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Real-time world changes senior Loss Prevention searches  In today’s world where new senior executive appointments are announced and reported almost as fast as they resign from their current employers it’s certainly changed the landscape of the searches for their replacements. Like a chess game, the resume submission process almost starts as fast as you hit the clock after making a chess move and wait for the opponents next move. Many times within two weeks the entire industry is tuned in with those interested, already on the desk of the senior management team, and those not interested, watching and listening. Then it becomes a political chess game with executives looking for political connections and referral networks that allow them to influence the search process. All the while we all sit back and wait for the interview process and listen to the floor boards about who’s in and who’s leading the race. Interesting evolution in this real-time world.

17 North American retailers pledge $140 million for worker safety in Bangladesh. A group of 17 North American retailers, including Walmart, Gap, Target and Macy’s, as well as Canadian retailers Hudson’s Bay and Canadian Tire on Wednesday announced a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh. It calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year, and an agreement to set up basic safety standards within three months. The announcement by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety comes after a separate safety plan was announced on Monday by a group of mostly European companies. The North American plan pledges $42 million for worker safety, and more than $100 million in loans and other financing to help factory owners in the country correct safety problems. It is backed by a number of groups, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Canadian Apparel Federation, National Retail Federation, Retail Council of Canada, Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel. (Source

D.C. Council Passes 'Living Wage' Bill, Rebukes Walmart Threat  The D.C. Council issued a legislative rebuke to Wal-Mart on Wednesday, approving a bill that would require the retail giant and other big-box chain retailers operating in the nation's capital to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour. Wal-Mart has warned it would scrap plans for three of the six stores it had hoped to build in Washington if the bill becomes law. While some cities including San Francisco and Santa Fe, N.M., have approved across-the-board minimum-wage hikes, the bill would make Washington the first city to single out big-box retailers. It applies only to retailers with stores of 75,000 square feet or larger and annual corporate revenues of at least $1 billion. Council members voted 8-5 to approve the measure, setting up a difficult veto decision for Mayor Vincent Gray. The Democratic mayor must balance liberal local politics with his administration's job-creation and economic development goals. While Gray has not said whether he plans a veto, he told the council he has deep reservations about the bill. Two of the stores Wal-Mart says are imperiled by the measure are in predominantly African-American communities east of the Anacostia River, where Gray lives and where unemployment is far higher than elsewhere in the city. The council would need nine votes, one more than the bill received Wednesday, to override a mayoral veto.(Source

Workers Outraged at Target's 'Cultural Tips'.
Target's offensive "multi-cultural tips" for managers inform bosses that not all Hispanic employees eat tacos, dance to salsa or wear sombreros, former employees say in Superior Court. The plaintiffs claim that nearly all the management positions were held by Caucasians. Robert Gonzalez, Bulmaro Fabian and Pedro Garcia-Ayala sued Target Corp. in Yolo County Court. They claim they suffered crude harassment, discrimination and retaliation at work, and that Target's tips for managers are offensive in themselves. "Target provided its distribution warehouse managers a document titled, 'Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,'" the complaint states. "This document instructs managers to note differences among Hispanic employees."

U.S. Drug Enforcement in Charleston faced with the seizure of Bitcoin currency. Bitcoins are the newest internet currency, the DEA in Charleston seized 11.02 bitcoins valued at $814 during a drug raid. The Bitcoins are an internet cash equivalent that can be sent directly to other users with no involvement from banks or middle men. Eric Hughes was recently charged with the sale of 0.77 grams of the muscle relaxant Clozepam and 10.7 grams of marijuana using the controversial site the Silk Road. Silk Road has come under fire recently for being connected to possible drug trafficking. (Source

Microsoft opening retail stores in China, plans to have 101 locations worldwide in 2014.  Microsoft has 75 stores currently, including its temporary specialty stores, but the company is planning to continue its expansion over the course of 2013 and beyond. Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on Wednesday, chief operating officer Kevin Turner revealed Microsoft will have 101 stores in total "this time next year." Along with the expansion, Microsoft is also moving into China, with a planned retail store soon. Turner described the move as "very very strategic to us, big time." Microsoft originally opened its first retail store in late 2009, the company launched as many as seven stores in June alone. (Source

