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From the D&D Daily 2016 GLPS's

Louis Vuitton America's Asset Protection Team
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Ascena Reassigns 180 - Cuts 165 Positions
Reorganizes LP to Shared Services Model
Three New Senior LP Roles Established
Maurices & Ann Inc Director positions Eliminated

The parent company of Duluth-based Maurices announced job cuts Thursday. Ascena Inc., says 25 jobs were eliminated at the Duluth Maurices office, citing lagging sales along with many clothing retailers nationwide. The employees affected were corporate office employees and remote employees and field leaders.

Ascena says the job cuts are an operating structure change that is part of the company's Growth Enterprise Transformation Program, launched in October.

The company says approximately 180 employees were reassigned or relocated and approximately 165 positions were eliminated across Ascena locations in the US. 

As part of the reorganization Loss Prevention moves to a shared services model where the Regional Loss Prevention Managers will be covering all five brands.

With naming Brain Bazer as the new Vice President of Asset Protection, Rob LaCommare named Assistant Vice President Safety & Security, and Adam Gilvin named Enterprise International Director Asset Protection.

They eliminated the Director of LP positions at Ann Inc and Maurices.

Editor's Note: They eliminated the Catherines Director of LP last year and a few field LP jobs. wbng.com

Lowe's preps for layoffs as it shifts to new store staffing model
Laying off "less than 1%" but that's still 2,800 jobs

Home improvement giant Lowe's is changing its store staffing model and will be laying off "less than 1 percent" of its employees in the near future, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The source did not share the exact number of layoffs. Lowe's workforce totals more than 285,000.

As part of the reshuffling, Lowe's is shifting the roles and responsibilities for some of its staff and eliminating some jobs.

The new staffing model will be implemented nationwide and is aimed at freeing up resources to boost face time with customers as the retailer adapts to evolving customer needs.

Lowe's also plans to add 15 to 20 stores per year across North America in the next three years. In the U.S., these new stores will result in 4,000 to 5,000 new jobs over the course of this period.

Editor's Note: Freeing up resources to "boost face time with customers" means cutting non-store management and staff positions. They already did one wave of this last year when they eliminated the Divisional offices and teams and centralized.

Sounds like they're following the Wal-Mart model of increasing store payroll to gain that face time. Just a thought. cnbc.com

Petco eliminates Field Director Loss Prevention
Petco Update: Petco cut 180 jobs this week

Petco is cutting 180 positions with about 50 at its San Diego headquarters, the pet supply retailer confirmed Wednesday. The company made the cuts across its workforce and include both existing and open positions. Editor's Note: In this cut as we already reported they eliminated the Field LP Director of LP and two RLPM's.  sandiegounuiontribune.com
More Coming Soon
Editor's Note: Sears at the top of the list?
Other major US retailers, including Kohls, L Brands and American Eagle, also announced declining holiday sales but have yet to announce any layoffs or store closures.  wsws.org

JCPenney could close up to 300 stores within 2 years
JCPenney could close up to 30% of its stores, or roughly 300 of its more than 1,000 locations, within the next two years, according to a Cowen & Co. report. The department store chain has largely avoided mass store closures in recent years, but the rise of ecommerce is now forcing the company to reassess its store base, Cowen & Co. analyst Oliver Chen told Business Insider following a meeting with JCPenney management.

"They are proactively evaluating everything," Chen said.  He predicts that in the next one to two years, the company will close 100 to 300 of its 1,014 stores. JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison has publicly confirmed that the company is considering closures. businessinsider.com

Holiday Retail Sales Increased 4% in 2016
Online sales climbed 12.6%

Holiday retail sales during November and December increased 4 percent over 2015 to $658.3 billion, as a strengthening economy encouraged consumers to spend even more freely than expected, the National Retail Federation said today. The number includes $122.9 billion in non-store sales, which were up 12.6 percent over the year before.

The numbers exceeded NRF's forecast of $655.8 billion, which would have been an increase of 3.6 percent. NRF had forecast that online sales would grow between 7 and 10 percent to as much as $117 billion. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

December was up 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from November and 3.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year. nrf.com

Strategic 'Fictitious Pickups' are Fastest-Growing Method of Cargo Theft
Imagine you arrive at a facility to pick up a load and, checking in with personnel at the gate, the man in the guard shack looks confused, checks and double-checks his list of impending arrivals, only to tell you you've already been there. The load is gone.

