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Watch USS' "Live in NYC 2016" LPNN Interview:
USS is the largest privately held LP and security company in the U.S. and a leading integrator of video surveillance and access control systems. With many retailers feeling tremendous pressure to stay current and drive higher performance, Steve Sell, Chief Marketing Officer for USS, tells us how USS is responding to the changes that keep their customers up at night.


Jonathon Burris
was named Regional Director, Asset Protection Solutions for Walgreens.
Jonathon was previously a Market AP Manager for Walmart for seven years. Prior to that, he was a District LP Manager at TJX Companies and Sears. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Loss Control from Lake Superior State University in Michigan. Congratulations, Jonathon!



2016's GLPS's - Group LP Selfie's
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Dick's Sporting Goods LP Director Business Review Meeting at the NFL Hall of Fame on May 11

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As Growth Stalls, Nordstrom Cites 'Amazon Effect'
Nordstrom Inc. admits it's seeing the "Amazon effect." Seeing thinning mall traffic and broad-based softness across channels and many categories, the retailer on Thursday reported a 64 percent drop in first-quarter net earnings. Nordstrom's poor results followed similar ones from Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and Dillard's Inc.

"There's a general softness and malaise across multiple parts of the business," Pete Nordstrom, co-president, told WWD in an interview. "It's not a regional thing. It's not a product specific thing. It's happening to everybody.

"Clearly Amazon is a major factor in our industry. No doubt about it. How much does it impact us, I don't know, but we take it really seriously. They're a formidable competitor. Our traffic is down. If you look at the brick-and-mortar part of our business, that demand didn't just entirely go away. Amazon has a lot to do it."

Nordstrom said the malaise could be cyclical. "Every six or seven years, the industry goes through some cyclical stuff. Election years typically have enough uncertainty. If you step back, it's not as though this is a complete anomaly. The difference is the online business - Amazon." wwd.com wsj.com

Trump says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has 'huge antitrust problem'
In his newest attack on Jeff Bezos, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner has "a huge antitrust problem." Trump has taken on Bezos before, but on Fox News' "Hannity" show on Thursday he accused Bezos of anticompetitive business practices. The attack on one of the technology industry's biggest powers comes as Post investigative reporters dig into Trump's past for a forthcoming book.

"He's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much. He bought the Washington Post for practically nothing. He's using it as a tool for political power against me and other people. We can't let him get away with it," Trump said. "Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He's using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed." cnet.com usatoday.com

Long-lasting batteries can improve worker productivity, insight into shrink
It may be one of retail's best kept secrets: a new technology that boosts the life span of batteries for mobile bar code scanners and two-way radios. After converting two years ago to lithium ion batteries from Impact Power Technologies, one large national chain has seen the length of time a battery holds a charge increase 20 percent while simultaneously seeing the number of batteries purchased in a given year decrease by 75 percent.

Although it appears that no loss prevention studies have yet been conducted, retailers are considering the impact IPT batteries can have on theft. "It's common sense that if you have someone scanning products all day, with no losses of data because of productivity problems, it's going to impact the speed and accuracy of determining losses due to shrinkage," Murphy says.

One retailer told him that the more accurate data they are getting from their scanners powered by IPT batteries would, if integrated with point-of-sale data, "give us more insight into what products are being stolen so we could tag them better." nrf.com

Sterling Jewelers Urges High Court to Undo Sex Bias Ruling
Sterling Jewelers Inc. is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a Second Circuit decision to revive the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's nationwide gender bias suit against the fine jewelry company, arguing that the agency didn't conduct a proper investigation before suing.

Sterling argued that a Second Circuit panel misread the Supreme Court's standard on the EEOC's pre-suit obligations when it heard the case, in which the EEOC claims that Sterling had a nationwide practice of pay and promotion discrimination against women. Sterling is arguing to the Supreme Court that the EEOC didn't conduct any nationwide investigation of the company before bringing suit. "The EEOC failed to request or review, let alone analyze, and nationwide personnel, pay or promotions data prior to filing suit," the petition said.

