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NRF/University of Florida Releases
2017 National Retail Security Survey

Retail Shrink Increased to $48.9 Billion in 2016

Two-thirds of LP budgets flat or declining while
average shoplifting loss doubled

As retailers continue to find themselves under financial pressure from many directions, shrink's toll on the bottom line is significant. With an average shrink rate of 1.44%, this cost the overall U.S. retail economy $48.9 billion in 2016, an increase from $45.2 billion the year before.

Shrink was divided into shoplifting and organized retail crime (36.5 percent), employee theft/internal (30 percent), administrative paperwork error (21.3 percent) and vendor fraud or error (5.4 percent).

Nearly half of all respondents report that shrink has increased in the past year: 23% of retailers find themselves with a shrink rate of 2% or greater - up from the previous year.

As if the scope of the problem weren't enough, shrink is trending higher at a time when two-thirds of LP budgets are flat or declining. LP staffs aren't increasing, either: 55% of respondents expect staff sizes to remain flat while another 21% anticipate staff cuts.

Yet costs related to shrink are increasing, while punitive actions are decreasing. The average cost per shoplifting incident doubled in 2017 to $798.48, perhaps due to decriminalization and the increase in the felony threshold in many states. Dishonest employees account for an average of $1,922.80 per act - up almost $400 in the past two years - with retailers attributing 30% of inventory shrinkage to inside jobs. But, for the third year in a row, external crime/ORC has outpaced employee theft. There has been a decrease in loss to armed robberies: The average dollar loss dropped to $5,309.72, down from more than $8,000 in the 2016 report.

Another growing - and costly - challenge of fraud relates to returns. For the first time, the 2017 NRSS put a dollar figure on the costs to retailers: The average costs of return fraud was $1,766.27, with a median of $171.

There is no denying that shrink is extremely costly to today's retailers. But the impact of a challenging retail environment requires LP teams to find ways to combat increasingly sophisticated - and expensive - tactics while looking for ways to cut costs. It is a monumental task, to be sure - and one in which the data shows some ground may have been lost.

Read the NRF's Press Release

Download the full survey here

The Zellman Group Announces Opening of New Office in Orlando, Florida
Center of its ORC Investigations and Recovery Program

The Zellman Group, LLC is excited to announce the opening of its new office in Orlando, Florida. The Zellman Group's Orlando office is the center of its Organized Retail Crime Investigations and Recovery program. The focus of this program is to aid retailers in the preparation of the strongest ORC cases for prosecution and financial recovery.

The Orlando office is led by Director of Field ORC Investigations, Ben Dugan and James Welborn, Attorney at The Law Offices of Michael Ira Asen. Dugan is a certified ORC expert from the U.S. Department of Justice with over 30 years of retail loss prevention experience including Big Box, Specialty, and Pharmacy. Welborn is an Attorney at Law with over seventeen years' experience in retail financial recovery. Together their combined skill and experience will lead to unprecedented results for all Zellman Open Source and ORC Recovery clients.

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Textbook Publishers Bring Infringement Suit Over Counterfeits Against Follet
A group of publishers hit educational products provider Follett Corp. and related companies with a copyright and trademark infringement suit in New York federal court Wednesday, alleging that they don't do enough to weed out counterfeit books, leading to them regularly buying and selling fakes.

While Follett, recently acquired subsidiary Valore Inc. and affiliated companies do buy authentic textbooks from publishers and legitimate sellers, they also purchase books from "scurrilous dealers" without sufficiently inspecting the items, leading to the infringement of at least 101 titles published by Cengage Learning Inc., McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC and Pearson Education Inc., the complaint alleges.

The companies are always on the hunt for cheap books to pump up profits, often turning to unknown and unverified sources, which leads to them purchasing counterfeits that they then sell or rent to consumers, according to the complaint.

