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LPNN Quick Take #12

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2016 report coming in the Daily.


America's LP Teams

Every year at the D&D Daily's Live in New York event, we pick three of our Group LP Selfie submissions to win a pizza party with their teams. Here are this year's pizza party winners! Congratulations!


Also, at the D&D Daily's Live in New York event, we draw the name of one lucky person to win a free trip to NRF Protect. Congratulations Cory Williams, our 2017 NRF Protect winner!

Exclusively on the D&D Daily: 2016 Robbery, Jobs and eCommerce Reports
We've done the research, gathered the statistics, and now it's your turn to see what the numbers are! Today, exclusively in the Daily, you'll see the full year review of how many robberies the Daily reported and what the trend looks like compared to last year. You'll also get a look at the number of loss prevention and security jobs that the Daily has reported on this past year, and the biggest eCommerce stories that hit the web! Read these reports in our News, eCommerce and Internet Jobs columns!


2016 Robbery Report: Robberies & Burglaries Up 28% Over 2015
Dec. 2015 vs Dec. 2016: Incidents Up 125%

The D&D Daily reported a total of 1,822 robberies and burglaries across the United States in the fourth quarter of 2016, bringing the total number of publicly reported incidents in 2016 to 5,974. This, compared to last year's 4,666 total, is a 28% increase.

Each quarter of 2016, as the graph to the right indicates, saw a steady but noticeable rise in the number of reported robberies and burglaries. From Q1 (1,151 incidents) to Q4 (1,822 incidents) of 2016, there was a 58% increase. Analyzing the fourth quarter of 2015 vs. the fourth quarter of 2016 shows an even bigger increase of 67%.

Finally, if we compare only December of each year, publicly reported robberies spiked by an astronomical 125%, suggesting that these incidents increased more substantially at the end of 2016. In Dec. of 2015 there were just 313 reported robberies and burglaries, compared to 704 in the same month of 2016.

After analyzing these cases and breaking them down into three categories, we can also observe where the hot spots are in terms of which cities, states and retailers see the most incidents.

2016 Robberies and Burglaries by City

In 2016, the cities with the greatest number of publicly reported incidents were Houston, TX (73), Memphis, TN (66), and Dayton, OH (65). See the extended list of the top 15 cities in the graph to the left.    
On a statewide level, the highest number of reported robberies and burglaries in 2016 occurred in Texas (485), California (419) and Florida (353) - some of the most populous states in the country and three states that have consistently seen the highest number of incidents in each quarter of the year. The graph to the right depicts the top 15 states with the highest number of robberies and burglaries in 2016.  2016 Robberies and Burglaries by State 

2016 Robberies and Burglaries by Retailer

Of the cases reported by the Daily last year, Dollar General (382), 7-Eleven (351), and CVS (244) were the retailers with the most reported occurrences. The graph to the left shows the top 15 retailers with the most robberies and burglaries in 2016.

While we found that the number of these crimes continued to steadily rise in each quarter in 2016, the geographic and retail locations are often very similar. Throughout the year, the top three states and retailers saw few changes. So while these cases continued to increase throughout the year and 2016 saw a noticeable spike in robberies and burglaries, the states and retailers were relatively constant. 

It remains to be seen whether 2017 will continue last year's trend, but if it does, we're likely to see another year with large numbers of robberies and burglaries.


The D&D Daily's
2017 Senior Asset Protection Honoree
Mark Stinde, VP of AP for 7-Eleven

Each year at our Live in NYC Digital LP Conference, we take the time to recognize a senior Loss Prevention leader who we feel embodies what all good leaders have in common and what all good leaders should strive to accomplish and practice. Some say good leaders aren't born - that they're made and developed and while a lot of that is true there are common traits that aren't learned in books or taught at Universities.

We're talking about the traits of fairness, of being grounded in doing what's right, always taking care of their people and understanding that failure isn't a fault it's a stepping stone to growth.

This year's honoree, Mark Stinde, embodies those principals.

