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FBI Extensively Used Best Buy's Geek Squad For Secret Surveillance of Public
This is the News agency that actually found the evidence

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy's Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer's request for repairs.

More than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.

One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, "Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source," that the paid informant "continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters" and has "value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection."

Other records show how Meade's job gave him "excellent and frequent" access for "several years" to computers belonging to unwitting Best Buy customers, though agents considered him "underutilized" and wanted him "tasked" to search devices "on a more consistent basis."

To enhance the Geek Squad role as a "tripwire" for the agency, another FBI record voiced the opinion that agents should "schedule regular meetings" with Meade "to ensure he is reporting."

A Feb. 27, 2008, agency document memorialized plans "seeking the training of the Geek Squad Facility technicians designed to help them identify what type of files and/or images would necessitate a call to the FBI."

Jeff Haydock, a Best Buy vice president, told OC Weekly in January there has been no arrangement with the FBI. "If we discover child pornography in the normal course of serving a computer, phone or tablet, we have an obligation to contact law enforcement," he said, calling such policy "the right thing to do."

But evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated "writing a software program" specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers' computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were "under the direction and control of the FBI."

Multiple agency memoranda underscore the coziness with Best Buy, including one that stated, "The Louisville Division has maintained [a] close liaison with the Greek Squad management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division's Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs."

In 2016, a defense lawyer, who is defending a Doctor accused of possessing child pornography on his computer the Geek Squad found, claimed the FBI made Best Buy an unofficial wing of the agency by incentivizing Geek Squad employees to dig through customers' computers, paying $500 each time they found evidence that could launch criminal cases. ocweekly.com
 
Best Buy denies FBI, Geek Squad techs worked together without warrants
Best Buy has denied that its Geek Squad tech support employees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a more formal relationship than previously revealed after the Orange County Weekly reported the federal agency is working with technicians to help them determine whether illegal files like child pornography should be reported.  retaildive.com

Biggest Coupon Fraud in History
CEO gets 10 yrs prison & $65M restitution - nationwide coupon fraud
Defrauded stores & manufacturers across the country for Millions

The former CEO of the nation's largest coupon clearinghouse has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and more than $65 million in restitution on wire fraud and conspiracy charges.

Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Balsiger of El Paso, Texas, was CEO of International Outsourcing Services. He was convicted in December following a monthlong trial and was sentenced earlier this week in Milwaukee.

Balsiger was among nearly a dozen people who were indicted. Court documents alleged International Outsourcing executives systematically defrauded stores and manufacturers across the country by cashing millions of coupons that weren't used. Most defendants reached plea agreements. fox11online.com
 
Reid Method Interviewing Firestorm - Controversy Abounds
Security, law enforcement react to change in U.S. interrogation technique

After Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), a provider of interview and interrogation training for loss prevention, security and law enforcement, announced earlier this week that it would no longer offer training in the Reid Method, the firestorm began raging. In response, John E. Reid and Associates, Inc. has been sending out a flurry of press releases and statements defending its method. Current and former police and security professionals are weighing in on both sides of the issue, and controversy abounds.

The Reid Method has been a staple of American interrogation tactics since the 1970s. Originated in the 1940s by polygrapher John Reid, the technique incorporates elements of the interview conducted prior to a polygraph examination, the exam itself and the interrogation that takes place following the exam. An interrogator subscribing to this technique corners the suspect in a very small room, which signals that the interrogator is the suspect's only way out; insists on the suspect's guilt; and creates a "theme," or a tale that fits the facts of the case as the interrogator knows them at that moment. Evaluation of "tells" or body movements, techniques such as minimization ("The crime wasn't really that big a deal") and maximization ("This is a huge crime - you don't want to take all the blame for it, do you?") and the classic good cop/bad cop are also part of the system. Read full article here  securityinfowatch.com
 
A Call To Action - Stores in WI & MI? You Should Support These Bills!
Bill would make credit card "skimming" a felony in WI

