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Retailers CALL TO ACTION
Illinois Felony Threshold Rising from $300 to $2,000 - to clear our jails
"Those are often crimes of poverty so we want to make sure that we recognize that"

Says State Rep. Elgie Simms.

"I'm sorry but at what point did society say it was ok to take someone else's property makes no sense to me and it makes no sense for law enforcement" Greg Sullivan of the Illinois Sheriff's Association says the bill will cause a surge in thefts and a waste of police resources.

Greg Sullivan Illinois Sheriff Association President: "organized retail theft is real, it happens those gangs are out there doing it." Rob Karr, Illlinois Retail Merchants Association president: "the myth is that people are only stealing for need and that stats simply don't show that." He went on to say this may be a non violent crime but retailers are still a victim. "Every item that walks out is a stolen item is a sale that we can't use to recoup cost."

If saving tax payers money is the goal opposers say this is not the solution. Karr estimates 100 million dollars in state sales tax alone will be lost every year. onenewspage.com

Groups oppose raising shoplifting felony threshold from $300 to $2,000
Officials representing retailers, sheriffs and municipalities Tuesday said they are opposed to raising the threshold value of a stolen item from the current $300 to $2,000 for shoplifting to be considered a felony in Illinois.

The higher dollar amount for a felony charge was among recommendations in a report issued in December by the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, which was named by Gov. Bruce Rauner in early 2015. The goal of the commission was to recommend changes in state law that could reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2025

Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, said at a Statehouse news conference that his group has backed legislation to avoid first-time nonviolent offenders from doing prison time. But he also said that the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention has found that retail thieves are caught "once out of 48 times they steal," so they are "not someone typically just walking in and acting for the first time."

He also said 80 percent or more of shoplifters detained in stores have money on them, showing that in those cases, they are "hardly stealing for need." And he said the average retail thief in jail has several prior arrests.

Karr estimated that shoplifting costs Illinois retailers at least $2 billion a year. He said the $2,000 felony level would give Illinois near the top threshold in the nation, and he said it is "counter-intuitive" to "simply hang a sign on a business that's making 2 percent on average net profit" that seems to say, "Come take this merchandise." He said grocery stores "operate very close to zero net profit."

There was some merchandise on display at the news conference, showing that if the threshold were raised, someone could avoid a felony charge even if taking certain brands of two 55-inch TVs, or two iPhones, 58 pairs of jeans or four laptop computers, Karr said.

Greg Sullivan, executive director of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, served on the sentencing commission, but voted against the shoplifting recommendation.

Patrick Hayes, general counsel of the Illinois Municipal League, said retail theft can cost $100 million annually in lost sales tax revenue to the state, and $25 million lost to local municipalities - more if they impose local sales taxes. Funding decisions for local governments, Hayes said, become "incrementally more difficult" because of the loss of that revenue.

House Bill 3337, introduced by Rep. Elgie Sims Jr., D-Chicago, is one measure dealing with the issue, and would raise the felony retail theft level to $2,000. It has been assigned to the House judiciary-criminal committee, which Sims chairs. sj-r.com

The Pew Charitable Trusts / Research & Analysis
The Effects of Changing State Theft Penalties
Increased felony thresholds have not resulted in higher property crime or larceny rates

Since 2001, at least 35 states have raised their felony theft thresholds, or the value of stolen money or goods above which prosecutors may charge theft offenses as felonies, rather than misdemeanors. Felony offenses typically carry a penalty of at least a year in state prison, while misdemeanors generally result in probation or less than a year in a locally run jail. Lawmakers have made these changes to prioritize costly prison space for more serious offenders and ensure that value-based penalties take inflation into account. A felony theft threshold of $1,000 established in 1985, for example, is equivalent to more than twice that much in 2015 dollars.

Critics have warned that these higher cutoff points might embolden offenders and cause property crime, particularly larceny, to rise. To determine whether their concerns have proved to be true, The Pew Charitable Trusts examined crime trends in the 28 states that raised their felony theft thresholds between 2001 and 2011, a period that allows analysis of each jurisdiction from three years before to three years after the policy change. Pew also compared trends in states that raised their thresholds during this period with those that did not. This chartbook illustrates three important conclusions from the analysis: 

Raising the felony theft threshold has no impact on overall property crime or larceny rates.

