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Steven Kaiser Elected Jewelers' Security Alliance Chair

Steven Kaiser (pictured), president of Kaiser Time, has been elected the new chairman of the Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA). He takes over for Stewart Wicht, the retiring CEO of Rolex U.S.A., who has completed his three-year term. The news was announced at the JSA's annual luncheon, which took place on Jan. 12 at the New York Yacht Club in New York City.

JSA president John Kennedy began the lunch with a moment of silence for the group's longtime employee who died in October, and a moment of silence for one jeweler killed in 2018 during a robbery.

'War on Jewelry Crime' Helps Bring Total Industry Dollar Losses to Record Low
Despite that one tragedy, Kennedy noted that jewelry crime is continuing to fall. In 1992, he noted, 37 jewelers were killed. In addition, total dollar losses have hit a record low since the year 2000. He attributes this to a "war on jewelry crime" involving law enforcement, which the JSA has helped promote, along with its members and supporters.

New JSA Board Members Elected
Alan Zimmer, CEO of Reeds Jewelers, a 60-store chain, was newly elected to the JSA board. Reelected were: Patti Geolat of the Geolat Companies; Chris Hackler of Signet Jewelers; Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK; and David Tearle of the Gemological Institute of America.

Law Enforcement Partners Recognized
JSA also presented the Annual James B. White Law Enforcement Awards to three members of New Jersey's Paramus Police Department: Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti; Detective Lieutenant Frank Scott, and Detective Nicholas Luciano. jckonline.com

Shutdown Impacts Air Travel

East Coast Flight Delays - Staffing Shortages
LaGuardia Flights Halted Due to Staffing Shortage

The Federal Aviation Administration halted flights into New York La Guardia Airport, one of the nation's busiest transportation hubs, due to a shortage of air-traffic control staff, escalating the pressure on President Donald Trump and lawmakers to end the government shutdown.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop at the New York airport, citing staffing at an air traffic control facility in Washington. Flights at Washington's Reagan National, Newark Liberty International and Philadelphia International airports were also delayed Friday.

A staffing shortage also was reported at a facility overseeing air traffic in Jacksonville, Florida, according to an FAA website. crainsnewyork.com

2:45 PM Update: Trump agrees to end government shutdown

STANLEY Security Launches Retail Software that Integrates Exception-Based Reporting and Video Surveillance
STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions, introduces TRENDS, an exception-based reporting and video surveillance solution for retail organizations. This solution allows corporate leaders and managers to drive operational efficiency while maintaining strong business ethics inside the company.

"TRENDS automates many of the day-to-day tasks that managers juggle," said Matt Kushner, president of STANLEY Product Solutions. "The solution helps accelerate leadership decision making by allowing them to focus more time on the actual business."

For more information on TRENDS, please visit www.stanleysecurity.com/trends. paymentwek.com

Responsible use of facial biometrics in focus at World Economic Forum
As issues related to artificial intelligence, and facial biometrics in particular are receiving significantly increasing attention from the public and elected representatives, several presentations at The World Economic Forum's (WEF's) annual meeting for 2019 in Davos, Switzerland have explored the potential benefits and risks posed by these advanced technologies.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a presentation that self-regulation by facial recognition providers is important, not sufficient on its own, CNBC reports.

Heavyweight panel weighs facial recognition benefits and risks  biometricsupdate.com

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased
In new tests, Amazon's system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.

Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a service to help law enforcement identify suspects more quickly. It has done so as another tech giant, Microsoft, has called on Congress to regulate the technology, arguing that it is too risky for companies to oversee on their own.

Now a new study from researchers at the M.I.T. Media Lab has found that Amazon's system, Rekognition, had much more difficulty in telling the gender of female faces and of darker-skinned faces in photos than similar services from IBM and Microsoft. The results raise questions about potential bias that could hamper Amazon's drive to popularize the technology.  nytimes.com

Fortune Article - LP's CCTVs Getting More Coverage
"Retailers Are Using Cameras to Help Keep Their Shelves Stocked"

The use of computer vision combined with artificial intelligence in retail is still in its infancy, but the technology is getting a lot of attention, not just with small mounted cameras, but also with robots that patrol store aisles to track inventory on store shelves.

