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The D&D Daily's Publicly Reported
Robbery Report
Mid-Year & Q2 2018

Robberies Up 9.5% Since 2016
Most Mid-Year Robberies Ever Reported by the Daily

Mid-Year & Quarterly Comparison

First Half of 2018

2,776 total robberies
Up 9.5% since 2016

Q1 & Q2 - 2017 vs. 2018

• Q1 robberies (1,431) down 1.9%
Q2 robberies (1,345) up 3.9%

Robberies & Burglaries by Store Type


C-Stores remain top store type
Restaurants/Fast Food Stores jump from fourth to second
Pharmacies - Dollar Stores - Cell Phone Stores round out Top 5


Mid-Year Robberies by State

Mid-Year 2016
1. Texas (199)
2. California (162)
3. Florida (144)
4. Ohio*
5. Pennsylvania*

Mid-Year 2017
1. California (231)
2. Texas (187)
3. Ohio (161)
4. Florida (160)
5. Pennsylvania (146)

Mid-Year 2018
1. California (258)
2. Texas (203)
3. Florida (134)
4. New York (125)
5. PA & NC (121)


Combined Top States
1. California (651)
2. Texas (589)
3. Florida (438)
4. Pennsylvania*
5. Ohio*

*Began logging complete Top 5 data in 2017

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Team CONTROLTEK on a boat ride around New York, celebrating the success of their First Time Right quality assurance program for EAS and RFID system installations

Back, Left to Right: Tom Meehan, Tani Vatoci, Jerry Walker, Dave McGoldrick, Steve Sell, Stefanie Hoover, Dave Hardeman, Rod Diplock, David Brothers, Shane Diplock, Brian Diplock

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Kris Vece promoted to Vice President of Client Relations for Protos Security
Kris was the Director of Client Relations for Protos Security for over three years before this promotion. With nearly 20 years in the industry Kris has been known for her industry leadership and contributions. Kris has been named one of IAI Remarkable Women in 2017 and received the Loss Prevention Magazine Magpie Award in 2018. Congratulations Kris on this and all of your achievements!

Steven Bedi named Divisional Loss Prevention Director for Dollar General

Steven was previously the Regional Asset Protection Director for Walmart for over four years before taking this new role. Steven has held a number of Loss Prevention positions throughout his career, including Regional LP Manager and District LP Manager for Sears Holdings Corp, and Regional Investigator for Target. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice & Sociology from California State University - Los Angeles. Congratulations Steve!

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California needs criminal justice reforms to fight crime
ADDA - Association of Deputy District Attorneys - Today's Post

The "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018" will appear on the 2020 ballot, as the failure of some Registrars to timely validate signatures prevented it from qualifying from the 2018 ballot. The initiative will make commonsense changes to fix problems caused by AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57.

While some supporters of changes to the California criminal justice system acknowledge that those changes have been "plagued by a lack of vetting and thorough debate" a very vocal minority, including Governor Jerry Brown, adamantly refuse to acknowledge any faults. Brown vetoes such changes. In other instances, the Legislature simply refuses to consider any changes.

The initiative has and will continue to come under attack by those adamantly opposed to any fixes to Prop 47, 57 and AB 109. An old legal adage is: "When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table." The campaign to oppose the initiative will be a "pound the table" approach, mixed in with some deliberate half-truths designed to mislead the public.

One most recent example of "half-truth" was a recent and deliberately deceptive LA Times editorial, which as written would have readers believe the initiative would drop the limit for felony theft charges to $250 from the current $950. The truth is the initiative does not broadly lower the dollar limit for felony theft. Instead, it applies to the discrete instances where a repeat thief has two or more prior and separate convictions and commits a new theft where the value of the money, labor or personal property taken in the new theft exceeds $250. The change in short, imposes the potential of a felony consequences only for repeat offenders who already have two or more prior convictions. Read full article here.

