Vector Security Honored as Top Security Company
Pittsburgh-based company named SDM Magazine's 2015 Dealer of the Year
Pictured: Vector Security Senior Management Team (l-r) John Taggart, Senior
Director/General Manager, Vector Intelligent Solutions; Thomas Helisek, VP,
Information Systems; Jeff Bates, COO; Leslie Baker, VP, Human Resources; Pam
Petrow, President and CEO; Steve White, VP, New Business Development; Jeff
Hoffman, VP, Finance; John Madden, VP, Authorized Dealer Division; Vince
DiValerio, VP, Acquisitions; Michael Grady, Executive Vice President; Anita
Ostrowski, VP, Central Station Services; Art Miller, VP, Marketing. Not
pictured: Jennifer Rattigan, Sr. Contracts Counsel.
PITTSBURGH, December 03, 2015 - For the second time, Vector Security has
SDM Magazine's Dealer of the Year. Launched in 1980, this top honor
recognizes Vector Security for its innovation, use of industry best practices,
and notable growth and accomplishments in the security dealer industry. Vector
Security earned SDM's Dealer of the Year distinction once before in 2003.
"This award is a testament to the hard work of the entire Vector Security team,"
said Pam Petrow, President and CEO of Vector Security. "From the corporate
office to our branches to our dealers, each has served a valuable role in
positioning us as a top security company."
SDM's Dealer of the Year award is the magazine's highest honor, bestowed upon
one deserving security company each year since 1980. To qualify, the company
must be in the business of selling and installing electronic security and
related systems to residential and/or non-residential markets.
"This year, Vector Security's truly impressive employee-centric focus; strong
commitment to the good of the security industry overall; and initiatives for
standardizing and unifying its processes, procedures and programs won the
company this title once again," said Karyn Hodgson, Senior Editor, SDM Magazine.
"We congratulate Vector Security on being named SDM's 2015 Dealer of the Year."
Vector Security was selected as 2015 Dealer of the Year for its:
● Commitment to Revitalizing its Internal Structure: The company's One Vector
initiative seeks to bring together its 30 branch locations, more than 50
authorized dealers and four distinct divisions under a common platform, path and
vision, while still allowing each to function autonomously as needed. The new
structure enables Vector Security to identify opportunities and adapt faster so
that it can better serve customers. It also provides a consistent company
experience among locations.
● Dedication to Employee Advancement: Vector Security is committed to employee
education and opportunity. This past year, it spent more than $1.2 million on
training initiatives, including management programs, industry certifications and
Vector University (a vehicle for managers to understand the global Vector
Security enterprise), among others. This investment has had a trickle-down
effect into employee satisfaction. The company promoted more than 97 employees
from within in the past year and boasts an average tenure company-wide of 7.9
● Passion for Customers and the Industry: Vector Security seeks what's best for
customers and the industry. As examples, the company is leading the charge to
modernize the way central stations operate and communicate, and championing the
Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) standard, which calls for the electronic
data transfer from alarm companies to 911 centers.
● Innovation: In recent years, Vector Security expanded its residential product
offerings to include automation packages in response to evolving consumer needs.
It also launched an online store, which spiked home automation adoption rates
from close to 40 percent to 85 percent in 15 months, and branded its Alarm.com
service with a Vector Security app through Apple and Google Play. On the
commercial side, it acquired Industry Retail Group in 2013 to add managed
network services (e.g. broadband aggregation, edge device management and network
management) to its product suite. This enables the company to provide a unified
solution that combines intrusion, video, burglar and fire alarm systems with a
secure network - all managed by a single entity.
Read more here.
David Cohen, CFE was named Corporate Multi-Channel Asset Protection Manager, for
Rent-A-Center. David was previously the Director
of Loss Prevention - Retail Services, Supply Chain, Corporate Security and
Projects for RadioShack, who he was with for over three years. He has also held
other loss prevention positions for such retailers as New Breed Logistics as
Loss Prevention Manager, Blockbuster as a Senior Loss Prevention Manager,
Regional LP Manager, LP Investigator and Field Auditor. Congratulations David!
2016 is heating up to be a busy year for senior LP jobs - |
Could be the strongest year in almost a decade
With close to 20 senior LP positions being posted in the last 3 months,
the back half of 2015 is absolutely the busiest we've seen in the last few
years. With the first half of '15 being rather quiet and dismal this back half
is showing a retail sense of urgency towards shrink and possibly safety. When
taking into consideration the increased ORC, violence, robberies, active
shooters, and possibly even the threat of terrorism, we might be seeing an
impact that's actually spurring growth in our industry. Certainly this will
create a busy first half of 2016 as a number of these positions will create some
openings on the other end. However not the normal number due to the large number
of senior level executives being available right now because earlier job
eliminations. Good news for the industry in one regard.