Variations on the idea are pitched as a possible boon to retailers in dealing with staff shortages, high employee turnover, and constant changes to their product lineups. Several big chain stores are already experimenting with the technology.

Walmart is testing robots that scan shelves at 50 stores across the country. Meanwhile, home improvement store Lowe's has developed robots and shelf cameras that it is now testing. And finally, Kroger's has partnered with Microsoft to create "digital shelves that can show ads and change prices on the fly along with a network of sensors that keep track of products," according to Bloomberg. fortune.com

#1 Challenge - Talent Shortage
Same For Integrators & Solution Providers
SSN News Poll gauges state of the security systems industry

The majority of News Poll respondents are bullish on 2019 with 85 percent saying that they see continued growth. In total, 72 percent said they expect "continued strong growth," while 14 percent said, "yes, but not as strong as 2018," and another 14 percent said they do not expect to see the same growth in 2019.

Interestingly, respondents were split on what their key challenges are heading into 2019, with 43 percent saying that "finding and keeping new talent/employees" is the top challenge and another 43 percent choosing "adapting to new technologies." The remaining 14 percent chose "having enough working capital" as the top challenge.

"We find that both 'finding and keeping new talent/employees' (retention/keeping tenured top performers) is tied closely to one of the other key challenges you offer: 'adapting to new technologies, trends,'" noted one respondent. securitysystemsnews.com

Biggest Internal Retail Fraud Case in History
No jail time for 4 ex-Pilot Flying J employees
Judge orders up probation, service for 'good' citizens turned fraudsters

Good deeds, the judge said, "are not get out of jail free cards," but those good deeds set four former Pilot Flying J fraudsters free Wednesday.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Curtis L. Collier on Wednesday turned aside prison terms for four former Pilot Flying J staffers who engaged in a $56.5 million fraud scheme to trick truckers into doing business with the truck stop giant with fuel discount offers they never intended to fully pay.

Those four were former sales executives Kevin Clark, Michael Scott Fenwick and Chris Andrews, and former regional account representative Katy Bibee. All four struck plea deals, cooperated with authorities and, on Wednesday, insisted they had been otherwise model citizens who engaged in fraud to keep their jobs. knoxnews.com

Editor's Note: The judge threw the book at the former President with a 12 year sentence.

UK Public: Drones Are National Security Risk
The Public Not Accepting Drones
The British public is dead-set against the use of drones, with the vast majority believing that as they continue to represent a national security risk and that cyber experts must do more to mitigate the threat from above.

Think tank Parliament Street polled 2000 members of the public to compile its latest report, Drones 4 U.

It appears as if recent incidents at two London airports has had a major impact on the public perception of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Three-quarters (75%) believe them to be a national security threat, with only 2% disagreeing, according to the report. infosecurity-magazine.com

Weekly Retail Sales Slide 1.3%, Showing Snow and Shutdown Impact
Adverse weather - including snowstorms across large portions of the country - coupled with concerns over the ongoing government shutdown ate away at weekly retail sales as measured by the Retail Economist-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index.

The report follows the release of several research notes from analysts trying to figure out how retail and apparel sales will shape up this year. The most recent from AlixPartners sees ongoing erosion of the middle market of traditional retailing while "digital native" brands gobble up market share across the board.

In the weekly sales report, for the period ended Jan. 19, the index showed a decline of 1.3 percent. "On a year-over-year basis, the latest week's sales pace advanced by a sluggish 0.7 percent," said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist of the Retail Economist LLC. wwd.com

Walmart ups truck drivers pay, hiring efforts amid industry-wide shortage
The discounter, which runs the third largest private-trucking fleet in the country, added more than 1,400 new Walmart truck drivers in 2018. Hundreds more are slated to join the fleet in 2019, the company said. Also, Walmart is raising driver pay beginning in February.

