Fighting shoplifting in New York's Asian groceries

You'll hear plenty about state-of-the-art EAS radio tags and video analytics doing people counting from excited vendors promoting their products, but here's what some Asian grocery markets in New York City are doing to fight what they say is very rampant shoplifting:

  • Lots of signage indicating they will prosecute shoplifters
  • Allowing shoplifters to pay a minimum $400 fine to avoid having the police called (the shoplifters can even pay the fine with a credit card). Some fine up to $2,000 for repeat offenders
  • Posting the photos of caught shoplifters around the premises...prominently! Some places even post the names, addresses and social security numbers of the shoplifters.
  • Lots of use of video surveillance, with live monitoring

You can watch the "Street Takes" video from The New York Times below: