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Big Lots Market 5 Asset Protection Team Successfully Escaped
the Room at Escapology in Montgomery, AL

"Serve Big. Save Lots"

Pictured: Lea Tamarack, Market AP Leader; Kenny Smith, Area AP Leader; Scott Frederick, DC AP Leader; John Moore, Area AP Leader; Katie Reinhardsen, Area AP Leader; Bryan Davis, Area AP Leader

Thank you to Lea Tamarack, Market AP Leader, Big Lots for this picture submission!





Zebra Technologies' Prescriptive Analytics Suite Helps Home Depot Battle Shrink
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable organizations to gain a performance edge, today announced The Home Depot has selected Savanna® Prescriptive Analytics to help prevent fraud by identifying opportunities within the retailer's sales data, online or in-store. The solution includes the Sales and Exception Based Reporting (EBR) module from Profitect, which is now part of Zebra.

After extensively analyzing analytics vendors in the market, The Home Depot was looking for a next generation analytics solution that offered smart tasks, workflow for accountability, and greater data insights. The Home Depot will be leveraging Savanna to process data from more than 2,000 stores in the United States and Canada.

"Our top deliverables in Asset Protection are to drive value for our customers and shareholders by reducing shrink and mitigating total retail loss," said Scott Glenn, Vice President of Asset Protection, The Home Depot. "We recognized the need for an enterprise system that would drive these results. Zebra is providing us with unmatched functionality for our business needs." zebra.com


LPRC Research Report: Self-Checkout Theft From the Perspective of Offenders
Retailers are often at the crossroads of staying on top of technology advancements for customer convenience and keeping inventory shrinkage to a minimum. Currently, many retailers are adopting self-checkout kiosks as they are well-liked by customers. However, thieves also prefer these kiosks.

The LPRC conducted an interview study of offenders (the process of which you can learn more about in this LPRC CrimeScience podcast) who admitted to shoplifting from a retail chain at least once in the previous 3 months using the self-checkout kiosks. The study was done to understand the effectiveness of stand-alone and integrated Public View Monitors (PVMs), the goal of which is to notify offenders that they are being monitored and recorded, and deterring shoplifting while using self-checkout technologies.

The conclusions drawn were not unimaginable: while PVMs do deter some people, having less attention from employees, among other things, makes shoplifters feel like it is easier to get away with committing crime.

The full results and conclusions are available for LPRC members in the Knowledge Center. If you're a member, click here to view the report. If you would like to learn more and become a member, click here. lpresearch.org

LPRC Director Dr. Read Hayes Discusses Return Fraud
A Gwinnett County man was left empty-handed after a big-ticket purchase. Brian Wysocki received brand-new Apple AirPods as a gift from his wife. But he got a bigger shock when he opened the box. "To my surprise, all I received were instructions and a charger cord," Wysocki said.

Employees at multiple Walmart locations across metro Atlanta told undercover producers they, too, have seen electronics returned to store locations by thieves with nothing in the boxes.

Return fraud is a rampant issue that affects both consumers and retailers. WSB-TV interviewed LPRC Director Dr. Read Hayes to hear his take on a recent occurrence that left a shopper empty-handed.

"You're going to see the most desirable merchandise where it's happening, and so now, you're out of stock, which means the store has to eat the cost of that product and any future lost sales," Hayes said. "That loss gets added to the cost of your next purchase or hits the stockholders, and they can't pass that cost on to the manufacturer." wsbtv.com


Governor Abbott Meets With Lawmakers Following El Paso Shooting
Announces Over $5.5 Million in Immediate State Funding to Assist with Recovery Efforts

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state of Texas will be providing more than $5.5 million in immediate financial assistance through the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Public Safety Office for law enforcement agencies and the community of El Paso.

$550,000 in financial grant assistance will be administered to law enforcement agencies that bravely responded to the shooting on August 3rd, 2019 to aid in reimbursement for overtime costs.

$5 million in financial grant assistance will be administered through the following services and initiatives throughout the El Paso community

Psychological First Aid: Through the Local Mental Health Authority Emergence Health Network, psychological first aid and crisis counseling is available immediately and will be offered free of charge and long-term to survivors and those in the community experiencing vicarious trauma.