Apple Violates Anti-trust law- Schemed to Fix E-book Prices  A federal judge ruled that the technology giant had violated antitrust law by engaging in a scheme to fix e-book prices. The judge, Denise Cote, remarked "the plaintiffs have shown that Apple conspired to raise the retail price of e-books and that they are entitled to injunctive relief." In April 2012, U.S. sued Apple and five publishers, claiming the retailer pushed publishers to sign agreements letting it sell digital copies of their books under the agency model, where publishers set the prices for the books, and Apple received 30%. Apple was the last defendant left in that case after the publishers came to a conclusion of settling, instead of going to trial. (Source

Nearly half of US employees surveyed don’t want Corporate IT working on their personal devices.  The Bring Your Own Device to work program was intended to boost workers productivity, but has also built some distrust in the company’s IT departments. Nearly half of American workers (45 percent) said they're worried about IT accessing personal data on devices they use for work and home. Workers also exhibited an unconcerned attitude toward their employer's data. Some 13 percent of Europeans, 26 percent of Middle Easterners and 11 percent of U.S. workers said they wouldn't report the compromise of a personal device, even if the breach resulted in the theft of company data. (Source

Monitronics to Acquire Security Networks
Monitronics will have more than 600 dealers and one million accounts after completing the $487 acquisition of security company, Security Networks. The deal is expected to close August 16, and will include over 253,000 newly issued shares of Ascent Series A common stock. The combined dealer's headquarters will still be in Dallas. Monitronics CEO says that all the employees will stay through a transition period, and hopefully long term. (Source

Saks OFF 5th launches a luxury concept store in Atlanta.  Atlanta's newest outlet mall will hold its grand opening on Thursday, July 18. The new shopping center will be home to a number of high-end retailers, including Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Tommy Hilfiger, Waterford Crystal and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Saks OFF 5th will feature a new 28,000 square foot concept modeled after the company’s “luxury-in-a-loft” design. (Source

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Developing Story: Wichita, Kansas Kmart shooting suspect still holds Police at bay after 14 hour stand-off.  A suspect entered the Wichita Kmart yesterday afternoon walked to the Pharmacy and demanded prescription drugs. When he was refused by the Pharmacist, the suspect later identified as Jared Woosypiti pulled out a gun and shot several grounds into the floor and ceiling of the store. Approximately 70 customers and employees quickly fled the store, No injures were reported. The suspect fled the store entering a nearby apartment complex and has been held-up inside overnight as Police and SWAT team members patrol the area. Hostage negotiators are attempting to speak to Woosypiti. Woosypiti is also wanted in a stabbing that occurred on the Fourth of July. (Source

2 more suspects arrested in NJ store owner slaying.  Two more suspects have been arrested in the fatal shooting of an Irvington store owner.Essex County prosecutors say 26-year-old Ivery Brinson and his 21-year-old brother, Shakil Brinson, both of Newark, were arrested Tuesday night in New Brunswick. Bail for both brothers was set at $750,000, and they remained jailed Wednesday. The arrests come just days after two other Newark residents - 22 year-old Carnel Colbett and a 17-year-old male - were taken into custody. It's not known if any of the four suspects have retained attorneys. All four suspects face numerous charges including murder, robbery, carjacking and weapons offenses stemming from the death of 52-year-old Narendrak Patel. He was shot dead June 29 during a robbery at his store. (Source

Suspect killed during police chase in Colorado; victim was kidnapped and sexually assaulted outside the Target in Lakewood.  Westbound Interstate-70 was closed at the Utah state line Wednesday after a high-speed chase resulted in a car crash in Mesa County. According to Lakewood police, the suspect involved in the chase attempted to sexually assault and kidnap a woman in the Target parking lot on Tuesday night. The victim told police she was putting her shopping bags inside of her truck when the man approached her and tried to force her into her own vehicle. Witnesses told police they heard the woman screaming before she was able to break free and run back inside the store. The chase ended when the suspect lost control of the truck and rolled the stolen vehicle just prior to crossing the Utah state line. (Source