Mark has the courage to take risks and try new things - cross over in different retail channels - and recognized that he in fact needed to do more for his own career - at a time when most would blow it off - he went back to college and earned his Master degree all the while running a national program and raising a new family.

Congratulations Mark, from all of us at the D&D Daily!

Stay tuned for pictures and a recap from last night's event, coming soon!

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill Joins the LP Community at Annual D&D Daily Dinner Reception
Following the successful "Live in NYC 2017" digital conference on Monday, where solution providers and LP leaders participated in value-packed sessions, NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill joined the LP community for a dinner reception and to deliver remarks on current issues concerning the retail community.

O'Neill was appointed the 43rd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2016. He had served previously as chief of department, the NYPD's highest uniformed rank. Widely experienced in both the patrol and the investigative sides of the department, Commissioner O'Neill is a hands-on police practitioner and a dedicated police reformer.

Having the opportunity to hear from the nation's top cop was a valuable experience for everyone in attendance on Monday, and the D&D Daily thanks him for taking the time to join us.

The Amazon Effect: Store Closures Everywhere
Brick-and-mortar retailers are increasingly losing foot traffic and sales to online retailers as consumers increasingly shift to online shopping, either by desktop or mobile device.

Sears, Macy's, Kohl's, and J.C. Penney have lost billions of dollars in market value over the past 10 years, mainly because they failed to adapt to a fast-changing retail environment where consumers can easily compare prices and buy things online (see Figure 1).

Retailers like Macy's and Sears stuck with dated and uninspiring store concepts carrying the same merchandise and brands. Less foot traffic and heavy discounting caused sales and profits to plummet. And as a consequence of constant discount-sales events, they lost their pricing power.

Big box retailers forgot about the importance of in-store customer experiences in an omni-channel world. In other words, brick and mortars got too comfortable with what they already had and it bit them. Over the same 10-year period, Amazon's market value has grown by 1,934%.

The so-called "Amazon effect" is driving the way retailers think about their customers, physical stores, and supply chains. Retailers are now rushing to refine their store concepts and online sales strategies to stay relevant and competitive.

Big box and department store sales have decreased at a 4.7% compounded annual rate, from 2006 to 2015, according to data from Mazzone & Associates (see Figure 2). I expect the Amazon effect will result in more closures and consolidation in 2017 and 2018 in the broader retail industry. seekingalpha.com

Expert: Macy's may eventually close 'hundreds' of stores
Macy's Inc. fired the person in charge of in-store growth initiatives last week, prompting one retail expert to predict "hundreds" more store closures could be in the company's future.

"We're in the second inning," said Howard Davidowitz, a New York-based retail consultant. "The fastest growing area of their business is online. What do you do with all these stores?"

Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet wouldn't rule out additional store closures in a November conference call with analysts.

"We think closing 100 stores roughly will get us to the optimal fleet size," she said. "Things happen all the time in terms of real estate, malls and locations that I can't predict. So, are we 100 percent sure that it's just 100 stores? No, of course not." wcpo.com

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that there will also be about 24,000 construction jobs generated by its expansion plans. There will be 59 new, expanded and relocated Walmart and Sam's Clubs locations, according to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The company plans $6.8 billion in capital investments in the U.S. in the coming fiscal year, which begins on Feb. 1. newson6.com

Wet Seal Mulling Bankruptcy
Wet Seal may be taking the plunge into bankruptcy - again. Bloomberg reported that the mall retailer is considering bankruptcy, but also a sale, in the wake of struggles to right itself.

In a series of steps to turn around operations, Wet Seal had closed hundreds of stores, yet had been bedeviled by slowing foot traffic seen across malls nationwide. At present, the firm has 171 locations across 42 states.

A bankruptcy would mark the second in two years for Wet Seal, and in its previous filing, it had sold assets to Versa in an agreement that also gave the firm $7.5 million in cash. pymnts.com

Tiffany feels the Trump effect on 5th Avenue
Security barricades, protesters and a perpetual media encampment in and around Trump Tower since the election has left a patina on sales at Tiffany, the posh jeweler who's flagship store is just steps from the president-elect's front door.