State Behavioral Health Services: At the request of Governor Abbott, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has deployed CJD-funded staff from HHSC's Disaster Behavioral Health Services section to coordinate behavioral health assistance to the local community, conduct behavioral needs assessments, and provide strategic planning and care coordination with local service providers

County Reimbursements: The state can aid the prosecution of the alleged suspect through funding streams available at CJD. This includes expert witness fees, investigation, increased security, juror fees, and more. Indigent defense or related defense costs are not eligible. Costs associated with overtime for El Paso County's Office of the Medical Examiner and Sheriff's Office for increased correctional needs are also eligible.

School-Based Mental Health Services: CJD is offering funds to ensure Independent School Districts have the on-site resources they need to support students affected directly or indirectly. Referrals for youths with higher acuity behavioral health and psychological needs will also be available.

Family Resiliency Center (FRC): To support the long-term needs of the community, CJD will provide funding to establish an FRC in El Paso. As implemented in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and other communities that experienced a mass shooting, the FRC will be a focal point for community services including mental health needs, legal services, faith-based assistance, and public information.

Post Critical Incident Seminars (PCIS): PCIS is an intensively focused therapeutic seminar with an emphasis on peer support to assist first responders suffering from traumatic stress. These seminars are eligible for CJD funding. texas.gov

Walmart Examines Role in Confronting Gun Violence
Employees circulate message calling for end to chain's gun sales; retailer has no plans to change policies

Walmart Inc.'s chief executive said he was rethinking the company's role in confronting gun violence in the wake of two deadly shootings at Walmart stores, but didn't offer specific plans or changes to its firearms and ammunition sales.

"We will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence," Doug McMillon wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday evening. "We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses."

Mr. McMillon spent Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, meeting with Walmart employees who worked at the store where 22 people were killed in Saturday's attack. Last week, in Southaven, Miss., a Walmart employee who had been suspended the previous weekend shot and killed two other workers at a company's store.

His visit and Facebook message come as the retail giant is facing pressure from some employees and antigun activists to halt its sales of firearms or prohibit shoppers from carrying guns in stores. wsj.com

Few Walmart employees heed call for walkout over gun sales
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Employees at the corporate Walmart offices in California and two other states staged a walkout in hopes that the company will stop selling guns.

About 40 employees walked out Wednesday for 15 minutes from the San Bruno, Calif., offices in an organized protest that included a moment of silence for those killed in two recent shooting incidents at Walmart stores, according to The Washington Post.

Other workers at Walmart's e-commerce offices in New York City and Portland, Ore., also took action, The Washington Post reports.

Those who could not call out sick or wear black in solidarity were encouraged to sign a petition on Change.org that calls for Walmart and its CEO Doug McMillon to stop selling guns. As of early Thursday, it had more than 43,000 signatures. wagmtv.com

After El Paso Shooting, Workers Plot Their Own 'What-If' Escape Plans
Insect spray, homemade panic buttons and walk-in freezers serve as contingency plans in case of workplace attacks.

Many workers and managers say talking through similar what-if scenarios has become water-cooler conversation this week, especially in stores and other places easily accessible to consumer traffic. Even before the weekend shootings that left 31 people dead and injured dozens, some say they plotted escape paths or hiding spots. Others stocked insect spray on desks to disorient a gunman or purchased doorbells to use as makeshift panic buttons.

The contingency plans aren't so much fail-safe strategies as a reflection of the collective anxiety and futility they feel, some say. wsj.com

What experts say that Walmart and other retailers need to do to protect shoppers and workers in the aftermath of deadly shootings that killed 24 people
Security experts say that Walmart and other retailers need to take a close look at their policies to see whether they can make improvements to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Training in-store workers to identify red flags and swiftly react in crises is one of the most powerful solutions.

Workers at Walmart and other retail chains have taken to social media to express fear that returning to work could put them in the line of fire. Experts say Walmart and other retail giants - from Target to fast-food chains like McDonald's - are now likely seriously considering how to prevent another tragedy. businessinsider.com

Retail workers say they're scared to go to work after 2 shootings this weekend at a Texas Walmart and a bar in Ohio
Retail employees seem to be taking to social media to say they're terrified to go to work for fear of getting shot at their workplace.

