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Damon Cavasin was named Senior Manager Corporate Loss Prevention for Nash Finch. Damon had previously worked at Target for over 13 years in various positions such as District Assets Protection Team Leader, Manager-Stores Assurance, Sr. Business Partner-Assets Protection Operations, and his most recent position was Manager-International Transportation. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Western Michigan University, and continued his education, receiving his Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Congratulations Damon!
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Sophisticated network of global thieves drains cash machines in 27 countries of $45M  A Global cyber crime ring had stolen $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries. The U.S. Justice Department accused eight men of allegedly forming the New York-based cell of the organization, and said seven of them have been arrested. The eighth, allegedly a leader of the cell, was reported to have been murdered in the Dominican Republic on April 27. The ringleaders are believed to be outside the United States but prosecutors declined to give details, citing the ongoing investigation. This is the third big case we reported on in the Daily this week related to skimming, including Schucks and MAPCO Express. (Source chicagotribune.com)

Subway cyber-hacker pleads guilty to $10 Million theft; facing up to seven years in prison.  Adrian-Tiberiu Oprea of Romania plead guilty to planting a spyware onto Subways POS system, enabling them to record and store credit card information from 146,000 payment transactions. Oprea retrieved the card data and then electronically transferred it to various electronic storage locations (“dump sites”) that he had set up. Oprea later attempted to use the stolen payment card data to make unauthorized charges on, or transfers of funds from, the accounts. He also attempted to transfer the stolen payment card data to other co-conspirators for their use for similar purposes. (Source sophos.com)

House Judiciary Committee Creates Bipartisan Task Force on Over-Criminalization  On May 5th, the House Judiciary Committee approved the creation of a bipartisan task force on over-criminalization to assess the current federal criminal statutes and make recommendations for improvements. The task force named "Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013" is authorized for six months and will be led by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Sensenbrenner stated “Our current criminal code is riddled with outdated provisions, inconsistent with modifications made to reflect America’s contemporary approach to criminal law. This bipartisan task force will review federal laws in Title 18 and work to clean it up. Congress must ensure the federal role in criminal prosecutions is properly limited to offenses within federal jurisdiction and within the scope of constitutionally-delegated federal powers. I also plan to reintroduce the Criminal Code Modernization and Simplification Act which reforms and recodifies Title 18 of the U.S. Code. This bill cuts more than one-third of the existing criminal code, consolidates criminal offenses from other titles, and streamlines the code to make it more coherent for attorneys, judges, and Congress.” In addition, Ranking Member Bobby Scott stated, "Although crime is primarily a matter for states and localities to handle, over the last 40 or so years Congress has increasingly sought to address societal problems by adding criminal provisions to the federal code. There are now over 4,000 federal criminal provisions, plus hundreds of thousands of federal regulations which impose criminal penalties, often without requiring that criminal intent be shown to establish guilt." Watch this interview with Rep. Sensenbrenner on "The 700 Club" where he shares his thoughts on why the criminal code is due for a major overhaul. (Source house.gov) (Source thedailychronic.net) (Source wsj.com) (Source cbn.com)

TJ Maxx joins Ross Stores and many others no longer reporting Monthly Sales.  TJ Maxx announced yesterday that they will join a long list of retailers no longer reporting monthly sales figures. The chain of stores reporting monthly sales has dropped from 68 chains in 2006 to 11 chain stores currently. (Source chainstoreage.com)

Microsoft may buy Barnes & Noble' s Nook unit for $1 billion; Barnes and Noble shares jump 27%.  Shares in Barnes & Noble rose 27 percent in premarket trading on Thursday after a report that its partner Microsoft is considering an offer to acquire all of Nook Media's digital assets. Microsoft already owns a substantial stake in the business, but the technology industry website TechCrunch reported the company was proposing a $1 billion offer to buy the rest of Nook's digital assets. Nook Media also includes the college bookstore chain. (Source cnn.com)

