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  June 29, 2015


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'Live in Long Beach' Recap

"Live in Long Beach" at the NRF Protect Show was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who tuned into the 6-hour broadcast online throughout the day and everyone who stopped by in person at the Long Beach Convention Center to check out all the fun. A special thank you to our sponsor partners who helped make the event possible and to our long list of wonderful speakers who provided great insight and information about current trends and topics in today's retail loss prevention industry! And of course a special shout out to our two MCs, Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley, who brought their usual charm and energy that everyone loves so well. Check out some of the pictures from last night's event and stay tuned to the D&D Daily over the coming weeks and months, as we re-broadcast each episode in order from the LP industry's one and only LIVE digital fast-break webcast!


A Perspective of Retail Security: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Hollinger  Spanning more than two decades, the National Retail Security Survey serves as the industry benchmark for calculating inventory shrink. It's a core element to the Security Research Project led by Dr. Richard C. Hollinger at the University of Florida Center for Studies in Criminology and Law. Ahead of his presentation of the 2015 results at NRF PROTECT, we asked Dr. Hollinger what's changed over the years, how retailers can use this empirical retail loss prevention data and his thoughts for trends to watch.

What's the most significant change or trends you've seen over the last two decades, and since this last came out in 2013?  The biggest changes have been the reduction in overall shrinkage percentages, especially compared to the high numbers experienced in the 1990s. Moreover, we have seen a decrease in employee theft as a percentage of the whole. For the first time this year we have seen shoplifting/organized retail crime yield a larger proportion of loss than employee theft, which until this year was always the larger of the two percentages. The 1.38 total shrinkage percentage is the lowest number reported in the history of the study. However, the total loss is $44 billion because of growth in the retail industry.

The survey reports that average shrink rates have decreased or remained flat. Why do you think that's occurred?  I think that hardware and associates are having a decreasing effect on total shrinkage. Also, this could be due to the possibility that low shrinkage companies are more likely to participate in the study as they are proud of their success.

What's the most concerning thing the study revealed this year?  There is no single technology - including RFID - that is having a significant effect on shrinkage. Our search for the single "silver bullet" has still not been successful. The fight against shrinkage is going to be won by people.

What trends do you see for the loss prevention industry moving forward?  I think the industry could benefit from greater use of new technology such as computerized facial recognition to cut down on repeat offenders and organized retail crime. I worry that the retail industry is afraid of the negative reactions that this powerful technology could have on stopping shoplifters and employee theft, similar to the ways the gaming industry has learned facial recognition software can reduce crime. nrf.com

'Live in Long Beach' LPNN interview with Dr. Hollinger - COMING SOON! 
For more insights on the National Retail Security Survey, stay tuned to the D&D Daily for our LPNN interview with Dr. Richard Hollinger - filmed live in Long Beach last Thursday at the NRF Protect Conference in Long Beach, California. We will be debuting this high-impact episode in the next few days! 

Shoplifting lower at supermarkets than all retail, survey says
Inventory shrink due to shoplifting and employee theft was lower in 2014 at supermarkets than for the retail industry in general, according to a national retail security survey conducted by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida. Shoplifting accounted for 29.7% of shrinkage at supermarkets last year, the survey noted, compared with an all-industry average of 38%, while employee theft accounted for 27.5% of supermarket shrinkage, compared with an industry average of 34.5%. The NRF said 2014 was the first year shoplifting accounted for more inventory shrink than employee theft. The average loss per shoplifting incident in 2014 was $96.83 for supermarkets, vs. an all-industry average of $318. supermarketnews.com

Corrective Education Company Announces Exclusive Partnership With D.A.R.E. at NRF Convention  Corrective Education Company has announced an official and exclusive partnership with D.A.R.E., and the building of a curriculum aimed at juveniles, named D.A.R.E. to Make the Right Choices, which utilizes Restorative Justice to dissuade youth from shoplifting. Corrective Education Company (CEC) and D.A.R.E. co-developed this Restorative Education for Juveniles program. This early intervention, low risk offender program combines the CEC Restorative Education curriculum with D.A.R.E.'s internationally recognized approach to changing youth behavior and attitudes. The core objective is to teach students good decision-making skills to help lead safe and healthy lives. The #1 crime committed by juveniles is shoplifting, according to the Global Youth Justice Organization. For those youth who do make bad decisions, they are providing second chances before the offenders become part of the criminal justice system. prweb.com

