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Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund Raises More Than $11,000 at NRF!

Last week at NRF Protect 2018, the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund (LPBF) received an amazing amount of support from the LP/AP community. More than $10K was raised that will be put towards critical relief to help support our colleagues and their families in times of exceptional need.

The monies raised were from the LPF Swing for Certification golf tournament which raised over $5,000 and the NRF, which gave $3,000. Checkpoint conducted demonstrations at their booth that donated $2000 and Think LP also donated $1250 based on demonstrations at their booth.


The Loss Prevention Foundation established the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund 501(c)3 as a way to honor LP professionals and to offer assistance to their families who suffer a loss of their loved one while conducting the duties of their profession. Thank you to all that donated to this worthy cause this past week.

'Dear Jeff'
Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition tech to law enforcement

A group of Amazon employees are pressuring company leadership to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and to stop providing services to companies who work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"We refuse to build the platform that powers ICE, and we refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights. As ethically concerned Amazonians, we demand a choice in what we build, and a say in how it is used," a group of Amazon workers wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill and posted on Amazon's internal wiki addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos.

In their letter, Amazon workers criticized the company selling its facial recognition service - Amazon Web Services Rekognition - to law enforcement and government agencies, citing "historic militarization of police, renewed targeting of Black activists, and the growth of a federal deportation force currently engaged in human rights abuses."

After the ACLU reported on Amazon providing facial recognition software to law enforcement, a slew of critics lined up to condemn Amazon's work, including 40 civil rights organizations as well as members of Congress, including the entire Congressional Black Caucus. thehill.com

Supreme Court: Police can't use your phone to track you without a court order
Case stems from FBI's tracking of man involved in string of retail robberies

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a victory to privacy advocates Friday, ruling that police generally must have permission from a judge before they can get cell phone records to plot the movements of individual customers.

The decision requires police departments nationwide to get a search warrant in order to obtain telephone company data to track where a user has been. The technique is widespread, given that 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone.

The Supreme Court's ruling came in a case brought by a Michigan man, Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted of robbing a string of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores after FBI agents used three months of cell phone records to show that he was near each store at the time of the crimes. He argued that because the FBI did not get a search warrant, that evidence, along with his conviction, should be thrown out. nbcnews.com

Winners & Losers in Supreme Court E-Commerce Tax Ruling
The Supreme Court handed a victory to the nation's brick-and-mortar retailers on Thursday, overturning ruling that e-commerce marketers only had to collect sales tax in states where they had some sort of physical presence.

Physical retailers are clearly the big winners in the Supreme Court's decision. (It's estimated that not collecting sales tax gives online retailers anywhere from a 5% to 9.98% advantage, depending on the state, over traditional retailers in product pricing.)

The other big winners are the states, with the prior ruling causing states to lose annual tax revenues of up to $33 billion, Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

Another winner - oddly enough - is Amazon. The online giant already collects a sales tax in every state that has one. But many of its pure-play competitors do not. Already challenged by Amazon's price competitiveness and Prime appeal, they will be even more hard pressed to compete price wise given the new tax burden.

"The biggest winners are Amazon and large brick-and-mortar players," Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer at Kantar Consulting, told Chain Store Age. "The ruling will greatly affect Amazon's first-party competitors, such as Wayfair and Newegg."

But "first-party competitors" are not the only losers. Indeed, small online-only businesses and mom-and-pop e-marketers are likely to be most impacted by the ruling. chainstoreage.com

Saboteur or Whistleblower?
Battle between Elon Musk and former Tesla employee turns ugly
Threat made to 'Shoot the place up'

Hours after Tesla sued its former employee on charges he had stolen company secrets, and days after chief Elon Musk had called him a saboteur, the Silicon Valley automaker made a startling claim. The company had received a call from a friend of the employee, Martin Tripp, saying he would be coming to Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada to "shoot the place up," according to a Tesla spokesman.

But Tripp, who says he became a whistleblower after seeing what he called dangerous conditions in the company's car batteries, told The Washington Post he had said no such thing. Emails exchanged that day between him and Musk, provided to The Post and confirmed by Tesla, show bitter words from both men but also Tripp saying he had "never made a threat." Tesla's claims, he said, are "absurd! Insane is a better word."

