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Daniel Whaley named Director of Asset Protection for Regal Entertainment Group
Prior to taking this position with Regal Entertainment Group, he served as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Citi Trends. Congratulations, Daniel!

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ShopperTrak releases its prediction of the top ten busiest shopping days of 2018

Black Friday projected to be busiest shopping day again for 2018
The five Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day also among biggest traffic
days of the season

Tyco Retail Solutions today announced the ShopperTrak list of the most anticipated holiday shopping days of 2018, and the top 10 busiest days to bring in nearly half of a retailer's seasonal shopper traffic. Black Friday, November 23, earned the top spot again this year. Super Saturday, December 22 and Saturday, December 15 are expected to be the second and third busiest shopping days, respectively.

The full list of predicted busiest shopping days is as follows:

1. 11/23/2018 - Black Friday
2. 12/22/2018 - Super Saturday
3. 12/15/2018 - Third Saturday in December
4. 12/23/2018 - Sunday before Christmas
5. 11/24/2018 - Saturday after Thanksgiving
6. 12/08/2018 - Second Saturday in December
7. 12/21/2018 - Friday before Christmas
8. 12/26/2018 - Day after Christmas, aka "Boxing Day," in some global regions
9. 12/01/2018 - First Saturday in December
10. 12/29/2018 - Saturday after Christmas

"Our historical analysis indicates that Black Friday is again and has been the biggest shopper traffic day of the year, and each Saturday in December gets progressively busier as you approach Christmas Day," said Brian Field, senior director of retail consulting practice at ShopperTrak. "The Thanksgiving Day weekend - including Black Friday as the busiest day, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24 as the fifth busiest day - will be a crucial span of days for retailers as they approach the holiday season."

These key dates account for nearly 45 percent of all shopper traffic for the entire holiday season, and so it will be essential for brick-and-mortar retailers to align their staffing, inventory and merchandising efforts in relation to these dates.

"Ensuring that key merchandise is in stores especially during these ten days and scheduling associates for the right days at the right times will allow retailers to provide their customers with the intended experience and keep them coming back well beyond the holidays, added Field."

Please see the infographic for more insights on the Top 10 Busiest Shopping Days.

To learn more about ShopperTrak solutions, please visit: www.shoppertrak.com.

Vector Security Awarded Contract to Provide Security for All New Habitat for Humanity Homes in Jacksonville, FL
Vector Security to install security equipment inside new homes built during the 2018-2019 contract year.

PITTSBURGH, September 18, 2018 - Vector Security, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent mobile security and home automation solutions, and the nation's fourth largest security company, has been awarded a contract to provide security for all new Habitat for Humanity homes built in Jacksonville, Florida during the 2018-2019 contract year.

"Vector Security is pleased to assist Habitat for Humanity in its work to provide safe and affordable housing for those in need," said Walter Smith, General Manager of Vector Security's Jacksonville branch. "Homeownership is a huge milestone, and we are proud to be able to help Habitat homeowners protect their homes with reliable security equipment."

"In addition, we will be supporting the construction of one Habitat home in the Jacksonville area via financial and employee volunteer support," Smith added.

The contract is part of a long-standing relationship between Vector Security and Habitat. Over the years, employees from all around Vector Security's footprint have volunteered to help build Habitat homes. Additionally, Vector Security provides protection for HabiJax outlet stores, ReStore of Jacksonville.

Jerry Ingle, Vice President of Construction and Real Estate for HabiJax. "Vector Security is providing an extremely high quality product to our client families. I was also very touched that they have agreed to donate a security system for one of this year's homes. vectorsecurity.com

CLEAR ORC Conference Oct. 8-11, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is Still On
Target & Scheduled
"The CLEAR Conference in Myrtle Beach is still on track for October 8-11, 2018. Hurricane Florence had minimal impact on our conference hotel, and they expect to be fully operational for the conference."

The Crown Reef Beach Resort has also extended the conference room rate! Take a look at the agenda

The CLEAR Team hopes you can join us! Register now at: www.clearusa.org

Global Electronic Article Surveillance Systems Market 2018-2022
Adoption of Source Tagging in the Retail Sector to Boost Growth

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 18, 2018--The global electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems market is expected to post a CAGR of over 3%, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. However, the growth momentum of the market is expected to decelerate on a year-over-year basis during the forecast period.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180918005937/en/

In this report, Technavio highlights the adoption of source tagging in the retail sector as one of the key emerging trends in the global EAS systems market:

"Apart from the adoption of source tagging, the increased spending on security systems and inclusion of data analytics in EAS systems are two major factors that are expected to boost the growth of the global market in the next few years," says a senior analyst at Technavio for research on IT security.

