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Douglas Fessenden, CFI promoted Senior Director of Loss Prevention for Restoration Hardware

Douglas was previously the Director of Loss Prevention for the retailer since 2015. He has also held other loss prevention leadership roles including Director of LP West and West Central and Region Manager of LP for Sears Holdings Corporation, Regional LP Manager for Timberland and District LP Manager for J. Crew. He was also a United States Marine for over four years. Douglas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Congratulations Douglas!



David Wood promoted to Senior Manager Human Resources and Loss Prevention for VF Corporation

David was previously the Senior Manager of LP/Risk/Sustainability for the retailer and has been a part of their team since 2011, when he started as an LP/Risk Manager, Outdoor and Action Sports. He was also a Loss Prevention Manager, Distribution and Logistics for Orchard Supply Hardware. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Congratulations David!

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Only 38% of PD's Track ORC
Survey results: Latest trends in law enforcement software

Over the course of five weeks in May and June of this year, Crime Tech Solutions and Case Closed Software conducted a short, online survey of US-based crime and intelligence analysts. We wanted to understand how law enforcement agencies are adopting cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) software solutions as part of the fight against crime.

The anonymous survey had almost 200 respondents, from agencies varying in size from less than 15 sworn officers, right up to some of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country. The results were surprising. Here's what we learned:

When it came to defining the types of organizations being tracked as part of criminal intelligence, 'Street Gangs' were by far and away the leading group, indicated by over 80 percent of respondents. Half of the respondents indicated that they also traced Drug Rings, Organized Crime, and Fraud Networks. Human Trafficking and Organized Retail Crime were also notable results. The results for Terror Cells were low, but there may have been an overall and understandable reluctance to disclose this information on the survey.

The results of the survey seem to indicate that law enforcement agencies are readily adopting cloud-based technologies for heavily-used functionality such as RMS, CAD, and Crime Analysis. Adoption of cloud-based Investigative Case Management and Criminal Intelligence tools lag behind, but the number is higher than expected.

Editor's Note: For all the work the industry has done and all the successes, we still have a long way to go. policeone.com

Fighting Fraud in Texas
New Texas law allows merchants to decline card purchases without ID
Visa May Be Fighting This One

A law that goes into effect Jan. 1 will let store owners refuse to process credit or debit card transactions if the buyer won't show ID. Some say the law won't override contracts that currently bar merchants from doing so. 

The aim of the law - which the Legislature passed during the regular session that ended in May - is to reduce debit and credit card fraud.  "The intent of the law is to give Texas businesses the right to take this common sense step of asking for an ID for a credit card transaction," especially as fraud and identity theft become more common. Payments made using a mobile wallet are exempt from the photo ID measure.

Despite the law's intent, Hughes said that some credit card companies "are taking the position that their agreements (with merchants) will supersede or override" it.

Because the new law says merchants may - instead of must - decline a transaction if ID is not provided, "it's not necessarily requiring them to violate their contract," said Colin Marks, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law and an expert on contracts. Credit card companies could tell merchants that the law "doesn't require you to turn (customers who don't show ID) down, and you contractually agreed that you would not," he said.

That's what Keith Strama, a lobbyist for Visa, suggested to lawmakers during hearings on the bill in April. He said that the law would be confusing to retailers.

"The last thing we want to do is get in a legal dispute about how this bill applies to our contracts," Strama said.

Strama told legislators the measure could penalize Texans without photo identification who rely on debit cards issued by the government for certain benefit programs. He added that the law goes against an industry push to get customers' information out of the hands of store clerks who could be bad actors. texasttribune.org

'Genetec Retail Sense' Wins Business Intelligence Award
Benchmark Magazine's Innovation Award 2017

The Business Intelligence category represents the diversification of security tech into non-security disciplines. Through analytics functions like heat-mapping and queue management, analytics platforms like Genetec Retail Sense generate and interpret data to create insights that can generate operational efficiencies for businesses - mostly in the retail sector.

