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Rising Violent Crime in 13 U.S. Cities
Big-City Murder Rate Up 14% - led by Chicago and Charlotte
Though Property Crime Remains Low

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University reported that this year's big-city murder rate would rise 14 percent over last year, with Chicago alone accounting for 43.4 percent of the increase.

The center asked the 30 largest U.S. cities by population for their latest data, getting numbers on violence from 25. Of those, the violent crime rate was up as 2016 neared an end in 13 cities: Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Worth, Houston, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Antonio and San Jose.

Violent crime dropped in 12 cities: Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

The center projected the violent crime rate overall in the biggest cities to rise 3.3 percent, with overall crime increasing just .3 percent. Low property crime rates are helping hold crime generally near historic lows in modern U.S. history. commpartners.com time.com

Stanley to Sell Door-Locks Unit to Dormakaba for $725 Million
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. agreed to sell the majority of its mechanical-security business to Switzerland's Dormakaba Holding AG for $725 million in cash as the toolmaker seeks to raise money for more possible deals.

The business, which includes the BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT brands of commercial door locks and door hardware, is a better fit in Dormakaba's portfolio, Stanley Chief Executive Officer James Loree said in a statement Wednesday. The acquisition will add to Dormakaba's earnings per share from day one, the Ruemlang, Switzerland-based company said in a separate statement.

The sale "will allow us to deploy capital in a more accretive and growth-oriented manner," Loree said in the statement. The company decided not to sell its commercial electronic security and automatic doors business, New Britain, Connecticut-based Stanley said.

Loree is refocusing Stanley on growth opportunities in the tool industry after ending a self-imposed deal-making hiatus with the $1.95 billion acquisition of Newell Brands Inc.'s tools business in October. Dormakaba said the acquisition will provide it with the scale to be one of the top three security firms in North America. bloomberg.com

A Women's Wear Daily Interview
Where are shopping centers & malls headed?
ICSC President Sees Shopping Centers, Malls as 'Dynamic Marketplace'

International Council of Shopping Centers president Tom McGee offers his perspective on the retail real estate market and the impact of online sales:

"The industry is successfully evolving to keep pace with the needs of consumers, and right now the consumer is placing a high value on experience. It's no longer just department stores; it's grocery stores that offer eateries inside them, or movie theaters that include restaurants.

Additionally, centers are embracing entertainment tenants and amusement attractions like go-kart racing, indoor rope climbing, laser tag, skydiving simulators, escape rooms and more.

As time progresses, developers and retailers alike will continue to provide ever-more personalized, interactive experiences, emphasizing new touch points, time-saving services and meaningful consumer engagement."

 - Omnichannel consumers spend 3.5 times more than other types of shoppers.

 - Click and collect is an example of the convergence of the physical and digital channels.

We see synergy between physical and digital retail with research indicating a strong relationship between a physical store and online sales generated within that trade area. This is demonstrated by the "halo effect"- when the physical store thrives so too does the online business in that region; when a store closes, digital sales in that region also wane.

We view this convergence as an opportunity for retailers. Take the recent news of Wal-Mart's purchase of Jet.com, as well as news of Amazon opening physical stores.

WWD: With a new president in the White House and a Republican majority in Congress, what would you like to see lawmakers prioritize over the next few years?

T.M.: We are working on several top-priority legislative issues right now including "E-Fairness," tax reform, and reforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Editor's Note: In his discussion about sales tax revenue he states "This flawed system hurts communities across the country, to the tune of $23 billion in lost sales-tax revenue."

When considering ORC's loss being over $30B, it would then seem logical then that the ICSC should also support federal ORC legislation. After all, it's an even higher loss for retailers than lost sales-tax revenue is for the communities. wwd.com

Roundy's Supermarket Whistleblower Alleges Gift-Card Program
was Illegal Kickback Scheme

A Wisconsin and Chicago-area chain of grocery stores knew gift cards it was providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries were actually illegal kickbacks but proceeded to hand them out anyway, a whistleblower told an Illinois federal court Monday in defending his False Claims Act suit.

Pharmacist Jeffrey S. Kotwica said Roundy's Supermarket Inc. is "throwing a veritable 'kitchen sink' of arguments" to get his case dismissed, but that none of the store's arguments stand up. Kotwica's suit alleges the company defrauded several government health care programs by offering gift cards that exceeded legal limits.