The Americas led the market in 2017 with a market share of close to 46%, followed by EMEA and APAC respectively. However, during the forecast period, the APAC region is expected to show the highest incremental growth. businesswire.com

Is Your Workplace a 'Threat Place'?
High stress workplaces are like psychological Petri dishes; they are perfect places to grow nasty things.

Most employers realize that it's to their advantage to assure that their workplace is free of health threats to their employees. Whether it's the fear of OSHA fines, high workers compensation claims, or lost productivity, it makes strong business sense to shape the work environment with an eye to health and safety.

Can the same be said for psychological threats to health?

Just a few months ago, Mental Health America released a report following their two-year project with the Faas Foundation about the psychological impacts of the nation's workplaces. "Mind the Workplace" gives a troubling message to employers and supervisors in large and small organizations alike. It makes the point that workplace stress has not only negative health consequences for the employee but also negative business results for the enterprise.

"Mind the Workplace" reports their analysis of 17,000 surveys from workers in a wide variety of employment settings. A 20-question online tool was used to assess some of the possible causes of stress on the job and the influence this may have on the person's health.

It turns out that U.S. employees may perceive their workplace as a "threat-place," a setting that's not fair, not focused on the right things, unsupportive and unhealthy emotionally.

Consider a few of their results:

● 81 percent think that job stress affects their relationships with family and friends, at least sometimes.

● 63 percent think that this stress produces unhealthy behavior, like drinking or crying.

● 63 percent think that their workplace is unhelpful or hostile, such that they want to work alone.

● 66 percent don't trust their coworkers or team to support their work activities. sentinelsource.com-request

Amid McDonald's strike, fast-food workers often vulnerable to sexual harassment
First Job in a Women's Life - Makes them more vulnerable

Fast-food staffers also are vulnerable to unwanted physical advances, lurid comments, graphic pictures and gestures as they do everything from flip burgers and brew coffee.

McDonald's workers in 10 cities across the U.S. are scheduled to strike to protest sexual harassment on Tuesday, right before the anniversary of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's downfall, which crystallized the #MeToo movement. 

Forty percent of female fast-food workers have been sexually harassed on the job, according to the Washington, D.C. firm Hart Research Associates. Most affected are African-American and Latina women.

More than 76 percent of women ages 18 to 24 and an estimated 35 percent of men in that age group report that they've been sexually harassed, according to research by Stop Street Harassment, a Reston, Virginia-based not-for-profit dedicated to safe public spaces.  usatoday.com

McDonald's workers go on strike over sexual harassment
Now in the midst of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, McDonald's workers who have faced sexual harassment and their supporters began to strike Tuesday afternoon in 10 cities.

In Chicago, protesters gathered outside the McDonald's headquarters chanting, "We're here, we're loud, sexual harassment is not allowed" and "respect us, accept us, don't try to touch us."

Some held a banner emblazoned with "#MeToo McDonald's" and other had tape with #MeToo written on it covering their mouths.

The striking workers will demand that McDonald's form a committee made up of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women's groups to address sexual harassment, according to a statement released by the group Equal Rights Advocates, which is providing legal support for and sponsoring the strike.

"This committee would chart a path forward to make sure nobody who works for McDonald's faces sexual harassment on the job," the statement said.

In May, 10 McDonald's employees, including Morrow, filed sexual harassment charges against the company with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The charges detail claims of on-the-job sexual harassment and instances of managers ignoring such claims or women facing retaliation after reporting them, according to the statement from the National Women's Law Center.  nbcnews.com

Woman warns others after being targeted by potential human trafficking tactic at grocery store
A Florida woman is taking to social media to warn others about a potential human trafficking tactic she recently encountered at a local grocery store. Lynne Knowles says a man followed her through several aisles at her neighborhood Publix, recording her with his cell phone.

"I was so scared and felt so uncomfortable," said Knowles. "It made me very nervous and I purposely went down an aisle that most men wouldn't go down and he popped up on that aisle too."

