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 February 26, 2015

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USS Foundation and LPF Award 100 Bicycles to Hardworking Arizona Students
One hundred students from Smoketree Elementary School in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., found a big surprise waiting for them last Friday. Under yards of tarps lay a new bicycle for each student, donated through the Adopt-a-Bike event organized by the Loss Prevention Foundation and the USS Foundation. Lake Havasu City, with only eleven percent of its residents having a college degree, was named America's least educated city by 247WallSt.com. The USS Foundation and Loss Prevention Foundation have stated that their goal is to reverse this trend by instilling a sense of educational pride into students at a young age. Read more here.

Brad Reeves, Dir of LP, A&P - '20 under 40' Award Winner - Talks LP Challenges at Technology Conference  It's difficult to raise risk awareness among employees when everyone thinks everything is going just fine. Achieving security autonomy across different types of businesses that fall under one banner with almost 30,000 employees is difficult, too. Those were just two of the challenges discussed by "20 under 40" end user award winners at the Next Gen Security Series at TechSec Solutions 2015, held earlier this month. Panelist Brad Reeves, director of loss prevention for A&P with its 30,000 employees, addressed security culture challenges that result when other companies are acquired. He's had experience with that, along with the day-to-day challenges of LP in the grocery industry. "The freezer is very important," losses there are huge losses, he said. His diligence in monitoring freezers has saved the company a half a million dollars, he said. Continuing to do more with less and also to operate at a high level of execution is a chief goal for Reeves in the coming year, he said.
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Retail Applies Video Analysis Beyond Security
Video analytics isn't just for security. In general, the ability to leverage data from video provides a new wealth of information and "intelligence" about all aspects of the business. The retail vertical is leading the way in reaping the benefits of video analytics beyond the security function. There are two reasons retailers have taken advantage of video analytics far more than other vertical markets. First, retailers generally face more theft than any other vertical market, says Brian Lane, director of marketing, 3VR. Analytics can help catch suspects by alerting in real-time. After the fact, analytics used for search purposes are far more effective to identify a theft than rewinding and fast-forwarding through video. Secondly, analytics can be used in retail to track customers, understand their age and gender, manage queue lines, know how long people dwell at an end cap, provide heat maps, etc. In short, retail has the greatest potential for analytics because it can be used both for security and for marketing and operations, says Lane. sourcesecurity.com

Credit card switch to chips moving slowly - Only 1/3 of U.S. cardholders currently have them  The push to boost credit card security by switching to those with a microchip is off to a slow start, according to two surveys released Thursday. As of January, 31% of cardholders had the microchip-enabled technology that would make fraud more difficult, according to CreditCards.com. That falls well short of the one in two credit or debit cards the nation's biggest card issuers said should have a chip by the end of this year. Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst with CreditCards.com, says businesses are taking their time setting up terminals that can accept the new technology, despite a deadline in October that would make retailers liable for any fraudulent transactions made with a chip card that they were unable to process. "The deadline is rapidly approaching, and progress has been slow,'' Schulz says. "Most cardholders don't have a chip card yet, and if they did, they'd probably have trouble finding a place to use it.'' The CreditCards.com surveys found that the wealthy were most likely to have the new technology. Among those with at least $100,000 in investable assets, 49% had the chip cards. Young people and men were also more likely to have one of the new crop of cards: 36% of men have the technology compared with 27% of women, and 43% of millennials have a chip card compared with 21% of the elderly. usatoday.com

The Most Effective Response to a Data Breach Puts Customers First
Jamie May, VP of Operations for AllClear ID, has managed the implementation and execution of more than 1000 data breach responses, including one of the largest retail breaches in history and several large healthcare breaches. Many of the largest breaches in 2014 occurred in the retail sector. How is responding to a retail breach unique compared to other industries? Jamie May: Retail point of sale breaches present unique challenges that warrant a particular type of response. In many cases, tens, if not hundreds, of store locations or franchises are affected, making consistent dissemination of information and communication challenging. Further, retailers do not always have direct contact information for those affected by the incident so it is not always possible to isolate and let specific individuals know they're affected. What can retailers do before and after a breach to ensure customer trust remains intact? JM: Retailers should place customers' needs and concerns at the center of response planning and execution. Taking the time to plan for an incident with the customer in mind will go a long way in preserving trust when a breach occurs. What is the single most important thing retailers can do to ensure a breach response goes smoothly? JM: In my experience, companies that take a customer-centric approach to breach preparation, response, and recovery fare far better than those that do not, both in terms of overall response and the speed at which they are able to return to normal business operations. To successfully manage a breach with a customer focus, companies must first have a plan in place. These plans should include details for how affected customers will be notified and supported throughout the entire response process, from notification to protection to fraud resolution, if necessary. smartblogs.com

