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In Case You Missed It

March's Moving Ups

Burlington Stores promoted Kelly Riddle to National Manager of ORC (Organized Retail Crime) Investigations.
Burlington Stores promoted Katerina Chizhikova to Asset Protection Department Training Manager.
Cabela's promoted David Homolka to Vice President and Chief Property and Design Officer.
CarMax promoted Craig Cronheim to Vice President of Human Resources and Loss Prevention.
CarMax promoted Eric Chase to AVP of Loss Prevention.
Citi named Lisa Benson Vice President, Global Investigations Unit/AML Compliance.
Compass Group North America named Al Vanegas National Loss Prevention Manager, Eurest National Accounts.
CONTROLTEK named Rhett Asher Director of Business Development.
DSW promoted Jordan Rivchun to Director of Field Loss Prevention.
Eastern Bank named John Pool Senior Vice President, Corporate Security and Fraud.
Floor & Décor named Bobby DeAgostino Safety Director.
Gap Inc./Old Navy promoted Jacob Myers to Director, International Loss Prevention.
Helzberg Diamonds promoted Tim Lapinski, CFI LPC to Divisional Vice President - Loss Prevention.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. promoted Suzanne Read, LPC to Director of Loss Prevention Process & Strategy.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.  promoted Emily Akino (Bosworth), LPC to Market Director-Stores.
Lumber Liquidators promoted Michael Ward to Vice President of Loss Prevention & Safety.
Macy's named Dave Rogers Asset Protection RVP for the Northeast Region.
Macy's named Pamela Velose Asset Protection RVP for the Southwest Region.
Macy's named Cynthia Grizzle Asset Protection RVP for the South Region.
Macy's named Mike Coyle Regional Director of Investigations for the Northeast Region.
Mattress Firm named Nate Frazier, CPP CFI LPC Vice President of Loss Prevention.
Michael's Stores, Inc. named Scott Springer, CFI Director of Loss Prevention.
National Stores, Inc. promoted Chris Nichols to Executive Vice President of Operations.
REI promoted Stephani Enriquez to Sr. Shortage Control Coordinator.
Ross Stores promoted Adam Eaton to Senior Manager, Loss Prevention Technology.
Ross Stores promoted Jayson Sutton to Assistant Vice President - Loss Prevention.
Safeway Open named Dan Diggins Director of Security & Safety.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc promoted Michael Gray to Senior Vice President.
Sephora named Brent Hamlin Director of Loss Prevention.
Under Armour promoted Rob Gibson, CFI to Senior Asset Protection Manager - West.
Under Armour promoted Mike Kujawa to Senior Regional Manager - Asset Protection.
Walmart promoted Christyn Keef to Sr. Director of Asset Protection - Small Formats Division.
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates promoted David Thompson, CFI to Director of Investigations, Research and Innovation.
 

 



Amazon Dodges Ky. Workers' State Claims In Wage MDL over being paid for Security Checks
A Kentucky federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over whether Amazon warehouse employees deserve pay for time spent passing through security checks ruled Thursday that a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such screenings are not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act also kills Kentucky workers' state claims. Time spent undergoing security is not compensable under the FLSA, also nixes the workers' state law claims. law360.com

Blue Line Technology Introduces Intelligent Facial Recognition
Taking retail security against violent acts & LP to another level

Blue Line Technology has introduced a state-of-the-art facial recognition system designed to deter and prevent crime at the doorstep before it occurs.

With First Line Facial Recognition, pictures of known threats can be entered into the system and if someone approaches an entrance, the Blue Line Technology camera will immediately recognize them as a threat, alert management and security, and not allow them entrance. The system requires a readable face to unlock the door. This means if a subject approaches wearing a mask, he or she will be denied entrance.

First Line Facial Recognition is a perfect addition to a retail location's surveillance systems already in place. It can use the existing monitoring and add alerts to the main panel. Blue Line Technology's system allows for the very best use of security and police officers for immediate response. The value-added is in locating violators prior to theft occurring, preventing violent confrontations, lawsuits and employee injuries.

First Line Facial Recognition integrates seamlessly, turning a security feed from passive to active. The simplicity of the Blue Line system is the key. Read full press release below. bluelinetechnology.com

Family of elderly woman killed at Myrtle Beach Mall sues mall over security
The family of the Little River woman who was gunned down in the Myrtle Beach Mall parking lot in January filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mall this week, saying in court papers that the shopping center lacked adequate security staff and properly working surveillance cameras.