These dealers are "no better than those selling counterfeit watches on a street corner," the suit says, alleging that they sell under pseudonyms and false identities and often tout new counterfeit books as "used," since offering new books below market value could attract attention. law360.com

Nike will team up with Amazon to fight fake kicks
A registry program will let brands sell directly on the ecommerce site

Amazon has realized that counterfeit products posing as the real deal annoys consumers and dilutes trust in its marketplace. That's likely why it came down harshly on vendors last fall, requiring a hefty $1,000 to $1,500 fee and tons of paperwork to sell products from prime brands like Samsung, Adidas, Hasbro. But that was a stopgap move: Amazon has allegedly been working on a registry of approved vendors to assure consumers that the merch they buy is the real deal, and Nike might be the first brand to get this thorough vetting.

Reports surfaced last November that Amazon would start implementing the idea in 2017 as a greater push to combat counterfeit goods. In short, the commerce titan would reach out to vendors and compel them to prove they had the brand's permission to sell its products. A source told Bloomberg that Nike will get this treatment first, allowing the brand to control who can and can't sell its merchandise. engadget.com

Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash
Amazon has accused its rival of attempting to "bully" the IT companies into picking a rival platform. The row follows a report by the Wall Street Journal, which said other unnamed large retailers had also asked vendors to shun Amazon Web Services. bbc.com

Walmart makes push to boost U.S. manufacturing
Walmart has committed to investing in more American jobs in the coming years as part of a manufacturing initiative. While the company says that about two-thirds of the items it sells are made, sourced or grown in the United States, it plans to spend an additional $250 billion by 2023 on products that support the creation of American jobs. Among other things, the retailer is working with suppliers to increase the purchase of U.S.-manufactured goods. unionleader.com

Sears Canada to Cut 2,900 Jobs, 59 Stores as It Enters Bankruptcy Protection
Sears Canada, which operates more than 200 stores, obtained protection from creditors under Canada's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the equivalent of chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S., and intends to leave bankruptcy "as soon as possible in 2017."

The company said it was working on a reinvention plan but that "the continued liquidity pressures facing the company as well as legacy components of its business are preventing it from making further progress."

Sears Canada said it would close 20 full-line locations, 15 home stores, 10 outlet stores and 14 hometown locations. The company plans to cut 2,900 positions across its retail network and its headquarters in Toronto. wsj.com

Whacked with a 4x4
Menards, Home Depot face lawsuits over descriptions of lumber size

Menards and Home Depot stand accused of deceiving the lumber-buying public, specifically, buyers of 4x4 boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous 2x4. The alleged deception: The retailers market and sell the hefty lumber as 4x4s without specifying that the boards actually measure 31/2 inches by 31/2 inches. Each suit seeks more than $5 million. jsonline.com

Social Media Is Changing Corporate Security: How to Understand It and Adapt

Social media is transforming corporate security in fundamental ways - it is both a new information stream and a new threat channel, making it a platform that cannot be ignored. But many Security teams have been slow to embrace social media, leaving them vulnerable and less able to make rapid, smart decisions when unforeseen events occur.

Join Dataminr for a conversation about how social media is impacting corporate security across functions, including operations, executive protection, investigations, and brand management. Learn how to extract real-time information from social media and understand how tools transform public social media data into actionable alerts. The webinar takes place Thursday, July 13 at 2:00 PM EDT. Register here!

Wal-Mart could enter a bidding war with Amazon over Whole Foods, JPMorgan says

Sycamore Partners close to deal to acquire Staples - sources

Starbucks pledges to hire 2,500 refugees in eight European markets


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IT Risk: It's not 'Cyber' - It's Worse
While hackers haven't put big companies out of business, there are plenty of examples of companies that failed because they were slow to respond to tech-driven market shifts.

In the digital era, IT isn't part of the business, IT is the business. But as IT's value has risen, so too has IT risk, and left unmanaged it can easily be the undoing of a company.