In Roundy's motion to dismiss, the company said it was within the law because it fell under the so-called nominal values and retailer reward exceptions to the Anti-Kickback statute. law360.com

Greek Anarchists Claim Acid Attack on Supermarket Products
A state food safety agency says several soft drinks and food products mostly made by multinational companies have been withdrawn from sale in greater Athens after a Greek anarchist group said it had injected packages and plastic bottles with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

The products include small bottles of Coca Cola Light and Nestle's Nestea, as well as sauces made by Unilever and milk by local producer Delta, the agency said Wednesday. A group calling itself "Green Nemesis" posted the threat on the internet Monday, saying it intended to cause financial damage to the companies. nytimes.com

'Reflectacles' Could Help Thieves Thwart Security Cameras
Scott Urban's new product could appeal to night cyclists and privacy-minded people alike: a line of reflective eyewear, dubbed Reflectacles. Using reflective material, the glasses ($95-$125) bounce light back to the direction it came from, creating an intense glare.

The glare also is intended to prevent surveillance cameras that use infrared technology from capturing facial features. It's a concept that has "really touched a nerve" with folks who are concerned about the "growing surveillance state," Urban said. pymnts.com

Cargo theft historically higher during holiday season, FreightWatch says
With both Christmas Day and New Year's Day occurring on Sunday this year, FreightWatch International says many receiving facilities' schedules will be adjusted, leaving more opportunity for freight to be parked for extra time. To combat cargo theft, FWI recommends truckers and carriers confirming holiday hours with receivers to help prevent any unnecessary layovers with loaded trucks. The group says in-transit and warehouse operations will be heavily targeted around the holidays and suggest using "covert GPS tracking with an active monitoring program" to mitigate threats and assist in the recovery process in the event of a theft. overdriveonline.com

LPRC Holiday Research Toolbox
With the holiday season upon us, LPRC knows it's a bit hectic in the retail world. In an effort to help arm our members with actionable research for the season, we've put together a few tools:

● Benchmarking list of our retail members ORC Top Loss Items by category from the ORC Working Group, allowing your team to gain insight on industry trends compared to your own trends.

● The following research papers outlining key findings in the area of Temporary Employees, a topic of high interest for retailers during the holidays:

    - The Psychological Contract, Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction of Temporary Staff
    - Relations, Commitment and Satisfaction in agency workers and permanent workers

We've boiled down key findings of each article to actionable bullet points. In addition to this review of literature, we will also be sending out a benchmarking survey to our retail members to better understand the effect of temporary employment practices. For access to our reports or for more information please feel free to contact operations@lpresearch.org with any questions.

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7-Eleven completes first month of drone deliveries to U.S. customers
7-Eleven has completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the United States. Through its collaboration with Flirtey, a service that supports commercial drone deliveries to customer homes in the United States, the convenience store chain conducted regular weekend deliveries to mobile shoppers during November. A dozen select shoppers used a custom app to place orders, which were fulfilled from a dedicated 7-Eleven store, the company said.

Once shoppers place an order, merchandise - including items such as hot and cold food and over-the-counter medicines - is loaded into a custom Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using GPS technology to the customer's house. Once at its destination, the drone hovers in place and lowers the package. On average, customers receive their packages less than 10 minutes from the point-of-order, the company said. chainstoreage.com

Congressional report sides with Apple on encryption debate
The U.S. is better off supporting strong encryption that trying to weaken it, according to a new bipartisan congressional report that stands at odds with the FBI's push to install backdoors into tech products. "Any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest," the report said.

The congressional panel was formed back in March, amid the FBI's public battle with Apple over trying to gain access to a locked iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. csoonline.com

3 Types of Insider Threats in Cyber Security
When you read about high-profile data breaches in the news, it's likely that they were carried out by outside attackers. However, attackers are moving from their brute-pasts to a future of more finesse threats, taking advantage of security holes created by your own employees.

When you think about how these insiders create such dangerous vulnerabilities, there are 3 main types of threats to be concerned with:

Accidental: According to Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Incident Report, accidents accounted for 30% of security incidents in 2015. In this case, your employees might just not be educated enough on cyber security best practices. Whether insiders open a phishing email or click on a malicious link, attackers are just waiting for your employees to slip up.

