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 January 26, 2016


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Protection 1
Rex Gillette, VP Retail Sales, and Les Paul Vernon, VP Enterprise Solutions

The NRF's Senior Leadership Supporting the LP Industry
Bob Moraca, VP of LP, NRF

The Unwritten Rules of Corporate America
Keith White, SVP of LP, Gap Inc.

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7-Eleven Asset Protection Teams from
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Pictured from left to right:  Justin Demes (Asset Protection Specialist GLA), Steve Kellison (Asset Protection Manager GLA), Peter Uriarte (Asset Protection Specialist GLA), Sherry Liken (Asset Protection Specialist South West), Darrel Timan (Asset Protection Manager South West), Kevin New (Asset Protection Specialist GLA).




The Retail Problem That's 7 Times Greater Than ORC
The recent release of the Calibration Group's whitepaper, Stock-on-Hand: The Retail Problem That's 7 Times Greater Than ORC, has recently gotten a lot of attention throughout the LP industry. While many leaders are still questioning the true amounts of loss caused by ORC, Calibration's whitepaper profoundly asks, are we looking at all the right things? The CONTROLTEK-sponsored whitepaper reveals how Loss Prevention and Asset Protection teams can work to recoup the missed profits from lost sales due to Stock-on-Hand (SOH) issues, which are far greater than that of Organized Retail Crime (ORC). Seven times greater, in fact.

CargoNet: More than 880 incidents of cargo theft occurred in 2015 - Losses nearing $200M - California and Texas lead all other states in cargo theft
In 2015, the CargoNet® Command Center received and logged more than 1,500 incidents of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft and identity theft of trucking companies in the United States and Canada. Of those, 881 involved theft of cargo. CargoNet received a loss value on 53 percent of reported cargo thefts with $98 million in cargo stolen in those 470 thefts.

The average cargo theft loss value per incident was $187,490. If combined with the known loss value, we can estimate the value of stolen cargo in all 881 incidents to be $175,303,399. CargoNet recorded 10 cargo thefts worth more than $1 million this year.

California reported the most cargo thefts of any state or province. CargoNet recorded 158 theft incidents with a total loss value of $18.7 million. Texas was close behind with 130 recorded theft incidents and $12.2 million in cargo stolen. Texas was followed by Florida (98 thefts), Georgia (97 thefts) and New Jersey (80 thefts).

In 2015, 49 percent of reported cargo theft incidents occurred between Friday and Sunday. Friday was the most common day for theft: 21 percent occurred on Friday. Cargo theft also spiked briefly on Monday (16 percent of all cargo theft incidents). We took a closer look at our data, and it seems cargo theft groups prefer to steal Monday evening into Tuesday morning more than Sunday night into Monday morning. Wednesday was the least common day for theft with only 9 percent of thefts.

Food and beverage items were again the most stolen commodity. Of the cargo theft incidents that CargoNet received, 28 percent involved theft of food and beverage. This was significantly more than the next highest categories, electronics and household, each of which accounted for 13 percent of stolen items. gobytrucknews.com

For Security Integrators, Not All Retail Store Clients Should Be Treated the Same
More retail outlets are looking for security solutions for loss prevention, but integrators need to do their due diligence on a prospect's unique security needs. A common pain point pervasive to all retailers, however, and a big reason why they look to the security industry is the continuously increasing amount of product (and potential revenue) businesses lose to shrink each year due to internal and external factors.

Scott Roberts, sales manager at Setronics, advises that, when approaching new customers, it's critical to listen to them and understand their unique business model, and any security concerns they're facing. "If they don't have a true grasp of what the retail pains are, then it is highly unlikely a dealer/integrator can offer a viable solution."

Security integrators must also keep in mind that how shrink is addressed may mean very different solutions depending on the type of retail client. Steven White, corporate vice president, business development at Vector Security in Warrandale, Pa., cautions, "There are so many subsets of retail that these trends and issues only tell part of the story. The shrink challenges faced by a specialty electronics store are quite different from a dollar store or apparel retailer, though they may share common terminology and install similar technologies. It is important that retailers understand what tools - exception reporting or video analytics, for example - might be more valuable in their operating environment, and tailor their investments accordingly."