Providing analysis of footfall, bottlenecks and shopper behaviour, Genetec Retail Analytics and other solutions of its ilk can no longer be written off as a 'grudge purchase' in the way that security systems often were.

"Through real-time insights generated in reports by Retail Sense, retailers can utilise the intelligence gathered, allowing them to better understand consumers, make informed decisions and increase both consumer engagement and in-store profitability." Benchmark Magazine.  ifsecglobal.com

UK's Tesco Supermarket Chain
Three Former Senior Executives Deny $423M Accounting Fraud

The supermarket's former finance chief, managing director and food commercial head were investigated for their alleged role in an accounting scandal in which Tesco was found to have inflated its profits by $423M U.S. in 2014.

Carl Rogberg (50), Chris Bush (51) and John Scouler (49) appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting.

They allegedly failed to correct inaccurately inflated income figures for the supermarket, which were published to auditors, other Tesco employees and the wider market.

In a courtroom packed with legal teams and Tesco representatives, the three men each entered formal not guilty pleas. A trial is due to begin next month. All three have been released on unconditional bail. irishtimes.com

Home Depot Hit With Class Action Over Background Checks
A putative class of job applicants hit Home Depot USA Inc. with a lawsuit in California federal court Friday, alleging the home improvement retail chain violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by including unlawful waivers in background check consent forms.

The suit alleges the background checks were unauthorized because the consent forms that supposedly authorized them included a liability waiver, and under the FCRA, valid background and credit check releases can't contain extraneous information and must consist "solely of the disclosure." The release language also flouts the Federal Trade Commission's "unambiguous regulatory guidance" against such liability waivers, according to the lawsuit. law360.com

T.J. Maxx's Revised $8.5M Employee Wage Deal OK'd
California federal judge preliminarily approved on Thursday T.J. Maxx's previously rejected $8.5 million deal resolving wage and hour claims brought by 83,000 retail store workers, finding that the revised version of the settlement better defines the relief offered to various workers.

Lead plaintiff Kimberly Roberts filed a class action in September 2013 alleging it failed to pay overtime in line with the Fair Labor Standards Act and California labor statutes to workers at its T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls stores. Roberts amended her suit in 2015, dropping her overtime claims and instead claiming the companies failed to pay minimum wage and provide meal periods and rest time. law360.com

National Safety Survey 2017 Executives Take Active Role in Employee Safety
Safety leadership from the top down is one of the keys to employee engagement and positive safety culture, and 2017 National Safety Survey respondents indicate that executives are taking an active role in keeping workers safe.

Nearly 82 percent of respondents said top management their organization provides both active and visible support for occupational safety and health. This showed with a consistent three-year increase in safety budgets. More than 71 percent of safety professionals said their budgets grew from the previous year.
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Retail Security Tags Market Introduction, Product Scope
Opportunities & Forecast Report till 2022

Global Retail Security Tags Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Retail Security Tags including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Retail Security Tags investments from 2017 till 2022.

This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus upon during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments. These stakeholders include Retail Security Tags Manufacturers such as, Avery Dennison Corporation, 3M Company, ZIH Corp., Brady Corporation, Johnson Controls, Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Smartrac N.V., HP Development Company, Cenveo Corporation, Alien Technology, Inc. apexnews.co

Across the Pond
UK Retail Sees Job Cuts - Just like U.S.

Sainsbury's, UK's supermarket giant, to cut 1,000
Tesco cuts 2,200
Mothercare looks to halve number of stores
Battered High Streets face 30,000 job loses in 2017

Man Who Hacked his Former Employer Gets 18-Month Prison Sentence
A federal court sentenced a Tennessee man to an 18-month prison sentence and ordered him to pay $172,394 in restitution, following his breach into a former employer's network and copying of emails in order to give his new company a competitive edge, according to the US Department of Justice. justice.gov

Second Flash Mob in Three Weeks 
3 arrests after group of 500 teens swarms Germantown in Philadelphia

For the second time in three weeks a cookout organized by teens through social media got out of hand and prompted calls to police. By 9:30 the group swelled to nearly 500 young people.