Most attention to technology-related risk is focused on information risk, aka "cyber," but there is a broader set of risks enterprise leaders worry about, best called "IT risk." IT risk is the potential for unexpected (typically negative) business results associated with the use, ownership and adoption of information technology. No Fortune 1000 company has gone out of business from a cyber-attack or an IT system failure. However, dozens of large companies have disappeared after being too slow to adapt to technology-driven changes in their business models. informationweek.com

Hackers Take Aim at Quick-Service Restaurants
Franchise restaurants need a 'shared responsibility model'

When it comes to data security, a restaurant's defense is only as good as the weakest link in the system, says Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of RedLock, a cloud infrastructure security firm. And big, franchised restaurant chains offer many points of entry for would-be hackers. Plus, their fractured security systems could differ across regions, by individual franchisees or even store-by-store.

Badhwar says many restaurants and retailers aren't taking cyber security serious enough. And there are plenty of recent data breaches that speak to hackers' interest in the quick-service restaurant space: In May, Chipotle announced that malware stole customer payment data for three weeks at many of its stores. The month before, news broke of credit card breaches at 150 Shoney's restaurants. And Arby's acknowledged in February that a breach affected more than 355,000 credit and debit cards, according to cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs.

Because of the unique structure of the franchisee model, quick-serve companies need to build in tangible rewards for partners who maintain formidable security protections and some sort of repercussions for those that don't, Badhwar says. qsrmagazine.com

Judge OKs $1.6M Neiman Marcus Data Breach Settlement
A $1.6 million settlement between Neiman Marcus Group LLC and a class of its customers whose credit card data was exposed in a 2013 data breach received preliminary approval from an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday.

The deal, which the parties first announced in March, will cover U.S. residents whose credit or debit card was used from July 16, 2013, to Jan. 10, 2014, at any store operating under the Neiman Marcus umbrella, which includes Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp or Last Call.

Under the agreement, Neiman Marcus is released from any claims stemming from the data breach, which it said was the result of malware installed in the luxury retailer's computer system. The malware was used to scrape payment data from some stores for three months in 2013, the company said in a press release in 2014. law360.com

Man Admits Role In $420K Credit Card Skimming Scheme at Michaels Stores
A California man admitted to playing a leading role in a scheme that netted $420,000 from the stolen credit and debit card information of 94,000 Michaels Stores Inc. customers in 19 states, with New Jersey federal prosecutors announcing Tuesday that he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Angel Angulo and his co-accused Crystal Banuelos were indicted in 2015 for a scheme that ran for a few months in 2011. The fraud involved skimming the credit cards of Michael's customers at around 80 stores after card payment machines were replaced with counterfeit devices. This enabled Angulo and his co-defendant to steal customers' card account information in order to produce counterfeit bank cards and withdraw cash from the victims' bank accounts, the indictment said. law360.com

Retail Network Security Trends and Threats Report

In this webcast Michael Osterman will share the results of a large survey focused on large retail organizations undertaken by Osterman Research on behalf of Forcepoint. The research finds the top trends and pain points that IT and security professionals face as they attempt to protect their organizations from the growing variety of threats that can steal data, compromise retail systems, and exfiltrate funds from corporate systems. The webcast takes place Thursday, June 29 at 1:00 PM EDT. Register here!

Sekura takes Jarloc to North America

Sekura Global is pleased to announce their new partnership with Jarloc, a solution designed specifically to protect Glass Jar Candles from customer theft, and will now be acting as the exclusive authorised distributor of Jarloc in the US.
Jarloc is considered by retailers and the security industry as the number one solution in the UK for Glass Jar Candle protection. Endorsed and recommended by Yankee Candle UK, who also use Jarloc in all of its stores.

The Jarloc was developed by GCS (GB) Limited, working closely with some of the UK's biggest gift retailers to ensure the creation of a solution that delivers proven theft reduction without compromising the appearance of the merchandise or impacting the consumer purchase experience.

The solution is already in place in stores across the UK, widely used by such national retailers as Clintons (a subsidiary of American Greetings) and Dobbies Garden Centres. Case studies undertaken with both of these companies produced extremely positive results for the Jarloc solution, which led to it winning the 2016 Retail Fraud Award for "Most Innovative Instore Product".