Angry consumers are protesting against Amazon
Selling products with white-supremacist and anti-Semitic messages

Some consumers and advocates are protesting against Amazon for selling products that convey messages of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other hate. Many are urging others not to shop the Prime Day sales.

Amazon is being accused of profiting from the sales of products with racist and anti-Semitic messages.

On Tuesday, in the midst of Prime Day sales, angry consumers and advocates camped outside an Amazon summit at the Javits Center in New York to protest against the retailer for allowing the sale of products that convey hateful messages on its website.

The protest is being run by Make The Road NY, a local organization advocating for the rights of immigrants. businessinsider.com

Threats across the counter
Convenience store owners say safety is challenging

Convenience store clerks are the keepers of many American treasures - beef jerky sticks, scratch-its and Slurpees, to name a few. But they also face a more dangerous occupational hazard than most - the possibility of being robbed at gunpoint while working.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, first-line supervisors of retail sales workers suffered the most workplace fatalities nationwide, at 40. There were 35 fatalities for cashiers, 34 for police and sheriff's patrol officers and 27 for taxi drivers. Robbers were the most common perpetrators, followed by coworkers, and then by spouses or domestic partners.

Store owners and managers said while such incidents are scary, they're hard to predict and prevent. eastoregonian.com

CVS Fires 2 for Calling Police on Black Woman Over Coupon
CVS Health fired two employees at a Chicago-area store on Monday, just days after a black woman posted a video that she said showed one of them - a white man - calling the police after she tried to use a coupon they believed to be fraudulent. The drugstore company also said it had apologized to the woman, Camilla Hudson.

In a statement, the Chicago Police said officers responded late Friday to a call of an "assault in progress" at the CVS.

"Police were informed that a female was inside the store threatening the staff and refusing to leave," the statement said, adding that the "victim did not press charges and no police report was filed."

The episode is among the latest in a string of well-documented encounters captured on video in which a white person calls the police on a black person for what are, at the most, ordinary misunderstandings of daily life. They have drawn anger and public shaming on social media and multiple articles in national news reports.

Outrage online and news reports followed. And by Monday, CVS said in a statement that it had "sincerely apologized to Ms. Hudson for her experience" and that after an investigation, "the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health." nytimes.com

Mastercard: Helping Law Enforcement Fight Back Against Fake Cards
Law enforcement has two major challenges in fighting credit card fraud. The first is discovery, and knowing for certain that cards in the possession of suspected criminals have been faked. The second is recovery, and setting the process into motion that protects the consumer against any and all losses. Solving these two critical issues for law enforcement is why the payments company is rolling out its own Mastercard Forensic Reader (MFR), the world's first device to help law enforcement agencies detect fraudulent payment cards with greater speed, accuracy and efficiency.

Pak told Webster that Mastercard has been cooperating with and supporting law enforcement for many years. Over that period of time, a consistent compliance system was created through the time spent verifying that counterfeit cards are, in fact, counterfeit. Previously, Pak said, the technology hasn't been in place to help at the moment suspected criminals are detained, but the rapid developments in technology could make verification almost instant for law enforcement. pymnts.com

Gap Sues Westfield Over Mall Expenses as Tensions Rise in Retail World
Westfield Using Fraudulent Accounting
Other well-known retailers, such as Starbucks and Saks Fifth Avenue, have duked it out with landlords in court recently.

Gap Inc. is suing high-end-mall operator Westfield for allegedly overcharging the fashion retailer in an action that underscores the sometimes-tense relationship between landlords and tenants as e-commerce transforms the retail sector.

Gap's lawsuit, filed in May in a state court in Los Angeles, charges Westfield with using fraudulent accounting that resulted in Gap paying more than its fair share of mall expenses at more than two dozen shopping centers. Gap also sued Westfield's contractors that provided trash collection, including Waste Management Inc., for charging non-competitive rates that were too high. wsj.com

"Generation Z is America's most diverse generation yet"
Gen Z Moves into the Spotlight

Millennials have had their time in the spotlight; now, companies are looking to the next generation to see how they will impact the future of retail. Generation Z (aged 11-23 in 2018), also known as the iGeneration, has the potential to change retail even more.