Credit card "skimming", where devices are added to gas pumps, ATM's etc, is a misdemeanor in the Badger State and owning or selling "skimming" devices is not illegal. A bill proposed by a Green Bay lawmaker would change those offenses to felonies. onenewspage.us

Michigan Senate Bill 228 Improves Security Measures at the Pumps
Under the bill, filling stations would have the option of installing any of the following on individual pumps: tamper proof security tape with logo; a device to render the pump or scanning device inoperable with unauthorized access; encryption of credit card information; or any other security measure approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Legislation introduced Thursday by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt. SB 228 was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee for consideration.  misenategop.com


The State of Physical Access Control: Impact on the Enterprise
Access control is evolving, yet new research by ASIS International shows that the technology deployed in the field is relatively aged and insecure.

Based on a survey of nearly 2,000 security experts, "The State of Physical Access Control" outlines new insights on the prevalence of outdated technology, related vulnerabilities, and what the future holds. White paper presented by HID Global - registration required. hidglobal.com

Essen, Germany: Terror threat closes German shopping mall; ISIS behind plot to attack says German Interior Minister
The mastermind behind the planned attack on a shopping center in the west German city of Essen is linked to Islamic State terrorists, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD. The minister then said that the initial tip-off about the attack was received by the German domestic security service, the BfV, which informed the Essen police department. However, he refused to reveal any further details about the case, citing the secrecy of the investigation that is still ongoing. rt.com nbc-2.com

Ulta Beauty opening 6th DC in Fresno

Gordman's to liquidate all 106 stores in 22 states

Vanity Shop closing all of its 137 stores in 27 states

Gander Mountain files chapter 11 bankruptcy, closing 32 stores - seeking a buyer

Radio Shack May Disappear Entirely
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Dollar General in rapid EAS rollout with Checkpoint in 2,800 stores
Dollar General has completed a speedy installation of an electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution from Checkpoint Systems chainwide.

The discounter began its journey by testing EAS pedestals and deactivation systems in a limited number of stores to determine the benefits of how visible EAS tagging deters shoplifting and protects high-theft inventory.

Positive results prompted the company to deploy the technology in an additional 2,800 stores in what was, "the fastest deployment of EAS that I have ever witnessed," according to Carl Rysdon, VP of inventory control solutions for Checkpoint. chainstoreage.com

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"It will never happen here" must not be the mindset in today's environment. It is important for businesses to prepare and ensure employees are properly trained in the event of an active shooter incident. This webinar is designed for businesses to gain insights from the FBI on how to prepare for and react to an active shooter event.

You'll learn: The importance of organizational planning; Situational awareness tactics; What to do when police arrive

Instructor: Special Agent Robert DePriest, Crisis Management Coordinator, FBI, Active Shooter Unit

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WG Security Products, Inc. Recycle Source Tags (RST)

Helping retailers to reduce in-store labor costs

Campbell, CA - March 13, 2017 - WG Security Products, Inc (www.wgspi.com), a leading global provider of retail security solutions sold through WG and authorized business partners worldwide, today announced it has signed a long term contract with Fallas to provide a Hard Tag Recycle solution, (RST).

WG's unique approach: Source tagging has emerged as one of the most cost-effective mechanisms for EAS tagging and is quickly catching on in the retail world. The elimination of in-store tagging labor costs and the expediency of merchandise being delivered to the floor carry obvious benefits to even most shrewd money people. Maintaining a uniform tagging policy at the point of manufacture also generates a smoother aesthetic on the store floor, leading to a better customer relations experience. Being the first in the market to offer a full source tag recirculation program offers an environmentally responsible initiative retailers can easily integrate into existing sustainability programs. Because of the cyclical nature of the tag use, retailers do not need to spend capital on the purchase of hard tags, but tags are leased from WG to be used for a pre-determined amount of time. Retailers no longer have to maintain a stockpile of tags or find a way to dispose of their tags once they have been used. Less waste and more green!