Scores of Twitter users are tweeting stores describing how the shootings have affected their places of work. Some say they're terrified to go to work, and others say the incidents have caused them to think about what they would do if a shooting happened at their workplace.

"I wonder if today is the day we become the next mass shooting location," one Twitter user wrote. businessinsider.com

More retail workers than law-enforcement officers were killed in homicides on the job for 6 years in a row
More retail workers than law-enforcement workers were killed in homicides on the job each year between 2012 and 2017, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest year for which this data is available is 2017.

Ninety-four retail employees were killed in homicides while at work in 2017, compared with 85 law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and others in similar positions during the same period.

The number of homicides in retail is so high in part because so many people work in the industry - many more than are employed as police officers or security guards.

The figure represents a major problem for retailers, especially as the industry additionally saw 55,480 nonfatal worker injuries in 2017.

For comparison, 85 people in protective-service jobs - law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and related careers - were killed in homicides the same year. Thirty-seven police officers and 30 security guards were among those killed in homicides.

Part of the reason the total number of retail workers murdered is comparable to that of more stereotypically dangerous jobs is because many more people work in the retail industry than as police officers or security guards. When comparing the proportional number of employees who died by homicide at work, protective-service workers were about five times more likely to die by homicide.

The fatal-injury rate for law-enforcement officers and firefighters in 2017 was 7.7 - in other words, for every 100,000 full-time employees working in this sector, 7.7 died on the job because of homicide or other fatal injuries. Out of 100,000 retail workers, 1.6 died because of fatal injuries on the job in 2017. businessinsider.com

Companies are now listing active shooters as a risk factor in securities filings
Some companies are beginning to list active shooters as risk factors in their annual reports filed with the SEC, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal.

In recent years, more people are dying from mass shootings.

Companies like Del Taco Restaurants and Dave & Buster's have added language that refers to active-shooter situations in the "risk factor" section of their most recent annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to analysis of regulatory filings by the Wall Street Journal.

That section of regulatory filings includes potential catastrophes like natural disasters and terrorism alongside other risks like rising labor costs and strong competition.

Since 2016, The Cheesecake Factory has warned investors about active shooter situations as a risk factor in its annual reports.

"Acts of violence at or threatened against our restaurants or the centers in which they are located, including active shooter situations and terrorism, could unfavorably impact our restaurant sales, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance," the Cheesecake Factory said in its latest annual report.

The number of people killed by active shooters has been on the rise in recent years. The Journal reported that active shooter incidents have resulted in 306 fatalities between 2016 and 2018. cnbc.com

A New Risk Factor in Corporate Disclosures: Active Shooters
Several companies have added language to securities filings warning investors about the possible financial impact of gun violence.

The disclosures come as fatalities in mass public shootings have surged in recent years. Between 2016 and 2018, active shooter incidents left 306 people dead and 850 wounded, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That's up from the previous three years, when active shooters killed 136 and wounded 181. The FBI defines an active shooter incident as one or more shooters attempting to kill people in a crowded area.

Two incidents in the past week, including one at a Walmart Inc. store in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead, have drawn more attention to the security measures companies have instituted in the workplace.

"People are legitimately trying to think through whether it's responsible to put a risk factor like this in the document," said David Martin, senior counsel focusing on securities law at Covington & Burling LLP.

The language in the disclosures varies by company. Most reference how a shooting could affect the company's reputation and customer traffic.

Deciding what to disclose, and which risks count as material, is more art than science. Figuring out whether a shooting is material may depend on whether a company operates spaces that are open to the public, among other factors.

In many cases, though, companies decide whether they want to add a risk factor by looking at what competitors have included, lawyers said.

Walmart didn't list "active shooters" as potential risks in its most recent annual report. But the retailer did list "terrorist attacks" as part of a wide-ranging list of other catastrophic risk factors.  wsj.com

How to Gather Documents Overseas in a Global Investigation
How companies conduct internal investigations has evolved considerably, partly due to the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). At multinational organizations, internal investigations are often global, and investigators inquiring into possible criminal misconduct can't afford to get caught breaking the law themselves.

While the technological challenges may be significant, investigatory document gathering within the United States presents few legal challenges so long as the organization follows recommended practices, such as having previously told staff that the employer owns all company information and systems and that management reserves its right to access company data without notice.