The initiative comes as retailers and others are being challenged by a national truck driver shortage. The American Trucking Association estimates that America will be short 175,000 truckers by 2026. chainstoreage.com

Millennials are changing remote work
Improving technology and changing expectations of work and family from millennials are giving rise to a new office arrangement: the coliving/coworking space, often on the beach but always somewhere far away. It's like WeWork meets an upgraded hostel (in paradise) with free coffee, fast internet, a kitchen and quiet spaces, along with all the serendipitous meetings and experiences that make travel great. Leading the charge are companies like Selina, Outsite and Roam, which are opening locations across the globe to meet the demands of today's digital nomads. linkedin.com

When the next recession comes, the robots will be ready
For humans, it's a downturn. For machines, it's an opportunity

Employers slash payrolls going into a downturn and, out of necessity, turn to software or machinery to take over the tasks once performed by their laid-off workers as business begins to recover.

As uncertainty soars, a shutdown drags on, and consumer confidence sputters, economists increasingly predict a recession this year or next. Whenever this long economic expansion ends, the robots will be ready. The human labor market is tight, with the unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, but there's plenty of slack in the robot labor force.

If it can be replaced by technology, it probably won't recover from a recession. washingtonpost.com

Are You Ready for the Feb. 1 OSHA Reporting Deadline?
The deadline for employers to prepare, certify and post a hard copy of their 300A annual summary of injuries and illnesses report in their workplaces for employees to see is Feb. 1-unless your business is excluded because you have fewer than 10 employees or are on a list of low-hazard industries, such as dental offices, advertising services and car dealers. ehstoday.com

Things Remembered Preparing for bankruptcy - Closing Most of the 400 Stores
The B & C Malls - America's New DMZ Zone

NRF2019: Innovation Lab Showcases Frictionless Self-Checkout, Facial Recognition And Last Mile Transparency

San Diego, CA: Del Cerro Goodwill Employee Finds $46,000 Hidden in Donated Fryer and Tracks Down the Owner

Quarterly Results
Starbucks Q1 U.S. comp's up 4%, Global comp's up 4%, net revenue up 9%

Registration now open for the 2019 LPRC Supply Chain Protection Summit
This year's theme: Beyond Retail Supply Chain Security

The Supply Chain Protection Summit, taking place March 12 - 13 in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, is a chance for supply chain security professionals to come together and review LPRC research on supply chain protection issues, hear from industry experts on how to improve supply chain protection operations, and to collectively form & discuss the research agenda for the next year.

This year's focus will be advancing retail supply chain security by adapting insights from other sectors, and fostering closer cooperation with manufacturers, distributors, and law enforcement. View our agenda and register today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact jessi@lpresearch.org for more information!

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$233,460 awarded to date to support loss prevention certification;
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PITTSBURGH, January 15, 2019 - Vector Security, Inc., the provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, is accepting applications for its Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31, 2019. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals - or those who have an interest in loss prevention - seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.

"As the security needs of multi-site businesses continue to change, including the need to integrate IT and network solutions into loss prevention more closely, it becomes increasingly important for LP professionals to stay current on industry trends and solutions," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President, Vector Security Networks. Continuing education and certification, such as LPQ and LPC, in this field will help LP professionals meet the challenges of their profession, while providing the best talent."

"We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong," Grady added. "Through our scholarship program, we're honored to assist individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification."

Vector Security has awarded 231 scholarships totaling $233,460 since the program began in 2009. The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

In 2012, the scholarship program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.

Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.



FBI's 'Voice From the Field" Continues to Get Coverage
FBI Agents Say Shutdown Is Damaging Cyber Investigations

Funding Holdups for Subpoenas and Confidential Sources Are Interrupting Probes

FBI agents say the government shutdown is impeding their investigations, including cybersecurity probes, with the lack of funding compromising their ability to pay confidential informants and leading to legal processing delays.

The FBI Agents Association, composed of current and former FBI agents, on Tuesday issued a report titled "Voice From The Field." In it, more than four dozen special agents across the country anonymously describe how the government shutdown has affected investigations and their personal lives. They also contend the shutdown is posing a clear and present risk to national security.