Nike’s commitment to solving manufacturing conditions overseas began with focus on change.  With the recent horrific events in Bangladesh, many retailers may be joining Nike in making permanent changes to focus on Human Right over profits. Nike’s reputation years ago was tarnished with stories of human rights violations, low wages and child labor. Over the last ten years Nike has worked diligently to correct their past mistakes. A time line shows Nike’s commitment since May of 1998. (Source businessinsider.com)

Whole Foods begins to focus on lower prices and expansion into secondary markets.  South Bend and Detroit are not the high end affluent cities Whole Food usually targets, but with a new focus on lower prices, the newly opened stores are doing very well. Whole Foods now operates 349 stores in the United States and investors are hoping for contained expansion while maintaining the current high return on investment. (Source businessinsider.com)

Wet Seal to pay $7.5 million to settle race discrimination suit.  Wet Seal will pay $7.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit that accused the teen retailer of firing black employees to present a blond-and-blue-eyed front in its stores, according to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The firm represented plaintiffs in a national class-action effort filed against the struggling Foothill Ranch company in July in federal court in Santa Ana. The lawsuit alleged that former top Wet Seal executives denied equal pay and promotion opportunities to black store managers or removed them outright, replacing them with white employees. (Source philly.com)

True Religion being acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners, taking them private in $835 Million Deal.  Jeans and sportswear maker True Religion Apparel Inc (TRLG) said it would be acquired by investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners LP in a deal worth about $835 million. TowerBrook will pay $32.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of about 9 percent to the closing price on Thursday. The price is 52 percent above True Religion's share price on Oct. 9, 2012, the day before it announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives. (Source bloomberg.com)

Minn. Business Owners Gather to Prevent Workplace Violence  Three dozen businesses gathered together to discuss the prevention of workplace violence, at the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. The event featured professionals from Violence Prevention Strategies, a company that teaches businesses how to spot, prevent or relieve threats that may happen in the workplace, and was supported by the Chamber and Bloomington police. Analysts say that the preparation for spying internal threats is much needed in businesses, as warning signs often come before actual violence. Learning how to spot signs of domestic abuse is also vital since it can make its way into the workplace. To learn more about Violence Prevention Strategies, click here. Thank you Randy Ferris for this informative piece! (Source kstp.com)

Female shoplifter attempts to pepper spray an Officer as he apprehends a second suspect at the Hollister store in Syracuse.  The male suspect was apprehended by an officer and was being placed in handcuffs for stealing a $99 pair of jeans. As the officer worked to detain the male, the female attempted to pepper spray the officer but failed and fled. The male was charged with shoplifting, but said he did not know the female who he had just met in the food court. (Source syracuse.com)

Unknown suspects get away nearly 100 pieces of jewelry for the Hudson Valley Mall in New York.  Police in Ulster, NY are attempting to identify an unknown suspect who stole a large quantity of gold charms at the Hudson Valley Mall on Tuesday night. Employees at Jewelry Expressions reported that someone cut a wire security cable and made off with a display of 75 to 100 charms. According to employees, they believe they were distracted but believe the theft occurred during store hours, sometime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Police are reviewing mall video. (Source dailyfreeman.com)

Italian airlines Alitalia conducts an investigation into theft bag baggage handlers 29 arrested, 57 taken in for questioning.  Rome’s airport was buzzing, not because of the busy airport, but because 7 carriers were effected by the theft of items from passenger’s bags by baggage handlers. Hidden cameras were installed inside the cargo area of aircraft owned by Alitalia. (Source news10.net)

Shoplifter places a large cat food bag over a laptop computer and pushed the cart out a Walmart in Spring Hill, FL  Jason Brady actually pulled off the caper four times for four laptop computer total value of over $3000. Brady was arrested last Saturday and charged with felony theft. (Source baynews9.com)

College students caught shoplifting at Walmart had term papers written on “Deviant Behavior and How Shoplifting Affects Society.”  Two Criminal Justice majors were observed concealing merchandise in a backpack and fleeing the store. When the Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrived, one suspect was apprehended at an adjacent McDonalds, claiming his car was stolen. That’s when his buddy drove up in the car and was also arrested by Police. Inside the backpack with the stolen merchandise was the term paper. (Source poconorecord.com)

