BREAKING NEWS – San Francisco, California – A grocery store in the San Francisco Bay Area has installed metal emergency gates at its entrance in an attempt to deter rampant shoplifting.

A Safeway in Vallejo also shuttered one of its entrances, according to KPIX reporter Betty Yu, who tweeted an image of the safeguard, which sounds an alarm if a shoplifter attempts to leave.

The supermarket chain location, which is owned by Albertsons Companies, joins other locations in the San Francisco area that have taken similar measures in recent years amid the city’s rise in thefts.

“This is false imprisonment!” exclaimed Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet.” Detaining shoplifters and armed robbers against their will, is horrible! The constitutional rights of these thieves are clearly being violated! For all the store owners know, the people that are walking or running out the door with their products, may have every intention of going home, calling the store, and paying for it with their credit cards!”