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Two-Thirds of Organizations Say Active Shooters Are a Top Threat
But 79% Are Not Fully Prepared

Everbridge recently conducted an "Active Shooter Preparedness" research report, surveying 888 individuals about their safety plans and ability to manage an active shooter situation. The key findings? Respondents were overwhelmingly concerned about violent acts - such as active shooter situations - taking place at their company or organization. Despite that worry, a majority of respondents also said that they were not properly prepared for an active shooter situation, highlighting communication to affected employees and individuals as one of the major issues.

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● 69 percent of organizations view an active shooter incident as a potential top threat, but 79 percent replied that their organizations were not fully prepared for this type of event.

● Communicating with and confirming the safety of those in an impacted building were seen as the biggest challenges during an active shooter situation by 71 percent of organizations. Despite that, 39 percent still said they didn't have a communications plan in place.

● 61 percent do not run any active shooter preparedness drills at all.

● 73 percent said that employees or students are willing to exchange some aspects of privacy for enhanced security.

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Customer Accuses Sears Canada LP Employee of Racial Profiling
A First Nations woman originally from Sturgeon Lake said she was racially profiled, insulted and ejected from the store while shopping at the Prince Albert Sears location. B. Helen Ermine said she was approached by an employee while on her way to the till to pay for a comforter on Sept. 20.

"He told me 'put it down, put it down' like I was going to steal," Ermine said. "I said 'I'm not stealing, I'm buying these things.'"

Ermine said the employee, a loss prevention officer dressed in plain clothes, continued to harass her while she tried to shop, eventually calling her a "dumb Indian" and making other racially-charged comments while accusing her of not being able to afford the items. The man then tried to put his hand on her shoulder, Ermine said, while insisting she leave the store.

"He tried to grab me by my arm," Ermine said. "I said 'you'll be sorry if you put a hand on me.'"

The man did not touch her, Ermine said, and she left the store intending to return with her husband and speak with the manager. When they arrived at the 15th St. W. entrance, she said the employee locked the door and did not let them enter, despite the fact the store was not scheduled to close until 6 p.m. and customers were still inside.

The employee shouted at the couple through the locked door, Ermine said, and they left in disgust after making a fruitless attempt to argue their case through the plate glass. Ermine said she cried when they arrived at home, as she had never before been the victim of racism.

Sears Canada spokesman Vincent Power has acknowledged an incident occurred between Ermine and a loss-prevention employee, but are not providing details on what happened due to privacy concerns. Power did say the company would describe the incident differently.

"We believe that how our staff dealt with the couple was fair in light of the circumstances surrounding what occurred," Power said in a statement last week to CKBI. "We would not tolerate discrimination in any form." globalnews.ca panow.com

Former H-E-B Sr. Exec facing 600 years prison on 53 counts of child porn
On Wednesday, the reading of all 53 counts of the indictment against 66-year-old John Morgan Campbell took hours. Campbell, former VP Deli & Food Service for H-E-B, is accused of finding and owning nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos of children under the age of 18 back in 2014.

The case came to light, prosecutors told the jury, after Campbell mistakenly attached a sexually explicit image of a young boy to an e-mail he sent to a fellow employee. That employee alerted a corporate executive.

"When she asked John Campbell about the image -- she hadn't even showed it to him yet -- he didn't deny it," prosecutor Patrick Ballantyne told the jury. "What he said was, 'You got me.'"

Company executives immediately notified authorities and terminated Campbell.

If convicted, Campbell faces up to 600 years behind bars. ksat.com news4sanantonio.com

Pa. Justices To Consider Reinstating $2.1M Shooting Award
Customer shot in '07 altercation at Giant Eagle-owned GetGo store

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider reinstating a $2.1 million verdict awarded to a man shot outside of a Giant Eagle Inc. convenience store on grounds that the company failed to challenge the verdict before jurors in the negligence case were dismissed.

The case comes before the justices after the Superior Court decided in December that Giant Eagle had successfully preserved a challenge to the verdict, which included an award for lost wages that far exceeded what either side in the case suggested was appropriate, despite not raising objections at the end of trial.

