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Aug. 12-15

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CONTROLTEK - Solutions that Protect.
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Sean Staron promoted to Asset Protection Director
for Saks Fifth Avenue

Previously, Sean was an Asset Protection Manager for the retailer, and has been with them since 2010 when he started as an AP Investigator. Throughout that time, he's held various AP roles including AP Supervisor, AP Manager, and District AP Manager. Sean was also an LP Associate for Sears Holdings Corporation. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Western New England University. Congratulations Sean!

Brian Lux promoted to Director, US Corporate Investigations
for Walmart

Previously, Brian was the Director - Global Governance - Triage Team for the retailer, and prior to that he was their Senior Global Investigator/Corporate Anti-Corruption/Fraud. Brian was in the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent - Task Force Leader for two years and a Special Agent for four years. He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from Truman State University, his MBA in Finance from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and his Doctor of Law, International Law Certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law. Congratulations Brian!

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CONTROLTEK joins the LPF as Newest Bachelor-Level Partner
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest bachelor level partner, CONTROLTEK. The Bachelor level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships for CONTROLTEK to distribute to industry professionals.

"We are so pleased and honored to announce our new partnership with CONTROLTEK," said Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of The Loss Prevention Foundation. "By partnering with the LPF, they are demonstrating their commitment to continuing education within the loss prevention and asset protection industry. Our partners are vital to the continuation of our LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC) certification initiatives."   Read more here.


"Nebraska Man Charged with Selling Employer's Confidential Information"
NEWARK, N.J. - A Nebraska man was arrested today (May 16) for allegedly selling one of his employer's databases, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Timothy Young, 49, of Moorefield, Nebraska, is charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance May 17, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett III, in Omaha, Nebraska, federal court.

Young was employed at a data analytics and risk assessment firm based on New Jersey. The company serves customers worldwide, including entities providing insurance and financial services as well as government entities. The company maintains a network that houses, among other things, significant amounts of personally identifiable information.

Young provided to an individual he met online non-public information from the company's system, including names, logon names, passwords, email addresses, and telephone numbers for some of the company's clients. Young expected to be paid for providing this information. 

The charge of wire fraud is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, twice the gross profits to Young or twice the gross loss suffered by the victim. justice.gov

Attachment(s): Download Young.Complaint.pdf

The Daily Identifies "Insider Threat" at Verisk
Analyst Sold Access to Internal Databases to FBI CI
Wanted $2.5M in Cryptocurrencies

Timothy Young, 49, residing in Moorefield (population of 31), NE, and listed on LinkedIn as a Field Analyst for Verisk Analytics/ISO.

"Verisk provides data analytic insights to customers in insurance, energy and specialized markets, and financial services to help them make better, faster, and more focused decisions that minimize risk and maximize value. We offer predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and many other fields."

Federal Complaint:

On or about March 3, 2019, an individual ("the Individual"), using alias, posted a message on an online forum. The message was titled "[Victim Company] Access for SALE."

"I am looking for a person or group who would be interested in buying network login information for a large corporation. It is a Fortune 500 company with annual profits of $2.5B. They are global in nature, but based in the US ... Types of databases include all property and casualty insurance claims including personal information...complete details of millions of individual buildings, medical claims. Details to every municipal water system in the US, every emergency communications center in the US, and every fire department in the US...

The message further stated that the Individual was asking for $2,500,000 in cryptocurrency for this information, and that the money could be put in escrow during the period of the sale.

On or about March 7, 2019, a confidential informant ("CI"), who has been reliable in the past, contacted the Individual at law enforcement's request.

The CI and the Individual then communicated over the internet. Among other things, the Individual told the CI that the Individual would sell his/her current username and password, and provide both future usernames and passwords as well as any needed assistance the buyer required to access the Victim Company.

After the UC paid for received the database, it was reviewed by the FBI and the Victim Company. The database contains thousands of records customers of the Victim, including personal information such as names, addresses, email accounts, and other identifying information. The Victim Company confirmed that this was accurate information taken from their internal, non-public systems.