• States that increased their thresholds reported roughly the same average decrease in crime as the 22 states that did not change their theft laws.

• The amount of a state's felony theft threshold-whether it is $500, $1,000, $2,000, or more-is not correlated with its property crime and larceny rates.

This brief was updated Feb. 24, 2017, to correct the count of states that changed their thresholds as of 2014 and to revise the associated calculations.

Experts attribute the nation's sustained drop in violent and property crime rates to a host of factors, including better policing; the increased incarceration of certain repeat offenders; an expansion in private security personnel; an aging population that is less prone to criminal behavior; and technological advances, such as the widespread use of surveillance cameras, car- and home-alarm systems, and digital transactions that have reduced the need for cash. pewtrusts.org

In 2015, the rate of property crime was estimated at 2,487.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, a 3.4 percent decrease when compared with the 2014 estimated rate. The 2015 property crime rate was 14.4 percent less than the 2011 estimate and 25.7 percent less than the 2006 estimate. arceny-theft accounted for 71.4 percent of all property crimes in 2015. (Source: FBI)

In 2016 the property crime category, larceny offenses dropped 0.6 percent. (Source: FBI)

Click here to see a list of states that have raised their felony thresholds since 2001.

Editor's Note:
Over the last couple weeks, as has been reported in the Daily, several states have looked at increasing felony thresholds. Given the stature of Pew, we assume they updated this report as a direct result of working with these states' respective attorneys general.

Olympia, WA: State Senate Bill passed to combat 'Flash Mob' Theft,
defines Organized Retail Theft

A bill before the Legislature would strengthen penalties for those who use electronic communications to conspire to commit retail theft. Senate Bill 5632 passed the state Senate last week on a 27-22 vote. Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, is the prime sponsor. Public testimony in the Senate Law and Justice Committee related how people who organize via social media to commit mass robbery have overwhelmed small stores in Washington and other states. In one Federal Way case in August 2014, 40 people robbed a 7-11, resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.

SB 5632 creates an additional definition of the crime of organized retail theft. An individual would be guilty of organized retail theft if he or she participates in the theft of retail property with no fewer than six accomplices, when that property has a cumulative value of at least $750, and the thief makes or receives at least one electronic communication seeking participation in that theft. The first offense would be a gross misdemeanor and any subsequent theft of the type would be a Class C felony. omakchronicle.com

Stella Stops Northeast Retail in Her Tracks
Cost Retailers $1.5B

Planalytics estimated the economic impact of the storm will be $310 million for apparel, including specialty mall-based and independent retailers and department stores. This is in comparison to the same week of last year.

Home improvement chains such as Home Depot and Lowe's have even more at stake. "It's their Christmas right now," said Gold. "People are going to Lowe's and Home Depot for shovels and ice melt, but that's not what they want to be selling now. We're estimating the impact of the storm on home centers is going to be $1.2 billion."

While the storm is expected to move offshore today, the lingering cold temperatures in the Northeast will deter consumers from visiting the mall. "Most markets through this weekend are trending 10 degrees to 20 degrees below normal. We're comping the fifth warmest day of last year. Even if the roads clear, there will be snow on the ground, which doesn't put people in a spring mind-set."

"Spring got off to a great start, but now it's come to a screeching halt," Gold said. "The only saving grace is that Easter is falling later this year, so "there will be a little bit more runway to make up the business."  wwd.com

Walgreens Said Poised to Sell More Assets to Win Rite Aid Nod
Trump Administration Transition Could Help Seal the Deal

Walgreens is nearing an agreement to sell more assets to Tennessee-based discount chain Fred's Inc. -- boosting the number of stores and adding distribution centers, software and personnel, according to one of the people.

Walgreens could present the beefed-up package to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission within weeks, the person said, in hopes of satisfying the agency's concerns after an initial proposal fell short. The merger, which would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 in the industry, has also raised concerns among state attorneys general, at least a dozen of whom are scrutinizing the deal, another person familiar with the matter said.

A revised deal would fall on desks of a commission depleted at the upper levels in the transition between administrations. President Donald Trump hasn't yet named a permanent candidate to lead the antitrust body. Other commissioners have left, leaving just two of five seats filled, one by a Democrat and the other by a Republican, who is the new acting chairman after the change in administrations.