Not all hackers are technological geniuses
Despite increases in cybersecurity technology investment, a failure to address human factors and engage employees as part of an integrated security strategy leaves today's businesses and governments critically vulnerable to cyber-attack. According to PwC, employees and corporate partners are responsible for 60% of data breaches. Verizon's research suggests the number is even higher, at almost 80%. These surprisingly high figures reflect in part a prevalent and dangerous myth: that such breaches are the result of attacks by technological geniuses who excel in dismantling sophisticated firewalls and circumventing technologies. The reality is that, while external attackers may be highly intelligent and may possess immense technical skills, they typically gain access to critical information and systems by subverting well-intentioned humans. wsj.com

New York Attorney General to Propose New Whistleblower Bounty Program
New York's Attorney General will propose a whistleblower program that pays bounties, a move that would open the door for big awards to tipsters in banking. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to announce plans on Thursday to propose legislation establishing a new state whistleblower program focused on the financial industry, a spokesman said. The program would pay out awards to tipsters who turn over information leading to successful cases. Like the federal programs, the New York program would give tipsters awards of between 10% and 30% of the amount of penalties recovered if their information leads to an state enforcement action with sanctions of more than $1 million. The legislation would also protect financial-services tipsters from retaliation. wsj.com

Maryland attorney general urges support for fraud bill
The Maryland False Claims Act of 2015 "is a way to help fight fraud, to incentivize integrity," Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Wednesday during a news conference to promote the legislation. The act, now being considered in the Maryland General Assembly, would provide protection for whistleblowers and allow the state to pursue legal action against private contractors. "We believe that by having a broader false claims act, we can do good things for the state," Frosh said. "We can stop fraud, we can incentivize whistleblowers, and we can help honest businesses because honest businesses suffer when cheaters get state contracts and steal from the state." Frosh said the state could recover hundreds of millions of dollars under the broader legislation. heraldmailmedia.com

Chico's FAS to close 120 stores, eliminate 240 positions by 2017

Giant Eagle closing all eight Good Cents stores in PA and OH

Hudson's Bay forms blockbuster real estate deal to pursue growth in U.S. and Canada

Stein Mart Plans 11 New Stores & will enter three new markets - the Bay Area, Long Island and suburban Detroit

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Carter's Q4 Carter's Retail up 11.1%, OshKosh Retail up 3.3% with sales up 15.7% & 4.8% respectively
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Q4 up 9.8% with sales up 12.3%
Chico's Q4 up 4.3% with sales up 7.6% - full year comp's flat with net sales up 3.4%
L Brands Q4 up 6% with net sales up 7% - full year comp's up 4% with net sales up 6%
Kohl's Q4 up 3.7% with sales up 3.9% - full year down 0.3% with sales flat
Canada's Loblaw Co's Q4 grocery comp's up 3.3% - Shoppers Drug Mart comp's up 3.8% with retail sales up 50.5% due to Shoppers Drug purchase
Canadian Tire Q4 up 2.8% with FGL Sports up 4.9% with total revenue up nearly 10%
Sears Q4 - Sears down 7% - Kmart down 2% with net sales down 23.5% with a loss of $159M

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Celebrating its 50-year anniversary, Se-Kure Controls continues to develop and manufacture innovative asset protection systems that maximize return on investment for retailers. With over 800 products running the gamut from mechanical security to alarm modules, Se-Kure Controls offers customized solutions for any loss prevention need. In this interview, hear from Michael Campbell, VP National Sales; Greg Saputo, Regional Sales Director; and Roger Leyden, Founder, President & CEO - who talks about the evolution of the company and the biggest developments he's seen in the industry over the last half-century.
 


LPNN Quick Take #6

Joe and Amber are joined by Tony Mancino, National Account Manager, NuTech National, in this LPNN Quick Take. Hear how NuTech is taking advantage of today's smartphone-driven society with innovative mobile applications like Employee Watch, a solution that adds a new layer of visibility for retailers.
 

