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Ryan Merkel promoted to Loss Prevention Manager for UNIQLO USA

Ryan has held a variety of loss prevention leadership positions during his over five years in the industry including, Multi-Unit LP Supervisor for Kohl's Department Stores, Multi-Unit LP Supervisor for UNIQLO, Sr. Loss Prevention Manager for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and LP Manager for JCPenney. Congratulations Ryan!

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Vector Security Announced as Platinum Exclusive Sponsor
for the Loss Prevention Foundation's
"Swing for Certification" Golf Outing June 10th

Preceding the National Retail Federation Conference, June 11-13

The Loss Prevention Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Vector Security as the premium exclusive sponsor for its upcoming "Swing for Certification" golf tournament set for Sunday, June 10, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas preceding the National Retail Federation (NRF) PROTECT conference June 11-13, 2018.

The event is open to all retailers and solution providers to benefit the LPF Scholarship Program for LP professionals who want to advance their careers through obtaining their LPQ or LPC certifications. Proceeds will also benefit industry charities, including the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund and the USS Foundation, the legacy event sponsor.

"We are very excited to have Vector Security as our exclusive platinum sponsor," said Terry Sullivan, LPC, president of the LPF. "Vector's support over the last 10 years has meant so much to the LPF, and once again, they are coming forward to help to raise funds for LPQ and LPC scholarships to assist LP and AP professionals continue their education as well as advance their careers.

"The Loss Prevention Foundation is also very appreciative of InstaKey Security Systems, PROTOS Security, LP Magazine, LPM Media Group and LPJobs for being the first sponsors to come on board for the golf tournament. We are welcoming all retailers and solution providers to participate in this networking golf event. It's sure to be a great day for all."

The event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Prizes and awards will be handed out at a cocktail reception following golf. Bear Creek Golf Club is located at 3500 Bear Creek Court in Dallas, adjacent to DFW Airport and just seven miles from the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, site of the NRF PROTECT conference.

Join your colleagues for this opportune networking event by registering today at the "Swing for Certification" event website. For more information or to sign up as a sponsor, visit www.swingforcertification.org.

Vector Security to Award LPF Scholarships for 10th Straight Year

For the 10th year in a row, 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, 2018. Applications can be submitted here.

The importance of EAS to avoid shrink
According to Tony D'Onofrio, chief customer officer at Tyco Retail Solutions, progressive loss prevention leaders see a link between in-store and online purchases. Therefore, they have diversified their skills to protect products both in the stores and online. 

FierceRetail sat down with D'Onofrio to learn more about how data is becoming a critical weapon for retailers in understanding theft patterns and deploying new connected Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and video solutions to help increase theft deterrence.

FR: What is the best way for retailers to fight against loss? 

TD: Traditional technologies such as EAS and video are still very effective in attacking the problem of shrink. Data analytics integrated into all potential loss areas of a store is becoming increasingly important in areas such as Point of Sale (POS) and return fraud. Video analytics to understand buyer and theft behavior is gaining traction in stores. RFID is leading to smarter loss prevention solutions where items are tracked on whether they were actually purchased. Increased number of sensors will appear in stores to provide data into cloud platforms to attack shrink.

FR: What analytics should retailers be collecting to help fight identity theft and loss? 

TD: The focus today should be on connecting all devices in stores including EAS, video, intrusion and access control. The more data that a retailer is able to generate from in-store devices, the more analytics are possible to identify loss areas and deter the problem. Any data that is in the store such as POS, vendor deliveries, etc., should be consolidated over time into comprehensive data mining applications. These applications should be linked to video to match the data with the visuals of the problem. RFID holds lots of promise in extending this data visibility to the item level. The future of retail is about prescriptive analytics where sensors and data provide enhanced visibility and deterrence to retail theft.

FR: What else can you tell us about the future of theft in retail?