After confronting the stranger, Knowles says he ran outside where two other men were waiting in the parking lot. Since then, she says several friends have come forward with similar stories.

WFTS also uncovered another Tampa-area mother warning others about a strange man taking pictures of children at International Plaza. Tampa Police say mall security did contact them about the incident, but they have not found any unlawful behavior. ktnv.com

How Eggs Get in Our Grocery Stores
Hazardous & Illegal Immigrant Child Labor Trafficking in OH
Defendant Pleads Guilty: OH Labor Trafficking-Immigrant Minors

Pablo Duran Ramirez, 50, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio, to encouraging the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States for financial gain. Duran Ramirez is the fourth defendant to plead guilty in connection with a labor trafficking scheme that forced Guatemalan minors to work at egg farms in central Ohio.

Haba Corporate Services, contracted to provide labor to Trillium Farms, knowing that the workers were unlawfully present in the United States. He further admitted to knowing that some of the workers were unaccompanied minors who had been coerced or threatened to enter the United States and then housed in an isolated trailer park in Marion, Ohio. In 2013 and 2014, Trillim Farms paid the defendant's company approximately $6 million for its labor services.

"This defendant, in conspiracy with three other previously convicted individuals, coerced and assisted individuals to enter the United States illegally, many of them children, forcing them to live in deplorable conditions and work for little to no wages,"

Those defendants admitted to recruiting workers from Guatemala, some as young as 14 or 15 years old, falsely promising them good jobs and a chance to attend school in the United States. The defendants then smuggled and transported the workers to a trailer park in Marion, Ohio, where they ordered them to live in dilapidated trailers and work at physically demanding jobs at Trillium Farms for up to 12 hours a day. The work included cleaning chicken coops, loading and unloading crates of chickens, de-beaking chickens and vaccinating chickens.

"This defendant profited off the desperation of children and their parents and other relatives," said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman for the Northern District of Ohio. "He knew some of the workers he delivered to Trillium Farms were underage, in the country illegally and were threatened or coerced. We will continue to work to eliminate human trafficking in all its forms." justice.gov

Out of Stock This Holiday Season: Store Workers
Retailers Scrambling to Staff Their Stores

The holiday shopping season is still two months away. But faced with record-low unemployment and rising wages in other industries, U.S. retailers already are scrambling to find enough workers to staff their stores.

Retailers have begun their annual push for holiday workers earlier than ever, raising pay and offering perks such as profit-sharing and paid time off for part-time associates. They also are hosting recruiting marathons with the goal of hiring thousands of workers in a single day.

Kohl's Corp. and J.C. Penney Co. started hiring seasonal workers in June-about three months earlier than usual. Target Corp. said last week that it plans to hire 120,000 seasonal workers, 20% more than last year. In recent months, retailers from Walmart Inc. to CVS Health Corp. have been raising starting hourly pay.

The moves to lure and keep workers are an about-face for retailers who in recent years have closed stores and trimmed staff to cut costs as sales and profits came under pressure from the shift to online shopping. It isn't clear whether the new incentives will be enough to woo and retain staff. wsj.com

What Are an Applicant's Tattoos Telling Potential Employers?
Researchers reach widely different conclusions on what employers think about job candidates' tattoos.

The job candidate sitting in front of you has tattoos covering most of her left arm. Fair or not, you may conclude that the markings paint her as a renegade and, possibly, even as irresponsible or unreliable.

Yet a different manager sitting across from the very same woman might see her tattoos as a sign that she's progressive, creative and able to relate to younger customers.

That is how differently today's employers view body art when they consider how well-equipped candidates are for the jobs they're trying to fill.

In fact, the research findings on how tattoos affect a job candidate's hiring prospects differ widely.

On the one hand, a study published in August by professors at the University of Miami and the University of Western Australia found that tattoos make no difference in terms of getting hired.

"Obviously, all tattoos are not created equal. The genre and quality of a tattoo, as well as its placement, can impact employer decision-making. But the results suggest that, in aggregate, there is no employment discrimination against employees and job applicants with various forms of tattoos."

Yet a study released in July by professors at Colorado State and California State universities found the opposite-that there are hiring and wage biases against people with almost any type of tattoo or body piercing. shrm.org

DOL Focuses on Compliance-Based Programs
New - Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI)

Employers may get a little more help from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) through its Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). The new office will assist employers in preventing workplace violations and protecting employees' wages, benefits and other rights under federal labor laws.