Negligent: These are the inside threats where your employees try to avoid the policies you've put in place to protect endpoints and valuable data. For example, if you have strict policies for external file sharing, employees might try to share work on public cloud applications so they can work at home. There's no ill-will in these acts, but they can open you up to dangerous threats nonetheless.

Malicious: This type of insider threat is often overlooked because you'd rather look at malicious intent from third-party actors. However, there are times when people within your organization are motivated by financial gain or espionage to make you vulnerable. For example, a disgruntled employee who was recently terminated might extract sensitive data on his/her way out and either sell it or release it publicly. csoonline.com

How to Quantify the Risk of an Insider Threat
Mitigation begins with assigning risk levels to employee roles. Who has access to sensitive information, intellectual property, trade secrets, customer lists, and any other proprietary data? That's the foundation of your risk model. Many companies use a simple numerical scale of 1-10, with 10 as the highest risk. Others may prefer simpler categories like Low, Medium, and High or yellow, orange, and red alerts.

It turns out that nearly 80 percent of employee fraud takes place in accounting, operations, sales, senior management, customer service, and purchasing. But it's critical to establish a risk profile for everyone in the company, no matter which department. Take into account employees' current roles, levels of privilege, and required access to proprietary information. Senior IT people and C-Suite executives obviously have more privilege and access than mid-level managers and clerical workers. And, of course, the higher the risk in a potential disaster, the greater the need to monitor an employee's activities. infosecurity-magazine.com

10 ways to protect data - and customers - from hackers this holiday season

Three Years After The Target Breach

Future of the Eyewear Tag™ safe with Sekura Global

Sekura Global, the retail loss prevention division of Clipper Retail, has now completed acquisition of the Dural Tag for Eyewear from Exaqtworld.

Sekura Global took possession of the Intellectual Property rights, as well as control of the manufacture, for the Eyewear Tag across the world; completing the transfer from previous holders, Exaqtworld, on Friday the 7th of October 2016.

The Eyewear Tag™, which is currently used by some of the world's leading retailers, is the most secure one-piece security tag for sunglasses and prescription frames. Its ease of use and practicality has led to it being recognized as the best in class - protecting merchandise without damaging it, thanks to the patented torque technology incorporated into the Eyewear Tag's securing mechanism.

Antoine Leloup, Director and CEO of Exaqtworld, said: "The Duraltag for Eyewear was designed and developed by Exaqtworld, and has an established reputation with many famous retail brands due to its simplicity of use and patented torque mechanism.

"We believe Sekura's global presence and relationship with key retailers and business partners around the world will enable them to realize the full potential of this proven, world-class solution."

Sekura Global was established with the aim of providing innovative and cost effective retail security solutions to retailers across the world - working to the ethos: "Save loss. Save time." Specializing in RFID and EAS solutions, Sekura Global are also the company behind the ground-breaking self-retracting BoxGrip SR™.

Russell Napthine, Sales Director of Sekura Global, said: "The Eyewear Tag fits perfectly into our portfolio of innovation driven security solutions. Our global customers demand high performance solutions, and this tag ticks all the boxes."

You can find out more about the Eyewear Tag on the Sekura Global website:

About Sekura Global

● Retail Security & Loss Prevention Division of Clipper Retail Ltd.
● Clipper Retail was founded in 1977, supplying retail security products to businesses around the world, before going on to establish the Sekura Global brand
● Sekura Global delivers innovative security solutions in the fields of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
● Sekura Global works closely with some of the world's biggest retailers to develop market-leading security solutions, helping businesses minimise shrinkage and prevent loss wherever possible

Roadmap for New LP Executives

Part 19: The Responsibility of Solid Leadership

By Mike Nagyhazy
Senior Loss Prevention Executive

Questions or comments can be emailed to mikenagyhazy@ymail.com

Whether you're a manager leading two part-time LP Agents, or a Senior VP who oversees an International operation of hundreds, leading people is a big responsibility. Although I'm hoping it's not true, my guess is that many of us have worked for leaders who just don't understand that point. They don't understand how the most basic communication, setting of expectations, guidance and feedback can be the determining factors between major disaster and major victory.

Take the classic passive-aggressive personality, as an example. The "leader" (and I use that term loosely) who assumes that his/her team knows exactly what the team's mission is. The leader who doesn't feel that constant communication to his/her team is critical to the team's success, and the leader who only communicates when something has gone wrong. Most of us are thinking of a past leader (or leaders) who have had the classic passive-aggressive style of leadership, and who were nearly impossible to work well with. Although we can't change someone's horrible leadership style, we can definitely work toward not letting the pattern continue.