Tiffany said Tuesday that sales at its store on Manhattan's 5th Avenue tumbled 14 percent in November and December, compared with the same period last year, partly due to "post-election traffic disruptions."

Tiffany & Co. has been under pressure more broadly, however, and overall sales in the Americas declined by 4 percent. washingtonpost.com

Chanel Named in Discrimination Lawsuit by Former Employee
A former assistant manager of a Chanel boutique in San Francisco has slapped the Paris-based design house with a strongly-worded lawsuit alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. According to Mia Komarevic's complaint, which was filed in November in the Superior Court of the State of California, a state court in San Francisco, she was subjected to a "campaign of harassment" during her tenure with Chanel before being fired.

Komarevic states in her complaint, "During her first year, she was consistently recognized as a dedicated employee. That changed when Ms. Komarevic witnessed a Director violate company policy and state law by wearing merchandise out of the store for the night without paying for it and without permission, ultimately returning it to the store to be sold as new merchandise." Moreover, Komarevic further asserts that she "followed Chanel's policy by reporting this incident to her manager, Loss Prevention, and Corporate Operations."

After submitting her report, Komarevic claims that her fellow managers "responded by ostracizing her, excluding her from training opportunities, and critiquing her performance. Most egregiously, they attempted to force her to quit by intentionally preventing her from practicing her religion ... by changing her schedule to force her to work on Sundays."

"Eight days after Ms. Komarevic reiterated her request for a religious accommodation in writing, Chanel fired her, citing unspecified 'performance reasons.'" thefashionlaw.com

Top 10 Workplace Trends:
#4 People Analytics

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.

#4. People Analytics

Not only will organizations be focused on integrating data from across multiple sources and systems, they also will see a growing focus on using analytics to address talent-related questions.

Talent/people analytics will continue to be a top priority for organizations this year, with employers using analytics for HR decision making, assisting in selection decisions and talent identification and management. Organizations will need to focus on how to leverage the massive amounts of data collected on employees to drive better insights. ehstoday.com

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eBay Partners with Retail and State Troopers on
large pawn takedown in PA

eBay Global Asset Protection partnered with multiple retailers and State Troopers in a pawn shop raid. Troopers saw a pattern of transactions indicative of retail theft and refund fraud. Additionally, troopers noticed the high amount of "merchant cards," or store credits generated by returns of items to stores without receipts, and the number of repeat customers who routinely and frequently sell the same items. State police also sent a trooper undercover as a frequent seller of suspicious goods.  Read more here

For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to PROACT@eBay.com. 

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Ransomware: How A Security Inconvenience Became The Industry's Most-Feared Vulnerability
From an IT perspective, one of the most aggravating things about ransomware is that even after the attack gains a foothold, it should be relatively easy to stop. The file encryption - which actually does the damage - is the final stage of a multistep process. In fact, there are several opportunities to block the attack before it affects valuable data. First, if the attack is caught by URL filters or secure Web gateways, it will be averted.

The second step is where the initial malware "drop" downloads the ransomware program. To do this, it must connect back to the attacker's server from within the compromised network. It's only after the ransomware program itself deploys inside the victim's environment that it encrypts local and network server files. And still, before the process can launch, most ransomware must connect to a command-and-control server, to create the public-private key pair that encrypts the data.

At any point in the process, a network security stack has ample chance to block the malicious program from making these connections, and data lockdowns would never happen.

With all these opportunities to stop the attack, how has ransomware been so successful?

Modern networks see their vulnerability go up thanks to a patchwork of point solutions. It's not sustainable to expect IT pros to update each point solution, and patch every existing firewall, when each new attack vector comes about. Skilled attackers will always build new threats faster than IT can defend against them. For ransomware, the critical test is, "how fast can you roll defenses out?"