"OCI appears to be a promising program that has the potential to help both employers and employees alike," said James Plunkett, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Washington, D.C.

Small businesses and employees don't generally have the time or resources to navigate the constantly changing interpretations of all the laws that fall under the DOL's purview, he said. "OCI is intended to provide these stakeholders with straightforward answers to the questions they face every day."

The DOL oversees compliance and enforcement efforts under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and other employment-related statutes.

"Vigorous enforcement and compliance assistance go hand in hand," Acosta said in a statement. "The Office of Compliance Initiatives expands our efforts to promote full compliance with federal labor law."

Establishing the OCI is one in a series of steps that the department is taking toward creating compliance-based programs that offer education and assistance to businesses. shrm.org

Director - DC & Artistree Loss Prevention & Safety Posted for Michaels in Irving, TX
We are currently recruiting for a Director - DC and Artistree Loss Prevention & Safety located in our Support Center (Global Headquarters) located in Irving, TX. The Director - DC, Artistree, LP and Safety will lead
the DC, Artistree organizations in the protection of assets and the reduction of financial loss, achieving industry leading results in safety and shrink reduction, while maintaining expense rates.

The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, with more than 1,340 stores in the United States and Canada. With net sales on $5.36B in 2017. hrsmart.com

Bezos promises Amazon HQ2 decision will be announced by year's end

Retailers say new $6.2B settlement proposal still fails to bring billions in credit card swipe fees under control

Gap to hire 65,000 for holidays

Holiday sales to grow 4% and E-commerce to grow 16%

7-Eleven Rolls Out Apple Pay, Google Pay to all US Stores

Nearly half of UK transactions now contactless

Quarterly Results
Neiman Marcus Q4 sales up 2.3%, online sales up 12.5%, full year sales up 4.9%

LPRC Impact 2018 - Science. Practice. Results.

The LPRC has developed the IMPACT Conference to help retailers and their solutions partners better employ research tools to assess the real-world impact their LP efforts have on sales, crime, and loss levels. This year's theme is Science. Practice. Results. Our aim for this year's conference is to deliver practical research, rooted in rigorous scientific research methods, to help your team succeed.

View the full research agenda. Register here for LPRC Impact 2018.

For more information, please visit lpresearch.org/IMPACT


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Mobile Task Force - Joint Security Initiative to Fight Fraud & ID Theft
Develops Password-Free Security Tool

The four major U.S. carriers, working together in a task force launched earlier this year, announced a mobile login tool that they say could improve mobile security.

Earlier this year, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon announced a joint security initiative called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, in which the companies would work together to fight fraud and identity theft.

The initiative bore its first fruit last week with the announcement of Project Verify, which aims to combine authentication with secure network access so that users can log in securely without having to remember individual passwords.

Here's how it works: Rather than tying a login to a phone number, as is typical with two-factor authentication, the service would connect it more gradually, through the use of a carrier identifier. The verification of the login would happen through the network, rather than through a third-party service like Google or Facebook.

The approach gets around one of the biggest problems that has faced two-factor authentication: the risk of spoofing, in which a hacker steals a person's phone number for login purposes. Phone numbers, which for a time were the recommended method for tightening security, have grown increasingly susceptible to attacks, leading to an increased use of alternate tools, like physical security keys.

The task force highlighted a prototype of the mobile ID technology at GSMA's Mobile World Congress Americas, the second edition of which was held last week in San Francisco.

In a news release, GSMA Chief Technology Officer Alex Sinclair noted that Project Verify dovetails nicely with carriers' global efforts to improve security.

The mobile providers are currently looking into ways to launch the technology to their users. associationsnow.com

IoT Threats Triple Since 2017
Rapidly evolving malware is posing an ever-greater threat to the IoT - and business users of the Internet.

In the first half of 2018, more than 120,000 modifications in malware attacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices - triple the total in 2017 and more than 10 times for 2016, according to a new report by researchers at Kaspersky Labs.

