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David Rozhon, LPC promoted to Senior EHS Manager for Amazon

Prior to his promotion to Senior EHS Manager, David served as Environmental, Health & Safety Manager with Amazon for over two years. Before that, David worked in various LP/AP positions with Sears, including but not limited to: Area Loss Prevention Manager, Project Specialist - Asset & Profit Protection, Regional Loss Prevention & Safety Manager, and Corporate Manager, Safety Operations. He earned his Master of Arts in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Congratulations, David!

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Violent Crimes Most Likely to Occur At Night
When are criminals active during the day? The Crimes at Night: Analyzing Police Incident Reports in Major Cities reveals that violent crimes occur most often at night. In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate, according to FBI data.

More than half of police incidents took place during the day:

Larceny/theft, drug violations, simple assaults, and property crimes were slightly more likely to happen while the sun was out, but more violent crimes such as driving while impaired, murder, rape/sexual assault, and robbery were more frequently reported at night.

Police incidents tend to happen between Monday and Friday.

● Friday experienced the highest peak in known crime reports during the day, with an average of 755 police incidents per 10,000 residents. Alternatively, Sunday had the fewest incidents during the day - an average of 595 per every 10,000 individuals.

● When are violent crimes most likely to happen? Unfortunately, midnight was the peak hour for violent crimes like rape and sexual assault, while 2 a.m. was the ideal time to stay off the roads - DWI/DUI police incidents happened the most then.

● Murder peaked at 9 p.m. and aggravated assault peaked just an hour after. securitymagazine.com

Natural Disasters Cost $90.9 Billion In Losses in 2018
In 2018, the U.S. experienced 14 billion-dollar-plus natural disasters, which caused approximately $90.9 billion in losses, the fourth-highest cost since 1980, according to the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 report.

The total damage from Hurricane Michael was estimated at $25 billion. Hurricane Florence was estimated at $24 billion in damage. The wildfires in California were estimated to have at least $12.4 billion in insured losses alone; total damage is still not clear. securitymagazine.com

How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I.
'An army of A.I. security guards being placed behind those lenses'

Businesses and the government have spent years installing millions of surveillance cameras across the United States. Now, that technology is on the verge of getting a major upgrade, the American Civil Liberties Union warns in a new report.

Advancements in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance, allowing camera owners to identify "unusual" behavior, recognize actions like hugging or kissing, easily seek out embarrassing footage and estimate a person's age or, possibly, even their disposition, the group argues.

"We face the prospect of an army of A.I. security guards being placed behind those lenses that are actually, in a meaningful way, monitoring us, making decisions about us, scrutinizing us," said Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the A.C.L.U. and the author of the report, which was released on Thursday.

The ability to constantly analyze and learn from a video feed could help self-driving cars understand their surroundings, retail stores track their products and health professionals monitor their patients, he said. It can also be used to scrutinize the routines and actions of individuals on an enormous scale, the A.C.L.U. warns.

At a recent retail industry conference, IBM showed how its video analytics software could be used to count customers and estimate their ages and loyalty status, all in real time. The software could monitor the length of a line, identify a manager as he walked through a crowd, and flag people loitering outside the store.

Amazon's Rekognition service, launched in 2016, can purportedly identify and track people, recognize celebrities and detect objects and read text. (The company drew criticism for pitching that service to law enforcement.) After employees protested, Google last year said it would not renew a contract with the Pentagon's Project Maven, for which artificial intelligence is used to interpret video and images, potentially to improve the targeting of drone strikes. nytimes.com

Why the Huawei ban is bad for security
Many believe the ban on exporting U.S. technology to Chinese company Huawei could hurt American tech vendors and do little to mitigate supply chain threats.

Last week, Google reportedly warned the Trump Administration that its current ban on exports to Huawei might actually jeopardize national security by forcing Huawei to create an insecure fork of its Android operating system.

Two days before Google's reported warning was made public, the Washington Post released the results of a survey of 100 cybersecurity experts from government, academia and the private sector who mostly concluded that the ban would only end up hurting U.S. tech companies and further diminish U.S. influence over the security of new products. One of the experts, former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos, now a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University, said that the ban could cause China to "emerge as the indispensable nation in consumer technology." csonline.com

Has RFID Finally Found Its Place in Retail?
Aside from some false starts and eagerly publicized trials, radio frequency identification technology never quite delivered on its promise to be the next great thing in inventory control. Now it seems RFID might finally be ready for retail and, better still, appears to offer value across a far wider range of applications than those previously anticipated.