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Apple told by jury to pay $532.9 million in patent trial
The dispute with Smartflash over digital rights management has to do with data storage and managing access through payment systems as they relate to iTunes. Apple says it will continue to fight the case in court. internetretailer.com

Cybercriminals turned to mobile and cryptoransom malware in 2014
According to a recent study, between 2012 and 2013 the number of mobile malware and high-risk apps more than doubled to 1.4 million, and the number nearly tripled in 2014 - to 4.3 million malicious Android applications. There were also a handful of iOS malware reported in 2014, but the count did not exceed the single digits for any month of the year. The number of mobile applications related to banking or finance grew from about a dozen at the start of 2013 to a peak of more than 2,000 in 2014. Findings indicate that the total number of phishing websites increased 89% in 2014, from 1.98 million in 2013 to 3.74 million in 2014, as a result of cheap domain registrations and ready-made website templates. The number of computers infected with ransomware worldwide also dropped in 2014, from 84,000 in 2013 to 48,000. thepaypers.com

40% of UK online retail sales are mobile

Target's digital sales grow more than 30% in 2014

Report: Google plans Android Pay release in May

 

 


6 gang members arrested after SWAT standoff in Albuquerque; ties to Armed Robberies and Shoplifting  APD said it arrested six gang members at a house on Grover Street. Police tracked the known gang members to the house Wednesday, but no one would come out. Officers brought in SWAT and crisis negotiators because a wanted felon was in the house. The arrests were made shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. The six face various charges like armed robbery, identity theft, shoplifting and probation violations. koat.com

Fencing Ring Tied To Thousands Of Dollars Of Stolen Merchandise Busted  Police have busted a major fencing ring that has been tied to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise, according to a senior law enforcement source. The source told CBS4's Jim DeFede that this was "major operation" that had been underway for several months. The source said the head of the fencing ring had been arrested and more arrests are expected in this ongoing operation. Miami-Dade Police spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said this was a joint operation involving Miami-Dade and Coral Gables Police. cbslocal.com

Huntsville, TX Police arrest 2 connected to Organized Theft Ring hitting Academy, Target, and Marshalls  Authorities arrested two Huntsville men who stole a variety of items from several stores in a local shopping center earlier this week. Confun Shann Mitchell, 35, and Joshua Cole Dimmick, 28, were taken into custody on charges of organized retail theft about 10:45 a.m. Monday. Huntsville police believe a third suspect was involved but he was able to elude capture. Officers were dispatched to Ravenwood Shopping Center after an employee at Target reported a theft in progress. When officers arrived, two of the suspects had left Target and were located in Dollar Tree. Police say Dimmick and Mitchell tried to leave the store through the emergency exit which set off an alarm. The two suspects were taken into custody and police were able to recover items that were stolen from Academy, Target and Marshalls worth close to $1,000. itemonline.com


Michael Kors merchandise targeted at Marshall's and TJ Maxx in Linden, NJ Police are looking for a group of thieves who allegedly have stolen several thousands dollars in merchandise, mostly designer Michael Kors coats and handbags, from TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores in the area. Police have released video surveillance images of group members who allegedly stole designer handbags and coats around 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 from the TJ Maxx store on Routes 1 and 9 at the Linden Plaza shopping center. According to police, the group members are believed to be part of a gang targeting TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores in the area. mycentraljersey.com

Kohl's Coat thieves in Hatfield, Co, PA lead Police on 2 city chase
Two repeat offender retail thieves from North Philadelphia are behind bars in Montgomery County jail - each charged with multiple felonies - after they allegedly stole a half-dozen winter coats, valued at nearly $500 from a Hatfield Township Kokl's and one led responding police officers from two jurisdictions on a chase. Police said a check of both men's criminal histories revealed that Shelton has two previous convictions for retail theft, and Davis has 11 priors for retail theft, which is why the charges were graded as felonies rather than misdemeanors. thereporteronline.com

UK: Estee Lauder employee stealing 50 items a day; 'stealing to order'
Cocaine addict Radoslaw Ozgowicz has been jailed after he stole hundreds of cosmetics from a laboratory and sold them to a couple who made thousands on eBay. Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 36-year-old would take up to 50 items a day while working for Estee Lauder. It comes as couple Dariusz Suski, 32, and Joanna Lazarska, 33, were jailed after their home was raided and police found thousands of Estee Lauder and Clarins items. Sentencing Ozgowicz, of Copnor Road, she said: 'You were stealing products during your breaks and hiding them. 'You, at the time, initially sold some of those items through eBay but very quickly you were selling directly to Suski and Lazarska. Judge Munro added he received at least $100,000 from Suski and Lazarska in Southsea, who had 11,000 items at their home. She added: 'You were clearly a supplier of a significant quantity of those products. Although you dispute this, you were in effect stealing to order.' portsmouth.co.uk