TD: Every dollar saved by reducing shrink is an additional dollar in profit. Loss prevention needs to have a seat at the executive table of every major retailer as new shopping approaches such as mobile will increase the problem of shrink. Understanding what the loss prevention department is doing from an executive point of view is very important. The base of new technologies such as video analytics started in loss prevention, with the camera first being pointed at preventing crime. Today, video is a data gathering device. Partnering with a strong loss prevention department leads to both improved profitability and increased sales. Assets deployed for loss prevention can concurrently be leveraged to drive operational improvements. The future is bright for loss prevention and retail when true partnerships are in place. fierceretail.com

Johnson Controls takes access control and security to the next level with enhanced scheduling and account maintenance
Johnson Controls introduces the latest version of its Kantech EntraPass Security Software with new features developed to streamline scheduling and account maintenance. Available in EntraPass Corporate and Global Editions, operators managing premise access control can add to security capabilities by creating actions and tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with the new Action Scheduler under the Operation menu. The Action Scheduler is ideal for locations where meetings can happen at sporadic times such as town halls or other types of special events. The actions are based on the door and relay behaviors such as locking and unlocking doors, arming alarm systems and toggling relays. Users can customize actions completely by combining Action Scheduler with the powerful Smartlink Task option. kantech.com

Geek Squad FBI Informants
Best Buy's Geek Squad and the FBI have been in bed together for a decade

The FBI has been paying Geek Squad employees to act as informants, according to documents obtained by the EFF via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The Geek Squad and the FBI have been working together for at least a decade. Even worse, the FBI has been paying Geek Squad employees to act as informants, according to documents obtained by the EFF via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The EFF filed the lawsuit last year to learn more about the FBI's use of Geek Squad employees to flag illegal material on computers they were hired to repair. At the time, the EFF said the FBI shouldn't be able to use the Geek Squad to search customers' devices and bypass their Fourth Amendment rights.

We first learned of the FBI using informants in Best Buy's national repair facility in Kentucky via the prosecution of Dr. Mark Rettenmaier. A Best Buy technician searched the unallocated storage space on the device, found evidence of suspected child porn, and notified the FBI.

Geek Squad techs received $500 to $1,000 for being informants. The FBI could bypass getting probable cause warrants, arguing in court that there were no Fourth Amendment violations because the Geek Squad conducted the searches - searches customers had authorized.

The documents obtained by the EFF show that Best Buy's Geek Squad and the FBI had been collaborating for at least 10 years.

One FBI memo, dated in September 2008, mentioned the Best Buy's Geek Squad facility in Brooks, Kentucky, hosted the feds' "Cyber Working Group" meeting. A related email, the EFF said, showed that Geek Squad employees gave FBI agents a tour of the facility. csoonline.com

UK LP: Retail crime poses threat to retailers re-thinking in-store experience
It's Literally the Same as the U.S. & Canada

Increased exposure to retail crime vulnerabilities as retailers move towards automating the in-store experience.

The latest British Retail Crime Survey is expected to report an increase in the direct financial cost of retail crime and the amount spent on loss prevention. Although a high percentage of retail crime is now cyber enabled, in-store theft still forms a major portion of retail crime.

This is happening as retailers are taking steps to re-imagine the in-store experience. With Amazon Go looking to open as many as six new stores in 2018, there are many ways that retailers are working to reduce queues and improve customer experience. According to World Wide Technology, the changing models often mean less staff on the ground, creating a need to re-think the approach towards retail crime prevention.

Matt Sebek, Vice President of Digital at World Wide Technology, comments: "The surge in retail crime as well as increased spending on retail crime prevention, needs to be met with a well thought-out strategy. New retail environments such as Amazon Go raise a host of new theft opportunities. Amazon have taken a high-tech approach, investing in face recognition and motion sensors within their new stores. However it is possible to thwart this technology - sometimes by simply wearing a cap over the face. londonlovesbusiness.com

Most immigrants arrested by ICE have prior criminal convictions,
A big change from 2009

Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in fiscal 2017, according to data from the agency. The remainder were classified as "non-criminal" arrestees, including 16% with pending criminal charges and 11% with no known criminal convictions or charges.