Likely includes more than the 865 stores already agreed upon and would allow Rite Aid executives to move over to Fred's "in order to enhance the management team of Fred's and provide continuity." bloomberg.com

Shopping Cart & Coupon Dispenser Ad Firm - News Corp. - Monopolized Retail Industry
Judge OK's $250M Settlement to Major Consumer Goods Makers

A Manhattan judge signed off Monday on the payout of $250 million for a settlement a class of major consumer goods makers inked with News Corp. over its alleged monopolization of in-store advertising.

The case dates back to 2012, when Dial, Kraft Heinz, Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods Inc., HP Hood LLC and BEF Foods began lodging what eventually became the current suit accusing News Corp. of working for years to shut would-be rivals out of the market for in-store advertising services like coupon dispensers and shopping cart advertisements.

News Corp. and its in-store ad unit after just one day into trial agreed to the payout with lawyers saying "this is what class actions were meant to be about because we had a monopolization of a market that needed to be remedied."

Editor's Note: We include such cases because you need to see and understand the whole picture of what's going on in the retail industry and the various legal ramifications they have on the vendors we all work with. With each channel having it's own challenges, ethics, and business practices. law360.com
 

Midwest Cargo Security Council: Preventing Theft & Educating the Public, Law Enforcement & Transportation Industry
Last year, the nonprofit Midwest Cargo Security Council was formed with the goal of educating the public sector, law enforcement and the transportation industry relative to cargo crimes and the prevention thereof. The council will conduct periodic training for law enforcement and supply chain companies and will, by way of Council dues, provide funding for law enforcement agencies for the purpose of cargo theft training. Government legislative bodies/boards may also be solicited by the Council for the purpose of enacting laws or policies that further the goals of the Council, as outlined in the articles of incorporation. The Council will also financially assist law enforcement members/families during times of crisis and bereavement, as to be determined by the board.

To learn more or join this important organization, visit midwestcargosecuritycouncil.com


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Inditex - Zara no comp data - full year sales up 11.5%
H&M Q1 no comp data, sales up 7%
Bon Ton Q4 comp's down 4.7%, sales down 5.5%, full yr comp's down 3.8%, sales down 4.3%
Christopher & Banks Q4 comp's down 7.8%, net sales down 10.1%, full yr comp's down 8.3%, net sales down 0.6%

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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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Quality First

Alpha High Theft Solutions ranks among
top 'Quality Leadership' companies

Each year, Quality magazine recognizes U.S. manufacturing companies that place a high priority on quality and provide examples of how they achieve these results. Alpha High Theft Solutions, a division of Checkpoint Systems, ranked 16 out of the top 100 "Quality Leadership" companies surveyed. A ranking based on criteria such as a contribution of quality to profitability, shareholder value, warranty replacement costs, and quality training programs. Cathy Rose, Alpha's Manager of Quality Assurance, and her team lead this effort.

"True Quality is a cradle to grave philosophy with many steps in between. It takes the complete organization to pull this all together. I'm proud of the team alignment we have to design, manufacture, and deliver quality products to our global customers. This article is about the team success in pulling together process and procedures to ensure customer satisfaction. Congratulations to the team." Gale Essick - Senior Director of Operations - Checkpoint /Alpha High Theft Solutions.

Alpha has been manufacturing in the U.S. for nearly forty years. Our 210,000-square-foot Canton, Ohio, manufacturing plant is strategically located in the Midwest, which allows for optimal delivery to our customers. Last year alone more than 18.5 million units were produced and shipped to some of the top retailers in the world.

There are many benefits to having full-line manufacturing in the U.S. By producing from to start to finish, Alpha is able to meet our customers' needs with end-to-end manufacturing control ensuring the quality of our products. Other benefits include 99.9% shipping accuracy, quicker time to market updates and eco-friendly production.

Our commitment to continuing to produce a multitude of quality American-made solutions for our industry stems from our desire to have a positive impact on our economy in terms of growth, innovation, and domestic job creation.

"The Alpha Team in Canton is the backbone of our business. They are a the most dedicated and proud group of men and women who strive to provide the best made and quality products to our customers. Our plant truly is a difference maker!" Stuart Rosenthal - Vice President of Sales and Marketing - Checkpoint/Alpha High Theft Solutions.

View article/survey results here.