It's a situation that's become more and more common over the years since the so-called "fictitious pickup" cargo theft mode drew enough attention in supply-chain-security circles to warrant specific attention. According to a white paper issued in 2013 by the CargoNet firm, it began to "emerge as a trend around 2005," growing to account for a significant share of all thefts reported to CargoNet in 2011, with many thefts occurring in California. By 2012, such thefts, sometimes involving thieves' fraudulent assumption of an existing carrier's identity, accounted for 8 percent of all thefts reported to CargoNet.

Scott Cornell, 2VP of Transportation and Crime and Theft Specialist at Travelers Insurance, who for years headed the insurance company's Special Investigations Group devoted to cargo theft, says that straight theft - thieves hitch to a loaded trailer, unload a trailer or otherwise drive away with a full tractor-trailer - remains the most common sort of cargo theft. But these "strategic" thefts, his terminology for the broad category CargoNet IDs as "fictitious pickup," represent the "fastest-growing method of cargo theft," Cornell says, accounting today for about 10 percent of thefts nationwide. Most of such thefts are coming from thieves operating in Illinois and Southern California, Cornell adds. overdriveonline.com

Top 10 Workplace Trends:
#2 Adapting to Change
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has published its fourth annual Top 10 Workplace Trends list. Several of the trends on this list signify great changes in the way workplaces function. It appears "change" will be a major trend itself in organizations this year.

#2. Adapting to Change Effectively

The workplace continues to evolve at an ever-increasing pace. In response to those changes, organizations will need to focus on increasing agility and working efficiently and effectively in the face of constant change. Major structural changes are occurring in the world economy, and many organizations are not equipped to think strategically about those changes and their workforce implications.

I-O psychologists can assist companies with adapting their culture to changing workforce needs and helping leaders adapt to a changing world through adaptive leadership. ehstoday.com

NRF 2017: What the retail industry is predicting
What retail technology will dominate this year's NRF Big Show? Essential Retail spoke to key retail experts before they jet off to NYC to hear their predictions.

Retail technology you expect to dominate the show?

"Artificial intelligence and robotics, in particular applications for improved customer experience and operational efficiency."

"I expect to see more checkout-less shopping solutions to rival Amazon Go. For example, Dielbold Nixdorf is touting its 'Extreme Self-checkout' system. I also expect to see automated shopping carts and more shop-floor robots."

"I expect from a store perspective there will be a lot of AR in-store tech, but it will be interesting if anyone has any good AI in-store solutions to make exciting customer journeys."

Challenge most likely to be discussed?

"The pace of change and how long-established retailers can evolve quickly to adapt to a changing customer and competitive base."

"Harnessing and integrating multiple sources of data to drive real actionable business insights helping retailers to deliver differentiated and seamless customer experience." essentialretail.com

Genetec introduces new Retail Intelligence application using retailers' existing surveillance cameras
At NFR Retail's Big Show Convention and Expo at booth #930 Genetec Inc. ("Genetec"), a leading provider of IP security and intelligence solutions will preview a new application designed to transform existing video surveillance content into powerful consumer insights. The new Genetec Retail Intelligence application will filter and analyze incoming video surveillance data to produce actionable intelligence about store operations, buying patterns, and trends.

"There is a wealth of information collected by security systems that has gone virtually untapped until now," said Derek Arcuri, Product Marketing Manager for Genetec Retail Intelligence. securityinfowatch.com

Active Shooter - Hostile Environment | Active Aggressor Program
Feb. 23 in Richardson, TX

The Dallas FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association is pleased to provide our Active Shooter training again this year. Based upon several events we are expanding the program to include Active Shooter/Hostile Environment/Situational Awareness training. For instance, in Boston two brothers used specialized bombs to disrupt the annual Boston Marathon (killing three and injuring 264 people), in San Bernardino a husband and wife team killed 14 people and injured 22 others. In Dallas a lone gunman killed five police officers and injured seven others. Eleven people were injured on the campus of Ohio State University when a man used his vehicle and a knife as weapons to attack people.