RFID in Provenance and Profit Protection
Retail shrinkage, which includes losses from shoplifting and employee theft, reached a total of 1.33 percent of sales in 2018, according to the National Retail Federation. In this light, some retailers are turning to RFID technology as a way to combat theft, a task for which the technology is particularly well suited. Vastly superior to the EAS tags used by most retailers, RFID tags can be used in the same way - to set off an alarm if an unpaid-for item passes through the exit door - but also to provide real-time intelligence as to what that item exactly is.

However, theft isn't the only security issue that RFID tags and readers can help to thwart. In the apparel and fashion sector, counterfeit products are a huge issue, making up almost half of the global counterfeit industry. High-end retailers are responding with RFID tagging at the source to prove product authenticity and combat counterfeiting. This is being made possible by the latest developments in tag construction, which gives manufacturers the ability to produce tags that can withstand being washed and dry-cleaned, and just about anything else which might happen to an item of clothing after purchase.

Read more to learn about about the variety of ways RFID is being put to use in retail - some of which might surprise you: rfidjournal.com

What does RFID mean for retail?
RFID tags cut down the time it takes to inventory a store from days to hours. Waving a scanner across a table of folded sweaters or jeans or a rack of blouses captures inventory information faster and more accurately.

Some stores are operating with 70 percent accuracy in their inventory, and that's weak for retailers trying to merge their online and in-store businesses for shoppers, said Dean Frew, Chief Technology Officer for Hong Kong-based SML, the second-largest RFID firm behind No. 1 Avery Dennison.

Only about 8 percent of the industry - mostly single-branded stores - is using RFID tags, he said. Stores that have adopted RFID tags have increased sales from 2% to 9% while reducing inventory by as much as 10%, Frew said.

Walmart was a big proponent of RFID tags in the early 2000s and even tested it in Dallas-area Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Many in retailing thought that tags would eventually replace the bar codes on consumer product packaging. The cost of a tag back then was as much as a dollar, so it wasn't cost effective except for big pallets of merchandise. To add an RFID tag to a piece of apparel costs about 6 cents now. dallasnews.com

Phoenix: 4-Year-Old Girl's Doll Theft at Family Dollar Leads to Gunpoint Arrest
Family sues Phoenix PD for $10M over officer's response to shoplifting incident

The Phoenix Police Department will be facing a $10 million lawsuit in connection with officers' response to a shoplifting call. The documents claim that Phoenix police officers engaged in police brutality and civil rights violations.

According to the claim, Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who is five months pregnant, didn't realize their 4-year-old took a doll from the Family Dollar Store at 36th Street and McDowell Road on May 29 until they were in the car. The family drove to a building near 32nd and Roosevelt streets, where their babysitter lived. A police car pulled up behind them with "no sirens or lights," court documents said.

"We're talking about a little doll that's worth maybe $5 and the horrors that came from the overreaction to that," said former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who is representing the family.

That's when the family claims an officer went up to Ames, who was in the driver's seat, pointed a gun at him and said, "I'm going to put a cap in your ass." The officer also said, "I'm gonna shoot you in your (expletive) face," the claim said.

Their 4-year-old and their 1-year-old children were in the backseat of the car. The family claims the officer pulled Ames out of the car, kicked him in the right leg, and punched him in the back. Ames said he wasn't resisting. The officer also pointed a gun at the mother and children inside, the claim said.

The money is based on $2.5 million for each family member. azfamily.com

Academy Sports Urges Texas Justices To Toss Mass-Shooting Suits
A Texas-based sporting goods store has asked the Texas Supreme Court to undo lower court rulings that allowed four lawsuits brought by families of victims of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting to proceed, arguing federal law bars the claims.

