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FBI Releases 2016 NIBRS Crime Statistics

The FBI has released details on more than 6.1 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2016.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's latest report, NIBRS, 2016, presents data about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 52 offenses, which, for the first time, include animal cruelty offenses and the fraud offenses of identity theft and hacking/computer invasion.

Although NIBRS data is not yet nationally representative, 37.1 percent of all law enforcement agencies that participated in the UCR Program in 2016 submitted their data via NIBRS. The FBI expects that number to rise as more agencies make the transition from the traditional Summary Reporting System to NIBRS.

In 2016, 6,849 law enforcement agencies, representing coverage of more than 100 million U.S. inhabitants, submitted NIBRS data.

Based on aggregate data, NIBRS agencies reported 5,237,106 incidents involving 6,101,034 offenses, 6,437,018 victims, and 4,963,644 known offenders. (Currently, the FBI does not estimate for agencies that do not submit NIBRS data.)

Of the reported offenses, 62.5 percent were crimes against property, 22.7 percent were crimes against persons, and 14.8 percent were crimes against society, which now include animal cruelty offenses in addition to crimes such as gambling and prostitution. (Due to rounding, percentage breakdowns may not total 100.0 percent.) securitymagazine.com  fbi.gov

2017 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry Report

Annual Return Fraud $17.6 Billion

Appriss Retail incorporated the return fraud results from the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2017 Organized Retail Crime Survey into the 12th edition of the Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry report.

Loss from annual merchandise return fraud is estimated at $17.6 billion, and fraud and abuse combined is estimated at $22.8 billion for the US retail industry

Annual US Merchandise Returns & Return Fraud


US Holiday Returns and Return Fraud

According to NRF's 2017 Holiday Planning Playbook, nearly two-thirds of consumers returned at least one item this past holiday season and 27% bought items specifically with the intention to return them later. Holiday return fraud of 5% is the median and was used to be conservative. The survey average for holiday return fraud is more than double, at 10.6%.

Examples of Return Fraud

Shoplifting and returning those stolen items took the top spot, impacting many retailers surveyed (68%); this situation requires consideration because of its potential for significant impact on fraud and shrink. Return fraud as a result of both employee actions or ORC groups affects more than 50% of retailers.

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WZ Announces North American Fraud Awards 2018
Doug Wicklander & Dave Zulawski Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

On May 17, 2018, in Dallas, the eyes of the Asset Protection world turn to North America...

Every year some 500 Loss Prevention executives gather in the UK, from around the world, to celebrate the best in our industry at a glittering Fraud Awards Gala Dinner.

They come together to recognize those people, teams and organisations that have made outstanding contributions throughout the previous year. Indeed, this year our own founders, Doug Wicklander, CFI and Dave Zulawski, CFI were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now WZ is pleased to announce that the UK organizers - Retail Knowledge - are launching the North American Fraud Awards 2018; an initiative we are pleased to support.

It is FREE to enter the Awards in as many categories as you wish, as many times as you feel appropriate.

The Awards are an outstanding opportunity for retailers and vendors alike to come together and share their successes, celebrate their victories and crown industry winners including Best Newcomer, Rising Star, Asset Protection Team of the Year, Vendor of the Year and, of course, the Asset Protection Director of the Year.

To nominate your business or another, yourself or a member of your team, or to simply find out more, go to https://www.retailrisk.com/north-american-fraud-awards-2018/

Gulfcoast Software Solutions Awarded 'Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Solution' at 2017 Retail Fraud Awards
Gulfcoast Software Solutions was recently awarded, with Volumatic, the Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Award at the 2017 Retail Fraud Awards.

The Gulfcoast Storekeeper Virtual Retail Management suite combined with Volumatic's CCi (CounterCache Intelligent) delivers real-time global visibility and control over cash management processes. In addition to synchronizing data from up to 100 retail devices, Gulfcoast Storekeeper links cash management processes to over 15 of the world's leading video surveillance partners, delivering currency tracking and accountability at every stage of custody.