This year's course will cover (but is not limited to) Active shooter trends (managing a violent crime scene); Triggers to an active shooter event; Take the Shot or Not? Legal issues; Conflict Resolution/Elements of your Hostile Environment Plan; Situational Awareness; After the shots - Emotional Impact; Social Media and the shooter. This year's program will be a detailed, expanded, educational experience. We look forward to you being part of this great event.

Who should attend: We live in a world that is ever changing. This program is for everyone. The material applies to companies of all sizes, government agencies, churches, schools and everyone who is interested in learning more about this subject.

Click here to register.   View the program agenda here.   fbidallascaaa.org

Yonkers, NY: Partial Roof Collapse closes National Wholesale Liquidators, 5 people injured
National Wholesale Liquidators at the Mall at Cross County was condemned Thursday after a construction vehicle fell through its roof a day earlier. Officials say a worker was driving a construction tractor and repairing the parking lot above the store around noon when the roof caved in, leaving a hole roughly 40-by-40 feet wide.

The worker and vehicle 30 feet to the floor of the store. Large sections of the store's roof also fell in, sending workers and dozens of shoppers into a state of panic. Five people were injured, including the driver. Authorities say none of the injuries were considered serious. news12.com

American Apparel Sells IP, Wholesale Inventory For $103M

Ex-HBO Employee Gets 30 Months For Embezzling $1M

Taco Bell on track to create 100,000 jobs by 2022: CEO

Holiday Same Store Sales Results (Nov/Dec)

GameStop comp's down 18.7%, sales down 16.4%

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Giuliani-led initiative with private sector intended to help inform 90-day cyber review
A new effort to be led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will bring industry leaders into the process of developing a highly anticipated report on the state of cybersecurity in the public and private sectors and what should be done to improve it, according to Giuliani and Trump transition officials. insidecybersecurity.com

Lessons for corporate IT from Geek Squad legal case
Make sure end users sign off on allowing forensic searches of computers.
The life of the corporate desktop team can turn into a legal nightmare quickly if end users haven't agreed that it's OK for techs to search their machines, something that has come to light in a California child pornography case involving Best Buy's Geek Squad.

And the admissibility of the evidence they found is in question because it's not clear they had the right to access the picture, which was stored in free space on the hard drive; it had been deleted and no longer appeared on the file system.

In many states computer technicians are obligated by law to tell police if they find child pornography. If they find it, they must report it to police. In a corporate setting, that means if a desktop tech finds such images, they must report it, too.

If the image was in free space, it could be argued that the tech had no business looking there. If the user were charged and the charges were dismissed because the evidence was tainted, the defendant could sue the tech for damages caused by publicity in the case, he says.  csoonline.com

"This is going to take decades"
Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear

The robots are coming, but the march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.

A measured pace is likely because what is technically possible is only one factor. Other crucial ingredients include economics, labor markets, regulations and social attitudes. The report's multifactor scenarios suggest that half of today's work activities could be automated by 2055.

Today, it is the rise of artificial intelligence in increasingly clever software and machines that is stirring concern.  nytimes.com

From Russia With Love
Professionally designed ransomware Spora might be the next big thing

The new ransomware program features strong offline decryption and a new payment scheme.

Spora stands out because it can encrypt files without having to contact a command-and-control (CnC) server and does so in a way still allows for every victim to have a unique decryption key.

Other aspects of Spora also set it apart from other ransomware operations. For example, its creators have implemented a system that allows them to ask different ransoms for different types of victims.

The Russian Spora gang offers other "services" that are priced separately, such as "immunity," which ensures that the malware will not infect a computer again, or "removal" which will also remove the program after decrypting the files. They also offer a full package, where the victim can buy all three for a lower price. csoonline.com

Siblings arrested in Italy's worst cyberespionage operation ever

Plants, drones and automation: The fresh produce industry's relationship with robots

Bucks County, PA Goes Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)

Bucks County becomes first agency in the State of Pennsylvania to implement ASAP; Alarm users to benefit from faster, more accurate emergency response.