Law enforcement interviewed Young on or about May 16, 2019. During the interview, Young stated, in substance and in part, that he: (1) was an employee of the Victim Company; (2) met an individual online and agreed to provide that individual (the "Broker") his access credentials and data stolen from the Victim Company with the understanding that the information would be sold to criminals; (3) expected to be paid once the Broker sold the information; (4) took the database from the Victim Company's internal systems and provided it to the Broker, from which Young expected to receive money; Young provided the username of another employee of the Victim Company to the individual he met online along with a made up password; and (8) provided the database to a second individual he met online."

Editor's Note: We confirmed this information through various online data sources and by engaging a Nebraska NBC reporter directly, who was linked to Young himself and was able to confirm the information through multiple people and a family member on our behalf. NBC will be covering this as well as this case continues to unfold, since it appears more people may be involved.

Also of special note is that Verisk services the 911 services and fire department services nationwide among various other critical services and coverage's they offer. With fire departments and 911 services being in Young's background.

Given the nature of the data this could have been used for a nation state attack and even terrorism against our emergency services nationwide.

Great work on the part of the FBI, the confidential informant, and Verisk itself for working closely with the FBI.

Could this have been as big as Equifax? Certainly not on the consumer end but with "millions of buildings and nationwide emergency centers" it could have had a huge impact.


The Tariff on China Imports of Anti-Shoplifting Products Has Increased
By Jim Wyatt, EAS Product Consultant

Over the past 20 years, U.S. anti-shoplifting system, tag and label manufacturers have moved most of their production to China. This has been a windfall for retailers with the average price paid for AM or RF labels and tags dropping by about 50% over this time.

In September of 2018, the U.S. government announced a new round of Tariffs would be placed on goods shipped from China to the U.S. The list of products exceeded 3,000 with a retail value of over $200 billion which included all AM and RF systems, labels and tags. Earlier this month, the Tariff on the same goods shipped from China to the U.S. increased to 25%.

Non-Chinese made AM and RF systems, labels and tags. products will not be affected by these Tariffs. A few anti-shoplifting product manufacturers have retained production capacity in North America. For example, Sensormatic produces AM products in Mexico, and ALL-TAG produces RF Labels in Florida.

If U.S. retailers didn't encounter a bit of "sticker shock" when the 10% Tariff was imposed, they most likely will now with the 25% Tariff.

McDonald's faces 25 new charges of sexual harassment in the workplace
The charges - 25 filings in all - involve alleged incidents at McDonald's restaurants and corporate offices in 20 cities across the U.S. in which workers as young as 16 years old faced harassing behavior that included groping, indecent exposure, propositions for sex and lewd comments by supervisors.

In September 2018, McDonald's workers in 10 cities across the U.S. went on a one-day strike to protest sexual harassment about one year after accusations of sexual harassment came to light against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, which led to the #MeToo movement.

These new charges continue a multi-year effort by workers to address harassment and other workplace conditions, including higher wages, with the help of the organization The Fight for $15 and a Union. In all, more than 50 charges and suits have been filed by McDonald's employees working with the organization over the last three years. usatoday.com

McDonald's is a strategic target. The restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of workplace sexual harassment; in one survey, 40 percent of female fast food workers said they had experienced it, and more than one in five said they had faced consequences - including shortened hours and being denied raises - for reporting it. Workplace sexual harassment is also difficult to litigate, partly because the statute of limitations is often very short.  nytimes.com

Indianapolis, IN: Customers paying more at checkout due to increase
in organized retail crime

When 41-year-old William Allen allegedly shot Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Eric Rosenbaum two weeks ago, Allen was already being investigated for multiple thefts at retail stores in at least two counties. Investigators believe Allen, who already had criminal history in four states, was making money through organized retail crime, or ORC. "When you are stealing product and making profit," said Lowe's Regional Security Director, Matt Thompson.