FTC Challenges Proposed Merger of Staples & Office Depot - 'Should be blocked'
FTC challenges office supply deal for second time in 20 years. Agency complaint
says deal would hurt office supply market. Staples Inc. will face a challenge by
U.S. antitrust officials, who said for the second time in 20 years that the
office supply chain's proposed takeover of Office Depot Inc. will squelch
competition and should be blocked.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint Monday seeking to block the
combination, which would leave just one national retailer of office supplies and
raise prices for corporate customers who buy under contract, the agency said in
a statement. "The commission has reason to believe that the proposed merger
between Staples and Office Depot is likely to eliminate beneficial competition
that large companies rely on to reduce the costs of office supplies," said FTC
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "The FTC's complaint alleges that Staples and Office
Depot are often the top two bidders for large business customers."
During its investigation, the FTC zeroed in on the market for corporate
customers that buy office products in large quantities through contracts that
ensure steady deliveries and discounted prices.
The Office Depot takeover is still facing an in-depth review in the European
Union after regulators there said in September that the deal may reduce choice
and raise prices.
Macy's Opts for Radical Thinking, Looks to Real Estate -
Stores Becoming Like Shopping Malls
Macy's Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Terry J. Lundgren told
investors listening to the retailer's third-quarter earnings call in
mid-November that the company is moving quickly to try to maximize the value of
its trophy real estate assets, including flagships in New York's Herald Square,
San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis. Lundgren said the company will consider
joint ventures or other tie-ups to redevelop portions of its key stores in a way
that maintains a robust Macy's presence while bringing alternative uses to the
buildings. The appeal of Macy's real estate is obvious. The Herald Square
flagship alone has been valued at between $3 billion and $4 billion.
Macy's has said its real estate strategy consists of a mix of owned and leased
stores in order to maximize profitability and operational flexibility. "We
continuously evaluate all our locations and their retail and alternative use
values. Macy's has said it will test its Backstage off- price retail concept
within 10 existing Macy's stores, creating a hybrid store-within-a-store.
You wonder whether Macy's couldn't run their stores like shopping malls,
with a spa or a SoulCycle or a gym." That's the thinking behind the retailer's
test license of 300-square-foot Best Buy departments in 10 doors, staffed by
Best Buy employees and featuring Samsung smartphones, tablets and smartwatches,
as well as audio devices. The retailer already operates licensed Sun- glass Hut,
Finish Line and Lids shops in its stores.
Safeway ordered to pay almost $42 million for website sales
A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Safeway to pay almost $42 million
to customers nationwide who bought groceries from the market chain's website and
were unaware that they were being charged 10 percent above store prices. U.S.
District Judge Jon Tigar granted $30.9 million in damages and $10.9 million in
interest Monday to online shoppers who had registered with Safeway.com between
2006, when the website opened, and November 2011, when the company reworded its
policy to declare that online prices "may differ from your local store." sfgate.com
Over 600-Million Consumers to Visit Nation's Shopping Centers
Prior to Christmas Day
Between now and Christmas Day consumers will visit a shopping center on average
6.5 times a week for goods and services spending on average $147.00 a week. This
translates into a whopping $4.3 billion dollars a day in sales or $30 billion
dollars a week in sales.
RetailNext: November store performance shows bright spots
According to the November 2015 Retail Store Performance Pulse report from
brick-and-mortar analytics firm RetailNext Inc., sales at physical stores
dropped 5.6% year-over-year. However, this was a much smaller decline than
the 12.2% recorded in October and the lowest decline in five months.
Traffic (down 5.1%) and conversions (down 0.5%) also dropped less than in
October, while average transaction value rose 3.2%, slightly less than the 3.8%
increase recorded the prior month. Conversions were flat and sales per shopper
climbed 2.3%, compared to a 1.1% decrease in October. chainstoreage.com
Conn's Home Plus Director of Loss Prevention position posted today on LinkedIn -
in The Woodlands, TX
We are seeking a high-performing individual with experience leading a loss
prevention function and who is able to build a strong team for our growing
company. This position will have direct interaction with executive management.
The ideal candidate must have demonstrated experience in planning, directing and
overseeing the implementation of comprehensive security programs designed for
the protection of individuals and Company assets. This position will also manage
investigations for various crimes perpetrated against the Company by employees
or servicing contract personnel.
