Walmart hides $20 ribeye steaks behind metal cages amid rising US crime rates

Walmart has started securing high-priced steaks in locked wire cages amid rising crime rates in the United States, a new viral video has revealed.

Florida’s Michael Fromhold was stunned when he noticed meat from his local Walmart had been locked away in what appears to be a rather dramatic attempt to stop people stealing it.

Michael took a video of it and shared it on TikTok where it quickly went viral – gaining more than four million views within days – and the clip led to some viewers lamenting that such measures had become necessary.

The video, which showed Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern over rising crime rates across the country – which Michael was quick to lament in his post.

“Are you kidding me,” Michael began in the video, as he held the protected meat. “Walmart now has the steak locked up. Holy shit, it happened to this. It’s bad.

Take extra precautions: Walmart has started hiding its $20 ribeye steaks behind wire cages amid rising crime rates in the US

Florida's Michael Fromhold (pictured) was stunned when he noticed meat from his local Walmart had been locked away to apparently prevent people from stealing it

Florida’s Michael Fromhold (pictured) was stunned when he noticed meat from his local Walmart had been locked away to apparently prevent people from stealing it

Michael took a video of it and shared it on TikTok - and the clip caused some viewers to lament that such measures have become necessary at Walmart (stock photo)

Michael took a video of it and shared it on TikTok – and the clip caused some viewers to lament that such measures have become necessary at Walmart (stock photo)

It’s unclear whether or not the cages are in use at all Walmart stores nationwide, or whether the company is implementing security measures at stores in high-crime areas.

DailyMail.com has contacted a Walmart spokesperson for comment.

Many people shared their dismay at Walmart’s new safeguards in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in “sad.”

The video, which showed Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern over rising crime rates across the country.

The video, which showed Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern over rising crime rates across the country.

Another slammed all the ‘weak lives’ that ‘steal the store’.

“Sorry to say, this will only get worse as inflammation continues to rise and food shortages start to affect us,” read a third comment.

Someone else suggested the cages were put up to stop people changing price tags, not to prevent theft.

“How are we supposed to remove this stuff?” asked another TikTok user. “They only have two employees in the whole store and we have to check it ourselves.”

“People have to steal to feed themselves… It’s a shame!” writes another.

“I don’t know which is worse – the fact that it’s locked or it’s almost $21,” said another user.

Others, who said they were former grocery store workers themselves, shared their own robbery experiences.

Many people shared their dismay at Walmart's new safeguards in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in a

Many people shared their dismay at Walmart’s new safeguards in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in “sad.”

Others, who said they were former grocery store workers themselves, shared their own flight experiences

Others, who said they were former grocery store workers themselves, shared their own flight experiences

“I’m not surprised,” one person wrote. “I worked in retail for many years and had regular thieves as well as customers.”

“You’d be surprised how many people try to date meat,” added another.

“Yeah, people put it in their pants and stuff,” another commenter agreed. “It’s crazy but it’s necessary.”

Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart locked up their crabmeat.

“Walmart by us is so ghetto they lock up crab legs,” a man named Charlie tweeted last January.

‘It’s so fucking ghetto because why does the Walmart near me lock up canned crab? Because it’s expensive and people steal? another user wrote last month.

“I guess crabmeat is a hot commodity here in Richmond, VA. They have it locked away at the Walmart neighborhood market,’ a third post read. “I couldn’t bring myself to buy that last container of protected crabmeat.”

According to FBI data, there were a total of 1.3 million violent crimes reported in America in 2020, or 388 per 100,000 people, a 5% increase from 2019.

Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart locked up their crabmeat

Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart locked up their crabmeat

In Florida, where Michael lives, the violent crime rate is 384 incidents per 100,000 people.

The nonpartisan Criminal Justice Council released a study last month that confirmed homicide rates were rising in major US cities.

It revealed across a sample of 22 cities that the number of murders last year was 5% higher than in 2020 and 44% higher than in 2019.

In Chicago, the number of murders is at its highest level in nearly 30 years – recording 836 homicides in 2021, compared to 770 in 2020. There were 492 people killed in the Windy City in 2019.

Rates of aggravated assault and assault with a firearm increased by 6% and 8%, respectively, in 2020, compared to the previous year.

Almost every police station in New York has seen spikes in crime so far this year — including five in which the rate doubled, according to NYPD data.

Overall crime is up nearly 39% in the city, with 7,230 incidents this year compared to 5,211 last year.

It's not just Florida... Robberies in New York recently increased - by about 33% in the week ending Jan. 23, according to the NYPD

It’s not just Florida… Robberies in New York recently increased – by about 33% in the week ending Jan. 23, according to the NYPD

Dino S. Williams