The sheriff's office in Storey County, where the Gigafactory is located, said Thursday that it had received information of a threat to security at the Gigafactory on Wednesday but determined "after several hours of investigation ... there was no credible threat." Sheriff Gerald Antinoro said that names of all involved parties will be withheld while the investigation is ongoing. Tesla said it is increasing security at the Gigafactory as a precaution.

The showdown has exposed deep rancor at a tech giant famous for its head-turning cars, high-pressure workloads - and Musk, its unyielding boss. It also marks a new depth of suspicions from Musk, who recently sent companywide emails urging workers to stay vigilant against shadowy "outside forces," saying, "Only the paranoid survive."

It's rare for any major company, let alone one worth roughly $60 billion, to allow its internal warfare to play out in such a public way. It's even rarer for a billionaire leader like Musk - currently leading efforts to build self-driving cars, underground super-tunnels and advanced spacecraft - to serve as a soldier in the charge.

But the emails show Musk duking it out with Tripp, calling him a "horrible human being" who should be "ashamed" of himself and face "legal penalties." washingtonpost.com

How to Shut Down Fuel Thieves
Theft modes at the pump continue to evolve over the years, meaning fuel retailers need to evolve their security to protect their fuel - and their customers.

At Gilbarco Veeder-Root's recent 2018 Retail & Fuel Technology Conference, held in Myrtle Beach, Product Marketing Manager Danny Seals discussed current theft modes, the effects on retailers' brands, modes of security at the dispenser, future possibilities and more.

Seals also highlighted the market challenges with security, including sites becoming larger and the increasing needs around data security. csnews.com

Lottery thieves cheated California's scratcher game
Now retailers have new rules

A rash of thefts of California Lottery tickets in San Jose prompted the state this week to roll out a new system aimed at preventing store owners from paying out purloined scratchers.

The new system forbids a practice that had allowed retailers to begin selling tickets before they confirmed that they received their full order of scratchers.

A thief or thieves exploited that practice by stealing packages of scratchers en route to retail outlets, according to a June 8 message announcing the new policy by Lottery Chief of District Sales Randy Forrester. Retailers lost out because they wound up paying for Lottery tickets they did not receive and could not sell.

Multiple Lottery employees, speaking anonymously to The Sacramento Bee, said they had for years told their supervisors about their security concerns with the scratcher activation process. sacbee.com

PayPal to Acquire Simility to Expand Global Fraud Prevention and Risk Management Capabilities for Merchants
PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Simility, a leading fraud prevention and risk management platform, for a purchase price of $120 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition of Simility will enhance PayPal's ability to deliver fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants globally.

Following the close of the transaction, merchants on the PayPal platform will gain access to best-in-class fraud tools that can be customized to reflect the nuances of their businesses through their existing account management dashboard. These machine learning-powered tools, which dynamically adapt and evolve with each transaction, will enhance payment experiences for merchants and their customers by helping to reduce fraudulent payment activity and, in some cases, verifying transactions that may have otherwise failed. businesswire.com

Final Amazon Marketplace Executive Loses Many Of His Duties
Amazon's Peter Faricy, the vice president of Amazon Marketplace, the remaining executive in the unit, has seen his role in the company reduced. CNBC, citing an internal document, reported that Faricy, who has worked at Amazon for twelve years, has no one reporting to him except for his assistant - many of the functions overseen by him and his former boss Sebastian Gunningham, who left the company for WeWork, have been shifted to the head of Amazon's retail group Doug Herrington. CNBC noted its the latest change for Amazon Marketplace, which represents more than half of the eCommerce volume. pymnts.com

A 'Hump Day' Fourth of July Slows Down Consumer Celebrations, Spending Totals
Americans are expected to spend $6.9 billion on food for Fourth of July cookouts and picnics next month, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insight & Analytics. That's down from last year's record $7.1 billion as fewer people say they will turn out for the Wednesday holiday but is still the second-highest amount in the history of the survey and per-person spending is up. businesswire.com

UK: 6,000 jobs to go as House of Fraser store closures confirmed

Two years in, Brexit is hurting the UK

Toys 'R' Us is shutting down in Australia, too

UPS, Teamsters deal will keep the trucks rolling

Hong Kong retail sales on course to hit $61 Billion

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Study: Employee Negligence is Top Information Security Risk to U.S. Businesses
With one-third of working adults in the U.S. admitting to potentially risky behavior at work, employee negligence poses major security concerns for U.S. businesses. That is according to Shred-it's State of the Industry Report, which exposes information and data security risks currently threatening U.S. enterprises and small businesses and includes survey findings from the Shred-it Security Tracker, conducted by Ipsos.

