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Bob Moraca, VP LP, NRF
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Bob Moraca, VP of Loss Prevention, NRF, talks about the history and evolution of NRF Protect. Learn how the annual LP conference has developed over the years, providing valuable insights and networking opportunities for first-timers and industry vets alike. As the first past chairperson and a current member of the NRF LP Council, Rosamaria Sostilio, VP of Loss Prevention, Barnes & Noble, talks about the benefits for LP executives who get involved and engaged with the NRF.

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Daniel Reynolds named Vice President of Retail Sales for 3SI
3SI Security Systems is pleased to welcome Daniel Reynolds as Vice President of Retail Sales. Dan will be responsible for the leadership of 3SI's U.S. retail sales team, and creating and executing vertical market strategies to expand the retail customer base and solution offerings.

Prior to joining 3SI, Dan worked at Checkpoint Systems, Inc., where he held several sales management and strategic retail business development roles. Most recently, Dan was Vice President, North America Sales and Customer Service Operations at Checkpoint. Congratulations Dan! Read full press release here

Your Company's Biggest Thief Might be the Most Loyal-Seeming Employee
Median Loss of $486K Per Retail Theft Scheme

According to a study by insurance firm Hiscox based on public data, the most damaging employee theft schemes involve small amounts of money swiped over years, even decades. Of companies studied last year, 29 percent of employee thefts took place over more than five years, with that percentage rising to 37 percent in financial services.

"There's a misconception that embezzlements are large-scale dollar losses that immediately get caught, get prosecuted," said Doug Karpp, the national product head for crime and fidelity at Hiscox. "What you're really looking at are small dollar amounts over a longer period of time that lead to bigger losses."

Vendor fraud produced the largest losses. Funds theft -- stealing cash or transferring money from bank deposits to an account controlled by the thief -- was the most common method, according to the study.

The average embezzlement and loss stretching over five years or more was $2.2 million, while those who stole for more than a decade siphoned an average of $5.4 million.

Another takeaway from the study: Thieves aren't who most company managers think. They tend to be "egotistical risk-takers" who are curious, smart and want detailed knowledge of how the company works.

"We list diligent and ambitious, staying late, working through vacation or never taking vacation" as common characteristics of employee thieves, Karpp said. "Some of those are counter-intuitive."

Middle-aged employees in the accounting or finance area were the most likely to to steal from any company -- thieves have a median age of 48.

Signals someone might be stealing may come from those who "flaunt their wealth," according to the report, showing off a lifestyle that is beyond what their salary can buy, such as new cars every few months or extravagant jewelry. cbsnews.com

Online Retailer & CEO Admit to Price-Fixing Scheme of Promotional Items
Will Pay Over $400K in Criminal Fines

A California wristband company and its CEO have pled guilty to conspiring to fix the prices of promotional products sold online in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the FBI's Houston Field Division said Tuesday.

Burbank-based Custom Wristbands Inc. and Christopher Angeles admitted to violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by participating in a scheme to fix and maintain the prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands, in an effort to stifle competition, according to the announcement

Custom Wristbands - which is also known as Kulayful Silicone Bracelets, Kulayful.com, Speedywristbands.com, Promotionalbands.com, Wristbandcreation.com and 1inchbracelets.com - has agreed to pay a criminal fine in the amount of $409,342, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Custom Wristbands and Angeles used text messaging and online messaging platforms to communicate during the scheme, which occurred between June 2014 and June 2016. law360.com

Report: Identity Fraud Rate Surges to 'Epidemic' Levels
Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.

A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas. That is a 5% rise on the same period last year and a new record high.

"We have seen identity fraud attempts increase year on year, now reaching epidemic levels, with identities being stolen at a rate of almost 500 a day," said Simon Dukes, chief executive of Cifas.

"These frauds are taking place almost exclusively online. The vast amounts of personal data that is available either online or through data breaches is only making it easier for the fraudster."

ID theft accounts for more than half of fraud recorded by Cifas, a not-for-profit organisation that shares fraud prevention tips between businesses and public bodies.