Today's younger generations are the most diverse in U.S. history.

Raised in an era where consumers have access to information at their fingertips 24/7, younger generations have grown up with the ability to thoroughly research their hobbies and interests, resulting in 80% of Gen Z consumers under age 18 saying their hobbies/interests are just as important as their school work. What's more, 36% of consumers aged 10-17 and 31% of those aged 18-22 believe that being creative is an important factor to being successful as an adult. cstoredecisions.com

Keeping Physical Retail In-Stock
The State of Retail RFID

Fast checkouts and products being in-stock are the two most relevant components of positive instore experiences.

Several studies earlier this year led to concerns on the adoption rates of RFID. Below from RIS / Gartner points to 74% of retailers having no plans to deploy in-store item level RFID. 

From the Apparel Magazine 2018 Technology Report, puzzling to me is the continuous industry fascination with RFID in loss prevention. As the out-of-stock data points out, the greatest ROI in RFID is in inventory visibility. 

These discouraging RFID trends are counter to the adoption rates that I am seeing worldwide, especially in the apparel sector.

"People talk about retail reinventing itself, but if we're honest with ourselves, the key elements are the same today as they have always been. Call the state of retail today "omnichannel" or call it "unified commerce," but it's still "retail." At the end of the day, the fundamentals of retail have always been about getting the right product to the right place at the right time."

Fully agree with above statement. Being out-of-stock means handing over your business, perhaps on a permanent basis, to your online competitor. tonydonofrio.com

California bill would deem youth 12 and younger too young for court
A bill winding its way through the California legislature would bar the juvenile justice system from hearing most cases of children younger than 12, an idea that has sparked a fierce backlash from district attorneys. California, like most states, has no minimum age that would prevent courts from hearing cases of children who are charged with criminal offenses. redlandsdailyfacts.com

The World Has Never Seen a Category 6 Hurricane, but the Day May Be Coming

Petco is opening a cashierless pet store

5 Ways to Comply with New OSHA Digitized Reporting Regulations

Maxton, NC: Dumpster falls killing one employee, injures another at Campbell Soup Distribution Center

Louisville, KY: Residents protest Family Dollar's plans to sell alcohol

Quarterly Results
Albertson's Q1 comp's up 0.2%, sales up 1%


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DHS Releases this year's theme
National Cyber Security Awareness Month - This coming October
Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility

The Department of Homeland Security and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign are excited to announce the overarching theme and key messages for the 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) below!

Overarching Theme:
Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility and We all Must Work Together to Improve our Nation's Cybersecurity  dhs.gov

What the CFOs Are Reading
Warning: Don't Mention Trade Secrets in 10-K's
Increases Cyber Breaches By 30%

While companies may have good reasons for suggesting in annual reports that they have trade secrets, saying so increases the risk that they'll be stolen.

The tentacles of cyber crime seem to be reaching everywhere. For one, have you considered your company's exposure to the potential threat of trade secrets being stolen?

Trade secrets are among the primary means by which companies create and maintain value. The ability to prevent them from being stolen, copied, or eroded is one of the key factors ensuring a company's longevity.

Even so, trade-secret theft has become a serious threat to the U.S. economy, causing damage in the range of 1% to 3% of gross domestic product, according to a new academic study.

With the principal means of trade-secret thievery shifting from betrayals by former employees to cyber attacks, companies have a surprisingly simple option for reducing the risk of such theft: Desist from disclosing the existence of trade secrets in 10-K reports.

That's according to the new research, scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association (August 3-8).

Drawing on data from about 7,500 companies over a span of nine years, the study finds that about one third of their 10-Ks mentioned that the firms possessed trade secrets.