According to Chris Nichols, Executive Vice President of Operations Fallas, "With the challenges in labor costs, operating margins and inventory accuracy, retailers like ours require solutions that serve our customers better and more effectively. Recycled EAS Hard Tags deployments decrease costs and improve operational performance."

With over 20 years of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) excellence in the retail space, WG is a global leader in hard tag source tagging, providing worldwide protection across a wide range of theft-prone retailer product categories including: apparel, building supplies, computer products, grocery and health and beauty care. Our program benefits retailers due to tags being applied at the source include reduced in-store labor costs, enhanced customer focus, standardized tag compliance to improve merchandising, product to the selling floor, and improved sales.

"Our US and International presence and source tagging infrastructure enables WG to deliver cost effective and robust merchandise protection," said Graham Handyside, Executive Vice President of Global Operations WG Security Products, Inc. "More importantly, we are helping our customers to minimize shrink, improve sales and reduce in store labor costs."

About WG Security Products, Inc.
WG security Products, Inc is a leading global provider of security solutions, deployed throughout the world to top retailers. Customers range from single-store boutiques to international retail brands. Operating in more than 50 countries globally, WGSPI provides retailers with real-time visibility via our cloud based system.

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FBI Chief Calls for United Fight Against Cybercrime
James Comey stresses the need to address encryption challenges faced by law enforcement.

Describing cyber threats as "too fast, too big and too widespread for any of us to address them alone," FBI director James Comey has called on a united fight against them urging for strong private and public sector partnerships. He was speaking at the inaugural Boston Conference on Cyber Security hosted by the FBI and Boston's College's Cybersecurity Policy and Governance master's degree program.

Highlighting the measures taken by the FBI to counter this scourge, Comey talked about the "stack of bad actors" involved in cybercrimes including nation-state, cyber groups, insiders and even terrorists to some extent.

They (terrorists) have not yet turned to using the Internet as a tool of destruction," he explained, "in a way that logic tells us certainly will come in the future."

The FBI chief spoke of the challenges faced by law enforcement owing to strong encryption and the "Going Dark" issue and stressed the need for a continuous dialogue on the subject. darkreading.com

How AI Is Transforming the Workplace
Move over, managers, there's a new boss in the office: artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is changing the way managers do their job-from who gets hired to how they're evaluated to who gets promoted.

These applications aim to analyze a vast amount of data and search for patterns-broadening managers' options and helping them systematize processes that are often driven simply by instinct and learn from experience.

AI service lets companies analyze workers' email to tell if they're feeling unhappy about their job, so bosses can give them more attention before their performance takes a nose dive or they start doing things that harm the company.

Another caveat: These systems are fairly new, and we really don't know yet whether they make decisions that are as good as or better than human managers. And it would be difficult to devise a foolproof way to test that.

And the biggest caveat: The AI systems' thirst for data can lead employers to push the boundaries of workers' privacy. It is incumbent upon managers to use them wisely. wsj.com

Arby's Restaurant Group Notifies Guests of Payment Card Security Incident
Posted on Businesswire by Arby's March 10, 2017 05:10 PM EST

Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) today provided further information regarding the previously disclosed payment card security incident involving certain U.S. restaurants.

ARG believes that, by means of the malware, the intruder may have been able to access data from payment cards used during time frames that vary by restaurant but in each case begin no earlier than October 20, 2016 and end no later than January 12, 2017.

A list of restaurants apparently affected and specific timeframes, along with steps guests can take, can be found at www.arbys.com/security. Only company-owned restaurants were impacted. In some instances, the malware appears to have identified data from the card's magnetic stripe that included the cardholder name and number and in other instances the card data identified by the malware did not appear to include the cardholder name. It is possible that not every card was identified.

For more information regarding this incident, guests can visit www.arbys.com/security or call 1-844-616-6628 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET. businesswire.com

External Attacks Major Factor Against Adopting IoT Technology
84 percent of organizations reported having IoT-related security breaches, with the most commonly cited causes being malware, spyware and human error. More than half of the respondents listed the possibility of external attacks as a major factor against adopting IoT technology.