The award stems from negligence claims that John Stapas filed against Giant Eagle in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas after he was shot multiple times following an altercation with a customer at a GetGo convenience store in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood in July 2007. law360.com

Allstate Needn't Cover Mall In Counterfeit Suit, Judge Says
Luxottica awarded $1.9M from Georgia flea market selling counterfeit sunglasses

Allstate doesn't have to cover a discount mall's costs to defend an underlying lawsuit over its vendors' sale of counterfeit sunglasses resembling Luxottica brands or the ensuing $1.9 million jury award against the mall, a Georgia federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying Luxottica's claims don't fall within the Allstate policy's advertising injury coverage.

According to court papers, Airport Mini Mall LLC operates an indoor flea market in College Park, Georgia, known as Old National Discount Mall, which features multiple vendor stalls. In November 2014, federal law enforcement officers conducted a raid on the discount mall and seized 8,000 products, including counterfeit sunglasses modeled after Luxottica's Ray-Ban and Oakley brands, according to court documents. The following month, Luxottica sent a cease-and-desist letter to the mall.

However, Luxottica's investigator later returned to the mall in spring 2015 and discovered that vendors were still selling fake Ray-Bans and Oakleys, according to court papers. In April 2015, Luxottica filed suit against Airport and several of its employees, claiming that they are liable for contributory trademark infringement because they allowed vendors to sell the counterfeit sunglasses. law360.com

$26M In Worthless Gift Cards To Texas Restaurant
What happens when a retailer files for bankruptcy

Consumer Justice found millions of dollars worth of gift cards to a popular restaurant, are now worthless. Tina Stanley found out the hard way after trying to use the cards at Texas Land & Cattle. She said she was told that the cards were no longer valid. Turns out, the company that owned the restaurant chain had filed for bankruptcy, and a new owner was at the helm. Stanley said he told her there was nothing he could do. Executives at CreativeFoods USA, the new owner, told Consumer Justice the gift cards were part of a contract between the previous owner and the gift card distribution companies and suggested that card holders contact those companies. According to bankruptcy filings, Texas Land & Cattle has $26 million in gift cards that can't be used. cbslocal.com

Greenville, SC: Bill proposes tougher penalties for gun store thefts
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a bill that would increase prison sentences for those crimes. "I am proud to introduce this bipartisan effort to make 'smash and grabs' more costly for the criminal. I believe in responsible gun ownership - not criminals stealing firearms," said Graham in a statement.

The legislation: ● Increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL's business inventory from 10 to 20 years. ● Imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL. ● Criminalizes the attempted theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector. wspa.com

Unsaleable Goods Reduction Report Provides Consumer Goods Sector with Actions to Address $15 Billion Challenge
A new report provides the consumer goods sector with proven, tangible solutions to reduce the nearly $15 billion annual cost of unsaleable goods, or products that cannot be sold due to their condition. The Collaborative Strategies to Reduce Unsaleables report ranks solutions with a track record of success and provides implementation guidance. A supporting report outlining the unsaleable goods challenge, Unsaleables 101, can be accessed here.

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'Doom' hack reveals more weak security in retail POS readers
More than 90% of POS readers using default security PINs

A security researcher recently figured out how to install and play the classic first-person shooter video game Doom on point-of-sale credit card readers, the ubiquitous devices at store registers around the world that complete purchases when you swipe, tap, or insert your credit card.

While Nolan Ray's hack isn't going to blow up the POS world, it helps demonstrate the potential insecurities of our retail transactions.

At the annual hacker conference DefCon in July, Ray demonstrated his hack on the Verifone MX 925, a credit card reader still in use and receiving manufacturer updates. You can buy it on Amazon.com for less than $600. He began by unlocking the device with its default personal identification number, or PIN, which Ray says retailers - like consumers, with other Internet-connected devices - rarely change, due to laziness or a lack of guidance. More than 90 percent of POS readers rely on their default PIN for security, according to a 2015 study.

Once the terminal has been unlocked, any malicious hacker could access and steal data stored on the reader - or install a 25-year-old video game like Doom - wirelessly through a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, or directly through its smart-card reader, or its USB or COM ports.

While you might not expect a store clerk to allow a malicious hacker to fiddle with a POS reader long enough to unlock or steal data from it, unmanned registers, especially at big chain stores, make for tantalizing targets. And as retailers increasingly rely on payment devices to process customer purchases and protect customer data, they need to become more vigilant than ever about the security at the register, Ray told The Parallax after his presentation. the-parallax.com

Security cameras show 'HACKED' instead of live feed video
HACKED - That is what is shown on all camera displays instead of live feed video for some Hikvision security camera owners. If it happened to you, then say hello to the backdoor in your security camera.