Even though essential information about the secrets is customarily withheld, simply revealing their existence increases the chances of a cyber breach by an average of about 30%, according to the paper by Michael Ettredge and Yijun Li of the University of Kansas and Feng Guo of Iowa State University.

Those findings are consistent with the notion that firms' trade secrets are more likely to be hacked when the trade secrets are more valuable or when alternative ways to obtain them, such as hiring away firms' employees, are relatively unavailable.

The authors concede that a decision not to mention trade secrets may be difficult for many companies. Mere acknowledgement of trade secrets "does not impose any direct proprietary costs on the firm," they write.

Further, companies could boost the value of their shares by discussing the existence of trade secrets, as well as how they take appropriate steps to protect them from misappropriation.

A further rationale for including allusions to trade secrets in 10-Ks is that it can provide evidence in case of subsequent litigation alleging misappropriation. cfo.com

Time to Yank Cybercrime into the Light
Threat Management - A Core Business Issue
Expanding Whistleblower Programs & Keeping Leadership Informed

At a time when the public and governments are watching their every move, today's organizations are up against an unprecedented wave of crime and fraud-related risks that affect their internal and external relationships, regulatory status, and reputation. Unfortunately, not enough companies are truly aware of the fraud threats they face.

According to Pricewaterhouse Cooper's 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud (GECF) Survey, a poll of some 7,200 respondents across 123 different countries, 49% say their companies had been victimized by fraud or economic crime, up from 36% in 2016. This uptick can be attributed to a greater global awareness of fraud, more survey responses, and better understanding of what constitutes "fraud." But every company - no matter how vigilant - can have blind spots.

Some 44% of poll respondents indicate that they intend to increase spending in the next two years. Great - but where? These days, organizations are harnessing some seriously powerful technology and data analytics tools to battle the fraudsters. On top of these tech-based controls, many firms are also expanding whistleblower programs and taking care to keep leadership informed about real and potential breaches.

Despite the increased spending, many organizations are still trying to prevent fraud through a reactive, defensive approach. Only 54% of global organizations indicate that they have completed a general fraud or economic crime risk assessment in the past two years. Less than half had conducted a risk assessment to assess their vulnerability to cybercrime. Even worse, one in 10 performed zero risk assessments in the past two years.

According to PwC's CEO Survey 2018, a majority (59%) of CEOs agree or strongly agree that organizations are feeling more pressure to hold leaders accountable for any misconduct perpetrated on their watch. That may be why some 71% of CEOs measure the levels of trust between their workers and their organization's senior leadership.

As highlighted in PwC's GECF report, some 68% of external fraudsters are agents, vendors, shared service providers, and customers. Troublingly, 52% of all frauds are committed by people inside the organization, and, astonishingly, in almost a quarter (24%) of reported internal frauds, senior management are the bad guys.

Cybercrime has grown up. Cybercriminals are estimated to rake in $1.5 trillion in annual cybercrime-related revenues, which means that detecting and warding off threats has necessarily become a core business issue. darkreading.com

Analyzing user behavior to stop fake accounts
Last week, I talked about the future of user authentication, in particular continuous and seamless user authentication as the way to fight logon and transaction fraud. I mentioned that many companies, including credit card processors, had been doing something similar for decades. One of those processors, Mastercard, offers some of its fraud-detection expertise through NuData Security, which it acquired in 2017.

NuData focuses on stopping malicious automation, account take-over (ATO), new account fraud, interaction fraud, and known-user detection. It accomplishes higher accuracy rates (less user friction and higher fraud detection) using hundreds of individual user attributes and actions. NuData analyzes over 200 billion events annually claims that 40 percent of account events are ranked as high-risk. Not all of those are malicious, but a big percentage of them are. csoonline.com

GameStop Reaches Deal In Class Action Over Data Breach - $235 per class member

Government's Kaspersky Ban Takes Effect


Is Your Wireless Router Secure?

