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Another factory fire claims the lives of 8 people in Bangladesh.  The fire started Wednesday evening after the 300 employees of the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd went home for the evening. The 11 story structure fire burned the first and second floor. It is unclear if the victims of the fire were employees or residents of the building. (Source yahoo.com)

Target partners with Facebook to draw shoppers into stores.  On Wednesday Target launched a test version of Cartwheel on Facebook. Cartwheel is designed to allow Facebook users to earn savings and use their smartphones to redeem the savings in the store. Other retailers have tried to pass on savings to customers who follow them on Twitter, but analyst claim those sales have not yet met expectations. (Source thestate.com)

Abercrombie’s CEO finds himself in a fight with larger customers.  Abercrombie and Fitch is coming under fire again after the retailer’s CEO said he doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. Mike Jeffries admitted to a fashion insider that the clothing store is exclusionary. He says the company only hires good looking people because they attract other good looking people. Jefferies went on to say he only wants thin, beautiful people wearing his clothing. (Source dailyexaminer.com)

National Grocery Association publish 2013 Payment Study; bank checks now less than 10% of transactions.  Although the Debit card may have found its way into everyone’s lives, checks have the highest transaction value at $63.21. The study was developed by the NGA and Balance Innovation to focus designing future payment technologies, strategies for handling new methods and the risks involved. (Source progressivegrocer.com)

Forbes reporter faced with showrooming and internet sales tax dilemma; true life story of a consumer trying to save money.  Brick and mortar stores have taken steps to compete against internet sales and the new internet sales tax may be a way to equal the playing field, but smart consumers will not be swayed from trying to save money. (Source forbes.com)

Political leaders in Kentucky want Urban Outfitters to stop selling controversial merchandise.  US Rep Hal Rogers as well as the Kentucky Attorney General would like Urban Outfitters to voluntarily take a look a like prescription pill bottle shot glass off store shelves. Representative Rogers went a step further saying the store should also discontinue selling shot glasses, pint glasses and flasks in the store. (Source whas11.com)

Nordstrom tracking foot traffic by tapping into your smartphone.  Although Nordstrom’s states the new system installed in 17 full line and Nordstrom Rack stores can not access your phones personal information, it can gather information on how long you shop and departments you visit. Nordstrom has posted a sign at the store entrance to turn off your phone if you wish not to participate. (Source cbslocal.com)

Foot Locker signs a $94 Million deal to purchase German athletic footwear chain Runners Point.  Foot Locker Inc. said Wednesday that it will buy German athletic store chain Runners Point Warenhandelsges (RPG) for $94 million as it expands in Europe. RPG, which had sales of $254 million for 2012, operates more than 200 stores with its most prominent banners being Runners Point and Sidestep as well as an online subsidiary, Tredex. Most of its stores are in Germany, although there are also Runners Point and Sidestep locations in The Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. (Source chainstoreage.com)

JC Penney branding is unrecognizable to nearly half of people surveyed.  With all the changes JC Penney made over the last year or so, one fails to stand out to customers...the logo. The new ‘jcp’ logo was recognized by only 56% of people surveyed; back in 2010 their old logo was recognized by 84% of people. Penney’s attempted a logo change in 2011 which also failed to resonate with customers, but the 2012 ‘jcp’ hit a new low. (Source yahoo.com)

Anonymous may not have taken down the U.S. Banking system on May 7th, but they shut down city hall in Methuen, Massachusetts.  Anonymous hackers shut down the computers of Methuen city hall in retaliation for the arrest of a Methuen High School student arrested for communicating ‘terrorist threats’ on his Facebook page, which leaked back to his school. The teen could face 20 years in prison; police searched his home but found no weapons or explosives. (Source andovertownsman.com)

Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store in NYC taking on water; may be blamed on poor construction.  At 8:00 am fifteen Apple employees quickly got to work cleaning up water damage from an apparent hole in the roof. According to one worker, the blame lies with construction on the roof last year. By 10 am most of the water was cleaned up but a 40 foot section of the store had been blocked off. (Source nypost.com)