Academy Ltd., which operates as Academy Sports & Outdoors, filed a petition with the state's high court on Tuesday, arguing the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, passed by Congress in 2005, requires dismissal of the lawsuits that allege negligence in its sale of a rifle and magazines to gunman Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people and wounded 20 others when he walked into Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in November 2017, using a rifle and two 30-round magazines purchased from Academy in April 2016 to carry out the attack. law360.com

Hate Crimes Act Applies To Amazon Assault, 4th Circ. Says
A split Fourth Circuit appeals panel on Thursday ruled that an Amazon worker who assaulted a gay colleague was properly prosecuted under the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act because the incident took place during work hours at a shipping facility and thus impacted interstate commerce. law360.com

661 companies, including Walmart, Costco and Target, warn Trump about tariffs
As part of a multi-industry effort coordinated by the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland coalition, 661 groups, including 520 companies and 141 associations representing a wide range of industries - agriculture, apparel and footwear, furniture, manufacturing, retail and more - sent a letter sent to the White House on Thursday that warned about about the long-term impact of tariffs on American businesses and consumer. The groups urged the Administration to negotiate a deal with China that eliminates tariffs.

In the letter, the companies cited a study which found that 25% tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods would add more than $2,000 in costs for the average American family of four.

An array of retailers signed the letter, including Walmart, Target, and Costco to J.C. Penney, Jo-Ann Stores, and PetSmart.  (The full letter can be read here.)  chainstoreage.com

Department stores are still taking Manhattan
Manhattan is undergoing an unprecedented shift in its shopping scene. Gone are the gargantuan Lord & Taylor and the Henri Bendel flagship and the Saks Fifth Avenue women's store downtown. New arrivals are Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Shakeups of this magnitude are a rarity in a market where stores can stay open for more than 100 years, through every downturn and depression.

The turnover underscores the extent of the duress that the retail industry is going through in the age of Amazon. On a net basis, the city will lose about 340,000 square feet of department stores this year - the equivalent of two Walmart Supercenters. At the same time, it highlights the enduring lure of Manhattan, the nation's most prestigious place to sell fashion and luxury goods. When Nordstrom opens its mega-store in a skyscraper overlooking Central Park in October, it will be the biggest new retail space the city has seen in over half a century. bloomberg.com

Discounters will account for more than half of store openings this year
Dollar General leads the way - 975 new stores in 2019

Discount retailers, led by dollar stores and Aldi, will account for more than half of retail store openings this year, according to data from Coresight Research cited by CBS News. Out of the almost 2,780 new locations slated for 2019, about 1,800 belong to discount chains.

Dollar General leads growth by a wide margin, with 975 openings planned in 2019, followed by Dollar Tree, which is planning 350 new stores, then Family Dollar, Aldi and Five Below, according to the report. retaildive.com

Mile High Grub: Uber plans to use drones to deliver McD's orders
Uber Eats is planning to test a delivery program this summer using drones to deliver orders place with McDonald's. The pilot program planned for San Diego requires Uber to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Uber Eats is one of the few divisions of Uber to have reported a profit in 2018. retailwire.com

May's Retail Sales Show Consumer Resilience and Confidence in the Economy
Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in May seasonally adjusted from April and up 3.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Revisions to April monthly data were significant with retail sales reversing a loss of 0.2 percent monthly change to a gain of 0.3 percent. businesswire.com


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Getting Back to Basics with ePVM's

LPRC: Customers & Associates Feel Safer
LP Positively Impacting the Customer Experience

With the entire retail industry focused on re-defining and creating a unique customer experience that melds together the online and store environments, digital signage is destined to play a starring role in every aspect of retail. Once again, loss prevention has been leading the effort with Enhanced Public View Monitors (ePVMs) being one of the first interactive video monitors to show up in stores.

Certainly it's been a long and hard battle to gain the support and funding for what now is considered one of the basics in situational crime prevention. But with the Loss Prevention Research Council's (LPRC) ePVM impact study showing that customers "feel safer in stores with e/PVMs" it may be an opportune time to review and consider expanding the program. Especially with CBD products hitting the market.

With that in mind, there's also the opportunity to turn the entire program into a revenue generator with Media PVMs. Just like the EAS towers used for marketing, these media PVMs can be used for marketing as well. It really all depends on how good your selling skills are and how strong your relationships are in the organization.

With customer experience being the #1 driver right now, it all starts with customers feeling safer, and every retailer has to be focused on that goal.





Facing Retail IoT Security Challenges
Internet of Things (IoT) technology obviously presents a lot of opportunities for retailers. In fact, the emergence of IoT makes it possible to personalize the customer experience and optimize your supply chain. There are new, innovative applications for these technologies every day.

Take security as an example. Retail operations can use IoT technology to help reduce shrink and other forms of loss. However, with new systems come new vulnerabilities and IoT tools are certainly no exception.