Thompson oversees security and asset protection at 36 Lowe's stores in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. He says Allen's case illustrates how violence can result from organized retail crime, which has been increasing in Indianapolis for the last several years. Thompson is also the president of the Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition, or IROCC. He says ORC cases can involve groups of dozens of theft suspects working together, or individuals planning to steal and resell merchandise for profit. The increased prevalence of online secondary sales is helping to drive a steady increase in the crimes, he says. fox59.com

Innovation at Home: Walmart's Plan for a New Home Office
We've spent the past couple of years imagining what Walmart's "dream home" might look like. We've thought a lot about how we want to work together as our company grows and changes. With our associates and the community in mind, we've landed on a design that reflects our values, honors our history and enables our potential.

When we think about the future, it's crucial that we also think about how we are going to preserve our planet and resources for the next generation, while promoting well-being for our associates both today and tomorrow.

Opening in phases between 2020 and 2024. walmart.com

Bernie Sanders will attend Walmart's annual meeting to push for higher pay and other labor reforms

Rapper/Actor Ice-T Says He 'Almost Shot' an Amazon Delivery Driver
for 'Creeping Up' to His Home

Ice-T says he came close an Amazon delivery driver after mistaking him for an intruder. Following the incident, the rapper, 61, suggested on Twitter that the tech company should make their employees wear uniforms to help identify them.

"Message to Amazon: Now that you have regular people making your home deliveries... Maybe they should wear a Vest with AMAZON DELIVERY on it... I almost shot a MF creeping up to my crib last night... Just saying," the Law & Order star wrote.

Amazon's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations & Customer Service Dave Clark tweeted back to Ice-T but didn't seem too concerned as he made a joke in his response:  "Just sayin... thanks for the suggestion. We MF'ing love you and our drivers. Lots of innovations coming on this and many that already exist to help you track your package and delivery on a map. Thanks for being a customer." yahoo.com

Lyft: Continuing Our Investment in Safety
Lyft announced a new suite of safety features and programs for its riders.

Safety is fundamental to Lyft, which is why we are continuously working on new features, policies, and programs to protect our riders and drivers. This includes professionally-administered criminal background and driving record checks for all driver-applicants that are re-run annually, in-app photos of the driver and vehicle, real-time ride tracking, digital receipts, two-way rating systems, and a dedicated Trust & Safety team. Just last month, we announced continuous criminal monitoring and enhanced identity verification - two features to strengthen the safety and security of our platform.

Today, we're announcing a new suite of safety features and programs as we further invest in the safety of the Lyft community. These efforts will make it easier for riders to find their ride, alert emergency services in the event of an unsafe situation, and ensure any ride issues are communicated back to our support team and drivers themselves.  In addition, we are proud to make a driver and rider education program available as part of our goal to ensure Lyft is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. lyft.com

Editor's Note: They also added a Vice President of Security, Earl Watson, formerly of Levi Strauss, Walmart, and The Gap, last July to build a new program.

Cargo Theft Still Increasing in Mexico
Q1 Up 6% Over Q1 2018, 39% From Q1 2017

● Puebla and State of Mexico account for 58% of cargo theft across Mexico
Hijackings dominate as preferred M.O. for cargo thieves sensitech.com

Stein Mart adds Amazon Lockers to 200 stores

Quarterly Results

Target Q1 comp's up 4.8%, sales up 5%
Lowe's Q1 company-wide comp's up 3.5%, US comp's up 4.2%, net sales up 2.2%
Nordstrom Q1 Full-Price net sales down 5.1%, Off-Price net sales down 0.6%, Digital sales up 7%, company net sales down 3.5%

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Axis Retail Leadership Forum
Save the Date! August 12-15, 2019

8th annual user forum to be held at Microsoft HQ in Seattle, WA

Retail is a vast world of endless complexities including asset protection, the Internet of Things, software analytics, network security and other business functions. There exists a variety of intelligent solutions you can use to cover everything from loss prevention and asset protection to traffic counting and shelf space compliance. But to manage all of this - and more - it's critical you adopt a solution that works best for your entire team.

Please join us for 2 days of education and open discussion about advances in intelligent surveillance technology and all that you can do with it! This year we are lucky enough to bring loss prevention and IT retail leaders together at Microsoft HQ just outside Seattle.

The focus is on your needs, overcoming your challenges, and preparing you for the future. Take this valuable opportunity to network, share experiences, and learn the ins-and-outs of finding the right solution for you!