PITTSBURGH, January 11, 2017 - Bucks County becomes the first municipality in the state of Pennsylvania to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology that automates communication between alarm monitoring central stations and 911 centers, resulting in improved accuracy and speed of emergency response.

Transmitting data electronically speeds up alarm notification delivery and reduces the number of phone calls and processing times at emergency response centers. It also eliminates human error and miscommunication between operators; all pertinent data goes directly to first responders within seconds.

In areas where it is used, ASAP delivers alarm notification information from central stations directly to public safety answering points (PSAPs) via computer rather than by phone, eliminating the need for communication between monitoring center operators and 911 operators.

ASAP was created in partnership with the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), with Vector Security President and CEO Pam Petrow co-chairing the steering committee. Vector Security was the first alarm company to use ASAP in the City of Richmond, VA in 2012. Vector Security assisted with implementation in Bucks County by helping to perform extensive testing prior to the system going live.

Read full press release here.

For more information on the benefits and features of ASAP, visit www.vectorsecurity.com/asap.

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Founded in 1984, Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group is the recognized leader in providing protective services to the retail industry. With clients including many of the largest and most recognizable retailers in the U.S., Metro One offers a full complement of protective and investigative services, including armed and unarmed officers, store detectives, undercover operatives, intelligence sharing, logistics, and much more. With many of their executives having a background in retail LP, they understand budgets, ROI, and the importance of putting quality people first, as Frank Camerino, VP of Business Development, shares in this LPNN interview.

LPNN Quick Take #9

An LPNN Co-MC who needs no introduction, Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager for Axis Communications, comes bearing gifts in this Quick Take interview! Watch him try to show Amber how to use a "selfie stick."

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The Amazon Impact
Amazon dominated the online holiday sales in November and December, accounting for 38 percent of all transactions. Meanwhile, the company reported that it shipped a total of 1 billion items worldwide in 2016.

Amazon has been able to capture an increasing share of the retail market by exploiting its workforce through low wages, imposing high productivity demands and implementing robotic automation.

A worker classified as an order picker at one of its massive fulfillment center warehouses earns less than $12.00 an hour. Amazon warehouse employees walk between 7 and 15 miles every work day and must pass through an airport-style security inspection when leaving to go home. wsws.org

Chip Cards May Lead to Online Fraud. Is Your Business Ready?
Credit card chip readers may have led to fraud reduction for brick-and-mortar businesses, but hackers have found a new way to cause trouble. Thieves no longer able to hack in-person transactions have turned to online fraud using e-commerce and other card-not-present transactions.

"With the advent of the CHIP and PIN across the EU, physical imprints of stolen card information became useless for European criminals and hackers over the past few years," says breach prevention expert Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall, Inc. "Now, with CHIP enabled cards becoming a requirement across the U.S., we see the same results.

"Cybercrime has shifted to the weak underbelly of network security, e-commerce, mobile commerce and online transactions," he continues. "This is creating a growing wave in online cybercrime across America."

Although large breaches reach the news, those are just the tip of the iceberg, says Miliefsky. "Most cyber criminals want to attack smaller to medium-size (SME) enterprises in waves, in order to stay off the radar of EUROPOL, INTERPOL and the FBI. By refocusing their efforts on the SMEs, they've made small and medium-sized businesses the new target, which means business owners should be vigilant." americanexpress.com

Manual fraud reviews hurt online retailers most during holidays
The holidays are a stressful period for online retailers, who get not only more customers but also a higher ratio of fraudsters. And when manual fraud reviews are added to the mix, the problem only gets worse.

ACI Worldwide expects online fraud to have gone up 12 percent this holiday season globally, and 43 percent in the U.S. The U.S. rates are expected to be higher because the shift to more secure chip cards by physical retailers is pushing fraudsters online.

There are two main risks associated with manual reviews during peak shopping periods.

First, external fraudsters will try to take advantage of employees who are trying to handle a higher volume of transactions than at other times, and of under-trained temporary employees who were hired specifically to deal with the rush.

Second, fraudsters will also try to get jobs at retailers during these frantic hiring periods, to defraud companies directly, or to steal customers' financial information.