Authorities warn of possible terrorist threats around July 4th - "Be Vigilant and Prepared"  Authorities are warning of possible terrorist threats around the July 4 holiday, several law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center issued a joint intelligence bulletin to law enforcement across the U.S. The bulletin doesn't warn of any known active plots. But it serves as a general warning of heightened threats. It says extremists could launch attacks tied to Independence Day or in reaction to perceived defamation of the Prophet Mohammed. CNN reported in recent weeks that U.S. law enforcement officials believe the Islamist terrorist threat is the highest in years. The officials have raised concern about possible domestic attacks tied to the July 4 holiday and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. "We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared," a statement from the Dept. of Homeland Security. said. "We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people." cnn.com

Feds will monitor Abercrombie's hiring in discrimination settlement
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. agreed to special monitoring of its hiring practices and to pay more than $158,000 to settle a U.S. Department of Justice charge that it discriminated against a job candidate who was not a U.S. citizen by requiring her to present a green card. Thursday's settlement calls for Abercrombie to pay the woman $3,661 in back pay and interest, set up a $153,932 fund to compensate others who may have faced similar discrimination and pay a $1,100 civil fine. The clothing retailer also agreed to two years of federal monitoring of its employment-eligibility verification practices. Abercrombie was accused of violating the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act by requiring the complainant to provide written proof of her immigration status to verify her employment eligibility, though it did not require such proof from U.S. citizens. dispatch.com

Pa. Supreme Court Boots $18M Safeway Lease Row
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court stuck Safeway Inc. with the bulk of an $18.4 million verdict over a lease the grocery chain backed out of because the new shopping center's landlord could not obtain proper zoning permits, refusing Safeway's appeal Wednesday. The 13-year-old case stems from a dispute between Newman Development Group and Safeway unit Genuardi's Family Market Inc. over a suburban Philadelphia shopping center. Genuardi's agreed to lease space in the shopping center, but sought to terminate the agreement for noncompliance after Newman said the project stalled. Newman claimed that an existing escrow agreement prevented Genuardi's, which was purchased by Safeway in 2001, from escaping the lease. The developer filed suit in anticipation of the breach. law360.com

Kohl's to pay $1 million to settle price overcharge probe
Kohl's Corp. has agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a civil enforcement lawsuit stemming from allegations that the retailer was overcharging customers at the register, the Shasta County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday. In a statement, the Shasta County District Attorney's Office said the case arose after price inspections by the counties' Weights & Measures. Those inspections showed that on numerous occasions the prices charged at the register were not the lowest advertised or the posted price, the district attorney's office said. The complaint also alleges that material disclosures relating to the "Kohl's Cash" program were not adequately made by the company. Under the terms of the judgment, Kohl's will institute policies and procedures in its stores to improve pricing accuracy, the district attorney's office said. redding.com

Federal Reserve Governor Calls for 'Chip-and-PIN' Technology
The Federal Reserve, which is charged with maintaining the safety and soundness of our banking system is calling for new chip credit cards to be issued with accompanying PINs. According to an article published by American Banker, Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell suggested in a speech that while replacing magnetic stripes is progress, the chip-and-signature cards being issued by U.S. banks are less secure than the chip-and-PIN cards standard in other parts of the world. rila.org

eBay, PayPal to split July 17
The long-anticipated separation of eBay Inc. and PayPal Inc. into two independent, publicly traded companies is almost here. Now that the split has received official approval from the eBay board of directors, it is expected to occur July 17. PayPal will be an independent, publicly traded company and will be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker "PYPL." eBay will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker "EBAY." chainstoreage.com

Gap, Old Navy flagship stores to replace Toys 'R' Us in Times Square

From Walmart to J.C. Penney, retail reflects shifting U.S. views on gay rights

NRF: Fourth of July spending to reach $6.6 billion

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Home Depot employee: 'I'm down for randomly killing white people' - Social Media Hits HD Over Weekend  On Saturday, the official Facebook page of the popular Home Depot was targeted by a number of people wondering if the company supports a person advocating the murder of random white people. A photo posted by conservative radio talk show host Wayne Dupree showed posts by a person identified as Patrice Pace. According to the posts in the photo, Pace claims she's more than okay with killing random white people.

