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Former Pro-Hockey Player Chris Kenady Joins InstaKey Security Systems
Former NHL Hockey Player Chris Kenady has joined InstaKey Security Systems' team as Business Development Manager, based in the Greater San Diego area.

Prior to joining the InstaKey team, Chris spent more than a decade on the ice, playing pro hockey for both the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers. As Chris noted on his LinkedIn page, playing professional hockey was a lifelong goal, and the biggest highlights of his career in the league were the camaraderie of his teammates and the opportunity to give back through community outreach.

Chris left the NHL in 2006, but he has continued to be a versatile player, making his mark at a variety of different companies in both sales and management roles. Most recently, he was a National Account Executive with DTT Surveillance.

The Daily welcomes Chris to the industry and congratulates him on his new role with InstaKey!

USO San Diego names Gene W. James, CPP as Board Chair
USO San Diego names Gene W. James, CPP as Chairman of the Board of Directors. James currently serves as Principal of Genesis Security Partners. He recently retired from his position Director, Asset Protection with Jack in the Box, Inc. Previously, he was Vice President of Security and Risk Management for AVI Foodsystems, Senior Loss Prevention Manager with YUM Restaurants, Divisional Loss Prevention Manager with KFC and District Loss Control Manager with Kmart Corporation. James is also an adjunct faculty member at Palomar College. Read more here

Fighting ORC with purpose and partnership
What do "customers" want in an ORCA?

Charles Anderson, executive director of the Twin Cities Organized Retail Crime Association, began "Rise of the ORCAs: Crime Fighting Machines or Pipe Dreams?" with a reference to Simon Sinek's point that people don't buy what an organization does - they buy why they do it: A sense of purpose directly relates to an organization's effectiveness and success.

"ORCAs should be asking themselves this question all the time," Anderson said to attendees at the NRF PROTECT Loss Prevention Conference. "Why are we doing this? Do people want what we're offering?"

The United States currently has nearly 50 distinct ORCAs in operation, according to Downing & Downing, with various levels of organization, sophistication and overall effectiveness. Some have little or no money, some are one-person operations, some are tied to lobbying groups and law enforcement agencies, some exist in name only.

Anderson said a successful ORCA is independent, customer-centric and a recognized nonprofit; as a result, it is better positioned to lead a public/private partnership to combat organized retail crime. If an ORCA is tied to lobbying groups or law enforcement agencies, how do they separate their missions? What if the priorities of those organizations change? Where does that leave the ORCA?

When it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting an ORCA off the ground, it's not fun "but it doesn't require a lawyer," Anderson said. What is required is a focus on the basics: startup costs for things like insurance and logo design, finding and maintaining a website platform, developing a board that's cross-industry and cross-functional.

Going on to the essential functions and missions of an ORCA, Anderson went back to his earlier customer-centric observations: Who are your customers, he asked - what are their wants and needs?

They want a secure website, he said, and regular regional meetings for networking and intelligence sharing. They want an annual training conference and ongoing training seminars. They want multi-jurisdictional efforts - here Anderson spoke of Operation Blitz during the holidays, in which the combined efforts of some 30 jurisdictions resulted in high-profile arrests. nrf.com

Read our ORC Leader feature story on Charles Anderson and TCORCA here

Hobby Lobby to pay $3 million fine, forfeit smuggled ancient artifacts
The DOJ said the company smuggled the artifacts into the United States, and the arts and crafts chain on Wednesday agreed to a settlement with the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. According to court documents, Hobby Lobby agreed to forfeit thousands of Iraqi artifacts and pay a $3 million fine to resolve the civil action the Justice Department brought against the company.

Ancient cuneiform tablets and clay bullae from modern-day Iraq were smuggled into the United States through the United Arab Emirates and Israel, Justice officials said. With Hobby Lobby's consent they were falsely labeled as "ceramics" and "samples" and illegally shipped to Hobby Lobby stores and two corporate offices, according to the DOJ.

"In 2009, Hobby Lobby began acquiring a variety of historical Bibles and other artifacts. Developing a collection of historically and religiously important books and artifacts about the Bible is consistent with the company's mission and passion for the Bible," said a Hobby Lobby statement. whnt.com

South Fulton County, GA:
Gang violence at Walmart has some shoppers calling for more security

Police now say a deadly shooting at a Walmart was sparked by rival gangs opening fire on one another. The gang violence has some shoppers calling for more security.