Belk’s in Atlanta the victim of a $30,000 smash and grab.  Atlanta police say two men smashed a display case at a department store and stole about $30,000 worth of jewelry. Police say the men walked in to a Belk store at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead Wednesday morning and used hammers to smash the display case. Police say the men took a tray of diamond earrings and fled the scene. A description of the suspects and additional information on the incident was not immediately available. (Source 11alive.com)

San Jose Police arrest 3 suspects in an elaborate fraud/identity theft scheme.  The SJPD's investigation resulted in the arrest of three suspects after the MERGE team served a search warrant on their residence. As the team made entry into the house, they caught two of the suspects in the act of committing identity theft on line. A search uncovered weapons, narcotics, and evidence of an identity theft operation that included equipment and supplies to make fraudulent credit cards, licenses, counterfeit money, and fraudulent checks as a means of stealing the life savings of hundreds of victims. (Source ktvu.com)

Nine arrested in Colorado, search is on for ID theft ringleader.  Investigators are looking for the suspected ringleader of an identity theft ring that targeted dozens of victims in Jefferson County. Arrest warrants are out for Selina Davison, supposed ringleader and three others. Nine others are already in custody. The group is accused of stealing personal information from victims and also creating fake checks to use at several retailers, including King Soopers, Safeway, Walmart, Macy’s and Chase Bank. (Source kdvr.com)

Bangor Jeweler tackles suspect attempting to grab and run.  The suspect and his sister entered the Steckels Jewelry Store looking for a watch. The manager showed the two customers a $100 Pulsar and a $425 Bulova, which the male suspect grabbed and ran for the door. The jeweler was quick enough to tackle the suspect in the street. (Source lehighvalleylive.com)

Two former Lowe’s associates busted for $16,000 in theft in Pittsburgh.  Two 21 year old men were able to make several dozen fake receipts for returned merchandise and exchanged the receipts for $16,349 cash. The two suspects are facing charges of theft by unlawful taking. (Source wpxi.com)

Sears associate in Vermont busted for theft of $17,000 in merchandise.  An employee who claimed to have an addiction to heroin stole over 100 high priced items which he later sold on the internet for cash. The suspect had taken tablets, TVs, Blu-Ray players, Dyson vacuums, Keurig coffeemakers, shavers, K-cups, mattress padding, comforters, sheets, jeans and a camera lens from the store in the past several months. (Source rutlandherald.com)

Tukwila, WA police shoot at fleeing shoplifters, hitting one, as they attempt to run over a Police Officer at Southcenter Mall.  A fleeing shoplifter ran from the Nordstrom store to an awaiting get-a-way car. Police attempted to stop the vehicle as it raced across the street to the Target parking lot. An officer was nearly run down by the vehicle. Fearing for his life, he shot four times at the vehicle, hitting the passenger. The vehicle was stopped and three suspects have been arrested. The condition of the one suspect is unknown at this time. (Source q13fox.com)

TJ Maxx in Concord, California burglarized in the early morning.  On April 15 at 4:50am a man somehow got inside the locked TJ Maxx store in Concord, California. The man grabbed an undisclosed amount of merchandise and fled the store. Concord Police recently released the photo of the suspect who was wearing a bandanna covering his face. (Source mercurynews.com)

Huntsville police arrested man on robbery charge; Walmart Loss Prevention agent assaulted.  Huntsville police arrested a man in connection with a robbery that occurred at Walmart on Sparkman Drive just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. James Winkles was charged with third-degree robbery, resisting arrest and prowling. A loss prevention officer told police a man attempted to leave the store with power tools without paying for the merchandise. When confronted, the man physically assaulted the officer and ran to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot. Winkles was later located and arrested. (Source whnt.com)

New York gas station employees stole $74,000 from a lottery winner.  Three employees of a New York gas station took advantage of a Guatemalan immigrant who scratched off a $74,892 wining ticket. The employees gave the man $774 and congratulated him on his big win, then cashed the ticket in for themselves pocketing $48,300 after taxes for themselves. (Source lotterypost.com)

