Tesco staff to be offered bodycams
By Sarah Wood | 4th September 2023
Staff at Tesco stores will be offered body cameras, following a rise in violent attacks.
The supermarket chain has seen physical assaults increase by a third since last year, as reported by the BBC.
Tesco boss Ken Murphy has called for abuse or violence towards retail workers to be made a specific offence in its own right, as it is in Scotland.
He described the abuse suffered by retail staff as 'heartbreaking'.
Findings by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) published earlier this year showed abuse against shop workers had almost doubled compared to pre-Covid levels. The BRC's Crime Survey recorded more than 850 daily incidents in 2021/22, up from 450 a day in 2019/20. Incidents included racial and sexual abuse.
In July, Co-op warned that some communities could become no-go areas for the company due to rising levels of crime.
Staff in John Lewis stores have been given bodycams and training to deal with a rise in incidents. Sainsbury's staff have worn bodycams since 2018.
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