"Merchants continue to seek innovative solutions that streamline currency operations and cash accountability," said Tim Lindblom, executive vice president at Gulfcoast Software Solutions LLC. The 2017 Retail Risk Fraud Award we shared with Volumatic recognizes our innovative spirit and the strength of our partnership, and further highlights the revolutionary nature of our retail solutions." cstoredecisions.com  Learn more about Gulfcoast's cash management solution in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

DTLR selects ShopperTrak Traffic Insights to optimize store performance
Tyco Retail Solutions today announced that DTLR Inc., a US lifestyle retailer, has selected its ShopperTrak in-store traffic analytics solution, to provide shopper behavior insights across all 107 stores in 12 states and Washington D.C. tycoretailsolutions.com

TechSec 2018 educational program announced
For years, Security Systems News' TechSec Solutions conference has been the industry's premier event to delve into the most current trends in the security industry and look toward future tech. SSN is proud to announce the lineup of speaker and educational sessions for the 2018 conference, held here Feb. 26 and 27.

"When putting together the TechSec program this year, we not only identified the top technology trends affecting and influencing the industry today, but also looked at ways in which system integrators, dealers and manufacturers can leverage these emerging technologies to provide better solutions to end users while increasing the potential for recurring revenue," said Paul Ragusa, editor Security Systems News and editorial director for TechSec.

The program includes "Is IT Killing the Integrator?," "State of the Industry: Disruptive Technologies in Security Today," "Access Control Holds the Keys to New Tech," "'20 under 40' Panel: Game Show Edition," "Rise of the Robots within Security," and "Leveraging AI to Predict and Profit." securitysystemsnews.com

Largest Monitoring System in the World
China's CCTV surveillance network took 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter

It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology.

The chase was a stunt set up to illustrate just how powerful and effective the Chinese government's surveillance system can be.

Such systems are also used in private organizations, for example to monitor workers and processes in factories, but government critics have warned of the potential for abuse in the hands of the state.

China has the largest monitoring system in the world. There are some 170 million CCTV cameras across the country, and that's tipped to grow more than three-fold with 400 million more set to be installed by 2020. The government also works with facial recognition and AI companies, such as unicorn Face++.

The full video of Sudworth's 'capture' is on the BBC website techcrunch.com

Bankruptcies will continue to rock retail in 2018
Here's what you need to watch

Moody's rated retail and apparel issuers with debt ratings of 'Caa' or lower include Claire's Stores, Sears Holdings, Charlotte Russe, Bon-Ton Stores, J Crew, and grocer Bi-Lo.

As 2017 comes to a close, the retail industry has been tainted by yet another bankruptcy filing - and 2018 is unlikely to bring relief.

This year alone, more than 20 retailers including Toys R Us, Hhgregg, Gymboree and RadioShack have filed for bankruptcy protection. Looking to 2018, there are many candidates that could follow in the footsteps of their embattled predecessors.

"I think the early part of next year will be pretty bad ... I think it will be tough," Moody's lead retail analyst Charlie O'Shea told CNBC. "Think about it: if you're a highly leveraged brick-and-mortar retailer, how do you compete" with Walmart and Amazon's outright price war, he added.

"The mall model is dead," and the future is more temporary tenants and mixed-use developments for America's malls, Christopher Jarvinen, a partner at Berger Singerman in Florida, told CNBC.

Moody's so-called watch list has ballooned to 27 names from 22 companies this summer, as a load of retail debt is coming due in 2018. cnbc.com

Let it snow! How retailers prep for the weather
As the largest external driver of consumer need, weather is more than just a conversation-starter for retailers. Evan Gold, EVP of global services at Planalytics, a company that helps retailers account for weather, says the trick is to remove weather-driven volatility from historical data to arrive at the "weather-neutral baseline" from which retailers can plan, allocate resources and buy product in advance of the next season.

Listen to the episode to learn how weather changes can impact holiday-season retail more significantly, and check out NRF and Planalytics' special report on five common weather myths that affect retailers. nrf.com

NYC Councilman Wants To Punish Retailers Who Destroy Unsold Merchandise
On a bitter, chilly night, a warm coat could make a big difference. So the fact that more than a dozen high-end winter jackets and blankets were cut up and thrown down on the sidewalk as trash has homeless advocates like Jasmin Sanchez fuming.

Sanchez said the Eddie Bauer winter gear was found discarded outside the 5th Avenue store on Sunday night. She wanted to know why the store would ruin the men's merchandise so it couldn't be worn when it could have done so much good.

A spokesperson for the clothing chain said it was an isolated incident, and said what happened is not company policy. That spokesperson said normally when merchandise is returned or defective, the store is supposed to send it back to the company's distribution center when there they either try to fix it, or donate it.