The profile of arrestees by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations has changed considerably in the past eight years: In fiscal 2009, the earliest year with comparable data, immigrants without past criminal convictions accounted for the majority (61%) of those arrested by the agency.

Overall, the number of ICE arrests decreased sharply during that span, from 297,898 in 2009 (the year President Barack Obama came into office) to 143,470 in 2017 (when President Donald Trump took office). However, last year's total represented a 30% increase from the year before, with most of the increase coming after Trump signed an executive order to step up enforcement. pewresearch.org

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White House wants to let law enforcement track, disable & shoot down civilian drones
The White House is gearing up to request that law enforcement and security agencies be allowed to track and shoot down civilian drones, Bloomberg reported. An official told the publication that the effort has been underway for months and it involves a number of US agencies, but didn't specify many details of the plan.

It's possible to track, take control of or take down drones using their radio-control signals, but wiretapping rules and aviation regulations prevent law enforcement from using current tools to do so, according to the official. The news emerged during the FAA's third annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium in Baltimore this week. engadget.com wsj.com

Lawsuit over buying rifles brings gun debate to retail stores
Area law professor says Oregon 20-year-old has strong case

Part of the debate over gun laws has now moved to retail stores.

A 20-year-old in Oregon is suing Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods for refusing to sell him a rifle after the retailers changed their policies after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting to bump the age from 18 to 21.

In both Oregon and Virginia, anyone who is 18 or older can buy a rifle. The lawsuit alleges age discrimination, for which Virginia has laws similar to Oregon.

Liberty University law professor Jeff Tuomala said Tyler Watson, the person suing the corporations, has a strong case.

Because of anti-discrimination laws, like those in Virginia, it would appear retailers can't prevent certain people from buying certain items, unless, like alcohol and tobacco products, they're regulated.

"Whether Walmart or other stores can come up with some defense that's going to be specifically related to the sale of guns is another question," Tuomala said. wsls.com

Interesting New Job Posting
VP Security - MGM Resorts International - Las Vegas - Site of the mass shooting

The Vice President Security is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the Security, Safety and Lost and Found departments. The Vice President Security ensures all activities performed within the department are in accordance with the company's business objectives, budget guidelines, established safety standards, Company policies, practices and procedures. myworkdayjobs.com

Abercrombie is closing 60 stores in 2018, has closed 400 since 2010

Walmart Expands Smartphone Checkout to 100 Stores

Across the Economy, Workplaces Are More Segregated Than 40 Years Ago

FICO reports 10% rise in debit card fraud at ATMs in US

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   Family Dollar Q4 comp's up 1%, full yr comp's up 0.4%
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Vector Security to Award Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Scholarships for 10th Straight Year

More than $213,000 awarded to date to support loss prevention certification

For the 10th year in a row, 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, 2018.

Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship

  ● 209 scholarships valued at $213,220 have been awarded since the program began in 2009.
  ● 10 LPC, 10 LPQ and 5 Canadian scholarships will be awarded.
  ● The scholarships cover all course and examination fees.
  ● Anyone currently in the LP industry, or with an interest in the industry, may apply.
  ● The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

Read more here.

Retailers ask House committee to close 'significant loopholes' in data breach notification bill
The National Retail Federation today told the House Financial Services Committee that draft data breach notification legislation needs additional work to ensure that appropriate data security standards are set and that no industries that handle sensitive data are exempt.

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this afternoon on legislative proposals on data breach, including a draft bill released last month. NRF and other business groups said in a letter to the panel that the draft would exempt financial institutions and a poorly defined group of "service providers," sets "one-size-fits-all" data requirements rather than tailoring rules for the type of data a business holds, and would require the Federal Trade Commission to take a "punitive" approach to enforcement where fines could be imposed even before standards are set. nrf.com

Global Fraud has Soared 100% in Two Years
Dark Web Experts: ID Fraudsters Unaffected by Police Efforts
Despite Two Major Take Downs of AlphaBay & Hansa Last Year

Identity fraudsters are getting smarter, more organized and harder to track down, despite two major dark web takedowns last year, according to an online intelligence vendor.

