Woolworths to trial body-worn cameras in 11 supermarkets – Hardware

Woolworths is trialling physique-worn cameras for team users in eleven merchants nationally as a protection measure, but claims the products will only be turned on “as a last resort”.

Director of merchants Rob Moffat claimed that physique-worn cameras were being “utilised widely in retail throughout the US and Uk” and experienced been effective in cutting down assaults and abuse of retail team.

“We’re trialling team protection cameras in a little range of merchants to see if they can aid protect against assaults and abuse of our team users,” Moffat claimed in a assertion.

“This follows a doubling in experiences of assaults in our merchants in 2020.

“Nobody deserves to be abused at get the job done, so it’s critical we search at new steps to aid retain our team users safe and sound.”

Moffat claimed that the physique-worn cameras would not be switched on all the time. It is understood that they only record video with no audio.

“The cameras will only be turned on as a last resort if a supervisor is anxious about a menace to team protection,” he claimed.

The retailer has set up signage in each and every of the demo locations. 

The demo locations for the cameras are:

  • Victoria: Abbotsford, Millers Junction, St Albans, Sunshine Market Position and Hoppers Crossing 
  • NSW: Kempsey, Berala and Rosehill 
  • WA: Coolbellup
  • SA: Rundle Mall
  • Queensland: Redbank Plains

To day, physique-worn cameras have been rolled out by most states and territories to frontline law enforcement.

The cameras are also utilised by the Australian Federal Law enforcement at airports, and have been trialled by paramedics to strengthen team protection.