This plays out differently abroad, especially under the GDPR and other countries' data protection laws.

In the EU, data law allows a company to review its own data only for "the specified, explicit and legitimate purposes" for which that organization originally collected that data in the first place (GDPR Article 5(1)(b)).

In addition, some EU jurisdictions have other restrictions against company investigators searching and reviewing employee text messages, e-mails, company documents, Internet search histories and security camera footage.

As another example, France prohibits managers from accessing employee e-mails until the company goes to court and brings in a court officer to oversee the review. shrm.org

U.S. Attorney Announces "Federal Initiative For The Tenderloin"
New Federal Law Enforcement Partnership To Address Crime In San Francisco's Tenderloin District

The program, called the Federal Initiative for the Tenderloin, brings together the resources of more than 15 federal law enforcement agencies to combat endemic drug trafficking, firearms offenses, robberies, and other crime in the neighborhood. "A wonderful neighborhood being "smothered by lawlessness." At today's press conference, U.S. Attorney Anderson also announced charges against 32 individuals as the first steps in implementing the new program. The initiative will persist for a minimum of one year.

The Tenderloin neighborhood encompasses about 50 square blocks of downtown San Francisco. justice.gov

Bankruptcies pushing up job cuts - especially in retail
Job cuts announced due to bankruptcy have hit the highest level since 2009. That's according to a new analysis of monthly job cut announcements from global outplacement and executive and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Through July, companies have announced 42,937 job cuts due to bankruptcy, which is 40% higher than the 30,673 job cuts announced for this reason through July 2018 and 19% higher than the 36,016 bankruptcy cuts announced through all of 2018. It is the highest seven-month total since 2009 when 50,258 cuts due to bankruptcy were announced, the report said. In fact, it is higher than the annual totals for bankruptcy cuts every year since 2009, when 50,911 were announced for the entire year. chainstoreage.com

As Shootings Spike in Brooklyn, N.Y.P.D. and Prosecutors Collide
PD's & Prosecutors Colliding Nationwide Continues
A progressive district attorney's efforts to give offenders a second chance has upset the police, who are struggling to contain gun violence.

For months, his officers had wrestled with a stubborn spike in gun violence in northern Brooklyn, and by Chief Monahan's assessment, the statistics were not his department's fault. He took the microphone and aimed a public swipe at Brooklyn's district attorney, Eric Gonzalez.

The salvo was a rare public glimpse of a months long spat between the police and Mr. Gonzalez over the alarming rise in shootings and murders in a small cluster of neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Shootings are up 10 percent across northern Brooklyn for the year, and in some neighborhoods - like East New York and Crown Heights - they have doubled. nytimes.com

Will drones take off within security?
The role of robotics within security continues to increase, as the technology can act as a force multiplier, expand the scope and effectiveness of security around and within a perimeter, including everything from small to expansive areas.

With drone technology advancing at a fast rate, FAA regulations loosening, and more accessible off-the-shelf solutions available, we may be at a turning point when it comes to increased adoption of drones within security, according to a recent whitepaper, Drones in Security & Surveillance, by FlytBase, an enterprise drone automation company.

"Drone patrols will augment human guards and enable security agencies, risk managers, security directors, system integrators and other stakeholders to make faster, better decisions for real-time incident response, remote security operations, event management, disaster response and more."

The two obvious obstacles for driving broad adoption of drones in aerial security use-cases tended to be:
● Hardware (battery life, sensor quality, flight stability, etc.); and
● Regulation (especially for beyond visual-line-of-sight i.e. BVLOS operations)

Click here for the complete white paper. securitysystemsnews.com

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Getting Back to Basics with ePVM's

LPRC: Customers & Associates Feel Safer
LP Positively Impacting the Customer Experience

With the entire retail industry focused on re-defining and creating a unique customer experience that melds together the online and store environments, digital signage is destined to play a starring role in every aspect of retail. Once again, loss prevention has been leading the effort with Enhanced Public View Monitors (ePVMs) being one of the first interactive video monitors to show up in stores.

Certainly it's been a long and hard battle to gain the support and funding for what now is considered one of the basics in situational crime prevention. But with the Loss Prevention Research Council's (LPRC) ePVM impact study showing that customers "feel safer in stores with e/PVMs" it may be an opportune time to review and consider expanding the program. Especially with CBD products hitting the market.