Terbium Labs uses its flagship Matchlight technology to scour the dark web for sensitive data that may have been stolen from its clients. Its work in doing so has also revealed some interesting trends in cybercrime on the non-indexed web.

AlphaBay and Hansa were thought to be two of the largest dark web marketplaces in the world, facilitating the trade of over 350,000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and malware.

However, despite the fanfare that greeted their demise at the hands of global law enforcers, these efforts have only disrupted drug dealers and others who populated these forums.

There has been little impact on carding and identity theft communities, according to Munish Walther-Puri, Terbium Labs' chief research officer.

"These communities often operate in their own venues on the dark web; they persist and innovate despite the upheaval in the broader ecosystem," he explained.

"Fraudsters go to numerous boutique markets to buy and sell stolen data, so it is harder to get insight into what this underground economy looks like by simply looking at one or two markets. You have to look across a broad range of forums and markets, which is what we do."

The fraudster community is actually expanding and sharing information on an ever-growing scale, such as via online guides which detail how to target specific types of organization and circumvent anti-fraud filters.

One group has been monitoring banks and targeting those that have failed to update their security policies, the firm explained.

Anti-fraud service provider ThreatMetrix claimed global fraud has soared 100% over the past two years to reach 700 million attempts in 2017 alone

The rise is being fueled by the deluge of breached data on the dark web and the use of automated bots to test stolen identities, hijack accounts and open new ones. The firm blocked 1.5 billion bot attacks in 2017. infosecurity-magazine.com

Cybersecurity Gets Added to the M&A Lexicon
Listening to the Dark Web & Hacker Chatter Forums

Threat intelligence data can give a clear picture of an acquisition target that could make or break a deal.

Historically, through the due diligence process one would seek intel on financial stability, growth expectations, market saturation, talent, and partnerships. While all of these still influence a transaction, there is a relatively new variable to the equation: cybersecurity. From the banks involved to the legal departments drafting the deal, the importance of an acquisition target's security posture cannot be denied.

Threat intelligence is emerging as an important factor in the due diligence process, as a means to better understand the ultimate security risk associated with any M&A activity. To have the ability to listen to the Dark Web and hacker chatter forums gives the acquiring company insight into historical accounts of attacks, potential data breaches or leakage, insider threat activity, and ongoing security exploits focused on the target and its customers by a known adversary.

Cybersecurity and threat intelligence is now entering much earlier in the vetting process. As companies look to benchmark potential acquisition targets against each other, they are pulling threat intelligence data and reports to assess which company is better suited for acquisition and still has control over their intellectual property and data. darkreading.com

Active RFID Goes Overhead With Drone-based Reader
Technology company Atlas RFID Solutions has piloted a new drone-mounted active RFID reader aimed at enabling inventory reads in a laydown yard and construction area automatically, from overhead. rfidjournal.com


Protests against MEC are sign of the social media age
Company will no longer sell products from corporation that makes guns

It is a sign of the times that Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) faced the ire of its members last week after news emerged that the outdoor clothing and accessories chain was stocking water bottles, binoculars and other items made by a multinational corporation that also makes guns and ammunition.

The company on March 1 announced it would halt all future orders for the products, following nearly a week of social media outrage and a petition with tens of thousands of signatures calling for the products to be removed. biv.com

They cost us billions and they can kill: Counterfeit drugs are invading Canada
Some brick and mortars selling counterfeit drugs by mistake

From April 2016 to March 2017, Health Canada seized close to 5,500 packages of counterfeit drugs, mainly sexual enhancement drugs such as Viagra, on their way to patient hands.