More than four in five of these crimes were committed online, it said, with many victims unaware that they had been targeted until they received a random bill or realised their credit rating had slumped. This would prevent them getting a loan of their own.

Fraudsters steal identities by gathering information such as their name and address, date of birth and bank account details. They get hold of such information by stealing mail, hacking computers, trawling social media, tricking people into giving details or buying data through the "dark web". bbc.com

Nearly Half of Employers Continue to Ask About Criminal History on Job Applications
About half (48 percent) of employers that conduct pre-employment background checks still have a question on their application forms inquiring about applicants' criminal histories, despite the growing momentum to "ban the box" on job applications.

Criminal records searches are used by 93 percent of employers that conduct prehire screening. But only 10 percent of employers wait until after making a job offer to ask about criminal history, according to Sterling Talent Solutions' 2017 Background Screening Trends & Best Practices Report.

More than half of respondents (55 percent) either direct candidates to check a box on the employment application if they have been convicted of a crime or ask about criminal history during the interview stage. Another 28 percent do not ask candidates about prior criminal history at all. In 2015, three-fourths of respondents said that their job applications included a question about a candidate's prior criminal history. shrm.org

Safety and Security Panel Webinar: Protecting Facilities and Lone Workers
According to a recent Everbridge survey, 81 percent of companies reported that their employees expected their organization to help protect them while they are mobile, traveling or working remotely. Clearly this is a topical concern for global organizations in today's increasingly unpredictable risk environment. So, how can organizations ensure when an issue occurs, they can keep their employees safe?

Join us on September 19th for our live event, Safety and Security Panel Webinar: Protecting Facilities and Lone Workers to participate in our live Q & A and learn about some key best practices and technologies that you can employ to improve readiness. Register here.

How 'viral' incidents take down retailers
Add distressed investor Marc Leder to the list of people sickened by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Leder, one of the most prominent figures in investing in battered retailers, is nonetheless scared by what is happening at the burrito chain.

The scarred brand, like other chains that have recently been forced to tackle extraordinary incidents, is causing Leder to become much more selective when buying distressed restaurants and retailers.

"We find that once a brand is tarnished with the consumer it is much harder to restore [its luster] given the growth and proliferation of social media," the 55-year-old head of Sun Capital said in an exclusive interview with The Post. nypost.com

Ill. Bakery Says It Got Burned In Ole Mexican Pastry Deal
An Illinois bakery that tapped Ole Mexican Foods Inc. to produce pastries for 7-Eleven stores hit the supplier with a $2 million lawsuit in Illinois federal court Monday for allegedly burning, botching and mislabeling the goods.

Prairie City Bakery of Vernon Hills, about 35 miles north of Chicago, accuses Ole of breaching an agreement to produce pastries for Prairie City's Dulce Pradera label by making substandard products that failed to conform with standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other state and local governmental agencies. law360.com

Ann Taylor's $3.5M Wage Deal OK'd, But Awards Trimmed
A California judge on Tuesday approved clothier Ann Taylor's $3.5 million deal to end over 8,150 workers' claims of unpaid wages and missed breaks but slashed requested awards for the class representatives, admonishing counsel for submitting "boilerplate, lawyer-drafted declarations" for their clients. law360.com

Hermes Paris - Director LP job in New York was taken down from website

Gap Inc, Director of LP - West Zone job taken down from website

Hurricane watch issued for Texas as Harvey reforms, tremendous rainfall possible

Whole Foods Shareholders Approve $13.7B Acquisition by Amazon

Sprint converting former RadioShack stores

First Look: Target's remodeled store in Minneapolis

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Lowe's Q2 comp's up 4.5%, sales up 6.8%
American Eagle Q2 comp's up 2%, revenue up 3%
DSW Q2 comp's up 0.6%, sales up 3.3%
Express Q2 comp's down 4%, net sales down 5%


He said, she said... Now what?
Retailers attending the Retail Risk - New York conference on 14th September can learn how to resolve employee relations issues using Cognitive Interviewing techniques...