The case stems from 19 discrimination charges received between 2005 and 2007 from women who worked for Sterling in nine states. law360.com

Target Beats FCRA Suit Over Background Check Disclosure
A Minnesota federal judge on Thursday gave the boot to a putative class action accusing Target Corp. of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act for including extraneous information in an employee background check notification, saying that any alleged violation wasn't willful. The FCRA requires that any notice of disclosure and authorization of an employee background check consist "solely" of that disclosure and authorization, without extraneous terms and conditions that might distract or impose further requirements on the individual.

Minnesota resident Thomas J. Just alleged in his Nov. 13 suit that the retailer violated this stand-alone rule by adding extraneous information in a one-page background check consent and disclosure form attached to a job application he filled out online in 2014 and 2015. Just, who didn't get the job after his background check, revealed criminal convictions, claimed that Target impermissibly included in the consent form several provisions imposing unrelated obligations on the job applicant and also language suggesting that the company could fire an employee for any reason. law360.com

Iraqi Couple Ends Case Against Costco Over Arrest, Jail Stay
A Virginia federal judge dismissed a case Wednesday brought against Costco by an Iraqi immigrant couple who said they were falsely charged with defrauding the company after a problem with a refund led to a stay in jail for the wife, with the couple agreeing to voluntarily end the suit earlier that day. law360.com

Judge Tosses Suit Over Bangladesh Clothes Factory Collapse
A Delaware state court on Wednesday tossed a suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.C. Penney Corp. Inc. and The Children's Place Inc., which alleged that the retailers were partially responsible for a clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh three years ago that killed more than 1,000 workers. law360.com

Sears testing new small-format specialty appliance stores
Sears Holdings has been making news lately mostly by closing stores. But in an unexpected move, the troubled retailer announced plans to test a freestanding appliance specialty store concept. Sears Appliances will debut on May 18, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 10,000-sq.-ft. store will have a strong digital edge, with interactive displays that allow customers to view home appliances in kitchen vignettes. It will feature what Sears described as "the top 10 brands" of refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, ranges, wall ovens, and vacuums. Reuters reported that the chain plans to test the small format with a handful of openings this year. chainstoreage.com

Payless Shoe Pulls Kids' Light-Up Shoes Suspected of Sparking SUV Fire

Ten Steps Retailers Can Take Now to Prepare For New Employee Overtime Rules

NRF: Retail Sales Increased 0.7 Percent in April

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Hudson's Bay Co. Q1 comp's up 4.4%
     Department Store Group ("DSG") comp's up 2.3%
     HBC Off Price (Saks OFF 5TH and Gilt) comp's down 4.1%
     Saks Fifth Avenue comp's down 5.7%
     HBC Europe (GALERIA Kaufhof, Galeria INNO and Sportarena) comp's up 0.7%
Canadian Tire Q1 comp's up 1%, total sales up 0.8%
J.C. Penney Q1 comp's down 0.4%, total sales down 1.6%
Nordstrom Q1 comp's down 1.7%, total company net sales down 2.5%
Dillard's Q1 comp's down 5%, total sales down 5%

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Over 100 North American companies exposed to POS attack
- Spear phishing campaign used tailored emails with malicious Microsoft Word attachments to infect retailers
Researchers from FireEye have disclosed the details of a cyberattack group leveraging a Microsoft Windows zero-day flaw in targeted attacks against over 100 US companies. According to their post on Wednesday, in March this year, a group of threat actors developed spear-phishing campaigns tailored for specific targets in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries.

The attacks involved CVE-2016-0167, a zero-day vulnerability which was patched in Microsoft's April 12 Patch Tuesday. The privilege escalation flaw was found in the win32k Windows Graphics subsystem and impacted Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.

According to FireEye, the threat group used the vulnerability to target companies across the US with spear phishing campaigns based on tailored emails containing malicious Microsoft Word attachments. If a victim was duped into downloading and opening the file, embedded macros hidden within the .DOC files executed a downloader called Punchbuggy. The malicious software was then used by the groups to "interact with compromised systems and move laterally across victim environments," the security team says.

