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Woolworths joins Coles in locking up deodorants to prevent theft and chroming across the Territory


Deodorants will soon be locked away in Woolworths stores across the Northern Territory in a bid to prevent chorming.

Woolworths says the theft of deodorants for inhalant abuse has been reported as a community problem for some time.

The supermarket is now installing cabinets on its shelves, which can only be accessed by staff.

It follows a move by Coles to restrict access to its deodorant products across NT stores last month.

The Casuarina store will be the first to have cabinets installed and they will be rolled at other stores by the end of the month.

When that occurs, customers will need to press a button on the side of the cabinets to call over a staff member to assist.

Woolworths Northern Territory Manager, Scott Mackay says it aims to limit the opportunities for deodorant misuse.

“We’ll listen closely to feedback from our customers, team members and local community groups on the effectiveness of the trial over the coming months,” Mr Mackay says.

“We’ll also continue to explore further ways to help the broader community effort to address misuse.”