"This is not a singular incident," councilman Rafael Espinal said. Espinal is working on a bill to fine companies that deliberately destroy and dump clothing. "Incentivize the donation of clothing by creating bins to place in front of retail stores," he said. cbslocal.com

NYPD Officers Are Not Reporting All Street Stops, Monitor Says
More than two years into his tenure, a court-appointed monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policies has found that some officers are still failing to document the encounters as required, according to a report released on Wednesday. nytimes.com

Canadian Retailers Protest 12-14:
Retail workers to demonstrate outside of York Regional Council meeting

Unifor members working in the retail sector will be demonstrating outside the York Regional Council meeting on Thursday, December 14, protesting the recent council vote to allow area grocery stores to open on statutory holidays. The move will effectively take away eight out of nine statutory holidays for retail workers, including New Year's Day and Family Day.

Unifor represents 20,000 retail workers. Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers.

WHO: Retail workers
WHERE: York Regional Council, 17250 Yonge Street, just north of Eagle Street in New Market
WHEN: Thursday, December 14 at 9 a.m.
WHAT: Protesting the holiday shopping bylaw, changed in a snap vote on November 16. Find out more about the campaign at yorkregionspeaksout.ca.  newswire.ca

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Retail Partners Targeted by Email Phishing Attacks
Netskope Threat Research Labs said it has discovered and been tracking multiple email phishing campaigns aimed at third-party partners of some larger retail organizations, according to a Netskope blog post.

The blog post contains descriptions and detailed figures of the email content used in the campaigns. The emails are "specifically crafted to lure the warehouse managers and other smaller firms who provide inventory support to larger retail businesses," according to Netskope.

Ravi Balupari, director of engineering and cloud security research at Netskope, told Retail Dive via email that retailers' adoption of cloud applications is creating new security challenges for them. "Most retail organizations have covered the traditional surface areas for the threats but adoption of ​cloud apps brings a whole new dimension to this attack surface," Balupari said. retaildive.com

Boards Respond to Equifax as Defining Moment of Cybersecurity Governance
Facing threat of regulation, directors strengthen response to breaches, hacking

The massive breach at Equifax Inc. created a defining moment for corporate boards struggling to oversee cybersecurity issues, technology and governance experts say.

Government agencies regulate how directors handle financial disclosures, mergers and other areas of business risk. Yet no similar regulations exist for board oversight of cybersecurity protection or breaches.

As a result, each board decides how to handle cybersecurity, said Brad Maiorino, a former chief information security officer at Target Corp.

"After Equifax, there's a lot of interest in best practices for the board, related to cybersecurity, both on an ongoing basis and for after an incident," Mr. Maiorino said. Target hired him as its first CISO after the retailer suffered a breach in 2013 in which hackers compromised personal data for more than 40 million shoppers. He now advises companies on cybersecurity as an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., a management consultancy.

Best practices include close review of cybersecurity incidents and vetting management reports with outside experts. wsj.com

Computer Scientists Develop Tool to Tell if Website is Breached
University of California - San Diego computer scientists have built and successfully tested a tool designed to detect when websites are hacked by monitoring the activity of email accounts associated with them.

The researchers were surprised to find that almost 1 percent of the websites they tested had suffered a data breach during their 18-month study period, regardless of how big the companies' reach and audience are.

Given that there are more than one billion sites on the Internet, this means tens of millions of websites could be breached every year, said Joe DeBlasio, one of the paper's first author.

The researchers found that popular sites were just as likely to be hacked as unpopular ones. This means that out of the top-1,000 most visited sites on the Internet, ten are likely to be hacked every year. securitymagazine.com

Report: Half of Firms Fail to Fully Disclose Breaches
It's not just Uber: an astonishing half of IT security decision makers polled by CyberArk claimed their organization didn't 'fully' inform customers when their personal details had been breached.

The 50% figure is a stark reminder that many organizations are playing with fire in light of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will mandate 72-hour breach notifications. infosecurity-magazine.com

Reliability, Security & QoS critical when evaluating networking solutions providers
Reliability, security and quality of service all rank above cost when evaluating networking solutions providers. Spiceworks surveyed U.S.-based IT professionals who have influence on their organizations' Ethernet, MPLS and SD-WAN purchase decisions. The survey gathered data around the challenges, benefits and drivers of utilizing these networking technologies.