Fencing Operation: Passaic Co, NJ Sheriff's Office seizes Counterfeit merchandise; selling $400k to $500k in stolen merchandise  A Clifton man was arrested on charges of selling an estimated $400,000 worth of stolen and counterfeit clothing, along with accessories, per year out of his Paterson shop, where detectives seized more than $60,000 in goods. Andres Grullon, 56, faces charges of counterfeiting, fencing and receiving stolen property. Victoria's Secret and other major clothing brands notified the sheriff's office in December that Grullon was suspected of fencing merchandise at his Main Street store, Kaylee G. Fashion. Victoria's Secret products are sold exclusively at the brand's retail stores, however, authorities recovered more than $35,000 worth of pants and undergarments from Grullon's shop, the sheriff said. In addition to the stolen clothing, Berdnik said investigators also found more than $30,000 in phony merchandise using brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, Gucci, Lacoste, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. The investigation was a joint effort with sheriff's detectives, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office and security officials from the various brands, Berdnik added. Thank you to Joe Hadju, with Lbrands for submitting this article! nj.com
 

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$150,000 Embezzlement case against two Meijer corporate office employees moves to felony court in Walker, MI  Embezzlement charges against two former Meijer employees are moving to felony court after the suspects waived probable cause hearings. Tracy Christen Gordon and Danny Kraig Vandermyde, who worked in Advertising at the retailer's corporate office, were arraigned Jan. 30 in Walker District Court on charges of embezzlement. Vandermyde is accused of embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000 while Gordon faces charges for allegedly stealing between $20,000 and $50,000. mlive.com

Michelin Tire employee charged with Credit card theft of $77,000 in Dothan, AL The police statement said the charges stemmed from an internal investigation conducted by the Michelin Tire Corporation due to multiple unauthorized purchases made by Maurice Parks on the company's credit card. The statement also said the police inquiry revealed Parks allegedly used the credit card multiple times from April 2012 to November 2014, which resulted in a loss of over $77,000 from the business. dothaneagle.com

Champs Sports employee in Kingston, MA attacked with a box cutter  A Duxbury man angry that he was asked to leave Champs Sports at the Kingston Collection Tuesday afternoon faces armed assault to murder and other charges after he used a box cutter to slash an employee in the face. Jeffery L. Jones, 27, faces felony charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the box cutter and armed assault to murder and misdemeanor charges of mayhem and assault and battery. According to Kingston Police Chief Maurice Splaine, police responded to Champs around 3:30 p.m. yesterday for a reported fight. Mall Security contacted Kingston's Emergency Dispatch Center and reported that the assailant had assaulted the victim with a box cutter, causing a laceration to his face. The Kingston Fire Department was also dispatched for EMS services. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect in the parking lot where he was being detained by mall security. wcvb.com

Mother-Daughter Duo Nabbed In Orange County, CA Identity Theft Ring  Detectives announced the arrest of a mother-daughter duo Thursday accused of running a sophisticated identity theft ring out of Orange County. According to the Chino Hills Police Department, a resident recently reported fraudulent charges on their credit card worth nearly $800. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim's card had been used at several retail stores and restaurants in and around the area of Garden Grove. On Tuesday, officers conducted two search warrants at Giusti's home. Authorities said more than 1,000 forged and altered credit cards issued in the suspect's name, six laptops, two tablets, an embossing machine, and a tip card machine used for forging credit cards was recovered. Detectives also found a card encoder, several boxes of white stock credit cards, a money counter, $11,000 in U.S. currency, and several documents outlining how to commit fraud. According to police, Terry Tan Mihn Nguyen, 30, of Garden Grove, was at the house while the search warrant was being conducted, and was subsequently found to be involved in the identity theft ring. cbslocal.com

Four Cubans facing identity theft, credit card fraud charges in Buffalo, NY; hitting Sears, Macy's and Marshalls in western, NY  A federal grand jury returned indictments charging four Cubans illegally living in the U.S. with serious crimes. The U.S. Attorney's Office the four were living illegally living in the U.S. and conspired together to commit bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. All four face at least two years in prison, a maximum of 30 years behind bars and a fine of $1,000,000 if found guilty. Officials say the four stole credit card numbers and printed new cards with the illegal information. They purchased merchandise in stores like Sears, Macy's and Marshall's all throughout western New York. wivb.com

HEB in Houston shut down due to restroom Arson  An HEB in southwest Houston will be closed indefinitely after a fire was started inside the grocery store Wednesday evening. The fire erupted around 7:30pm at the store in off Beechnut and the Beltway. According to fire officials at the scene, someone set fire to toilet paper in the back of the store. Fire officials on the scene say when the fire started, employees tried to put it out with extinguishers. An HEB spokesperson said everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported. However, the store's sprinkler system went off, drenching parts of the store, and smoke also filled the air. Officials said the store will be shut down until health inspectors can examine what kind of damage was made to the products inside. abc13.com