"These are some of the most difficult investigations," says David Thompson of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. "Investigations into theft, fraud or more severe crimes are typically supported by documentation, surveillance or other tangible evidence, but the sexual harassment claim, a workplace violence threat or bullying typically only supply the investigator with a witness account of what happened."

In a session at the Retail Risk - New York conference on 14th September, David will show delegates how they can learn from the tools used by Certified Forensic Interviewers (CFI) to interview victims, witnesses or the alleged perpetrators when attempting to identify the truth.

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Supporting the LP Industry Through Best-in-Class Service

Two years following Cam Connections' acquisition by Protection 1,
Garret King helps CCI take customer service to new heights,
while supporting industry efforts through the LPRC

In June 2015, Protection 1, the largest full-service business and home security company in the U.S., announced the acquisition of Cam Connections, Inc. (CCI), a full-service security systems integrator based in Lakeland, Florida with satellite offices in Davie, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. Joining forces with Protection 1 has helped extend CCI's reach to better serve its customer base by leveraging Protection 1's national footprint. The two companies offer similar technologies including intrusion and life safety systems, access control, CCTV, video analytics and POS monitoring.

Garret King, Business Development Manager for CCI, has played an instrumental role in the company's growth and success. He started with Cam Connections in 2008 as an Installation Technician, but has since transitioned to the sales side of the company. Leveraging his experience in engineering and design, with an understanding of the latest retail technologies, Garret excels in helping clients realize their vision. With the support of a highly trained team of systems designers and national account project managers, Garret and Cam Connections are able to deliver tailored security solutions to meet their customers' specific needs. 

"Since joining us almost 10 years ago, Garret has always brought a creative and unique approach to our internal workflow and interactions with customers, helping us strive to deliver on our mission to provide best-in-class service, solutions and value," said Robert Bull, Vice President-CCI, a division of Protection 1. "Garret continuously stays on top of industry developments and trending technology that impact our field rapidly."

Alan DeRennaux, Asset Protection Manager for HD Supply, who has been working with Cam Connections over the past year on a chain-wide CCTV and BA rollout, speaks highly of Garret's character and work ethic.

"Garret is someone I view as a leader in his industry. He has the knack to communicate with many varieties of people, thus making him a valuable asset to our company," said DeRennaux. "He is a true go-getter that references excellent customer service as his first priority, which is evident when he goes the extra mile on all projects."

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Google and Walmart partner on voice shopping in a challenge to Amazon's Alexa
Google and Walmart have entered into a partnership to make hundreds of thousands of Walmart products available to purchase through the Google Home voice-controlled speaker, the tech giant's answer to the Amazon Echo, the companies told Recode on Tuesday.

Owners of the Google Home gadget will be able to order one item at a time from Walmart completely by voice, or add multiples items to an online shopping cart for larger orders, and complete the purchase via the Google Home app later on.

Google first introduced voice shopping to Google Home earlier this year with partner retailers like Costco, Walgreens and PetSmart in a bid to offer commerce functionality like Amazon's Alexa voice service already did.

In late September, Walmart will join those retailers in the program as well as on the Google Express shopping marketplace, which started out as a same-day delivery service in a handful of markets but has since expanded to include more traditional shipping speeds from partner retailers so that the service could cover the entire contiguous U.S. recode.net

Knightscope Announces the K1 Security Robot
New Machine to Include Concealed Weapon Detection and Radiation Detection

Knightscope, developer of advanced physical security technologies focused on significantly enhancing U.S. security operations, today announced the K1 to complement its growing portfolio of Autonomous Data Machines (ADM), including the K3 (indoors), K5 (outdoors) and the upcoming K7 (multi-terrain). The K1 will initially cater to airports, hospitals, retail and other environments with highly sensitive points of ingress/egress requiring a physical presence but in a stationary form. businesswire.com

Why protecting data is key in retail customer experience
To protect customers' most sensitive data, as well as their own brand reputation, retailers must step up their data security efforts or risk losing customers' trust, patronage and business. With EMV pushing fraud to channels where card-not-present (CNP) transactions take place, such as the call center.