The report shows that simple, brute-force attacks on passwords were still the most commonly used techniques to breach IoT security, making up at least part of 93% of the attacks seen

To better protect devices, researchers suggested keeping firmware up to date, changing preinstalled passwords, and rebooting devices as soon as any unusual behavior is noted. darkreading.com

Judge Boots $1.6M Neiman Marcus Breach Deal And Class
An Illinois federal judge Monday decertified a consumer class and declined final approval of its $1.6 million deal with Neiman Marcus Group LLC that would have ended an action over credit card data that was exposed in a 2013 breach, finding conflicts between class members. law360.com

How is Oracle Micros POS affected by CVE 2018-2636?
A security researcher found a security flaw dubbed CVE-2018-2636 that enables the installation of malware on Oracle Micros POS systems. Learn more about the vulnerability. An ERPScan security researcher discovered a flaw that enables the installation of point-of-sale malware on Oracle Micros POS systems. How serious is this flaw?

As malware and botnets that attack mobile devices seem to be going out of favor with attackers, the bad guys are shifting their attention back to point-of-sale (POS) systems.

Attackers like to target POS systems, such as Oracle Micros POS, because they process payment data and are pervasively deployed. Malware targeting POS systems, including RAM scrapers, have been detected more and more over the last several years after they received increased attention in the PCI DSS specification.

Recently, ERPScan B.V. found a vulnerability in Oracle's Micros POS that could be used to gain access to the POS system. The vulnerability, CVE-2018-2636, was initially -- and innocuously -- classified as a directory traversal bug.

However, the vulnerability is much more serious, as an attacker can download any file -- including the main configuration file -- containing username and password information. With this information, an attacker can connect to a server to gain access to data or to use credentials for lateral access to the network. techtarget.com

Reducing Dwell Time of POS Attacks Can be Deceptively Simple
With the ever-expanding risk of financial and personal impact from POS breaches, many CISOs in the retail industry are shifting to an Active Defense strategy to mitigate the risks of a massive breach. At the core of this approach is deception technology which is designed to reduce dwell time by providing visibility into in-network threats and efficiently tricking an attacker into revealing themselves as they seek to recon the production environment, steal critical credentials, and download malware onto POS devices.

Active Defense does not stop at detection and incorporates offensive actions designed to change the asymmetry of an attack and detect threats early by obfuscating the attack surface with realistic device decoys, attractive bait, and breadcrumbs. These actions detect, delay, derail, and proactively defend against the enemy so they cannot advance their attack. It also raises the risk profile for the cyber-adversary as they waste their time in a misleading environment that increases their costs, forcing them to start over or find an easier target altogether.

The retail industry is now taking a page out of the attacker's playbook and applying cyberwarfare tactics to reduce risk and add offense-based threat deception to quickly derail attacks. This well-known strategy for beating an adversary is now very much in play in today's retail networks and has become a critical security control for the protection of retailers and our coveted credit card and financial information. risnews.com

Sr. Manager, Offensive Security posted for 'ring' in Santa Monica, CA
Ring is looking for a Senior Manager, of Offensive Security to build and maintain the Ring Information Security penetration testing and red team program initiatives. This position will report to the Director of application and product security. They will be accountable for various initiatives surrounding product security, application testing, and offensive security.

Ring's mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods and empower consumers by creating a Ring of Security around homes and communities with its suite of smart home security products: Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Stick Up Cam, Ring Floodlight Cam, and the new Alarm Security systems. With these security devices, Ring has created the neighborhood watch for the digital age and continues to keep homes around the world safe. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you're always home. lever.co



The NRF LP Effort & Value - Protect 2018

Bob Moraca, Vice President of Loss Prevention, NRF, provides an update on the National Retail Federation's latest LP/AP efforts - from the NRF LP Council to research studies and preparedness guides to the evolution of the NRF PROTECT conference, the largest retail and restaurant LP event in North America.

Scott McBride, Vice President of Loss Prevention, American Eagle Outfitters, talks about the work and value of the NRF LP Council, as current Vice Chair and long-term member of the group. With 7 different committees involving 75 senior retail LP/AP executives representing over 40 different retailers from a variety of sectors, learn why you and your retailer should get involved.

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Joan Sparks - Tyco Retail Solutions - Quick Take 4

Joan Sparks, tells us about the Sensormatic Global Shrink Index - a new study on retail shrink commissioned by Tyco Retail Solutions that surveyed 1,200 retail decision makers across four regions, 14 countries and 13 retail segments. Then Joan takes on the "Lightning Round".