Shopper Vanessa Mosely wasn't surprised to hear police say it was gangs shooting Sunday night when one man was killed and two others injured in the Walmart parking lot in Research Center Drive. She has a theory why the shooting happened here. "Seems to me they are running them from the gas stations and they have to find another place to gather," she pointed out.

The nearby gas stations saw numerous carjackings and thefts from cars last year before authorities cracked down. Now some are calling for a crackdown at the Walmart. That's after the deadly shooting and after the store saw 27 incidents involving burglaries, robberies, auto thefts or thefts from cars last year.

A Walmart spokesperson says the store has sufficient security. The store says there is a police officer outside and more security inside the public might not see. wsbtv.com

Monroe, LA: Security at Pecanland Mall called into question
Shoppers wonder if security is tight enough at Pecanland Mall after a man allegedly pulled out a gun during a fight there and another fight was caught on camera. Shoppers are split on how security handles violent situations like these.

"They should be armed," says Troy Hendrix. "It shouldn't be mall security, it should be Monroe City Police. If someone has a gun in a public place, they shouldn't walk out."

Local police issued the following statement in response: "The Pecanland Mall does have a 24-hour security force that provides constant parking lot patrols and foot patrols inside of the mall. Pecanland Mall also partners with the Monroe Police Department to provide an off-duty police detail to provide additional security as it relates to their 24-hour security force." Read more here: knoe.com

Top 20 risk factors cited by the 100 largest U.S. retailers
To be sure, there are challenging business issues to navigate: retailers are scaling back their headcount amid slow sales and reporting challenges with competition from peers and agile e-commerce platforms in earnings reports. But, the 2017 BDO Retail RiskFactor Report reveals how today's largest retailers are weighing their challenges and adapting accordingly. The following chart ranks the top 20 risk factors cited by the 100 largest U.S. retailers:


2017 Food Defense - Crisis Management - Emergency Preparedness Management Certificate Course: August 22-23 in Arlington, VA
Emergencies are inevitable, but your response to them is where you and your company have an opportunity to differentiate yourselves. The Food Marketing Institute presents a two-day certificate course in Food Defense, Crisis Management, and Emergency Preparedness Management that can help you protect your company's assets, employees, products and brand and help you prevent, mitigate and respond to a disaster, emergency or terrorist threat. Learn more here.

When Cash is King, Safety Rules
From smart safes to best practices in ATM location and cash drawer management, savvy c-store retailers work to keep employees and customers safe from would-be thieves.

Technological advances plus increasingly bold thieves mean that even with chip-based Europay, Mastercard and Visa, ATMs, mobile apps that sync to ATMs and technologically-advanced cash drawers that link to security cameras or smart safes becoming more prevalent, skimming, fraud and theft are still a risk.

"Our No. 1 priority is taking care of our guests and ensuring we provide a safe environment for our team members," said Terry Adkinson, chief operating officer for Kent Kwik, which operates 43 convenience stores throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. "We make them truly understand we're looking out for their safety as well as guest safety."

Doing so includes taking preventative measures to make sure ATMs and cash drawers are not compromised.

"From the merchant's perspective, if customers are realizing an ATM is not safe in that store, shoppers will stop going to that store," said Bruce Renard, executive director of the National ATM Council. cstoredecisions.com

Are Cash Alternatives Moving Us Towards a Cashless Society?
An interesting observation can be made when the reports show that the number of ATMs has risen in the recent years: it has become more affordable to withdraw cash, and overall cash has become more "available", but the number of actual transactions using cash has fallen. The growth of alternative payments seems to indicate a declining interest in cash.

The future of cash is very uncertain, although there is a very strong trend among younger generations, who make greater use of cash alternatives. It is possible that cash, much like the press industry - where the evolution of e-books has led to the print industry becoming a separate identity with its own place - will end up having its own part of the economy and cashless payments will occupy the rest. themarketmogul.com

QVC to Acquire Rival HSN for More Than $2 Billion
Two longtime rivals, QVC and the Home Shopping Network have agreed to merge as two businesses built around selling over television seek to combat the rise of online shopping. The companies said Thursday that they have agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at about $2.1 billion. QVC, which is controlled by John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp., already owns a 38% stake in HSN. wsj.com

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2017 LP Conference Offers Exceptional Educational Sessions
July 20-24 - Orlando, FL

The 2017 Loss Prevention Conference takes place July 21 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, a key part of the larger Sunshine EXPO(r) extravaganza, the premier conference and trade show for retailing in the State of Florida.

