SA shoppers beware: Knicker bandits are nicking all the underwear

Recent reports reveal that underwear theft is reaching an alarming level in many South African shops – despite the use of security devices. “Knicker bandits” are allegedly stealing underwear from several major stores such as Woolworths, Truworths, and Edgars. It has also been revealed that brands such as Jockey are specifically being targeted.

Knicker bandits are getting away with hundreds of underwear

Counting how many pairs of underwear is in the packet before buying it will have to become a thing for South Africans after several major local shops revealed that there are an alarming number of undergarment thieves on the loose.

Speaking to Business Insider, a source who works in retail revealed that this kind of theft has gotten “out of hand” in the last few months.

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Shops like Edgars, Woolworths, and Truworths have now resorted to placing security tags on even individual underwear – especially in the men’s department. The women’s department, however, does not have tags and appears to be targeted the most.

According to the publication, instead of stealing an entire pack of underwear, thieves are resorting to slipping one out of a pack of say five or three in the hopes that the missing one would go unnoticed.

Be on the lookout

And sadly, in most cases, it does go unnoticed because shoppers just pick a pack and throw it into their carts without a second thought – until they get home and see they are short a pair.

It was also revealed that brands such as Jockey are suffering the most at the hands of underwear thieves who appear to have a taste for the pricier brand.

Meanwhile, the source explained that there aren’t tags on women’s underwear because the packaging makes it very hard to place tags without destroying the product.

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