How Merchants Approach Security Risks

First, it's smart to deploy IoT devices on a dedicated network. This helps insulate the data transmitted on that network from the risk of external attack. The IoT executive survey shows just 45 percent of respondents presently take this critical step.

Next, you can't leave security to one or two individuals; it needs to be a company-wide push. All employees need to be trained on the unique demands of IoT security protocols. Nearly two-thirds of executives plan to introduce additional training for technical roles and a near-equal number plan to hire more staff. Yet, this is another area where we can stand to see improvement, as just 46 percent of survey respondents currently have internal IoT-focused training systems in place for their workforce.

The Future of IoT Security: Integrating Blockchain with RFID

There are quite a few interesting experiments going on right now involving the technology. For example, the University of Nevada is exploring the idea of implementing IoT tools alongside another fast-developing new tool, blockchain technology, to assist with data integrity in self-driving cars. While that's a far cry from retail loss prevention, one can see certain avenues through which it can adapt.

From the merchant perspective, blockchain technology has incredibly useful applications for many of the same areas as IoT technology. By combining IoT and blockchain tools as part of a broader strategy, businesses can benefit from faster recall and more reliable data.

One way to integrate these tools is to fix products with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Retailers can effectively identify products, keep track of where goods are located and rapidly identify theft and other forms of fraud. Storing this data in a blockchain system makes it possible to conduct real-time audits and respond quickly. iotforall.com

Opinion: 'Retailers Should Stay Away From Cryptocurrency'
According to Fortune magazine, several big-name retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.-owned Whole Foods Market Inc., are planning to accept bitcoin and three other types of digital currency as part of a new initiative.

At first glance, creating cryptocurrency payment arrangements for retail products might seem like a no-brainer, falling squarely in line with classic, basic and critical marketing principles. But retailers should ignore all of the Marketing 101 crypto-blather.

Given its complete and utter lack of oversight and meaningful licensure, the cryptocurrency marketplace has spawned a growing global cadre of dangerous criminals, and the risks for retailers accepting cryptocurrency run a perilous gamut of legal, regulatory, financial, ethical and reputational dangers. law360.com

Empower Employees While Preventing Insider Data Breaches
Make Technology Your Last Line of Defense

Carelessness and a lack of awareness are root causes of insider breaches. So says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress, based on the findings of a study his company conducted of CISOs and employees to trace the cause of insider breaches resulting from both intentional and unintentional loss.

Other contributing factors to data breaches that arise via insiders, he says, include insufficient toolsets and a lack of awareness of security policies, occasionally compounded by employees - and not infrequently "the younger generation" - handling data as if they owned it. govinfosecurity.com

Talent Acquisition, Retention Leading Diversity Initiatives in Cybersecurity Jobs
Talent acquisition and retention is the leading operational reason that companies have been ramping up their diversity initiatives, according to (32 percent) of respondents in the (ISC)² study.

Nearly three quarters of organizations surveyed (74 percent) instituted a stated diversity value or program in the last 2-5 years. On top of this, a further 16 percent have followed suit in the last 12 months.

60 percent said that up to 20 percent of the current vacancies in their organizations are IT and/or cybersecurity-based. A further quarter (26 percent) said these roles constituted between 21-50 percent of their workforce.  securitymagazine.com

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Amazon's 1-Day Delivery Puts Rivals in a Box on Fraud
Amazon.com 's push for one-day shipping is putting enormous pressure on other retailers to send packages out faster. It's also forcing retailers to get better at fraud detection.

As e-commerce grows, retailers are forced to become fraud experts just to compete with Amazon (AMZN). "Amazon is good [at fraud detection] because they see repeat customers and their system can detect changes in behavior," says Reitblat. "Traditional retailers aren't Amazon-sized," so they don't have as much data to analyze, or as many resources to do the job.

That greater ability to find fraud lets Amazon minimize what it spends on chargebacks, another factor that helps it to undercut competitors' prices. The retailer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but CEO Jeff Bezos said in 2016 that he expected Amazon's use of machine learning to quietly improve core operations in areas including fraud detection. barrons.com

Netflix, Spotify and EA among the most hacked online accounts
An investigation by internet security experts DynaRisk has found that some of the world's biggest online are among the accounts most commonly hacked by cyber criminals. Among those most often accessed illegally are Netflix, Spotify and EA, according to the report.

Six hundred different brands were investigated by DynaRisk, which found that gaming, streaming and pornography sites were some of the most targeted by hijackers.