Naperville burglary ex-con arrested for retail theft at Whole Foods Market.  Chris Yearby has already served two terms in prison and currently awaiting trial on burglary charges; now faces retail theft charges for attempting to steal $600 worth of merchandise from the Whole Foods Market in Naperville, Illinois. (Source suntimes.com)

South Carolina woman fakes a seizure during shoplifting apprehension.  Police in Rocky Hill, South Carolina attempting to make an arrest of a female shoplifter for a stolen pair of earrings had to deal with a verbal assault as they attempted to handcuff the suspect. The suspect ran from the Police and returned to the Fashion Metro store yelling at the store associates. Once handcuffed the suspect was placed into the police cruiser, then began to slam her into the glass patrician. Police took the suspect out of the vehicle were she appeared to be having a seizure, medical was called to the scene and stated ‘she was just putting on a show’. (Source wbtv.com)

Food Lion robbed during a busy Saturday morning in Charlotte.  Two gun men held customers and associates at bay while they robbed the Food Lion Store last Saturday morning at 7:21 am. No one was injured and an alert customer outside the store watched the robbery unfold and called 911. Unfortunately, the bandits were able to escape in a green van. Police are continuing to investigate. (Source wbtv.com)

Three Chicago teens charged in smash and grab at local call phone store.  The teens are being held in the smash and grab robbery of the Extreme Wireless store. Four phones have been recovered by police and the teens are now faced with bail of $10,000 to $20,000. One of the teens was offered $200 by another teen if he would break into the store. (Source dailyherald.com)
 

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Accepting Nominations for the Canadian Security Directory of the Year Award  This special award, sponsored by Anixter Canada, is given every fall to a senior security director or manager who has proven to be a role model of leadership and has demonstrated achievement in the industry. Other factors taken into consideration are the person's time in that specific role, a major project completed in the past year, and their commitment to helping the industry grow. Nominees must reside in Canada and be willing to participate in a cover story to appear in the magazine. The winner is chosen by Canadian Security magazine's Editorial Advisory Board. If you know of someone who fits these qualities, please click here. Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2013.

Canadian Tire celebrates soaring share prices; highest since 2007.  Canadian Tire, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, jumped 11 percent to $82.36, the highest level since 2007. The company said it will create a REIT (Real estate investment trust) worth $3.5 billion that will acquire most of its 250 retail stores and a distribution center. Canadian Tire plans to keep 80 percent to 90 percent of the REIT. The properties represent about 18 million square feet. (Source torontosun.com)

RCMP discovers $30,000 of stolen cargo in Spallumcheen, several arrested.  RCMP found the Alberta man's tractor-trailer and his second trailer on separate properties in the Spallumcheen area between Armstrong and Enderby last week. The $30,000 worth of new furniture inside the trailers had been removed and stored in a shed. Police are investigating whether the driver may have had a hand in the apparent theft. Officers have arrested a man connected to one of the properties and are trying to determine if the 33-year-old driver was also involved. (Source vernonmorningstar.com)

York Police bust an Organized Retail Crime ring focused on shoes and clothing; 7 people arrested, $80,000 in merchandise seized.  Timberland boots, Air Jordan sneakers and Lacoste shoes were all among the name brand shoes recovered in a year long investigation which concluded with the recovery of $80,000 in merchandise. Police had received complaints from The Shoe Company and other retailers that they were being hit by organized retail shoplifters. (Source ctvnews.ca)

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA – May 6, 2013 – Companies throughout the loss prevention industry are joining together to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) through the Universal Surveillance Systems Foundation’s Fifth Annual Charity Golf Event. Scheduled for June 11 in conjunction with the National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference, the golf event will be played at the famous Torrey Pines South Course in La Jolla to raise funds for NCMEC. Sponsorship donations for this year’s event are exceeding those of previous tournaments.