A police chopper hovered over the chaos. A police SUV was damaged. "Most of those kids aren't causing any problems, but it just was too many and at some point in time we have to disperse the crowd," said Commissioner Richard Ross. "It's the second time it's happened. It will probably happen again before the summer is over," said Burke. 6abc.com

Gap to shutter operations in Australia

Dillard's Quietly Closes Some Stores - Number Unknown


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Weis Markets Q2 comp's up 2.7%, sales up 20%

CVS Health Q2 Retail/LTC comp's down 2.6%, pharmacy comp's down 2.8%, front store comp's down 2.1%, Pharmacy Services up 9.5%, net revenues up 4.5%

Michael Kors Q1 retail comp's down 5.9%, retail net sales up 10.1% (67 new stores), wholesale net sales down 23%, total revenue up 3.6%

Ralph Lauren Q1 net revenue down 13%
    North America comp's down 8%, retail comp's down 4%, e-commerce comp down 22%, revenue down 17%
    Europe comp store sales down 8%, retail comp's 8%, e-commerce comp down 5%, revenue down 14%
    Asia comp's store sales up 2%, revenue down 1%

 

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Apparel Source Tagging for Today's Retailers

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Source Tagging and EAS Tag Recirculation are playing a large role in the evolution of retail logistics and loss prevention. Retailers realize that in-store tagging is very expensive, time consuming, and highly inefficient, and they are looking toward solutions that move EAS tagging to the most economical place in the logistics chain - out of the store, and back toward where the merchandise is manufactured.

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Identifying Insider Threats Acquired From Mergers and Acquisitions
With all the industry studies, articles and literature related to insider threats, it is baffling to see that very few have focused on how insider threats are acquired - in fact, paid for - during a merger and acquisition process. Organizations are so fixated on driving profits and staying competitive that they gobble up any tangible asset they can. Companies are more likely to begin a merger or acquisition first and worry about the insider threat risk later. This is not a sustainable business practice.

To compound the problem, too many companies are using risk management as a substitute for solid internal security audits that identify problems before the merger or acquisition is initiated. Businesses assume they can manage any risks they might encounter after the merger or acquisition is complete, so they proceed to buy, assimilate and then sell off various parts. These organizations give little, if any, thought to the information security program and controls - specifically, whether the target of the merger or acquisition has those controls at all, and if they do, how effective they are.

Companies should follow a few best practices when considering merging with or acquiring another organization. Begin by taking a long, objective look at what is being acquired and why. Ask yourself what an insider would potentially stand to gain by compromising the network.

Be very suspicious of any company that mysteriously pops up and offers to perform an internal audit, especially using automated tools. Insider threats have friends just like the rest of us. Also, be wary of any and all hardware or data that vanishes or becomes lost during a merger or acquisition. Such cases warrant a thorough investigation.

Finally, hire a third-party risk assessment firm to examine the environment before the merger is started. Do the same before the transaction is complete, money has exchanged hands and all parties have signed on the dotted line. securityintelligence.com

68% Have never experienced an insider attack
45% Don't Know How Much They're Losing?
Most Organizations Lack Formal Insider Threat Incident Response Plan

Dtex Systems, a leader in user behavior intelligence and insider threat detection, in partnership with SANS released an industry report titled "Defending Against the Wrong Enemy: 2017 SANS Insider Threat Survey." The report reveals numerous findings related to the insider threat. Key among them are that most organizations do not realize that insider-related attacks can cause serious damage, with 45% of respondents reporting that they don't know the potential for financial losses associated with an insider incident and 33 percent reporting that they don't know how much related losses are costing their organizations. This finding was especially troubling when taken into consideration with facts from a recent Ponemon report which revealed that organizations were spending upwards of $4.3 million to mitigate, address and resolve insider-related incidents.