"While IoT grows in deployment, scale and complexity, proper security methodologies to protect the network and devices, and more importantly, the data and insights they extract, must also keep pace,"

"If businesses do not take immediate steps to gain visibility and profile the IoT activities within their offices, they run the risk of exposure to potentially malicious activities."

However the benefits of the IoT still tend to exceed original expectations.  rfidjournal.com

IoT & Liability: How Organizations Can Hold Themselves Accountable
To avoid a lawsuit, your company needs to better understand the state of your infrastructure and the devices and applications within it. Here are five areas on which to focus.

The number of devices with IP connectivity continues to grow at a breakneck pace. In the next few years, it's expected that we'll see tens of billions of devices with some sort of networking ability. The problem is that the number of skilled security professionals available for organizations to monitor and manage these devices will not scale to match. There just aren't enough people in the world to actively monitor all the bits flowing through networks.

It's not a hopeless battle, but organizations need to take steps to better understand the state of their infrastructure and the devices and applications within it.

Effective asset and vulnerability management: You must be able to identify each device as well as its current status and state, including all the applications residing on each device

Monitoring applications: It's essential that you have a way to monitor the health of your applications and can respond immediately at the sign of an incident

Monitoring traffic: Keep an eye on traffic, applications, and devices for unauthorized connections to cloud services.

Employee monitoring: It can be tough to convince employees that this level of monitoring is required, but the consequences of an incident can be catastrophic.

Effective log management: Your log data at all levels often contains a wealth of useful information that can add color and clarity to your current security posture.

The single best way to minimize your organization's losses and liability is having the resources in place to mitigate risk and quickly respond when something does happen. darkreading.com

House Democrats Propose Three Bills that Would Bolster FCC Influence
over Cybersecurity

The first bill, the "Securing IoT Act of 2017" require that radio frequency equipment meet certain cybersecurity standards. Such cybersecurity standards would be established by the FCC, in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), no later than 180 days after the date of the Security IoT Act's enactment, and would cover cybersecurity standards "throughout the lifecycle of the equipment" (from design and installation to retirement). The standards would apply to equipment for which certification is submitted at least one year after the bill's enactment. natlawreview.com

Malware Discovered Pre-installed on Android Devices
Security researchers have found malware on nearly 40 different Android devices owned by two unnamed companies. While that may sound like a fairly normal occurrence, Check Point's researchers claim the malware was pre-installed on the devices somewhere along the supply chain. info-security-magazine.com




Innovators in EAS, Video,
and RFID

Since its start in 1998, WG Security has been turning heads in the EAS industry with its ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking. Ed Wolfe, VP of Business Development, rejoins LPNN for an update on their latest advancements in retail security. Learn how WG's Ninja Tag stacks up against the Spider Wrap and BoxGuard, how their remote monitoring system installed with GSM capability improves their ability to respond to service issues, and how their 4-alarm WAVE technology adds an undefeatable layer of security to their EAS hard tags.
 


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The Orange Wave sweeping retail joins LPNN, as Wouter Ubbels and Deidra Grier of Nedap Retail Americas explain how Nedap's !D Top, an RFID-based EAS system, allows retailers to invest now for RFID adoption later on, while providing great ROI up front. #Don'tGoTopless


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PD's Across the Country Setting Up "Safe Exchange Locations"
for Craigslist Purchases

Police stations across the country are creating "Safe Exchange Locations" to protect their citizens during online transactions. Each zone allows people to conduct Craigslist swaps more safely, usually with video surveillance and regular monitoring in effect. People can also use the spaces for child custody exchanges.

While many people appreciate the idea, they're also requesting more places follow suit. "Every city needs this," one commenter responded. "Simple, effective, low maintenance, and low cost." Another person wrote, "This is so great. More police departments need to do this!"