The lawsuit states that the mall has a duty to protect its visitors and the shopping center's negligence led to Davis' death. In the months before the shooting, other violent crimes had been committed at the mall, which "was unsafe and posed risks of danger to the public," according to the lawsuit.

In court papers, Davis's family asserts that before the shooting the mall "was on notice" that the facility needed to develop written procedures and policies to deter crime, have functioning outside surveillance cameras and train staff to ensure the mall was safe. The lawsuit also states that the mall didn't properly manage security staff, lacked enough of those workers and employed people who were unfit for the job. The case remains unsolved by authorities. myrtlebeachonline.com

Number of Retail Jobs In New York City Shrinking
Since the great economic expansion began in New York City in 2009, retail has added about 60,000 jobs, an eye-opening 20% increase in just six years. But recently employment in the sector has headed south. The Independent Budget Office first noticed the trend in preparing the economic and budget analysis it released last week. The impact is, so far, modest.

Since August 2015 NYC retail has lost 33,700 jobs. With November and December representing the biggest losses - 9,400 and 12,000 respectively. crainsnewyork.com

Price Hikes Loom For Post-Staples Clients, Expert Says
Large companies may have no choice but to accept price hikes on office supplies after Staples' merger with Office Depot, according to a Federal Trade Commission expert witness who told a D.C. federal judge mulling blocking the $6.3 billion deal that the new Staples may be the only office supply option for many companies.

The Federal Trade Commission's economic expert, Carl Shapiro, told U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that Staples and Office Depot would control 80 percent of the market for business office supplies, and large companies have specific needs like next-day delivery, controlled prices and others that few office supply firms can fill.

"They have leverage, they are not babies, they're big businesses, but the way they get leverage is by the threat to go to the other guy," Shapiro said.  law360.com

Store fulfillment is creating associate tension
Part of the challenge involves how to fairly incentivize in-store staff to support online sales with the goal of satisfying customer's expectations to "buy anywhere, pick up anywhere."

Weiss said many retailers continue to debate compensation structures for associates who lose productive hours or commissions doing online fulfillment in stores.

In the case of ship from store, store associates often send out poorly wrapped or poorly packaged items, either because they have not been properly trained or do not see their primary work duty as being a warehouse associate. In some cases, associates will hold back "best sellers" rather than fulfill online orders to ensure the items are available for their clients, Weiss has heard. "Commission-based associates are the most likely to engage in this behavior.  fierceretail.com

UK: BMW Brand Protection - Fake Products, $39 Billion problem
Counterfeiting is often regarded as a victimless "soft" crime, however recent estimates suggest the annual cost of counterfeiting to the automotive industry has now reached $39 Billion. BMW Brand Protection teams work closely with customs, law enforcement, detective agencies and law firms to tackle the growing issue of counterfeit items such as spare parts, accessories and lifestyle merchandise. A shocking 58% of all counterfeit car parts are purchased online which at first appear to be a bargain, yet often prove to be an inferior quality imitation, presenting potentially serious risk and consequence. fleetpoint.org


OSHA Means Business on New Reporting Rules
Unreported Hospitalization - OSHA Fines Houston Retailer $117K

Federal regulators found 16 labor violations after investigating a Houston Garden Centers store and fined the company $117,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported Monday. The local OSHA office initiated the investigation at the at 1700 West Loop North location after getting a complaint of an unreported hospitalization in December in which an employee fell from a container that was lifted by a forklift. The serious violations included failure to protect employees from falling off elevated surfaces and electrical hazards, provide protective equipment, train employees on using industrial trucks, label hazardous chemical containers and provide adequate sanitation.  oshatoday.com

Orange County jail population declines 15%; study says that's due to Prop. 47
Orange County's jail population decreased substantially last year, mirroring a statewide dip in the number of inmates, which a study released Wednesday said is the result of a controversial California law. The Public Policy Institute of California's study found that Proposition 47 - a 2014 voter-approved measure that reduced some felony theft and drug offenses to misdemeanors in order to lower inmate populations - was successful in its aim, reducing the number of county-held inmates statewide by nearly 9 percent. ocregister.com


New mall will boast Abu Dhabi's first Macy's, Bloomingdale's

Going-out-of-business sales begin at Hancock Fabrics 185 stores

Kroger expanding click-and-collect service to Texas
 


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Former Arlington Heights Christian School Employee Facing Charges in Financial Crime Scheme

The PayPal Global Asset Protection Investigations team assisted the Arlington Heights, IL Police Department with their investigation into a former Chief Technology Officer for Christian Liberty Academy who has been charged with engaging in a financial crimes scheme for his personal benefit. The former school employee funneled $293,000 from the school's online store into his own checking account, and used the funds for personal expenses.