Together, the Microsoft escalation of privilege (EoP) vulnerability and a point of sale (POS) memory scraping tool used by the group called Punchtrack gave the cyberattackers an avenue to attack over 100 US firms to steal both track 1 and 2 credit card data stored in PoS systems used by these companies. zdnet.com threatpost.com

Banks' $39M Settlement Over Target Data Breach OK'd
A Minnesota federal judge approved Target's deal to pay $39.3 million to a group of financial institutions over its massive 2013 data breach on Wednesday, and also approved attorneys' fees of $17.8 million. The pact stems from a consolidated complaint filed in August 2014 by Umpqua Bank, Mutual Bank, Village Bank, CSE Federal Credit Union and First Federal Savings of Lorain after more than 40 million payment cards used at Target in late 2013 were compromised. Under the deal, approved by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, Target will pay up to $20.25 million directly to class members and an additional $19.1 million to fund MasterCard's Account Data Compromise program, which relates to the breach. law360.com

Target Data Breach Deal Favors Few Consumers, 8th Circ. Told
An objector to a $10 million deal to let Target Corp. out of multidistrict litigation over a notorious 2013 data breach asked the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday to vacate the settlement, saying the single settlement class did not adequately represent a large number of consumers. In his reply brief, Leif A. Olson said the district court should not have rubber-stamped the settlement after class counsel stated at a fairness hearing that they wished to favor the set of class members with financial damages claims over the remaining 99 percent of class members with purely statutory-damages or latent claims. Consequently, that 99 percent has no financial compensation under the deal, Olson said.

"Olson is not claiming that the settlement should be $30 million or $60 million instead of $16.75 million," the reply brief said. "Rather, Olson protests the lack of ... adequacy of representation." law360.com

Kmart, Banks Reach Deal In Data Breach Suit
Kmart Corp. has settled a proposed class action in which financial institutions accused it of using outdated security measures when hackers breached its networks in 2014, according to a Thursday filing in Illinois federal court. The banks sought to recover damages caused by Kmart's alleged negligence and violations of the Illinois Personal Information Protection and Consumer Fraud acts and New York state general business law, according to court documents. law360.com

New Jersey: Consumer Data Security Legislation Moves Forward
Legislation to protect consumers who make purchases using credit and debit cards was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel. The bill (A-1970) would prohibit a retail sales establishment from storing certain magnetic- stripe data obtained from a credit card, debit card or access device after the establishment has received a response to its authorization request. njtoday.net 




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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Career Development in
Asset Protection

Rosamaria Sostilio, SVP Asset Protection

Rosamaria Sostilio, Former SVP Asset Protection, Hudson's Bay Company, sits down with LPNN for a discussion on career development. How should LP/AP executives at the store level approach their position and what can they do to develop themselves and add value at that level? After an LPM gets promoted to the multi-store level, what does the first six months look like, where should they be focused, and how do they position themselves for a corporate-level job? Also, learn why you should "marinate in a position" and play with your own leadership style.

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Tom Meehan, Manager Data, Systems and Central Investigations, Bloomingdale's, chats with Joe and Amber about the innovations coming out of the LPRC lab, what the store of the future will look like, and how social media has changed the professional landscape.

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Study: Canadians lead Globe in Digital Literacy & Politeness
They Just Switch Retailers Quietly

Despite having the highest degree of digital literacy in the world, Canadians are far less likely than others around the globe to badmouth companies online when they have had a negative customer experience, according to a new survey from Accenture.

After poor service from retailers, banks or cable providers, only 17 per cent of Canadian consumers posted negative comments online, the survey found, far below the global average of 28 per cent. That's the case even though 49% of Canadians switched to an alternate retailer in the last year because of a bad customer experience, and 59% cited customer service as their top reason for switching. financialpost.com

Competition Bureau approves Lowe's $3.2B takeover of Rona
The Competition Bureau has approved the Lowe's takeover of Quebec-based Rona. The federal agency says it has concluded the acquisition by the U.S. company won't limit consumer choice. The deal was overwhelmingly approved by Rona shareholders in March, but it also stirred some degree of nationalist sentiment, particularly from Pierre Karl Peladeau, the Parti Quebecois leader at the time.

Lowe's entered the Canadian market in 2007 and had 42 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario when the $3.2-billion deal was announced in February. Rona has 496 corporate and dealer-owned stores across Canada, including 238 in Quebec. ctvnews.ca

Tim Hortons is growing after years of struggling
After many thought Tim Hortons would be ruined by foreign ownership quite the opposite has happened. Initially job cuts came with 350 employees laid off in Canada. In a six-month period, the company saved more than $18 million in administrative costs as a result of these measures. While undeniably difficult, the cuts weren't as vicious as critics predicted.