Key findings:

● Nearly half of respondents preferred purchasing networking solutions as part of a bundled offering, as opposed to a single solution.

● Nearly three out of 10 respondents believe their organizations will require significantly more bandwidth in the next three years, and more than eight out of ten respondents said their organization will require more bandwidth.

● More than 70 percent of organizations using Ethernet and MPLS, and more than 60 percent using SD-WAN, are considering or evaluating vendors to assist with technology solutions. helpnetsecurity.com

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How To Protect Your Business From Fraud On Cyber Monday And Always
Stripe processes billions of dollars a year for hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world, all of them online or otherwise internet-enabled. When we looked back at our fraud data for 2016, across hundreds of thousands of businesses globally, we found a few notable patterns, each with its own lesson for online businesses.

Day and time: when fraudsters strike

The fraud rate as a percentage of overall traffic tends to rise when regular people aren't shopping as much, such as Christmas Day and late at night. The same is true within a given day: fraud rates peak at quiet hours late at night and dip during the day.

Lesson: To protect against fraudsters working across different geographies and time zones, consider adding extra scrutiny to purchases made outside of normal business hours, either through manual reviews or other more stringent automated filters.

Geography: where fraudsters focus their efforts

Fraud rates also vary by country. In particular, the country where a given card was issued can affect the likelihood that a transaction is legitimate, sometimes altering fraud rates by as much as 300%.

Lesson: Rather than block all purchases from a given country or region, test different geography-based rules on transactions and ask for more information from all customers (like CVV numbers and full addresses).

Transaction velocity: how quickly fraudsters complete repeat purchases

Fraudsters are not making small transactions to "blend in" with normal purchases-their purchases are highly conspicuous in other respects. After a fraudster makes a successful charge on a credit card with a particular merchant, he or she tends to make additional charges with that same merchant very quickly-up to 10 times more quickly than legitimate card holders.

The lesson: Be cautious with many rapid-fire transactions from the same customer. Use automated tools to limit the speed of repeat purchases to a rate that will facilitate legitimate purchases while deterring fraudsters. forbes.com

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Volusia & Seminole County, FL: "Operation Blacklist" Gang has hit for over $360,000 since 2013; 5 SUSPECTS ARRESTED
"Operation Blacklist," a joint operation between the sheriff's offices of Volusia and Seminole counties, culminated today with the arrests of five suspects linked to an organized felony retail theft ring whose members are believed to be responsible for the theft of about $10,000 a month from retail stores throughout Central Florida. One additional suspect is still sought and is considered a fugitive. Detectives believe this theft ring has been in operation since 2013 and is responsible for a combined retail theft of $360,000 from retail stores including Walmart, Target and Publix in Volusia and Seminole counties, and a sports retail store in Lake Mary. The thieves have been selling the stolen property to a local fence for resale or, in some cases, trading the loot for drugs. news-journalonline.com

Anderson, CA: Police Department's 'Problem Oriented Policing Unit' teams with Walmart; nets 12 arrests
The operation, conducted Monday and Tuesday by Officers and members of the department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit, included a series of undercover details, probation searches, patrols and warrant services, police said. Police said three officers in plain clothes teamed up Monday with Walmart Loss Prevention agents to target theft related suspects. redding.com

Memphis, TN: Suspects took $90,000 worth of drugs in Walgreens Burglary
The Memphis Police Department is searching for suspects in an overnight burglary at Walgreens on Poplar Ave. in East Memphis. Police have not arrested the three men yet, but a lot of people in the neighborhood are surprised they were able to pull a bold crime so easily. Once they were inside, they smashed the pharmacy glass door and stole everything, including Aderall, Hydrocodone and Oxycontin. With small trash cans in hand, the thieves ran out with almost $90,000 in prescription medication. Less than two weeks ago, three men broke into the Walgreens on Elvis Presley Boulevard using a crowbar. wreg.com

Fairview Heights, IL: In spite of Police warning on Facebook, 'Grab and Run' suspect arrested; over $25,000 in merchandise
Fairview Heights Police Chief Nicholas Gailius said the suspect was caught stealing from the Dillard's at St. Clair Square Tuesday night. He said grab and run thieves grab as much merchandise as they can and then run out the door. He said the suspect is believed to be connected to at least 8 other grab and run thefts in Fairview Heights and is accused of taking more than $25,000 in merchandise.