Read more here

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Major Security Flaws Found in Surveillance Systems - Both DVR and Cloud-Based
Independent research conducted for cloud-based surveillance company Cloudview found that both traditional DVR-based systems and cloud-based systems were vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The security flaws, which exist in almost all CCTV systems, could allow hackers to hijack connections to the device's IP address, putting people, property and data at risk and leaving operators in breach of data protection regulations.

The research is analysed in a white paper called 'Is your CCTV system secure from cyber attack'?

Vulnerabilities identified in traditional DVR-based systems arose from their use of port forwarding and Dynamic DNS, a lack of firmware updates and the potential dissemination online of manufacturer 'back doors'. Possessing similar capacity as a small web server, DVRs can be readily used to launch an attack against the rest of the network or to steal large volumes of data. ifsecglobal.com

Published on "The Hill" - U.S. Congress Blog
The switch to chip cards is working, six months later, U.S. consumers better protected against fraud

The pace of adoption in the U.S. might seem slow, but consider the scale and complexity of the market. In just six months, nearly 600 million new chip cards - almost half the cards in circulation - have replaced magnetic stripe cards. Nearly three-quarters of Americans report they already have at least one chip card. And some one million merchant locations in the U.S. have upgraded to chip readers. Three quarters of those merchants are small businesses. And this is without any mandate - legal or business - to upgrade.

Keep in mind the transition was expected to take at least five years - which is the time it took European nations to get to just 50% market penetration of chip transactions.

Why no mandatory PIN here? We don't need it to prevent counterfeit card fraud - the chip does that all by itself. Before chip cards were launched in Europe a decade ago, a lack of telecom infrastructure meant merchants couldn't verify card authenticity online. So, chip cards in Europe needed to be verified offline. The way to authenticate a credit card offline is by using a PIN.

Here in the U.S., all card transactions are confirmed online, not offline as in Europe, so card transactions can be approved by banks online rather than by merchants offline. And the chip card provides an additional layer of security by preventing card counterfeiting, thus addressing the most common form of in-store fraud.

Written by: Oxman is CEO, Electronic Transactions Association thehill.com

Data Safety Tops Cloud Database Security Concerns
As enterprise organizations move their sensitive information to the cloud, the safety of data storage has emerged as the top concern for IT staff.

As the cloud expands, enterprise organizations are hesitant in moving sensitive information to cloud hosted databases. This hesitancy is driven by a wide range of issues, but 44% of respondents identified security risks as a main reason preventing their organizations from moving to database as a Service (DBaaS).

Another 39% of respondents identified compliance and regulation as a main reason for reluctance to migrate, and 32% of respondents identified company policy as an obstacle. About 18% of respondents identified a lack of motivation, and 15% of respondents identified migration costs as a main gating factor.  infosecurity-magazine.com

Information Security Manager - Hottest Job in IT - Biggest Increase in Comp
Survey: With all eyes on security, talent shortage sends salaries sky high
The importance of security to the business is borne out in research. IT executives surveyed by CSO Online's sister site CIO.com for its 2016 State of the CIO report said that "improving cybersecurity ranks third on the list of goals their CEOs have set for them personally (29%), behind completing a major enterprise project (40%) and reaching a specific revenue goal (32%)." At the same time, those IT executives reported that "security is among the top technology initiatives driving IT investment (29%), nearly equal with cloud computing (30%) and big data/business analytics (27%)."

The smart companies, those that will succeed in the long-term, will invest in security and do the right thing," says Hoffman. And investing in security translates to investment in people. According to Computerworld's 2016 IT Salary Survey*, information security manager is the hottest job in IT (see figure 1 below), boasting the biggest increase in average total compensation (up 6.4% from 2015 to 2016). Information security specialist also made the hot jobs list with an average increase in total compensation of 4.7%, tying software developer for the #5 spot.  csoonline.com

 

 


 

Blue Line Technology Introduces Intelligent Facial Recognition

Robbery Deterrents - Theft Prevention - Greet Your Best Customer


Blue Line Technology is a security technology company developed by a group of retired law enforcement personnel with more than 120 years of collective experience in crime reduction strategies and deterrents. With this expertise, the team at Blue Line Technology has introduced a state-of-the-art facial recognition system designed to deter and prevent crime at the doorstep before it occurs.