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Register today for our RH-ISAC 2019 Summit

Premier Event for Retail & Hospitality Cybersecurity Leaders & Practitioners

Register today for our 4th annual RH-ISAC Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit on September 24-25, 2019 in Denver, CO and receive a discounted rate of 50% using the code Early_Bird.

Our RH-ISAC Summit brings together more than 200 retail and hospitality cybersecurity leaders for two days of retail and hospitality specific presentations, discussions and networking opportunities. This year we'll have more than 20 breakout sessions and six keynotes led by peer practitioners and trusted solution provider partners sharing insights and leading interactive discussions.

Take advantage of this discount - it won't last long! Register today using the code Early_Bird at http://summit.rhisac.org/rsvp/. Code expires on July 31, 2019.

For hotel, registration, and agenda updates, visit the RH-ISAC Summit event website: http://summit.rhisac.org/ or contact RH-ISAC with any questions about the event at events@rhisac.org.


Don't Overlook LinkedIn as a Corporate Security Risk
I'm more worried about the often ignored risks associated with LinkedIn - including those pertaining to corporate espionage, fraud and phishing, operational security, workplace risk and reputational risk.  

"LinkedIn is where most Fortune 500 decision-makers and executives like to spend their spare time." This means that LinkedIn is what we call in security a "target-rich" environment, a one-stop shop for threat actors who seek to leverage social media to target major enterprises, executives and other employees. 

So, what are the main risks corporate security professionals need to be watching for as we use LinkedIn? I would argue there are at least five:

Corporate espionage - Fraud and phishing - Operational security - Workplace risk - Reputational risk securitymagazine.com

Cybersecurity jobs Up 15%:
Jobs most in demand & with best pay
UK Market is a Snap Shot of the US

Demand for tech staff who specialize in cybersecurity is increasing rapidly, with a 15 percent increase in job ads for workers with this skill set between 2017 and 2018.

The job title with the most demand is that of 'IT security specialist', which has nearly three times as much demand among employers as the second-placed 'security engineer', according to the data compiled by recruitment website Indeed.

While IT security specialist is the role most advertised, at $57,791 it's not the highest paying of the top five jobs; IT auditor with an average salary at $73,725 is the top payer.

UK's top 5 Most in-demand cyber roles

Rank Job title Jobs per 1 million vacancies Average Salary
1 IT Security Specialist 538.5 $57,855
2 Security Engineer 192.6 $40,915
3 Security Consultant 117.6 $66,791
4 Information Security Analyst 115.4 $50,549
5 IT Auditor 66.3 $73,725

The research also found that the big consulting firms such as KPMG and PwC are among the UK's top recruiters when it comes to cybersecurity roles. The other 20 top companies looking for security expertise, according to Indeed, include telecoms companies, finance and tech firms, and retail giants. zdnet.com

Europol Takes Down Multi-million euro cryptocurrency laundering service Bestmixer.io
First law enforcement action of its kind against such a cryptocurrency mixer service

Initiated back in June 2018 by the FIOD with the support of the internet security company McAfee, this investigation resulted in the seizure of six servers in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

A cryptocurrency tumbler or cryptocurrency mixing service is a service offered to mix potentially identifiable or 'tainted' cryptocurrency funds with others, so as to obscure the trail back to the fund's original source.

Bestmixer.io was one of the three largest mixing services for cryptocurrencies and offered services for mixing the cryptocurrencies bitcoins, bitcoin cash and litecoins. The service started in May 2018 and achieved a turnover of at least $200 million (approx. 27,000 bitcoins) in a year's time and guaranteed that the customers would remain anonymous.

The transaction data will be shared with other countries. europa.eu

To Narrow the Cyber Skills Gap with Attackers, Cut the Red Tape
In recent years, the cyber skills gap between attackers and defenders has widened. Corporate security teams - their hands tied by budget constraints, box-ticking exercises, internal politics, and outdated training - are struggling to catch up. More than half of organizations now consider the shortage of adequately trained cybersecurity professionals to be a major problem.