"I'm down for randomly killing white people," the post reads. "I'll gladly walk into a pet store or Starbucks and just start bussin," she added, adding "smiley face" emoticons to the end of the sentence. Another post claims America has received "over 400 years of free labor," an apparent reference to slavery, which was brought to an end due to the Civil War.

The photos indicate Pace is married and works at a Home Depot outlet. "Hey The Home Depot, not sure I want to enter your place of business if Ms Pace is working for your stores," Dupree wrote. A number of people felt the same way and told the retail giant in no uncertain terms. "If this is they kind of people you employ in you store I will be shopping elsewhere," one person said.

"Until that thug is gone and jobless..... My company will no longer use Home Depot..... Time to set up a corporate account with Lowes," one person said. "Lowes is cheaper so good accounting decision," one person said. Another Facebook user, however, felt that was a bad decision. examiner.com

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Survey: Disconnect between IT, loss prevention, and other units
There is a disconnect between IT and loss prevention departments when it comes to budgets, focus and staffing, according to a study by IHL Group and Axis Communications. The study, "The Great Disconnect between Loss Prevention and IT," suggests that after using IT budget to fund significant data breach protection and PCI certification efforts, retailers on average still have 6.4% of that budget left to spend on other LP priorities. As organization revenues increase, PCI and data breach protection costs level out, and IT budgets continue to grow linearly, with larger retailers ending up with two to three times more funds than smaller retailers for additional LP activities, such as organized retail crime and slip and fall prevention, electronic article surveillance (EAS), CCTV, video analytics and more.

"In the retail industry, we all have a general understanding that a lot of effort and money is dedicated to EMV compliance, PCI and data breach protection. In conducting this research, what was fascinating to our team is just how much that prioritization drains resources for other LP efforts, specifically in IT," said Greg Buzek, founder and president of IHL Group.

Buzek added that while there is a disconnect in regards to focus of existing budget and resources, study findings indicate that real opportunities exist for other business units to actually generate revenue from these technologies with new applications, such as traffic counting and video analytics for marketing optimization, and more.

By ranking retailers in terms of LP technology spend, with tier 1 retailers spending the most, the research found that tier 1 retailers with more than $1 billion in sales dedicate only 4.5% of their IT staff to LP efforts. In contrast, tier 3 and tier 4 retailers devote nearly 8%, clearly demonstrating that the percentage of IT staff for LP decreases as revenue and access to efficient systems and technology increases. As retailers devote more spend to investments like IP-enabled video technology, LP functions demand less personnel attention and free up resources for business growth activities.

When assigning weight to IT and LP initiatives, PCI and data breach protection take 35% of the overall IT focus, while only 26% of LP initiatives are similarly focused, with LP giving much greater weight to its own functions, such as employee and consumer theft. At odds with both IT and LP, other organizational business units, such as finance, see PCI and data breach protection as 54% of their focus - likely linked to recent, high-visibility data breaches in the public sphere. chainstoreage.com

Home Depot focused on omnichannel - Launches largest IT project in history of the company - 'Inventory Visibility Platform'  The Home Depot is focused on making goods flow more smoothly. In fact, the company's common order management system, or COM, has been called the largest IT project in the history of the Atlanta-based retail giant. And during the recent Goldman Sachs Annual dotCommerce Day presentation, Kevin Hofmann, Home Depot's senior VP and president -online, explained to investors how the retailer intends to flex its order management muscle. COM, he said, is an "inventory visibility platform" to oversee the millions of deliveries that take place through small delivery trucks, big delivery trucks, through direct fulfillment distribution centers and in-store-pick-up transactions. "The IT investments we are making are really to optimize that whole supply chain offering," Hofmann said. The COM will help identify the best fulfillment option for the customer and allow Home Depot to leverage its omni-channel options (or, in Home Depot jargon "interconnected fulfillment" options) in a more intricate and elegant way, he said. chainstoreage.com