To help dealers and integrators scale the retail learning curve, SSI spoke with several integration companies that have worked successfully in the sector for many years. Read on to learn more about the impact of shrink, plus the latest trends, unique challenges, specialized customer needs and opportunities specific to securing the retail client. securitysales.com

Wicklander-Zulawski comes to the land down under, offering courses in Australia
Investigative interview training provider Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) have announced the first open enrolment Non-Confrontational Investigative Interview course in Australia. The two-day training seminar will take place on 8 - 9 February in Melbourne, Victoria. Wicklander-Zulawski's CEO and President Shane Sturman, CFI said, "We are really pleased to have the opportunity to bring our unique Non-Confrontational WZ Method to Australian LP and HR professionals. After receiving several recent requests for training down under, it's great to finally bring our proven approach to an emerging investigative market like Australia." retailfraud.com

Here's How the Johnson Controls and Tyco Merger Will Make Buildings Smarter
Usually when two industrial giants merge it's because they are trying to hunker down in the face of new technology. But as Tyco and Johnson Controls plan their roughly $18 billion merger, the deal is about building a business for the connected future. The two firms are building business that owns every aspect of the so-called smart building. Smart buildings are those where everything from the air conditioning to the light bulbs are connected to the internet, and the data is crunched for energy efficiency and productivity gains. The companies will have a combined $32 billion in annual revenue. The resulting new company, called Johnson Controls, will combine Tyco's fire and security business with JCI's air conditioning, energy, and sensor business.

Tyco has been working hard to move forward with connected technology, and since 2014 has had a product called Tyco On that lets third parties integrate with Tyco's security and fire systems. Tyco's entire approach, including its security systems for retail stores, has been an open one. That has helped it gain ground with partners and with startups, and helps it build new services that incorporate innovations from its partners products, and applications. fortune.com

USA Technologies Acquires Cashless Payment Tech Company
A retail-focused payment technology company and a creator of touchscreens have connected. It was announced yesterday (Jan. 25) that USA Technologies (USAT), a payment technology service provider of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the self-service retail market, has acquired the cloud-based content delivery platform, device platform and products, customer base and intellectual property of VendScreen, a manufacturer of retrofit touchscreen devices for vending machines. pymnts.com

Ahold, Delhaize file merger registration with SEC
Ahold and Delhaize Group on Monday announced the public filing of a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The registration statement is a document required under U.S. law in connection with the intended merger between Ahold and Delhaize and, as part of the merger, the issuance of shares to holders of Delhaize ordinary shares and Delhaize American Depositary Shares in exchange for these securities. On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands and more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers each week in the United States and Europe. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2016, following associate consultation procedures, shareholder approval and regulatory clearances. drugstorenews.com

Marvin Ellison among 6 retail CEOs to join RILA board of directors
The Retail Industry Leaders Associations just named nine new members to its board of directors, including six CEO's from some of the biggest names in retail. Joining the RILA board for the first time were CEO's from J.C. Penney (Marvin Ellison) Foot Locker (Richard Johnson), PetSmart (Michael Massey), The Home Depot (Craig Menear), Michaels (Chuck Rubin) and Dollar General (Todd Vasos). retailingtoday.com

Blizzard Aftermath: Retailers Open, but Shoppers Are Few
New York City and Washington, D.C., were a tale of two cities on Monday, as both metro areas dug out from beneath more than two feet of snow, unleashed by the first blizzard of 2016. Manhattan retailers were mostly open for business, although some didn't seem entirely prepared for customers. On Monday afternoon, sidewalks in front of retailers on Fifth Avenue were still being shoveled. Streets and sidewalks were slushy and pedestrians had to navigate huge snow drifts on street corners that hadn't been cleared. Washington, D.C., meanwhile, was still virtually shut down on Monday. The federal and city governments remained closed and only partial subway and bus service had been restored, as city officials worked to clear roadways. wwd.com