78 percent of convenience store crime occurs between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am. Additionally, 90 percent of robberies involve a masked armed gunmen. First Line Facial Recognition is the solution. In addition to the violence prevention potential of Blue Line's security system, most retail locations report losses due to theft at roughly 3 percent. Implementing Blue Line Technology's software creates a unique deterrence factor, and can save a store thousands of dollars in shrinkage yearly.

Here's how it works...

With First Line Facial Recognition, pictures of known threats can be entered into the system and if someone approaches an entrance, the Blue Line Technology camera will immediately recognize them as a threat, alert management and security, and not allow them entrance. The system requires a readable face to unlock the door. This means if a subject approaches wearing a mask, he or she will be denied entrance. Additionally, the monitor can be positioned in a way that a potential criminal is made very aware that a system has caught their face on camera, acting as a significant crime deterrent. The first thing a criminal thinks of when determining whether or not to break the law is how easily they will be caught. If they know their face was caught clearly on camera, there is an excellent chance the criminal will not go through with their plan, and move to a location without this powerful technology. Most retail and grocery stores have a file of individuals who have been caught shoplifting, including their photo and personal information. Quality photos can easily be loaded into the First Line Facial Recognition system to alert store managers regarding the presence of known shoplifters. This allows for advance warning for protection against both shoplifting and fraud in checks and credit cards. An additional important feature is the ability to immediately synch any photo entry of a threat to users sharing a database. Even if the suspect in an offense should get away, their captured image can be shared with stores to avoid additional losses.

First Line Facial Recognition is a perfect addition to a retail location's surveillance systems already in place. It can use the existing monitoring and add alerts to the main panel. Blue Line Technology's system allows for the very best use of security and police officers for immediate response. The value-added is in locating violators prior to theft occurring, preventing violent confrontations, lawsuits and employee injuries.

First Line Facial Recognition integrates seamlessly, turning a security feed from passive to active. The simplicity of the Blue Line system is the key. The interface of the system is very easy to navigate. End users can build and completely control their own database.

Blue Line Technology is taking retail security against violent acts and loss prevention to another level, giving decision makers the unique opportunity to better protect their employees and customers, limit shrinkage, and provide excellent civil liability protection for their stores.

Watch our video here to see Blue Line in action.

View our PDF company presentation here.

See Blue Line's benefits to 24-hour businesses here.


For more information, contact Joseph Spiess, Senior Partner, at jspiess@bluelinetechnology.com
 

 

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The Zellman Group is a loss prevention services and consulting company working in the retail, food service, and hospitality industries. From Analytics, Civil Recovery, eCommerce Fraud Detection and Operations, their proven solutions provide measureable results for companies of any size or segment. In this LPNN interview, Zellman Group CEO Stuart Levine talks about the investments they've made in people and technology and the risk-averse approach they take to civil recovery. While Stan Welch, VP of Business Development, tells us how his prior experience working with TZG as a VP of LP on the retail side led him to join Zellman's all-star team. 
 


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"Shopping While Black"
Nova Scotia in state of denial over racial profiling
Sobey's appeals human rights inquiry over discrimination of black customer - Falsely Accused Repeat Shoplifter

Nova Scotia's first black lieutenant-governor says the province is in a state of denial when it comes to racial profiling, saying she has often been the victim of "shopping while black" since she left her viceregal post four years ago.

Mayann Francis said Thursday she decided to speak out this week after Nova Scotia-based grocery chain Sobeys Inc. announced it will appeal a human rights inquiry decision that found one of its Halifax stores discriminated against a black customer.

Francis, who served as CEO of the rights commission until she was appointed lieutenant-governor in 2006, says hearing about the case motivated her to attend a protest outside a Sobeys store and talk publicly about her experiences.

You do not even get past the threshold before someone is rushing up to you ... And when you say, 'I'm just browsing,' they're there every time you turn," she said. "It's just over-the-top. Some might say they're just being polite. No, they're not. They're stalking you. It becomes very uncomfortable."