Retailers place high value on competitive price intelligence
Retailers are increasingly placing a high value on competitive price intelligence. A new survey of 123 retailers from RSR Research co-sponsored by 360pi, "Pricing 2015," indicates 59% of respondents reported competitive price intelligence as very valuable. The survey also shows that competitive price intelligence was cited as the top intent for change at 34% of "retail winners" and 50% of "retail laggards." chainstoreage.com

Kroger's King Soopers extend organic, omnichannel reach




Boresow Named Chief Operating Officer at Short Circuit

Seasoned Executive Brings Years of Experience Leading
Growing Service Organizations

Lee's Summit, MO - Short Circuit Electronics, Inc., a national provider of CCTV service and installation announced that it has named Rebecca Boresow as its Chief Operating Officer. Boresow will report to Dan Israel, Short Circuit's President and CEO and will be based out of the company's Lee's Summit headquarters.

Israel states, "Rebecca brings a wealth of experience in leading service based organizations encountering rapid growth. Her high energy, disciplined approach and emphasis on training will be a great fit for our service oriented culture."

Boresow a graduate of the University of Kansas, spent the prior 21 years in the Entertainment and Broadcast industry, most recently as Director of Sales at Meredith Corporation, a national media and marketing company.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to be a member of the Short Circuit team. It is tremendously rewarding to be a part of a company with a strong customer oriented culture," said Boresow. "Being able to do that within a dynamic industry with rapidly changing technology opens the door for innovation. I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the foundation that Dan and Dave have built over the last 27 years."

Short Circuit Electronics, founded in 1988, provides CCTV equipment service, repair and installation for companies with a national footprint, supporting the equipment at over 75,000 locations throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Short Circuit has been recognized by Security Dealer & Integrator Magazine as one of the fastest growing system integrators in the United States. To learn more about Short Circuit, please visit www.shortcircuitinc.com.






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Se-Kure Controls
Michael Campbell, VP National Sales; Greg Saputo, Regional Sales Director; Roger Leyden, Founder, President and CEO

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Van Carney, Director of Safety & LP for Domino's Pizza and David Johnston, Sr. Dir. LP & Corp. Security for Dunkin' Brands Inc.

The Industry Threat & Server Room Mitigation
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Cyber Security's Increasing Impact on Retail & the Role of Loss Prevention

Tom Litchford, VP, Retail Technologies for the NRF, joins LPNN to talk about the growing threat of cyber security in retail and how it has forced traditional LP programs to rethink its relationship with IT security. With our world becoming increasingly interconnected and data breaches seemingly imminent, omni-channel retailing introduces new levels of risk and unprecedented challenges for the LP industry. A subject matter expert in retail technologies, Tom tells us why the future LP executive must be more IT driven than ever before.

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In this LPNN Quick Take, Ed Wolfe, WG Security Products, Joe LaRocca and Jim Ostojic, Sergeant, Polk County Sheriff's Office, discuss Jim's upcoming LPNN session, the talk he gave at the NRF LP Conference and the work he is doing around the country fighting ORC. He also shares with viewers how the Sheriff supports their department's work in fighting ORC. Ed also shares his advice on encouraging partnerships between law enforcement and retailers and the role of service providers.


FBI: Ransomware Nets Criminals $18 Million in Bitcoin
For the 14 months ending May 31 of this year, criminals used ransomware to steal $18 million worth of Bitcoin and other digital currencies from U.S. owners, according to the FBI. The law enforcement agency's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) logged nearly one thousand complaints from U.S. users claiming they were victims of ransomware-malicious software that blocks access to a computer or certain files until a monetary amount is paid. The malware variant responsible for the bulk of the incidents, according to IC3, is known as CryptoWall.

Businesses and individuals are equally likely to be victims of CryptoWall, the FBI said. Like most malware, problems begin after a victim clicks on an infected ad, email, attachment or link. Once the victim's device is infected, their files are encrypted and then the thief steps in to demand payment, which is where Bitcoin comes in.