Walmart and Brands donate water to Flint
The water in Flint, MI is not safe to drink because of dangerous lead levels. Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Walmart have stepped up to donate 176 truckloads of water to help local residents. The donation includes providing up to 6.5 million bottles of water for more than 10,000 Flint students through Dec. 31, according to company officials. freep.com

Walmart Canada introduces five-cent charge for plastic bags

Lowe's Canada to Hire 3,000 Employees in First Half of 2016

UK Regulator: Tesco Breached Code on Supplier Payment Delays


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735 Sears stores and 952 Kmart stores Closing Locations at end of October
Earlier last week, Sears Holdings Corp. announced that, as a cost-cutting measure, it will be closing a number of Sears and Kmart stores throughout the country, reports Reuters. "We are going to be closing some Kmart and Sears stores in various cities across the country. It is a very small percentage of our overall number of stores," company spokesman Howard Riefs told the newswire, though he declined to state the specific number of locations that will be affected. "Every year, we evaluate our store portfolio and make changes based on leases or stores with poor performance," added Riefs. The Reuters story notes that, as of the end of October, Sears Holdings - according to its latest financial disclosure - counted 952 Kmart stores and 735 Sears stores among its assets and that Riefs said that, between the two chains, most of the closures would affect Kmart. pymnts.com

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eBay Partners with Retailers to Identify Booster
selling on eBay leading to their arrest

Dominick James Izzo, 49, of Piscataway and Port Orange, Florida was charged with one count of transportation of stolen goods for using eBay to sell more than $200,000 worth of Barnes and Noble merchandise he shoplifted with a "booster bag. He then listed the stolen merchandise on eBay using nominee seller accounts. The transportation of stolen goods charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Amazon Accused Of Being Too Open-Handed With Consumer Data
An alleged security breach at Amazon has nothing to do with faulty technology - just basic human error. Engadget shares the unfortunate experience of one Eric Springer (he had originally posted his firsthand account - sans complete last name - to Medium), who claims to have recently been the target of a hacking attempt on his Amazon account, one that was launched via online customer service chat windows and eventually moved to customer service calls.

Springer - who coincidentally used to work as a software developer for Amazon - attests that a curious follow-up email from the eCommerce giant regarding an exchange that had not actually happened (not on the real Eric Spinger's end, anyway) led to his discovery that a hacker had impersonated him in both written chats and phone calls with Amazon customer service representatives, phishing for personal information and giving false identifying credentials in order to gain access to personal account information and the last four digits of his credit card.

What's even more frustrating, expresses Springer, is that - despite his continued calls to Amazon support letting them know this was happening - those representatives continued to disregard his claims and failed to follow up. In the end, Springer gives sound advice for those retailers looking to provide outstanding customer support, while keeping their personal data secure. pymnts.com fortune.com

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future
Facial and fingerprint recognition technologies are expected to see accelerated growth over the next five years as security applications emerge in the government, enterprise, finance, consumer and other markets. The market value of facial recognition technologies is expected to nearly double from $230 million in 2015 to $450 million in 2019; that represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 18%, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Led by Apple's iPhone juggernaut, unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million last year and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020. Additionally, Iris recognition on smartphones is also seeing an uptick in adoption, though it still represents a tiny sliver of the market. Iris recognition is an automated biometric identification technique that uses mathematical pattern-recognition via video images of one or both of a user's irises. csoonline.com

Survey: Omnichannel drives retailer tech priorities
According the new Retail Industry Insight benchmark report conducted by Retail Systems Research for SPS Commerce Inc., e-commerce and stores have switched places as the top growth driver for retail IT purchases. Retailers rank growing e-commerce sales as their top priority (75%) followed by improving the in-store experience (53%). However, retailers are hardly overlooking the importance of the store in the omnichannel experience. Retailers rate their visibility to available inventory from supplier warehouses as critically low (21%) and in-store visibility at insufficient levels (75%) to meet consumer demand. In addition, retailers cite more or improved item attributes as their top desire from vendors in 2016 (69%). chainstoreage.com

Luxury brand True Religion uses omni-channel technology
to "slow the customer down"
Luxury clothing retailer True Religion has combined "endless aisle technology" with its mobile point of sale (POS) system to engage customers more with the brand, making them more likely to buy something as a result. The brand's head of omni-channel, John Hazen, says the in-store technology was introduced to "slow the customer down" during their browsing experience.