Retail call centers in the bull's eye

Often deemed the "low-hanging fruit" by fraudsters, call centers are seeing an increase in fraudulent activity, especially those that operate in the retail industry. Recent research shows retail call center fraud nearly doubled last year.

And it's not only outside hackers who are posing threats. Retail call centers must be on high alert for insider fraud committed by customer service representatives (CSR) or agents. This could involve a rogue CSR copying down a caller's payment card data for personal use or even selling it to a third party. Moreover, not all insider threats are malicious. An agent could accidentally open a phishing email that exposes sensitive data throughout the network to illicit third parties.

The challenge for retail call centers, perhaps more so than in any other industry, is how to effectively protect customer data while providing a positive customer experience. After all, customer service is expected to overtake both price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020.

Keeping sensitive data out of the call center

To help protect against data breaches, many call centers have begun implementing technologies that shield payment card data and other sensitive personal information from agents, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR) systems. However, these technologies are known to create customer frustration and increase average handling time (AHT), as often customers don't know how to correct a miskeyed number and simply hang up the phone (leading to a lost sale). Even when information is input correctly, the customer's data may still touch or be stored in various call center systems such as the CRM, leaving it vulnerable in the event of a breach.

Retail call centers should not sacrifice customer service for data security. Fortunately, new technologies and data security practices can allow call centers to have the best of both worlds. Using dual tone multi-frequency (DTMF) masking, retail call centers can have customers input their payment card numbers using their telephone keypad. The touch tones are replaced with flat tones, concealing the card data from both CSRs as well as call recordings. Yet, at the same time, CSRs remain on the line and in full voice communication with the customer to help with any issues that may arise and ensure a positive customer experience.

DTMF masking solutions can keep payment card data from ever touching the call center environment, allowing both customer service and strong data security to co-exist. retailcustomerexperience.com

NIST drafts new safeguards for information systems, Internet of things
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations.

Developed by a joint task force comprised of civil, defense and intelligence representatives, the draft takes into account the ongoing effort to create a unified information security framework for the federal government.

This latest draft particularly goes beyond both information security and the federal government to address practices that all kinds of organizations can implement to maintain security and privacy in their interconnected systems. biometricupdate.com

Worldwide IT Security Spending To Hit $86.4B This Year
Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, marking a seven percent increase over 2016. That's according to market research firm Gartner, which said in its latest forecast that spending will grow to $93 billion in 2018. pymnts.com

Delaware Joins List of States to Strengthen Data Breach Laws

Beijing Staffless Convenience Store Outwitted by Cartoon Face


The Executive Psychopath: How to Identify and Catch Criminal Leaders

Have you ever observed a respected executive and yet seriously questioned their behaviour and decisions? There may be a reason why. Psychologists estimate there are a large percentage of psychopaths actually sitting in those senior chairs.

In this session, hear from Cythia Mathieu, an expert in corporate psychopathy, who will speak on how top executives can flip into criminal activity and how to navigate delegate investigations on these individuals who could be or already are at risk.

Don't miss out on this day of new connections and industry insights! Register today!

Retail security: Defence against fraud
Sears Canada LP Executive Discusses Prevention Measures

With each passing day, more and more consumers are making the switch to online shopping. It is for that same reason that ecommerce fraud is growing at an exponential rate. Fraudsters are attracted to the same "quick and easy," as they too can now order goods without ever having to set foot inside a retail store.

The first line of defence is your checkout process. When putting together a strong fraud mitigation plan, try to find ways to build in "human" verification elements such as CAPTCHA. This helps prevent fraudsters from creating bots that can automatically place orders in bulk. Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode are two solutions that can be easily implemented into the checkout process for additional validation. It is also crucial to capture as much meta-data as possible about the computer/user making the purchase. Such elements as IP address or Device Fingerprint are extremely beneficial as they can act as important data points that can be used to identify patterns and trends.