The predominant trend toward cloud-based security and the promise of a "patch once, fix all" model are starting to correct the problem. Cloud defenses promote quicker adaptation to ransomware mutations. The idea is to consolidate all traffic from physical locations and mobile users, and integrate a single firewall service as a permanent "line of sight" between any given user, any given device, and a potential threat source. In this respect, the cloud is not just about saving work, but also about improving speed to security. darkreading.com

Don't Rely on Ransomware Laws to Catch Hackers
A new ransomware law took effect in California on Jan. 1 but is unlikely to help companies catch and prosecute the people conducting such hacks. For the law to be enforced, law enforcement needs to be able to identify an individual hacker, which is almost impossible given the ways attackers can conceal their locations, said Michael Overly, a partner at law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. "The most important aspect of the law is that it...highlights to businesses that this is a continuing threat and that businesses need to act themselves to address this."

Laws already were in place that made such attacks a crime, but the California law serves the purpose of placing a spotlight on ransomware attacks, which are viewed by the organized crime groups behind most of them as an easy way to make money, with little expense to conduct them and little chance of getting caught, said Mr. Overly.

Rather than rely on a law to help win justice after an attack occurs, Mr. Overly said companies instead should shore up their defenses to protect against an attack and make sure they back up critical data and have resiliency plans to get back online quickly should ransomware take down the network. wsj.com

Attention All LP Professionals!

This January, The Zellman Group is entering into its twentieth year of business. To celebrate this accomplishment, we wanted to give back to the LP community. Over the last twenty years the Zellman team has realized how important education is to the growth of an LP professional.

If you or someone you know is looking to grow in the LP field, starting January 1st we will be running a LPC Scholarship Essay Contest. We are giving away 20 LPC Scholarships for essays that best answer the question:

How will a LPC change your career path?

If you are interested, email a 400-word essay response to marketing@zellmangroup.com by April 1st 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

The only requirements to submit an essay are:

● You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.
● You must have three years of loss prevention experience.
     - Examples: Corporate Analyst, LPM, LP Operations, LP Associate, etc.
● Without LP experience you must pass the LPQ exam AND have 1 of the 3 below:
     - 3 years of business experience, Bachelor Degree, or Master's Degree.
● You must be free from pending felony charges or convictions (or military equivalent of court martial charges and/or convictions).
● You must be free from pending misdemeanor charges or convictions involving moral turpitude ("moral turpitude" means an offense that calls into question the integrity or judgment of the offender, such as fraud, bribery, corrruption, theft, embezzlement, solicitation, etc.).

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

The Zellman Group is a loss prevention services and consulting company working in the retail, food service, and hospitality industries. From Analytics, Civil Recovery, eCommerce Fraud Detection and Operations, their proven solutions provide measureable results for companies of any size or segment. In this LPNN interview, Zellman Group CEO Stuart Levine talks about the investments they've made in people and technology and the risk-averse approach they take to civil recovery. While Stan Welch, VP of Business Development, tells us how his prior experience working with TZG as a VP of LP on the retail side led him to join Zellman's all-star team. 

LPNN Quick Take #14

As the solution provider portion of our "Live in NYC" broadcast wraps up, MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley kick off the second part of the day, featuring more interviews with the LP leaders of today educating those of tomorrow!

Solution Providers: Have a video or commercial you want to publish? Contact us

Top eCommerce Stories from 2016 

The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg
In what appears to be the largest digital advertising scam in history, a group of Russian hackers reportedly built a click-fraud machine that stole up to $5 million daily from top advertisers and publishers. But even that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online ad fraud.

Estimates are that billions of dollars are lost annually because of fraudulent clicks, fake traffic, and other scams. But because of the way the online-advertising market is structured, with several layers of middlemen and ad networks, there is little incentive to stop it.

The latest scam involved a network of computers that pretended to be human web surfers so they could generate fake traffic to bogus websites and report fake clicks. It was discovered by a security firm called White Ops, which dubbed the "bot-net" operation Methbot, after a code word found in the program the hackers used to operate the network. Read more fortune.com

Big shopping portals take on counterfeits
Amazon, Alibaba, others hope stricter controls bring better reliability

Amazon.com of the U.S., China's Alibaba Group Holding and other online sales portals are stepping up efforts to eliminate counterfeit products on their platforms.