"Our flagship store in New York probably has the best representation of our view of what the store of the future is going to look like," Hazen says. "Our number one goal is to get people to slow down. If we can get them to look around for just a couple more minutes and start to interact with them, we're going to have a better chance of converting that customer."

In its stores the retailer has installed a number of large LED touchscreens, dubbed its digital salesfloor, which allow assistants to help customers search through the products offered by the brand. This endless aisle solution replaces Demandware's online checkout capability with a bar code that can be scanned by sales assistants, who will complete the transaction on their mobile POS terminals. computerweekly.com

Wal-Mart to make huge data and analytics investment in India

New retail concept, Star World, combines bricks and clicks

How The North Face uses AI to engage with online shoppers



Raoul Ricard Joins Agilence, Inc. as Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

Founder of XBR joins Agilence to take lead on strategy and improve company growth

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, January 26, 2016 - Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data analytics and reporting solutions for operations and loss prevention, today announced that Raoul Ricard has joined Agilence as Vice President of Strategy & Business Development. Ricard has over 25 years of experience in operations, asset protection, retail and food & beverage industries. In his new role with Agilence, Raoul will be responsible for leading the company's expansion across verticals, developing strategic relationships and driving overall corporate strategy initiatives.
"The relationships that Raoul has developed over his 25+ year career in asset protection and retail operations will improve all aspects of our business and we believe he will bring great value to our organization and our customers," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence, Inc. "We are very happy to have him on board and look forward to his leadership as we continue to grow our business."

Raoul is a highly accomplished executive with extensive experience in data analytics, operations, retail, F&B, sales, and technology. Prior to joining Agilence, Raoul was the founder of XBR Loss Prevention Systems and was a pioneer in the exception reporting space. He oversaw its growth and leadership in the market for nearly 20 years.

"Agilence is clearly positioned to take the leadership role in data analytics and EBR with the 20/20 application," said Ricard. "The fiber of the company and its leadership is intensely focused on EBR with a passion for service, streamlined delivery, product innovation and simplicity for users in asset protection, finance, operations and more. I am very eager to weave my experiences with this talented group of professionals as we grow our company and strong user base."

About Agilence
Agilence (www.agilenceinc.com) is the industry leader in data analytics and reporting solutions for retail and food & beverage organizations. Agilence develops 20/20 Data Analytics, a family of highly flexible and powerful cloud-based reporting solutions. 20/20 provides organizations with a complete view of their business, empowering them to make informed decisions faster, to increase efficiency and improve profit margins across the enterprise. Agilence, Inc. is headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ. To learn more about Agilence, please email sales@agilenceinc.com or call 856-366-1200.



Workplace Violence:
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Gary Johnson, VP of Loss Prevention

Workplace violence is more than active shooter situations and flash mobs, but any act or threat that jeopardizes an employee's personal safety. According to research, some 2 million U.S. workers are victims of workplace violence each year, and retailers are no different. With the ongoing threat of violent criminals, hostile customers and disgruntled employees, learn from senior LP exec Gary Johnson why retailers should implement workplace violence programs, how they can identify and defuse unsafe situations and what role LP has in the process.

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Joe LaRocca is joined by Ed Wolfe from WG Security and Sgt. Jim Ostojic of the Polk County Sheriff's Office in this LPNN Quick Take. As one of the leading pioneers of ORC training programs, Sgt. Ostojic tells us what drew him to the field, why partnerships are key to solving big cases and how retailers can get involved with FLAORCA.