Dolly Williams, a board member with the Congress of Black Women of Canada, said Francis's disturbing story is all too familiar to her.

"If you're in your old duds, they will come to you and say, 'Are you sure this is the store you want to be in?' Especially high-class stores. They have no respect for black women ... because Nova Scotia is still rampant with racism."

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil also weighed in on the issue Thursday, saying it's intolerable that any citizen should face discrimination in 2016.

In the Sobeys case, a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission inquiry determined last fall that staff at a store in Tantallon discriminated against Andrella David in May 2009 after falsely accusing her of being a repeat shoplifter.

On March 22, the Hudson's Bay Company agreed to educate its staff about racial profiling as part of a settlement in the case of a now-deceased Nova Scotia grandmother allegedly accused of shoplifting a rug from a Zellers outlet in 2008. princegeorgecitizen.com

Hudson's Bay Corp. agrees to educate N.S. staff on profiling
8 Year Old Case Still Makes an Impact

The Hudson's Bay Company has agreed to educate its staff on racial profiling as part of a settlement in the case of a now-deceased Nova Scotia grandmother allegedly accused of shoplifting a rug.

African Canadian Kathleen Viner filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission alleging that two employees discriminated against her at a now-closed Zellers store in Greenwood, N.S., in 2008.

Viner, then a 77-year-old grandmother of 13, was stopped by a security guard "and made to feel she had stolen a rug," according to an affidavit from her daughters, Shelley and Donna. Viner provided proof she had bought the rug, but the incident left her shaken, her daughters said.

"She repeatedly cried about this incident. She lost sleep and had a loss of appetite," the daughters said in their affidavit. "It also bothered her greatly that the security guard yelled at her during the course of her being stopped and questioned."

Viner died in 2011. Her daughters urged the commission's board of inquiry to hear the case anyway, and in 2012 it agreed. On Tuesday, though, the commission and HBC - which owned the store - issued a joint statement saying they had settled the complaint.

Hudson's Bay said it has agreed to educate its Nova Scotia-based loss prevention officers about consumer racial profiling and train them appropriately. The company did not admit to any wrongdoing, but said it expects its staff to treat customers "in a dignified, fair and understanding manner."

The commission said the complaint drew attention to the problem of consumer racial profiling, and it is working with retailers to address the issue through an education campaign. canadiansecuritymag.com

Canada's Culture Allows It to Beat the U.S. at Fraud Prevention
When measured inside Canada, the fraud rate on debit cards is far below the global average for mature EMV (Chip Card) issuing countries. This is mostly due to efforts by Interac to educate and migrate (to EMV terminals) as well as offer fraud mitigation services and tools.

It is creating a culture of security and reliability that is unparalleled in the Americas and perhaps globally. This is no small feat for a developed country, and their record low debit fraud losses are the evidence for this achievement.

In the USA, we share an International Fraud Awareness Week with the rest of the globe. But in Canada there is a whole month devoted to getting the word out, and 125 private sector firms that are members in the forum distribute a wealth of knowledge and best practices to consumers and businesses. paymentssource.com

NASCAR's Derek White & 60 Others Charged In Canadian $530M Tobacco Smuggling Bust
Moving Crops from North Carolina to First Nations reservations

Canadian authorities seized illegal drugs and cash and arrested and charged some 60 people Wednesday - including professional race car driver Derek White - in a crackdown on an alleged tobacco smuggling ring that moved crops from North Carolina to First Nations reservations and avoided CA$530 million ($411 million) in taxes.

Arrests were made in and around Montreal and Quebec City in connection with an operation that moved 150 truckloads of undeclared tobacco across the border totaling over 4 million pounds, trafficked illegal drugs and laundered money. The ring had ties to motorcycle gangs and organized crime in Europe and on reservations, police said.

"The tobacco was bought at $3 U.S. a pound, and it was brought up to Canada and sold at $10 a pound," he said. "The reality of all this is this tax evasion also gives part to illegal profits, black money that's being put back into the streets to buy narcotics."

Police said 116,000 pounds of tobacco, 1,800 pounds of cocaine, 46 pounds of meth and millions of dollars in cash were seized during the arrests, along with smaller amounts of marijuana and fentanyl. Allard said two suspects on First Nations territory, including White, turned themselves in at the request of tribal peacekeepers. A third happened to be out of the country, he said. law360.com

Major Joint Canada-U.S. Anti-Drug and Contraband Tobacco Operation Underway
Nearly 700 police officers were mobilized for this operation

Quebec's Provincial Police Crime against the state investigations Service through its Contraband Investigations Division, in collaboration with its Canadian and American partners, executed several search warrants and made several arrests this morning as part of project MYGALE.