Moreover, in a single week last year, officials from Health Canada seized $2.5-million worth of bogus pharmaceuticals at the border. And in December, companies controlled by the online pharmacy Canada Drugs pled guilty to selling counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals in the United States and agreed to forfeit $29 million, equal to their sales of illegal drug proceeds from 2009 to 2012.

While reports of counterfeit drugs in Canada's licensed pharmaceutical supply chain are rare, there have been cases - albeit rare - when brick-and-mortar pharmacies have dispensed counterfeit drugs by mistake.

While the human toll is obviously most important, there's also the cost to legitimate drug manufacturers and distributors including the neighbourhood pharmacy. Precise calculations of lost sales and revenues are difficult to obtain, but the World Health Organization estimates counterfeiting costs the global pharma industry US$75 billion a year. And the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada says that "Most estimates range in the billions annually for global losses."  financialpost.com

Manitoba Safeway workers give overwhelming support for strike mandate
Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands. The 2,200 employees -- who work at stores in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Neepawa and Dauphin -- are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832. The union says in a release that the workers will be in a legal strike position on March 18, the day after their current contract expires.

There has been no immediate comment from management on the strike mandate, but the UFCW says it's ready to work around the clock to reach a contract and avoid a labour disruption. ctvnews.ca

After a slow start, Canadian e-commerce is booming - Up 35%

Reitmans to Close All 17 Hyba Activewear Stores

Fair trade retailer to close nine stores

Canada's Ottawa airport aims to keep stores open year round

TJX's off-price stores continue to win over Canadian shoppers

Zensurance and Retail Council of Canada Announce Partnership to Help Retailers Manage Their Insurance Needs

Crypto Scams Emerge as Canada's #5 Money Crime in 2017

Hamilton, ON: Masked mob dressed in black vandalizes streets
Caused $100K in damage, threw rocks at storefronts, set off fireworks

Hamilton police are asking for the public's help in identifying the mob of vandals who went on a rampage in the Kirkendall neighbourhood near downtown Saturday night - setting off fireworks, damaging vehicles and throwing rocks at store windows - causing an estimated $100,000 of damage.

At around 10 p.m. Saturday night a group of about 30 individuals dressed in black clothing with their faces covered walked through the streets carrying a banner that said, "We Are The Ungovernables," say police. Police and witnesses say the mob damaged property, while setting off fireworks in the streets.

Police say a number of storefronts on Locke Street and vehicles were damaged by the group overnight. Police say there were no reported injuries. cbc.ca

Edmonton, AB: 6 deactivated military machine guns valued at $45K stolen from army surplus store
Some clothing and about $45,000 worth of deactivated military machine guns were stolen from SEBARMS, an Edmonton-based army surplus and hunting gear store. The guns aren't functional and can't be used to shoot, but Osadczuk is worried they could be used in connection with other crimes. Osadczuk said the most expensive item stolen was a $14,000 MAG58. He said the other firearms taken range in price and included an MG42, VZ58, VZ49 and two BRENS. He said the least expensive one was about $1,200. globalnews.ca

Winnipeg, MB: Customer stabbed while trying stop convenience store theft

Edmonton, AB: Thieves grabbing purses in grocery store parking lots

Edmonton, AB: Man wanted for more than a dozen lottery ticket thefts at gas stations and c-stores

Toronto, ON: Man stole two championship rings from display case at store inside Hockey Hall of Fame

Bridgewater, NS: Police alert retailers of shortchanging scam

Barrie, ON: Police seek woman after c-store distraction theft

Robberies and Burglaries

C-Store - Sarnia, ON - Armed Robbery (2x in 33 hours)
Liquor Store - Kamloops, BC - Robbery
Little Short Stop - Cambridge, ON - Robbery

SEBARMS - Edmonton, AB - Burglary
Undisclosed business - Vaughan, ON - Armed Robbery


Coming March 8/9:

Source-Tagging Specialists
& EAS Tag Innovators

ALL-TAG is an American manufacturer of RF Labels and a leading supplier for all other RF, AM and RFID products designed to help retailers fight shrink. Founded in 1992, ALL-TAG specializes in helping retailers source tag their hard goods and apparel, as well as designing unique and customizable EAS tagging solutions that address very specific problems LP/AP executives face today.