When assessing the cause of data breaches, the report found that employee negligence or accidental loss is a main cause. Nearly half of C-Suite Executives (C-Suites) (47 percent) and Small Business Owners (SBOs) (42 percent) reported that human error or accidental loss by an employee was the cause of a data breach. Additionally, one in four C-Suites (28 percent) and one in five SBOs (17 percent) reported human error or accidental loss by an external vendor caused their organization to suffer a data breach.

"The study's findings clearly show that seemingly small habits can pose great security risk and add up to large financial, reputational and legal risks," said Monu Kalsi, Vice President, Shred-it. "For companies looking to better protect their data, smart information security begins with giving employees access to smart information security practices and training. Through consistent training and education, businesses of all sizes can take back ownership of information security and create a more security-minded work culture among their employees."

Additional findings from the report expose high risk areas and activities businesses should consider examining, including:

Off-site and remote work habits: When employees work remotely or off-site, businesses believe the odds of a data breach occurring are higher.

Physical document security: From loosely stored confidential notes on a desk to the theft of paper documents while working off-site, U.S. employees create vulnerable paper trails.

Device use: Bad employee habits are bad news for businesses, as U.S. workers are losing computers and mobile devices and/or leaving them vulnerable to theft. securitymagazine.com

Pay By Face: 3D Facial Recognition And Frictionless Checkout
This is a story of one company's work on 3D facial recognition for authentication, payments and fraud prevention. The Florida-based firm recently launched its 3DWALLET technology, which, according to SensibleVision, "is designed to let retailers replace card and cash payments - and eliminate the need for checkout lines - through a 3D facial recognition platform that automatically identifies customers and charges them for their purchases."

The idea behind that technology - the thought that could encourage consumer adoption - is that a person's face is already a public display of identity. Not only do people generally go about their lives with uncovered faces, but they are part of ID documents. "We already have the face in public view," Brostoff told Webster. "It doesn't have the criminal association that fingerprints have," notwithstanding the fact that millions of people use thumbprints to open their phones and unlock the apps on them, including their mobile banking app. pymnts.com

UK: M&S to introduce artificial intelligence in new 'strategic partnership'
Microsoft and Marks and Spencer (M&S) have announced the signing of a 'strategic partnership' which will test the integration of Microsoft AI technologies into the retailer's customer experience, stores and wider operations. The partnership will see the two organisations work together to explore how technologies such as artificial intelligence can be utilised within the retail environment to improve customer experience and optimise operations. retailsector.co.uk

Dollar General jumps into self-checkout game
Dollar General is letting some shoppers use their smartphones to pay for their order and skip the checkout line. The discounter launched its DG Go! app, which allows customers to use their phones to scan items as they shop, and checkout directly through the app. The app, which was released in May, is available in Apple's App store and on Google Play. The app is being piloted in 10 stores in Nashville. However, Dollar General plans to roll it out to another 100 stores in the second quarter, Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said during the company's earnings call last month. chainstoreage.com

Voice-activated shopping expected to become $40 billion industry in US by 2022
Voice shopping using smart speakers and smartphone apps is starting to gain traction among consumers, opening up a new "conversational commerce" channel and potentially disrupting the retail sector.

Devices such as Amazon's Alexa-powered speakers and Google Home, which use artificial intelligence to respond to voice commands, are offering new choices to consumers who are looking for more convenient ways to order goods and services.