Nearly 60 individuals belonging to a highly-structured criminal organization that is linked to outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) and to First Nations organized crime were arrested. In addition to these arrests, nearly 70 searches were carried out in residences and businesses located mainly in greater Montreal and the Laurentides, Lanaudière, and Montérégie regions, as well as on the Kahnawake and Six Nations Ontario reserves.

The investigation suggests that individuals bought tobacco in the United States and imported it illegally into Canada via the border crossing stations of Lacolle, Lansdowne, and Fort Erie, in order to sell it on the Kahnawake territory in Quebec and Six Nations in Ontario.

According to documents, the criminal organization imported at least 158 shipments into Canada between August 2014 and March 2016, for a total of 2,085,600 kg of tobacco (or 2294 tons). This quantity represents a fraud of more than 530 M$ to both levels of government. prnewswire.com

Bogus tainted food tip at Saskatchewan supermarket leads to charges
Man arrested after claiming food products were contaminated with dirty needle.  canadiangrocer.com

At $1,610 a square foot, Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre crowned Canada's most profitable mall

Rona shareholders back Lowe's $3.2-billion takeover

Zumiez opening 7 stores

Toronto: Man seriously injured in stabbing at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
One man was transported to hospital with serious injuries after a stabbing at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Tuesday evening. Police responded to reports of a fight involving two people in a store located inside the mall at around 8:30 p.m. At the scene, police were alerted by bystanders that one person had been stabbed. The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was transported to a trauma centre with serious injuries. cp24.com

Bay Roberts, N.L.: Man faces charge linked to stabbing at Dollarama in Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia: Woman arrested in Sydney-area robbery spree no longer a suspect

St Philip's: The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is still investigating an armed robbery that took place in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's on Wednesday evening

Ottawa: Donald Street Armed Robbery suspects to be identified

West Kelowna Habitat for Humanity Store Robbed

RCMP Red Deer search for machete-wielding robber
 

 

Meet the new bot: Smart. Dynamic. Unblockable.
Bot traffic falls as operators become more cunning, aiming for quality

There's usually little good news when it comes to the internet's bad bots, the software apps that perform automated tasks such as generating fraudulent ad clicks, harvesting email addresses for spammers, and unleashing viruses and distributed denial of service attacks. A single bot attack can cost a company millions.

But the latest Distil Networks Bad Bot Landscape Report, released annually by the bot-fighting company, seemed to contain a glimmer of hope in the fight against bots. It says that bot traffic decreased last year, while human traffic went up, the first time it's measured such a change. Alas, a closer look at the report reveals that decrease isn't actually cause to celebrate. There may be fewer bots, but they're working smarter. Their operators value quality over quantity of attacks. And they're extremely sophisticated. These new bots are called advanced persistent bots (APBs), and Distil says they account for 88 percent of bad bot traffic, with simple bots that long accounted for the bulk of attacks and ad fraud nearly extinct.  medialifemagazine.com

90 percent of e-shoppers go for PIN authentication - security still a main concern
The study called 'PIN: From Brick to Click' reveals that 90% of frequent online shoppers would use PIN to authorise payment via mobile. The market for paying on a mobile touchscreen device seems to grow, with more than 40% of all e-commerce in the UK now carried out on a mobile or tablet. Yet, for all the speed and convenience mobile offers, security is still the primary concern for both the industry and the consumer. thepaypers.com

Ecommerce Sales Expected to Boom Again This Holiday Season

 

 

Miami, FL: Miami-Dade police dismantle crate-stealing crime ring, 20 people arrested; $1.5 Million
An eight-month investigation into missing plastic crates from retail stores across Miami-Dade County ended Thursday with the arrest of 20 people, police said. Daniel Ferrin, a spokesman for Miami-Dade police, said the theft ring managed to steal more than $1.5 million worth of plastic crates used to carry milk and bread from stores, including Publix. "They have a route and go all over the county," he said. The 20 people face charges of criminal racketeering and other civil violations. Ferrin said the investigation began after the retailers banded together and hired a private investigator. With information from the private investigator, Miami-Dade's Economics Bureau, with the help of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, found that thousands of crates were being stolen daily. The crates were then taken to grinders and plastic was delivered to recycling centers in exchange for cash, police said. miamiherald.com