The second line of defence involves the order passing through a series of business rules and fraud validation checks to decide on whether you should accept or reject an order. These rules can be as simple as ensuring the billing and shipping addresses match or that the CVV number matches what is on file with the bank. Alternatively, the rules can be as complex as validating the total number of orders placed by a specific IP address within a certain time frame or looking at orders over certain dollar amounts utilizing foreign currency credit cards.

Despite your best efforts, not every order will be caught through the fraud review process. Therefore, the final step is always a thorough review on any fraud chargebacks received for your online orders. This can give you insight on how that particular fraud order could have been prevented and will allow you to tweak your rules to catch orders like it in the future. canadiansecuritymag.com

Winnipeg couple slams Walmart for not reversing $6,600 in fraudulent charges
Walmart Canada Bank Says Consumers Not Protected if Fraudster Uses Correct Pin

A Winnipeg couple who say they were pickpocketed in Mexico are out $6,600 after someone apparently used the PIN on their credit card to make fraudulent purchases, and their credit card company says that's enough reason to not reverse the charges.

Rick and Andree Jolicoeur were in Cancun in February when a routine bus trip to get groceries ended with him realizing his wallet had been stolen sometime during their travels. Since then, they've been in a months-long fight with Walmart Canada Bank, which issued their MasterCard. The company says it won't reverse the charges because it appears the person who used the card knew the four-digit PIN, and the cardholder agreement states a consumer must protect the code.

His MasterCard had already racked up almost $7,000 in charges, including two of $3,300 from what he was later told was an "equipment rental" business. Rick Jolicoeur said the company told them to "enjoy their vacation" and "everything would be taken care of." After they returned to Winnipeg, they learned Walmart Canada Bank refused to reverse the charges.

Several phone calls to the call service centre revealed that because the card has a chip and the purchaser used the correct PIN to make the charge, Walmart Canada Bank was not liable. Walmart Canada Bank stands by its decision to not reverse the charges. cbc.ca

Sears Canada chairman steps down so he can bid to buy retailer
According to an employee memo obtained by CBC News, Brandon Stranzl will step away from his day-to-day operations at the company to instead focus on putting together a bid to buy the company and keep it going once it emerges from its current restructuring.

As part of those CCAA proceedings, there's an upcoming deadline of Aug. 31 for parties interested in buying any or all of the company's assets to step forward.

Stranzl had been focusing his efforts on finding a turnaround plan for the company after that process ends, and "the intention is to formulate these plans into a bid that can be submitted," the memo reads. "The goal of any such proposal is to facilitate a path for Sears Canada to emerge from CCAA and so that all of us can continue with the company's reinvention plans." cbc.ca

Canadian Shopping Binge Reaches New Height in First Half
Retail Sales Jump 4.6% in First Six Months of 2017

Canadian retailers posted a fourth-straight monthly sales gain in June, closing off a half-year performance that was one of the best for the sector on record.

Retail sales increased 0.1 percent during the month to C$49 billion ($39 billion), Statistics Canada reported. Retailers generated C$291 billion in sales in the first six months of 2017, a record. Sales were up 4.6 percent from the last half of 2016, which is the biggest half-year gain in the data going back to at least the early 1990s.

In volume terms, receipts for retailers increased 0.5 percent and are up 7.8 percent from a year earlier, which is the biggest 12-month increase since at least 2004. bloomberg.com

Walmart Canada's same-store sales growth outperforms the U.S., U.K. and China

Sears Canada Closing Nine Home Stores

Nunavut hopes first legal beer and wine store might curb boozing

Toronto, ON: 2 people shot at Sherway Gardens, 1 taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries
A 50-year-old man has suffered life-threatening injuries after two men shot at him while he was inside a parked car in the Sherway Gardens Plaza parking lot Wednesday evening. A second man, also in his 50s, was found nearby. Acting Duty Insp. Leah Gilfoy said his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

An eyewitness to the brazen shooting says that a man in black clothing suddenly appeared and began firing a gun into a parked car.