Jeremy Davies, Managing Director of GCS (GB) Limited and Jarloc inventor, said: "Our research showed candle shrink in the UK was excessively high and in some cases reported at over 20%, particularly with leading candle brands, making Glass Jar Candles one of the highest shrink items in the UK.

"Leading brands of gift candles have grown in consumer popularity, retailing at around £25 GBP ($31.68 USD at time of printing). Traditional methods of product protection have proven less than effective, primarily due to the shape of the traditional candle jar. Also, a key factor of the consumer purchase experience, is to be able to remove the lid to smell the scent, which rules out the use of safer boxes and spider tags.

"The demand for a bespoke solution was clear and Jarloc has provided staggering results of 73% loss reduction. Also, Jarloc is a sales driver; with stores using Jarloc seeing a 20% sales increase, attributed to improved open merchandising and availability to the consumer, whilst effectively managing stockloss. The ease and speed of Jarloc application and removal at the checkout has made it a simple process for retailers to integrate to their loss prevention strategy."

Chris Napthine, Sekura Global Director, said: "We are extremely excited about bringing Jarloc to the US market - and are confident that our customers will benefit from this fantastic solution, enjoying similar returns to those stores already using Jarloc in the UK."

Sekura Global and Jarloc are also pleased to announce that the latest Jarloc solution will be launching at the upcoming NRF Protect, in Washington D.C. (June 26-28 2017). Visit Sekura's Booth, #1301, to see the latest innovations in Glass Jar Candle protection from Jarloc.

Find out more and enquire about the Jarloc here.


The NRF LP Protect 2016 Effort & Impact

Bob Moraca, VP of LP , NRF

NRF PROTECT is the nation's leading retail-specific event for those who protect retail brands, assets, people and profits. Bob Moraca, VP, Loss Prevention, National Retail Federation, gives us a look behind the curtain, sharing some of the planning and details that go into delivering an impactful LP conference each year. Learn how NRF Protect is reaching out to other industries, supporting young emerging leaders, and addressing the issues that keep LP executives up at night.

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Distil Networks Finds 95% of Top Websites Cannot Protect
Against Advanced Persistent Bots

Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, today released findings from a study of how top websites perform against sophisticated, moderate, simple and crude bots. This data is being provided with the Online Trust Alliance's (OTA) Online Trust Audit, which recognizes excellence in consumer protection, security, and responsible privacy practices. The ninth annual audit, powered in part by Distil, evaluated the top 1,000 websites in retail, banking, consumer services, government, news media, internet service providers and OTA members. The findings reveal that while an average of 16 percent of websites across all industries can thwart simple bot attacks, only five percent can properly protect against sophisticated attacks.

Bots are used by competitors, hackers and fraudsters and are the key culprits behind web scraping, account take over, competitive data mining, online fraud, data theft, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, digital ad fraud and downtime. Bots vary in volume and sophistication, but all place an increasing burden on IT security and web infrastructure teams across the globe, wreaking havoc across online operations big and small.

"While top websites do a better job protecting against simple bots, they continue to miss the mark in more sophisticated bots that can mimic human behavior," said Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks. "Our annual Bad Bot Report found that 75 percent of today's bad bots are advanced persistent bots that can either load JavaScript, hold onto cookies, and load up external resources, or randomize their IP address, headers and user agents. These new findings show that no industry is immune to such attacks and, along with the OTA, we are committed to raising awareness about the risks posed by bad bots." marketwired.com

Study: Retailers experiencing e-fulfillment growing pains
Business is booming online as sales across 82% of e-commerce and multichannel businesses increased in 2016. Only 6% reported a decrease in orders. While many voiced concerns over increasing competition, Brexit and currency fluctuations, the majority of companies (88%) expected a further increase in e-commerce orders during 2017.

Despite such positive results and an upbeat outlook for 2017, only 53% of respondents said they were happy with their fulfillment and warehouse operations. Purchasing and forecasting was their most common challenge overall, with almost a quarter (24%) saying this one area required the most improvement in 2017.