Maine couple with 4 children caught shoplifting $500 of merchandise from Walmart. The couple attempted to steal clothing, camping supplies and bicycles worth $528.94. The male suspect was arrested on seven outstanding warrants and theft, and the female was charged with misdemeanor theft. The children ages 10 to 14 were not believed to be involved in the theft. (Source bangordailynews.com)
 

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South Georgia Deputies make a traffic stop and seize $18,000 of stolen merchandise.  Three people in a jeep were stopped on I-95 for a window tint violation. Upon a search of the vehicle, Camden County deputies found $18,000 worth of merchandise, most with price tags and security tags still on them. Deputies believe the suspects were coming from Savannah. Police are trying to determine what stores were victimized, but believe Victoria’s Secret was one merchant. The merchandise and foil-lined theft bags were confiscated. The suspects were released. (Source savannahnow.com)

Minnesota woman steals 73 bottles of perfume from JC Penney and Ulta Beauty.  A 36 year old female was apprehended and confessed to stealing 73 bottles of perfume valued at $5000 from four different stores in the Minneapolis area. The thefts began in March and continued until the end of April, when she was apprehended by JC Penney’s Loss Prevention. (Source patch.com)

Two Louisville men attempt to steal $665 worth of 5-Hour Energy drinks.  Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested two men who stole over $600 of 5-Hour Energy drinks from a local Kroger store. One suspect rode into the store on a motorized cart. While inside the store, the two allegedly took the energy drinks and placed them in the basket of the motorized cart and covered them up with a jacket. All of the energy drinks were recovered. (Source whas11.com)

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American Dynamics Expands High-Definition IP Camera Line

New Illustra 600 Box and Bullet Cameras bring high-quality, superior low-light performance and easy installability

WESTFORD, MA – April 2, 2013 – American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco (NYSE: TYC), today introduced its new Illustra 600 Series of High Definition (HD) IP Box and Bullet Cameras.

The Illustra 600 Series Box and Bullet cameras deliver exceptional HD video quality in all lighting conditions. The True Day/Night and Wide Dynamic Range features provide superior low-light performance, saving on bandwidth and storage costs. In industries such as banking, retail, aviation or any business where there are large banks of windows that cause fluctuating lighting conditions, these cameras are an ideal choice. The Illustra 600 Series Box and Bullet cameras offer 720p and 1080p resolution and are available in three different models.

The 600LT models are ideal for smaller businesses such as a bank branches, small retail outlets or physician’s offices who may only need 720p resolution. The LT models contain many of the powerful features included in the 600 models, delivering high-definition and excellent video quality with a few exceptions: no audio, SD card and dry contact inputs The LT models benefits those businesses that have 16 or fewer cameras, as well as larger businesses that don’t require full-featured HD cameras for all of their locations, providing significant cost savings.

The Illustra 600 Box cameras can be used with a variety of lenses and housings, making them a very versatile option for all types of industries and businesses of all sizes. From a small local convenience store focusing on its cash registers, to an organization with many buildings and parking lots at various distances, these cameras suit each specific security need.

The 600 and 610 bullet cameras feature remarkable one-touch auto-focus functionality which allows installers to control the lens zoom and automatically adjust the focus from the camera’s web interface – all with the click of a mouse. This remote focus capability saves the cost of a ‘truck roll’, avoiding an expensive maintenance call. The rugged weatherproof IP66 enclosure on the bullet camera stands up to any type of weather conditions.

“The new Illustra Box and Bullet cameras provide our customers with a full suite of high-definition cameras, with a variety of models geared to meet their specific needs,” stated Joel White, senior product manager, American Dynamics. “The feature sets of each of these cameras make them an all around excellent choice when time savings and cost matter to your organization’s security and bottom line.”

The Illustra 600 Box and Bullet cameras are compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge NVRs and Hybrids, and are ONVIF-compliant, providing customers with greater flexibility in their choice of recording platforms.

These cameras are available through American Dynamics’ worldwide distribution channels.

Contact:

Kim Kuhn
Sr. Marketing Manager
(978) 577-4176
kkuhn@tycoint.com

 

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