Italy's Parmesan thieves nab $6.8 million of cheese in 2 years
A spike in cheese theft has seen robbers make off with an estimated 6 million worth of Italy's prized Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the last two years. "All in all 15,000 wheels have been stolen," Riccardo Deserti, director of Italy's Parmesan Cheese Consortium told La Stampa. According to Deserti, Parmesan warehouses are soft targets for thieves, who can easily make off with thousands of euros worth of the cheese in each heist. Just one 40-kilogram wheel, aged 24 months, cheese is worth 500 euros. Last week, 150 wheels were taken from the Ronconcesi warehouse outside Parma, it was the second time it had been targeted in the last year. thelocal.it

CC Fraud Man Pleads Guilty to $419,807 theft using cloned cards in Baltimore
Prosecutors say Jerry Anderson, 30, admitted last year to using a stolen credit card and other personal information frommore than 250 victims to purchase $419,807 in items including Apple iPhones. After his plea in that case, he was released under the supervision of pretrial services, with the standard condition that he not commit any more crimes. wbal.com

Garden City, NY: Lord and Taylor shoplifter nabbed with $600 in goods
On March 23rd Officer Hennessy arrested a 43 year old Westbury woman for the alleged theft of $600 in merchandise from Lord and Taylor. gcnews.com

UK: This woman was caught shoplifting...and you won't believe the amount of stuff she had hidden in her clothes
This woman was caught shoplifting and you won't believe the amount of stuff she had hidden in her clothes. As the camera caught every minute, she produced an unbelievable amount of stolen goods from every bit of her clothing. Shampoo bottles, boxes of toiletries and deodorant cans came out of her coat and shirt, and into the trolley. Then she reached down her trousers and retrieved a whole lot of the same. thesun.co.uk

Carl Edward Wells, 49, of Muskegon, MI.,one year jail for probation violation on 2014 convictions of organized retail crime and marijuana possession, habitual offender third, $297.60 balance fees/costs

Tamara Delynn Yeargan, 46, of Ludington, MI., 60 days jail, 18 months probation for attempted organized retail crime, third-time habitual offender, $1,158 fees/costs

Bellingham, WA: Man stealing 3 Graphic Calculators pulls a knife on Target AP Agent

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Yakima, WA: Former Employee charged in death of 2 at Moneytree payday lending store
A Yakima County man has been charged with aggravated murder and burglary in connection with the fatal shootings of two women as they were opening a payday lending business. The Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 26-year-old Manuel Enrique Verduzco. They say he shot 27-year-old Karina Morales-Rodrigues and 30-year-old Martha Martinez outside the Moneytree store on Saturday. Police say employees identified Verduzco from store surveillance footage of the attack. The suspect is a former employee of the business. thenewstribune.com

Orlando, FL: Shot fired during robbery at Aldi grocery store
The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a shot was fired during an armed robbery at the Aldi grocery store at 765 Sand Lake Road in Orlando. The robber fired a shot outside the store as he was fleeing, but nobody was hit. There were no injuries, according to OCSO. The incident happened around 8:35 p.m. Police said the robber is still at large with an unknown amount of cash. clickorlando.com


King of Prussia, PA: Baby found safe following abduction from King of Prussia Mall
Police say a baby boy who was kidnapped from an upscale shopping mall in suburban Philadelphia has been found safe, and a suspect is in custody. Upper Merion Township police say 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons was found safe Thursday night, about five hours after he was abducted from the King of Prussia Mall. Police say a woman befriended the boy's family, and they sat down together in the food court. When the baby became fussy, police say the woman asked if she could hold him. The mother allowed her to do so while she took a phone call and dealt with other children in her care. The woman then walked away with the baby. Authorities received tips that led them to nearby Tredyffrin Township, where the woman and child were found. kwwl.com


Robberies & Thefts

Richmond, VA: Smash & Grab Burglary destroys store front
A robber used a stolen car to break into the Adolf Jewelers store in the Ridge Crossing shopping center in Henrico County early Thursday. Security cameras caught the car smashing through the front of the store at high speed, owner Ronnie Adolf said. "From my cameras, they were airborne when they hit the glass," he added. The robber spent less than a minute inside the store. "I don't think he found what he was looking for, so I think he wasted his time," Adolf said, adding that most of the store's jewelry was locked in a vault at the rear of the store. richmond.com