Conn's is a 125-year old consumer goods retailer with over $1 billion in revenue
and over 4,500 employees. The company, headquartered in The Woodlands, TX, is
publicly-traded (NASDAQ:CONN) and operates more than 90 retail locations in
Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. geninfo.com
Dir. Corporate Investigations US. Foods posted in Chicago, IL
Leader and lead investigator of the Corporate Investigations team in Ethics and
Compliance. Conducts and supervises investigations into allegations of
significant misconduct throughout the company, in the field and the support
offices. Develops and improves investigation protocols. Working with the
compliance team, identifies and executes opportunities for pro-active
investigations. Works directly with business leaders and employees to assist in
establishing processes and procedures to prevent fraud and aid in loss
prevention, including development and delivery of training. Recognized as an
expert in investigation protocols, processes, and reporting; fraud detection;
and loss prevention within the organization.
US Foods is one of America's great food companies and leading distributors
servicing restaurants; healthcare, hospitality, government & educational
Senior Manager, Global Corporate Security Avon Products, Inc.,
New York, N.Y. posted
This position is responsible for managing and administering a cross functional
set of projects within the Global Corporate Security Team. This includes the
oversight of a global Travel Security program for the company, to ensure Duty of
Care for global business travelers and Expatriates, and managing an Executive
Protection program to support the company's Global Executives, Board of
Directors and Celebrity Alliances. The role also includes managing the team's
Global Security Programs (AAPP Program & Schedule, ALICE active shooter
training, plus security oversight and training of Security Managers and
Designees in NA and LATAM). The role also acquires and/or utilizes resources for
coordinating the collective and individual efforts of Global Security Team
members, third-party contractors or consultants, and local colleagues (including
HR, Legal and Supply Chain) to deliver on these responsibilities. indeed.com
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eBay's Asset Protection Team Assists FDLE in
Takedown of Fraud Ring Selling Stolen Goods
State agents recently shut down a fraud ring linked to a man's eBay store where
he and others sold more than $100,000 in stolen vacuum cleaners, beauty supplies
and other items. On Thursday, Charles R. Griffis, 64, of Cocoa was booked into
Brevard County Jail on organized planning of theft, trafficking stolen property
and conspiracy to traffic stolen property charges. The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement began investigating Griffis in 2013. At the time, he was listing
stolen property on his eBay store, "Husky's Shop." "The items sold to
unsuspecting customers included high-end vacuum cleaners, health and beauty
supplies and razor blade cartridges," a news release said Friday. According to
FDLE, Griffis knowingly purchased the stolen property from other suspects who
stole the products from big-box retailers.
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McDonald's testing biometrics technology on POS system
McDonald's is taking a more proactive approach to its loss prevention efforts by
piloting new biometric authentication technology on its point-of-sale (POS)
system at select restaurants, according to a report by Security Management.
Under the pilot program, which involves some of its restaurants in the United
States, the fast food franchise has installed a fingerprint device on cash
registers which require a fingerprint scan to activate the system.
Implementing a biometric authentication system will help the loss prevention
team detect fraud, as well as aid the operations and management team keep track
of which employee has access to a certain register, determine who made a
specific sale and monitor revenue.
The new biometric system is expected to replace the current system in which
employees and managers use four-digit passwords that allow them to access the
POS system or approve promotion coupons, reductions and corrections, said Robert
Holm, senior director of safety and security for McDonald's USA and president of
the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA).
Some critics have brought up privacy concerns regarding the use of biometrics in
the workplace, however, Holm said the majority of employees and managers seem to
prefer biometric authentication over the password system.
McDonald's is also considering implementing a biometric-based time and
attendance system to combat buddy punching and other attendance-related fraud.
"There's a lot of times people just punch in their buddies because their buddy
is running late," Holm said. "It's very difficult to manage if you've got 60 or
70 employees under one roof in one restaurant, so we're also using biometrics
to manage our labor hours and we're seeing some really, really good results."
US cyber criminal underground a shopping free-for-all
According to a new report by Trend Micro, the North American cyber criminal
underground isn't buried as deep as in other geographies. "It doesn't exist in
the dark web as much as other undergrounds do, or practice as much security,"
said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro. "Essentially,
it's become a gun show for everyone as long as they can participate and are
willing to pay."
In addition to offering guns, as well as murder for hire, there's also drugs,
money laundering, bullet-proof hosting, and hacking services available. It's
a bonanza of services and capabilities, he said, allowing traditional criminals
and organized crime groups to become cyber-capable. "We've done studies and
exposes of the most significant undergrounds in the world," Kellermann said.