There are hundreds of books on Leadership - many of them very helpful, and some of them quite cheesy. In my opinion, solid leadership can be easily broken down and sorted through quite quickly. Take a few moments to reflect on what you truly appreciate and value in a great leader (or mentor) - maybe it's proactive and regular communication, brutal honesty, genuine recognition, a consistent demeanor, a tactful sense of humor, confident guidance and support - the list is ongoing. Once you reflect on what you value, what you appreciate, and what makes you work even harder for someone, ask yourself if you demonstrate those strengths and characteristics toward your direct reports. If the answer is no, there's no need to flip a switch overnight, but start to consciously incorporate those strengths into your day-to-day routines with your team.

Whatever your idea of a strong leader is may vary from my idea of a strong leader - and that's OK! I'm hoping what most of us agree on, is the fact that none of us want a leader who is an enemy sniper, who doesn't communicate clearly, and who only looks out for his/her best interest. Take a few minutes to ponder what you truly value, what you may not value at all, and candidly assess what bits and pieces you can eventually build into your style. At the same time, very briefly reflect on those substandard leaders who we've all had in the past, and constantly remind yourself to phase any of those bad habits out of your repertoire. Leadership is a huge responsibility, and you and your team will all benefit from your interest and investment!


Read more of Mike's "Roadmap for New LP Executives" series here, with topics including: 
Meet and Greet Your Team -- Assessment/Task Delegation -- Company Priorities -- Developing an Action Plan -- Visibility/Accountability/Recognition -- Effective Communication -- Evaluating Company Structure -- Physical Security Platform -- Budgeting -- Capital Expenditure -- Documenting Your Accomplishments -- and more!

Creating a Powerful Personal Brand

Kevin Ach, Sr. Director, Retail LP & Safety, Office Depot, Inc.


Very few of us look at our careers through the lens of building a powerful personal brand. Yet, it is an extremely powerful way to approach career development and distinguish yourself both inside and out of your organization. While an executive may look at their career as an individual path, Kevin Ach, Sr. Director, Retail LP and Safety, Office Depot, Inc., shares the importance of expanding your vision, understanding the impact, and treating it like a business development project as opposed to an individual development plan.

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The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg
In what appears to be the largest digital advertising scam in history, a group of Russian hackers reportedly built a click-fraud machine that stole up to $5 million daily from top advertisers and publishers. But even that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online ad fraud.

Estimates are that billions of dollars are lost annually because of fraudulent clicks, fake traffic, and other scams. But because of the way the online-advertising market is structured, with several layers of middlemen and ad networks, there is little incentive to stop it.

In fact, the rise of sophisticated bot-nets and other forms of click fraud is part of the reason why less than half of all Internet ads are even seen by humans, according to a study done by online analytics firm comScore in 2013.

The latest scam involved a network of computers that pretended to be human web surfers so they could generate fake traffic to bogus websites and report fake clicks. It was discovered by a security firm called White Ops, which dubbed the "bot-net" operation Methbot, after a code word found in the program the hackers used to operate the network.

According to White Ops, the combined financial impact of the fraud was several times larger than the largest previous "bot-net," known as ZeroAccess, which was uncovered in 2011. The security firm estimated the hackers generated $3 million to $5 million daily in revenue.

The hackers registered hundreds of thousands of fake Internet addresses and then used a network of computers in Dallas and Amsterdam that were running the Methbot program to simulate normal human behavior such as clicking to start and stop videos and registering fake logins to sites like Facebook. All of this generated traffic and activity that was then reported to ad networks as real.

Although it may be the largest such scam, the Methbot operation is far from unusual. The online advertising market has been riddled with similar kinds of fraud for years. Some advertisers say bots make up as much as a third of the traffic they see on their ads.

According to an estimate earlier this year by the Association of National Advertisers, more than $7 billion will be lost this year to various kinds of digital-advertising fraud. And much of that is coming from ads involving video, since CPMs (or cost per thousand impressions, which is the way most online advertising is billed) are much higher for video.

"The level of criminal, non-human traffic literally robbing marketers' brand-building investments is a travesty," ANA president Bob Liodice said in a statement at the time the study was released. fortune.com

Alibaba lawsuit spotlights fake reviews and purchases
A lawsuit filed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is shining a light on the fake reviews and purchases on its websites.