All wireless routers come with a default name which is assigned by the manufacturer or internet service provider. To reduce the chances of hacking, change it to a name that is unique to you and won't be easily guessed by others. The default ID is called a service set identifier" (SSID) or "extended service set identifier" (ESSID ). You can also make the SSID and ESSID hidden. This another simple step that can help prevent attacks on your router.


True Stories of Face Recognition and Retail Crime
Case 3: The Philly Fanatic

The third episode of FaceFirst's true retail crime series tells the true story of a notorious organized retail criminal with a clever scheme. He fills an inexpensive cabinet with high-priced items and then uses double-sided tape to ensure that the cabinet stays closed during checkout. Retail shrink is a $46 billion problem each year, but face recognition can reduce retail shrink by up to 34%.

By using face recognition, loss prevention pros were able to see that this criminal had been stealing from the store every 1-2 days. How did face recognition save the day? Watch this episode of FaceFirst's True Stories of Face Recognition and Retail Crime to see how this felon was brought to justice.

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Captis Intelligence is a global industry leader and pioneer in i4 technology - Combining a powerful yet scalable platform that provides industry-first solutions to the asset protection, financial, security, law enforcement, and KYC (Know Your Customer) markets. Kirk Brown, Vice President of Business Development for Captis Intelligence, explains how their I-4 platform (Information, Intelligence, Investigation, and Identification) helps solve some of Loss Prevention's most challenging problems.

Bob Moraca Discusses the NRF's Latest LP Efforts and Focus

From expanding the NRF LP Council and the National Retail Security Survey to previewing what's to come at this year NRF Protect conference, Bob Moraca, Vice President of Loss Prevention for the NRF, shares some of the organization's top priorities and biggest industry challenges.




Amazon Chokes in Opening Moments of Prime Day
Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Day 2018 debuted with error messages and broken landing pages. More than an hour into Prime Day, many of the category landing pages for the deals are still displaying error pages or no items at all. Amazon's issues today show that not even the largest web giant is immune to having its infrastructure overwhelmed by high demand, says Sumit Dhawan, CEO at cloud computing vendor Instart Logic Inc.

"Today's meltdown at Amazon shows that online retailers need to be ready for literally 100 times their normal volume during major promotional events such as flash sale." digitalcommerce360.com

eCommerce Outperforms Total Retail With 10% Gain
Despite persistent gloom and doom - There is a Bright Spot?

According to the newly released monthly retail sales report from the US Census Bureau, for H1 2018, retail sales (excluding auto parts and gasoline) totaled $2.06 billion, up 4.9% year-over-year. 

With the exception of sporting goods which shrunk 1.7% and department stores that stayed flat, all other segments experienced growth in H1 2018. Furniture and home goods (5.3%) and apparel (5.1%) saw the biggest gains. 

Now par for the course, ecommerce outperformed total retail with 10.0% gains during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time last year. emarketer.com

Grocery Ecommerce Sales Soar in Albertsons Q1
The Albertsons Cos. saw ecommerce sales more than double during the first quarter of its fiscal 2018, a period that also realized a small lift in identical sales and strong growth in private-label penetration.

During the period, which ended June 16, ecommerce sales, including those of meal kits under the Plated brand the company purchased last fall, grew 108 percent. progressivegrocer.com

Amazon hopes to become top apparel retailer in US

US online sales grow 18.8% in June

Amazon Prime membership growth slows in the US



Sacramento Man Sentenced To 41 Months Prison For Nationwide $353K Debit Card Fraud Scheme Targeting Apple Stores
According to court documents, Butler traveled from Sacramento to cities throughout California and the rest of the United States, including the East Coast, Midwest, and Alaska, using a revoked debit card to purchase products from Apple stores. Butler told store associates that there was a problem with his debit card and invited the associates to call his bank. In fact, it was Butler's conspirator with whom the associates spoke. The conspirator gave the sales associates a false code that allowed the transactions to be completed on Butler's revoked debit card. Butler was arrested in Colorado after attempting further fraudulent purchases at Apple stores.