Special agents have continued to work without pay because they are deemed essential. They were last due to be paid on Jan. 11. The FBIAA warned the prolonged shutdown is affecting agents' financial security, which could then translate into on-the-job problems. govinfosecurity.com

DHS Issues More Urgent Warning on DNS Hijacking
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says executive branch agencies are being targeted by attacks aimed at modifying Domain Name System records, which are critical for locating websites and services.

The upgraded warning comes after FireEye and Cisco's Talos intelligence unit noticed an uptick of DNS-related attacks, particularly in the Middle East. govinfosecurity.com

Cisco Study Finds Fewer Data Breaches at GDPR-Ready Firms
Many organizations find that getting their data privacy house in order is paying off.

It's been less than a year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially took effect, but a new study already shows that organizations that invested in data privacy to meet GDPR guidelines suffered fewer data breaches in the past year.

Cisco Systems' new Data Privacy Benchmark Study, based on data from 3,200 security professionals worldwide, found that nearly 60% of organizations have met most or all GDPR requirements, and close to 30% expect to do so within a year. darkreading.com

Targeted Attacks Abusing Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services have been targeted by a newly discovered malware campaign delivering malware via PDF file decoys, according to Netskope Threat Research Labs.

Attackers are reportedly using the Google Cloud App Engine platform to deliver malware with PDF decoys, identified as PDF_Phish.Gen, and GCP URLs that redirect victims to malicious payloads. The research conducted by the team verified evidence of these attacks targeting governments and financial firms worldwide, with multiple decoys possibly linked to the Cobalt Strike advanced persistent threat (APT) group. infosecurity-magazine.com

UK Survey shows cyber crime more likely than physical violence or robbery
The latest crime survey for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 1.83% of adults experienced a computer misuse crime, making it more likely than violence (1.75%), theft (0.8%) or robbery (0.3%).

Overall, there was a 33% decrease in computer misuse offences estimated by survey, which is attributed to a 45% decrease in crimes involving malware. However, stats contributed by Action Fraud - which include businesses in their data - found reported compute misuse increased by 12%. computerweekly.com

Meet Scout, Amazon's delivery robot that aims to help solve the last-mile problem
Trial runs began this week in Washington State

Amazon's latest attempt to solve the puzzle of last-mile delivery is neither a whirring drone nor a smiling delivery person. It's a blue, neat robot bearing Amazon's logo that's known as Scout, the company announced.

Scout, which was developed at the company's Seattle research lab, will soon be moving down sidewalks at a "walking pace" in Washington's Snohomish County starting this week.

"We're starting with six Amazon Scout devices, delivering packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours," Amazon announced in a statement. "The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee." foxnews.com





'Live in Dallas' - Introduction with Gus Downing

Gus Downing, Publisher & Editor of the D&D Daily, introduces the Loss Prevention News Network's 10th LIVE Season - "Live in Dallas" at NRF Protect 2018. This only-one-of-its-kind Live LP Digital Conference brings you a host of LP/AP and Solution Provider Leaders discussing the hot topics, the ongoing issues and challenges, the programs, the latest technology, and the solutions these providers offer to the industry.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we re-broadcast our entire live shoot from start to finish.

MCs Joe LaRocca & Amber Bradley - Quick Take 1

MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley tell us what's in store for the day - from our upcoming agenda full of valuable LP insights and information to surprise guests, movie quotes, and lighting rounds. You never know what LPNN's dynamic duo will say or do! Tune in for their fun-filled, value-packed Quick Takes filmed LIVE between LPNN interviews at our "Live in Dallas" 2018 shoot.



Amazon's "Reverse Supply Chain"
Where Pallets of Returned Goods are Resold by Hustlers

With a couple hundred dollars and a few minutes, you could go to a liquidation website right now and buy a pallet full of stuff that people have returned to Amazon. It will have, perhaps, been lightly sorted by product category - home decor, outdoor, apparel - but this is mostly aspirational. For example, in one pallet labeled "home decor," available for sale on liquidation.com, you could find hiking crampons, shimmer fabric paint, a High Visibility Thermal Winter Trapper Hat, a Mr. Ellie Pooh Natural White Paper List Pad, a St. Patrick's Pot O' Gold Cupcake Decorating Kit, a Spoontiques Golf Thermometer, a Feliz Cumpleanos Candle Packaged Balloon, and five Caterpillar Hoodies for Pets.