With that in mind, there's also the opportunity to turn the entire program into a revenue generator with Media PVMs. Just like the EAS towers used for marketing, these media PVMs can be used for marketing as well. It really all depends on how good your selling skills are and how strong your relationships are in the organization.

With customer experience being the #1 driver right now, it all starts with customers feeling safer, and every retailer has to be focused on that goal.




Why the CISO Is Getting a C-Suite Promotion
The chief information security officer role has been given an upgrade-and is now widely seen as an executive-suite role. That's according to a new report from the information technology firm Wipro, which found that more than a fifth of CISOs are now reporting directly to the CEO, rather than the CIO.

(The rate varies significantly by industry. For communications-centric organizations, the number is 47 percent.)

CISOs are expected to manage a number of security functions, including overall information security (91 percent), information security policy (84 percent), and budgets (60 percent). The report adds that while the relationship between CIO and CISO has worked in the past, it may not be as effective in the future.

It's a tough gig. In a column for Dark Reading, Carbon Black Head of Security Strategy Rick McElroy noted that CISOs often spend less time in their roles than other C-suite positions, and some of the reason for that is because it's difficult work that is incredibly difficult to pull off well.

Leadership skills matter more than technical skills. Last year, a study from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association found that success in the CISO role leaned largely on leadership skills, which 54 percent of CISOs surveyed said was important, far outpacing other aspects, such as communication skills (49 percent), executive relationships (44 percent).

"Now, CISOs lean much more heavily toward the business." associationsnow.com

Black Hat 2019: Security Culture Is Everyone's Culture
BLACK HAT USA 2019 - Las Vegas - Cybersecurity no longer has to worry about getting attention, said Black Hat founder Jeff Moss in his introduction to the keynote that kicked off the conference's twenty-third year.

Not only have we got the attention, we're struggling with what we do with it - how we communicate," said Moss of the industry's present-day challenge. "The quality of communication now determines a lot of our outcomes." And while communications problems can be fixed, Moss said, doing so will require reordering the way we think and convey ideas.

Culture > Strategy > Tactics

"Culture is way more powerful than strategy, which is way more powerful than tactics," Businesses should move toward a model where risks are shared. Instead of security being security's job alone, organizations that can reinforce security is everyone's job can adopt a more risk-sharing culture. darkreading.com

Visa's "Massive Breakthrough" in Credit Card Fraud
Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
Retail is Biggest Spender on AI Systems

A cloud-based platform set to roll out this year will test deep-learning algorithms to better detect unauthorized transactions.

Visa Inc. is rolling out a platform to help its engineers quickly test advanced artificial-intelligence algorithms aimed at detecting and preventing credit-card fraud.

The banking industry is expected to be the second biggest spender on AI systems this year, behind retail, according to market-research firm International Data Corp.

The new platform is expected to test algorithms that use an advanced form of AI called deep learning, a technique that has the potential to identify more complex patterns than traditional machine-learning algorithms.

"It's a massive breakthrough for us," Mr. Taneja, EVP Visa, said.

Visa currently uses machine-learning algorithms to sift through data to identify anomalies, an effort that prevents billions of dollars in fraudulent transactions annually, Mr. Taneja said. One such Visa fraud-detection system, Advanced Authorization, prevented about $25 billion in fraud in the year ended April 30, according to the company. wsj.com

Enterprises Must Be Wary of Ransomware Targeting
Network File Shares & Cloud Assets

Ransomware attacks against individual endpoints are so passé. According to reports out this week from two security research teams, financially motivated cybercriminals are updating their ransomware playbooks in search of bigger payoffs from their victims. Increasingly, they're making more money by putting bigger game in the crosshairs, namely networked business assets such as file shares, servers, network hosts, and infrastructure-as-a-service cloud infrastructure.

A new study from researchers at Vectra shows that the biggest threat to enterprises from ransomware today is malicious encryption of shared network files. Whereas ransomware attacks against isolated endpoints should be no big deal to recover from with any modicum of backup procedures, ransomware targeting of file shares is much more likely to trigger "all-hands-on-deck" emergencies.