Most alarmingly, the SANS report found that only 18 percent of respondents acknowledge having a formal incident response plan with specific provisions for insider threats and 38 percent of those with response plans admit that their detection and prevention capabilities are ineffective. This indicates that when it comes to winning at cybersecurity, organizations are just starting to focus on the easiest attack vector: the insider. marketwired.com

Risky Business: Why Enterprises Can't Abdicate Cloud Security
It's imperative for public and private sector organizations to recognize the essential truth that governance of data entrusted to them cannot be relinquished, regardless of where the data is maintained.

The recent reports that Verizon and Dow Jones left their respective Amazon Web Services platforms exposed to unauthorized access should serve as a wakeup call to all who are engaged in cloud computing. At the outset, it is important to note that the two incidents were inadvertently caused by individuals acting on behalf of these companies, and were not the result of an AWS vulnerability.

The technology community continues to perpetuate the falsehood that migration to the cloud solves both capacity and security issues. This is a dangerously misguided perspective that subjects enterprises that subscribe to it to significant risk. Unfortunately, many executives are led to believe that by transferring core processes to a cloud environment, the responsibility for securing the data residing therein is also transferred to the hosting third party. This is simply untrue. 

The following is a list of three necessary controls:

1. Employee Education
Prior to providing anyone with access to an organization's cloud platform, each individual should receive comprehensive, formal direction on acceptable use. This requirement should apply to all employees, contractors and vendors.

2. Vendor Oversight
As with all service providers, ongoing oversight of cloud vendors should be a core element of an organization's security and compliance strategy. Through a combination of on-site visits, third party risk assessments, compliance attestations and contractual provisions, management must continually verify that the hosted environment is protected from internal and external threats.

3. System Monitoring
With increased frequency, organizations are electing to maintain customer information and intellectual property in the cloud. To protect against unauthorized access of this information, and to comply with related compliance mandates, it is essential that all accesses be continuously logged, monitored and analyzed.

Unauthorized access of customer and proprietary information has emerged into a crisis that is currently undermining all industries. Any organization that is be perceived to be unable to protect the sensitive data entrusted to them, regardless of where it is maintained, undoubtedly will experience the consequences that accompany an apprehensive public. darkreading.com

Security's new frontier: The Cloud
Cisco ebook

The cloud - at one point it was a revolution in the workplace. But the cloud is no longer a trend or a movement. It's now so integrated into IT and infrastructures that, for many companies, it's simply another part of the business. The availability of mobile devices and cloud services has redefined not only the way we work, but where we work.

Critical infrastructures, applications, and massive amounts of sensitive data are now stored in the cloud, leaving companies at risk of damage if cloud accounts are compromised.

With the cloud fast becoming the new normal, network security solutions need to adapt.

Download this ebook to learn how Cisco Cloud Security helps you securely adopt and use the cloud, and better manage security for the way the world works today. informationweek.com




 


 












LPNN Season 8 Premiere!

'Live in DC' at NRF Protect
Introduction with Gus Downing

Gus Downing, Publisher & Editor of the D&D Daily and LPNN, introduces the LP industry's one-and-only LIVE digital conference - from NRF Protect in Washington D.C.

We'll be speaking with a host of Loss Prevention and Solution Provider Leaders about the hot topics, the ongoing issues and challenges, the programs, the latest technology, and the solutions these providers offer to the industry.

These sessions are all about bringing the industry leaders to you live on-demand so you can increase your knowledge, broaden your vision, and help deliver better results.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we re-broadcast the entire shoot from start to finish!
 


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Amazon 2017 Back to School Sales Up 35% in First Two Weeks
Dominating sales of Office Products, Apparel & Shoes

In the first two weeks of the Back to School shopping season, Amazon's sales of school supplies have grown by 35% YoY, according to One Click Retail data. Amazon sales of Laptops and Accessories have already earned more than $25M, Tablet sales have nearly doubled (98% growth) and Youth Apparel is up by 61% over the same two weeks in 2016.