Stuart Seidel, President
, and Lance Weeden, Account Executive, tell us about ALL-TAG's latest security innovations: the Q-Tag and the Q-Wrap.

How Cart Technology Can Help Reduce Violent Altercations

Amber Bradley shares some insights from the Calibration Group's latest whitepaper, "Violence in Loss Prevention," and how shopping cart control technology from solution providers like Gatekeeper Systems can help not only prevent pushout theft but also minimize the number of violent confrontations with shoplifters.

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This is a First & It's About Time
Lawmakers push crackdown on counterfeit goods online
Senate Promises To Help Authorities

Lawmakers on Tuesday pushed officials to crack down on the growing number of counterfeit goods sold online.

"With the rise of popular online market places, counterfeiters have greater access to the market and can easily sell their phony products directly to consumers," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) during a hearing by his panel on protecting online consumers.

Senators from both parties pressed officials to do more to prevent the sale of counterfeits online.

Officials from law enforcement and consumer protection agencies said they are working closely with businesses to combat counterfeits.

But they added there are restrictions that make their efforts more difficult. For example, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cannot provide some details on counterfeit products they confiscate.

Lawmakers floated higher penalties for selling fake goods and ways to grant government agencies more authority to crack down on counterfeiters.

Wyden pushed Customs to detail, in 60 days, the steps they are taking and authorities they need to address counterfeits.

Hatch vowed the committee would "see what we can do to back it up and help you." thehill.com

U.S. Customs Needs To Share More Info on Counterfeits With Online Retailers
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection work together to stem the influx of counterfeit goods into the U.S., though the latter needs to better track its efforts and open new ways to work with the private sector, the
Government Accountability Office warned in a new report.

The report-released March 6 in conjunction with GAO testimony before the Senate Finance Committee-noted the prevalence of fake consumer goods entering the country and the two agencies' increased efforts to enforce U.S. intellectual property laws.

However, "while ICE has assessed some of its efforts, CBP has taken limited steps to do so," GAO Director for International Affairs and Trade Kimberly Gianopoulos said in her written testimony. Similarly, while CBP has been empowered by Congress to work with the rights-holders by sharing pertinent information, "according to private sector representatives we spoke to, restrictions on the amount and type of information about seized items shared by CBP limit the ability of rights holders and e-commerce websites to protect" intellectual property, she said.

CBP officials said they are reviewing the types and amount of data the agency can share with retailers. But how that will work is still unclear, particularly as some data will require new legal authority or regulatory changes.

Ultimately, GAO made two recommendations:

● The CBP commissioner should take steps to evaluate the effectiveness of CBP's intellectual property rights enforcement efforts, such as by improving its metrics to track the overall effectiveness of its enforcement efforts, evaluating selected activities to enhance enforcement and developing a process to assess and share information on port-led initiatives to enhance enforcement.

The CBP commissioner, in consultation with ICE, should assess what, if any, additional information would be beneficial to share with the private sector and, as appropriate, take action to enhance information sharing, where possible, such as by proposing regulatory revisions or requesting additional legal authorities from Congress. nextgov.com

UK: Six Sentenced to Total 35 Yrs - Defrauding UK Consumers of $51.3M U.S.
Running 'Copycat Websites' - One of Largest UK Online Crime Cases Ever

They operated a number of 'copycat websites', impersonating official government services to sell passports, driving licences and other key documents for vastly inflated prices.

The convictions and sentences follow one of the biggest investigations undertaken by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team.

The convictions and sentences were handed down following two trials - one in July 2017 and the other in March 2018.