When companies switch from manual to automated fraud reviews, charge backs go down by 30 to 70 percent. Plus, approvals increase by 5 to 10 percent. csoonline.com

Weston, FL: Florida thieves make off with $60,000 worth of Nabisco snacks
Authorities in South Florida are searching for at least three thieves accused of stealing two 48-foot trailers filled with cookies and crackers. The thieves absconded with more than $60,000 worth of Nabisco products from a warehouse, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Authorities believe that the trailers were stolen almost a month ago. wpxi.com

Charleston, SC: Thieves make off with more than $20k worth of merchandise from Apple Store
Authorities say thieves made off with more than $20,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple Store on King Street early Friday morning. A newly released Charleston police report states that thieves stole several iPads, iPods , iPhones and Apple Watches. At 5:50 a.m., officers responded to the Apple Store for a glass break business alarm. When officers arrived they found the front door shattered, and the alarm was going off. Investigators say several of the front display tables in the store had been cleared of their merchandise. live5news.com

Coldwater, MI: Serial shoplifter goes back to prison
"You like to shop. You just don't like to pay," Branch County Circuit Court Judge Bill O'Grady told Georgia Adams, before he sentenced her to 23 months to five years in prison for a September 2016 Walmart shoplifting spree. Adams took $2,098 in clothing and other items and pushed her cart out of the store, before she was confronted and fled into custody of Coldwater Police. Store security had watched her steal before from the store, which Adams said she did to finance her heroin addiction. Assistant Prosecutor G. Scott Smith said police found over 8,000 text messages on her phone related to thefts. She had taken orders from people on what they wanted. Her record was over 11 pages long from all over the state. thedailyreporter.com

Youngstown, OH: Walgreens Shoplifter in fatal car crash, pleads not guilty to charges
The woman police say was the driver in a car crash that killed a 23-year-old woman appeared in court today on charges related to the incident. Nicole Mitchell, 32, appeared in Court here for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of complicity to commit theft and a felony charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. She might face additional charges from Youngstown police related to the accident, which killed Taylor Duvall, 23.
Mitchell entered not-guilty pleas to both charges Thursday afternoon. The charges stem from an incident that occurred early Tuesday. Township police were dispatched to Walgreens on a theft call shortly before 1:30 a.m. A store employee reported that suspects fled after one woman left the store with a cart full of items, including diapers and deodorant. vindy.com

Escanaba, MI: Three thieves busted; hitting Menards and Dunham Sport for high ticket items
Three Wilson residents were recently arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from two stores in Escanaba. According to police, the three allegedly conspired to steal security systems and other miscellaneous merchandise from Menards and Dunham's Sports. The thieves stole over $3,000 of merchandise from Menards and over $400 from Dunham's. dailypress.net

Spain: Gang that stole 58,000 pounds fruit and vegetables arrested
Agents of the National Police and the Guardia Civil have completed a joint operation with the arrest of six men, three Spaniards and three Romanians, who were part of a criminal network devoted to the theft of horticultural products. The police say the 6 were allegedly implicated in 24 thefts of more than 58,000 pounds of avocados, mangoes, peppers, egg plant and zucchini. freshplaza.com

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Shootings & Death

Tupelo, MS: Police Looking for Woman in Connection with Shooting outside of Kohl's
A man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound while in the parking lot of a North Gloster Street business Thursday afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m., Tupelo police were called to a disturbance in the parking lot of Kohl's. According to Tupelo Police spokesman Capt. Chuck McDougald, it is being described as a domestic disturbance and the man was shot in the hand. The female fled the scene before police arrived. The incident is still under investigation. djournal.com

Montgomery County, MD: Prosecutors Seek Life Without Parole for Bethesda Mall Shooter
The former federal police officer charged with killing two people and gunned down his estranged wife during a two-day shooting spree in May will face the maximum penalty allowed under Maryland state law-life without the possibility of parole. Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy announced Thursday morning the plan to pursue the penalty for Eulalio Tordil. Tordil is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Montgomery County for fatally shooting Malcom Winffel in the parking lot at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda on May 6 and Claudina Molina that afternoon in an Aspen Hill shopping center parking lot. Both killings occurred when while Tordil was attempting to carjack individuals in the parking lots. Two others who were also shot at the Bethesda mall and survived. bethesdamagazine.com