2017 LP Conference Topics:
* How to Survive a Riot...Can my Business be Spared?
* Preparing - Investigating - Prosecuting...ORC. How to Assist in Achieving a Successful Prosecution
* Social Media for Investigators
* Leadership for a Lifetime: How the Past Prepares us for the Future"
* What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity Today and What the Future May Hold
* Scamming of Skimming...a Look to the Future, How to Detect and Investigate Scamming Devices
* Internal Theft: Detection and Prevention
* Building Successful Private/Public Partnerships
* Shoppers Need to Feel Safe: an Update on Violence

For more information including registration, sponsor sign ups, exhibitor registration and room reservations visit sunshineexpo.com!

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Investigator Spotlight: Stephen Huhnke, Criminal Investigator

Stephen Huhnke is a Criminal Investigator for eBay's Inc.'s Global Asset Protection Team (GAP). In this role, Stephen helps support the prevention, detection, and mitigation of fraud and criminal activities in both their domestic and international operations. Stephen joined the Global Asset Protection Team in October of 2015 after working in various fraud and risk teams at eBay for the previous 3 years. He is currently leading out on initiatives involving triangle fraud and counterfeit items, but has a passion for investigating and disrupting all areas where criminal activity may occur on the site. Outside of the office (and inside), Stephen in a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and is game for playing or watching nearly any sport. He also enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephew, grabbing a drink with friends, or just hanging out at home with his 2 cats.

For further information on PROACT, email inquiries to PROACT@eBay.com.


NuTech National Partners with March Networks

Maitland, FL - NuTech National has partnered with March Networks to become a March Networks Certified Solution Partner, enabling NuTech to sell and install March Networks' products throughout the United States.

NuTech National, the Nation's Largest Alarm Servicing Network, has been providing, servicing and installing similar products for national retailers for over 36 years. NuTech is also heavily involved in high security government projects, as well as protecting military vendors such as Lockheed Martin (nationwide) for over 22 years. NuTech's national retail channel is providing security solutions for over 100,000 retail sites and several hundred retail brands. We believe the March Networks hardware and its analytic products will greatly widen our product offerings.

"We expect that this partnership with March Networks will help us close business in both the financial and retail sectors. We have experience with this solution, originally installing it in the front end of large, big box retail stores many years ago. We are looking forward to the certified partnership as it also brings March Networks a well vetted installation company," Greg DeTardo, President, NuTech National.

March Networks is a global company, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. March Networks is an accomplished leader in the intelligent video solutions arena, producing Network Video Recorders with state of the art features including POS interfacing, data mining and RFID integration. Its success includes providing solutions for more than five hundred banks and credit unions globally. The company's products have passed rigorous reliability and IT networking evaluations, defining it as the leader in video solutions for the financial industry.

"We are pleased to welcome NuTech National to our certified partner community, and look forward to working together to provide their customers with enterprise-class video systems and business intelligence applications that deliver true value and ROI," said Angelo Tebano, March Networks Director of North American Channel Sales.

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Could a ONE ATOM thick authentication tag wipe out the counterfeit industry?
Scientists claim it will help people spot fake goods

From medicines to car parts, counterfeit products are a huge problem around the world, costing nearly £370 billion ($0.5 trillion) in lost revenue every year.

In the hope of combating the issue, scientists are turning to quantum technology. Researchers have created an authentication tag that is just one atom thick, and could be placed into products to allow people to spot fake goods. The simple and cheap technology, which is operated through a smartphone, could soon make counterfeiting impossible.

Researchers from the University of Lancaster have created unique atomic-scale IDs that could be used in a range of sectors, including aerospace parts or luxury goods. The IDs are based on the irregularities found in graphene - a 2D material that is just one atom thick. Quantum physics can amplify these irregularities, making it possible to 'fingerprint' them in simple electronic devices and optical tags.

And while you might think reading these atomic-level irregularities would require microscopes, the researchers have created an app which can read them, allowing people to check the authenticity of products through their smartphone.