Attackers, on the other hand, have no such problem. Unfettered by corporate issues, they operate in the type of purist environment in which technical talent thrives. They "learn by doing" - continually coming up with creative ideas to solve a problem, rewarding curiosity and perseverance, and encouraging innovation. Because of this, they remain steadfastly in the lead. While many companies talk about a need to address the cyber skills gap, few are challenging existing norms. The security sector is good at tearing up rule books, so it's about time this applied to skills development. darkreading.com


Criminals Extorting Money and Personal Information From Your Businesses
OPP Warning Ontario Businesses to Confirm Their Emails & Phone Messages

These are tools criminals use to extort money and personal information from you and your company.

Ontario businesses and municipalities are being targeted by two types of scams: the Business Executive scam and the Card Not Present scam. In the Business Executive scam, also known as the Business Email Compromise, the potential victim receives an email that appears to come from an executive or supervisor in their own company who has the authority to request money transfers.

In some cases, the fraudsters create an email address that mimics that of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or the fraudsters have compromised and used the CEO's or CFO's actual email account. The spoofed email message is then sent to an employee who is authorized to conduct wire transfers.

In the Card Not Present scam, Ontario businesses are targeted by fraudsters who claim to represent a regular supplier or an existing contractor. The scam targets businesses that have existing relationships and accounts with suppliers, wholesalers or contractors. The scam usually involves a spoofed email informing the buyers of a change in payment arrangements.

The email notice provides 'new' banking details and requests that future payments be made to this 'new' account. Fraudsters are also calling local businesses and providing stolen credit card information in order to make large purchases. wawa-news.com

University's new AI security system that studies movement a 1st for Canada
Could it be coming to stores next?

A new artificial intelligence security system is being installed for the first time in Canada at a Calgary university. The network of high-resolution cameras paired with AI, also known as black screen monitoring, will spend two weeks learning normal movement patterns so it can scan for anomalies on campus - like the hurried patterns of students once they spot a person nearby carrying a gun.

That's where the black screen name comes from - the black screens only come to life when something odd is detected. The iCetana system will learn patterns based on what's normal for different locations at different times of day, and on the weekdays and weekends. And the 360-degree cameras make it impossible to enter the campus without coming into view of at least one of the cameras.

Editor's Note: As it was reported last year, at least two malls in Canada are already using facial recognition technology to track shoppers' ages and genders without telling them. Could artificial intelligence in Canadian stores and malls be coming next?  cbc.ca

Security challenges remain for cannabis cultivators six months after legalization
A little more than six months after the federal legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, Canadian Security takes a look at the security challenges facing licensed producers and some of the potential solutions.  canadiansecuritymag.com

Cost of cyber breach recovery hits all-time high of $5.8M;
100% of companies reported attacks
Cyber security incidents have become the new normal for Canadian companies, with 100 per cent of organizations experiencing attacks, according to the findings of a new study from Scalar Decisions Inc. of more than 400 Canadian IT and security workers. The study found that the average cost per organization of responding to, and recovering from, cyber security incidents increased to between $4.8 million to $5.8 million, up from $3.7 million last year.

Despite facing fewer cyber attacks overall (440 on average, down from 445 last year), organizations suffered more breaches (12.5 on average, up from 9.3) as bad actors became more efficient and effective. canadiansecuritymag.com

Canada: Walking A Fine Line
Bill Of Lading Stomps Liability For Cargo Theft

This case highlights the importance of ensuring bills of lading accurately reflect the intended delivery destination. It further highlights the need to investigate the roles of each party involved in a shipment to best frame a cause of action.  mondaq.com

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Fifth cannabis store proposed for downtown Salmon Arm
Toronto-Based Roots to Open Largest Store in Chicago
London's third retail cannabis store opens for business
2 Richmond FreshCo locations open with massive lines, discounts
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker set to open at West Edmonton Mall

Retail's Future Leaders Awarded $25,000: Finalists of Retail Council of Canada's Retail Education Scholarship Program announced

Canadian Retailers Post Biggest Gain in 10 Months

Canadian privacy watchdogs taking Facebook to court over privacy failures

Walmart orders 40 electric semis for British Columbia fulfillment center

(Update) Edmonton, AB: Man found guilty of murder of 2 Mac's store clerks
Verdict Comes with Automatic Life Sentence