On Amazon's website, sophisticated sorting algorithms relentlessly rank and organize these products before they go out into the world, but once the goods return to the warehouse, they shake free of the database and become random objects thrown together into a box by fate. theatlantic.com

Walmart Tests New Payments Approach To Up Online Conversions
Walmart Labs, the technology arm of Walmart, discovered that most declined purchases on the retail giant's site were soft declines, which are credit card rejections due to generic issuer errors such as server timeout or issuer unavailability. While the site usually sends a customer back to the payment page to re-enter their credit card information after a soft decline, many customers ultimately decide to abandon their rejected purchases.

"To save the orders dropped off from Soft Declines, we implemented a feature that automatically resends the same card/name/address information the customer had previously entered after the payment receives a Soft Decline," wrote Ling Jing, product analytics manager, payments, in a blog post. "The response of the automatic attempt overwrites the initial Soft Decline status. This version retries once, and the response on the auto retry is the final status of the attempt and was tested against the original version using Expo." pymnts.com

Study: Amazon dominates e-commerce branding
Amazon is as popular with brands as with consumers, according to a new study. "Brands & Amazon: Insights, Opportunities, and Concerns in the Age of E-commerce," a survey of business leaders from major U.S. brands by e-commerce optimization company Feedvisor, indicates that more than half (54%) of brands are already selling on Amazon. Nearly three-quarters (72%) will be selling on Amazon within the next five years. chainstoreage.com

Google Loses Walmart In eCommerce Bid vs. Amazon
Bloomberg reports that Walmart has "quietly" left one of Google's key efforts against Amazon, having removed products from the latter's Shopping Actions website, and also left Google Express, a delivery service. As reported on 9to5google.com, Google has confirmed to users that Walmart products are no longer available through Google Express. pymnts.com

Bomb Threat, Sextortion Spammers Abused Weakness at GoDaddy.com
Retailers being targeted in active phishing and malware attacks

6 Trends That Will Define Luxury eCommerce in 2019

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Ecommerce is a Lot More Than Just Amazon, Says UPS CEO

Online retail sales in China grew nearly 24% in 2018, its government says




Rohnert Park, CA: Walmart employee arrested for theft of $5,700 in merchandise
An 18-year-old Rohnert Park woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise from the local Walmart while she was an employee there, according to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety. Walmart management in Rohnert Park reviewed store surveillance video from November and December and determined Angel Vu had been passing items through her register without charging for them. She cooperated with investigators and walked them through the home, pointing out stolen items including electronics and video games totaling over $5,700, an unknown amount of other merchandise that was not recovered. pressdemocrat.com

College Station, TX: 'At Home' employee arrested for stealing almost 300 items from store; 3 prior theft arrests on her record
College Station Police say Constance Taylor, 35, and another employee would ring up items at the cash register, mark them as 'suspended transactions,' and walk the items out of the front door. The 'suspended transactions' of the stolen items would disappear from the system in 24 hours. Authorities say the crimes happened between December 5 and January 12. The value of the 277 items totaled nearly $4,000. Police say Taylor admitted to being a part of the crime. She was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft. Taylor has been arrested three other times for theft since 2013. kbtx.com

Martin County, KY: Woman steals meat from two stores, tries to sell at Pawn Shop
A woman is facing charges after Martin County deputies say she stole meat from two stores, then attempted to sell it at a pawn shop. Deputies arrested Karen Cornette on Wednesday. They say she first stole meat from the Inez Save-A-Lot that was priced at almost $30. Next, Cornette allegedly went to the Inez IGA where she stole two beef tenderloins, valued at more than $50. Once she had the meat, that is when deputies say Cornette went to a pawnshop in Inez where she attempted to sell it. However, the owner of IGA caught her there. wvlt.tv