The customer will be able to scan the optical tag on a product with a smartphone, which will match the 2D tag with the manufacturer's database. dailymail.co.uk

Human Liability in Security
60% of cyber attacks involve - mostly unintentional - insider actions

According to a 2016 report published by IBM (registration required), up to 60% of all cyber attacks result, often unwittingly, from the actions of people inside or closely connected to the company.

The role of insiders has taken many forms. Awareness is a key to reduced risk, but most employees are not well-educated on the scope of the threat. Even corporate leaders need a better understanding of the risk. EY's 2015 Global Information Security Survey found that 44% of executives said that employees posed the greatest cyber threat, much lower than the 60% said to be involved by the IBM report.

Reportedly, two-thirds of data breaches attributed to employees have been unintentional. Clicking the wrong email attachment, falling for a ruse by email or by phone, or use of insecure passwords all can open the gates to the cyber kingdom. It's a numbers game. Cyber criminals know that if they try enough doors, one will be found open, and they've learned which doors to check first. The remaining third of data breaches have been financially motivated, including those involving cyber-espionage.

Some companies run their own internal testing, sending suspicious emails to employees and then measuring click rates. Employees are encouraged to report phishing if an email subject or sender looks peculiar. Upon opening a suspicious email, the employee is greeted with a message explaining that the message was a test that should have been reported. While this practice does increase awareness of a threat, these same employees may not be aware of the full corporate risk.

Many employees think of suspicious email links and phishing attempts as being an inconvenience, but one that can be fixed by the IT department, not one that can take down servers, shut down parts of the company, compromise sensitive data, or potentially cost millions. All of these things are possible, and all have happened with the click of a mouse in an office or cubicle. cio.com

Why People With Brain Implants Are Afraid To Go Through Theft-Detection Systems
In 2009, Gary Olhoeft walked into a Best Buy to buy some DVDs. He walked out with his whole body twitching and convulsing. Olhoeft has a brain implant, tiny bits of microelectronic circuitry that deliver electrical impulses to his motor cortex in order to control the debilitating tremors he suffers as a symptom of Parkinson's disease. It had been working fine. So, what happened when he passed through those double wide doors into consumer electronics paradise? He thinks the theft-prevention system interfered with his implant and turned it off. His implant, he says, operated at the same electromagnetic frequency as Best Buy's theft detection system, and the two signals interfered with each other.

Scientific study has been devoted to the impacts of this kind of interference on brain implants, cardiac implants and insulin pumps. The conclusion: As more devices both in our bodies and the built world operate on a frequency, the problem is likely to grow in scope and scale unless we plan carefully. gizmodo.com

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Excerpts from Prove 'Em Innocent:
The Art & Science of Workplace Investigations

by John A. Velke III

Part Ten

One of the most important competencies of a retail loss prevention / asset protection professional is to be capable of conducting a fair, unbiased investigation thoroughly, confidentially, and with absolute professionalism. Velke's book provides new and experienced investigators an opportunity to build on their investigative expertise using real-life examples and exercises derived from more than 40 years of investigative experience.

Tenth in a series of bi-monthly excerpts: General Strain Theory from Chapter 5.

We all experience stress during our lives and handle stressful situations differently. General strain theory is based on the belief that there is a limit to how much stress we can each comfortably handle before we engage in a stress relieving behavior. For some, a stress relieving behavior can be prayer, jogging, shopping, or many other forms of socially acceptable behavior. For others, when they exceed their capacity for handling stress they turn to alcohol, infidelity, illegal drugs, dishonesty, or other forms of deviant behavior.

General strain theory was first introduced as a casual factor in criminology by Robert Agnew PhD. in 1992. He explained it this way, "...strains or stressors increase the likelihood of negative emotions like anger and frustration. These emotions create pressure for corrective action, and crime is one possible response". Agnew's research also suggests that it is not a single strain or stressor that results in negative behavior but the effect of multiple stressors occurring at the same time. He also submits that not all stress is equal. Being late to work due to unusually heavy traffic will not have the same magnitude of stress as losing a loved one.

Read today's full excerpt and other parts from John's book here

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Survey Says! 2015 Shrink Data Results (NRSS)

Dr. Richard Hollinger, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida


In 2014, retailers lost an estimated $44 billion to shoplifting, employee and vendor theft, and administrative error. How did they do in 2015? In this session, hear the latest findings from the 2016 National Retail Security Survey using 2015 data. Dr. Richard Hollinger, criminology professor at the University of Florida and lead author of the NRSS report for the past 24 years, outlines the results, reviews best practices, and shares some key emerging trends in retail loss prevention.