In Q3 2016, Amazon drove 82% of the total U.S. e-commerce growth. This is in part because of Prime Day. This year, with Amazon sales already up by 35%, suggests a total growth potential of over 80% for Back to School 2017. prnewswire.com

Amazon is the new Walmart
E-commerce giant becoming a symbol for everything wrong with big business

Walmart was once considered the symbol of everything that was wrong with the retail industry. Now, Amazon is taking on that undesirable role.

Fish's Eddy recently put a sign in its window reading "F*ck Amazon: Fish's Eddy is prime!" A joke highlighting the struggles of small businesses.

For many, anti-Amazon feelings are even more intense. Birkenstock had encountered issues with the ecommerce giant selling counterfeit shoes.

Amazon has coasted on its progressive reputation. The company has hovered near the top of Fortune's list of most respected brands for years. However, the tide seems to be turning - at least among some groups.

An online anti-Trump movement has been encouraging people to boycott Amazon while at the same time Trump supporters threatened to boycott Amazon after news broke that it would support Washington State in a federal lawsuit challenging Trump's executive order barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.

Then there's the question of Amazon's treatment of its employees.

While Amazon has been applauded for its impressive benefits, the company has been criticized following reports of long hours and poor working conditions in warehouses. Some white-collar workers have described a brutal working environment where people cry at their desks after being pushed to their breaking point.

In 2014, Salon published an article with the headline "Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon's sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers," something that highlights both Amazon's internal issues and how synonymous Walmart has become with everything that's wrong with big business.

Basically, Amazon's reputation is taking hits from all sides. businessinsider.com

Alibaba introduces new luxury portal to attract high-end brands
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it will launch a "luxury pavilion" for high-end products within its popular Tmall marketplace, Digiday reports. The launch of the portal, which should occur by the end of the year, is part of Alibaba's plan to entice more brands to sell on its marketplace. businessinsider.com

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Polk County, FL: Polk Sheriff's Office undercover shoplifting operation
leads to 65 Arrests

A six-day undercover operation by Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies resulted in 65 shoplifting arrests during the past week, including several suspects with extensive criminal histories. Businesses in Auburndale, Lakeland, Davenport, Haines City, Mulberry and Winter Haven took part in the effort, including Bealls, Belk, Lowe's, Target, Walmart and Burlington Coat Factory. Undercover deputies worked with loss-prevention personnel in those stores to identify those who were bypassing scanners in the self-checkouts and leaving the stores with concealed items. Of those arrested, 34 have criminal histories, including 140 felonies and 241 misdemeanor charges. Fifteen were juveniles. The value of the stolen items totaled $4,924, according to the Sheriff's Office. A warrant was issued for Mark Logan Brents, 50, of Valrico, who fled in a gray 2017 Hyundai when approached by officers at Lowes, reports state. His car struck a Sheriff's Office detective as Brents left Lowe's, leading to a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. theledger.com polksherrif.org

From Russia With Love
Pittsburgh, PA: Russian Credit Card Fraudster arrested in Dyson Vacuum Scheme
UPS Employee's quick thinking breaks the case

An individual claiming to represent a doctor's office came to the UPS center, saying he was to pickup 3 Dyson vacuums the doctor had ordered. The individual was told to return the next day by an employee who believed something was suspicious. The UPS employee then contacted the doctor, who said his office had not placed an order for any vacuum cleaners. The individual returned the next day, as instructed, and again tried to claim the vacuum cleaners. At that time he was arrested by State Police.