The theft came just hours after Fairview Heights Police posted a warning on Facebook that they would have an undercover detail at the mall. A getaway driver took off and is not yet in custody. "I guess I'm disappointed because (the thieves) don't follow us on Facebook," Gailius said. kplr11.com

Hermitage, PA: Walmart Bust Professional Shoplifter with $1,000 of merchandise in a car seat box; WANTED
Walmart Loss Prevention and Police caught members of an alleged professional shoplifting ring wanted in connection with cases on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Store security said that it was the same crew who allegedly stole 41 home security systems worth $11,000 from the store in September. The man and woman fled the store, but were quickly pulled over by police. Police found an open child-safety seat box in the back seat of the Lexus filled with $1,000 worth of electronic devices that allegedly came from Walmart. sharonherald.com

Mandeville, LA: Police looking for 5 Armed Robbery suspects stealing over $1,500 from Victoria's Secret
Five women allegedly grabbed more than $1,500 worth of clothing and merchandise. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. at the Premier Shopping Center in Mandeville. Police said that two store employees were sprayed with mace and one employee was shocked with the stun gun before the thieves escaped. "This was a lot over the top," said Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Stricker. "This is over and above your average shoplifting. They armed themselves. It fits an Armed Robbery and when we catch these individuals, that's what they'll be charged with." wwltv.com

Chattanooga, TN: Suspect missing front teeth steals $1,000 worth of clothing from Old Navy
The video from in-store security cameras shows she seems to be shopping for specific things and specific sizes. The suspect even asks for assistance from a store employee at one point. "And she just puts it in her hands, and she runs out the door," said Sgt. Rebecca Crites. wrcbtv.com

Coon Rapids, MN: Walmart Felony Shoplifting stop also discovers Juvenile Runaway
Felony theft charges are being sought against a Coon Rapids man who authorities believe attempted to shoplift more than $1000 in merchandise from the Fergus Falls Wal-Mart. A male suspect had pushed a cart full ($1,099) of merchandise out of the store, but the cart was grabbed by an alert employee. Police pulled over the vehicle and arrested the male suspect (33 years old). While taking him into custody, authorities discovered two passengers in the vehicle he was driving. One, a 16-year-old female from Fridley, was determined to be a juvenile runaway. fergusfallsjournal.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Anderson Township, OH: McDonald's Employee charged with shooting 2 co-workers
McDonald's employee Zachary Allart was shooting to kill when he opened fire on two co-workers inside the Beechmont Avenue restaurant. Allart, 20, tried to kill ex-girlfriend Jayla Frost, by firing two shots from his handgun, striking her in the head and face. He shot their manager, Denise Higgins, in the back. Both women were rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where they are listed in critical condition. Deputies responded in less than a minute, sheriff's officials said. They found Allart holding a gun to his head and threatening to shoot himself. Deputies deescalated the situation, and Allart surrendered his gun. fox19.com

East Stroudsburg, PA: Domino's delivery driver shot and killed in Armed Robbery; 3 Arrested
Israel Z. Berrios, 17, and Carolina Carmona, 30, were arrested hours after allegedly blasting Domino's Pizza delivery driver Richard LaBar with a shotgun over $100. They will now face homicide charges following the 58-year-old's death Tuesday night in the hospital. Carmona's brother, Salvador Roberts Jr., 21, served as the get-a-way driver, was also charged. Detectives grew suspicious because they were aware that Berrios lived there and he was a suspect in other crimes, including a Nov. 12 robbery of a Domino's Pizza driver. mcall.com

Seattle, WA: Video in fatal Police shooting released: 'You're going to get shot!'
The Seattle Police Department on Wednesday released new video that shows the moments that lead up to a fatal police shooting in a popular Seattle park Monday night. It started with a robbery at a Forever 21 store in Northgate Mall and ended in Magnuson Park. wset.com

Las Vegas, NV: Bodycam Footage Shows Officer Involved Shooting of Robbery suspect
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have released bodycam footage of the Dec. 9 officer involved shooting. The officer involved was 39-year old Sgt. Miguel Garcia. He fired four rounds, hitting 54-year old Richard Mitchell one time in the right thigh. Mitchell was pacing near the main entrance to a Terrible Herbst on the corner of Vegas Dr. and Decatur Ave. when Garcia fired. patch.com