Home Depot Deal May Spur Banks To Sue Other Data Breached Retailers
Home Depot has agreed to fork over more than $25 million to put to bed a proposed class of financial institutions' data breach claims, a move that could prompt more banks and credit unions to go after the retailers that suffered the data breaches rather than pursue more traditional card brand recovery programs to recoup their losses.

It comes on top of $140 million that Home Depot has already paid to large issuers such as American Express, Discover and others through card brand recovery processes run by Visa and MasterCard for losses stemming from a 2014 breach that compromised 56 million credit and debit card numbers belonging to Home Depot shoppers.

While financial institutions that issued between 70 and 80 percent of the compromised payment cards had agreed to release their claims against the retailer through these recovery programs, the remaining banks and credit unions that decided to press their claims in court ended up getting a potentially better return than the one they would have received had they only pursued the longstanding card brand processes, a result that may inspire others to follow suit, attorneys say. law360.com

Apple quietly hires renowned iPhone security expert
In a blog post today, famous iPhone security expert Jonathan Zdziarski announced that he's going to work for Apple. It's an unusual announcement for a number of reasons - firstly, people don't normally know or care who's working on Apple's security team - but Zdziarski is a little different.

Zdziarski is a prominent security consultant who's also been a thorn in Apple's side for years. Most notably, he's called out Apple for shipping a version of iOS without an encrypted kernel, pulled apart Facebook's iOS code to reveal "malware-like" code, and been a vital source of information during Apple's short war with the FBI.

Zdziarski has long been an advocate for customer privacy and strong encryption. Apple's hiring move is likely just a coincidence, a case of a company picking up a talented employee where possible. But in the current climate, going and finding a security engineer who is also well known for his ethical stance on hacking certainly sounds like a message. bgr.com

Cyber-criminal Tactics Get Incredibly Sophisticated
Cyber-criminals are getting more sophisticated, with advanced attack techniques and tools coming to the fore. In fact, there's really no difference between the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by state-sponsored actors and those used by financially motivated actors. infosecurity-magazine.com

Cyber-espionage Tops Security Threats to Businesses
Cyber-espionage is the top threat facing businesses, ahead of targeted attacks and phishing attempts, according to new research.

Trend Micro's research covered nearly 2500 organizations across Europe and the UK and found that 64% of businesses had experienced a 'known' major cyber-attack in the past 12 months. On average, businesses were hit by four cyber-attacks during that time.

Ransomware proved to be the most common type of incident, with 78% of respondents reporting an attack. Phishing (31%), business email compromise (17%) and cyber-espionage (15%) were other common attacks. infosecurity-magazine.com
 
Document Security Tops Concerns After Databreach
60% of Businesses Mistakenly Sent out Sensitive Documents

43% say they lack widely understood policies for securing internal documents.

While most are concerned about cyberattack-borne breaches of critical documents, the top concern by far is an employee accidentally sending out confidential information. Six in 10 say either they or someone they've worked with have mistakenly sent out documents that they shouldn't have.

Some 43% also report that their company does not have widely understood policies for document security.

Editor's Note: While this sounds like a broken record it's like the old expression - "it's all about the basics of blocking and tackling." How many times have we heard that when teams lose games and in this case the risk could be even greater. Just a thought  darkreading.com








President of 130-location food chain Cora recovering after botched kidnapping
Police confirm it was a failed ransom attempt

The president of the Cora breakfast restaurant chain, who was tied up and left lying in a ditch near Montreal Thursday, was the victim of an amateurish ransom attempt, police have confirmed.

Nicholas Tsouflidis, the 44-year-old son of the founder of the eponymous company, Cora Tsouflidou, was at home Friday - recovering from the eight-hour ordeal.

Police said at least two armed men showed up at Mr. Tsouflidis's home while he was alone, just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, and took him away in a blue sedan. He managed to call 911 from the car but spent the next eight hours in captivity - held at times in the trunk but also at another residence.

He was found at about 6 a.m. Thursday, terribly shaken and confused but otherwise healthy, according to one of the people who found him and called in to a local radio station. "He had no idea where he was," the man said. "He was confused and just kept saying someone put a gun to his head."

Mr. Tsouflidis is co-operating fully with police but is having trouble filling in all the details of the traumatic night. Police have gathered enough information to conclude that the kidnapping was not related to organized crime, she said.