Robberies & Thefts

Inland Empire, CA: 67 Arrests in Crackdown of Gangs Linked to Mexican Mafia
A major crackdown in the Inland Empire netted dozens of suspected gang members who were involved in crimes ranging from theft and drugs to murder, and believed to be linked to the Mexican mafia. Fontana police joined forces with the Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol to conduct a massive gang sweep and early morning raids. Officers took 35 people into custody in San Bernardino County Thursday alone. nbclosangeles.com

Detroit, MI: Crime Stoppers $11K reward for tips in GameStop store robbery, shooting
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a reward of up to $11,000 for tips in a Christmas Eve shooting and robbery at a GameStop store on Detroit's east side. As a worker was letting customers out of the business near Eight Mile and Gratiot Avenue at closing, "two suspects forced their way past him to get in" at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, officials said in a statement. One of the suspects shot the employee, according to investigators. The pair also allegedly stole multiple PlayStation 4 gaming systems as well as cash. detroitnews.com

Wayne, NJ: Heroin User Topples Clothing Racks at Lord & Taylor
A heroin user caught shooting up in a Willowbrook Mall bathroom led police on a chase through Lord & Taylor, knocking over clothing racks, before they caught him and an associate, authorities said Thursday. Police were responding to the complaint of a defiant trespasser who'd been banned from the property -- identified as Jessie Simunovich, Police saw two men injecting heroin in Lord & Taylor's second-floor bathroom stalls. Police seized 17 bags of heroin stamped "GOLD MIND." dailyvoice.com

North Branch, MI: Free Donuts for a Year reward leads to identity of bakery burglar
After being the target of burglary two times in one week, a local bakery posted a donut reward for information. The reward was posted to North Branch Bakery's Facebook page on Jan. 9 in hopes someone would come forward with information in regards to the incidents on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27. During both incidents the store received minimum damage with few items stolen. Shortly after posting the reward on Facebook, a teenager contacted the bakery with information regarding the burglaries. One of the stolen items was also returned to the bakery. mlive.com

Kitchner, CN: Wilfrid Laurier University Bookstore employee denies $31,000 theft When police searched the house of Breanna Flynn, a Wilfrid Laurier University bookstore employee accused of stealing $31,000 from the safe, they found almost $28,000 and three Brinks money bags. Flynn, 36, said she accumulated the money over six or seven years from an "allowance" her husband paid her and claimed she found the empty bags in her bookstore office days after the cash went missing. As for the Brinks money bags, Flynn said she found them in the office several days after the money disappeared. She said she panicked and brought them home. therecord.com

Peoples Jewellery in the Bramalea City Centre, Brampton, Ontario, CN reported a Grab & Run on 1/12, items valued at $53,000

Piercing Pagoda in the Tanforan Mall, San Bruno, CA reported a Grab & Run on 1/11, items valued at $650

Piercing Pagoda in the Crossgates Mall, Albany, NY reported an Attempted Burglary on 1/13, no merchandise was stolen

Piercing Pagoda in the Galleria at White Plains, White Plains, NY reported a Grab & Run on 1/12, items valued at $129

Kay Jewelers in the Park Plaza Mall, Little Rock, AR reported a Grab & Run on 1/13, item valued at $3,899

Zales in the Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD reported a Distraction Theft on 12/31, items valued at $3,500


Hialeah, FL: 200 people evacuated from Wal-Mart after merchandise catches fire
About 200 people were evacuated from a Lauderdale Lakes Wal-Mart Supercenter after a box of merchandise inside the store caught fire Thursday night, fire officials said. The incident happened around 8:35 p.m. at 3001 N. State Road 7, said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles. The building had filled with smoke and was tested for air quality, Jachles said. The fire is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal's Bureau and the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations. sun-sentinel.com

Cargo Theft

South Cobb, GA: $40K in Nails Stolen: Thief Sentenced to 20 Years
Morris McCoy, 38, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with seven years hard time and the remainder on probation. McCoy, who represented himself during his trial, is a repeat offender with at least four felony theft convictions involving stealing various goods using a vehicle. Prosecutors alleged that in January 2013, McCoy went to National Nail Corp. in Austell and hooked his tractor up to a 53-foot trailer and hauled it away. The tractor contained $40,000 worth of nails. patch.com