Amazon has enlisted the help of makers who sell their products via its sites to identify counterfeits. It has started to sue malicious merchants. And in October, the company banned reviews from some writers who are enticed with free products.

The anti-counterfeit campaigns come with a glut of fake goods already on the market. In 2014, $1.7 trillion worth of counterfeits were sold -- as much as 10% of all merchandise sold online around the world, according to estimates from the International Chamber of Commerce.

For its part, Alibaba has introduced countermeasures, including the use of artificial intelligence to filter for suspicious merchandise, check on the reliability of each merchant and speed up the time it takes to suspend counterfeit sales after they are detected. Read more nikkei.com

'Operation Cloud Sword'
Alibaba Uses Big Data to Bust 400+ Counterfeit Rings

Operation Cloud Sword, a joint effort between Alibaba Group and Chinese law enforcement, has cracked down on 417 counterfeit production rackets.

Cloud Sword, which ran from April to July this year, took down down offline counterfeiting and criminal rings.

It utilises Alibaba technology, complex algorithms, machine learning, optical character recognition and mapping to comb the Taobao marketplace and automatically generate leads to help law enforcement determine the source of a fake product. Read more ipprotheinternet.com

ICE 'Operation In Our Sites' keeps Internet clear of fakes
Several thousand copyright-infringing websites and third-party marketplace listings selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals, automotive parts and other fake items to unsuspecting consumers have been criminally and administratively seized and removed in an effort that combines the resources of global law-enforcement agencies and industry.

There were roughly 15,000 illegal websites seized and 48,000 erroneous ecommerce links removed over the past year as part of Operation In Our Sites VII, an effort conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, Interpol and members of industry to crackdown on individuals using the Internet to peddle bogus goods and other copyright-protected material that threaten the health and safety of shoppers.Read more ice.gov

Cyber Monday Becomes 'The Main Event'
Cyber Monday (By The Numbers)

So, it was a big day, but was it big enough to beat back Black Friday as the holiday season's main shopping event?

Well, by the numbers:

$3.39 Billion | The total estimated sales brought in during the Cyber Monday shopping rush (according to Adobe's early data).

$3.34 Billion | Black Friday's total one-day haul, according to Adobe. So, yes, Cyber Monday did edge out Black Friday.

$540 Million | The amount of money that had already been spent online, according to Adobe, as of the end of Cyber Monday morning.

154 Million | The number of online shoppers who braved the eCommerce sites during the holiday shopping weekend - that is a 3 million human pick-up from last year's 151 million.

2-7 | The number of days "Cyber Monday" is lasting this year. Many stores are offering deals into Tuesday, and players like Macy's and Target are celebrating what they are calling Cyber Week. Read more  pymnts.com

Other Notable Articles

This is Amazon's grocery store of the future: No cashiers, no registers, and no lines
The store, called Amazon Go, doesn't work like a typical Walmart - instead, shoppers use an app, also called Amazon Go, to scan the products they plan to buy, then they can walk out of the building without waiting in a a checkout line. Read more businessinsider.com

U.S. is the Global Fraud Hotspot
Online Fraud Attempts Expected to Increase 43% During Peak Holiday Season Due to EMV Shift

As the busy holiday shopping season approaches, global retailers can expect a 12 percent growth in online fraudulent activity in the upcoming holiday season, compared with the same period last year-and lower ticket prices on fraudster-targeted gifts and products, according to new benchmark data from ACI Worldwide. 

Principal findings include:
• Card Not Present (CNP) global online fraud attempt rates are expected to increase 12 percent by volume over the same peak holiday period in 2015-with sales to increase by nearly the same rate (13 percent) in 2016
   ° Fraud and new business growth are rising at the same rate globally. Read more businesswire.com

Toledo, OH: Jewelry store employees subdue thief that fled with more than $25k in merchandise
Employees told police the suspect entered the business several times looking at diamond rings while flashing what appeared to be a wad of cash. Police later determined it was cut-up paper with currency on the outside.