PA State Police have charged Bektur Baibolot, 22, of Pittsburgh with criminal conspiracy to commit theft by deception, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Baibolot admitted to his involvement in the incident, saying he was working with a 25-year-old Pittsburgh accomplice who would arrange for vacuum cleaners to be picked up. He said he did not know how the accomplice paid for the items or if he used a credit card. He said he would pickup the parcels and return them to Pittsburgh, where he would be paid $100. The report stated he admitted to picking up parcels 20 to 30 times in the past three weeks at various locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Police said Baibolot also admitted to using fraudulent identifications and driver's licenses. Police said he had three fake IDs in his possession that he produced when asked to identify himself. He also admitted to making the false IDs at his residence, the report said. Baibolot is a Russian national on a Visa here in the U.S. ncnewsonline.com

Update - Fairfield, CT: Jewelry crew sentenced to 15-20 years in $3M Jewelry Store Armed Robbery/ Kidnapping
On April 11, 2013, three of Forbes' crew, wearing masks and gloves, forced their way into an apartment in Meriden, CT, brandishing handguns. The terrified victims-two of whom worked at the Fairfield, CT jewelry store-were bound with duct tape, and their heads were covered with pillowcases, towels, and jackets. The kidnappers then forced the jewelry store employees into a vehicle and drove them to the store while a remaining kidnapper stayed behind to guard the other victims. Timothy Forbes (a career jewelry store robbery) arrived at the store in a separate vehicle, and the thieves proceeded to steal jewels, watches, and loose diamonds estimated to be worth more than $3 million. After the robbery, Forbes notified his associate at the apartment, and the victims there and at the store were left bound as the criminals made their getaway and fled the state.

The kidnapping and robbery had gone off without a hitch, and Forbes thought he had considered all the angles. What he failed to anticipate, though, was how an alert neighbor and strong law enforcement partnerships would undo his careful plan.

In January 2017, Forbes pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, and the use of a firearm during the Connecticut robbery. Last month, a federal judge sentenced the 35-year-old to 19 years in prison. His crew had been previously sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven to nearly 15 years for their roles in the kidnapping and robbery. Of the more than $3 million in stolen jewels, Berry said, "very little was recovered." Forbes and his crew-who had all grown up together in Allentown, Pennsylvania-were fond of gambling and high living. fbi.gov

Salisbury Township, PA: Victoria's Secret robbery suspect charged;
was part of lingerie theft ring

A woman accused of being part of an East Coast lingerie theft ring was charged Monday for an armed robbery in April of a Victoria's Secret in Salisbury Township, according to court records. Twanika D. Greer, 24, of Baltimore, was one of three women who entered the South Mall store on April 2 and began filling their tote bags with bras, panties and other sale items. When confronted by a store manager, Greer allegedly threatened, "better back off or you are going to get maced," court records show. As she and the other women fled through the mall, she made a similar threat to employees of a sporting goods store who attempted to stop them. Police identified the group, all from the Baltimore area, being part of a lingerie theft ring suspected of stealing more than $300,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret stores along the East Coast. mcall.com

Celina, OH: Man Arrested in Multijurisdictional Theft Ring hitting Tractor Supply and Dollar General
A theft investigation has led to the arrest of a man from New Carlisle. According to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, the office is investigating a multijurisdictional theft ring. On Aug. 2, deputies received a tip from the Celina Police Department that led to charges that same day against Frederick Hale Jr., 49. Hale's investigation led deputies to search locations in both Shelby County and in Clark County, where multiple stolen items were recovered and seized as evidence. Most of the items were stolen from businesses throughout the state. The items seized included two lawn mowers taken from TSC of Celina, as well as coolers, box fans, grills and chairs from Dollar General. Hale was incarcerated on fifth-degree felony charges of theft. theeveningleader.com

Doral, FL: 'Beauty bandits' arrested for $70,000 in cosmetic thefts
"Beauty bandits" hit up 32 Walgreens and many CVS pharmacies across Miami-Dade, stealing cosmetic products. Now, police are investigating what to do with all the stolen retail. Police believe this to be part of a larger operation. From concealer, to eye shadow, to nail polish-a mother lode of makeup recovered. And this stolen foundation won't be able to cover up the tracks of four women accused of the cosmetic crime. Miami-Dade police recovered almost 7,000 products, all adding up to nearly $70,000. wdtn.com