It's not just happening to Hikvision-branded IP cameras either, as the backdoor is in "many white-labeled camera products sold under a variety of brand names."

Apparently, enough time has passed for attackers to get into the game. On Sept. 12, security researcher "Monte Crypto" posted the access control bypass in Hikvision IP cameras on the Full Disclosure mailing list.

"Many Hikvision IP cameras contain a backdoor that allows unauthenticated impersonation of any configured user account," Monte Crypto warned. "The vulnerability poses a severe risk [and] is trivial to exploit."

A photo example of "HACKED" replacing the cameras' live video feed was posted by Reddit user wolfblitzer69. Yet a little searching proves he is far from the only one. csoonline.com

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Suits With Banks for $27M
Total Payout From '14 Breach Reaches $85M

Atlanta-based home improvement chain The Home Depot will pay $27.25 million to settle multidistrict litigation brought by the nations' financial institutions following a massive data breach in 2014 that impacted more than 56 million Home Depot customers. Friday's settlement brings Home Depot's total payout associated with the hack to $85 million. dailyreportonline.com

Cyber Crime in U.S. Costs $21.2 Million Per Business Annually
62% increase in last five years

Costly cyber attacks are having a significant and growing financial impact on businesses worldwide. According to new research published by Accenture and the Ponemon Institute, in 2017 the average cost of cyber crime globally climbed to $11.7 million per organization, a 23 percent increase from $9.5 million reported in 2016, and represents a staggering 62 percent increase in the last five years.

In comparison, companies in the United States incurred the highest total average cost per crime at $21.22 million while Germany experienced the most significant increase in total cyber crime costs from $8.44 million to $11.15 million. This surge follows a recent string of infamous malware attacks including WannaCry and Petya, which cost several global firms hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues. securitymagazine.com

How does your cellphone know whether your finger is real or a fake?
Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake? Researchers are working to answer these questions and solve the biggest problems facing fingerprint recognition systems today: how secure they are and how to determine whether the finger being used is actually a human finger. homelandsecuritynewswire.com

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Three Weak Links in E-Commerce IT Security
Because of the expanding attack surface for retailers, it is very difficult to apply consistent security policies and controls across an omnichannel environment - especially within patchwork legacy security architectures and hardware models.

Adequate Ingest Capacity

With DDoS attacks increasing in size, frequency, and complexity, retailers must enhance their DDoS defenses to help ensure application availability, website uptime, and infrastructure accessibility to protect e-commerce assets year-round. Last year, the largest attack was more than 600 Gbps - highlighting the need for retailers to bolster defenses and deploy more robust DDoS mitigation solutions in order to fight back.

Targeted Firewall Scanning

A firewall contains more than 65,000 transmission control protocol ports, so hackers continuously scan systems for vulnerabilities. Even worse, targeted, more sophisticated scans are an indicator that serious cybercriminals plan to invade the network or website.

Threat intelligence can help determine whether scans are targeted and more sophisticated ("low and slow") so you can better identify potential port vulnerabilities and quickly mitigate the threats that pose the greatest risk first.

Undetected Data Exfiltration

While the best-case scenario is to see attackers before they penetrate the network, threat intelligence can alert retailers when their websites have been compromised. Because 86% of websites and online applications have at least one vulnerability, it's not a matter of whether you will be targeted or attacked, but when. Considering the average retail "dwell time" for malicious activity to be discovered within a retailer's network is 197 days, attack detection capabilities are just as important as preventive measures. chainstoreage.com

This map of Amazon's warehouse locations shows how it's taking over America
The ecommerce giant now has 140 fulfillment centers where they pack and ship a myriad of goods.

Looking at the map, a pattern emerges. The centers are clustered close to population centers, making Amazon Prime's promise of two-day shipping cheaper and easier to fulfill.