Colton Steinhauer, one of the three people charged in the deaths of two Mac's convenience store clerks, was found guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree murder. The verdict comes with an automatic life sentence, and now the jury will offer its recommendation on whether Steinhauer should serve his sentences consecutively or concurrently. The judge will make the final decision. The two clerks, Karanpal Banghu and Ricky Cenabre, were killed on Dec. 18, 2015 at two different locations. msn.com

Calgary, AB: Thief attacks camera store staff with bear spray, steals $5,000
in merchandise

Toronto, ON: Police find hundreds of stolen electronics at arts and crafts store

Victoria, BC: Brazen $1,100 bike theft caught on camera; Employee gets stolen bike back

Mount Pearl, NL: Backhoe bandits strike again in attempted ATM theft

North Bay, ON: Two men arrested for identity theft


Robberies & Burglaries

Camera Store - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery
Variety Store - Saint John, NB - Armed Robbery

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Ecommerce Fraud Cooks Up Trouble in Food Delivery
Whether you're a mom-and-pop cafe, a restaurant franchise or a grocery chain, it's likely that more and more of your business will take place online. According to Statista, ecommerce in food delivery alone is has a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8% between now and 2022. That's not counting the 11.8% CAGR expected from other areas such as grocery sales.

As retailers adapt their business models for ecommerce and mobile shopping, scammers have followed suit, developing methods ranging from simple promo abuse to sophisticated account takeovers. Since the food industry more than most others is under constant pressure to deliver high levels of service with speed and accuracy, it is especially vulnerable to fraudsters.

While other industries seek to finesse same-day delivery, grocers often have to have their orders completed and shipped in an hour, while restaurants get even less time (unless you enjoy cold pizza). Merchants thus have to make instant decisions about the legitimacy of a purchase or they risk upsetting their customers, a task made more difficult if their fraud prevention system is inefficient.

This could not only lead to falsely declining good orders, but also subject legitimate customers to cumbersome verification processes, causing them to abandon their purchase in frustration. Since profits in the food industry hang on razor-thin margins, merchants can ill afford such losses or delays in service. multichannelmerchant.com

Louis Vuitton Launched Blockchain for Luxury Goods in Fight Against Counterfeits
ConsenSys and Microsoft just announced AURA, a blockchain platform that aims to offer the luxury industry with product tracking and tracing services. For Louis Vuitton, the development of the AURA project is the culmination of the traceability program (Track & Trace) launched over three years ago. We can see AURA helping to curb luxury product fraud, particularly with items bought online, but it will be interesting to see if the ledger would be able to help cater to the growing customer desire for more ethical fashion.  fintechnews.sg

Mother's Day Online Shoppers Were Active, and So Were Threat Actors

Richemont struggles to make a profit online




Matthew, NC: 14 arrested in Organized Retail Theft sting operation at Lowe's
Police arrested 14 people in an organized retail sting operation in Matthews Tuesday. According to the Matthews Police Department, the operation was based around thefts reported at the Lowe's Home Improvement store located on Matthews Township Parkway. Due to the significantly high number of thefts reported from the store in recent months, Matthews detectives partnered with the Lowe's Loss Prevention Unit to conduct the operation. This operation was initiated on April 17, 2019, and concluded on May 17, 2019. It utilized many tactics to include surveillance, increased uniform and undercover patrols, intelligence and crime analysis. According to officials, 14 people were charged and 30 charges were filed. Not all names or pictures were provided. There was $5,870 worth of property recovered. wbtv.com

Lutz, FL: Pasco County Sheriff's Dept. arrest 1 of 3 suspects in $20,000 theft
of Cigarettes