Update: Las Cruces, NM: Couple steals $3,500 in electronics from Walmart
Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that helps identify a couple suspected of shoplifting a felony amount of electronics from Walmart, according to the Las Cruces Police Department. The incident occurred on July 27 at Walmart. Las Cruces police learned that the couple, a man and woman, worked together to commit the crime. lcsun-news.com





Mt Sterling, KY: Man pepper sprays 80-year-old Walmart employee during shoplifting attempt
Police say that on August 6, a man shoplifted items from Walmart. When an 80-year-old female employee confronted him, police say he pepper sprayed her. Police are also looking for a woman who they say provided the man with pepper spray before entering the store. wkyt.com

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Shootings, Stabbings & Deaths

Blytheville, AR: Domino's Employee Shoots and Kills Attempted Armed Robber
The Blytheville Police are investigating a death that happened after an attempted robbery at the Domino's Pizza on 6th Street around 10:30 Sunday night. According to Capt. Scott Adams, 53-year-old Thomas "Tony" Price of Little Rock was found lying at the front door deceased when police arrived. Police say an employee of the restaurant reported that Price entered the store, asked to see the manager, then pulled a handgun. Police say surveillance shows at this point the employee, who was armed with a handgun, shot and killed Price. Police say Price's weapon was a BB gun that functioned like a semiautomatic handgun. arkansasmatters.com

Texarkana, TX: Police Investigate Self Inflicted Stabbing Incident at Walmart
The Texarkana Police is investigating an incident where Andrew Robinson, 20, of Texarkana TX, died after stabbing himself multiple times early Sunday morning. Officers were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter to the report of a naked man in the parking lot who was armed with a knife at 3:15 on Sunday morning. The first arriving officer located Andrew Robinson, who was now only wearing black shorts, near the fuel pumps and confronted him. The officer ordered him to drop the knife, which he immediately did but picked it back up again after only a few seconds. Robinson ignored additional commands to drop the knife and instead began to walk with the officers following him. As they neared the overpass, the officers saw Robinson making thrusting movements toward his body with the knife and then noticed blood on his stomach. Robinson then ran toward a vehicle that was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection, but the vehicle quickly backed away from Robinson to keep him from reaching them. One officer deployed their Pepper Gun at Robinson in an effort to take him into custody, but it was ineffective. K-9 Argus was then released and apprehended Robinson. After Robinson was handcuffed, the officers discovered at least two stab wounds to his chest. Robinson dead at the hospital a short time later. txktoday.com

New York, NY: NYPD investigating Security Guard shot and killed outside a
local C-Store

A security officer standing in front of a bodega (convenience store) has been shot and killed during the overnight hours. Police have few leads and don't know if the security officer was targeted or if this was an attempted robbery. privateofficerbreakingnews.com

Spartanburg, SC: Two men shot & Killed outside Biggerstaff Grocery
The shooting happened at Biggerstaff grocery store at 7:15 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived they learned three men had been shot. goupstate.com

Batesburg-Leesville, SC: Suspect in custody after shooting at Lexington Co.
C-Store

Authorities in Lexington County said they made their way to the store around 8:20 p.m. Monday night. Deputies found shell casings at the scene and later found the gun. After checking the area, authorities said no one was injured during the shooting. The suspect is now facing a weapons-related charge. wistv.com

Hot Springs, AR: Victim identified in fatal shooting at Hot Springs convenience store

San Jose, CA: Man Shot and Killed inside Liquor Store

Robberies & Thefts

Detroit, MI: Customer being Robbed inside Gas Station opens fire on assailant
A recent robbery attempt in a Detroit gas station backfired when a teenager picked the wrong man to mess with. Darius Summers is a mild-mannered musician who just turned 61. He also recently received his license to carry a concealed weapon. A 16-year-old boy armed with a gun saw that Summers was also armed, and the teen tried to take his weapon. He stuck his gun in Summers' back, thinking he was an older, easier target.
Summers said the teen was controlling him, but then the 61-year-old man pulled out his own gun and shot the boy in the stomach. The teen picked up the gun that he dropped and limped out of the store. clickondetroit.com