Boscov's $90 jewelry theft in Wilkes Barre, PA ends with car crash and arrest
A Wilkes-Barre woman was taken into custody after she allegedly stole jewelry from Boscov's in Wilkes-Barre and hit another vehicle as she fled the area Monday afternoon. Wilkes-Barre police were informed by Boscov's loss prevention officers that a woman stole two rings and a bracelet worth a total value of $90. citizensvoice.com

Staples employees in Ulster, NY, stole credit card info, bought $30K worth of merchandise  Town police arrested two employees of Staples who allegedly stole customers' credit card information and used it to buy more than $30,000 worth of merchandise. Shawn M. McMillan, 27, and Nerville M. Thomas, 27, weree arrested Wednesday after police were contacted by Staples' loss prevention staff. They were charged with third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies. recordonline.com

Guitar Center employee admits to theft of $15K from deposits in Baton Rouge, LA  According to the probable cause report, Baton Rouge Police detectives were called to investigate on January 21, 2015. The Loss Prevention Manager of the Guitar Center, told detectives that an audit revealed that Benjamin David Ringuette, 24, stole cash from store deposits. "The audit revealed that several deposits which dated back to September 2014 had not been deposited," the officer noted in the report. "The complainant provided copies of paperwork which included checks that were cashed, receipts for money received and money that was being deposited, and the paperwork was consistent with the complainant's statements." Ringuette, who was the store's Operations Manager, was questioned by police on February 5, 2015. wafb.com

Roof Top Break-in at Kay Jewelers in the Milledgeville Mall, Milledgeville, GA
A suspect cut a hole in the roof of the mall and rappelled down to the mall floor using an extension cord. Once on the ground, the suspect went to the front gate of this location and used a cutting device to cut the gate. The suspect entered the location, however, did not steal anything.

Three Arrested in Suffolk Co, NY for Burglarizing Multiple Cell Phone Stores

GameStop employee arrested for theft of $1,235 in merchandise in Portage, IN

Palm Bay, FL Armed Robber Douses Convenience store Clerk in Lighter Fluid, Threatens to Set Him Ablaze

Charleston, WV Pharmacy owner pleads guilty in fraud case; misbranding drugs

Golden Diamonds Jewelry Store the victim of an Armed Smash and Grab robbery in Shreveport, LA

Barmakian Jeweler's in Nashua, NH the victim of a Grab and Run



●  AM PM - Opelika, Al - Armed Robbery
●  BP - Ambridge, PA- Armed Robbery
●  Cracker Barrel - Baton Rouge, LA - Armed Robbery
●  CVS - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
●  CVS - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
●  CVS - Dawsonville, GA - Robbery
●  Evans Corner Candy - Long Island, NY - Armed Robbery
●  Fast Trax - Vincennes, IN - Armed Robbery
●  Good Pharmacy - Floyd Co, Armed Robbery
●  Ho Choi Grocery - Phil, PA - Armed Robbery
●  Little Caesars - Plantation, FL - Armed Robbery
●  Metro PCS - Stapleton, NY - Burglary
●  Pet Valu- Ottawa, CN - Armed Robbery
●  Plantation Market - Maryville, TN - Armed Robbery
●  Rite Aid - Parkersburg, WV - Armed Robbery
●  Subway - Belmont, NC - Armed Robbery
●  Top Shop - Manti, UT - Armed Robbery
●  Verizon - Suffolk Co, NY - Armed Robbery
●  Walgreens - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
●  Walgreens - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
●  Walgreens - Coon Rapids, MN - Armed Robbery
●  7-Eleven - Austin, TX - Shooting

 

 


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Five Steps for Giving Productive Feedback  Giving feedback to employees and colleagues provides them with insight as to how well their performance is progressing and how to solve any problems. Hearing the word feedback, however, can send some people into a frenzy with anxiety and fear. Here are some ways to help you give productive feedback. Create safety

Giving Effective Feedback When You're Short on Time  Leaders have tons of places they need to be at all hours of the work day, so it can be difficult to sit down with an employee and give them some valuable feedback. Here are some ways to make coaching easier and more efficient for yourself. Create a way in
 

Why Giving Feedback This Way Does More Harm than Good  Great leaders need to give feedback, but since giving behavior-changing advice is hard to do, sometimes giving information on how to make the change is left out. The key is in the way you deliver your feedback: in the right way for that person and the situation. Here is some advice to help with your delivery. Evaluate

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