Butler also used the revoked debit card to purchase other goods and services. All totaled, the loss caused by Butler's fraud scheme was approximately $353,000. justice.gov

Santa Clarita, CA: 4 Teens Steal Computer Equipment From Apple Store At Valencia Town Center
The robbery occurred at around 3:10 p.m. when three teenage boys entered the store wearing hoodies, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials. The young men ran out with the computer equipment and drove away from the mall before law enforcement officials could respond. All four suspects are described as young, black males in their mid to late teenage years. All have a slim build. The three suspects jumped into a white four-door Nissan Altima, where the fourth suspect was waiting. hometownstation.com

Dayton, OH: Theft suspects steal $56,000 worth of law textbooks
from Univ. of Dayton

The University of Dayton is looking for suspects who stole hundreds of law textbooks from the University valued at more than $50,000. Police identify one of the suspects as Christopher Begley from Columbus. They say Begley and another man stole 99 books from the university on June 30th, valued at nearly $21,000. Police say they're working to identify the other suspect. The university is also hoping to locate the stolen books. Some of the thefts date back to March. According to police, some of the books stolen in Mach were found at Half Price Books in Fairborn. Police say Begley sold those books to the store in Fairborn. Another 106 books were stolen on June 12th. During that theft, surveillance pictures show an unidentified man and woman stealing books. The unidentified man from the theft on June 30th was also present during the June 12th theft. In total, 277 books have been stolen, with a value of nearly $56,500. wdtn.com

Moreno Valley, CA: Pair suspected of using children in retail robberies
in Moreno Valley

Darrell Campbell and Jeammie Preston both of Moreno Valley, are facing charges of conspiracy, second-degree robbery, child endangerment and grand theft. In June, sheriff's deputies in Moreno Valley began investigating multiple commercial robberies in the city, Deputies learned a man and woman, conspired to commit robberies and used children to carry stolen merchandise out of major retail businesses. In some cases, the man directed the children to grab specific merchandise and then walk out of the business. While exiting the business, loss prevention officers were threatened with a knife, according to the news release. pe.com

Waukegan, IL: Man faces felony theft charges in Antioch; over $5,000 of stolen merchandise from stores in Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Gurnee and Round Lake Beach

Menomonee Fall, WI: Police seeking woman in $600 theft from Ulta Beauty

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Texas Retail Killing Spree

2 Mattress Store Employees Shot to Death in Houston in Separate Incidents
Suspect of Violent Crime Spree in Police Custody

Houston, TX: Employee shot to death at Mattress One store
On Monday, the shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. at the Mattress One store in the Northline Commons shopping center at Interstate 45 North Freeway and East Crosstimbers Street. Edward Magana was pronounced dead at the scene. click2houston.com

Houston, TX: Mattress Firm manager finds employee shot to death inside
store's office
Employee Murdered in Store Saturday Morning

Authorities are investigating the killing of a Mattress Firm employee who was found shot to death inside the store, Houston police say.

The shooting happened on Saturday at the location on 7592 FM 1960, across from Willowbrook Mall. Officials say the store manager found Allie Barrow's body between two mattresses in the back office. There's no word yet on the circumstances surrounding her death.

"It's unsettling. You are not even safe just to run your daily errands or just even to go to work. And that poor lady was at work, she was... she was at work," said Crystal Hawkins.