Employees told police they were showing the man several pieces of jewelry when he grabbed them and ran out the door. The value of the items stolen totaled $26,500, according to the TPD report. Police say three employees pursued the suspect and caught him in a neighboring parking lot, holding him down until police arrived. nbc24.com

Update: Smyrna woman gets 10 years in $4 million multistate jewelry heist
Nearly two-and-half weeks after a Smyrna resident pleaded guilty to a multistate jewelry heist, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on conspiracy, interfering with commerce by robbery and firearm charges. Police say she stole more than $4 million in jewels.

Abigail Kemp was trained - groomed even - on the art of the jewelry thefts, but the final nail in her robbery career came Friday. One of the accomplices, Larry Gilmore, 43, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 32 years in prison, U.S. Department of Justice North District of Florida spokeswoman Amy Alexander said. The two must also pay back $1.5 million in restitution. wsbradio.com

Paris, France: Police seize 'golden hands' thief who stole $5M in jewellery from under dealers' noses
A suspected thief dubbed "golden hands" whose nimble fingers enabled him to steal 5.5 euros (4.8m pounds) million in diamonds from under the noses of a Paris jewellers late December has been arrested in Romania after seeking to sell the gems.

French detectives said they were astounded by the skill of George Ploscaru, 42, after he allegedly breezed into Swiss jewellers De Grisogono in rue La Boétie, central Paris, on December 30 undisguised and walked out with two diamonds and two rings swiped from a private viewing salon without raising staff suspicions. Taking advantage of a "split second of inattention" on the part of the vendor, he swiped all four pieces and replaced them with fakes without the staff member noting anything untoward. Police in his native Romania have reportedly dubbed him the "the thief with the golden hands". telegraph.co.uk

New Market, ON: Police hunt for suspects after smash and grab at Knappett Jewellers

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Shootings & Deaths

Philadelphia, PA: Teen Boy Shot, Killed Inside His Father's West Philly Store
Sean D. Jones, 16, was inside the Gary Global Links Video Productions store when a gunman went inside and opened fire. Jones was struck once in the head. Witnesses say his father, who works at the store, found Jones on the floor moments after the shooting.

A weapon has not been recovered and no arrests have been made. Police told NBC10 they have access to surveillance video which should show the gunman entering the store though they are not releasing it at this time. nbcphiladelphia.com

Los Feliz, CA: Chevron employee fatally shot during robbery
An employee at a Chevron station in Los Feliz was shot and killed during a robbery early Tuesday morning, and the shooter was at large. According to Los Angeles police, the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. at the Chevron in Los Feliz. The employee was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The search for the gunman was ongoing. abc7.com

Bedford, TX: Man killed in Kroger parking lot
An argument in a Bedford grocery store parking lot led to deadly gunfire Monday night. Bedford police said there was a confrontation between two men outside the Kroger store around 5 p.m. Monday evening. Police believe the violence may have started because of a fender bender or dent on one of the vehicles. There are conflicting reports about whether both men were armed, but one ended up shooting the other several times. The injured man, identified as 28-year-old Sam Smith, was taken to the hospital where he later died. fox4news.com

Plymouth, IN: Man arrested for attack, attempted robbery at Kroger;
Shot fired by customer

Plymouth police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a person after attempting to steal from Kroger on Jan. 12. The Plymouth Police Department was called about a man who had tried to rob the Kroger. The same person then reportedly attacked and robbed someone in the store's parking lot. Another customer fired a handgun into the air in an effort to stop the attack. The suspect then ran from the scene. wndu.com

Lynnwood, WA: Employee stabbed at Alderwood Mall food court,
suspect in custody

An Alderwood Mall employee was stabbed Sunday afternoon at the mall's food court. A 37-year-old suspect is in custody, according to Lynnwood police. Police say the suspect got into a confrontation with the mall employee moments before the stabbing. "What we're hearing was that it was an unhappy customer at the food court restaurant who became disruptive and violent," said Lynnwood Fire Battalion Chief Jason Turner. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said. q13fox.com