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5 indicators of online retail fraud and how to respond to them
Global online fraud is growing and creating more risk for the online merchant, while the forms of accepted online payments on e-commerce sites continue to expand (i.e. gift cards, credit cards and payment platforms). All of these different technologies bring online vulnerabilities that merchants need to be able to combat.

1. Monitor shopping behavior

By tracking as much as you can about how someone is engaging your website, you can begin to predict when a transaction may be fraudulent. How a user behaves can be a stronger indicator of fraud than who they say they are. Using behavioral analysis, retailers can tell what is an authentic shopper and what is someone using fraudulent information to make a purchase.

2. Don't ignore the outliers

It is important to compare each purchase to what a normal purchase of your product looks like. Does this purchase stand out due to its denomination, or is there an irregular cadence of purchases from the same user that seems outside of the normal realm? If a purchase seems to be too good to be true, there is a high probability that it is the handiwork of someone trying to commit fraud.

3. Compare location with IP address

Compare the billing and shipping addresses with attributes you can capture in the background, such as IP address/IP location. Do as much as you can to make sure none of that information is being masked from you, and if the locations don't reasonably match, a verification protocol should be employed automatically.

4. The devil's in the details

Look at the different components of the user profile to see if the information is consistent. For example, does the email address make sense with the name, or does the billing address align with the shipping address? Most people pick an email address that is consistent with their name or personality, if an email address is a long alphanumeric combination it is likely a fake. If something seems off when you look at these details, it is worth taking an extra close look.

5. Don't rest on your laurels

Attentiveness is the key to fraud detection. Continuously updating your processes, and if needed, engaging a third-party vendor to enhance your capabilities and strengthen your weaknesses will help keep your business safe from the expense and headache of fraud.

As the online retail market soars, it's up to brands and their partners in this space to get in front of potential fraud and abuse. By implementing these best practices, online retailers can confidently combat inevitable fraud and abuse attempts and maintain a trustworthy reputation with their customers. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon bars marketplace merchants from selling some Nike items
Nike Inc.'s decision to begin selling some items on Amazon.com will almost immediately limit Amazon Marketplace sellers' ability to sell certain Nike items. But the bigger story may be that as Amazon.com Inc. forges more deals with major brands it will undermine the business of retailers that sell those brands' products, whether online or offline.

Amazon began notifying some marketplace sellers earlier this month that they will no longer be permitted to sell certain Nike products on Amazon.com's U.S. e-commerce site as of July 13. digitalcommerce360.com

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Join us on July 19, 2017 to watch our Tactical to Practical Webinar on Bitcoin and crypto-currencies presented by Allen Atamer of LTAS Technologies. Contact us at operations@lpresearch.org to participate!

JCPenney takes swing at Amazon's Prime Day with "Penney Palooza"

Walmart installing automated vending machines for online order pickup

Amazon to open fulfillment center in Salt Lake City

Alibaba Gears Up To Launch Its Own Voice-Activated Device

Amazon and Best Buy Dominate Ecommerce in New Report

Malls Challenge eCommerce Era With Costly Upgrades

Vernon Hills, IL: Hawthorn Mall store employee arrested for theft of $56,000
in merchandise

The owner of Kenzy Gifts & Decor, a store in Hawthorn Mall that sells collectibles and home decorations, said she noticed that one of her employees recently gave someone else a gift that was on a list of stolen merchandise. Claudia Perales, 46, was charged on June 3 with felony theft. Upon being confronted by the company owner, Perales returned several bags of merchandise she did not pay for, according to Vernon Hills Police. He said officers later recovered more stolen items that were in Perales' possession. chicagotribune.com

Wilmington, NC: Burglars target Highly Collectable Comic Books, $12,000 of items stolen
The break-in happened early this week at Whatever Wilmington according to shop owner Kenyata Sullivan. When he arrived, he found a lock-pick broken off in the front door, the cash register trashed and several valuable comics missing. Among the stolen books are the first Iron Man comic, the first Justice League of America, Walking Dead Number 1, a 1932 comic featuring the first appearance of Conan the Barbarian and Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, signed by comics icon Stan Lee. "The whole thing feels completely like a cased job; they knew what they were looking for, they stole the most valuable things," Sullivan said. starnewsonline.com