Of the centers on the map, 35 are either planned or under construction, according to MWPVL International, a logistics firm. Amazon started growing its centers at a quicker pace in 2005, when it started to increase its presence from only two fulfillment centers in Seattle and Delaware. businessinsider.com

Walmart On Track with E-Commerce Expansion Initiatives

New York: Three plead guilty in Operation 'Sticky Fingers' $12M theft ring
Three more people have pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with Operation Sticky Fingers, a 10-month investigation of a theft ring that sold on the internet electronics and other items swiped from big box stores such as Best Buy, Office Depot and Staples in 28 states, prosecutors said.

A leader of a theft ring that stole more than $12 million of electronics and ink cartridges from big-box retailers and resold them on websites such as Amazon and eBay has pleaded guilty to involvement in the scheme, New York's attorney general said.

George Athanasatos, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of attempted enterprise corruption, money laundering and possession of stolen property, attorney general Eric Schneiderman said.
Athanasatos faces 3-1/2 to seven years in prison, and will also forfeit $439,205.

Twelve people had been indicted in March for their alleged involvement in the ring, following a 10-month probe known as "Operation Sticky Fingers."

Seven have pleaded guilty, following pleas on Wednesday by Joseph Pooler, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and Robert Scarano, of Las Vegas, to enterprise corruption charges, Schneiderman said. Both also face prison time.

"These guilty pleas, and the forfeiture of hundreds of thousands of dollars, mark a major victory in what was one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring," Schneiderman said in a statement.

"Retail theft is not a victimless crime," he added. "Ultimately, consumers pay higher prices while the perpetrators of these schemes cash in."

Investigators said the scheme involved thefts from Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples and other retailers across 28 U.S. states.

The attorney general said Athanasatos, known as the "Field Marshall," admitted to managing three of the four "theft crews" that delivered stolen goods to the Manhattan apartment of the other alleged ringleader, Richard Rimbaugh, known as "The General."

Athanasatos, who reported to Rimbaugh, also provided gear and equipment to help crew members carry large quantities of goods and evade store security, the attorney general said. wkzo.com consumerist.com

Hartford, WI: 5 in custody after Walmart shoplifting incident leads to police pursuit
Hartford police say five people are in custody following a shoplifting incident that led to a police pursuit early Wednesday. The suspects, all from Milwaukee, range in age from 14 to 19 years old. Officers were dispatched to Walmart, but the suspects fled the store prior to the officers' arrival. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Washington County Sheriff's Office was able to deploy tire deflation devices. Officials say the vehicle drove a short distance on its rims until it was disabled. The five suspects were taken into custody without further incident - and nobody was hurt. The investigation led to the recovery of multiple stolen Walmart sound bars and televisions that the suspects threw from their vehicle while fleeing from officers. A loaded handgun, reported stolen in Milwaukee, was also recovered from the suspects' vehicle. fox6now.com

Bethal Park, PA: Two women face charges after $1,000 shoplifting spree
at South Hills Village

Investigators recovered items stolen from various stores including Babies "R" Us, Sears, Victoria's Secret, Children's Place, Target and Macy's. They said the total value of the stolen items exceeded $1000. wtae.com

Coon Rapids, MN: Four shoplifters are sentenced on $2,500 Kohl's theft charges; 2 year diversion program and probation

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Shootings & Deaths

Fayetteville, NC: Walmart parking lot shooter considered 'armed and dangerous;' victim hospitalized
A man is in serious condition after being shot in the parking lot at the Walmart on Skibo Road on Wednesday. Police are searching for the shooter. They did not have a description or other information about him on Wednesday afternoon. The victim was shot multiple times about 2:50 p.m.. "The individual who shot him appears to have stolen the vehicle that he was in, which is a 2007, black in color, Ford King Ranch truck," Fayetteville Police Department Lt. Todd Joyce said.

The victim ran away from the shooter and collapsed near one of the Walmart's main entrances, Joyce said. Police are interviewing shoppers who witnessed the shooting and reviewing the store's security cameras. Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact the Police Department. fayobserver.com

Chicago, IL: Two O'Reilly's Auto employees wounded in store shooting
Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that left a man wounded Wednesday afternoon on the South Side. Police say the shooting took place at an auto parts store in the 6600 block of S. Halsted just after 1 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood. A 28-year-old man who reportedly works at the shop sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to the hospital in good condition. A second man was injured by broken glass and also taken to the hospital. wgntv.com