Lauderhill, FL: Man Shot To Death In Front Of Lauderhill Fish Market

Houston, TX: Gun store worker opens fire on alleged burglars with AR-15

Robberies & Thefts

Hobart, IN: Employee charged in $3,000 theft from store
A Portage woman was been charged in the theft of more than $3,000 from the Carson Pirie Scott store at Westfield Southlake mall, police said. Takyla Prince, 24, is accused of failing to ring up numerous items during multiple transactions Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, removing sensors and placing them in a bag with one item she actually rang up, according Lake Criminal Court records. The total loss to Carson's was about $3,323, according to a probable cause affidavit. A loss prevention officer observed the alleged thefts via a surveillance system.  nwitimes.com

Green Bay, WI: Police concerned about parents using kids to help steal from local stores
Green Bay Police are concerned over the number of repeated retail thefts they're seeing, especially the cases where adults are using kids to steal. They began a new way to crack down and prevent the thefts Monday afternoon.

The faces of five people are now shown on the Green Bay Police Department's Facebook page, identified as chronic retail theft offenders, having been caught stealing from stores four times or more. They say they want retailers and the general public to see those pictures, hoping it might deter future illegal activity. wbay.com

Australia: Serial thief lifts thousands in goods over 11 months
Opal gemstones, expensive wine, luxury watches and even a hair dryer were allegedly taken by Melbourne man Daniel Bowd. Court documents reveal Bowd is accused of stealing a wide range of goods from petty cash to large sums contained in safes, jewellery and luxury goods over 11 months. He has been charged with 113 separate burglary-related charges. In one burglary in September last year at an upmarket hair salon on Collins Street, Bowd allegedly pocketed a hair dryer, a computer and cash valued at $45,150. He's also accused of hitting a store in Docklands twice, allegedly stealing about $80,000 worth of opal gems, 31 watches and cash, then another $95,000 worth of jewellery two months later. yahoo.com

Salem, OR: Police Arrest Second Person For Alleged Theft of $500 Drone from Salem Walmart

Oak Brook, IL: Suspects crash into police cars at Oakbrook Center after stealing from TJ Maxx

Rapid City, SD: 3 Kohl's shoplifters arrested after pursuit

Niagara Falls, NY: Serial Cheez-It keeps stealing from same Upstate NY store, evading police

East Lampeter Township, PA: Man sought in theft from Kohl's


Yakima, WA: Bi-Mart fire estimated at more than $1 million in damages found to be arson
A fire which broke out at the Bi-Mart early Tuesday, leaving damages estimated at more than a million dollars, was arson, authorities said. Firefighters responded to find a relatively small fire in the second floor storage area, according to a news release from the Yakima Fire Department. The building's sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading, and firefighters said they were able to rapidly knock it down. While there was only minor damage to the building, there was significant smoke and water damage and it's uncertain how much of the store's stock will be salvageable, firefighters said. yakimaherald.com

Credit Card Fraud

Camp Hill, PA: Trio used 27 different credit cards in 17 Walmart transactions; Defrauded victims of nearly $2,000


Janesville, WI: Man accused of skimming, cloning Janesville debit cards

C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Chevron - Los Feliz, CA - Armed Robbery/Shooting - clerk killed
Chicho's Convenience Store - Brockton, MA - Armed Robbery
Citgo - North Stonington, CT - Armed Robbery
Cocoa Hut - Nanticoke, PA - Armed Robbery
Exxon - Franklin Square, NY - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Frederica, DE - Armed Robbery
Full Armor Firearms - Houston, TX - Burglary/Shooting
Gary Global Links Videos Productions - Philadelphia, PA - Shooting/Teen shot and killed
Honeyland Farms - Chicopee, MA - Armed Robbery
Interstate Foodland - Canton Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Jimmy John's - Peoria, IL - Armed Robbery
Kangaroo - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Kangaroo - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Lake Highlands, TX - Armed Robbery
Murphy USA - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Murphy USA - Little Rock, AR - Robbery (second robbery in 24 hours)
One Stop - Rock Hill, SC - Armed Robbery
Pantry Convenience Store - Avis, PA - Armed Robbery
Shell - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery/1 of 3 in same night
Shell - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery/1 of 3 in same night
S&K Convenience Store - Penbrook, PA - Armed Robbery
Stop & Go Mart - Chicopee, MA - Armed Robbery
Subway - Palos Park, IL - Armed Robbery
T&C Number Three Food Market - Escambia County, FL - Shooting/clerk shot
Turkey Hill Minit Market - Honey Brook Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Tempe, AZ - Shooting/no injuries
Verizon - South Whitehall, PA - Armed Robbery
Virginia ABC - Bedford County, VA - Robbery
76 Gas Station - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery/1 of 3 in same night
7-Eleven - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
27 robberies
1 burglaries
5 shootings
2 killed