Denver, CO: Guns stolen in smash-and-grab at Stapleton Bass Pro Shops
found during shots fired call
It was a Green Valley Ranch resident's call after hearing gun shots near their home, that led Denver Police Department officers to find five guns that were stolen during a smash-and-grab at a Stapleton outdoor recreation shop earlier this month. When police got to the home to investigate, they found a bullet hole in a car door. They also found Michael Contreras, 21, hiding under his bed with four children and another man, Albert Segura, hiding in a bathroom cabinet. Contreras told police a rifle misfired while he was intoxicated, and when officers searched the serial number they realized it was one of the stolen Bass Pro Guns, which still had Bass Pro price tag. In total, officers were able to recover five rifles and a crossbow. thedenverchannel.com

Norwalk, CT: Walmart employee charged in theft of $15,000
While investigating a report of a theft of more than $15,000 from Walmart, a review of surveillance footage showed jars of mayonnaise and ceiling joists in what police said was an apparent attempt by the thief to conceal his identity. Norwalk Police were dispatched to Walmart at 680 Connecticut Ave. on June 14, 2015, on a complaint that more than $15,000 was missing from the store's cash office. thehour.com

Trumbull, CT: Police dog sniffs out Target shoplifter
A Bridgeport man was arrested for sixth-degree larceny and second-degree breach of peace at Target inside the Hawley Lane Mall around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. Police said Henry Velazquez, 47, was arrested after taking a Boost Mobile phone valued at $80 and trying to leave the store. Store security tried to stop him as he was leaving, but Velazquez caused a scene, resisting restraint and yelling at the officers before ultimately running out of the store. Target security lost sight of him but he was later found by a Trumbull K-9 unit in the Big Y parking lot. He was taken into custody and held on a $1,500 bond. trumbulltimes.com

Long Island, NY: One suspect on the loose may be responsible for 7 Armed Robberies this month

Jonesboro, AR: Today's Wireless employee admits to 2 deposit bag thefts

Anchorage, AK: Car dealerships plagued by recent spike in vehicle thefts


Counterfeit

Authorities search for a Romanian suspected FBI, CIA badge counterfeiter
Federal investigators have asked for the public's help in finding a Romanian man they say has made and sold counterfeit law enforcement badges, including those for the FBI and CIA. According to a statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 34-year-old Roberto Craciunica was indicted in federal court in Virginia this past October on charges including trafficking in counterfeit goods and smuggling. foxnews.com

Shanghai, China: 6 people arrested over 17,000 tins of counterfeit baby formula The suspects were accused of buying cheap baby formula and adult milk powder and packaging it in fake tins of famous brands, China's top prosecutor the Supreme People's Procuratorate said in an article posted on its website last week. It said the products were sold to retailers in cities including Zhengzhou, Xuzhou, Changsha, and Yanzhou, and then circulated to more places. scmp


Skimming Theft

Gastonia, NC: Police investigating reports of bank fraud

Radnor Township, PA: 2 arrested after skimmer found on ATM
 



AT&T - Garden Grove, CA - Burglary
Adolf Jewelers - Richmond, VA - Burglary/ Smash
Aldi - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
AllCare Pharmacy - Bentonville, AR - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Waco, TX - Robbery
Casey's General - Odin, IL - Burglary
Cirilla's - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Dunkin' Donuts - Oceanside, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas & Shop -Redwood City, CA - Armed Robbery
Gassway - Florence, SC - Armed Robbery
Lucky's Express - Dickinson, ND - Armed Robbery
Mega Saver - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
Quick Shoppe - Willingboro, NJ - Armed Robbery
Quick Stop - Bellmore, NY - Armed Robbery
Right Off the Shelf - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Rite Aid - Taunton, MA - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Forest City, NC - Armed Robbery
St Vincent DePaul's - Plymouth, WI - Burglary
Target - Bellingham, WA - Theft/ Armed Robbery
Verizon - St. Johns County, FL - Burglary
VIP Fuels - Prestonburg, KY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Cleveland, OH - Burglary / Smash
Walgreens - Bonneville County, ID - Armed Robbery
28 Corner C-Store - Brockton, MA - Armed Robbery
 

 

 


 
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