And according to Home Office figures the police recorded 374,395 shoplifting cases in the year ending March 2019.
Stores have taken increasingly robust measures to try and deter thieves.
They have put plastic containers on foods that can only be opened by checkout staff, with some noticing them on things like energy drinks.
The Co-op also plans to double the number of staff who wear body cameras to deter crime and abuse.
By the end of 2021, around 550 staff will be issued with the recording devices, worn around the neck.
Frontline shop workers will also wear headsets so they can alert security about any issues straight away.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a satellite-based navigational system that pings radio waves up to satellites and then back down, allowing an item’s position to be tracked.
Smart phones use GPS for things like maps to show the user where they are.
A Spokesperson for Co-op, said: ‘Safety and security for our colleagues and customers is a number one priority.
‘This is a small scale trial, crime can be a flashpoint for violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour towards frontline shopworkers that continues to rise and, which affects all retailers – Co-op invests in the latest technologies* to deter this unacceptable behaviour.’
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