"The U.S. underground doesn't practice operational security. They've
essentially become a shopping mall."
As a result, he said, law enforcement will probably be more effective in
attacking its organizational structure -- which will, eventually, drive more of
it to the dark Web.
What IT security can learn from the credit fraud paradigm
IT security teams can learn from the credit card industry how to more quickly
identify the fraudulent use of valid employee credentials before a data breach
takes hold. We've all received a call at one point or another from the fraud
protection departments of our credit card providers, telling us they've detected
some suspicious activity on our accounts and would like to verify a few recent
charges. What if a tier-one IT security operations center employee could
approach an investigation in a manner that more closely resembles credit fraud
investigations? We can imagine the following conversation: "Hi, Mark. I noticed
some suspicious activity with your user credentials and have a few questions to
ask. Do you have a minute?" "Sure."
"I'm showing you accessed the network via VPN from Rome yesterday. Are you
traveling?" "Yes, but I've been working from our Dayton office." "Are you on the VPN?"
"I see you trying to access the code repository from an HR system." "Well, I'm
pretty sure that's not me. I'm in a Starbucks answering email at the moment." "I'm sorry but I'll have to cut your VPN
access. Log out of the network and shut down your computer. I'll ship a loaner
machine to you overnight. Bring both machines back. Forensics will want to do a
full analysis when you get here."
Through user behavior intelligence, enterprises can establish a baseline for
normal user behavior that enables machines to identify credential activities
that deviates from the norm and flag it for further investigation by a security
analyst. Gartner's "Market Guide for User Behavior Analytics" offers a great
overview of how enterprises can leverage existing security information and event
management (SIEM) data and enhance it with active directory data to identify
suspicious user activity.
Forced Authorization Attacks Against Chip-and-Pin Credit Card Terminals
The way forced authorization fraud works is that the retailer sets up the
terminal for a transaction by inserting the customer's card and entering the
amount, then hands the terminal over to the customer so they can type in the
PIN. But the criminal has used a stolen or counterfeit card, and due to the high
value of the transaction the terminal performs a "referral" -- asking the
retailer to call the bank to perform additional checks such as the customer
answering a security question. If the security checks pass, the bank will give
the retailer an authorisation code to enter into the terminal.
The problem is that when the terminal asks for these security checks, it's still
in the hands of the criminal, and it's the criminal that follows the steps that
the retailer should have. Since there's no phone conversation with the bank, the
criminal doesn't know the correct authorisation code. But what surprises
retailers is that the criminal can type in anything at this stage and the
transaction will go through. The criminal might also be able to bypass other
security features, for example they could override the checking of the PIN by
following the steps the retailer would if the customer has forgotten the PIN.
By the time the terminal is passed back to the retailer, it looks like the
transaction was completed successfully. The receipt will differ only very subtly
from that of a normal transaction, if at all. The criminal walks off with the
goods and it's only at the end of the day that the authorisation code is checked
by the bank. By that time, the criminal is long gone. Because some of the
security checks the bank asked for weren't completed, the retailer doesn't get
the money. schneier.com
bazaar's security system triggers "Pig Alert" - flags fed's transactions as
undercover purchase placed by law enforcement
Law enforcement officials and bank anti-fraud specialists sometimes purchase
stolen cards from crime forums and "carding" markets online in hopes of
identifying a patterns. One of the more popular carding shops - Rescator -
somehow enacted a system to detect purchases from suspected law enforcement
officials. Rescator and his crew aren't shy about letting you know when they
think you're not a real criminal. A law enforcement source said he'd just placed
a batch of cards into his shopping cart and was preparing to pay for the goods
when the carding site's checkout page was replaced with this image.
Celebrating its 50-year anniversary,
Controls continues to develop and manufacture innovative asset protection
systems that maximize return on investment for retailers. With over 800 products
running the gamut from mechanical security to alarm modules, Se-Kure Controls
offers customized solutions for any loss prevention need. In this interview,
hear from Michael Campbell, VP National Sales; Greg Saputo,
Regional Sales Director; and Roger Leyden, Founder, President & CEO - who
talks about the evolution of the company and the biggest developments he's seen
in the industry over the last half-century.