Voice shopping is expected to jump to US$40 billion annually in 2022 in the United States, from US$2 billion today, according to a survey this year by OC&C Strategy Consultants. scmp.com

Microsoft Office: The Go-To Platform for Zero-Day Exploits
Email is a common means of delivering cyberattacks, and Microsoft Office documents are commonly attached to malicious emails. More threat actors are using Word and Excel files to deliver zero-day exploits that are getting more dangerous and even harder to detect.

Researchers at Menlo Security dug further into the connection between Microsoft Office documents and cybercrime. They found attackers are increasingly using malicious Office docs for endpoint exploitation but instead of attaching files packed with malicious macros, they use Office docs to call remotely hosted malicious components, launching exploits in the browser. darkreading.com

Younger Employees Identified as 'Main Culprits' of Security Breaches

British Businesses Sacking Employees for Data Breach Negligence,
In Spite of Inadequate Training Practices, Study Says

White House picks new chief to overlook cyber-weapons group




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UK: New measures brought in to tackle fake reviews
An estimated £23 billion of spending is thought to be influenced by consumer reviews every year in the UK, but concerns have been raised by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) over the influence of fake reviews.

In response, the BSI has published a new standard, dubbed ISO 20488, for retailers and other companies to ensure the validity of online reviews.

The new international standard, which retailers currently only have to follow voluntarily, requires those posting reviews to verify they're genuine customers by providing contact details.

Customers can still choose to remain anonymous online, but will still have to provide details to the retailer so they can check the reviewer is genuine.

Users could also be provided with an option to flag reviews they think are inappropriate or fake, and the original reviewer will be given a right to response. retailgazette.co.uk

Study: All retailers can profit from Amazon's Prime Day
Prime Day 2017 proved that the amount of retailers that are leveraging the shopping holiday to capture their own market share is on the rise. The number of unique retailers that issued deals on digital coupon site RetailMeNot.com increased 340%, from 27 retailers in 2016 to 119 retailers in 2017, according to data from RetailMeNot.

Retailers actively competing on Prime Day last year saw more than a 30% increase in online traffic to their RetailMeNot.com store pages. Those who didn't participate experienced a 4% decrease in online traffic to their RetailMeNot store pages. While Amazon's store page received 4% of visits to RetailMeNot.com on Prime Day in 2017, the vast majority (96%) of consumer website demand was driven by retailers other than Amazon. chainstoreage.com

Retailers with the best performing digital channels are...
Three brands lead the pack when it comes to offering high performing online experiences, but many retailers continue to struggle.

Adidas AG, Men's Wearhouse and Ulta Beauty are raising the bar when it comes to website performance, according to Retail Systems Research's new study, "2018 eCommerce Website Performance: The Stakes Are Increasing, But Are Retailers Falling Behind?" The study ranked 80 of the top retail desktop and mobile sites based on load speed, ease of navigation, and available ancillary tools (product reviews, recommendations, personalization, chat features, etc.).

Adidas AG jumped 21 places, from number 22 in last year's study to become the retailer featuring the best online performance overall (48 out of 77 points). Men's Wearhouse came in second (47 out of 77), followed by Ulta Beauty (46 out of 77). chainstoreage.com

Amazon Prime Day 2018 date leaked - 36 hours of deals start midday on July 16th

Fraudulent Online Ads Claim to Sell Discounted James Avery Artisan Jewelry


Houston, TX: Cash America Seizure: $30,000 worth of merchandise stolen from 15 area Home Depot stores
Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen's Office announced Thursday it has helped recover some of the merchandise discovered stolen by a single suspect, according to a news release issued Thursday by the precinct. "Precinct 1 prides itself on upholding the law," Rosen said. "Stealing, especially in cases of this magnitude, will not be tolerated." Home Depot requested assistance from the precinct after discovering the substantial amount of merchandise missing, The stolen items included generators, welding equipment, chainsaws and paint sprayers. The precinct located some of the merchandise at the Cash America Pawn shop in the 9400 block of Jensen Drive. The suspect has not yet been arrested. A mug shot and more information will be released upon his arrest, according to the news release. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges may be filed. No other information was released. abc13.com

(Update) Arrest made in theft of $30K in Home Depot merchandise

Osceola County, FL: Three Arrested for Credit Card Fraud, Skimming
and Fuel Theft Operation