Florida Woman With Device Strapped On Her Chest Walks Into Boca Raton Apple Store.  Boca Raton police need the public's assistance in finding a woman who went into the Apple store at Town Center Mall Tuesday with a device strapped to her chest. Police said the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. The woman was seen on camera walking into the store and going directly to the rear of the store where she tried to use the men's room. A store employee stopped her and then she entered the women's restroom. Police said 20 seconds later, the woman exited the restroom and entered a second door which led to the back storage area. When confronted by a store employee again, the woman unzipped her hoodie and showed a small black device strapped to her chest. The employee said the woman said she was in trouble and needed help but asked not to call police or she would be harmed. Surveillance video captured the woman leaving the mall from the loading dock entrance, left of Capital Grille, the same way she came in. (Source

Man accused of making false bomb threat at Medford, Oregon Wal-Mart.  A Medford-area man is facing criminal charges after calling in a false bomb threat at a Wal-Mart Tuesday. Donnie Lee Anderson, 43, allegedly called 911 about 8:12 p.m. and reported a pipe bomb being in the electronics section of the store. Officers arrived, evacuated the store and found no bomb after a search that lasted about an hour. The 911 call was soon traced to Anderson's cell phone. Anderson was found sitting in his car in the parking lot of a Fred Meyer across the street from the Wal-Mart. He was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct and initiating a false report. Two other fake bomb threats were called in at the same Wal-Mart on May 11 and June 18. (Source

Thief in Tennessee itemizes goods to avoid felony. 
Police in Putnam County say a woman stole things from a Wal-Mart and counted up the cost of everything she took in an attempt to avoid a felony charge. Police said the suspect, Tonya Blaylock, 30, walked out of an Algood Wal-Mart with a cart of stolen items. She was stopped by employees, and police were called to the store. Officers found Blaylock had a shopping list with the total cost of all the stolen items at $383. Items taken from the store included a toaster, pillows and recreational items. When police asked Blaylock why she itemized her goods, police said she wanted to stay under $500 to avoid a felony. She did manage to avoid the felony and was booked on a theft charge. (Source

Tuesday Morning Assistant manager stole $9,000 from his store in Boynton Beach.  A Boynton Beach department store assistant manager was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly stealing more than $9,000 from his store. Boynton Beach police arrested Michel Beldor, 32, on fraud and grand theft charges. At about 2:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to the Tuesday Morning store in reference to a theft investigation. Beldor told the loss prevention officer in an interview that he made 42 fraudulent cash and credit card transactions worth $8,618.23 and stole more than $800 worth of merchandise. (Source

Man shot by officer inside BJ’s Wholesale Club in Columbia.  Howard County police say an officer shot a man who was brandishing a knife inside the BJ’s Wholesale store. The shooting occurred after 11 a.m. Wednesday inside a BJ's Wholesale Club store on Snowden River Parkway. Police say when the man was approached by security staff for shoplifting, he threatened them with a knife. Officers say the man ran from the store, picked up a stick and smashed the glass door of a bus. He could not get on the bus, so police say the man ran back into the store, still brandishing the knife. Authorities say the man was confronted by a police officer and was shot. Police said the man, identified as 33-year-old Howard Carvel Smith of Columbia, was in critical condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. (Source

Texas DPS Trooper shoots, kills suspect outside Harris County Walmart.  A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper shot a suspect to death Wednesday afternoon outside a Harris County Walmart. A DPS source said the trooper noticed a suspicious male and tried to question him about possible car break-ins in the parking lot. The source said the suspect ignored him and kept walking, so the trooper followed him in his vehicle. The suspect then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the trooper and that’s when he was shot, according to our source. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Texas Rangers and Harris County deputies are conducting the investigation. (Source