LPNN Quick Take #6
Joe and Amber are joined by Tony Mancino, National Account
Manager, NuTech National, in this LPNN Quick Take. Hear how NuTech is taking
advantage of today's smartphone-driven society with innovative mobile
applications like Employee Watch, a solution that adds a new layer of visibility
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Amazon adds 'thousands of trailers' to its expanding transportation network to
shuttle its inventory - not to customers homes
The Amazon-branded trailers will be pulled by tractor trucks provided by
existing third-party transportation partners. Amazon is clearly angling to
lessen its reliance on outside partners for delivery. Given the company's track
record, expect it to quickly develop expertise in the physical side of order
fulfillment, at the expense of third-party logistics providers and delivery
services like UPS and FedEx. chainstoreage.com
Cyber Security Advice for Online Retailers
National and global retailers and ecommerce businesses frequently hit the
headlines following cyber security breaches, but what about the many thousands
of smaller retailers that run ecommerce operations online? What steps can small
or medium enterprise businesses, or SMEs, take to better protect themselves and
their customers' data?
For businesses that process payments online, the following steps should be at
the forefront of your security assessment
1) User training - end users clicking links or downloading documents
containing malware provides one of the main access routes for hackers to breach
your network. Ensuring that all of your staff are fully trained in spotting
malicious looking emails and other communications is imperative for any
organization dealing with sensitive data.
2) Passwords - weak passwords can also provide a way for hackers to
compromise your systems. Make sure that all passwords into your systems,
software and applications are sufficiently complex.
3) System configuration - The configuration of your computer network and
the coding of your applications, software, website and payment gateways are all
critical to the security of your customer's data. You need to ensure all have
been configured with web security in mind.
4) Software & Application testing - Legacy and unpatched software and
applications can also provide a route into your network by hackers. You need to
regularly monitor, test and update all software and apps.
5) Network security - Have you implemented adequate threat detection
technology? How confident are you that you will detect threats quickly enough
before they are able to damage you? These are just two key questions that any
online retailer needs to consider as part of their network security assessments.
6) PCI-DSS compliance -Are you managing to adhere to the Payment Card
Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS)? Do you require assistance in
ensuring that you meet the required regulations?
Opportunities, Risks on the 'New Frontier' of Mobile Commerce
The 2015 BRP Special Report: Mobile Commerce-The Future of Retail reveals that
mobile commerce has become a valuable revenue stream for retailers; however,
retailers need to address security risks and privacy concerns as they prepare
for the anticipated shift of fraud from stores to e-commerce and mobile-commerce
sites. According to the BRP report, new or upgraded mobile apps and websites are
top commerce priorities for surveyed retailers. Drawing from the firm's 2015
E-Commerce Benchmark Survey, officials said mobile devices are creating many
potential opportunities and risks for retailers to consider:
● Security risks. History has shown that when EMV (Europay, MasterCard Visa) is
implemented in a country, store fraud is reduced and online fraud rises
dramatically. Now that many retailers have implemented EMV, the focus should be
on locking down security for e-commerce and m-commerce.
● Privacy concerns. Retailers are concerned over how best to protect their
customers' privacy while still gathering location, preference and purchase data.
● Integration challenges. With the addition of mobile channels, the integration,
dissemination and consolidation of all pertinent data is compounded, making it
more challenging for retailers to provide customers a seamless experience with
the brand. A shift from silos to a holistic paradigm must occur as retailers
upgrade their mobile capabilities.
VA: U.S. Department of State sees illicit cigarette trafficking as Security
Threat; $7 Billion in Tax loss
A recent U.S. Department of State report on illegal tobacco trafficking deems it
a lucrative revenue source for organized crime and terrorists in addition to
costing state and local governments in the U.S. an estimated $3 billion to $7
billion in tax losses each year. Virginia is a popular state with traffickers
because its excise tax is the second-lowest in the country, while New York City,
just a short drive away, has the second-highest. The State Department report,
"The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security," was
released Wednesday at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat
Illicit Tobacco, in support of the U.S. National Strategy to Combat
Transnational Organized Crime. The group was initiated by the State Department
and first met in January. It is aimed at addressing the rise of illicit tobacco
trafficking, which the group says is a major international criminal enterprise
and growing security threat.