Credit Card Fraud

Boise, ID: Two arrested in fake credit card scheme Two Michigan men are in the Ada County Jail, after police say they used fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards. The Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit received information Wednesday about "two suspects who used suspicious credit cards to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards at three local businesses." kivitv.com

AutoZone - Tamarac, FL - Armed Robbery
Brookshire Brothers - Crockett, TX - Armed Robbery
Brothers M&J - Norwalk, CT - Armed Robbery
CVS - Linthicum, MD - Armed Robbery
Denver Guns & Ammo - Littleton, CO - Burglary
Dollar General - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery/ 2nd this year
Dollar General - Franklin, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Paducah, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Hinds County, MS - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - Franklin, TN - Armed Robbery
Key Truck - Channelview, TX - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot and wounded
Kohl's - Tupelo, MS - Shooting/ parking lot- 1 man wounded
Lancaster Market - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery/ Owner shot and killed
Olathe Guns - Olathe, KS - Burglary
Orange Liquor - Orange, CA - Armed Robbery
North Branch Bakery - Flint, MI - Burglary
North End Convenient - Charlotte, NC - Shooting/ Owner shot and killed
Pantry Pack - Lancaster, SC - Armed Robbery
Rivers Market - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot & wounded
Ronda's Elite - Independence, MO - Burglary
Royal Farms - Linthicum, MD - Armed Robbery
S&S Food Mart - Gladys, VA - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Brea, CA - Burglary
Stop & Shop - Lancaster, SC - Armed Robbery
Strip Center - Columbus, OH - Shooting/ 1 man seriously wounded
The Armory - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Walter Hugh Belfield Jewelers - Mooresville, NC - Robbery


Daily Totals:
19 robberies
6 burglaries
6 shootings
2 killed

Weekly Totals:
109 robberies
29 burglaries
13 shootings
4 killed

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The Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety 1NA is responsible for developing strategies to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that lead, or could lead, to financial loss throughout the NA operation, both in the field and office locations...


Director, Loss Prevention Initiatives Job
Dublin, CA

The Director of LP Initiatives & Compliance is responsible for directing cross-functional initiatives for both Ross and dd's Stores. The Director will direct and lead rollouts of new/updated processes, policies and procedures by working directly with LP Field Management and Stores for feedback. The Director will also direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs... 


Director, Loss Prevention & Safety
Westlake Village, CA

The purpose of this job is to develop and implement programs and activities for the Loss Prevention department, to include inventory control and shrinkage protection, investigations, safety and health, and bad debt...


Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety
Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs, and by developing and maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with Operations and Human Resource business partners...

Director, Loss Prevention
New York, NY

Maintain inventory levels and reduce loss. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the Fashion division. Building programs to sustain a high level of Loss Prevention awareness in our boutiques, and support our MBR partners and corporate partners...


Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager
San Francisco, CA

The Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of projects/programs. You will ensure that projects are completed on schedule and to the scope established and agreed upon with key stakeholders...

Sr. Manager Loss Prevention
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Asset Protection Manager will oversee the asset protection efforts in all Retail and Outlet stores in Canada and in the states of: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio which will include the following:
• Conduct investigations as it relates to theft, fraud and policy violations and furnish those results the VP of Asset Protection as well as Human Resources.
• Reviewing an analyzing incident reports generated from the stores...

Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Antioch,  CA

The Regional Loss Prevention Manager works under the direction of the Regional Director of Loss Prevention. Implements company programs relating to shortage control, theft resolution, and safety. Oversees and works with investigations staff to identify and resolve internal and external theft cases. Serves as a role model for all store and district personnel. Works as a liaison between National Stores Inc. and the criminal justice community...


Loss Prevention Manager
Chicago, IL

The Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for monitoring the performance and minimizing the losses experienced in the bowling centers operated by AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. The Loss Prevention Manager will investigate incidents of fraud, theft, policy violations, allegations of wrongdoing or any other activities that have or potentially could adversely affect the bowling centers... 


Loss Prevention Business Analyst
New York, NY

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives... 

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