Lebanon, NH: Two facing Felony Theft charges in $2,000 spree at Price Choppers
Two New Hampshire men are accused of shoplifting nearly $2,000 in merchandise from a Price Chopper grocery store in Lebanon on July 4. Philip Canale, 50, and Anthony Hutchinson, 29, both of Lebanon, are each facing a charge of felony theft. Lebanon police say they responded to the Price Chopper around 12:30 p.m. Loss prevention officers said the suspects put the items in a cart and tried to leave the store without paying. The suspects then left the cart behind and fled in a vehicle after being approached. necn.com

Saddle Brook, NJ: Four Thieves Snatch $600 Bird From Pet Store
Four men were caught on camera allegedly stealing an exotic bird in New Jersey. Surveillance footage shows them inside NJ Exotic Birds in Saddle Brook. The owner said the suspects cased the store one night, before taking the green turquoise 'cheek.' She was helping another customer at the counter when the $600 bird was taken. cbslocal.com

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Shootings & Deaths

San Jose, CA: Employee injured in Costco parking-lot shooting
Costco employee in San Jose was shot and wounded in the parking lot right after his shift ended. Police say the shooter is a woman and was arrested right on scene without incident. Witnesses say the shooter was the victim's ex-wife, and was waiting for him in the Costco parking lot. Those close to the victim say he just got off from work and almost made it to his car, before he was shot once in the leg. ktvu.com

Forsyth County, GA: Speeds in deadly police chase reached 20 mph over limit at times; suspects girlfriend killed, 4 others injured
A theft by a man and woman at a Shell station went terribly wrong when the suspect continued to speed away from police. Alston Spence, 28, was driving more than 20 miles an hour over the speed limit at some points in the chase. It started just after 10 p.m. Saturday, July 1. A 911 caller told police they were headed into the Shell gas station when two suspects jumped into the car and sped away. For six miles, Spence navigated around Lake Lanier, crossing into Gwinnett County. He made it another few miles before taking a wrong turn, missing a curve and slammed into another vehicle in a head-on collision. Four people inside that vehicle were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The passenger in the stolen vehicle, Andrea Allison, was ejected during the collision and died at the scene. The Forysth County Sheriff's Office is also conducting an internal review of the incident. 11alive.com

Robberies & Thefts

Robstown, TX: Dollar General Robber arrested after breaking into store through air ducts
A man's climb through the Robstown Dollar General's air conditioning ducts landed him behind bars for aggravated robbery on Independence Day. According to the Robstown Police Department, it was around 7 a.m. when Mark Anthony Huape entered the Dollar General by cutting the air conditioning duct at the rear of the building and climbing into the ceiling area. Once inside, police said Huape held the store clerk against her will and stole more than $4,000 in cash. kiiitv.com

Las Vegas, NV: Two suspects sought after armored car robbery outside Walmart
Police are searching for two men suspected in robbing an armored truck Wednesday afternoon outside a Walmart Neighborhood Market. The suspects, described as two male adults wearing masks, left with an undisclosed amount of cash and left in a vehicle. news3lv.com

Baltimore, MD: Dealers Say Dirt Bike Thefts At An All Time High
Dirt bike dealers across the mid Atlantic say they're seeing a spike in bike thefts. Here in Baltimore, police say a crackdown on illegal riders is proving effective, with 45 arrests and 200 bikes recovered in June. Some dealers are calling it an epidemic, saying no matter the precautions, criminals are going to great lengths to get their hands on their merchandise. In a violent break-in caught on security camera, you can see thieves ram a van into the dirt bike dealership in Delaware just a few weeks ago. Store Manager, Rebecca Fasten said the criminals' exploits destroyed the store front and damaged 16 bikes. More than $200,000 in total damage, all for the theft of four dirt bikes. cbslocal.com

Houston, TX: Thieves steal more than $50K in rides from local dirt bike shop

Great Falls, MT: Herberger's Employee is bitten by a female shoplifter attempting to flee; now charged with Robbery

Greensboro, NC: C-Store employee busted for $40,000 theft of lottery tickets

Killeen, TX: Police Investigating 5th Armed Robbery in past 2 weeks

Topsham, ME: Police investigated Suspicious Package found outside Home Depot at Topsham Fair Mall