During the search of a Kissimmee home, investigators said they discovered three credit card skimming devices, 11 scanning devices, a card re-encoder, gas pump security seals and more than 50 counterfeit credit cards. "The fuel was stored in 'bladder trucks,' which are vehicles retrofitted with concealed tanks to transport large amounts of gasoline to be sold on the black market." The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Secret Service task force assisted with the investigation. news965.com

Gretna, NE: Two wanted for theft of over $600 of merchandise from Ulta Beauty
Police are looking for shoplifters who stole expensive beauty products. The suspects were caught on camera. The couple appeared to be shopping in the Ulta store at Nebraska Crossing. The man was a lookout while the woman put expensive cosmetics into a dark bag. He even pointed to an item for her to steal. The suspects were so bold they shoplifted while customers were nearby. The pair left together with $630 worth of beauty products. wowt.com

Pasadena, CA: Three women used Pepper Spray in 2 out of 3 Retail Store Robberies; Tillys and 2 Urban Outfitters
Three women are in Police custody following Robberies in Pasadena and Burbank; charges will be enhanced because the women used the Pepper Spray as a weapon. Merchandise was recovered from the teams get-a-way car. nbclosangeles.com

Okaloosa Island, FL: $12,000 of Oakley and Smith Sunglasses stolen in Burglary at Coastal Outfitters

Wareham, MA: Man Arrested for $850 theft from Home Depot; has 2 outstanding warrants

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Robberies & Thefts

San Luis Obispo, CA: Apple store Robbery during mid-day; thieves flee with a table full of merchandise
The Apple store on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo was robbed Thursday at 11:30am, according to an Apple store employee. The employee said several men entered the store around noon and stole a entire table's worth of merchandise while customers were in the store. No injuries reported. ksby.com

North Little Rock, AR: Jewelry thief wanted across U.S. arrested
A jewelry thief recently spotted in Middle Tennessee and wanted by law enforcement across the country is now behind bars. News 2's sister station in Little Rock, Arkansas, reported the suspect was caught at a Harley Davidson store in North Little Rock. According to Lebanon Police Chief Mike Justice, the man's real name is Richard Laracuente. Laracuente's jewelry heists extend beyond Arkansas to Oregon, Georgia, Kentucky, and right here in Tennessee. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Laracuente faces several charges, including theft, possession of a controlled substance, and more. wkrn.com

Two men wanted in 9 Jewelry Store Smash & Grabs hitting in 4 states
The Jewelers Security Alliance issued a warning Wednesday about a pair of men wanted in a total of nine jewelry store crimes in four states, the latest happening last week in NC. According to the JSA, the suspects entered a jewelry store in Charlotte at about 6 p.m. on June 14 and asked about "Cuban link" chains and men's jewelry. One of the suspects also asked about seeing a high-end watch but was told he had to view it in a private room, and an appointment was made to do so. After talking with store employees a bit more, the JSA said that one of the men pulled out a mallet, smashed a watch case and stole a number of high-end timepieces. They allegedly have carried out three grab-and-run jewelry thefts: in North Charleston, NC on April 17; Mt. Pleasant, SC on May 2; and in Pooler, GA on June 10. The JSA said they are also wanted in six smash-and-grab robberies, five of which occurred in the month of May: in Mt Pleasant on May 10; Locust Grove, GA on May 17; Mt. Pleasant again and Beaufort, SC on May 19; Orlando on May 25; and the Charlotte smash-and-grab on June 14. In addition, the suspects are said to have cased a store in Macon, GA on May 17. nationaljeweler.com

Albuquerque, NM: Surveillance video captures after-hours Costco jewelry heist
Newly released surveillance video shows how a suspect got away with hiding out inside an Albuquerque retailer to pull off a high-dollar jewelry heist. The video is tied to a March burglary at the Costco store near I-25 and Montaño. Albuquerque Police say 57-year old Joseph Romero hid out inside the Costco for hours after the business closed for the night. Romero is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from inside the business. Police arrested Romero in late April following the release of surveillance video and a tip that tied him to the crime. Romero was arrested outside of an Albuquerque Smith's. Police say he was allegedly stealing groceries from that store. Romero is out of jail but now has a warrant for his arrest. According to court records, the warrant was issued Monday, June 18 after Romero allegedly missed a court date for the Costco burglary case. krge.com