TN: Two arrested linked to $60,000 PetSmart tri-state merchandise return scam
On December 3, 2015 Kingsport Police were dispatched to PetSmart. Upon arrival,
they encountered Courtney Star Weaver, who had been detained by store loss
prevention personnel after being caught in the act of returning $165 in stolen
merchandise. The stolen property consisted of flea and tick preventative
medication and pet supplements. Further investigation determined that she had
used a false name while signing for the merchandise return transaction. She had
returned the merchandise utilizing a counterfeit electronic receipt generated on
her smart phone. Ms. Weaver was also found to be in possession of a small
quantity of a white powdery substance believed to be Heroin. An accomplice,
identified as Kevin Eugene Clark, had knowingly driven Ms. Weaver to PetSmart to
commit the theft. He was located in a rental car in the parking lot. He was also
in possession of over $200 in cash that was received in an earlier fraudulent
merchandise return scam. Inside the vehicle, officers located two additional
packages of flea and tick preventative medication ($180 value) that had been
stolen from another PetSmart location. A PetSmart national loss prevention
representative briefed the officers on an ongoing investigation during which he
had followed these individuals for several weeks across North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Tennessee. Over the course of his investigation he had documented
approximately $60,000 in thefts and fraudulent returns of merchandise from
multiple PetSmart locations.
FL: 3 arrested in $100,000 fraud ring; FDLE says two suspects still at large
Authorities have arrested an Orlando man and two of his suspected accomplices
for their alleged role in a fraud ring that netted more than $100,000. The
Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Charles R. Griffis, 64, faces charges
for the organized planning of theft and conspiracy to traffic in stolen
property. The FDLE said an investigation launched in 2013 revealed that Griffis
sold merchandise stolen from big box retailers to unsuspecting customers on his
eBay store "Husky's Shop." Among the items stolen were high-end vacuum cleaners,
health and beauty supplies and razor blade cartridges. Authorities said the
merchandise was stolen for Griffis by four accomplices: James Marvin Bailey, 34,
Kara Marie Wolfe, 26, Bonnie Ouellette, 44, and Kay Rhanae Baignosche, 32.
Bailey, who was already in custody on an unrelated charge, and Wolfe were also
arrested Thursday. They were charged with dealing or trafficking in stolen
property and conspiracy to traffic in stolen property. Oulette and Baignosche
remain at large.
Garden City, NY: Queens man busted for Credit card fraud;
$7,100 purchase at Nordstrom and another $3,700 at PC Richards
The Major Case Bureau reports the arrest of a Queens man for grand larceny that
occurred in Garden City on Saturday at 4:57 P.M. According to detectives,
Michael Graf, 45, of Far Rockaway, entered Nordstrom department store and
attempted to purchase $7,137.50 worth of assorted merchandise on a male victim's
Nordstrom account. The defendant also produced a fraudulent NJ State Driver
License in the victim's name. The defendant was apprehended by a Nordstrom Loss
Prevention employee. A subsequent investigation by detectives revealed that
earlier that day the defendant made purchases in the amount of $3,728.86 at P.C.
Richard & Son in Carle Place, using the same victim's account.
Peabody, MA: Police arrest Brooklyn man with over 100 counterfeit Credit Cards,
used between Brooklyn and the North Shore
Luis Melendez was found to be in possession of over 100 fraudulent and
counterfeit charge cards which were being utilized to purchase high value
merchandise in the Northshore Mall, along with malls located between the North
Shore area and Brooklyn. A large quantity of the merchandise was located within
the vehicle during the motor vehicle stop.
Chicago, IL: Sam's Club employee charged with theft of $4,700 on 205 Gift Cards
Earnestine S. Adams, 44, was charged Nov. 17 with theft. According to police
reports, Adams was an employee at Sam's Club, 335 N. Milwaukee Ave., and over an
eight-week period she allegedly loaded money onto 205 gift cards that she did
not pay for, totaling about $4,700 in merchant credit.
Hershey, PA: Woman charged, man sought in $2,100 theft
from 5 Tanger Outlet stores
Derry Township Police said witnesses saw a man and woman putting clothes in the
trunk of a car Thursday morning. Nakisha Savoy, of Baltimore, was arrested after
police found clothes from five Tanger Outlet stores in her car. The clothes are
worth over $2,100. Police believe Savoy was helped by Kendell Glover, of
Baltimore, but he was able to get away from police. An arrest warrant is being
obtained for Glover.
Trio hits Target store in Georgia, Kentucky and now Murfreesboro, TN
Target Stores have been tracking three men who have hit stores everywhere from
Atlanta, Georgia to Bowling Green, Kentucky. The three subjects are now in
Murfreesboro, Tennessee where they were able to steal $2,700 from the Target
Store on Old Fort Parkway. Evidently, the men enter the store together and head
to different cashiers and confuse the clerks at checkout telling them to hit
certain keys on the cash register which cashes money out and prints a receipt.
The Cashiers then hand the suspects the money and the men leave the store with
cash in hand. Despite the stores loss prevention workers tracking the subjects
from state to state, they have not been caught. Right now, they remain at large.