In February, the company announced plans to open locations in Indiana in conjunction with Luke, a firm that operates 60 gas stations and convenience stores there. It has similar arrangements for Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This regional approach isn't as flashy as Tims' attempt to take Manhattan in 2010, but it's far more likely to succeed.

Even with a slow start, there's far less chatter today about Tim Hortons' perilous future. Sales grew by 5.6% in 2015 and the chain added 155 new stores. All of this amounts to the strengthening of a Canadian brand through foreign ownership, not the diminishment of it.  canadianbusiness.com

PayPal Canada aims to boost sales with free return shipping
It's a perk that many online retailers have resisted offering for fear it will bruise their bottom line. But free return shipping is starting to be touted by a growing number of cybermerchants in a bid to ease reluctant consumers into online shopping. And as more big players, including Amazon.ca, offer free returns, rivals feel the pressure to follow suit. Of the top 70 online retailers in Canada, about 28 per cent offered free returns in 2015, up from 22 per cent just a year earlier, Canada Post data show.

Canada's retailers pitch in to help wildfire evacuees
From grocers cooking breakfasts for evacuees to pharmacies providing them with emergency prescription refills, retailers are pitching in to help those forced to flee the Fort McMurray wildfires. Retailers or their foundations are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash or merchandise to the Canadian Red Cross relief fund - some are matching customers' donations at the cash register - while many are shipping everything from food to diapers, bottled water, blankets and clothing to evacuees.

Pharmacists are dispensing urgent drugs for displaced residents' after accessing patient records to confirm customers' prescriptions or sometimes waiving the need for regular customer insurance information, with the cost to be picked up by the Alberta government.

Amid the disaster, which has forced almost 90,000 residents to flee the northern Alberta city, retailers are mobilizing to use their stores as depots for emergency supplies even as many of the merchants were forced to close their Fort McMurray stores.

RCC: Resources for retailers in Fort McMurray

Rockport to open 7 new Outlet locations

UK retailer Superdry to open stores in Canada

Canadian retailers with large pet food selection fetch more shoppers

Computer problem temporarily shuts Loblaw-owned stores

Sadbury, Ontario: Retail worker saves elderly couple from pricey scam

Toronto: Alleged scammer arrested with $130,000 in counterfeit cash at airport An Ottawa man is facing charges of smuggling more than $130,000 in counterfeit U.S. cash into the country after he was arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport last week. ottawacitizen.com

Burlington, ON: Baby formula stolen from Burlington Wal-Mart
Halton police is seeking a baby formula thief. On Friday, May 6, around 10 a.m., a man entered the Wal-Mart in Burlington. He is alleged to have taken travel luggage from within the store and loaded it with 21 bottles of baby formula valued at $627.48. The suspect left the store without paying for the luggage or the formula. insidehalton.com

Markham, ON: Three Armed men wearing masks hold-up a 7-Eleven
York Regional Police are searching for three suspects after an early morning armed robbery at a convenience store in Markham Thursday. Just before 4 a.m., three suspects wearing black hoodies and masks and carrying at least two handguns entered a 7-11 on McCowan Road. The suspects stole an unknown amount of cash from the till and lottery tickets. There were no injuries during the incident. yorkregion.com

Windsor: Police release video of Little Caesars Armed Robbery
Windsor police have release video of a man who robbed a Windsor pizza restaurant at gun point earlier this month. Wearing a black mask and red hooded sweat shirt, the man walked into the Little Caesars just before midnight and pointed a gun at the employee behind the counter. cbc.ca

Regina, SK: Regina Police investigating a knife point robbery at 7-Eleven

North Cowichan, BC: RCMP warn of Skimming device at Fairgrounds on May 7th



Cyber-shoplifters cash in around the world and in the Northwest
International cyber criminals are cashing in, trying to cash out, in the Portland-metro area. According to the FBI, businesses need to pay attention to credit card transactions done over the internet because some of the people making those purchases are actually stealing the goods they buy.