Stations around the country are hearing that call, with safe zones popping up in Michigan, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Utah, Arkansas and Iowa, just to name a few. goodhousekeeping.com

By 2020 card-not-present (CNP) fraud to reach $7.2B in U.S.
Email risk assessment is expected to play a key role in expediting legitimate transactions without causing friction while keeping fraudsters at bay. pymnts.com
 
Why Cybercrooks Love Alternative Payments
G2 Web Services categorizes these alternative payments among eight different types, which include peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, money service businesses (MSBs), eWallets, mobile payments, prepaid cards, vouchers, bank debits and credits or linked bank accounts and cryptocurrencies.

Hackers are cybercriminals who seek unauthorized access to data, while payment hustlers seek unauthorized access to payment methods.

"When people talk about new ways to pay, digital wallets dominate the conversation," he noted, underscoring the increasing popularity and usage of APMs, such as digital wallets and P2P payments.

"They will not just grow payments, but they will steal [shares] from the traditional credit card transactions," Frechtling pointed out.

With the increased usage of alternative payments has quickly come increased attention from both cybercriminals and the authorities charged with keeping them at bay. pymnts.com

LP Applications Abound
Amazon's voice assistant Alexa could be a $10 billion 'mega-hit' by 2020:
Could Drive $5B in Sales annually by 2020

The investment bank said it estimates totally retail revenue per active Amazon customer will be around $350 by the end of 2017. If this grows 5 percent annually it means the revenue per customer will be $400 by 2020. Alexa devices could increase spending between 5 percent and 15 percent or $40 per customer. On the basis of a 128 million Alexa devices installed, which is what RBC believes by 2020, this implies incremental revenue of $5 billion via shopping. cnbc.com

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Atlanta, GA: FBI seeks person of interest in credit card theft ring; purchasing thousands in gift cards
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is releasing new information on a massive credit card fraud ring that's been stealing thousands of personal cards across metro Atlanta for months. he card thieves have stolen the cards mostly from Cobb and Gwinnett counties, using the credit cards to by thousands of dollars in gift cards from all sorts of merchants and restaurants. 11Alive just obtained new security footage of a person of interest from the FBI. The video shows a woman who tried to use a credit card to buy more than a dozen gift cards at once. The merchant became suspicious and told her she would have to pay cash. She turned around and left. 11alive.com

Woman Admits To Leading South Jersey Retail Store Theft Ring; $20,000
A South Jersey woman has admitted she lead n organized retail theft ring that shoplifted thousands of dollars in merchandise at stores in South Jersey, returning the items for gift cards, which were pawned for cash. Chiara K. Pender pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of leader of an organized retail theft enterprise. Pender faces five years in state prison, and will have to pay $20,000 restitution for the losses sustained by the stores that were targeted. In the same case, 26-year-old Thareick Archer pleaded guilty to fourth-degree receiving stolen property. He faces one year, six months in prison. Stores targeted included Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target, Walmart, Home Goods, Lowes, Kohls, Burlington Coat Factory and Rite Aid. Pender admitted she recruited people into the ring and usually drove them to these stores. patch.com



Walgreen's employee busted for $3,000 theft of prescription painkillers According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the Walgreens for a theft report. Police spoke with an employee at the pharmacy, who said he had been investigating the theft of medications there. Justin Gardner, who was an employee there, admitted to the manager he had stolen the drugs. nonpareilonline.com


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Shootings, Violence, Kidnappings and Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes Impacting Retail
Man Tries to Burn Convenience Store Down Because Owner Was Muslim
He wanted to "run the Arabs out of our country"

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - 64-year-old Richard Lloyd, of Fort Pierce, told Police he was targeting the manager, who he believed was Muslim.

The manager, Hemant Patel, is not Muslim. He is of Indian descent.

Around 7:40 am Friday the suspect set fire to a dumpster he had rolled to the front of the store. Hoping the fire would spread to the building and then the alcohol inside would ignite, causing the building to collapse.