North Little Rock, AR: Police seek man who stole 9 TVs from Wal-Mart
North Little Rock police are seeking a man after 9 TVs were stolen from a
Wal-Mart in North Little Rock over a three-day period. Authorities said in one
report that two 43-inch Vizio TVs, a 32-inch Sharp TV and a heater were stolen
from the Wal-Mart at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. An asset protection employee at the store
told police that the man exited the store's garden center with the unpaid-for
merchandise. According to the Wal-Mart employee, the man left in a red vehicle.
Three additional 32-inch TVs, two Samsungs and one Sharp were stolen from the
Maumelle Boulevard location about 11:06 a.m. Monday by a man matching the same
description as the previous theft. The last three 32-inch TVs stolen - two
Sharps and one Emerson - were taken by the man mentioned in the two previous
reports about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the third report.
Berkeley, CA: Apple store hit by 7 Shoplifters
Police responded to a robbery at the Apple Store in West Berkeley on Friday,
during which at least seven individuals stole iPhones and iPads from the store.
According to Berkeley Police, the robbery occurred just before 3pm., and the
suspects fled from the store on foot. No weapons were used.
Overland Park, KS: Police gear-up for Holidays;
already responded to over 500 thefts this year
Oroville, CA: Man arrested in $1,600 grand theft
from boat shop
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CA: Jewelry store Smash & Grab sends Tyler Mall into Lock-Down; Law Enforcement
swarm the area
The manhunt continues for three masked robbers who smashed display cases at
Tyler Mall in Riverside, California, on Sunday, prompting panic among holiday
shoppers who thought they heard gunfire. Three masked men went into a Ben Bridge
jewelry store inside the mall at 6:30 p.m. and "used hammers and axes to smash
jewelry cases and steal jewelry," police said. Many people took to Twitter to
report they had heard gunfire, and shoppers and workers panicked and ran from
the mall. Others heard the breaking glass and ducked for cover. Riverside police
initially received a call describing "shots fired, active shooter." The
Riverside Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and
other agencies responded to the reports of an active shooter out of an abundance
WI: Active shooter taken into custody; One person killed, Officer injured at
One person has died and one suspect was taken into custody after police
responded to a "high-risk situation" in Neenah, Wis. Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert
said that around 30 shots were fired at the Eagle Nation Cycles motorcycle
repair shop. The suspect reportedly barricaded himself inside of shop and held
hostages in the basement for several hours. He was armed with a MAC-10-style
weapon. After an extended standoff with authorities, the suspect walked out of
the building and allowed police to take him into custody. One officer was taken
to Theda Clark Medical Center, the extent of the injury is unknown.
Brooklyn, NY: Two men dead after jumping from elevated garage
at Kings Plaza Mall in separate suicides
Two men died Friday after they jumped from the top of an elevated garage
adjoining a Brooklyn shopping mall in separate suicides hours apart, authorities
said. First, a 60-year-old jumped off the garage at the Kings Plaza Shopping
Center at around 3 p.m., the NYPD said. Then, about four hours later, a second
jumper, 59, plunged from nearly the same spot at the massive mall, officials
said. Both men died soon after at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn,
according to police.
Robber kills Store Owner, claims 'Self-Defense'
The widow of a Kansas gun-shop owner killed in a violent shootout with four
armed robbers in January doesn't mince words when it comes to the issue of guns
and the role they play in self-defense. "The fact of the matter is, society has
gotten to the point where we have to defend ourselves," said Becky Bieker to
KCTV-TV. But the very issue of self-defense has now thrown a wrench in the case
against the man accused of killing her husband while robbing the Bieker's store
in Shawnee, Kansas. De'Anthony A. Wiley claims he had no choice and was forced
to return fire in "self-defense" while trying to flee the ensuing gun battle
with the store's owner, Jon Bieker. Wiley claims after he communicated his
intent to surrender, Bieker continued firing upon him and his three accomplices.
Court papers say Wiley was shot in the spine and paralyzed, leaving him unable
to escape. Wiley's attorney argues because he exhausted reasonable means to
escape, he was allowed to use deadly force in self-defense.
Darien, IL: Man faces Attempted First Degree Murder charges in Wal-Mart shooting
A suburban Chicago man faces felony charges in connection with a shooting that
wounded one person inside a Wal-Mart store. Bradley I. Morris of Downers Grove
is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm
and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He's accused of opening fire Thursday
evening after a fight at a Wal-Mart store in Darien, about 25 miles outside of
Chicago. A man was shot in the shoulder and is expected to recover.