Mattress Firm's CEO Steve Stagner released the following statement regarding the fatal shooting:

We're deeply saddened to learn that one of our team members was found deceased at a store in Houston. We send our sincere condolences to this team member's family, friends and loved ones. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement. Out of respect for the person involved, her family and the ongoing investigation, we will offer no further comment at this time. abc13.com

Houston, TX: Suspect of violent crime spree resulting in two mattress store employee's deaths is arrested
Authorities in northwest Harris County have captured Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, the suspect wanted in connection to three murders in the Houston area, according to deputies on the scene. A search has been underway for Rodriguez since Monday afternoon after police identified him as the suspect in a violent crime spree around the Houston area that left two women and a man dead. Rodriguez is a parolee who was released from prison last year. He was paroled to a half-way house. abc13.com

Shootings & Deaths

Raleigh, NC: Man found shot to death suspected in convenience store robbery
Investigators said Derrick Wiley, 21 was a suspect in a Saturday night robbery of a Mini Mart on Old Wake Forest Road. During that incident, a store employee exchanged gunfire with the robber. Wiley was found with a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. wral.com

Robberies & Thefts

University Place, WA: Attempted burglary of optometrist office reveals growing crime trend
That great deal on high end-designer eyeglass frames online may mean you're buying stolen goods. KIRO 7 obtained surveillance video from Suburban Opticians in University Place that shows a man using a punch to break the window before trying, and failing, to get inside. Co-owner Melissa Rodriguez said it's not the first time thieves have targeted the store. Rodriguez says the thieves are after expensive frames and sunglasses with a retail price of $300 to $600. The thieves then sell them for much less online. Most of the thefts are committed by shoplifters working in groups that come in and distract employees while accomplices quickly grab frames then head out the door. kiro7.com

Ormond Beach, FL: Mower Depot fighting back against theft, kickstarts outdoor power community watch
Following a recent larceny, the staff at Mower Depot are working to raise awareness of power tool thieves with the launch of a closed Facebook outdoor power community watch group, where dealers, store owners and employees can post information regarding burglaries, larcenies and suspicious persons to help minimize shoplifting. ormondbeachobserver.com

Coconut Creek, FL: Walmart Shoplifter Arrested for Hitting Police Officer with a car; now facing Aggravated Battery on an Officer and Grand Theft

3 arrested for stealing alcohol from Albertsons; customer who tried to stop the trio hit with a baseball bat

St. Peters, MO: Man arrested for Burglary crime spree less than 24 hours after release from jail

Jackson, TN: 3 charged in Dollar General Robbery

Flat Rock, MI: Husband calls 911 after wife is locked inside Walgreens at closing

Kay Jewelers in the La Cantera, San Antonio, TX reported a Burglary on 7/16, items valued at $44,000

Kay Jewelers in the Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, NY reported a Grab & Run on 7/13, items valued at $3,548

Kay Jewelers in the Valley Hills Mall, Hickory, NC reported a Theft on 7/13, item valued at $800

Kay Jewelers in the Tri-County Mall, Springdale, OH reported a Grab & Run on 7/13, item valued at $13,899

Kay Outlet in the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, Pleasant Prairie, WI reported a Grab & Run on 7/15, item valued at $6,699

Kay Jewelers in the Gurnee Mills, Gurnee, IL reported a Grab & Run on 7/15, item valued at $24,999

Piercing Pagoda in the Mayfair Mall, Wauwatosa, WI reported a Diamond Switch om 7/14, item valued at $599

Arson & Fire

Passaic, NJ: Inferno Destroys Strip of Businesses in NJ, Injures 6 Firefighters
Two local restaurants, two salons and a travel agency among some of the damaged businesses. nbcnewyork.com

Credit Card Fraud

Claremont, CA: Police raid Motel Room; seize Credit Card info from over 100 victims
Officers searched Heather Lockwood's motel room and found personal identifying information for upwards of 100 victims, including mail, checks, credit applications, tax forms, vehicle registrations and photocopies of drivers' licenses. claremont-courier.com

Sentencings & Charges

Huntsville, TX: San Antonio C-store Owner's Killer set for Execution
Christopher Young, 34, has never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, but insisted he was drunk and didn't intend to kill 53-year-old Hasmukh "Hash" Patel after drinking nearly two dozen beers and then doing cocaine that Sunday morning in November 2004. wspa.com