A new Online Sales Tax Bill would create a $10 Million Small Business Exemption
A new online sales bill introduced last week would include a $10 million exemption for small businesses. Similar to the bill Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) introduced earlier this month, this bill-called Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act-is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota, which allows states to require out-of-state merchants to collect and remit local sales tax on goods sold to their residents.

The new bipartisan bill, sponsored by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), would prohibit states from forcing out-of-state retailers to remit sales taxes from sales prior to June 21, the date of the Wayfair decision. It would prevent states from imposing sales tax collection duties until Jan. 1 ,2019 and, most notably, it would carve out a $10 million exemption for small business sellers until the states produce a Congress-approved bill that, according to the bill, would simplify sales tax collection to the point where no small business exemption would be necessary. "This bipartisan legislation reins in the taxation free-for-all created by the Supreme Court's ruling in Wayfair," Sensenbrenner says in a statement. "Online sellers need clarity and stability in the sales tax arena. Our bill will protect small businesses and internet entrepreneurs from excessive regulatory burdens." Although, this is the third online sales-tax bill introduced since the Wayfair decision, and few expect Congress to act. digitalcommerce360.com

Porch Piracy: The Biggest Problem In E-Commerce Has Finally Been Solved
As with any industry growing at a rapid pace, e-commerce retailers and consumers face a myriad of issues. Primary among the issue according to several studies is the growing phenomenon of "porch piracy" whereby consumers have e-commerce packages stolen from their front porch, off the patio in the rear of their house or from their front door in an apartment building.

The packaging company Shorr recently completed a study identifying the top-10 cities where Amazon packages are most likely to be stolen. According to Shorr, consumers in the following cities experience the most thefts:

1. San Francisco, California
2. Seattle, Washington
3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. Portland, Oregon
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Oakland, California
8. Baltimore, Maryland
9. Atlanta Georgia
10. Sacramento, California

In this article, the author evaluates over a dozen products globally that are designed to prevent package thefts and/or make it easier for consumers to receive and protect their packages. forbes.com

eBook: The Top Three Types of Fraud that Threaten Merchants this Holiday Season
Learn how emerging e-commerce fraud challenges will impact holiday revenue...

As consumer shopping volume continues to shift to digital channels, fraudsters have focused their efforts on identifying and exploiting the unique attributes of e-commerce.

Meanwhile, increasing e-commerce fraud losses and management costs are taking a toll on merchants-and impacting their holiday revenue.

Read this eBook to learn about the three major fraud risks that threaten merchants this holiday season:

1. Unauthorized transactions by stolen card or payment credentials
2. Account takeovers by taking over another persona's retailer account
3. Friendly fraud by abuse of the chargeback system or unintentional purchases trustvesta.com

Mobile to drive 68% of holiday e-commerce traffic
Holiday sales are set to grow 13% this year over 2017, with mobile devices pushing 68% of e-commerce visits and 46% of orders, according to a new report from Salesforce. The cloud computing firm estimates artificial intelligence (AI)-based product recommendations will account for 35% of revenue. retaildive.com

4 keys to avoiding click‑and‑collect chaos this holiday season

How Online Retailers Can Make the Most of Preorders to Maximize Sales




Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Attorney General Seeks to Seize Over $1 Million in Assets From Seven Pawn Shops
Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced the filing of three civil forfeiture complaints for merchandise and currency seized on June 19th from seven pawn shop locations by the Attorney General's Justice Division. The complaints come as part of an ongoing, multi-agency investigation into local pawn shops.

The pawn shops allegedly engaged in a pattern of purchasing new-in-the-box items under circumstances that clearly should have alerted pawn shops that the merchandise was stolen. Included in the allegations is a pattern of purchasing stolen property from the same customers repeatedly, as well as a history of possession of stolen property.

"This investigation began when the Home Depot approached Unified Police Department and the Attorney General's Office with concerns about the amount of losses it was suffering due to retail theft in Utah. According to Home Depot, it has lost around $60 million dollars to theft in Utah over the last five years," said Dave Carlson, AG Justice Division Director. "The sale of stolen property to pawn shops also helps fuel Utah's serious opioid problem as most of the offenders who commit retail theft and sell the stolen items to pawn shops are doing it to support a drug habit."