"Most criminals involved in ransomware schemes demand payment in Bitcoin," the FBI said in its statement. "Criminals prefer Bitcoin because it's easy to use, fast, publicly available, decentralized, and provides a sense of heightened security/anonymity." cardnotpresent.com

Closing the gap between online and the store
While today's consumers often begin their shopping experience outside of the "four walls- of the store in the digital domain, to investigate and select products that meet their lifestyle needs, the fact remains that most consumers' paths-to-purchase, however they begin, end in the store. Although retailers have in the past thought of the store and non-store selling environments as different channels, more consumers routinely use both the digital and the physical environments in harmony to make a single shopping decision. For them, it is just shopping, redefined. Retailers have come to understand that "digital- needs to influence all touch points and support all aspects of the shopping journey. And they understand that the experience they are delivering today falls far short of their desired experience. RSR's May 2015 benchmark report, Commerce Convergence: Closing The Gap Between Online And In-Store (sponsored by Netsuite), sought to uncover how retailers currently view the challenges, opportunities, roadblocks and technology enablers associated with how they support commerce across all of consumer touch points. essentialretail.com

46 percent internet users believe traditional banking is safer than online

Amazon Becomes Most Visited ECommerce Site, Beats Flipkart & Snapdeal In Visitor Traffic

EBay's PayPal Seen As Partner Of Alibaba, Not Amazon

"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
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NC couple arrested for using fraudulent coupons
According to CouponsInTheNews.com, police confiscated over 870 free product coupons worth over $8,400! The couple admitted to buying the coupons online and they were apparently going from store to store trying to use the coupons. Because of the increase in coupon fraud, many online sales sites have banned the sale of free product coupons, including ebay. Unfortunately, there are still people selling them on secret Facebook groups and personal websites. That may not last very long if couponers and fraudulent coupon sellers keep getting arrested. wral.com

Target nabs Returning razor thief in Federal Way, WA
On April 6 a man stole $668.97 worth of electronic razors from Target. He returned on June 17 and stole $309.97 worth of electronic razors from the same Target. Police arrested him and also found he was in possession of drug paraphernalia associated with smoking heroin and three counterfeit bills. federalwaymirror.com

Victoria's Secret store in The Commons, Federal Way, WA hit for $750 in merchandise  Between 7-7:30 p.m. on June 16 an unknown suspect or suspects stole approximately 60 pairs of Very Sexy and Cheeky panties from Victoria's Secret valued at $750. There were no witnesses nor suspects. Corporate Loss Prevention advised police they would determine if there is any security video footage of the incident and, if so, would turn that over to police. federalwaymirror.com

Canada: Evolution Cycles hopes Facebook can ID thieves who stole $15K road bike  A Toronto bike shop is turning to social media to help find a $15,000 bike that was stolen from its shop floor by two people who were caught on camera. Evolution Cycles in Richmond Hill says the Cipollini bike - a hand-crafted, lightweight carbon road bike from Italy, equipped with top components - is extremely rare and will be hard for the thieves to sell. A Facebook post on the shop's page has been shared more than 9,000 times as of Thursday night. cbc.ca

Police call it a 'flagrant disregard for law' Ulta $700 fragrance heist 
A duo that "acted a team" during a shoplifting incident on Friday which netted nearly $700 worth of perfume are currently sought by township police. Police said that at approximately 1:45 p.m., a man and woman shoplifted approximately $688 in perfume from the Ulta cosmetics store located at 750 S. Route 73, in Marlton. "The two acted as a team while shoplifting the items and left the store in an unknown vehicle after employees began to move towards them," Evesham police said. facebook.com nj.com

Police search for people who stole baby formula from store in Newington, CT  The Newington Police Department is searching for a man and woman accused of stealing baby formula from a grocery store in Newington over the weekend. Police released photos of the man, woman and vehicle involved in the incident. facebook.com

Lake Havasu, AZ Walmart Associate and Husband arrested for Organized Retail Theft