The potential risk - and payout for extortionary criminals - increases tremendously when ransomware attackers can successfully target cloud provider infrastructure and storage shares. darkreading.com

DOJ: Bribed AT&T Workers Planted Malware on Carrier's Network
Scheme Involved Unlocking 2 Million Smartphones to Enable Fraud
Over a five-year period, two men allegedly paid over $1 million in bribes to AT&T employees who helped plant malware on the company's internal systems that enabled the unlocking of smartphones to permit use outside the carrier's network, according to an indictment unsealed this week by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to planting malware, these AT&T employees allegedly accessed the carrier's internal systems and installed illegal hardware within the network to help the suspects gain remote access and unlock millions of smartphones, according to the indictment.

Between 2012 and 2017, the scheme cost AT&T millions in lost revenue and other expenses, according to the Justice Department. It does not appear, however, that the two suspects or the employees involved in the bribery accessed customer data.

"We have been working closely with law enforcement since this scheme was uncovered to bring these criminals to justice and are pleased with these developments," an AT&T spokesperson tells Information Security Media Group. govinfosecurity.com

FBI Issues Relationship Fraud/Confidence Scheme Warning
The FBI has issued a warning on the growing sophistication of criminals creating false online personas to launch confidence schemes, commit romance fraud, and recruit "money mules," or individuals tasked with carrying illegal sums or criminal money across borders or launder money through bank accounts they open on behalf of others. According to the FBI, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) saw reports of confidence/romance fraud grow from 15,000 to 18,000 from 2017 through 2018, while the amount of money lost to the criminals increased more than 70%, from roughly $211 million to more than $362 million. darkreading.com

Warshipping: Attackers can access corporate networks through the mailroom




Axis Communications

Integrated Systems & Solutions - Finally Able to Do More in Your Store

Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager,
Axis Communications


As the global leader in network video, Axis Communications is helping retailers create the connected smart store of the future. With more secure, open and flexible platforms, Hedgie Bartol explains how retailers can utilize their network infrastructure and bring together their video surveillance, physical access control, audio systems, and now, add analytics to develop creative solutions that go beyond security, helping to grow the business and improve customer experience.

Quick Take 5 with Gatekeeper Systems

Robert Harling, CEO,
Gatekeeper Systems

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Loss Prevention professionals work in dramatic environments. With shoplifter confrontations becoming increasingly violent, many retailers have shifted from an apprehension to a prevention approach. Robert Harling shares how Gatekeeper's Pushout Theft solution supports this approach by helping retailers stop merchandise from leaving the store in the first place.




49% of all risky online transactions come from mobile devices
About half of all risky online transactions appear to be coming from a mobile device, according to iovation. Specifically, in the first half of 2019 49% of all risky transactions came from mobile devices, up from 30% in 2018, 33% in 2017 and 25% in 2016. iovation came to this conclusion by analyzing the 30 billion online transactions it evaluated for fraud from January 2016 to June 30, 2019.

The top continents for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is North America with 59% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was Asia at 53%. In 2017, it was North America with 55%. In 2016, it was North America again with 36%. helpnetsecurity.com

Beating Online Retail Fraudsters at Their Own Game
Fraud affecting online retailers is on the rise. According to LexisNexis® Risk Solutions' 2018 True Cost of Fraud for the Retail Sector study, successful retail fraud attempts rose almost 30 percent between 2017 and 2018. Every $1 of fraud costs midsize to large retailers an average of $3.29. So how can retailers protect themselves with an increasing amount of successful fraud attempts accompanied by more sophisticated fraudulent tactics? The answer is educating retailers on next-generation security technologies that evolve at a faster rate than fraudsters.

Next-generation fraud prevention solutions aim to provide security without introducing friction to the user experience. An example of friction is a false positive, which is the phrase used to describe the flagging of a legitimate customer's purchase journey as fraud. It's important to keep in mind that false positives, and other friction-causing security mistakes, can also impact a retailer's bottom line. Moving forward, retailers will need to combine security technologies that traditionally live under multiple domains - online fraud prevention, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence - to create "full fraud stack" solutions to mitigate complex attacks that are becoming a commonplace for retailers. mytotalretail.com