Kay Jewelers in the River City Market Place, Jacksonville, FL reported a Grab & Run on 7/5, items valued at $10,948

Kay Jewelers in the Cross Creek Mall, Greenwood, SC reported a Distraction Theft on 7/3, item valued at $2,999

Kay Jewelers in the Prince of Orange Mall, Orangeburg, SC reported a Distraction Theft on 7/3, item valued at $1,299

Kay Outlet in the Seattle Premium Outlets, Tulalip, WA reported a Grab & Run on 7/5, items valued at $15,000

Zales in the Mall of Georgia, Buford, GA reported a Robbery on 7/5, items valued at $20,696


Europol sweeps on Counterfeit Pesticides that cost European companies more than 2 Billion Euro
Europol, together with OLAF, has supported an intensive coordinated international operation carried out at major seaports and airports and at the land borders of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and the action leader Netherlands. During the 10 days of the Operation Silver Axe II, competent authorities from these 16 EU countries were involved in inspecting more than 940 shipments of Plant Protection Products. euroreporter.com


Andual Jewelry - Bourbonnais, IL - Armed Robbery
AutoZone - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Champs - Alton, IL - Burglary
Cotton Patch Liquor - Fulton, AR - Burglary
CVS - Hoover, AL - Robbery
Dollar General - Fayetteville, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Barstow, CA - Burglary
Family Pharmacy Care - Mobile, AL - Burglary
Home Depot - Hesperia, CA - Robbery
Magnolia Express - Bridge City, LA - Armed Robbery
Mapco - Huntsville, AL - Armed Robbery
Murphy's Express - Topeka, KS - Armed Robbery
On Your Way Mart - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Pondarosa Furniture - Trinity, AL - Burglary
Qdoba Mexican Eats - Abington Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Save-A-Lot - Kingman County, KS - Burglary/ 2nd X this week
Thornton's - Taylorsville, IN - Armed Robbery
Twin Parks Pharmacy - Garden City Park, NY - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Trotwood, OH - Armed Robbery
Whatever Wilmington - Wilmington, NC - Burglary
4 U Convenience - Clearwater, FL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Finksburg, MD - Robbery

Daily Totals:
14 robberies
8 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed

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This critical position requires a hands-on, entrepreneurial minded, self starter with proven success building sales teams and processes from the start-up stage... 

Director, Fraud Analytics, Experience Protection - Sam's Club
Bentonville, AR
Creates efficiency in operations by participating in collaborative efforts with other investigative bodies (for example, Global Investigations); analyzing data efficiency reports and other information to establish trends; developing effective risk control solutions to minimize loss; developing strategies and applying resources for optimal return on investment...

Compliance Manager - Risk Management
Basking Ridge, NJ
The Manager of Risk Management is responsible for the aggregation of risk assessments of the functional departments and assessing the priority of those risks to guide Compliance leadership in the allocation of resources (people, systems, analytics, etc) necessary to reduce existing, new and emerging threats to the business...

District Asset Protection Manager
Baltimore, MD

The District Asset Protection Manager is responsible for driving Weis Markets' objectives in profit and loss controls, physical security, investigations, safety and shrink in an assigned market [Baltimore Metro / 11 stores]. Objectives must be accomplished through building effective partnerships and directing the organization with integrity and professionalism...

Safety and Loss Prevention Manager (Northeast)
New York, NY
The Safety and Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the design and development of Domino's store safety, security and loss prevention programs and policies for all corporate owned stores (over 400 stores). The Safety and Loss Prevention Manager will manage a team of 3 Regional Safety and Loss Prevention team members and oversee 8 regional markets...

Manager, Corporate Security
Jacksonville, FL
The Manager, Corporate Security will oversee all aspects of the company's physical security strategy for retail stores, warehouses, and store support center and field offices. This includes responsibility for the capital expense and repair budgets, developing written specifications, layout and design for all systems and to ensure all installations and repairs are made to SEG standards...

Manager, BC Planning
Jacksonville, FL
Responsible for developing, implementing and managing the company's Business Continuity (BCP) and Life Safety Programs for the Store Support Center, I.T. Technology Center and Regional Offices. This includes, but is not limited to emergency response, disaster recovery and site preparedness plans for critical business functions across the organization...

Asset Protection Program Sr Manager
Nashville, TN
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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