Two Haiti men tied to Miami Theft Ring facing Federal charges on ID Theft
Two men now face federal charges after they were accused of using stolen identities to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores across Central Ohio. Kevin Noralis and Kenny Decius, both 33, were arrested December at a Dublin motel by Worthington Police after detectives say the two men stole credit card applications from people's mailboxes to receive fraudulent credit cards. Inside a storage facility police say they discovered stolen mail, and expensive merchandise that included electronics, jewelry, shoes, and beer. Police say the two men are from Haiti and are tied to a theft ring based out of Miami. myfox28columbus.com

Arnold, MO: Police seek two women who allegedly stole $1,076 in items from Walmart

Northlake, IL: $900 worth of Power Tools stolen from The Home Depot

Cape Coral, FL: Police seeking to ID three woman who attempted to steal 3 carts full of merchandise form Walmart

West Whiteland Township, PA: Two men at large after stealing over $500 of merchandise from Target and crashing vehicle

Laredo, TX: Man arrested for theft of 52 colognes from Laredo store

Waterford, CT: 3 wanted in Ulta Beauty Theft for fragrance theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Security Company Owner Charged With Murder
Prosecutors presented evidence Thursday that a married father of two in Alexandria, Virginia, who owns K-1 Tactical Security Services, shot and killed his girlfriend because she wanted to break up with him. Daniel Kankam, 44, was charged with murder in the death of 35-year-old Somaya Hussein Ahmed. nbcwashington.com

Ashtabula, OH: One killed in Circle K shooting; suspect turned himself in to Police
One person "turned himself in" late Thursday evening after a fatal shooting at Circle K on Main Avenue, said Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell. Law enforcement officials blocked all entrances to Circle K late Thursday evening as they investigated the shooting. Police were still sorting out how the man who turned himself in was involved in the shooting, Stell said. starbeacon.com

Gunman kills 2 at bar and home near Penn State University
Suspect took his own life

Two people, including an 82-year-old man, were shot dead by a gunman at a bar and a home near Penn State University Thursday night, police said. The shooter first killed a man and injured two others at the P.J. Harrigan's bar about two miles from campus, according to State College Police Chief John Gardner.

The two injured are in critical condition, police said. The suspect then fled the scene, crashed his car nearby and broke into a home, where he shot and killed an 82-year-old man as the victim's wife locked herself in the bathroom and dialed 911, Gardner said. The suspect, identified by the Centre County Coroner's Office as 21-year-old Jordan Witmer, had shot himself to death by the time police arrived at the home, police said. abcnews.go.com

Greenville, NC: Man accused of dressing up as Apex officer,
shooting pawn shop owner

Authorities say they have found the man who was dressed as a police officer when he shot the owner of a pawn shop. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says it apprehended 22-year-old Raekwon Snipes at an apartment complex in Greenville on Thursday. Authorities had obtained warrants which listed multiple charges against Snipes, including attempted first degree murder, impersonating a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a felon. Before his capture, deputies said that Snipes was wearing an Apex Police Department uniform when the pawn shop owner was robbed and shot Wednesday. Authorities report the uniform was stolen from a vehicle. wlos.com

Kelowna, British Columbia, CN: RCMP shoot, wound man outside Kelowna
shopping mall

Shoppers outside Orchard Park mall and people waiting at a nearby bus stop were horrified to hear police fire at least four shots outside the front entrance of the CIBC branch at Cooper Road and Harvey Avenue. A man was seen running toward Harvey Avenue before officers brought him down just after 3 p.m. The wounded man was taken to hospital with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. He was wanted for unspecified "incidents" that led to the arrest, RCMP said. keremeosreview.com

Naperville, IL: Man points gun at Officers outside strip mall;
shot and wounded by Police

A man who police said was armed with a gun was shot by an officer in Naperville Wednesday night. Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at about 10:30 p.m. in a strip mall parking lot in the 1200-block of West Ogden Avenue. Police said they approached the 27-year-old man who was holding a gun. When police said he pointed the weapon at officers, they fired, wounding the man. The man was transported to a hospital in serious but stable condition. abc7chicago.com

Update: Los Angeles, CA: Man Charged With Killing 89-Year-Old Who He Knocked Over During a CVS Robbery
A North Hollywood man has been charged with killing an 89-year-old man who he knocked over during a robbery in downtown Los Angeles last month, officials announced Thursday. Ricardo Macias, 24, faces a murder charge in connection with the Dec. 20 incident. The robbery occurred at a pharmacy in the 200 block of West 7th Street, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Macias allegedly stole property, assaulted a security guard who confronted him and crashed into customer Jack Hernandez as he ran away. Hernandez fell and hit his head, officials said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. Macias faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.