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How retailers can win in a mobile payment world
The branded payment world has become crowded with the likes of Apple, Android, Samsung, Walmart and Chase now vying for a share of the mobile payments market. With others likely to enter the fray, retailers need to understand this rapidly evolving space.

There are three key reasons why the industry is seeing this shift to branded payment solutions. They include:

The Emergence of Cloud-based Technologies
Part of the answer relates to technology, and the concept of digital identity. Previously, a person's identity was attached to a plastic card, and ownership of that identity lay only with banks. In the next phase, third parties such as wireless carriers and device makers tried to take control of the digital identity by embedding it into secure hardware modules that they controlled. The development of cloud-based technologies changed both of these scenarios - enabling a person's identity to become completely virtual.

The Desire for Experiential Shopping
Branded payment solutions at retail are looking to emulate the best mobile experiences, across all consumer engagement channels, be they physical or digital: consumers browse items, pick up things they like, and checkout with promotions and loyalty rewards automatically applied, without relying on in-store personnel or carrying physical redemption products. It's all seamless - and all hidden behind the targeted user experience being offered to the customer.

The Battle for Brand Recognition
There is currently a "land-grab" of consumer mindshare and brand recognition. With the democratization of payment transactions, each of the branded payment contenders are vying to be top-of-mind when a consumer engages in a transaction, so that they can leverage their brand to maximize revenues and retention. For retailers, it's a chance to "take back" their brands from banks, credit cards , wireless carriers and device manufacturers, so that they can provide a uniform experience when it comes to both real-world and digital transactions. retailingtoday.com

Holiday e-commerce customers offer mixed returns
A new study from analytics platform provider RJMetrics indicates online retailers acquire 24% of their new customers during the months of November and December. However, this trend varies by retail category. Computer/electronics and apparel/accessories retailers both acquire 26% of their new customers during the holidays. Conversely, food/drug, health/beauty, and housewares/home furnishings all only acquire 22% of new customers in the holiday season.

While the quantity of new customers acquired is significantly higher than the average month, the quality of these customers is lower. The study shows the average holiday shopper places 7.2% fewer orders over their lifetime, and has a 6% lower average order value (AOV), which results in a 13% lower customer lifetime value (CLV).

In addition, 39% of returning holiday customers make their second purchase within the same holiday season, which means the best time to remarket is as soon as possible. After 30 days, study data indicates their repeat purchase probability falls off significantly. chainstoreage.com



UPDATE: Arlington, TX: Couple now charged with $200,000 Cargo Theft
Investigators say a computer stolen in Wichita Falls is part of what lead them last week to what they say was a massive theft ring. Then, once at an Arlington home, officers say they also discovered an underground marijuana growing operation in the backyard that was covered by a wooden deck. DPS agents say nearly 100 plants were found. They say among the hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen goods was a Dell Computer stolen in a cargo theft on November 15th from SAIA Motor Freight Line, at 4025 Airport Drive in Wichita Falls. Two pallets containing 40 computers were stolen, along with 100 cases of Sweet & Low, with a reported value of about $30,000. Then, a DPS crime lab in Garland was able to retrieve the serial number from a computer bought from an eBay account, and connect that serial number to one of the computers stolen from Wichita Falls. Authorities say inside the Arlington home they raided near I-20 and 360 were hundreds of pairs of Nike shoes, and dozens of foot massagers, among the hundreds of thousands of dollars in other various stolen goods. 31 year old Tri Vo and 26 year old Jlicia Perry are charged with cargo theft over $200,000, engaging in organized criminal activity, and possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds. texomashomepage.com

Austin, TX: $75,000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards stolen from Austin store
Owners of an Austin gaming store are still checking their inventory after a burglary left them with a severely reduced stock. It happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at Pat's Games on Hancock Drive. According to store owner Pat Johnson, two men broke into the store and stole approximately $75,000 worth of the card game Magic the Gathering. Johnson says the store's front door was ripped off with a water meter turn-off key. kxxan.com