Police said the dumpster was burning when they arrived and distinquished. They said when Lloyd saw deputies arrive, he immediately put his hands behind his back and surrendered. wpbf.com


Charlotte, NC: Video shows store owner choking African-American woman, protesters call for boycott
Community leaders and customers of a west Charlotte beauty supply store showed up to the store Sunday, calling for a boycott after cell phone video showed the owner - an Asian man - kicking and choking an African American woman. Sung Ho Lim is the owner of Missha Beauty. He said this all started when the woman in the video, who has not been identified, was caught stealing. wbtv.com


Edinburg, TX: TJ Maxx LP Detective stabbed 3 times; only suffered minor injuries
The search is on for one of two suspects allegedly involved in a pair of crimes in Edinburg. The first incident took place around 6 p.m. at TJ Maxx. Edinburg Police said two adults were reportedly shoplifting when they were approached by a security officer. A male suspect stabbed the guard three times with an unknown object. The security officer suffered minor injuries. Police officers were able to detain the male suspect. Police say a female suspect was able to leave the scene and drive away. Moments after leaving the store, the woman was involved in a hit and run crash. The Edinburg Police Department is currently looking for her. krgv.com

North York, ON, CN: Teen seriously injured in stabbing at Fairview Mall
An 18-year-old man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a stabbing at Fairview Mall in North York. It happened at around 7:30 Sunday evening near the movie theatre in the mall, Toronto police said. Toronto Paramedic Services said the victim sustained two stab wounds to the upper body and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Police said there were multiple suspects but no descriptions available so far. cp24.com

Grand Rapids, MI: Suspect in Meijer Stabbing and Carjacking shot by Police
Police said that on Saturday morning GRPD received an anonymous tip that the suspect who was involved in the Meijer stabbing/attempted carjacking, (Thursday evening) was in the area. The suspect attempted to flee, but was confronted by police. Events escalated and the suspect was shot one time in the stomach, arrested and transported to the hospital. fox17online.com

College Station, TX: Man attempts to take girl, 6, from Bealls dressing room
Police are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from a dressing room at a Bealls department store in the Post Oak Mall in College Station Sunday just before 4 p.m. Police said a woman who was shopping with her three daughters went into a dressing room with her two youngest daughters while her oldest, a 6-year-old, went into a dressing room alone. Police said shortly after the 6-year-old went into the dressing room an unknown black man opened the curtain, grabbed her by the hand and tried to pull her with him, but the girl yelled for him to stop. The man then let her go and left the area. Police said the same man was seen about 30 minutes earlier inside a J.C. Penny's store watching young girls, but he left the store when employees noticed him. click2houston.com


Oklahoma City, OK: Brawl breaks out at Penn Square Mall
A large fight broke out Friday evening at Penn Square Mall, resulting in several arrests, according to Oklahoma City Police. Sgt. Houston Dilbeck, the on-call public information officer, said no shots were fired, but the mall was evacuated. During the fight, a Taser was potentially deployed, but Dilbeck said he did not know Friday whether it was deployed by a police officer, security guard, bystander - or if it even was deployed. news9.com


Pinellas County, FL: Deputies respond to accidental shooting at Oldsmar movie theater

Milford, CT: Man Suffers Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound in Connecticut Post Mall Parking Lot


Robberies & Thefts

NYC Antique Merchant Pleads Guilty To Elephant Ivory Sale

ATF: Licensed gun store burglaries/robberies up 52 percent nationwide

Hollister, CA: Man arrested in connection with 6 Pharmacy Robberies in past 6 months

Stow, OH: Shoplifter charged with Robbery after assault on Kohl's employee

Kay Jewelers in the Park Plaza Mall, Little Rock, AR reported a Distraction Theft on 3/12, item valued at $699

Peoples Jewellers in the Lloyd Mall, Lloydminster, AB, CN reported a Grab & Run on 3/10, item valued at $3,499

Peoples Jewellers in the Garden City Shopping Centre, Winnipeg, MB, CN reported a Grab & Run on 3/11, item valued at $149

Zales in the Jordan Creek Towne Center, West Des Moines, IA reported a theft on 3/12, item valued at $399