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Police arrest 130 in Global Anti-Cyber Fraud Operation; Airline Industry lost over $1B  Police have arrested 130 suspects in connection with cyber fraud at 140 airports around the world in an international law enforcement operation. According to Europol, fraudulent online purchases of airline tickets using stolen credit card data is the fastest growing type of fraud, and is estimated to have resulted in 1bn euros in losses to the airline industry. The operation was co-ordinated through Europol in The Hague, Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota, with support from Canadian and US law enforcement authorities. Europol said that because airline ticket fraud is a complex and global phenomenon posing certain security issues, targeting the organized crime groups active in this requires communication between airlines, issuing banks, payment card schemes, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and law enforcement on an international level. computerweekly.com

Man killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in WinCo parking lot in Portland, OR
A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau said two officers came into contact with the suspect at a car in the parking lot at the corner of Northeast 122nd Avenue and San Rafael Street around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. It wasn't clear what led to the shooting, but police said shots were fired and the suspect was injured. It wasn't immediately clear if one or both officers fired their guns. kptv.com

Overland Park, KS Police investigating shooting outside Oak Park Mall
Overland Park police say a shooting at Oak Park Mall wasn't random. A man walking back to his car Saturday evening, was confronted by two suspects. He continued on and that's when the bullets started flying. Luckily he wasn't hit. Investigators now say it appears the victim knew the suspects, who were also in the company of two women. Police are now reviewing surveillance video. kmbz.com

Burglars Crash Van into Chicago's Bucktown Best Buy
Burglars used a van to crash through the doors of a loading dock at a Best Buy in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Someone backed the vehicle into the doors at the rear of the store in the 2100-block of North Elston Avenue around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Police said several people went inside, stole several items and took off in the van. Tom Griffin, who works in the area, said this was not the first time the Best Buy was targeted by burglars. Police are investigating the incident. No one is in custody. A similar burglary occurred at a Best Buy in south suburban Tinley Park over the weekend. Investigators have not said whether the two burglaries are linked. abc7chicago.com

Tinley Park, IL Police Investigate Best Buy Smash and Grab  A van was used in what police are calling a "smash and grab- at a southwest suburban Best Buy early Saturday. Officers responded to Best Buy, 7330 W. 191st St., at about 3:45 a.m., according to Tinley Park police. A 15-passenger white van was used to smash the rear garage door of the store. Several suspects then got out of the vehicle and made off with several items, police said. nbcchicago.com

Police Search For 3 Violent Suspects Who Robbed Burbank, CA Cell Phone Store  Police are searching for three suspects involved in a violent robbery at a cell phone store in Burbank on Sunday evening. The robbery, which occurred at the ATM Wireless store in Burbank, resulted in a store worker being tied up. The worker says two of the men, one of them armed, tied her up as they stole the cash box. "I ripped the duck tape off my hands, and they were like 'Oh this one's a feisty one',- worker Lucy Boghosian said. The two men stole all the store's phones and money before hopping into a getaway vehicle, driven by a third suspect. A security surveillance camera captured the event on video, and police are investigating the footage, hoping to identify potential suspects. cbslocal.com

Jonesboro police are currently on the scene of a reported armed robbery at a jewelry store  According to Paul Holmes with JPD, the incident happened at Diamond Gems, Monday morning. Det. Lane Holmes says a panic alarm was triggered alerting police to the scene. Two people reportedly came into the business and demanded cash and jewelry. Det. Holmes said the individuals stole mostly jewelry worth about $50,000 or more. Police say the individuals did have a weapon, but no one was hurt. wmcactionnews5.com

Three Arrested in T-Mobile Burglary in Massapequa, NY
According to detectives, a witness observed three male subjects attempt to gain entry into the T- Mobile Store by throwing a rock thru the front window then fleeing on foot. Seventh Precinct officers located the subjects a short distance from the scene and placed them under arrest without incident. longislandexchange.com

Person of interest in Strongsville, OH Jared jewelry store heist caught on video  Newly obtained surveillance video shows the person of interest in this week's armed robbery at a Jared jewelry store in Strongsville. Around 10 a.m. Thursday, the man allegedly ran into the jewelry store on Royalton Road and started grabbing diamonds, according to the 911 caller. He then fled from the store on foot. newsnet5.com