Other sites that frequently fell victim to security breaches include retail giant Amazon, Facebook and the Xbox and Sony entertainment websites.

The most targeted websites:

1. Riotgames.com
2. Netflix
3. Spotify.com
4. Origin.com
5. EA.com
6. Sonyentertainmentnetwork.com
7. Live.com
8. Crackingcore.com
9. Realitykings.com
10. Xbox.com
11. Amazon.com
12. Adobe.com
13. Wwe.com
14. Steampowered.com
15. Deezer.com
16. Facebook.com
17. Beatsmusic.com
18. Yahoo.com
19. Rapidgator.net
20. Hitleap.com 

Report: Shoppers spending more online than in-store
On average, online shoppers are spending more per visit than in-store shoppers. That is a key takeaway from Shopify's latest State of Commerce report. According to their data, the average online shopping visit totals $75 while the average in-store shopping visit totals $62, with online storefronts seeing the bulk of these purchases (82%). bizreport.com

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Baltimore, MD: Two women convicted in $100,000 retail theft conspiracy;
Sold stolen merchandise on Instagram

Two Baltimore women were convicted in connection with a retail theft ring that stole more than $100,000 worth of clothing and accessories from Victoria's Secret, Dick's Sporting Goods, True Religion and other stores in Maryland, the state attorney general's office announced Thursday.

The theft occurred from January through June of 2017, according to information presented in court, when Williams, McLaughlin and others targeted retailers that also included PINK, Hollister, Sunglass Hut, Lens Crafters, Pearl Vision, JC Penney and ULTA, Frosh's announcement said.

McLaughlin and others would go into stores, select large quantities of merchandise, conceal the items in large bags, then leave the store without paying. The women advertised and sold the stolen merchandise on Instagram. Buyers often went to Williams' home in East Baltimore to purchase items. baltimoresun.com

Cheektowaga, NY: Theft duo steals thousands in headphones from Apple Store
Cheektowaga police want the public's help locating a man and a woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in headphones from the Apple Store in the Walden Galleria. Police posted photos of the two suspects on Facebook on Wednesday morning. The post did not include any further details about the theft. Police ask anyone with information to call the department's detective bureau at 686-3979 or send an anonymous tip via the Tip411 app. buffalonews.com

Ocala, FL: More than $11K in merchandise stolen from gaming store in past week;
Another nearby gaming shop hit as well

Last week, more than $8,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from an Ocala gaming store, and the burglar or burglars caused $3,000 worth of damage. On Monday, the owners of Goblin King Games, 3423 E. Silver Springs Blvd., reported another break-in - and this time, more than $3,400 worth of gaming products and candy bars were taken. Meanwhile, Stuffnpodunk, a Belleview gaming store at 5703 SE Abshier Blvd., was burglarized between 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. Police officials said the burglar or burglars broke the front glass door and made off with an undetermined amount of gaming cards. It's not known whether the two sets of burglaries are connected. ocala.com

Dauphin County, PA: Police arrest man who stole Dove soap, seafood in at least 7 retail thefts

Gloucester Township, NJ: Three women caught on camera stealing $1,000 worth of GAP merchandise

Hot Springs, AR: Store employee arrested on charges of felony lottery fraud

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Shootings & Deaths

Albuquerque, NM: Accomplice fatally shot by security guard after trying to help shoplifter escape store
The incident took place around 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Albertsons near Lomas and Juan Tabo. Police say a woman was being held inside the store for allegedly attempting to shoplift. They say a man then rammed the front doors of the store multiple times with his car in what police believe was an attempt to help the woman escape. Investigators say an onsite, armed security guard then fired shots at the driver of the vehicle. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the male suspect who had a gunshot wound. The driver was taken to UNMH where he died from his injuries. The security guard was also taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. krqe.com

LaPlace, LA: Store employee shoots armed robber during LaPlace holdup, sheriff's office says
An employee of a LaPlace convenience store shot and wounded an armed robber who tried to hold up the business on Thursday morning (June 13), according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office. Authorities have not yet released the name or condition of the suspect, who was taken to a hospital after the shooting. The robbery occurred just before 9 a.m. at an unnamed store in the 400 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace, the Sheriff's Office said. The suspect entered the store brandishing a gun. But an employee who was also armed fired, shooting the suspect in the neck, the Sheriff's Office said. No one else was injured. No other details were available about the case. nola.com