Robberies & Thefts

Chesterfield, VA: 83-year-old woman hits head after battling purse snatcher inside Kroger
Police say the victim was leaving a restroom at Kroger on Tim Price Way when a man grabbed her purse. Police say the victim held the purse tight, but the suspect jerked it way, causing the strap to break. The woman fell to the ground and hit her head. nbc12.com

Mayfield Heights, OH: Walmart employee says she committed theft to help people
A Walmart employee was charged with the suspected theft of a confirmed $836 worth of merchandise Dec. 2. The Cleveland woman, 22, was found to have scanned lip balm in place of clothing for her and several customers when working a register. She claimed to not know the customers and said she did it because she wanted to help people. cleveland.com

Washington, DC: Church Van connected to 7 Cellphone store Burglaries in past 2 weeks

Shirley, NY: Copiague Man charged in 5 Armed Robberies; Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven and other C-stores

Franklin, TN: Dollar General Armed Robber Arrested in November incident

Los Angeles, CA: Tyga lost more than $50k when burglars hit his store earlier this month

Piercing Pagoda in the Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN reported a Grab & Run on 12/12, item valued at $120

Zales in the Park Plaza, Little Rock, AR reported on Grab & Run on 12/12, items valued at $8,637

Sentencings & Arrests

Jefferson City, MO: Kmart employee theft charge nets probation and restitution
A Jefferson City woman has been placed on five years of supervised probation for pleading guilty to taking merchandise while working at Kmart when it was still open on Missouri Boulevard. Kennette Wair, 24, was charged with felony receiving stolen property and must pay $2,289 in restitution. newstribune.com

Update: Kansas City, KS: Off-duty officer in Costco shooting exonerated by Johnson County DA
Capt. Michael Howell, a 22-year veteran of the Kansas City, KS, Police Department, was shopping in Costco on Sunday, Nov. 26, in Lenexa, KS, when a suspect came into the store, threatening to shoot customers and brandishing a pistol. wyandottedaily.com


AT&T - Prattville, AL - Burglary
C-Store- Bear, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Halifax, VA - Robbery
C-Store - Glenpool, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Simpson County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lacy Lakeview, TX - Burglary
CVS - Avon, IN - Robbery
Dollar General - Conway, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dauphin County, PA - Armed Robbery
Doughnut Shop - Buena Park, CA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Middletown, OH - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
Marijuana Store - Bothell, WA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Rochester Hills, MI - Burglary
T-Mobile - Hobart, IN - Burglary
Walgreens - Memphis, TN - Burglary
7-Eleven - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Manassas, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
6 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings




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The Regional Loss Prevention Director will lead Loss Prevention programs for designated Districts and Stores within assigned Region. Reviews Loss Prevention program processes in stores to drive shrink reduction and bottom line profits. Provides leadership to LP teams and stores in the management of critical incidents...

Senior Manager of Investigations
Dublin, CA
● This position will lead the Internal Theft Investigations Team - based out of our Dublin Corporate Office
They are responsible for company-wide theft lead generation, field/corporate investigations and case closures...

Senior Manager of Crisis Operations
Dublin, CA
This position will lead a team of Crisis Mangers, Senior Analysts and Crisis Analysts based out of our Dublin Corporate Office
They are responsible for all crisis response efforts, company-wide communication, safe travel program and any company threats...

Area LP Manager - Nor Cal
Sacramento, CA

The Area Loss Prevention Manager (ALPM) drives shrink improvement and asset protection programs for two (2) to four (4) Districts which contain approximately 25-65 Ulta Beauty Stores. The Area Loss Prevention Manager is responsible to assess store procedures, promote awareness and methods to prevent, protect and control losses and protect company assets and make recommendations to improve inventory shrinkage, safety and overall store controls...

Store Loss Prevention Manager
Daly City, CA

Store Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific location and for partnering with Store Operations in an effort to prevent company loss. You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results...

Regional Manager Loss Prevention, Audit & Firearms Compliance
Indianapolis, IN

The Regional Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the control and reduction of shrinkage at the stores in their Territory. Investigates and resolves all matters that jeopardize or cause a loss to the company's assets...

District Asset Protection Manager - Detroit/Saginaw
Taylor, MI

Amazing opportunity! High profile, fast paced district available for a Multi-Unit Asset Protection professional with operational savvy or a General Manager passionate about Asset Protection and Safety. As the District Asset Protection Manager you will lead administration of Asset Protection programs and training for an assigned district in order to drive sales, profits, and a customer service culture...


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