A majority of businesses (63%) admitted to not always shipping on time with 34% blaming unavailable stock for the hiccup. When it comes to rectifying shipping errors, the majority (80%) said that additional carriage, customer service and warehouse labor expenses as an inevitable cost of order fulfillment. A majority (78%) of businesses also found meeting the additional demand for orders at peak times an ongoing challenge in 2016, with just over half (52%) resorting to hiring temporary staff. chainstoreage.com

Etsy cuts 15% of its workforce
Etsy announced it will cut 15% of its workforce, or roughly 140 positions. This comes six weeks after Etsy cut 80 positions, at which time then-CEO Chad Dickerson also left the company, and former Skype CEO Josh Silverman replaced him. This latest round of layoffs also comes one month after Etsy cut its internship program. Etsy has cut a total of 230 positions since May 2. digitalcommerce360.com

Online merchant ups the ante in online price war
eBay takes aim at Walmart, Amazon with Price Match Guarantee

eBay is stepping up its game in the online price war competition, and taking aim at low-cost rivals Walmart and Amazon, among others.

Tuesday, eBay launched its Price Match Guarantee on more than 50,000 deals in the United States. As the name suggests, the program promises that an eligible deal will be the best price available online, or eBay will match the lower price found on a competitor's website. chainstoreage.com

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Update: Flemington, NJ: Two men Indicted in Polo Outlet and 6 Jewelry Store Burglaries, netting over $1 Million in merchandise
Two men involved in a three-county burglary spree have been indicted by a Hunterdon County grand jury on a count each of third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary. The charges against Michael A Davis, 54, and Terrance Worthy, 59, were announced in an indictment unsealed in June. The charges stem from a burglary reported on Dec. 6, 2016, at the Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet in Liberty Village in Flemington. Davis was also indicted on third-degree burglary and second-degree theft charges in connection with an Oct. 29, 2016, theft of over $100,000 in jewelry from Sherman Jewelers in Raritan Township. Davis was charged in December with breaking into six jewelry stores throughout Central Jersey since June of last year and making off with nearly $1 million in merchandise, it was previously reported. nj.com

Phoenix, AZ: Man allegedly steals over $30,000 of ammo
from Sportsman's Warehouse

A Glendale man is arrested after committing 12 robberies from a north Phoenix sporting goods store, taking over $30,000 worth of ammunition. In February, Eric Clifford Koslow was arrested for stealing ammunition from the Sportsman's Warehouse. Koslow reportedly robbed the store on four occasions, getting about $4,000 worth of ammunition. Police have now re-arrested Koslow after receiving evidence that he robbed the store a total of 12 times in six weeks from December 2016 to January of this year. Police now estimate the value of the amount of ammunition he stole from the store is over $30,000. Police say all 12 of the thefts were caught on surveillance video and Koslow used several different vehicles in the thefts. Police allege that Koslow would put the ammunition in a cart and cover it with clothing, before walking out of the store without paying for it. The Glendale man has been charged with 12 counts of retail theft. abc15.com

Update: Merrimack, NH: Co-Conspirator arrested in Polo Ralph Lauren
Outlet theft

A man surrendered himself after police determined he conspired to carry out thefts at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Malik A. Malcolm, 20, conspired with Frank Dempsey, 20, a Polo employee at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, to deprive the store of product and profits through selling items at an unauthorized discount or not properly scanning items at the register during transactions. On June 20, Malcolm surrendered himself to Merrimack Police. On May 2, Dempsey was arrested and charged with theft and criminal liability for conduct of another. Dempsey also facilitated the thefts from the store by employing three others, including Malcolm, to take items from the store as he manipulated the cash register to ring up a lessor amount, thereby depriving the store of monies owed, police said. nh1.com

Saginaw Township, MI: Repeat shoplifter accused of pilfering from Kroger, cutting GPS tether
Peggy Lynn Allen was arraigned Friday, June 16, on first-degree retail fraud, escaping from jail while serving misdemeanor sentence, felon in possession of firearm and ammunition, and one count felony firearm. Allen is accused of attempting to steal around $349 in items May 9 at Kroger. The theft was at least in part thwarted by a manager. Police then found the woman matched the description of a person on tether for retail fraud.