FedEx Will Not Renew Amazon Ground Delivery Contract

Search Is Retail's Fastest-Growing Ad Format


Polk County, FL: 4 Members of ORC Gang busted, 67 stores totaling over $87,500
Sheriff Grady Judd will brief the media at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019, about a statewide racketeering and money laundering investigation that resulted in seven (7) arrest warrants. Four of the seven suspects live in Polk County and have been arrested. Detectives worked with Organized Retail Crime Managers for a major retail chain to identify the suspects responsible for 568 fraudulent transactions at 67 different stores in 15 Florida counties. There are 151 confirmed credit card victims in 15 different states. The total financial loss is $87,500.00. The four Polk suspects are in the Polk County Jail and will have a first appearance hearing at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. The three other suspects out-of-county have Polk County warrants for their arrests. dailyridge.com

Baton Rouge, LA: Alcohol theft syndicates cashing in on stolen liquor,
disguising illegal food stamp purchases

Sheriff's deputies are trying to crack down on businesses operating two-fold fronts: selling stolen alcohol and disguising purchases so customers can illegally use food stamps to buy liquor and cigarettes. A store owner was arrested in a series of ongoing investigations headed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday. And, he may not be the only one, sources said.

Antar Aliwoig, 36, was charged with organized retail theft, government benefit fraud and wire and credit card fraud. Aliwoig owns the Buffalo Food Mart on Groom Road where a series of stakeouts showed him running the fraud syndicate, deputies wrote in an arrest report. Detectives said Aliwoig would buy stolen alcohol from people and encourage them to keep stealing. A sheriff's office informant was encouraged by Aliwoig to "bring... more" stolen alcohol deputies wrote in notes about a recent surveillance operation, after Aliwoig paid $40 for four bottles of liquor. Aliwoig presumably would re-sell the stolen merchandise, authorities said. "[Buffalo Food Mart] was operating as a retail fence," detective Chad Jones said in an interview with WBRZ about the case. wbrz.com

Sanford, FL: Two women apprehended at Macy's Seminole Town Center
with over 70 stolen items

Deyanira Cabrera and Digna Vasquez enter the Macy's around 8:30 p.m. with two children and a stroller with them. Police said the two women placed multiple items on the baby stroller then both went into the same fitting room along with the children and the merchandise. The loss prevention officer watched as the two women stuffed items in their large purses and in the undercarriage of the stroller. When he went to confront the suspects, Cabrera placed one of the children in front of him and said, "Don't touch my baby," before the two women exited the store without paying, records show. Police said 1 gram of marijuana and a marijuana grinder were found underneath the infant's car seat. Approximately 70 stolen items from brands such as Calvin Klein, Nike, Champion and Adidas were also found in the vehicle, according to the report. The items were valued at $1,827.27. clickorlando.com

Decatur, IL: Police investigating theft of over $2,000 worth of perfume and energy drinks from Walgreens

York, PA: Four suspects wanted for theft at Old Navy in Manchester Township

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Shootings & Deaths

Garden Grove, CA: Stabbing Rampage Kills 4,
7-Eleven Security Guard and Subway employee among victims

A man killed four people during a stabbing rampage in Southern California before officers found his car parked outside a 7-Eleven convenience store and arrested him, authorities said. In addition to the people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said. The victims killed included two people at the suspect's apartment complex, a 7-Eleven security guard and one more person at a Subway restaurant. ksat.com

Lake Worth Beach, FL: Clothing Store Clerk shot and killed
A clerk at a store in Lake Worth Beach was shot and killed Wednesday evening in an apparent homicide, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports. The shooting happened at about 5:40 p.m. on the 1500 block of Lake Avenue, about two blocks east of Lake Worth High School, sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. Investigators worked through Wednesday night to identify a suspect and determine a motive. palmbeachpost.com

Queens, NY: Man stabs wife to death in Jackson Heights salon where she worked
A woman was fatally stabbed by her husband in the Queens salon where she worked Wednesday night, police said. Carmen Iris Santiago, 35, was found on the floor of Tu S'tilo Salon with multiple stab wounds to her torso around 7 p.m. Santiago was working at the salon, on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, when her husband came in and stabbed her multiple times, then slit his own wrists. When police arrived, they found the 39-year-old husband on top of his wife's body. pix11.com