Cora is a family-owned franchise chain of 130 restaurants across Canada. It has become legendary in Quebec for its humble start and inspiring founder, Cora Tsouflidou, who launched the business in 1987 with one neighbourhood grill in Montreal. theglobeandmail.com

PETA Wants To Roast Canada Goose
CEO Escaped Out Back Door

Taking the battle to the boardroom, PETA plans to buy shares in the IPO of upscale apparel-maker Canada Goose Inc. in order to have a shareholder voice in what the activist group calls the company's mistreatment of animals.

Canada Goose filed an amended IPO last Friday expected to raise $200-$300 million and value the company at $2 billion.

PETA said in a news release Tuesday it plans to buy the minimum amount of shares necessary to give PETA the right to attend and speak at annual meetings, and to offer resolutions for the company to stop using coyote pelts for its pricey jackets, some of which retail for nearly $1,000.

The animal rights group's last November staged demonstrations at the grand opening of the Toronto-based company's first-ever brick-and-mortar store.

In October, the Daily reported on PETA's demonstrations that took place at the grand opening of the company's first brick-and-mortar store. During those protests, PETA said that activists were locked in the store as Canada Goose's CEO escaped out the back door. benzinga.com

Some Canadians looking to the streets to get their meat
Stores hit by meat thieves every week

Some Nova Scotians are turning to the street to get their meat - protein that's been lifted from local grocery store shelves and resold to people hungry for a bargain. Stores across the province are hit every week by meat thieves, said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson with the Halifax RCMP.

Most of the meat is still in its original store packaging when it's resold, which leads Hutchinson to believe most customers suspect they're buying beef that's been burgled.

He didn't have an estimate on how much money meat theft could be costing his business, but Jennings is considering adding more security to keep watch over his inventory. Many grocery stores already have uniformed and plainclothes security staff. At trade shows, some companies are even pushing grocery stores to put radio frequency identification devices into meat packaging. cbc.ca

New software bug exposes Canadian gov websites to hackers
Canada's government shut down its website for filing federal taxes after hackers broke into a web server at the nation's statistics bureau by exploiting a newly disclosed software bug. The first high-profile organization hacked is Statistics Canada, but authorities said for Reuters that they stopped the intrusion before hackers stole any data.

Other victims have not yet come forth, although security companies said they expect more attacks to surface after details on the easy-to-exploit vulnerability were posted on security forums and hacking websites. thepaypers.com

Tim Hortons franchisees push back against cost-cutting changes, report suggests

Online U.S. retailers pushing Canadian Parliament to raise $20 threshold on import taxes & duties

Old Navy to Open 8 Canadian Stores
Currently operating 78 and on the way to 100


Saks OFF 5th Announces 2 more Canadian stores

Canada's Hudson's Bay could buy Neiman Marcus

DXL Men's Apparel expanding into Canada in Ajax, Ontario - 2nd store in April

Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot'


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Update: Two adults accused in Mac's store killings get 2018 court date
The adult suspects accused of murdering two Edmonton Mac's convenience store clerks during a pair of armed robberies have been scheduled to go to trial in 2018.

Laylin Cole Alex Delorme and Colton James Steinhauer each face two charges of first-degree murder, robbery and other offences in connection to the Dec. 18, 2015, shooting deaths of Mac's workers Ricky Massin Cenabre and Karanpal Singh Bhangu.

A third accused, a boy who was 13 at the time, was also charged with two counts of first-degree murder and robbery offences. His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and he is being tried separately in youth court. edmontonjournal.com

16 arrested in $5M Luxury-Car & Cargo Theft Ring Operating in Three Provinces
Police apprehended 16 suspects between the ages of 20 and 56 years old in Quebec as part of a series of raids in St-Georges, St-Liboire, St-Zotique and St-Paul-de-L'Ile-Aux-Noix-Memramcook. Other raids were conducted in Ontario and New Brunswick, according to a Surete du Quebec statement.

Police said the investigation began in June 2016 and involved the investigation of 78 thefts of property with a total value of $5,379,000. The value of property recovered in the raids was estimated at $3,185,000. Aside from luxury vehicles, police said the suspects also were involved in the theft of cargo shipments. ctvnews.com


Edmonton, ON: Man shot multiples times, runs to convenience store for help
A man is in hospital after being shot early Tuesday morning in downtown Edmonton. Police say they found the injured man at around 3 a.m. while responding to an unrelated event at a Husky gas station. The man had been shot multiple times and came into the store looking for medical help.

