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•  The Democrat & Chronicle reports that "Wegmans Food Markets has installed a security system to prevent shopping-cart thefts at its Auburn, Cayuga County, store, and it could be added to other locations in the 106-store chain.

"Last week, the Rochester-based company activated a Gatekeeper security system at the Auburn store … Most such systems work via a buried cable around a property’s perimeter. When a cart crosses over the cable, a signal is sent to a central transmitter, locking the cart’s wheels (which employees can unlock to bring the cart back into service)."