Boston, MA: Grand Jury Indicts 3 Men in AC Hardware Shopkeeper's Homicide
Three men have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a hardware store owner in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood over the summer. Christian Soto-Olivero, Jerome D. Hobson, and Shawn Redden also face charges of armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm for the July 18 shooting at AC Hardware. Police said Andres Cruz was shot in an apparent robbery attempt. He was alone at the time of the incident and there appeared to have been a struggle. Cruz was shot at least one time before the three suspects fled the scene. nbcboston.com

Robberies & Thefts

Hayward, CA: Police are investigating after thieves robbed a Costco in Hayward Wednesday morning
The thieves targeted the store's jewelry case at around 10 a.m. Hayward police say three men used a tool to break into the jewelry case and stole several items. Hayward police investigators say a security guard got into a physical confrontation trying to stop the robbers from getting away. The three men robbers were last seen driving in a gray four-door Toyota Corolla. Robbers have targeted several Bay Area Costco's recently. The most recent smash-and-grab robbery happened in Novato in July. kron4.com

Norwalk, CT: Rite Aid Pharmacy Burglar hid in store after closing
Police in Norwalk are asking for the public's help in finding the burglar they say went to great lengths to steal from a local pharmacy. It happened Monday night at the Rite Aid on East Avenue. Police released a surveillance picture taken at the pharmacy. Police said the thief actually hid in the store and was locked in when employees left for the night. news12.com

Santa Ana, CA: Armed Robber Still on the Loose
Police are searching for a man who committed a string of armed robberies in Santa Ana. The suspect hit several small businesses located between 1st Street and 17th Street in the Santa Ana area between April 19 and Sept. 1, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Some businesses that were robbed include two MetroPCS stores, Pan Dulce Bakery, Tri Income Tax and Gaby's Fashion. nbclosangeles.com

Police ask for help in locating two men wanted for 14 armed robberies in Tulare County, CA and Nebraska
The Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in catching two of Tulare County's most wanted. On Sept. 20, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux issued a statement asking the public to come forward with any information leading to the location and arrest of fugitives Homero Palomino Ontiveros, 32, and Ulises Medina, 24, both out of Earlimart. Both men are considered to be armed and dangerous. More than $250,000 were taken during 14 armed robberies over 15 months. thesungazette.com

Police arrest suspect in $200k in Laguana Beach Jewelry store burglary; Police seized $500k of merchandise during search
A 30-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of a series of jewelry store burglaries that allegedly netted him about $500,000. Edward David Torrison was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside, where he lives with his girlfriend, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota.

Police found about $500,000 in stolen jewelry and two loaded guns in the suspect's residence, Cota said. Torrison was booked on suspicion of theft, burglary and being a felon in possession of a gun, Cota said. Police were called on July 26 about burglaries at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center in Laguna Beach that netted thieves more than $200,000, Cota said. timesofsandiego.com

Snoqualmie Pass, WA: Good Samaritan could face charges for trying to help rescue child from burning truck; charges of burglary for grabbing a Fire Extinguisher from store
An Idaho woman who acted as a good Samaritan when a child was stuck inside a burning truck could face charges - all over a fire extinguisher. "I'm in absolute shock," said Tequila Isaacson who jumped in to help when the pickup truck went up in flames. On Tuesday one of the glass front doors on the neighboring Red Mountain Coffee remained boarded up after Isaacson broke the window on Sunday to gain access to a fire extinguisher. The pickup was parked in the parking lot next to the coffee shop when it went up in flames with a child inside.

"I ran back around from where the glass door was and I pulled a post out of the bed of my truck and hit the door to get to the fire extinguisher," said Isaacson. When first responders arrived, the 34-year-old told authorities she broke the glass door to get the extinguisher. But, Isaacson was stunned by what the Washington State Patrol Trooper told her next. "He was telling me that using a fire extinguisher that doesn't belong to me is theft and you're not allowed to steal it, no matter how good your intentions," she said. Isaacson said the trooper told her she would need to pay to replace the glass on the door, or else. wset.com


Skimming Theft Update

Huntington County, IN: 3 arrested after card skimmer, 500 fraudulent cards valued at $50,000 found in vehicle
Three Missouri men were arrested in Huntington County this week after Indiana State troopers reportedly caught them with an illegal card skimming device and some 500 swindled credit cards and gift cards.

Around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police pulled over a Nissan SUV along Interstate 69 for a traffic violation. During the stop, troopers noticed the three men inside had odd behavior, according to a news release.