The day after the theft attempt, Allen is suspected of cutting off the GPS tether, said Lt. Miguel Gomez. Allen pleaded guilty to first-degree retail fraud in June 2016 and was given two years probation and six months on tether rather than jail time. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped several misdemeanor retail fraud cases against her. mlive.com

Queens, NY: Shoplifter Punches Duane Reade employee After Stealing $640 Worth of Makeup

Warwick, RI: Kohl's Shoplifter arrested for $560 theft, Wanted on Warrants for Shoplifting and narcotics

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Update: Salt Lake City, UT: Quiznos Employee Shoots Suspect during Armed Robbery, female suspect in serious condition
New details have emerged in a robbery and shooting. Wednesday, police confirmed the woman was one of three suspects in the robbery and was shot by an employee at the store. Police say two men and a woman went into the restaurant with two guns, locking the front door behind them. One suspect went for the employee at the register. The other two went for the back room. "An employee in that back room was barricading the door," Wilking said. After some door pushing, the female employee pulled out her own gun and started shooting. One bullet hit a window and another hit the suspected female robber in the neck area. fox13now.com

Recent Sentencings & Updates

Austin, TX: Police Officer suspended for failing to find gun on Shoplifter
who killed himself

An Austin police officer who failed to find a loaded gun on a shoplifting suspect he arrested, who then ended up using the gun to commit suicide while handcuffed in a patrol car, has been suspended. Officer Iven Wall, a 10-year veteran with the Austin Police Department, has been suspended for 20 days.

On Jan. 8, Officer Wall and Officer John Ricker were called to the Macy's at Barton Creek Square Mall to assist with a shoplifting suspect, identified as Anam, who had been detained by a Macy's loss prevention officer. Before Officer Wall placed Anam into the patrol car, a search of his body revealed a controlled substance. Anam was then handcuffed behind his back and placed into the back of Officer Wall's patrol car, with the seat belt on.

As the officer transported Anam to APD Headquarters, Anam began having conversations with the officer about being suicidal. When the suspect indicated he had the means to commit suicide, Officer Wall relayed the message over the radio and immediately got out of the vehicle and left it parked. Officer Ricker, who was following Officer Wall, also got out of his vehicle to help make sure the public was out of harm's way. During that time was when police say Anam shot himself; he died the following day. kxan.com

Boston, MA: Man sentenced to 18 years; fatally shooting a 71-year-old store clerk in Upham's Corner in 2010

Crown Point, IN: Federal indictment for Armed Robber who hit 3 Dollar General stores in March

Robberies & Thefts

Springfield, IL: Springfield Police confronts Gun Violence and Stolen Weapons
As Springfield police confront a wave of gun violence, a handful of firearms stolen in gun shop burglaries last year have turned up at shooting scenes as well as in the hands of suspected criminals. At least one death has been linked to a gun stolen in Springfield last year, when 64 guns were taken in two gun store burglaries. Gun shop burglaries have soared both nationwide and within Illinois, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In 2015, 110 guns were stolen in five gun shop burglaries in Illinois; last year, 280 guns were stolen in 14 gun shop burglaries in the state. Nationwide, 7,488 firearms were stolen in 558 gun shop burglaries last year, up from 4,721 guns stolen in 436 heists during the prior year. illinoistimes.com

Fort Worth, TX: Batman stops Walmart DVD Shoplifter
On Saturday, June 17, a man from Fort Worth, Texas, allegedly shoplifted four DVDs from a Walmart -- including a copy of The Lego Batman Movie. Unfortunately for him, Batman was hanging around the area. Or at least, off-duty police officer Damon Cole, who happened to be dressed as the Caped Crusader. moviepilot.com

