading individuals’ privacy.
Lidl GB chief executive officer Ryan McDonnell said: “As a business with over 960 stores across the length and breadth of the country, safety and security has always been an absolute priority for us.
“While our stores are typically safe environments, retail crime is something that is impacting the whole industry. Our investment into ensuring all our stores have body-worn cameras is just one of the ways we’re taking action to protect and provide reassurance to our colleagues and customers.”
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The announcement comes a month after the company became a founding member of the business and policing partnership Project Pegasus.
The initiative combines law enforcement powers with industry knowledge to combat organised retail crime.
Ryan McDonnell added: “It is essential that the industry comes together to find new and innovative ways to combat serious and organised retail crime across the UK. Amongst our own initiatives, we’re proud to be part of Project Pegasus, which presents a real opportunity for retailers, police forces and the Home Office to work together to address the alarming rise of incidents facing retail workers every day.”
In September this year, Tesco gave body-worn cameras to its staff members amid the rising violence and abuse against its workers.