Store's staffer clings to shoplifters' getaway vehicle in Rochester, NY
An employee of Chateau Wine and Spirits in Penfield is suffering from minor injuries after clinging to the hood of a vehicle Friday evening following a robbery. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, two people who took a case of Hennessy were confronted by the store clerk, who followed the suspects outside. When the suspects tried to drive away, the employee jumped on the hood of their vehicle to avoid being run over and clung to the hood. The suspects reportedly drove erratically in the parking lot to try to remove the employee from their vehicle and crashed into a post office. democratandchronicle.com

Wal-Mart manager foils robbery in Janesville, WI
Police say three men who tried to rob Janesville Wal-Mart got cold feet and took off after a store manager unknowingly interrupted the heist early Saturday. Wal-Mart workers reported three men entered the store shortly after midnight early Saturday and tried to rob the store's electronics department of cash and video game consoles. Police said the robbery was foiled when a Wal-Mart store manager walked up to the men and unknowingly interrupted the incident. The men then left the store. Police are investigating the attempted robbery as having a possible connection to a few recent robberies at Wal-Mart's in Lake Geneva and Delavan. gazettextra.com

Shots Fired Outside North Tulsa Fiesta Mart Convenience Store

Waco, TX Police investigating 3 early morning Store Robberies

Credit Card skimming device discovered on Bank of America ATM in Middletown, NY

Northbrook, IL Police investigating $11K On Stolen Credit Cards.

Campbell Co, VA Police investigating Gas Station skimming Operation.

Verizon offers up to $10,000 for copper theft info

Australia: Cigarette thieves on robbery spree across north-eastern Victoria

Kay Jewelers in the Valley Mall, Harrisonburg, VA hit with a Glass Lift robbery; total merchandise loss of $7,400

Kay Jewelers in the Cedar Park Mall, Cedar Park Texas hit with a Grab and Run; merchandise valued at $9,100

Kay Jewelers im the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Wrentham, MA hit with a Grab and Run; merchandise valued at $11,400


Chevron- Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Assault
CVS- New Bedford, MA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Cantonment, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Family Dollar - Martinsburg, WV - Armed Robbery
Fiesta Mart - Tulsa, OK - Shooting
Lake Shastina Mini Mart - Siskiyou Co, CA- Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Jacksonville, FL- Armed Robbery
Mobile - Sarasota, FL - Armed Robbery
Mobile - Holland Twp, MI - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Orlando, FL - Robbery
Subway - Springfield, IL - Robbery
Sun Foods - Waukegan, IL - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Sunoco - Hartford, CT - Armed Robbery
Title Easy - Gwinnett, GA - Armed Robbery/ Sexual Assault
T-Mobile - Massapequa, NY - Burglary
Turkey Hill - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Armed Robbery
Ultra - Lindenhurst, NY - Armed Robbery
Valero - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery/ Shooting
7-Eleven - Haddonfield, NJ - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven- Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery


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5 Tips on How to Talk Like A Boss
Not only are there tips on how to find an effective management style for yourself, but top leaders don't talk like your typical employee either. There is a certain confidence and clarity when leaders speak that can motivate and inspire those present. Here are some speaking tips from the greats. No "um's"

How to Increase Your Strength as a Leader Right Now  There are so many classes, pieces of advice, and books and tutorials to help you become a stronger and better leader. You already have such little time on your hands, don't waste it on tactics that don't discuss your goals or aspirations. Here are some steps to follow to become a better leader. What drives your performance?

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When you think you've got your job mastered think again. That's usually when something bad happens in ones career or company. If you reach that point, and most everyone does, its time to re-evaluate everything you're doing. Go on the hunt for new technology, new ideas, rewrite your program, take a fresh look at every aspect of your department and maybe even bring in a consultant you don't know or have ties to. Someone who will challenge you and debate with you, and won't be there to merely confirm what you're doing and agree with your approach. But someone who will test you and force you to grow someone who you may even be uncomfortable with. Get out of your comfort zone and have some fun!

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Gus Downing

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