China's biggest e-commerce operator sued Shatui.com, which allegedly links merchants with people willing to falsify purchases and write positive comments that can drive sellers up Alibaba's rankings. The suit in Hangzhou West Lake District People's Court is seeking 2.16 million yuan ($310,000). Alibaba worked with authorities that raided Shatui's office and took away its accounting books for allegedly rigging the market, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Alibaba has a complicated history with so-called brushing operators, who have pumped up gross merchandise volume for years but now undermine its push for credibility. As it now emphasizes sales over transactions and expands into new businesses, the company is trying to stamp out questionable practices that have drawn the ire of state media and investors.

Merchants with violations can have their credit scores cut and can even have their businesses shut down, Hangzhou-based Alibaba said in an e-mailed statement.

Shatui.com's site is no longer online, instead redirecting to an e-commerce website. Multiple calls to the number listed on the site of Shatui's parent went unanswered.

Alibaba, which is also facing criticism for counterfeits on its sites, isn't alone in battling the fakers. Amazon.com Inc. is trying to quash fake reviews while Facebook Inc. is combating fake news that has become a political issue.

However, China's operators take their methods to the next level by crowdsourcing the tasks to thousands. Shatui.com for example allegedly recruited more than 5,000 people on its site, Xinhua said.

The art of brushing comes down to tricking a website such as Alibaba's Taobao into thinking a purchase has been made and disguising the movement of money that makes it happen. The fake buyer communicates with merchants through instant messaging apps such as QQ, steering clear of Alibaba's own chat service. internetretailer.com

Sears discounts online orders picked up in stores

Multiple Arrests Made in $650,000 Theft of Power Tools From Stores in Florida, Georgia
Six people are under arrest after running a massive scam, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of power tools from Home Depot stores across Florida and Georgia, authorities said Tuesday. Six people are under arrest after running a massive scam, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of power tools from Home Depot stores across Florida and Georgia, authorities said Tuesday. Miami-Dade Police took the suspects into custody after it was discovered they stole over $650,000 worth of the equipment over 60 different visits to stores in the two states since August 1st. The company contacted Miami-Dade Police after reviewing surveillance footage of incidents inside their stores, and MDPD launched an investigation. nbcmiami.com

Naperville, IL man arrested for eighth time this year; 40 times since 1992
A man has been arrested for the eighth time this year, his most recent charges related to shoplifting incident in which an employee of Walmart was assaulted. Nicholas Ducato, 41, has been arrested or ticketed at least 40 times since 1992 by area law enforcement agencies. He was most recently arrested at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, following an incident at the Walmart SuperCenter. Ducato was confronted by a store security worker while allegedly trying to walk away with more than $500 worth of assorted, unspecified merchandise. chicagotribune.com

Pembroke Pines, FL: 'Grab and go' robberies reported at numerous South Florida cellphone stores  
Cellphone store employees are on edge after a recent rash of "grab and go" robberies all over South Florida in recent weeks. "It affects (you) psychologically when you have a gun to your head," Brian Zeidman, who owns 23 cellphone stores, said. Zeidman has changed the way he does business at his Boost Mobile Store on Hallandale Beach Boulevard after 10 of his stores were robbed. local10.com

Coral Gables, FL: Trio steals almost $4,000 in merchandise from liquor store Surveillance video showed one man walking out with cases of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Friday, at Gulf Liquors in Coral Gables. The second man followed behind with two cases, along with a woman stealing multiple bottles inside the store. wsvn.com

Round Rock, TX: Round Rock Premium Outlets Guest Service clerk steals $3,500 while selling gift cards

Brookfield, WI: Guitar Center reports the theft of a Les Paul Guitar valued at $4,799

Milton, GA: Target reports $2,000 theft; 2 men stole electronics and 2 bicycles

Macon, GA: Man tries to steal more than $500 worth of meat from Sam's Club

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Shootings & Death

Homestead, FL: Armed Robbery Of Armored Truck Turns Fatal; 1 suspect killed, 1 guard wounded
The FBI is investigating a fatal shootout outside a bank in Homestead on Tuesday. Gunshots were coming from the front of a TD Bank at 2495 NE 8th Street in Homestead. Customers had no idea what was going on and immediately started calling family members. Homestead Police believe two men were trying to rob an armored Garda truck. "One of the armored guys got hit. He was injured like up in his upper area," a witness said. One robber died at the scene, while the other took off in a red SUV. They caught up with him on the Florida Turnpike near SW 152nd Street. He was taken to the hospital. Witnesses said they're amazed no one else was injured considering the amount of people in the area and the amount of shots fired. wsvn.com