Police have not released any information about the suspects, except to say that they took off in a black BMW SUV, which investigators later found on fire in Mississauga. cbc.ca

Toronto, ON: Security tape shows 4 Domino's employees wrestle gunman
to the ground

The video shows three of Karan's colleagues joining in the tackle, one wrestling what appears to be an automatic weapon from the would-be robber. While Karan and his colleagues seemed only proud of themselves, Toronto police say that no one should ever try to fight someone who is armed, unless it's a case of life and death.

Police arrived at the Kingston Road pizza shop around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, finding the assailant on the ground - held there by the group of employees. A man in his 30s appeared in court Thursday charged with attempted robbery and several weapons-related offences. Neither Karan nor any of the others in the video have any training in dealing with someone who was armed, they all told CBC Toronto. cbc.ca

St. John's, NL: Businesses alerted after $20K in jewelry purchased with
fraudulent cards

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says two stores in St. John's are out thousands of dollars after a man used a worthless prepaid credit card to buy jewelry. According to a release sent Friday, the RNC has had two complaints of fraud since Aug. 8. In both cases, a man saying he was from out of province purchased items with a prepaid credit card. Days later, the stores were told that the transaction was fraudulent.

In total, the RNC says the man made away with $20,000 of merchandise. They believe the incidents are related and that the man may try it again. They are advising businesses, especially jewelry stores, to keep an eye out. cbc.ca

Related story: Spade tattoo clue to $20K St. John's jewelry fraudster

(Update): Winnipeg, MB: Officer shot in leg after his gun went off spontaneously, police say
An officer shot by his own weapon last week didn't have his hands anywhere near his gun, Winnipeg police say. The bullet severed three arteries and the officer likely saved his life by quickly tying the wound off with a tourniquet. The officer was taking part in a firearms training course on Aug. 7 when he and his partner went to a store on Taylor Avenue to get some lunch about 1 p.m., Const. Jay Murray said. The officer, who had his gun in his holster, opened the car door with one hand while holding his lunch with the other. As the officer sat down, the gun went off, shooting him in the lower leg. cbc.ca

Edmonton, AB: Man wounded in strip mall shooting

Winnipeg, MB: Gas station robbed by man with knife 3 times in 2 days, police say

Kingston, ON: Canine unit finds man wanted for theft, threatening LP officer

Calgary, AB: Mounted police capture 3 youths accused of pointing fake gun in store theft

Calgary, AB: 'Good Samaritan' wrestles real-looking paintball gun away from suspect amid panic at McDonald's

Brockville, ON: Shoplifting suspect wanted on outstanding warrant

Woodstock, ON: Bomb threat reported at Walmart

Robberies and Burglaries

Alley's Corner Variety - Thunder Bay, ON - Armed Robbery
Domino's - Toronto, ON - Armed Robbery
Drug Store - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Winnipeg, MB - Armed Robbery (3x in two days)
Mather & Bell IDA Pharmacy - Peterborough, ON - Robbery
Needs - Moncton, NB - Armed Robbery
Needs - Moncton, NB - Armed Robbery  
Undisclosed store - Calgary, AB - Robbery (used fake gun)


Early Holiday Predictions: Slightly Lower E-Commerce Growth, Amazon Takes Bigger Bite
While the holiday shopping season is months in the future, one of the very first predictions of e-commerce during that time is in and it predicts slightly less growth for U.S. merchants than last year. Search marketing firm NetElixir predicts holiday e-commerce volume will grow 10 percent this year compared to last after 11 percent growth from 2015 to 2016.

NetElixir attributes the slight decrease in growth to the success of Amazon Prime Day (many shoppers got some early Christmas shopping done during that day of deals), lower prices overall online and general softness in retail. The company also expects Amazon to suck up more dollars during the holiday season in 2017 than it did last year (34 percent of all e-commerce vs 30 percent last year). cardnotpresent.com

Digital Download: Decoding Blockchain's Future
A potential counterfeit killer with a host of other uses is making its way into luxury industry consciousness, particularly in China.

As chief information officer of Louis Vuitton China, when Sunny Lu heard about an unbreakable encrypted code used for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, his first thought was that this kind of technology could be a key anticounterfeiting tool for the luxury goods industry.