DeKalb County, GA: Police investigating a Fatal Shooting outside Texaco station
East Point Police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a man at a gas station early Wednesday morning. It happened at the Texaco on Delowe Drive just after midnight. Officers found a man in the street in front of the gas station. Investigators said the victim is in his early 20s. Police said he wasn't a customer at the store. fox5atlanta.com


Robberies, Thefts & Incidents

Tempe, AZ: Teen's gun misfires while pointed at chest of victim during QT robbery
Tempe Police report that on Monday just before midnight, a 16-year-old boy was on QT property near Priest Drive, and proceeded to point a 9mm handgun at the chest of a person. Court records show that the teen told the victim to "give me the keys" as he racked the slide of his gun and pulled the trigger. Police say the gun misfired, causing the suspect and victim to fight over the weapon. The victim managed to disarm the teen and hold him until police arrived. abc15.com

Fayetteville, AR: Walmart Cashier Admitted to Helping Plan a Robbery in July
Destine Potts, 19, was arrested on Tuesday, August 6 for felony theft of property and felony filing a false report with law enforcement. A masked man approached the Walmart Market customer service desk and pretended to make a purchase. Potts, who was the cashier, handed the man $2,443.28 from the register and the man fled the store. During the initial investigation, Potts was described as "frantic" by responding officers. nwahomepage.com

Elmwood Park, NJ: Shoplifter drags Police Officer with car, punches 2 others
Latonya Hendricks faces numerous counts, including assault by auto and three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. It's not known if the 42-year-old Paterson woman has retained an attorney. Elmwood Park police say the incident began around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday at a grocery store. She allegedly shoved a store employee and ran through the parking lot, but an officer saw her and approached her car. When the officer tried to prevent her from driving off, Hendricks allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and attempted to flee. The officer was dragged in the parking lot and suffered a knee injury. washingtontimes.com

Henderson, NV: Teen robbery suspect shot by police, C-store robberies on the rise in Henderson

Spencerport, NY: Man admits to stealing 94 guns from Firearms & Supplies shop; sold on the streets of Rochester

London, England: Two women accused of using Muslim dress for Asda shoplifting spree; $250 of Baby Formula recovered

Philippines: 10 Men Smash & Grab a Jewelry Store at the Gaisano City Mall in Barangay Singcang Airport



Nogales, AZ: Man pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting a Police Officer outside Villa's Market in 2018, avoiding death penalty
The 29-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Nogales Police officer in 2018 pleaded guilty Wednesday to all 39 charges related to the incident, officials say. David Ernesto Murillo was arrested in connection to the killing of Officer Jesus Cordova on April 27, 2018, near Villa's Market in Nogales. The charges against Murillo ranged from first-degree murder to armed robbery with a deadly weapon to impersonating a peace officer, according to the Santa Cruz County Attorney's Office. tucson.com

San Mateo, CA: Man Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Pet Store parking lot
A 25-year-old man accused of killing a man in a San Mateo pet store parking lot in 2016 is facing 43 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday. Deleon's alleged accomplice, 23-year-old Hayward resident Louis Mercado, was found not guilty of murder and guilty of felony evading a police officer for his role in driving the vehicle the pair used to flee the scene and led police officers on a high-speed chase that ended in San Francisco. smdailyjournal.com

Beaumont, TX: 17 year old AT&T robbery suspect certified to be tried as adult; 16 phones stolen

Raleigh, NC: Police arrest, charge teen in Robberies of Dollar General, BP station and others



Auto Dealership - Indianapolis, IN - Burglary
Auto Parts - Newport, WI - Burglary
C-Store - Tempe, AZ - Armed Robbery
Electronics - Springfield, IL - Burglary
Guns - Littlefield, TX - Burglary
Guns - Booneville, MS - Burglary
Guns - Troup County, GA - Burglary
Hair Salon - Diamond Bar, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Vero Beach, FL - Robbery
Pawn Shop - Huntsville, AL - Burglary
Restaurant - Garden Grove, CA - Armed Robbery/employee killed
Restaurant - Diamond Bar, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Columbus, OH - Burglary
Tobacco - Los Altos, CA - Burglary
Tobacco - Galesburg, IL - Burglary
Verizon - Manchester, NH - Burglary
Walgreens - Decatur, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Garden Grove, CA - Armed Robbery/Guard killed


Daily Totals:
13 burglaries
0 shootings
2 killed





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