Sainsbury's rolls-out AI shoplifting detection tools

Sainsbury’s has partnered with ThirdEye to roll-out concealment detector technology, which uses machine learning to detect and record when a shopper places an item in their pocket or coat.

When the system detects a concealment, it will send a short video of the theft to security staff.

An initial version of the technology was trialled in 20 stores from September 2019 to March and reportedly helped prevent 5,591 thefts - double the amount compared to sites where it was not installed.

Sainsbury’s senior prevention manager Mike Beach commented: “At Sainsbury’s we pride ourselves on making sure that our colleagues and guards are equipped with the latest innovations to help them reduce shrink and work in a safer environment.

“The ThirdEye team understands that and have worked with us in a collaborative partnership to reduce theft from our spirits aisle by 30 basis points.”

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