A canine team tracked the man's blood to the Connect Ultra Lounge, where it's believed he was injured after an altercation. Bullet holes and casings were found outside the business. Police remained on scene Tuesday morning behind the lounge, photographing the ground near a door to the building. Blood could be seen on the wall of the building. cbc.ca

Edmonton, ON: Police investigating after body found in Safeway parking lot
There was a heavy police presence in a Safeway parking lot Saturday afternoon. Edmonton police told CTV News a body was found in a vehicle around 2:15 p.m. Initially EPS believed the death was suspicious, but after investigating further, police are calling the incident "non-criminal." ctvnews.com

Edmonton, ON: $36,000 Credit card fraud hits local auto retailer
Credit-card scammers who prey on local auto shops defrauded one retailer out of $36,000 in a single transaction last year, Edmonton police say. The scammers used stolen credit cards to try to buy tires in bulk over the phone.

Police investigated eight cases where fraudulent credit cards were used for bulk tire purchases in 2016, with a total loss to Edmonton retailers of $70,485. One local shop was hit twice in the same month, for a total loss of $8,360, police said in a statement. cbc.ca

$10,000 worth of stolen guitars, fentanyl recovered in Oshawa
Four people are facing charges after police seized an estimated $10,000 worth of stolen guitars and patches of the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Police in Durham region said their officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Oshawa shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday where they found the stolen merchandise. Police believe it is connected to a recent break-and-enter that occurred in Whitby. ctvnews.com

Halifax, NS: Police arrest suspect connected to 7 retail robberies

Thunder Bay, ON: Boxes of stolen goods recovered from Little Mermaid burglaries

Kitchener, ON: Man steals donation box for the blind from Giant Tiger store

Prince George, BC: Bear spray used in theft from Westgate area store

Halton, ON: 71 gift cards bought with stolen credit card data, 2 men charged

$6,000 in damage after Lawson Heights Mall fire

Robberies and Burglaries

Bike Barn - Penticton, BC - Burglary
BP Corner News - Halifax, NS - Robbery
Dollarama - Halifax, NS - Robbery

Erie Street East pharmacy - Windsor, ON - Robbery
Griffins Smoke Shop - Halifax, NS - Robbery
Rabba Fine Foods - Toronto, ON - Robbery
Undisclosed store - Mississauga, ON - Armed Robbery
Valdi's Jewellery Shop - Oshawa, ON - Armed Robbery





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ALTO US is a new venture in the United States for South America's powerhouse Asset Protection solution provider ALTO. Starting back in 2003 in one of Chile's biggest retail stores, where they reduced shrinkage by 23% in the first year, they're now supporting nearly 7,000 stores in more than 100 cities in Latin America, Europe and now the U.S. Karl Langhorst, Executive Vice President for ALTO US, explains how their programs help bridge the gap between retail and law enforcement, creating an effective and productive partnership, while managing the prosecution processes for a retailer's external and internal theft cases.
 


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Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block
In the world of cybercrime, ransomware and DDoS attacks had the highest profile by far during the past year. There was an entire day devoted to a ransomware "summit" at the recent RSA conference in San Francisco.

But when it comes to money being lost (and made), bot fraud is king - by a lot.

Most estimates of losses in the US from ransomware during 2016 were in the $1 billion range. By contrast, a study published in January 2016 by White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) titled "Bot Baseline: Fraud in Digital Advertising," estimated global losses in 2016 would be $7.2 billion.

Either of which makes ransomware losses, by comparison, "chump change," in the words of Augustine Fou, cybersecurity and ad fraud researcher at Marketing Science and author of the report, "State of Digital Ad Fraud."

Fou, a self-described "bot hunter," said that kind of cybercrime is so vast because it is so easy, profitable and safe.