Featured Job Spotlights

Vice President Asset Protection
Grand Rapids, MI

The Vice President of Asset Protection is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of Meijer's Asset Protection programs for the Stores, Distribution, Manufacturing and Corporate functions at Meijer. This executive position is accountable for the development and implementation of Asset Protection programs including Shrink Reduction, Risk Mitigation, Safety and Security Plans, Training, Investigations and Analytics to drive overall operating efficiencies while supporting the Company's strategic focus of a "Customer First" experience...

Director of Security and Loss Prevention
Los Angeles, CA

Directs, oversees and develops a Security and Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to protect our employees, guests and physical assets and a Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to prevent, detect, investigate, resolve and document internal and external losses and policy violations...

Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy and Risk
Seattle, WA

The Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy & Risk, will lead our global investigative strategy and workplace incident management program supporting Worldwide Operations and Customer Service. This position will provide strategic framework globally for investigations and workplace incident management as well as assist field loss prevention partners as a subject matter expert... 

Director of Investigations
New York, NY

The Director of Investigations is responsible for developing multi-level and multi-tiered strategy for investigations company-wide. These areas include investigations, investigative analysis, and investigative training. To create this multi-tiered strategy, The Director of Investigations must influence and impact members of Legal, Human Resources, Store Operations, and Customer Service to ensure that the collective decisions and policies incorporate Loss Prevention's goals of reducing business integrity-related risks...

Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention & Safety
Malvern, PA

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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2016 Internet Jobs Postings Down 5.6%
Similar to Brick & Mortar Comp Store Decreases
Is there a Connection?

Through our daily searches to bring you the newest loss prevention jobs, we've seen a decrease 5.6% in the number of loss prevention and asset protection jobs published in the Daily compared to last year. With 4,944 loss prevention and asset protection jobs this year, compared to the 5,238 reported in 2015.

Fourth quarter jobs in both 2015 and 2016 decreased in number. In 2015, during October, November and December, the Daily reported a number of instances where store jobs, and especially loss prevention jobs were being cut. Walmart had cut over 400 home office jobs, and Neiman Marcus cut over 30 loss prevention manager jobs. Dollar General had their share of LP job cuts, and retail hiring was down 5% for the holidays.

During the 2016 holiday season, the Daily reported on an even larger 14% drop in retail hiring for the holidays in November, as more and more retail jobs are moving online. There's less of a need for jobs in physical stores, compared to transportation and warehouses which increased 35%. Just this past August, 3,600 jobs in the retail sector, including department and specialty stores, were cut.

The Daily's Featured Jobs columns, highlighting corporate and senior level jobs, throughout 2016, the Daily posted 129 Featured jobs. Sixty-one of those jobs were Senior Director or Director level positions 9 were Regional or Field Director positions, and 6 were Vice President or Assistant Vice President postings.

Here's a breakdown of internet jobs that the Daily has reported in 2015 and 2016 and the increase and decrease in the amount of jobs published each month:

Month 2015 2016 % Increase/Decrease
Jan. 423 405 4.2% down
Feb. 451 457 1.3% up
Mar. 514 460 10.5% down
Apr. 473 342 27.7% down
May 434 471 8.5% up
June 461 469 1.7% up
July 460 455 1.1% down
Aug. 457 496 8.5% up
Sept. 450 458 1.7% up
Oct. 420 363 13.6% down
Nov. 385 306 20.5% down
Dec. 310 262 15.5% down
Totals 5238 4944 5.6% down

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