The pawn shops from which the merchandise and currency were seized are: Sportsman Fastcash with locations in West Valley and Salt Lake City; Xtreme Pawn with locations in Kearns, West Jordan, Riverton, and Lindon; and Big Dog Pawn & Jewelry located in Murray. Numerous local retail establishments whose stolen property is believed to have been seized from the possession of these pawn shops are included in the forfeiture action. The forfeiture action will allow retailers the opportunity to recover stolen property. attorneygeneral.utah.gov

Update: Martinsburg, WV: Former Asst. Manager gets 1 to 10 years in Bed Bath & Beyond theft; refusal to pay $45,000 in Restitution
A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County (W.Va.) Circuit Court to one to 10 years in prison in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars of merchandise from Bed Bath & Beyond. Curt David Danner, 51, was placed on probation for five years in January after he pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. Danner was ordered to serve the prison sentence after Judge Laura Faircloth found that he violated terms of his supervised release.

Danner didn't make any payments on the $45,000 in restitution that he was ordered to pay. Probation Officer DeLaine Buckley also said in the petition that Danner falsely reported that he was employed by a Dollar General store, after being terminated in January. Buckley also said that Danner failed to provide any evidence that he attempted to obtain treatment for his gambling addiction, and violated restrictions from using the internet to sell, buy or trade items. Buckley also noted that the defendant failed to get permission to accept employment in June at a business in Winchester, Va.

In her petition, Buckley said that Danner had not made any payments toward court costs. When he was questioned by his supervising probation officer if he was going to make a payment toward the restitution or court costs, the defendant replied "nope." When told that his refusal to pay would result in a petition seeking revocation of probation, the defendant allegedly replied "do what you have to do," court records said. Danner was an assistant manager at Bed Bath & Beyond when the items were taken from the store between January 2015 and December 2016 and sold online. The stolen items, which were said to be valued at $65,931.72, included 47 Illumnibowl motion-activated toilet night lights, 25 Fitbit Flex wireless activity-and-sleep wristbands and 23 Breville the Barista Express 8-cup espresso machines. Danner, who allegedly used another person's eBay and PayPal accounts to sell the stolen items online, admitted to the embezzlement. heraldmailmedia.com

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in Fed. Court to Buying $90k in Gift Cards
Using Counterfeit CC's at Multiple Giant Eagle Stores, Western PA

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in June 2016, Corey W. Howard and conspirators used counterfeit credit cards at multiple Giant Eagle stores in Western Pennsylvania to purchase gift cards and merchandise, which totaled approximately $90,000.

The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both at each count. Being sentenced Jan 31, 2019. justice.gov

Concord, CA: Three suspects wanted in $6,000 Grab & Run theft at T-Mobile
Three suspects are being sought for the theft of approximately $6,000 worth of cell phones, tablets and other devices Monday night from a T-Mobile store in Concord's Park 'N' Shop shopping center, police said. Concord police Lt. Kristen Thoms said the three men went into the store at 1701 Willow Pass Road about 7:40 p.m. Monday and soon started grabbing the devices from store shelves before running out of the store with them and getting into an early-2000s-model green Honda. sfgate.com

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Shootings, Assault & Deaths

Rancho Cordova, CA: Deputy killed, 2nd wounded outside Pep Boys
A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and another wounded in a shootout that started with an argument at a Pep Boys store, authorities said. The suspected gunman and a bystander were wounded in Monday's shootout but they were expected to survive, Sheriff Scott Jones said. About 2 p.m., deputies answered a report about a dispute between a customer and an employee at the auto parts store in Rancho Cordova, just outside of Sacramento. The deputies were answering a "routine call" that gave no indication the customer had a gun, Jones said. "As soon as they arrived and engaged the subject he turned as if to run or flee and then immediately turned around and started firing without warning," the sheriff said. Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, was shot in the upper body and killed. Deputy Julie Robertson, 28, was hit in the arm but shot back as the attacker fled. He was taken into custody by other officers after a second shootout, Jones said. cbslocal.com

Spokane, WA: Man killed by Cheney Police Officers planned death
Court documents indicate that a Washington state man who was killed by Cheney Police Officers earlier this month had reported himself to police the evening of the shooting. The Spokesman-Review reports 40-year-old Steve Anderson was shot by three officers in a grocery store parking lot after police say he was wielding a knife and moved toward officers. According to a search warrant filed Thursday in Spokane County, investigators found a notepad on Anderson that detailed his plans to be killed by police. The notepad also recorded his other attempts at suicide.  heraldcourier.com