Calumet City, IL: Stray Bullet Hits Daycare Worker In the face; C-Store shoot-out A 47-year-old woman was shot in the face Monday evening, when a stray bullet went through the window of a Calumet City daycare center. The gunfire erupted after a fight broke out inside a convenience store in the same strip mall around 5 p.m. When one man took off, the other followed and opened fire in the parking lot outside. The intended target wasn't hit, but a stray bullet went through the front window of Children's Home Center about 70 yards away. cbslocal.com

Robberies & Thefts

Barrow County, GA: Burglars cut hole in roof to steal cash, electronics from Target
Police are investigating after burglars broke in to a Barrow County Target through the roof. Authorities said two people cut a hole in the roof of a Target on Loganville Highway in Bethlehem and ended up inside the store in the women's bathroom. Surveillance cameras caught the burglars in the store early Tuesday morning. Video shows the thieves breaking into an ATM, taking cash and stealing electronics. Authorities believe the burglars are responsible for recent heists at Target stores in West Virginia, Tennessee and last week in Macon. wsbtv.com

Indianapolis, IN: Criminals cross state lines to steal drugs, leading to drop in Indiana pharmacy robberies
Pharmacy robberies were cut by nearly half in central Indiana and now criminals are driving across state lines to steal drugs. In 2015, there were 168 reported robberies at pharmacies. That number dropped to 73 this year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Indiana. "Right now the risk is really going up for these guys," said Lt. Craig McCart. McCart explained how IMPD's commercial robbery unit has been working covertly and closely with federal partners like the FBI, DEA, and the ATF. Plus, the U.S. Attorney's Office is going after these criminals on a federal level. Since last fall, the office indicted 26 defendants. cbs4indy.com

New York: Serial robber pleads guilty to robbing 40 stores in Queens and Long Island in 16 months
The prolific robber who robbed cash from a dozen Queens businesses is facing some serious time behind bars. Khalif House, the Hempstead man who robbed 40 stores across Queens and Long Island at knifepoint between February 2015 and June 2016, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 20, to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. qns.com

Lynn, MA: 9-Time Armed Robbery Suspect nabbed in Boston
The first robbery happened in late October at Richdale convenience store. There were a pair of robberies last weekend, at Corner Store on Market Street and Little Caesars Pizza at Market Square. Other robberies included Convenience Station, which was hit twice; CVS on South Common Street; Richdale ; Jenny's Convenience Store and Tedeschi Food Shops. itemlive.com

Washington, DC: 4 wanted in assault on Security Officer at CVS store
Four people are being sought for an assault on a special police officer that happened at a CVS located in Southwest, D.C. on December 14, Metropolitan police said. The robbery- assault happened in the 1100 block of 4th Street in Southwest, D.C. around 5:25 p.m., according to authorities. Police said the suspects went up to the officer and exchanged words. The suspects then proceeded to punch the victim. During the incident one of the suspects grabbed the victim's wallet. The suspects then fled from the store. wusa9.com

Sacramento, CA: Sears ($2,700) and Macy's ($7,700) employees busted for theft at Arden Fair Mall

Macon, GA: 8 of 16 Family Dollar stores have been robbed in 2016

Cincinnati, OH: Man operated gambling house out of Sunoco station

Kay Jewelers in the South Hills Village Mall, Upper Saint Claire, PA reported a Grab & Run on 12/20, item valued at $7,148

Kay Jewelers in the Dixie Manor Shopping Center, Louisville, KY reported a Grab & Run on 12/20, items valued at $7,199

Credit Card Fraud

Sussex, WI: Former HR Mgr at U.S. Forest Service sentenced in $90,000 ID theft, credit card fraud
In that position, he had access to current and former Forest Service employees' personal identifying information. Beginning in approximately February of 2016, Hanan began using the personal information of current and former Forest Service employees to open retail credit cards in the names of those employees and their family members. Hanan opened dozens of credit cards affiliated with Meijer and K-Mart / Sears stores, and used those cards to purchase items such as pre-paid gift cards, personal-grooming products, and food items. Hanan caused over $90,000 in actual losses. fox6now.com

