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Northampton shop owner credits AI Cop Tech for reducing shoplifting

In Northampton, UK, a local shop owner has used innovative technology to combat the growing problem of shoplifting. Alex Kapadia, the owner of Morrisons Deli, reports that the number of thefts has decreased significantly since he introduced RoboCop technology.

Frustrated by the daily losses due to shoplifting, Kapadia looked for a solution that would help secure his store. He discovered the AI ​​Cop Face Watch, an advanced system designed to identify known thieves. Since installing this technology, Kapadia claims that theft in his store has fallen by 90 percent.

Kapadia was losing around ₹100 daily, which amounts to around Rs 10,000. The AIcop Face Watch uses advanced facial recognition technology to compare faces against a database of known criminals. When a match is found, the system alerts the store owner so he can take preventative measures. This proactive approach has dramatically reduced theft activity in his store.

“Because we look like a corporate store, criminals must have thought it was fair game and we wouldn’t fight. Suddenly we had crime every day. We had to do something,” Kapadia explained. The implementation of the AIcop Face Watch has not only deterred thieves but also improved the overall security of the store.

Kapadia believes this technology could be useful on a larger scale. He calls for its national implementation to combat the widespread problem of shoplifting. Furthermore, he suggests that such technology could help tackle the increasing number of attacks on retail workers.

The increase in shoplifting is not limited to the Kapadia store. Shoplifting in England and Wales has reached its highest level in 20 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More than 430,000 shoplifting incidents were registered last year, an increase of more than a third compared to the previous twelve months up to and including December 2022.

The effectiveness of RoboCop technology in reducing theft at Morrisons Deli highlights its potential as a valuable tool for retailers. As shoplifting rates continue to rise, more store owners may consider using similar technologies to protect their businesses.

While RoboCops may not replace human police officers, their increasing use in security demonstrates their potential to aid law enforcement efforts and increase public safety. The success of the AIcop face watch at Morrisons Deli is a promising indicator of what the future holds for retail security.

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    first print: May 15, 2024 3:13 PM IST