Braselton, GA: Investigators seek break in multi-county Pawn Shop
Smash & Grab Burglaries

Pawn shop break-ins have been reported in Jackson, Walton, and Newton counties. Police said the crooks used a large rock to break the front door window and get into the Pawn and Antiques in Braselton. Investigators said the common denominator in a series of pawn shop break-ins is weapons. fox5atlanta.com

Clark County, WA: Sheriff's Office looking for Lowe's shoplifters who struck pedestrian during his getaway

Sioux City, IA: Man pleads not guilty to Robbing Auto Zone and Advanced Auto

San Antonio, TX: Police arrest man suspected of weekend robbery spree; Cricket Wireless

Sentencings

Acton, CA: Gas station clerk murderer to be sentenced Wednesday

Covington, KY: Store operator sentenced in food stamp fraud case

Gulfport, MS: Man sentenced for several dollar store robberies in 2014

Greenville, SC: Man sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for two armed robberies
 

Bomb Threats

Titusville, FL: Teen arrested after false bomb threat at mall

Counterfeit

36,000 counterfeit toy airplanes ($575,000) seized at International Falls Port of Entry
Rail container destined for Rainer, Minnesota POE


Sydney, Australia: One million fake DVD's seized; valued at $21 million
More than a million counterfeit DVDs, with an estimated street value of $21 million have been destroyed in Sydney. The discs are believed to be the largest seizure of copyright infringing DVDs in Australia. skynews.com

 

A&M Smoke Shop - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
AT&T - Willowbrook, IL - Burglary
Bayside Watch and Jewelry - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Braselton's Pawn - Braselton, GA - Burglary
Chevron - Buena Park, CA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wake Village, TX - Robbery
Exxon - Aberdeen, MD - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Hop In - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary (Shelby Rd)
Metro PCS - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary (38th St)
MetroPCS - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary (Madison Rd)

N.J Diamonds - Dearborn, MI - Burglary
Rite Aid - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
Wawa - Springfield, NJ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
12 robberies
6 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed



 





 



John Lillard
named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Region 30, N. Florida and Alabama for Burlington Stores
John was previously the District Director AP for Macy's, and had held a variety of senior level positions while at Macy's for over 21 years including Regional VP of LP and Divisional VP of LP. He also held the position of Director of Loss Prevention/Internal Investigations for Famous Barr for over 5 years. Congratulations John!

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Performance Reviews

What Drove Your Last Performance Evaluation?  There's a lot being said of companies changing the way they do performance reviews. The old form of performance evaluations are disappearing, and evolving into newer forms, using multiple raters instead of just one word, or a few digits. Here's what drives one's performance. Having trust

Inside Uber's New Approach to Performance Reviews  Uber has overhauled their performance-review process, omitting employee ratings and ranks. Through asking what their employees would like to see in performance reviews, Uber is using that feedback to make everything fair. Listen to your team

How to Make the Most of Mid-Year Reviews  With summer comes vacations, sunshine, but most of all, mid-year performance reviews. Companies use this time of year to evaluate employee morale and productivity. Here's how you can make sure your mid-year reviews are effective and successful. Explore development goals

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Giving performance reviews is more complicated than just saying what needs improvement, or what that employee is doing well. The key to a great performance review is connecting with that person, and keeping it a positive experience for both people. Here's what you can do. Set milestones







The speed of the day and today's economic pressures often tempts even the most defined professional to take shortcuts and risk exposures that ultimately they have to mentally deal with and occasionally have to face the consequences for. There is no better use of the adage, It's the Tortoise vs. the Hare, and the tortoise always wins, that applies here. Staying grounded in your principals, committed to your mission and being a professional is what should drive every executive every day - remembering that long term actions speak louder than words and the tortoise always wins will hopefully rule the day.

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