Yorktown Heights Truck Driver Gets 48 Months Prison -
Heist Of $1M+ Of Computers Bound For Public High School

Topeka, KS: Theft of nearly a dozen handguns from pawn shop gets man 2 years in federal prison


Apple - Santa Clarita, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Calcasieu Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Erie, PA - Burglary (West 26th)
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Erie, PA - Burglary (E 26th)
C- Store - Raleigh, NC - Robbery /suspect shot & killed
Circle K - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Sikeston, MO - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - University Place, WA - Burglary
Flower Shop - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - San Francisco, CA - Robbery /Assault on Security Guard
Grocery - Calhoun County, AL - Robbery
Gun Store - Mentor, OH - Burglary
Mattress Firm - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery / Employee Killed
Mattress One - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery / Employee Killed
Ice Cream Store - Austin, TX - Burglary
Starbucks - Hercules, CA - Robbery
Walgreens - Champaign, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - White City, OR - Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven - Ashburn, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Costa Mesa, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
5 burglaries
3 shootings
3 killings








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Vice President, Asset Protection
Columbus, OH

Oversees and directs all Asset Protection related functions for a Corporate Office, multi-state distribution centers and large retail store network. Responsible for enterprise direction and strategy as it pertains to Asset Protection with a goal of minimizing shrink, reducing loss and maximizing security and associate safety...

Sr. Director Loss Prevention
Goodlettsville, TN

The Sr. Director of Loss Prevention will have full responsibility for implementation of loss prevention and shrink reduction initiatives for all stores...

Manager | Corporate Investigations - Retail Business Services
Salisbury, NC

Responsible for supervising duties of RBS Asset Protection Analysts, negotiating contracts, maintaining Asset Protection software, high level statistical analysis for Brand Vice Presidents and Directors, producing reporting and analytics for use in all five Brands...

Financial Analyst (Internal Fraud)
Anaheim, CA

This role is responsible for investigating internal fraud and Cast Privilege abuse at the Disneyland Resort, across all lines of business including but not limited to: merchandise, food & beverage, rooms, ticketing, and employee privileges. Specific investigative tasks will vary but may include: reviewing exception reporting to identify potential fraud trends, conducting in-depth point-of-sale research, reviewing camera surveillance, performing integrity shops and observations, interviewing employees, representing the Company at grievances and unemployment hearings, and partnering with law enforcement as needed...

Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Englewood, CO

The Regional Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for protecting the assets of the company utilizing existing LP and Store Operations processes. This position is part of the Loss Prevention Department and reports to the Director of Loss Prevention...

Regional Safety & Loss Prevention Specialist
Baltimore, MD

The Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist is a subject matter expert responsible for partnering with both our corporate TUSA stores and franchise store operations to improve the safety and training processes...

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

Area Loss Prevention Specialist
Jacksonville, FL
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...

District LP Manager Stores
Orlando, FL
As a District LP Manager, you'll lead several of our multi-million dollar stores to drive sales and deliver operational excellence. You'll control expenses and payroll budgets, handle personnel issues, merchandising, loss prevention and overall supervision of Store Managers in your District...

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Your self-evaluation is probably the most important document you'll write all year and it requires a degree of self-reflection and openness that, if done correctly, thoroughly, realistically and written well, will in actuality garner more respect than virtually anything else you can do. However, it's also a double-edged sword that mandates your adherence and constant effort to reach your written objectives and goals. The problem is that while most are rather open about their areas of improvement, very few actually quantify what they are going to do to improve and set specific goals that are realistically obtainable. The first step may be in just approaching and completing the reviews of your direct reports first and doing them with the same intensity and focus as you do yours. This step gets you in the game so to speak and allows you to tie yours into your teams and also may just give you some feedback you need to hear.

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