Sponsors of the event include Platinum Sponsor eBay; Silver Sponsor Loss Prevention Magazine; Bronze Sponsor The Retail Equation; Hole Sponsors 3VR, The Plotkin Group, LP Innovations and Palmer Reifler & Associates, P.A.; and James Malinousky who is sponsoring celebrity golfer Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlon winner, entrepreneur, sportscaster and humanitarian. Additional sponsors include Stanley Security and Diebold. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

“The vulnerable children helped every day by the tireless efforts of the National Center are the true beneficiaries of our sponsors’ incredible generosity,” said Adel Sayegh, founder and president of the USS Foundation. “Words can’t express our appreciation for their support in helping raise desperately needed funds for this wonderful organization. We are looking forward to partnering with additional sponsors as the event draws near and making it another record-breaking year in National Center fundraising. Qualified companies who want to participate and support this great cause can still get involved by contacting us to become a sponsor.”

The USS Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor and less fortunate children have the tools, skills and knowledge to build a better life with a hope for a brighter tomorrow. The USS Foundation works both locally and nationally through their support programs that help community food banks, hospitals and homeless shelters and through their Adopt-A-Bike program that has donated over 1,000 bicycles to needy children across the country.

Since its inception in 1984, NCMEC has been at the forefront of the fight to keep children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation through resource assistance to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, bring perpetrators to justice and prevent devastating crimes against children.

For more information on the event or on sponsorship, contact the USS Foundation at 1-800-488-9097 or visit their website at www.ussfoundation.org. Visit the NCMEC website at www.missingkids.com.

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Three suspects being sought in Pittsburgh in connection with a $1 Million Jewelry heist; Salesman robbed at gunpoint.  A jewelry salesman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday outside of a Pine Township shopping plaza. The robbery happened in the parking lot of Grafner Brothers Jewelry Store in the Pine Tree Shops on Perry Highway. According to police, three men wearing masks robbed the man of an estimated $1 million dollars of inventory and took off in a vehicle. (Source cbslocal.com)

Target assists in two year investigation resulting in 5 arrested for ORC ring in Florida. Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies swarmed on a convenience store and adjacent laundry mat in Green Cove Springs yesterday to arrest five people for their alleged involvement in an organized theft ring. The investigation began in June 2011 after information was developed by the Green Cove Springs Police Department. During several undercover operations, the subjects purchased merchandise alleged to be stolen. The investigation was a team effort of local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the Target Special Investigations Team. (Source news4jax.com)

Pennsylvania Police arrest a woman who stole nearly $6000 of baby formula from Walmart.  Police had been searching for Marie Ditscher since February, she is believed to have made at least 11 trips into the Walmart store in Muhlenberg Township stealing formula. Ditssher is being held on $30,000 bail facing retail theft and conspiracy charges. (Source wfmz.com)

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Axis Communications Named a 2013 “Best Places to Work” Winner by the Boston Business Journal

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. – May 8, 2013 – The Boston Business Journal has named Axis Communications, the world leader in network video surveillance, one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts for Midsized Companies in its 11th annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Axis’ achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions, benefits program and company culture.

Axis was one of more than 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March and April. From the 400 nominees, 80 winning companies – the top 25 in each company size category plus the top five in a new “PR/Communications” category – will be presented with the annual honor during a cocktail reception on June 13th at the iconic CitiCenter/Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 14th.

“At Axis, we take great pride in our company culture, core values and dedicated employees. We strive to have a workplace environment that is both fun and challenging, and the BBJ award is a testament to our culture – especially since feedback came directly from our employees,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “As Axis continues to grow here in New England and around the world, our employees are the ones who foster the innovative spirit that’s at the core of our mission to help build a smarter, safer and more secure world.”

With more than a dozen positions currently open nationwide, Axis will be hosting a Recruiting Open House on Thursday, May 23rd from 5 to 7:30pm in its Chelmsford, Mass. office. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a presentation on how to “Be Your Own Recruiter” and provide attendees with the opportunity to network with the Axis management team. Interested candidates can also view and apply for open positions online.

“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage," said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren't as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Neb. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

For more details about the June 13th Boston Business Journal Best Places to Work award ceremony, please visit http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/event/76851.

Contacts:
Matt Flanagan
fama PR, Inc.
617-986-5002
axis@famapr.com


Domenic Locapo
Axis Communications Inc.
978-614-2074
dlocapo@axis.com

 

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