More Fred Meyer security issues?

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More Fred Meyer security issues?

Post by Super S » October 17th, 2017, 3:24 pm

I have already mentioned the Gateway store. This pertains to the rest of the Fred Meyer chain.

I have been to three different Fred Meyer stores in the past two weeks and noticed a loud, pre-recorded PA message (in fact the same exact message in all of them): "Security check to Section B" I also noticed a large red sign appearing at the doorways asking to show a receipt when requested by store personnel.

While these moves aren't really out of line (especially with Christmas approaching), it does make you wonder if there are issues when you hear announcements over the PA. Or maybe, this is to try to deter shoplifting in the first place? The announcement is not something that Fred Meyer has done in the past.

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Re: More Fred Meyer security issues?

Post by SamSpade » October 17th, 2017, 5:23 pm

Super S wrote:
October 17th, 2017, 3:24 pm
I also noticed a large red sign appearing at the doorways asking to show a receipt when requested by store personnel.

While these moves aren't really out of line (especially with Christmas approaching). . .Or maybe, this is to try to deter shoplifting in the first place? The announcement is not something that Fred Meyer has done in the past.
Fred Meyer also seems to be employing "greeters" (yellow shirted employees) at entrances now, similar to Walmart. I did see the giant red signs at both the NE Broadway and Beaverton (Central) Fred Meyer stores in the past week. They are also closing the non-food door of both of these stores at 8 or 9 pm now. I suppose this allows for a slight savings on labor and a better security focus for loss prevention, similar to how all area Safeways close their deli facing doors at around the same time.

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Re: More Fred Meyer security issues?

Post by storewanderer » October 17th, 2017, 10:59 pm

Effective security measures are those that are largely invisible to the average customer, but target the thieves.

Customers do not want to feel like they are shopping in a store that is unsafe, and measures like signs saying to show your receipt, tacky announcements over the PA that are obviously canned and played again and again, and similar seem to give the impression that there are a lot of "issues" going on in the store. Whether or not that is the case, I do not know. If that really is the case, it is unfortunate Fred Meyer has gotten to this point. Beyond a uniformed guard at some doors, I do not see or observe such obvious security measures at Target. I have seen measures like this at Wal Mart with the "show receipt to exit" and similar, but never heard ghost security pages there.

Smiths and Frys both used to have greeters in some stores, but Kroger cut that position a few years ago.

I noticed WinCo here in Reno has a greeter now. This is a good move as I have observed people running out the entrance with items in hand or with carts.

The plastic bag bans also continue to create security challenges for stores. The best solution to that, is to overturn the bans. At 99 Cents Only there are now pages over the speaker advising customers to "not fill reusable bags while shopping." I have seen signs to that effect in some Ralphs as well, a couple years ago. And other challenges in places like San Diego that are beyond the scope of this board.

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Re: More Fred Meyer security issues?

Post by mbz321 » October 22nd, 2017, 7:55 am

storewanderer wrote:
October 17th, 2017, 10:59 pm
Effective security measures are those that are largely invisible to the average customer, but target the thieves.

Customers do not want to feel like they are shopping in a store that is unsafe, and measures like signs saying to show your receipt, tacky announcements over the PA that are obviously canned and played again and again, and similar seem to give the impression that there are a lot of "issues" going on in the store...
This. And most professional thieves (or theft at the internal level) aren't going to care about 'door greeters' or fake security announcements, which are more of an illusion of security than anything else. Maybe it will stop grandma from pocketing a candy bar, but that is about it. It is also very difficult for an actual LP employee to catch thieves nowadays due to liability and lawsuits and whatnot.

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