Pasco County Sheriff's Office may have made a break in a string of thefts of cigarette cartons that have plagued stores throughout Tampa Bay since January. The sheriff's office arrested Robert Lee McGill III, on Monday after they say he and two cohorts stole 150 cartons of cigarettes valued at $10,437 from the Sam's Club in Wesley Chapel. According to the sheriff, McGill and two other men entered the Sam's Club at 2:42 p.m. May 20 and grabbed four cases containing cartons of cigarettes off a shelf. They then ran toward the store's fire exit, pushing employees out of the way. A witness caught and detained McGill but the other two men got away. This is the most recent in a rash of cigarette thefts that throughout Tampa Bay that may be related to a crime ring. Other recent thefts possibly linked: Walmart in Wimauma for $2,092; Thorntons in Tampa for $8,242 and Circle K in Apollo for $2,105. patch.com

Los Angeles, CA: Women Caught on Camera Ripping Off $20,000 Vintage Guitars
in Store Heist

Two women were caught on camera ripping off a vintage guitar shop in Southern California, making off with two guitars that are worth about $10,000 each. The owner of Imperial Vintage Guitars was pleading for the public's help on the store's Instagram story after two women were accused of stealing the guitars: a 1968 Gibson Johnny Smith, and a 1955 Gretsch Firebird. nbclosangeles.com

Ventura County, CA: Sheriff's Department Operation arrests 2 ORC suspects at Target; $3,700 of merchandise recovered

Mesa, AZ: Burglars caught of tape stealing thousands in Power Tools from First Fasteners store

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Shootings & Deaths

Shrewsbury, PA: Man guilty of shooting at State Trooper after robbing Walmart
Walmart robber Thomas Markowski claimed that he didn't intend to shoot a state trooper as he left the store with a sawed-off shotgun in his left hand and four boxes of fentanyl patches in his right. The 60-year-old Markowski testified in his own defense at the end of his non-jury trial Tuesday, May 21, before York County Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness. After hearing from six prosecution witnesses and the defendant on Monday and Tuesday, Ness took about 10 minutes to find Markowski guilty of all charges against him - including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. That charge carries a mandatory state prison sentence of 20 to 40 years. yorkdispatch.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Portland, OR: Man charged with Hate Crime for incident with machete at Macy's
A 19-year-old man is charged with a hate crime after assaulting two loss prevention officers at Macy's. Camar Livingstone is charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of menacing, one count of harassment and two counts of intimidation in the second degree. Authorities say he used homophobic language against a loss prevention officer who approached him in a department store on May 6. He threw merchandise at the officer. A second loss prevention officer tried to intervene when Livingstone allegedly grabbed a machete from his pants and waved it around. He then fled the store but was arrested shortly after. koin.com

Garden Grove, CA: Burglary crew targets 3 local Pharmacies over weekend

Lufkin, TX: Two suspects wanted in orchestrated Cigarette Robbery at Family Dollar

Knoxville, TN: Man arrested, charged with six robberies over month-long period

Eugene, OR: Man accused of theft from Pharmacy rescued from storm drain

Hartford, CT: Shoplifter punched Home Depot LP, but end up fleeing without merchandise

Providence, RI: U.S. Attorney charges man in $20M counterfeit military uniform scheme




C-Store - Youngstown, OH - Burglary
CVS - Hesperia, CA - Armed Robbery
Department Store - Roseville, CA - Robbery
Home Depot - Hartford, CT - Robbery/ Assault on LP
McDonald's - Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery
Music Shop - Orange, CA - Robbery
Pharmacy - Garden Grove, CA - Burglary (1of 3)
Pharmacy - Garden Grove, CA - Burglary (2 of 3)
Pharmacy - Garden Grove, CA - Burglary (3 of 3)
Pharmacy - Eugene, OR - Armed Robbery
Sam's Club - Wesley Chapel, FL - Robbery
Walgreens - New Hanover County, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Salt Lake City, UT - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
9 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed



Joe Marino named District Loss Prevention Manager (Long Island/Queens and the Upper New York Districts) for Sephora
Prior to Sephora, Joe held various loss prevention/asset protection roles for other retailers including Victoria's Secret as RAPM and both The Home Depot and Macys as APM.
Tim Juback promoted to Regional LP & Security Management for Amazon
Robert Frasco, CFI promoted to Global Investigations for Nike
Beckler Joshua named District LP Manager for Sephora
Nick Ferris named AP District Leader for Rite Aid

John Dye
named Senior LP Investigator for Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

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District Loss Prevention Manager
Eastern PA/NJ

The District Loss Prevention Manager ensures shrinkage control and improves safety in the stores through proper investigation and training. This position is responsible to provide feedback, guidance and protection for our Team Leaders and Associates. This role has oversight and responsibility for approximately 15-20 store locations...