These sites mimicked official websites run by 11 government agencies and departments and manipulated search engine results to appear more genuine.

They knowingly misled hundreds of thousands of consumers into paying more than they needed for a number of government services including new or replacement passports, visas, birth and death certificates, driving licences, driving tests, car tax discs and the London Congestion Charge.

The criminals also set up websites that mimicked the American, Turkish, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Sri Lankan official visa sites where travellers could apply and pay for electronic visas to visit those countries. surreyandhantsnews.com

The Amazon of China
JD.com Doesn't Need Humans To Deliver Your Package

When you think of drones delivering packages, you probably think of Amazon's Prime Air delivery experiment, which is still in testing. If you're in China, you may think of the human transportation drone, which is also still in the early stages of development. However, the future is closer than some may think.

JD.com, which has been called the Amazon of China, recently demonstrated their first fully automated distribution center where a drone drops goods into the shipping facility, a robot loads the packaged goods into a self-driving car, and the car delivers the goods to your doorstep. The car even charges itself.

JD.com is pushing the boundaries of drone-based deliveries at colleges in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Xi'An and during a promotion last month, they delivered 1,000 packages via drones. As the logistics industry advances, these new automated, last mile distribution centers will become crucial to online retailers. JD.com also announced that they will be investing heavily in Xi'An to develop a 200 square meter automated distribution center, which will be more than 13 times larger than the site they announced this week.

American is still in the innovation game, but China is pushing hard to take over. The JD.com vs. Amazon battle for technological supremacy is well worth watching. forbes.com

Online purchase fraud takes over top spot in latest BBB scam list

UK's biggest online retailers see sales grow 23%

Prime Members In San Francisco, Atlanta Get Free Whole Foods Delivery

Ecommerce Brands Are Opening Up Stores-and Showing That Retail Still Has Life

Report: Amazon stops selling Google's Nest smart home line-but not by choice


Brockton, MA: Two men arrested for ORC Ring hitting Lowe's and The Home Depot
The men are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items, including expensive power tools, portable vacuums, and various Dewalt products, from The Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement locations throughout the state. An investigation that began with the Bellingham and Weymouth police departments resulted in the arrests of 46-year-old Shawn Monteiro and 49-year-old Paul Licciardi in Brockton on Tuesday. Brockton police detectives assisted Bellingham police in executing search warrants at two homes and on three vehicles just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Bellingham police Officer Amy Kirby and Weymouth police Officer Stephen Demorat previously began separate larceny investigations that led to the same "organized retail theft ring," said Bellingham police Detective Stephen Daigle. enterprisenews.com

NYC: Serial shoplifter wanted in connection with Upper East Side high-end handbag theft; nearly $20,000
The NYPD is on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with a series of high-end handbag thefts from a range of stores in Manhattan. Newly released surveillance images show the serial shoplifter who investigators believe made his way through seven stores on the Upper East Side over the last few months. abc7ny.com

Williamsburg, KY: Man steals 500 Snack Cakes, sells them on social media
A Williamsburg man was taken into custody, after police say he stole $400 and over 500 cases of snack cakes. Police arrested James E Carrolll, 49, after a Facebook tip lead them Carrol, who was selling the boxes of snacks on Facebook. When police searched Carroll's residence, they found 185 boxes of snack cakes that had been stolen from a storage unit that was being rented by a local food vendor. The snack cakes police were able to recover, are valued at over $300. wave3.com

Update: Bloomingdale, IL: Chicago woman charged with burglarizing Victoria's Secret
Latasha Garrett, 25, was charged with a single felony count of burglary, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. At 5:14 p.m., Garrett and several accomplices walked into the store at 219 Stratford Square and stole $2,313.45 in merchandise, prosecutors said. She was pulled over about 30 minutes later and taken into custody. fox32chicago.com