Lake Wales, FL: 4 Women charged in $3,200 Victoria's Secret theft at Eagle Ridge Mall
Four Orlando women are in custody after witnesses said they say them running out of Victoria's Secret on Friday night "with armloads" of merchandise worth more than $3,000. The four women were arrested by Lake Wales Police at 11:45 p.m. Friday, the value of stolen items was $3,217.50. Earlier that evening, shortly after 8:50 p.m, employees at the Eagle Ridge Mall store were getting ready to close when a previous employee and another mall employee told them they'd "been hit," according to police. Four women ran out of the store, got into a blue car, which was left running in the parking lot, and left the mall. All four women were later arrested by Police. theledger.com

Nanuet, NY: Sephora Employee maced as he struggles with 2 shoplifters stealing $1,400 in fragrances
A loss prevention employee observed two suspects remove merchandise from a shelf, stuff the merchandise in bags and exit the store. The suspect used mace on the employee and the second suspect fled. The apprehended suspect was in possession of fragrance products valued at $1,460, was arrested on felony Robbery charges. patch.com

Milwaukee man charged with robbery, theft after taking $1,000 worth of jeans from the Buckle in Brookfield Square
A Milwaukee man faces up to 18 years and 6 months in prison after the alleged robbery and felony retail theft of Buckle, a store in Brookfield Square. 23-year-old Victor Brown faces charges of robbery with threat of force and felony retail theft after an alleged incident at the store also involving 28-year-old Marian Chartman. Chatman is charged with felony retail theft and could face up to 3 years and 6 months in prison after the pair were involved with stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the store and then fleeing. Brown also allegedly told a store employee chasing him that he had a firearm on him, at which time the employee broke off pursuit. brookfieldnow.com

Sycamore Twp, OH: Early Morning Electronics theft
ends with Interstate Police chase
Authorities from six different police agencies swarmed the scene near Kenwood Towne Centre in Sycamore Township just before 5 a.m. The incident began as an attempted theft from the Walmart store off Red Bank Roan in Fairfax at 4:44 a.m. The suspect had a grocery cart full of electronics and told the cashier he was going outside to get his credit card, but he then took off, leaving the merchandise behind. Fairfax police, alerted to the attempted theft at the store, spotted the SUV and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect pulled over, left the vehicle running and stuck both hands out the driver's side window, then took off running. fox19.com

Juliet, TN: Gander Mountain thief caught with $500 worth of knives
Police arrested a man Monday afternoon after a worker at a Mt. Juliet outdoor store said he stole several knives. Police say they found more than $500 worth of merchandise in 51-year-old James Woodard, Jr.'s car. Mt. Juliet police said a worker at Gander Mountain saw Woodard cutting packages and putting knives under his clothes. A picture provided by police shows the stolen merchandise, which included at least 17 knives. wkrn.com

Sonoma, CA: Safeway busts $4,000 high end Wine thief

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Shooting suspect takes 25-foot tumble at Eastridge Mall
Police in Gastonia say a man who fired a shot at police trying to arrest him at a shopping mall fell 25 feet to the ground after jumping over a retaining wall. Authorities identified the suspect Monday evening as 19-year-old Jamoral Lee Hill. Sgt. Keith McCabe said officers went to Eastridge Mall after someone reported seeing their stolen car there. Investigators say officers spotted Hill, who ran and then fired a shot at officers after leaving the building. Police say the officers didn't fire back before Hill jumped over the retaining wall. Police obtained warrants on Lee for multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder. A statement said Lee is in serious condition. robesonian.com

Memphis, TN: Man stealing Toilet Paper pulls a Gun on Dollar General Employee Memphis man is wanted for stealing toilet paper from a dollar store. Police said a man entered the store and walked around in a suspicious manner. After several minutes, he picked up two packs of toilet paper and started walking towards the front of the store. Investigators said an employee began following the suspect as he approached the cash register. At that point, the man pulled out a black handgun and fled. fox13memphis.com