Burlington, ON, CN: Two Armed Men hit Shoppers Drug Mart; stole an undisclosed amount of narcotics

Boardman, OH: Update: State Alarm Inc. employee Arrested on Warrant for theft of $200,000; the former payroll accountant over paid herself since 2013

Kay Jewelers in the Town East Mall, Mesquite TX reported a Distraction Theft on 6/20, items valued at $135,000

Zale's Jewelers in the West Oaks Mall, Houston, TX reported a Grab & Run on 6/21, item valued at $2,999

Fire & Arson

Los Angeles, CA: Heroic Firefighters battle blaze at a Pet Store, dozens of animals saved
Video from the scene showed dozens of firefighters moving quickly in and out of the burning building carrying bird cages and glass containers with mice, rats and other rodents. The blaze was reported on the first floor of the two-story building about 1:35 a.m. latimes.com

Norfolk, VA: Woman charged with Arson in 2-alarm fire at Dollar Tree
A woman was arrested after Norfolk crews battled a two-alarm fire Wednesday morning at a Dollar Tree. Fire crews were called to the store around 7:57 a.m. When firefighters got to the scene, they reported seeing smoke showing from inside the store. Dollar Tree employees told crews that there was a fire in an aisle toward the back of the store. When firefighters entered the building, they encountered smoke and high heat conditions. Ceiling tiles and other parts of the building were falling down as the fire intensified. Firefighters evacuated several nearby businesses. Meanwhile, Fire Marshals interviewed witnesses at the scene. Marshals developed a person of interest in the case and about 30 minutes later, she was charged with arson to an occupied dwelling. Fire officials identified the suspect as 30-year-old Alexis Carr. wavy.com


Seymour, IN: Indiana State Excise Police seize thousands of counterfeit items from 11 businesses
Officers with Indiana State Excise Police seized over 2,000 counterfeit items Tuesday from 11 businesses located in seven counties according to a news release issued by a department spokesperson. A total of 2,262 items including hats, sunglasses, shirts and purses were confiscated. The goods were imitations of MLB, NCAA, Ray Ban, Under Armour, Michael Kors, Gucci and Monster brands. The businesses located in Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Union counties were all cited on a preliminary charge of Public Nuisance. The Indiana State Excise Police were assisted by two investigators from Advanced Investigative Services. wane.com


Binks - Portland, OR - Burglary
C-Store- Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Chevron - Fort Myers, FL - Burglary
Hy-Vee - Topeka, KS - Robbery
Jewel - Evanston, IL - Armed Robbery
Jolley C- Store - St Albans, VT - Robbery
Midwest Shooting - Hiawatha, IA - Burglary
Mountain Energy C- Store - Weaverville, NC - Robbery
Red Square Cafe - Portland, OR - Burglary
Superior Discount Liquor - Green Bay, WI - Armed Robbery
T & T Pawn Brokers - Kalamazoo, MI - Burglary
Walgreens - Hammond, IN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Berkeley Heights, NJ - Robbery

Daily Totals:
8 robberies
5 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed


None to report.

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Manages programs and initiatives as it relates to physical security and shrink improvement that advance company financials. Sources new technologies and vendors, implements effective tests, plans optimal company rollouts, and makes recommendations for future strategies...

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A Team of Leaders

How Involving Your Team Ignites Ownership Behavior  Every leader wants a team that acts like they own part of the business, and are leaders of the organization as well. When your team is this involved in the business, not only will you see a boost in improvement but also in involvement. Ask for their ideas

Why Harmonized Teams Beat Unified Teams  Unified teams put aside differences to work together, but harmonized teams use their differences to their advantage, adapting when change comes their way. Here's why a harmonized team is a strong team. Individual strengths working as one

5 Ways to Build a Team of Leaders (While Saving Yourself Some Work)  Sometimes the work is too much and the stress to overpowering to let everything fall on one leader's shoulders. When your whole team leads, the entire organization benefits. Here are some great ways to build a team of leaders and encourage growth. Give them authority

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