Lincolnton, NC: A woman is in jail on multiple charges after police say she committed credit card fraud, among other offenses
On Sunday, police arrested Helen Alise Blackburn on 15 outstanding felony warrants. fox46charlotte.com

Vallejo, CA: Police search for woman accused of stealing Berkeley woman's identity; spending thousands at Costco and Target

Sierra Vista, AZ: Police arrest two in possible mail theft, fraud ring

Southport, NC and Sunset Beach Police seek credit card fraud suspects


Riverhead, NY: 3 Men Caught For Trying to Use Counterfeit Money at Kmart


Dumfries, VA: Card skimming device found at Exxon station

AllTown Pharmacy Eatontown, NJ - Armed Robbery
Blue Moon Wine - Kosciusko, MS - Armed Robbery/ clerk shot 3x
Casey General - Fargo, ND - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Henrico County, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Chevron - Santa Ana, CA - Armed Robbery
Colonial Village Pharmacy - Webster Groves, MO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - High Point, NC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Lufkin, TX - Armed Robbery
Food Lion - Morganton, NC - Armed Robbery
Fuzzy's Audio Video - Monroe, WI - Burglary
Kroger - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Nico's Taco - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Pawn Advantage - Vallejo, CA - Armed Robbery/ Man and dog shot and killed
Rite Aid - Spotsylvania, VA - Armed Robbery
Scheels - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Stanleyville Grocery - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, OH - Armed Robbery
The Store - Placer County, CA - Armed Robbery
Valero - Stockbridge, GA - Burglary
Walgreens - Silver City, NM - Burglary
Walgreens - Port St Lucie, FL - Robbery
7-Eleven - St Charles, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Santa Ana, CA - Armed Robbery

Daily Totals:
22 robberies
3 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killed

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Vice President Asset Protection
Grand Rapids, MI

The Vice President of Asset Protection is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of Meijer's Asset Protection programs for the Stores, Distribution, Manufacturing and Corporate functions at Meijer. This executive position is accountable for the development and implementation of Asset Protection programs including Shrink Reduction, Risk Mitigation, Safety and Security Plans, Training, Investigations and Analytics to drive overall operating efficiencies while supporting the Company's strategic focus of a "Customer First" experience...

Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention & Safety
Malvern, PA

The Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety 1NA is responsible for developing strategies to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that lead, or could lead, to financial loss throughout the NA operation, both in the field and office locations...


Director, Loss Prevention Initiatives Job
Dublin, CA

The Director of LP Initiatives & Compliance is responsible for directing cross-functional initiatives for both Ross and dd's Stores. The Director will direct and lead rollouts of new/updated processes, policies and procedures by working directly with LP Field Management and Stores for feedback. The Director will also direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs... 


Director, Loss Prevention & Safety
Westlake Village, CA

The purpose of this job is to develop and implement programs and activities for the Loss Prevention department, to include inventory control and shrinkage protection, investigations, safety and health, and bad debt...


Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety
Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs, and by developing and maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with Operations and Human Resource business partners...

Director Loss Prevention
Dallas, TX

The National Loss Prevention Director will create and lead Loss Prevention programs for corporate owned/managed units. Create and review Loss Prevention program processes in stores to drive shrink reduction and bottom line profits. Provides leadership to operations teams and stores in the management of critical incidents...

Director, Loss Prevention
New York, NY

Maintain inventory levels and reduce loss. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the Fashion division. Building programs to sustain a high level of Loss Prevention awareness in our boutiques, and support our MBR partners and corporate partners...


Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager
San Francisco, CA

The Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of projects/programs. You will ensure that projects are completed on schedule and to the scope established and agreed upon with key stakeholders...


2nd Shift Loss Prevention Specialist
Riverside, CA

The DC Loss Prevention Specialist has thorough knowledge of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. loss prevention, security and life safety procedures. Performs duties as a floor officer and acts as a deterrent to theft. Responds to and proactively addresses life safety, security, and operational issues...

Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Los Angeles, CA

Business Impact of this Position
Complete weekly schedules, taking into consideration all cost saving measures whenever possible.
Teach and train store associates in security, store operations, asset protection policies/procedures and how to reduce shrink and other related store expenses...

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