Deborah Haynes owns Blush Beauty Bar in Northwest Portland. She recently discovered that her online store was the victim of credit card fraud, and may be the victim of cyber-shoplifting. Haynes's buyer, Terresa Clark, has been discovering suspicious orders over the past couple of months. She started noticing orders with different billing and shipping addresses. Haynes and Clark turned detective. Clark realized with the help of an online map that the shipping location for an order made with a credit card from New Jersey was actually in Beaverton.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent George Chamberlin knows cyber-shoplifting stores like Haynes's all too well. He also heads the FBI's Oregon Cyber Task Force. The task force focuses on cyber-security threats facing businesses and consumers in Oregon. Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon State Police, and the Oregon Department of Justice are also members of the task force. "We're talking millions of dollars-worth of stolen merchandise and usually it's high-end," Chamberlin said. He calls it 'cashing out', part of a complex international web of cyber-crime that's also happening in the Pacific Northwest. katu.com

Retail report reveals the more delivery options, the better for retailers



Conneaut, OH: Four Ohio men indicted in $600,000 theft from HD Supply
Four Ohio men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a California business over a three-year period were indicted this week. The men were arrested March 16 in Conneaut moments after they took possession of a truck load of items delivered from an Atlanta business. The indictments, issued Tuesday, were related to the "theft of various and substantial household supplies" from HD Supply Facilities Maintenance Ltd., of San Diego, CA. The crimes occurred between Jan. 15, 2013 and March 16, 2016. Charges include: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; telecommunications fraud (estimated at $220,873); passing bad checks (estimated at $221,566); grand theft (estimated $131,929 in stolen property); and attempted grand theft (estimated $64,218 in property). All were arrested moments after a truck carrying furnaces, air conditioners and similar goods was unloaded into a storage unit and truck parked at the storage facility- as police and FBI agents watched from across the street. Police learned the store had filled several "large orders" placed between 2013-2015 by Ashtabula, OH -based businesses the store later learned did not exist. starbeacon.com

Salem, OR: Salem police, with the assistance of a region retail theft prevention coalition, arrested 2 people for unlawful racketeering
Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr said Michael Rascon and his wife, Maria Rojas, were arrested on Thursday morning after detectives executed a search warrant. A large amount of new retail items still in their original packaging was located at the residence. Rascon and Rojas will be charged with unlawful racketeering, money laundering, organized retail theft, and first-degree theft by deception. Investigators with Safeway/Albertsons, Fred Meyer and Target collaborated as part of the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance to build the case against them. The Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance investigators conducted an undercover mission and made seven separate purchases totaling a little over $11,000 from the couple with a retail value of more than $37,000, Birr said. koin.com

Arlington Height, IL: Northbrook man pleads guilty to retail theft;
Police seize $65,000 in merchandise

A 22-year-old Northbrook man arrested as part of a retail theft ring that targeted the suburbs has pleaded guilty. Zvanko Dobobrov was sentenced to two years' probation. They were arrested after a four-month investigation led by Arlington Heights police. The Cook County state's attorney's Regional Organized Crime Task Force along with police departments from Bloomingdale, Downers Grove, Gurnee, Niles, Northbrook, Schaumburg and Vernon Hills were also involved. Authorities say ring members distracted the retailers' loss prevention officers to steal items, which they then sold through an online auction site. During searches in February 2015, police recovered $20,000 in stolen merchandise, a Mercedes-Benz, two firearms, $45,000 in jewelry and $100,000 in cash. dailyherald.com

New Orleans, LA: Designer sunglasses taken in string of shoplifting reports
The NOPD said the Sunglass Hut store reported thefts April 22, April 23 and April 25. Detectives said two men worked together to steal a pair of Prada sunglasses from store on April 25 as well. One of the men allegedly acted as lookout for the other. The NOPD also say a group of four women stole $900 worth of sunglasses during the course of two days in late April. ksla.com

Fort Smith, AR: Detectives investigate theft of 55 items from Gelco Outdoors
Seven bow stabilizers, three cameras and two headlamps were among some of the 55 items reported stolen. swtimes.com

Bedford, MA: Women accused of shoplifting a $2,000 Fendi bag from TJ Maxx


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Shootings, Gangs and Standoffs

Glendale, CA: Target shoplifter runs from Police and barricades himself in an office building
A man suspected of committing fraud at a Target store led officers on a chase in which he crashed a stolen vehicle, then barricaded himself inside an office building before surrendering to a SWAT team Thursday. The drama began about 2:30 p.m. when a loss prevention agent at the Glendale Galleria Target store informed police of the alleged fraud. The suspect had left the store and gotten into a vehicle by the time officers arrived. Following a short chase the man crashed his car and ran into an office building. SWAT negotiators managed to talk the man out unharmed, the suspect had served time and did not want to go back to prison. nbclosangeles.com

Greenville, NC: Police investigating shooting in Sheetz parking lot
Communications said the call came in just before 4 a.m. Officers arriving at the scene found a 32-year-old male from Ayden had been shot in the arm. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.