Fast forward a few years and Lu is the cofounder of BitSe, a blockchain technology research firm, and VeChain - the name is a shortening of "verification chain" - a cloud product management platform built on blockchain. He's now trying to sell a multitude of industries, from wine and spirits to car manufacturers and luxury fashion brands, on the utilities of the technology.

The wider world still has a rather rudimentary understanding of blockchain outside of its fintech usage, but it essentially refers to digital building blocks of information that are stored on a cloud and secured using cryptography - making it a useful technology for all kinds of industries.

For example, in the luxury sector, these digital records could be used to authenticate legitimate products, manage supply chains, track customer relationships and improve service. By putting unique IDs on the blockchain and embedding each product with a near field communication chip, radio frequency identification tag or QR code, blockchain technology provides an opportunity for enterprises to create, manage, maintain and update shared data. This data could include where a leather bag was made, by whom and from what, who now owns it and who owned it in the past.

Counterfeiting and consumer trust are particularly pertinent issues in China, where an abundance of the former has led to a lack of the latter. According to a survey conducted by J. Walter Thompson, 98 percent of Chinese Millennials worry about whether their purchases may be counterfeit, showing the huge value to be unlocked by high-tech security measures. wwd.com

DSW grows its online sales 27% in Q2

Newton, AL: Smash & Grab thieves use a truck to break into a Gun Store
Gerald Harden shot out of bed about 4 Tuesday morning, jarred awake by a truck crashing through the front door of his store. In business for more than 40 years, Harden and his gun shop have never been through anything like this. "What amazes me is the only guns taken were Glock handguns," Harden said. "My video shows the individual walking past the most expensive guns I have and breaking into another area to retrieve the Glocks. By that happening, I believe this entire thing was a setup. Someone wanted that kind of gun."

Brookfield, WI: Dick's Sporting Goods Teen Shoplifters led Police on 5 mile chase
A 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl were taken into custody at 12:31 p.m. Aug. 21 after stealing merchandise from Dick's Sporting Goods, and then leading town of Brookfield police on a high-speed chase. The 17-year-old girl was cited for fleeing and eluding an officer as well as eight traffic citations. The 16-year-old girl was issued two citations for littering after having thrown the stolen merchandise out of the car during the chase.

Update: Somerset, PA: Man waives preliminary hearing in $2,700 TV thefts
Surveillance video from the store shows Jace Updyke walking out with Vizio flat-screen televisions on Aug. 10, 11 and 13. Updyke allegedly loaded the TVs into shopping carts, left the store without paying and drove away. Wal-Mart loss-prevention personnel contacted State Police on Aug. 14 when Updyke returned to the store.

Cape Girardeau, MO: Menard's multi-store Shoplifter arrested following a 15 mile chase with Police

Brookfield, WI: An electric guitar valued at $1,999 was stolen from Guitar Center, on Aug. 15

South Korea: Oil thieves dig a 50 yard tunnel to an underground pipeline; stealing over 5,000 gallons per day



Tampa, FL: Federal Judge sentence Lakeland Gun store thief to 30 months; stole 104 firearms

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Shootings & Deaths

Dallas, TX: Teen identified as suspect in 7-Eleven murder
Dallas police identified one of three suspects wanted for the robbery and murder of a man at a gas station. Police say 17-year-old Jayden Blanton and two others robbed and killed 37-year-old Jorge Torres Sunday night at a 7-Eleven in the Red Bird area. Police believe Blanton is the one who pulled the trigger while police in Cedar Hill think he is also their suspect in a robbery at a Valero gas station early Friday morning in Cedar Hill. fox4news.com