Indeed, Bruce Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, wrote in a recent blog post that the growth of "click fraud" - bots designed to trick advertisers into thinking that real people have viewed, and clicked, on their ads - has the potential to cause, "the whole advertising model of the Internet (to) crumble." csoonline.com

Buckle seeks to turn around its online fortunes
Online and Offline sales slid in 2016

The Buckle, reported online sales during the fourth quarter of 2016 of $32.2 million, down 8.8% from $35.3 million during the same time last year. For 2016, Buckle reported online sales of $99.8 million, down 5.4% from $105.5 million last year. Those declines were smaller than the retailer's 2016 13% overall sales dip, which meant that e-commerce accounted for a greater portion of overall sales in 2016 (10.2%) than in 2015 (9.4%). digitalcommerce360.com

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UPDATED: 'Toys 'R' Us Kid' Serial Shoplifter Found Guilty in Illinois
A serial shoplifter from Florida known as the "Toys 'R' Us Kid" and the "Lego Bandit" has been found guilty of stealing art supplies in northeast Illinois. Ignatius Pollara, 51, was convicted Monday on burglary and retail theft charges in DuPage County, the Daily Herald reported. Police said he was arrested on July 3, 2015 after stealing about $80 in art supplies from a Hobby Lobby in Lombard. Pollara was convicted in 2012 in Florida, where authorities allege he stole more than $2 million in Lego sets and Toys "R'' Us toys. More than 10 police officers followed Pollara after they were tipped off on July 1 that he would be flying into Chicago from Florida the next day, Downers Grove police Sgt. Jeremy Thayer testified. Police obtained a search warrant for his rental car and found receipts for several small purchases, as well as items that appeared to be stolen. The Tamarac, Florida, resident has been held on $125,000 bond since his arrest in Illinois. Pollara declined to testify at a hearing Friday. He has been citied three times during the case for criminal contempt of court, often for profane courtroom outbursts. His sentencing is scheduled for April 24. nbcchicago.com

 


Fresno, CA: Young robbers preyed on cigarette merchants
Fresno police Tuesday announced the arrest of two men and a juvenile from the Stockton area that detectives say committed a series of high-dollar armed robberies targeting Fresno-area cigarette merchants. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the bandits went after retail store owners buying thousands of dollars worth of smokes before cigarette taxes take a $2 jump on April 1, when Proposition 56 goes into effect. In custody are Adrian Sarraraz and Edward Balanon, both 20, and the unidentified 17-year-old juvenile. Dyer said the three staked out the Sam's Club and waited for convenience and liquor store owners to show up and buy large quantities of cigarettes to beat the deadline. A total of over $23,000 of cigarettes were stolen in during 3 robberies. fresnobee.com

Wayne, NJ: Two 'Booster Crew' Members Arrested After Traffic Stop
Two members of a "booster crew" working in Orange County were arrested after police pursued their vehicle after they reportedly stole sneakers from JC Penney. The two suspects fled the store, nut were quickly stopped by Wayne Police, several pairs of sneakers were recovered from the vehicle. patch.com


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Shootings & Deaths

Napa, CA: One man fatally shot by Police near Home Depot
One man was shot to death by Napa police officers Monday evening outside of Home Depot, but it is not immediately clear what led to the incident. Chief Steve Potter said dispatchers received multiple calls of a man with a knife acting "high" or "crazy" outside the store at 6:21 p.m. When officers arrived a brief time later, they found the man a short distance north of Home Depot. At some point thereafter, two officers discharged their weapons and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. napavalleyregister.com

Gwynn Oak, MD: One Armed Robbery Suspect shot and killed by Police;
wanted in connection with string of violent crimes

Police in Maryland shot three robbery suspects, one fatally, in a vehicle that officers said began to accelerate toward them as they approached it to investigate. In a statement Tuesday, police said an officer on patrol saw a man running away from a Royal Farms convenience store. Another officer responded to check on the store, and was told it had just been robbed. The officers found a vehicle parked about a block away in a residential area. "As two officers approached this vehicle on foot, it began to accelerate towards them. Both officers, in fear for their lives, fired at the approaching vehicle, striking all three of the male suspects inside," the statement said. therepublic.com

Highland, IN: Officers fire shots after Shoplifting suspects try to Run them Over
Highland Police said officers pursuing two women suspected of shoplifting at Dick's Sporting Goods in northwest Indiana fired shots at those suspects, but no one was injured. Police said they were called to the Dick's for a report of two women shoplifting around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police said two women were in the store's parking lot after they got into a car. Police later learned that vehicle was reported stolen during a carjacking in Chicago. Police said when the two women refused to get out of the car an officer broke a window and injured his hand. The pair then sped off and, according to police, nearly hit the officer. The officer opened fire on the fleeing car, but missed the suspects. abc7chicago.com