Corporate Investigations Supervisor
Irving, TX
The Corporate Investigations Supervisor provides leadership and direction to the Corporate Investigators by overseeing investigative processes and work flow. This position is responsible for maintaining consistent execution of processes and support leading to recovery and litigation. The Investigations Supervisor motivates and model's efficiency, effectiveness and productivity with our team, department and company while providing feedback and guidance on both investigations and development...


Regional Asset Protection Manager
Austin, TX

Responsible for supporting field operations execution of asset protection processes in an assigned regional area. Leads investigation and recovery for losses within assigned Region, and manages liaison with external and internal partners to mitigate and prevent further losses...


Manager of District Loss Prevention
Fresno, CA

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

Seattle WA, Portland OR, Salt Lake City UT

Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores...


Field Loss Prevention Manager
Dallas, TX

● Manages and coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail locations
● Manages Loss Prevention initiatives and programs on facility levels which may include a combination of locations within a geographical area; travel required...

Manager, Regional Asset Protection
Bay Area/San Francisco, CA

You will be accountable for execution of asset protection programs within an assigned geographical area. You will be key in assessing and reporting AP vulnerabilities, developing strategies to address vulnerabilities, have a high attention to detail and use critical thinking and good judgement to help make decisions and formulate solutions to work-related concerns...

Manager, Regional Asset Protection
Denver, CO

You will be accountable for execution of asset protection programs within an assigned geographical area. You will be key in assessing and reporting AP vulnerabilities, developing strategies to address vulnerabilities, have a high attention to detail and use critical thinking and good judgement to help make decisions and formulate solutions to work-related concerns...

Regional Asset Protection Manager
Mid-Atlantic Region

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the Asset Protection function in their assigned area. Guide the implementation and training of Asset Protection programs, enforcement of policies and procedures, auditing, investigations and directing of shrink reduction efforts...

Manager, Asset Protection Fraud & Investigations
Westchester, IL

The Manager of Asset Protection Fraud and Investigations is responsible for the global enterprise hybrid -ecommerce, digital product and traditional fraud investigation program. Primary responsibilities include conduct and manage analytically driven fraud and loss investigations, evolve fraud mitigation platforms and initiatives; manage a team of ecommerce analysts and internal investigators, maintain case management and financial fraud reporting metrics...

Area Loss Prevention Manager
New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania

Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building high performance teams that execute with excellence...



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We are currently looking for an experienced Loss Prevention Specialist - Undercover/Plain Clothes.

● Conduct undercover surveillance to detect and apprehend shoplifters
● Recover assets and/or make safe apprehensions
● Must be able to communicate with all levels of staff and management
● Get to create your schedule with your Supervisor

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Undercover/Plainclothes LP Specialist - San Jose, CA
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As we all race through our careers with little time for anything other then our day-to-day responsibilities and our families, we often times neglect to realize that we, in fact, are one piece of a larger effort, a larger circle. One member of a community dedicated to doing the best we can for the companies we work for. As time passes we find a small group of others on the same path that become our life long friends. Strapped for time and saddled by daily events, our immediate circle becomes those trusted colleagues that help us grow and provide us with healthy debate. Finding solace, the circle strengthens and true bonds emerge that at times go beyond even that of family. Focused on the same mission the circle engraves itself and long term becomes our definition. Enriched by their caring we almost become one. Years pass and as human nature takes hold, the circle tightens and in some regards limits our need to grow and share on a broader scale and as a community. The cherished bonds developed over years of hard work and dedication play an invaluable role but also possess the challenge to go beyond our immediate circle of friends and realize we are in fact a community; a larger group of individuals and executives all traveling the same path and all needing the same things. When was the last time we just picked up the phone and called someone in our community outside of our group just to share and offer a few minutes of our time? This industry, this community has been through a lot the last few years and there's quite a few that would appreciate feeling that sense of community.

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