OK: GPS Device In Pill Bottles Leads To CVS Armed Robbery Suspect
Police say they arrested a drug store robbery suspect thanks to a GPS device
inside the prescription pill bottles he took. Owasso Police say Grant Miller,
25, told employees he had a gun and stole prescription pain medications from the
CVS Pharmacy at about 3 a.m. Police say the tracking device in the bottles led
officers to Matthews' SUV and a chase began. Police said the chase ended when
Matthews got out and ran. Police arrested him after a struggle. Police said they
recovered the stolen medication and a .22-caliber handgun believed used in the
robbery. They said the struggle injured both Matthews and one of the officers
and both were treated at an Owasso hospital.
Aurora, CO: Police investigating Brinks Armored Car Armed Robbery at Walmart
Aurora Police reported that two suspects were being sought after an armored car
robbery in Aurora. The alleged robbery occurred at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the
Walmart. Police said the two suspects entered the Walmart armed and waited for
the Brinks armored car money delivery. Both suspects were reportedly wearing
gloves, had their faces completely covered and had large hand guns.
Bartlett, TN: Shoplifter that tried to run over officer sentenced to 10 years
The man who tried to run over a Bartlett Police Officer with his car after
getting caught shoplifting appeared before a judge on Friday for sentencing.
Tavarius Jones entered an Alford plea on aggravated assault charges, and was
sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Additionally, he pleaded guilty to theft over
$500 and was given a four year sentence.
Lexington, KY: Man tries to Rob Customer inside Walmart
Police responded to a robbery call late Sunday morning at a Lexington Walmart.
Authorities say Franklin Eugene Bond implied he had a weapon and attempted to
rob another customer inside the store. The woman began to yell and scream very
loudly. Walmart's loss prevention team called police and Bond was arrested.
Police say the man did not have a weapon but was using his fingers inside of his
shirt and posing it as a gun.
Huber Hts, OH: Shoplifter pulls out Taser in
Elder-Beerman robbery, followed by high-speed Police pursuit
Mission, TX: Second suspect arrested in connection with summer cell phone store
robberies in Mission, Laredo, and Austin
Cortez, CO: Dollar Tree employee, and Criminal Justice major, arrested for
$5,200 Deposit theft
Costco in Medford, OR investigating the theft of a $30,000 diamond ring
Zale's Jewelers in the Pierre Bossier Mall, Bossier City, LA was the victim of a
Grab & Run on Friday night, $27,000 of merchandise stolen
Ace Hardware - Oxon Hill, MD - Armed Robbery
Beauty World - Waco, TX - Robbery
Casey's General - Sioux City, SD - Armed Robbery
Checkers - Buffalo, NY - Burglary
CheckSmart - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery
Clayton's Git & Go - Gregg, CO, TX - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Lafayette, IN - Armed Robbery
Costco - Medford, OR - Theft $30,000 diamond ring
Country Fair - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Cumberland Farms - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
Dunkin Donuts - Stanton, DE - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Kentwood, MI - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Port St Lucie, FL - Armed Robbery
Hidden Lake Bottle - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Kwikfill - Tonawanda, NY - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Pompano Beach, FL - Burglary
Radio Shack - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Subway - Fort Wayne, IN - Armed Robbery
West Central - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Wawa - Lower Gwynedd, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Kansas City, MO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Naperville, IL - Armed Robbery
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Dress the Part, and It's Easier to Walk the Walk
The way we dress affects the way we feel. And the way we feel affects our
ability to get stuff done and influence people. Call it superficial if you want,
but researchers have a different name for the link between what we wear and how
we feel: enclothed cognition.
For anyone who sees people as part of the job or wants to influence the behavior
of others, the way we dress does matter. So let's not kid ourselves. First,
people judge us, at least in part, by how we dress. Second, what we wear affects
how we feel about ourselves.
One other reason for dressing the part: When we're getting ready to perform a
task, a good deal of the work starts with putting ourselves in the right place
mentally. For instance, when I dress up to give a talk, it reminds me that I'm
there to perform an important function. People have paid money to see me in
person, and I need to "show up," both physically and mentally, to show respect.
Dressing nicely matches their expectations and it makes me feel good. Both
things help me perform better as a speaker.
It would be to dismiss this as shallow or silly. But for the next week, try
giving yourself permission to think about what you wear and how it makes you
feel, so you're putting your best foot (or boot) forward at all times. We
even have a fancy name for it now. It's science!
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