UK: Tonbridge, England: Suspected Drug Ring discovered during Beales coffee machine theft investigation
Following the arrest on Monday, March 5 of a 29-year-old alleged to have been stealing from Beales department store in Tonbridge, police searched an address in Hectorage Road believing he may have been linked to a number of other thefts in the town. Officers entered the property later the same day to find two men inside along with evidence of the address being used as a base to supply heroin and crack cocaine. kentonline.co.uk

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Shootings & Deaths

North Austin, TX: Man shot and killed in Dick's Sporting Good parking lot
The shooting took place in the shopping mall parking lot fronting Dick's Sporting Goods just before 5 p.m. According to witnesses, the victim was inside a car and the suspect fled in another vehicle. As of early Wednesday, police had not disclosed whether they have a suspect in the shooting. patch.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Man shot outside AutoZone
There was a bizarre scene outside a local automotive store Tuesday as a man was shot in broad daylight at Autozone. Police said the 30-year-old victim was loading a battery into his truck when he was shot three times by a group of three men he did not recognize. The victim received one gunshot wound to the rear and is expected to be okay. The victim's 8-year-old son was not injured in the shooting. kiiitv.com

Norfolk, VA: Man shot inside Waffle House
Norfolk Police are investigating after someone shot a man at a Waffle House on E. Virginia Beach Blvd. early Wednesday morning. According to police, around 2:40 a.m. someone fired several shots through the west side window at the Waffle House located near Military Circle Mall, striking a man sitting inside. Medics took the man to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. wavy.com

Sunrise, FL: 2 hospitalized after shootout outside C-Store

Greensboro, NC: 2 Arrested After Shots Fired Into C-Store near UNCG; no injuries

Robberies & Thefts

Louisville, KY: 3 men charged with 13 counts of robbery; 5 Family Dollar and Dollar General stores

New Castle, DE: T-Mobile Armed Robbery suspects extradited from PA to face charges in Delaware

Harlingen, TX: Valle Vista Mall Jeweler reports a Grab & Run, item valued at $9,300

St Matthews, KY: Police arrest Kroger employee for stealing $2,000 in cash

Credit Card Fraud

Madison, WI: IDs, credit cards, car keys found inside crashed truck

Skimming Thefts

Police think group of Romanians behind string of ATM skimmer device fraud cases across South
Investigators are on the trail of two Romanian men who travel across the south planting skimming devices on ATMs in rural areas after they targeted two ATMs in Tangipahoa Parish. The duo are thought to be a part of a much larger group of Romanian bank fraud suspects. wgno.com


Jackson, TN: Urshawn Miller sentenced to death in murder of c-store employee
A jury has unanimously decided the man convicted of killing a convenience store employee should be sentenced to death. The jury deliberated around four hours before sentencing him to death on felony murder charges. Investigators say when Miller attempted to rob Bull Market on Hollywood drive in Jackson, he shot and killed 24 year old Ahmad Dhalai who was working at the store. "He chose to pull the trigger once, he chose to pull the trigger the second time, striking the victim in the back of the head," Pickens said. wbbjtv.com

Dolton, IL: Man arrested in connection with January gas station murder

Decatur, IL: Man sentenced to 60 years for Circle K Armed Robbery; then killed his get-a-way driver because he thought she might go to the Police

Albuquerque, NM: Man sentenced to 12 years for breaking into Gun store


C-Store - Logan, WV - Burglary
C-Store - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery (5th in Area)
C-Store - Amityville, NY - Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Danville, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Boston, MA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Beaumont, TX - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Jackson, TN - Armed Robbery
Hair/ Beauty Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Hair/ Beauty Store - West Palm Beach, FL - Robbery
KFC - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Wayne, NJ - Burglary
Pharmacy - Oxnard, CA - Armed Robbery
Pizza Delivery - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery/ driver shot & wounded
Subway - Medford, OR - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
UPS Store - Oxnard, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Hilmar, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Smyrna, DE - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Norfolk, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Wichita Falls, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
20 robberies
3 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings




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