Aurora CO: Expert Witness states, "Cinemark security flaws helped enable Aurora theater shooting."
A security expert hired by several victims of the Aurora theater shooting testified Wednesday that the theater's security flaws helped enable the deadly attack.

"I think they contributed to an environment where they didn't have the deterrence or prevention necessary to protect the patrons in their theater," University of New Haven professor Gil Fried said.

Fried was the first expert witness to testify at the civil trial in state court against theater owner Cinemark. The victims have accused Cinemark of providing inadequate security and are seeking to hold the company liable for the attack.

NYPD plans 20 more gang takedown raids over next two months
After executing seven drug crew and gang takedowns producing 219 arrests in the last month, the NYPD plans six more raids for May and 14 for June, officials said Thursday. Code names for recent raids, executed with federal authorities, include Operation Trident, Operation Peacekeeper and Operation Stoppin' the Poppin' - in which cops arrested three dozen members of the Pop Out Boys, a Bloods-affiliated gang charged with running a $414,000 identity theft ring. The ring allegedly stole credit card numbers and used them to shop at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Chippewa Falls, WI: District Attorney Exonerates Officer in Walmart shooting; Self Defense
The county prosecutor says "overwhelming evidence" shows a police officer was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a resident of the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled who was swinging a hatchet at the Lake Hallie Walmart in April. District Attorney Steve Gibbs on Thursday cleared Lake Hallie police Officer Adam Meyers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of 25-year-old Melissa Abbott, which occurred April 8 at the store.

Robberies & Thefts

St Louis, MO: Central West End residents worried about recent robberies at CVS
The Lindell Boulevard CVS store has been robbed four times in the span of two months. In one of the robberies, a knife was pulled on an employee. Jim Whyte with the Central West End Security Initiative says he is alarmed by the frequency of robberies at the store and wants increased security.

Lafayette, LA: Shoplifting crimes on the rise
Chief Thomas says the department started the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) unit about two months ago. He says they meet with Loss Prevention officers from different stores once a month to talk about common shoplifting practices.

Dutchess County, NY: Police prepare for active shooter incident
The training is spearheaded by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with state police, city and town of Poughkeepsie police, the county Law Enforcement Academy, county Association of Chiefs of Police and Arlington Central School District. It's the first coordinated session to take place in more than 15 years.

Mesa, AZ: Woman carrying $5k in cash, steals batteries, then offers police a
cash bribe

Mesa Police say that on May 6 a 64-year-old woman was observed at Walmart placing 3 packs of batteries into her purse. Police confronted the woman outside the store where she said she was, "trying to test your security." In searching the woman, police found $5,240 in cash. The woman allegedly offered the money to the officer saying, " Please don't take me to jail, you can have the money." Police say she repeated her offer several times to the officer. The woman has been charged with bribery, shoplifting and obstruction.

Ireland: Four criminals were contracted in Eastern Europe to specifically target a Galway city jewelers, where they carried out a violent armed robbery, stealing $1.25M worth of diamond rings and Rolex watches

West Palm Beach, FL: Man twice convicted in fatal Christmas Eve Boynton Beach Mall shooting

Wadsworth, OH: Probation given for Rite Aid pill theft; former Pharmacist struggling with addiction

San Diego, CA: Two men plead guilty to Armed Robbery at Royal Maui Jewelry in Fashion Valley Mall

Gregory Jewelers in Morgantown, NC reported a Smash and Grab Robbery on 5/10, Police have released a video tape of the 2 suspects in motorcycle helmets

Kay Jewelers in the Lakeland Square Mall, Lakeland, FL reported a Grab & Run on 5/11, merchandise valued at $6,990.

Zales in the Paradise Valley Mall, Phoenix, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 5/11, merchandise valued at $16, 669.