San Antonio $15,000 reward offered in 7-Eleven clerk's capital murder

Council Bluffs, IA: Body of person dead for years is found in old grocery store

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Chicago, IL: Canada Goose coats targeted in a string of Chicago robberies
It's freezing in Chicago, and it's open season on Canada Goose - not the water birds, the brand of super-warm coats that are ubiquitous on city streets in spite of their roughly $1,000 price tags. Over the past two weeks, Chicago police have reported a spate of robberies in which people wearing the coats (and at least one wearing a fake) have been targeted and forced to give up their jackets. chicagotribune.com

Santa Ana, CA: Store Clerk Talks Armed Young Man Out of Robbing C-Store

Milwaukee, WI: Brothers charged in connection to string of Armed Robberies

Cheektowaga, NY: Police say 7-Eleven clerk told tale to cover up theft

Decatur, IL: Police arrest 'aggressive' panhandler at Pilot Travel Center


Memphis, TN: Federal jury convicts man in 2018 Armed Robbery of CVS
Coop and Harrington each face possible sentences of up to 20 years for the Hobbs Act Business Robbery, up to 20 years for each drug conspiracy count, and a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 7 years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. wmcactionnews5.com

Fresno, CA: Man sentenced to 32 years to life for murder outside Food Zombie store



C-Store - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Santa Ana, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Lumberton, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Tangipahoa, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Statesboro, GA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Madison, TN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Furniture - Wilmington, DE - Burglary
Gas Station - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Wichita Falls, TX - Robbery / Assault
Hardware - Fort Carson, CO - Robbery
Liquor Store - Bolingbrook, IL - Robbery/ Assault
Pharmacy - Harlem, NY - Armed Robbery
Target - Brandywine, DE - Robbery / Assault
7-Eleven - Murphy, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
25 robberies
1 burglary
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
85 robberies
17 burglaries
3 shootings
2 killings




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Eastern PA/NJ

The District Loss Prevention Manager ensures shrinkage control and improves safety in the stores through proper investigation and training. This position is responsible to provide feedback, guidance and protection for our Team Leaders and Associates. This role has oversight and responsibility for approximately 15-20 store locations...

Asset Protection Supervisor
Middleton, WI

An individual who is committed to safeguarding the assets of our brand through the education and training of associates, implementation of effective policies and the leveraging of existing and new technology. This position will be responsible for:

● Maintaining the safety and security and overseeing the Asset Protection offices at our Middleton and DeForest campuses...

Loss Prevention Analyst
Richmond, VA

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...

Loss Prevention Investigator
Media, PA

Wawa is looking for an accomplished Loss Prevention Investigator with an undergrad degree in Criminal Justice and previous experience in the retail industry (Multi-Unit).

The Loss Prevention Investigator is responsible for utilizing proper investigative techniques and act as the primary liaison with field operations management...

Retail Security and Safety Specialist
Multiple Locations

This job contributes to REI's success by ensuring the security and safety of your store team and members by providing a presence on REI property and events. Activities include but are not limited to: fostering partnerships with and training store management and staff and taking action to address shrink and security. Models and acts in accordance with REI's guiding values and mission. Apply now for positions in: Soho, NY Washington D.C. San Francisco, CA Portland, OR Bellevue, WA...

Regional Safety and LP Specialist
Miami, FL

The Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist is a subject matter expert responsible for partnering with both our corporate stores and franchise store operations to improve the safety and training processes. This includes reducing motor vehicle accidents, reducing work-related injuries, and ensuring OSHA / DOT compliance through the implementation of corporate or franchisee plans in accordance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations...

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