Credit Card Fraud

Danbury, CT: Woman from Bronx, NY arrested for ID theft; opened Lord & Taylor account spending $438

Beijing, China: Chinese Police make 96 arrests in latest operation against personal data theft

UK: Identity theft: Ruthless gangs use fake driver's ¬licenses and Medicare cards for crime sprees


Cargo Theft

Marion County, FL: Man arrested in stolen semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 75 

Midlothian, TX: Wichita Falls man arrested in connection with $85,000 tuna fish theft


Arson & Fire




Orlando, FL: Fire breaks out at CVS Pharmacy Distribution Center; Management and Security safely evacuated the staff, no injuries
Crews responded to an automatic fire alarm and found heavy smoke from the building. The fire was found between the first and second floor of the 720,000 square foot warehouse. wftv.com



McClellanville, SC: Fire destroys 'Palmetto Store' convenience store

Framingham, MA: Ten businesses destroyed in shopping plaza fire


Skimming Thefts

3 defendants plead not guilty to involvement in multimillion-dollar skimming operation
The indictment indicates that Las Vegas' cash-driven casino gambling scene served as a profitable headquarters for the criminal enterprise. But the charges also include fraudulent purchases and cash withdrawals at casinos or luxury retail stores in New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana, Michigan, Florida and California. reviewjournal.com

Roanoke County, VA: Police warn about card skimming device found at BP station

Joliet, IL: Police Discover Skimming Device on Local ATM

Wichita Falls, TX: Beware of Skimming Devices Attached to Gas Pumps


Counterfeit Goods

UK: East Midlands, England: Fake designer goods worth over $1 Million seized at airport in just 3 days




Auto Zone - Columbia, MO - Robbery
C-Store - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Cash America - Houston, TX - Burglary
Circle K - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Myrtle Beach, SC - Shooting, no injuries
CVS - Lebanon, OH - Armed Robbery
CVS - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
DC Mobile - Candia, NH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Allentown, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Findlay, OH - Armed Robbery
El Amir Grocery - Jersey City, NJ - Burglary
Eugene Classic Smoke - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Jacksonville, FL - Armed Robbery
Gold Fish Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Shooting/ 13 year old boy in Critical condition
Johnny Joe's Grocery - Denton, TX - Robbery
Jordan's Grocery - Coeur d'Alene, ID - Armed Robbery
Lighthouse Children's Thrift - Tallahassee, FL - Burglary
McDonald's - Memphis, TN - Shooting/ 1 killed , 2 injured
M&M Food - Darbydale, OH - Armed Robbery/ Shooting- clerk shot suspect in the hand
Midway Food Mart - Miami, FL - Shooting/ 3 wounded
Raley's - Rancho Murieta, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - South Attleboro, MA - Robbery
Shell - Defiance, OH - Armed Robbery
Shell - San Antonio, TX - Robbery/Shooting- suspect wounded by clerk
Smith's Food - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery (US Bank inside)
Super Discount Liquors - Penns Grove, NJ - Shooting/ 1 man killed outside store
Taco Bueno - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery/ Shot fired, no injuries
Times Market - Corpus Christi, TX - Armed Robbery
Trotta's West Street Pharmacy - Harrison, NY - Armed Robbery
True Value Hardware - Pasadena, CA - Armed Robbery
V.I.P. Gaming - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Tulsa, OK - Shooting/ Robbery - 1 woman wounded
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Shooting/ 1 wounded
7-Eleven - China Grove, TX - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
25 robberies
4 burglaries
10 shootings
2 killed













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Distribution Center Loss Prevention Manager
Redlands, CA

Under the supervision of the Director of Loss Prevention, the Distribution Center Loss Prevention Manager implements and enforces measures to ensure safety, security and prevent loss within all Distribution Center facilities...



Manager of District Loss Prevention
Wichita, Kansas

You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results. District Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific operations district and for collaborating with Store Operations and Human Resources in an effort to prevent company loss...

Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Miami Region)
Miami & South Florida
The Sr manager, region asset protection, is responsible for providing oversight in the protection of company assets and executing asset protection programs designed to minimize inventory shrink, workers compensation claims, general liability claims, bad checks and cash losses within an assigned region...


Sr Manager, Region Asset Protection (Jacksonville, FL)
Jacksonville & North Florida

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Loss Prevention Area Investigator
Southeast US

Gap Inc is seeking an experienced Loss Prevention Investigator to support the company's shortage reduction efforts. Investigators are primarily responsible for detecting the existence of internal fraud through exception reporting, store research, networking, general loss interviews and response to COBC hot lines. All conclusions are based upon associate interviews and/or factual findings derived from various company and vendor resources...



 

Store Detective - Multi-Unit
St Paul, MN

As a Market Investigator, you will directly assist in thesafety and protection of CVS Health retail assets within assigned stores, including customers, employees, merchandise, and store property. In this role, you will become familiar with CVS Health policy, local criminal law, covert surveillance principles, overt customer service methods, and digital and traditional VCR tape video surveillance systems...
 

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Arkansas and Florida


Provides strategic loss prevention management for a division of 2,000+ stores with sales volumes totaling +/- $4B. Maximizes profits by developing and executing programs to reduce and prevent the loss of company inventory/assets and managing Regional Loss Prevention Managers within an assigned geographical area...

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Director Loss Prevention Field - Northern California
Rocklin, CA

The Loss Prevention Director is responsible for all aspects of loss prevention fora specified market within CVS. In this role you will manage, develop, and recruit Region Loss Prevention Managers in the field. Developing loss prevention strategies and objectives designed to educate, enhance awareness among all levels of employees with the overall objective of controlling shrink and protecting the company's assets is a crucial part of this role...

Director of Loss Prevention
North Kansas City, MO

The Director is responsible for providing direction, development and leadership to our field loss prevention team. Their role directly impacts enterprise shortage control, security awareness, and program compliance for all Helzberg retail locations. The Director manages multiple Loss Prevention and Safety programs and initiatives for stores, and corporate offices alike...

Director, Loss Prevention
New York

Provide retail stores, corporate and the distribution center with a safe and secure working environment. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the retail division and NJ facilities. This includes sustaining a high level or loss prevention awareness in all locations. Must have the ability to detect and resolve internal theft issues...

Director, Corporate Loss Prevention
Charlotte, NC

The Corporate Loss Prevention Director is responsible for Loss Prevention support, administrative, investigative functions for the corporation. The Corporate Loss Prevention Director will Develop and Administer programs Related to Emergency Preparedness and Response; Active Shooter; Centralized Investigations; Exception Reporting System; Data Analytics; Remote Monitoring Program; Loss Prevention Technology...

Director Loss Prevention Field - Southern California
La Habra, CA

The Loss Prevention Director is responsible for all aspects of loss prevention fora specified market within CVS. In this role you will manage, develop, and recruit Region Loss Prevention Managers in the field. Developing loss prevention strategies and objectives designed to educate, enhance awareness among all levels of employees with the overall objective of controlling shrink and protecting the company's assets is a crucial part of this role...

Corporate LP Operations and Project Leader
Corte Madera, CA

Restoration Hardware is looking for a Corporate Loss Prevention Leader to join our Loss Prevention team. The position encompasses various areas of responsibility to include, policy management, data analytics and reporting, internal and external investigations, and other broader security projects...


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Listening and hearing what your internal customers are saying is critical if you expect to be successful with any program or project. Oftentimes, the speed of delivery negatively impacts the process of success and keeps us from hearing exactly what we need to hear when we so passionately roll out our programs and projects. After testing and reviewing our plans and being so committed to our beliefs, we oftentimes don't hear our retail partners once we've committed ourselves to a specific path. And sometimes it's not what they say that's important as much as what they don't say or as much as what they quietly say beneath their breath or maybe even how they react. Whenever you're rolling out a new program or project, use those interrogative skills, in a positive way, and read the reactions of your internal customers because they will determine the success regardless of how good it is.

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