Spring, TX: Dunkin Donut employee attacked by Burglar with crowbar;
employee wins

A Klein-area Dunkin' Donuts employee detained a burglary suspect while being attacked with a crowbar until deputies arrived to make an arrest on Tuesday. The employee arrived to work in the early morning hours and found damage to the front door. Suspect 17-year-old Lawrence Shook was inside. When the employee confronted Shook, a struggle ensued, and Shook allegedly injured the employee with the crowbar. Deputies then arrived and detained Shook, who was allegedly found to be in possession of cash and property stolen from the business. chron.com

Idyllwild, CA: Pine Cove Market Manager pleads guilty to $100,000 cash theft; 3 years probation, 6 month work release and $111,000 in restitution

Cary, NC: Man charged in $500,000 Jewelry store Burglary

Houston, TX: 4 masked Robbers at large after firing shots at a Hotel Security Guard during ATM heist

Hilliard, OH: Police arrest man accused of robbing Home Depot at knifepoint

Rock Hill, SC: Man accused of 8 Armed Robberies in Rock Hill and Lake Wylie

Skimming Thefts

Osceola County, FL: Three arrested in credit card skimmer, fuel theft ring
Three Osceola County residents were arrested Thursday in connection with an extensive credit card skimming and fuel theft ring. During the search of a Kissimmee home, investigators said they discovered three credit card skimming devices, 11 scanning devices, a card re-encoder, gas pump security seals and more than 50 counterfeit credit cards. news965.com

Sentencings, Arrests & Charges

Memphis, TN: Man Gets 31 Years for the 2015 Wolfchase Galleria Mall Parking Lot Shooting

Brandon, FL: $150K bond set for man accused of stalking, shooting at teens at Westfield Town Center Mall

East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY: 18 arrested in Brooklyn gang bust, suspects reportedly kept score of shootings; connection to King Plaza Mall shooting


Adult Store - Edgewood, LA - Armed Robbery
Apple - San Luis Obispo, CA - Robbery
Approval Cash - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Grant Pass, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lansdowne, MD - Robbery
C-Store - Escambia County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Jacksonville, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - McDonough, GA - Armed Robbery
Coastal Outfitter - Okaloosa Island, FL - Burglary
CVS - Jonesboro, AR - Robbery
Dollar General - Inverness, FL - Robbery
Domino's - Santa Rosa, CA - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donut - Spring, TX - Burglary/ Assault
Einstein Brothers - Boca Raton, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Hy-Vee - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
Ice Cream Shop - Melbourne, FL - Armed Robbery
Liquor store - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery (ATM)
McDonald's - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Meijer -Lexington, KY - Robbery
T-Mobile - San Luis Obispo, CA - Robbery
Tillys - Pasadena, CA - Robbery/ Assault on LP
Urban Outfitter - Pasadena, CA - Robbery/ Assault on LP
Walgreens - South County, MO - Burglary
7-Eleven - Towson, MD - Robbery
7-Eleven - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
24 robberies
4 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings


Weekly Totals:
86 robberies
22 burglaries
3 shootings
1 killing





None to report.

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We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in Jacksonville, FL. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new retail store locations...

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
San Francisco Bay Area
We are currently looking for an Area Loss Prevention Specialist to join our team in San Francisco Bay Area. This position is responsible for conducting employee investigations, responding to and providing guidance during critical incidents, and assessing new/current retail store locations...

Fulfillment Center Asset Protection Manager
Atlanta, GA

Manages and coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within a major NAD Fulfillment Center, a Retail Distribution Center or a combination of Staples locations...

Loss Prevention Analyst
New York, NY

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Business Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives...

Loss Prevention Analyst
Richmond, VA

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Business Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives...

Field Loss Prevention Manager
Philadelphia, PA

● 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...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist
Santa Monica, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

Senior Asset Protection Specialist - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

This job contributes to REI's success by mitigating and reducing shrink (including theft and fraud by customers and employees) and increasing physical security for people and products in a specified retail store...

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