Robberies & Thefts

Tuskegee, AL: Man Sentenced to 282 Years for Crime Spree
Today, Tariq Khalil Jones, 35, of Tuskegee, was sentenced to life in federal prison plus 282 years for committing numerous armed robberies and a carjacking, announced A. Clark Morris, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. His crime spree began on January 16, 2016, and ended May 4, 2016, and included the following ten businesses: Dollar General, Tallassee, AL, Tiger Spirits, Auburn, AL, Chevron, Auburn, AL, QuikTrip, Newnan, GA, Marathon, LaGrange, GA, Wing N' Burger Factory. LaGrange, GA, Papa John's, Prattville, AL, Family Dollar, Opelika, AL, Family Dollar, Dadeville, AL, Dollar General, Camp Hill, AL. Jones used a firearm during each of the crimes and while fleeing one of them, he shot at a vehicle with a father and his 3-year old daughter inside. Luckily, neither were harmed. alabamanews.net

Jefferson Parrish, LA: Four 'crash and grab' ATM burglaries in one month
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is working to catch what it's calling an organized group of ATM bandits who use trucks to do their damage. Deputies believe the group is responsible for at least four 'smash and grab' ATM burglaries in Metaire and New Orleans. What's more, they say this group is experienced. wwltv.com

Cadillac, MI: Man facing life on Retail Fraud charge
Austin Earl Vodry was charged with first-degree retail fraud for his connection with an incident occurring on or about July 17, 2016 at Tractor Supply. A habitual offender fourth-degree notice was added to the charge which means with the enhancement on the five-year felony he faces up to life in prison. cadillacnews.com

Hewitt, TX: Disabled friends falsely accused of shoplifting a hat at Walmart
A disabled man and woman are asking for a 'sincere' apology from Walmart after being falsely accused of shoplifting. He said after winning the camouflage colored hat from 'The Claw' vending machine, she put it on, and they spent three to four hours inside the store shopping, then ate dinner at the Subway restaurant inside. kwtx.com

FBI: Gang-crime on the rise in El Paso

College Station, TX: Temp Employee at Texas A&M Concession Stand has been Acquitted by a jury in $5,000 cash theft

Dallas, TX: $300,000 Lamborghini Thief says he was promised $10,000 for the stolen super car

Chicago, IL: Suspect wanted for Dick's Sporting Goods theft arrested with weapon

Washington, DC: Burglar hits CVS in The Sops at 2000 Penn Mall for over $20,000 in cash

Cincinnati, OH: Skeleton mask-wearing robber hits United Dairy Farmers C-Stores; connected to at least 4 stores

Credit Card Fraud & ID Theft

Miami, FL: Two Cuban nationals face federal prosecution in alleged credit card fraud
Two Miami-based Cuban nationals arrested in Rogersville on state credit card fraud charges have graduated to the federal court system and appear to have profound legal problems, according to court documents. What Amaurys Mendez Companon, 39, and Prats Leiva Odemnis, 30, could have trouble explaining is a credit-card encoder found inside their rented SUV. A search of the vehicle also allegedly turned up 12 unlawfully encoded cards, more than $15,000 in cash and 22 MoneyGram or Western Union money orders in amounts ranging from $100 to $900. citizentribune.com

Charges - Pleas - Sentencings

Tulsa, OK: Officers in June shooting of knife-wielding, mentally ill man won't be charged


Arby's - Battle Creek, MI - Armed Robbery
Brother's C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Burglary
Casey's General Store - Centralia, IL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Washington, DC - Burglary
Dollar General - Kinston, NC - Armed Robbery
Express Pharmacy - Hagerstown, MD - Armed Robbery
Get 2 Go - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
Harden's Gun Shop - Newton, AL - Burglary
Laundromat - Laredo, TX - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Brighton Heights, PA - Armed Robbery
Penn Jersey Food Mart - Wilson, PA - Armed Robbery
S&B Cost Cutter - Ocala, FL - Armed Robbery
Speedway Market - Oildale, CA - Burglary
Stalvey's Liquor -Conway, SC-  Armed Robbery
Stone's Pharmacy - Jonesboro, AR - Burglary
TJ's Party Store - Battle Creek, MI - Armed Robbery
The Pickle Barrel - Wallhalla, SC - Burglary
Timemasters & More - Torrance, CA- Burglary
Trek Bicycles - Shawnee, KS - Burglary
Vogue - Laredo, TX - Burglary


Daily Totals:
11 robberies
9 burglaries
0 shooting
0 killed





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