Columbia Co, GA: Suspects in a Fraud Ring arrested
after Targeting 50 Local residents
Earlier this month, the Columbia County Sheriff's office arrested two men who may lead them to a large scale credit card fraud ring out of Atlanta. Sgt. Ken Summers with the financial crimes unit says, "The Subjects had in their possession a approximately 55 credit cards that were actually gift cards that had been re programmed. Fifty of those victims reside in the Columbia County. nbc26.tv

Dearborn, MI: Detroit man arraigned in Jewelry Store Robbery
A Detroit man has been arraigned on charges that he allegedly robbed a Dearborn jewelry store on Michigan Avenue earlier this month. Dajuan Watson has been charged with armed robbery, larceny of $20,000 or more and felony firearm. On Jan. 16 Watson walked into Steven Bernard Jewelers, pointed a handgun at a victim and demanded that he fill a bag with a large amount of jewelry. After the victim filled the bag with jewelry, Watson took the man's personal property, police said. The suspect fled before police arrived. After an investigation, police identified Watson as the suspect and arrested him. Stolen property from the store and the victim were recovered. detroitnews.com

West Springfield, MA: Home Depot Shoplifter hurt after Running into a Police Car A 34-year-old man was arrested and brought to the hospital after he ran into a West Springfield Police cruiser Sunday morning. "When responding police arrived, they saw Michael Dunton running away from the Home Depot loss prevention officer," said Captain Connor. "The suspect ran into the cruiser and suffered unspecified, non-life-threatening injuries." Captain Connor said Dunton was arrested and charged with Larceny over $250, and assault (involving the loss prevention officer). Dunton was brought to the hospital. wwlp.com

Cargo Theft: New Mexico bill would set felony cargo theft rule
The bill, HB182, from Reps. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, and Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, would establish the theft of truck or container cargo as a specific offense and impose significant punishment. According to FreightWatch International, in 2015 New Mexico ranked in the top half of states in the number of cargo thefts. landlinemag.com

Cargo Theft: Gulf of Guinea piracy down in 2015
Piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea dropped by nearly a third in 2015 compared to the previous year, while Somali piracy remains contained, according to a new report, which notes that maritime crime in Southeast Asia continues to rise. Dryad Maritime has reported that offshore maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea saw a 29% drop in reported incidents in 2015 compared to 2014." defenceweb.co.za

Athens, OH: Police and Retailers working together to deter "lifters' in downtown shopping district

West Deptford, NJ: 1 charged, 1 sought in 'smash and grab' burglaries

Plano, TX: Collin College Cops Say Their Discovery of a Campus Book Store Theft Ring Led to a Cover-Up and Retaliation

Atheer Wireless - Montgomery, AL - Burglary
Bolla Market - Calverton, NY - Armed Robbery
Bradley's Healthmart - Maumelle, AR - Burglary
Cigar Outlet - Deptford Twp, NJ - Burglary
Citgo - W. Deptford, NJ - Burglary
COPS Products - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
CVS - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
CVS - Noblesville, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Germantown, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Woodbine, KY - Burglary
Fuel Mart - N. Baltimore, OH - Armed Robbery
Houston Mart - Bibb Co, GA - Armed Robbery
Mayfair Bagels - Commack, NY - Burglary
Mobile - Calverton, NY - Armed Robbery
Next Door Food - Traverse City, MI - Armed Robbery
Quick Food - Houston, TX - Burglary
Rite Aid - Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA - Armed Robbery
TA Travel - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Americus, GA - Armed Robbery
Walmart Neighborhood Market - Ogden, UT - Armed Robbery



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Repetition is one of the keys to success. Developing and evolving your approach, your message, your actions and processes and focusing on repetitively delivering them, you'll be able to almost transcend your message and focus on its delivery as opposed to its action. We all have core things we do every day and if you can develop repetitive responses, that ensures continuity, you can then begin to master what you do and truly make an impact on the group you're working with.

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