Piercing Pagoda in the Empire Mall, Sioux Falls, SD reported a Grab & Run on 5/4, merchandise valued at $649

Totally Pagoda in the Sunrise Mall, Massapequa, NY reported a Grab & Run on 5/11, merchandise valued at $540.

Kay Jewelers in the Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, CO reported a Distraction Theft on 5/12, merchandise valued at $5,997

Skimming Devices

Marana, AZ: Drivers urged to check accounts after skimming devices found at Marana gas station

Sunny Isles, FL: Search underway for suspected bank ATM skimmer


Ace Hardware - Baltimore, MD - Burglary
Arco - Turlock, CA - Armed Robbery
C&C Convenience - Biloxi, MS - Burglary
Chevron - Issaquah, WA - Armed Robbery
Clabaugh Pharmacy - Beatrice, NE - Burglary
CVS - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery
CVS - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Springfield, IL - Burglary
GameStop - Oceanside, CA - Armed Robbery/ suspect pleads Guilty
Gregory Jewelers - Morgantown, WV - Robbery
Mickey's Convenience - Killeen, TX - Armed Robbery
Oceanside Pharmacy - Oceanside, CA - Armed Robbery/ suspect pleads Guilty
Pizza Hut - Huntington, WV - Robbery
Sheetz - Greenville, NC - Shooting/ 1 injured
Shops at Fallen Timbers - Lucas County, OH - Robbery
Subway - Tamarac, FL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Enid, OK - Robbery
Williams Gun Sight - Davidson Township, MI - Burglary
7-Eleven - Rochester, NY - Armed Robbery/ Assault on Police



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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Aritzia is searching for our new Vice President, Loss Prevention who will maximize profit by minimizing loss while respecting People, Brand and Operations. The Vice President, Loss Prevention is responsible for developing Aritzia's Loss Prevention strategy and tactics for Merchandise, Finance, People, Property, and Information...
National Sales Manager
Franklin Park, IL

Se-Kure Controls is one of the leading manufacturers of Anti-Shoplifting systems in the USA. We are seeking an experienced sales professional to serve as a National Sales Manager. Qualified applicants must be able to manage a sales team, offer creative solutions and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
Director of Sales
Southwest Region

The Director of Sales is responsible for meeting and exceeding revenue and profit goals for the assigned region. The individual will be accountable for specific accounts within their designated area and will manage core business while focusing on new business with an emphasis on growth...

Loss Prevention Specialist
Riverside, CA
The Loss Prevention Specialist has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. security, life safety, and operational procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft and providing life safety...

Loss Prevention Specialist
Greencastle, IN
The Loss Prevention Specialist has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. security, life safety, and operational procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft and providing life safety...

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4 Steps to Keep Feedback from Being Useless  We live in a world full of frenzied feedback. Whether positive or reflective, there's so much feedback in both the professional and personal setting that it's hard to distinguish what can produce change and what can be passed over. Here are some steps you can use to make sure your feedback is effective. Don't give in to the hype

Why You Need to Listen To Your 360 Feedback  Everyone has blind spots, but they can really hinder our professional performance when we're not self-aware of how others view our skills. This is why so many organizations use 360-degree assessments to evaluate their leaders. Don't just receive the feedback, really listen it. Identify your blind spots

Why You Should Stop Serving the Feedback Sandwich  Sometimes when trying to present feedback to someone, it can seem to fall on deaf ears. It may be because you're sandwiching the most critical aspect of your feedback in between two positive compliments. While it's nice to give, it doesn't help the receiver in the long run. Here's how to make your criticism constructive. Level the field

The 10 Pieces of Employee Feedback that Lead to Leadership Greatness  Gaining feedback from your team members is not only helpful, it also improves your abilities to lead. There are 10 pieces of feedback especially that help you reach leadership greatness, so be sure you're listening for them. Can you help me?


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Being in a slump is an absolutely scary place where your brain does more damage than your actions or lack thereof. More mental than anything else a slump happens to all of us and getting out of it can look like the longest darkest tunnel you've ever experienced. But remember there's always light at the end of every tunnel and getting focused on that light is the key. And turning it always begins with getting back to basics. Forcing yourself to find that focus and using the basics to get out of the slump is the only way out. Lean on your basics and trust you know them well enough that the old performance will start showing itself because once they do, you'll find yourself having fun and out of that slump.

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