San Leandro, CA: Man Shot in the neck as he walked through Walmart parking lot

Tacoma, WA: 2 wounded in shooting outside Marijuana dispensary, 2 charged

Robberies, Thefts & Fraud

Aventura, FL: Prominent Broward Prosecutor Charged With Shoplifting Beauty Products from Publix
Stacey Honowitz, a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney's Office, has been arrested after staff at a Publix supermarket in Aventura allegedly caught her stealing beauty products. Aventura Police arrived at the store on the afternoon of Sept. 15, where they interviewed Publix employees and scoured video footage before arresting Honowitz. Honowitz placed more than $124 of groceries in her cart but also "selected three beauty products valued at $42.93 and concealed them in her purse." Honowitz, who served as a supervisor in the sex crimes and child abuse unit, has practiced law for more than 30 years.  miamiherald.com

Winter Park, FL: Shooting stemmed from Shoplifting incident at Goodwill
A shooting in Winter Park's business district on Monday afternoon started with the gunman firing at a person who tried to stop from shoplifting at a Goodwill store, police said. The suspected gunman was identified as Jerad Christopher Vasquez. According to Winter Park police, the hours-long search for Vasquez ended with him exchanging gunfire with a police officer. No one was hurt.  wesh.com

Husband and Wife C-Store Owners Instructed Staff in $866,130 Food Stamp Fraud - Indicted
Jacksonville, Florida - the Dotsons owned and operated Asmarina Food Mart with two locations in Jacksonville. The Dotsons trained their employees on ways to conduct fraudulent transactions with SNAP recipients using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

The Dotsons instructed their employees to ring up fraudulent transactions to make it appear that SNAP recipients had purchased eligible food products from the store using their EBT cards. The employees then gave the SNAP recipients cash representing approximately one-half of the amount of the fraudulent transaction, while the Dotsons received the remainder of the money. Over approximately 27 months, Russell and Maria Dotson defrauded the United States out of $886,130. justice.gov

New York, NY: New Target at Essex Crossing is Plagued by Thefts; NYPD reports 42 thefts since Aug. 15

Akron, OH: Councilwoman wants C-Store closed; Police called 297 times since Jan 2017

Gillette, WY: Menard's Employee struck by vehicle attempting to stop Shoplifter in parking lot, One Arrested

Arlington, VA: Fashion Centre at Pentagon City grand larceny fails spectacularly; Police arrested two suspects

Aspen, CO: Three felony convictions sends re-offender to rigorous Community Corrections facility for 9 months

London: Woman Bought $13 Diamond Ring At Flea Market That Sold For Over $800K At Auction

Singapore: Former Pawn shop employee jailed for cheating company of $285,000

Jared in the Mall of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH reported a Grab & Run on 9/17, items valued at $3,499
Jared in the Orland Park Place, Orland Park, IL reported a Grab & Run on 9/14, item valued at $7,499

Kay Jewelers in the Washington Crown Center, Washington, PA reported a Grab & Run on 9/17, item valued at $1,899

Kay Jewelers in the Arizona Mills, Tempe, AZ reported a Grab & Run on 9/13, items valued at $6,398

Kay Jewelers in the West Ridge Mall, Topeka, KS reported a Distraction Theft on 9/15, item valued at $6,948

Kay Jewelers in the Parmatown Mall, Parma, OH reported a Grab & Run on 9/17, items valued at $8,447

Piercing Pagoda in the Holyoke Mall, Holyoke, MA reported an Attempted Burglary on 9/15, no loss reported

Piercing Pagoda in the Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa, OK reported a Grab & Run on 9/16, item valued at $179


Brooklyn, NY: NYPD charges man in Kings Plaza Mall parking garage fire
Authorities have charged a Brooklyn man in connection with a mall parking garage fire that destroyed dozens of vehicles and injured more than 20 people. The NYPD arrested Avon Stephens, 23, Monday afternoon after releasing images captured by security camera video near where the fire raged at Kings Plaza Mall in Mill Basin. Stephens faces arson an charge. fox5ny.com


Burger King - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - White Center, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Beaumont, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Floyd County, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ashtabula Township, OH - Robbery
CVS - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry - Holyoke, MA - Burglary
KFC - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
McDonald's - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Pharmacy - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Santa Barbara, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - New Port Richey, FL - Burglary
T-Mobile - Concord, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
15 robberies
2 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings





None to report.

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