All told, troopers recovered some 500 fraudulent credit cards and gift cards during the investigation, the report said. State police estimated the value of the cards at $50,000.

New smartphone app can detect wireless credit card skimmers at gas pumps
The app, currently only available for Android, works by looking for a Bluetooth module nearby that's commonly used in modern credit card skimmers. The module sits on a palm-sized circuit board, and it can be plugged into a credit card reader, hidden from sight, which steals every card number that it reads.

Using Bluetooth lets the perpetrator wirelessly download a list of card numbers from nearby, without drawing attention.

As smart as these skimmers are, the downside is that just like other Bluetooth devices, many of these skimmers broadcast their existence -- meaning anyone who knows what to look for can spot them ahead of time.

Fort Bend County, TX: Fraud suspects steal more than $17,000 with skimmed credit card

Oklahoma City, OK: Three Romanian nationals charged in skimming scheme; Stole $7,300 from victim bank accounts in one day

20 ATM Skimming Devices Discovered Around Philadelphia This Year

Pasadena, TX: 7 card-skimming devices found on gas pumps

Tampa, FL: Skimming Devices Found On ATMs, Suspect Sought

Palm Beach County, FL: Group suspected of installing card skimmer on bank ATM

Cape Coral, FL: Skimming device discovered on 7-Eleven ATM

Largo, FL: Deputies need help identifying skimmer suspects

Bismark, ND: Man charged with using credit card skimmer

Johnstown, NY: More credit card skimmers found at local gas stations
Barrington, RI: Police seek ATM skimming suspect

Antioch, CA: Card Skimmers Discovered on Six Pumps at Valero Gas Station

Clovis, NM: Police ask for help identifying man using skimming devices at ATMs

Flower Mound, TX: Police warn about gas pump skimmers

Fauquier County, Virginia: Card "skimming" devices found in Bealeton, Opal

College Station, TX: ATM skimmers discovered at BCS gas stations

Fonda, NY: Skimming devices found at area business

AT&T - Norwalk, CT - Burglary
Buckeye Pharmacy - St Clair Township, OH - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Costco - Hayward, CA - Robbery
Gateway Market - Fresno, CA- Armed Robbery
Pet Friends - Suffolk County, NY - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Norwalk, CT - Burglary
Stop N Go - Newport News, VA - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Fleetwood, PA - Robbery
Twin Liquors - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
7- Eleven - Salt Lake City, UT - Robbery (S 1300 E)
7 Eleven - Salt Lake City, UT - Robbery (E.1700 S)
7-Eleven - Pinellas Park, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
10 robberies
3 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings



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The Manager, Corporate Security will oversee all aspects of the company's physical security strategy for retail stores, warehouses, and store support center and field offices. This includes responsibility for the capital expense and repair budgets, developing written specifications, layout and design for all systems and to ensure all installations and repairs are made to SEG standards...

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Inspire and Motivate Your Employees

What Motivates Employees More: Rewards or Punishments?  When we try to motivate people, we try to elicit an anticipation of pleasure, by promising a reward or warn them of punishment, but which should be used: a carrot or stick, and when? All in your brain

How to Motivate Employees to Go Beyond Their Jobs  Every day, employees make decisions about whether they are willing to go that extra mile, and help contribute to their organization's success. When they do, everyone wins, but how can you motivate your employees to go beyond their jobs?  'Citizenship crafting'

How to Be a Motivational Leader
Everyone can be inspirational, and everyone has their own value to add. If you want to be a truly motivational and inspiring leader and earn the trust of your team, do these things. Set the example for others

When Employees are Feeling Down, These 5 Strategies Can Turn Failures Into Future Successes  Sometimes, as a leader, you also need to be your team's cheerleader  and biggest fan as well. Give your team a morale boost and turn failures into future wins with these tips. Show them you believe

Passion is probably the one trait all employers look for in every search and in every candidate. It's also the one ingredient that's hard to manufacture and almost impossible to fake. Certainly, energy level has a lot to do with it and virtually everyone can pick it up a notch when they need to. But passion is something that's deep and something money can't buy and quite frankly it's worth it's weight in gold because passion motivates people and it's what separates the good from the great. If you've got passion, let it show and, if you don't, try to go find it because every employer wants it.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing

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