Columbus, OH: Suspect at large after 1 person shot in Kroger parking lot
One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in a Kroger parking lot in north Columbus Wednesday night, according to Columbus police. One person was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in what police described as stable condition. Police said officers are still looking for the suspect. 10tv.com

(Update) Search for man who fatally shot woman suspected of shoplifting in store continues

Dallas, TX: Police seek help identifying robber who opened fire inside dollar store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Morganton, NC: Intense manhunt underway for 'armed and dangerous' robbers
Law enforcement officials in Morganton are searching for two people they said robbed a convenience store early Thursday. One suspect is in custody. Officers said a manhunt was underway for the armed robbers who hit the Speedway on South Sterling Street around 5 a.m. Minutes after the robbery, public safety officers spotted the getaway vehicle, a stolen red pickup truck, on Interstate 40. Two of the three robbers led police on a chase along I-40 to exit 113, just south of Valdese where a manhunt was taking place after neighbors told Channel 9 the suspects crashed the truck through a fence and then ran off into the woods. Some residents in the area have received reverse 911 messages telling them to shelter in place and keep their doors locked. . wsoctv.com

Winston-Salem, NC: Two arrested following 12-store robbery spree since April
Winston-Salem Police say they've arrested two men behind a series of convenience store robberies over the last several weeks. Investigators say some were targeted more than once. Officers arrested 38-year-old Tirnone Jarrett on June 9, after a robbery on University Parkway. He's charged with 11 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and three counts Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Jarrett is currently in the Forsyth County Jail under a $900,000 bond. wxii12.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Kohl's evacuated after theft suspect climbed into rafters
Shoppers were evacuated from a Colorado Springs Kohl's on Wednesday when a theft suspect reportedly crawled into the rafters. Police were called to the store of N. Nevada Highway and Austin Bluffs Parkway at about 6:30 p.m. The suspect had been detained and may have asked to use the bathroom. While in the bathroom it is believed the suspect climbed up into the rafters, or ceiling of the building. The exact details of how he first got into the rafters is still under investigation. The suspect was eventually captured and taken to the hospital as a precaution. kktv.com

Gwinnett County, GA: Car slams into Goodwill store
It was a busy afternoon Thursday for emergency crews in Gwinnett County after a car slammed into a business. It happened around 3:13 p.m. at a Goodwill store located at 1227 Rockbridge Road SW in Stone Mountain. Gwinnett County Fire officials said firefighters to find the vehicle smashed through the glass and aluminum beams at the front of the store. Firefighters said the car drove through the store and ended up slamming to a back concrete wall. The driver was checked out at the scene and transported to an area hospital as a precaution, but appeared uninjured. No one else inside the building at the time was hurt. fox5atlanta.com

Houston, TX: Woman followed to grocery store and robbed by knife-wielding man

Oak Forest, IL: Teen accused of 'robbing and terrorizing' Wendy's employees

Bowling Green, KY: Women sought after $200 department store theft

Johnson City, TN: Kingsport woman arrested in grocery store on drug charges, identity theft

Chesapeake, VA: Rats stolen from Chesapeake pet store; thieves caught on camera

Huntsville, AL: Store manager disarms pistol-wielding robbery suspect wearing elephant hat

Amherst, NY: Police looking for person of interest in store theft

Sentencings & Charges

Murray, UT: Teen charged in Fashion Place mall shooting will be tried as adult

Humble, TX: 2nd person charged in robbery, deadly shooting



Big Apple Store - Westbrook, ME - Robbery
Boutique - Portland, OR - Burglary
C-Store - LaPlace, LA - Armed Robbery / Suspect shot
C-Store - Morganton, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dwight, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Cell Phone Store - Birmingham, AL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Gaming Store - Ocala, FL - Burglary (2nd time this month)
Gaming Store - Belleview, FL - Burglary
Gas Station - Allegheny County, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hunterdon County, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Huntsville, AL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Cranston, RI - Armed Robbery
H-E-B - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Thrift Store - North Fort Myers, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Allegheny County, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
4 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed


Weekly Totals:
91 robberies
13 burglaries
5 shooting
1 killed



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Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities...

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...

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...



Security Industry Specialists, Inc. provides unique security solutions to some of the most successful names in business. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, designer brands, international events, celebrities, and high-profile executives.

We are currently looking for an experienced LP 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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Loss Prevention Specialist - Philadelphia, PA

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