Robberies & Thefts

Denver, CO: Thefts from Colorado Gun Dealers more than doubled in 2016;
273 weapons stolen

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the number of firearms stolen from gun dealers in Colorado more than doubled in 2016, reaching a 10-year high. A total of 273 guns were stolen from federal firearms licensees. In comparison, 121 guns were stolen from Colorado gun dealers in 2015 and 56 guns in 2014. Colorado mirrors a national uptick in guns stolen from dealers. In 2016, 7,858 guns were stolen in robberies and burglaries across the country, the highest number on record. 9news.com


Cleveland, OH: U-Hauls targeted by Smash & Grab Thieves
After a string of recent smash and grab robberies in Cleveland involving U-Haul trucks, neighborhood rental truck dealers are enhancing their security to fend off thieves. A CVS store located on Memphis Avenue and Pearl Road in Cleveland was hit by two smash and grab thieves driving a U-Haul on Tuesday morning. The entire U-Haul truck went inside the store and resulted in a portion of the wall collapsing. The ATM was left behind. newsnet5.com



Little Rock, AR: Girl, 16, to be tried as adult in string of Armed Robberies
A 16-year-old girl accused of four armed robberies in Little Rock, two of them at the same doughnut shop in two weeks, will be prosecuted as an adult, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Monday. Lockhart's attorney, Ricky Hicks, had called the girl, who was arrested about a month before turning 17, a "petty thief who's stealing things to support a drug habit." arkansasonline.com



Oakland, CA: $30,000 of merchandise stolen by Flash Mob at Oakland Coliseum
Chaos at a carnival in Oakland over the weekend was caught on camera. The videos show a mob of people at a carnival taking anything they can get their hands on. It was more than just theft and vandalism. People were actually hurt. This happened over the weekend near the Oakland Coliseum. Carnival workers said they lost $30,000 worth of merchandise. nbc4i.com





UK: Hull named one of worst shoplifting areas in England

Helzburg Diamonds in the Ontario Mills, Ontario, CA reported a Grab & Run on 3/13, item valued at $19,388


Pagoda in the Capital Mall, Olympia, WA reported a Distraction Theft on 3/14, item valued at $329


Peoples Jewellers and Mappins Jewellers in the Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall, Toronto, ON CN reported a Credit Fraud Alert on 2/20 and 3/13, items valued at $11,660




Bomb threat

Fountain, CO: Walmart in briefly evacuated for bomb threat


Credit Card Fraud

Cedarville, OH: Police are searching for suspects in a Credit Card Scam


Skimming Thefts

Cuban Skimming Gang Busted in Green Bay
Green Bay Police have arrested two men who are accused of stealing credit card information through skimmer devices. Both men are from Cuba. Mesa-Diaz is here illegally, and was placed on an immigration hold, according to police.

Investigators believe the suspects placed skimming devices inside pumps at gas stations across the city. The suspects were arrested on Sunday. Police believe the men were using the stolen money at casinos or to buy food. Police say the suspects have no known ties to the Green Bay area. It's believed the traveled from Texas to commit the crimes. wbay.com

Temecula, CA: Three arrested after ATM skimming investigation




Casey's General - Warrensburg, MO - Armed Robbery
Care Pharmacy - Rochester, NH - Robbery
CVS - Cleveland, OH - Burglary
CVS - Capitola, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Hope, IN - Burglary
Dunkin Donuts - Newark, DE - Robbery
Home Depot - Napa, CA - Police shooting- man w/ Knife killed outside store
People's Market - Dayton, OH - Robbery- attempted to stab an employee
Pharmacy - Livermore, CA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Rochester, NH - Robbery
Royal Farms - Gwynn Oaks, MD - Armed Robbery/ Police Shooting- 1 suspect killed 2 wounded
Shell - Nashville, TN - Shooting/ clerk fired weapon, no injuries
Thick Bikes - Pittsburgh, PA - Burglary/ $4K Mountain bike
Thorntons - Louisville, KY - Shooting/ Customer killed in parking lot
Walmart - Ukiah, CA - Theft/ Robbery- assaulted LP Associate
7-Eleven - Odessa, TX - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
12 robberies
3 burglaries
4 shootings
3 killed













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