Accused CVS robber arrested in Miami.
A suspect accused of holding up a local convenience store faced a judge, Wednesday morning. The judge denied bond for Nicholas Pastor on robbery and gun-related charges. The 43-year-old is accused of hitting up a CVS on West 68th Street and 24th Avenue on Monday. Surveillance video captured Pastor pull out what police said was a gun and threaten to kill the cashier if she did not hand over the money. Police said the woman then opened the register, allowing him to grab the cash. Pastor then fled, but authorities caught up with him and took him into custody. (Source

Nationwide over 190,000 guns were lost or stolen in 2012. 
Of those 190,000 only 6,682 were reported as lost. A majority of the stolen weapons were taken from private owners. The ATF, state and local law enforcement and the NRA want gun owners to understand the responsibility and burden of securing and protecting your firearm.  (Source


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This video shows members of the LP community volunteering their time to make a difference in people's lives and how one simple act of kindness can change someone's world forever. Cheryl of Aspect Loss Prevention discusses how they run fundraisers to raise money for Katie's Helping Hands, a program that provides free meals to any parents staying with their children who have been diagnosed with cancer. TJX Companies takes part in a walk for breast cancer.  Macy's LP team sponsors Go Red for Women, created by the American Heart Association to raise women's awareness to the issues of heart disease in an effort to save more lives. Gap Inc., volunteered their time after Hurricane Katrina hit. Keith White, part of the core team, and other members of the Gap Inc. LP team, worked to get houses completed for those who had lost theirs in the devastation and worked to get the town back together as a whole. The USS Foundation helps build better futures for those children who are less fortunate. Their Adopt-A-Bike program helps provide kids living below the poverty line with a bicycle, as they travel all over the country. Thank you, volunteers of the Loss Prevention Community, for all that you do, and keep making a difference.

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Two Arizona suspects held in $15K Organized retail crime case.  Kevin Elliott and Kayla Vance are behind bars for stealing televisions from Sam’s Club, they are believed to be connected to thefts at multiple Sam’s Club stores. Surprise, Arizona Police served a search warrant at a home in Peoria and Green and Vance both were arrested. (Source

Marsh employee in Indianapolis accused of giving friends $6000 in Visa Gift cards.  A 20 year old Marsh Grocery store employee rang multiple transactions for two male customers who entered the store at 4:40am. The transactions were for 12 Visa Gift cards, total value of $5871.40, but no form of payment was ever received. By the time police were called, officers said several of the activated gift cards had already been spent or redeemed for cash. No charges were immediately filed, but officers were gathering the security camera video and other evidence so that criminal charges could be considered by prosecutors. (Source

Boston Retailers Push Bill to Crack Down on Organized Crime.  Retailers in Massachusetts have been trying to get a bill passed that would crack down on organized retail crime since 2007. Ryan Kearney, general counsel for the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, says the latest version of the bill has been slimmed down, including a proposed ban on the sale of certain items in flea markets and a proposed mandate for additional recordkeeping at the state Department of Revenue. The legislation, if signed into law, would strengthen the penalties for shoplifters if their actions are part of a broader, orchestrated effort. The bill would also turn several theft-related actions into crimes. It would impose criminal sanctions for people found guilty of using a device to block or deactivate theft-protection devices, shoplifters who use an emergency exit to avoid apprehension, and individuals who use counterfeit receipts or fake Universal Product Codes to cheat or defraud a merchant. (Source

Burglars steal $9,000 Worth of Jeans from a Corpus Christi store. Police are looking for two thieves that stole thousands of dollars worth of jeans from a local clothing store. The burglary happened last night at the Manhattan Plaza. Footage shows one guy break the glass door to get in. He then heads to the rack where the blue jeans are and begins handing them to another guy standing at the door. In all, 64 pairs of jeans, valued at over $9,000 were stolen. This was the third break-in to local retailers in the last two weeks. (Source

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Universal Surveillance Systems Promotes Gerald Becker to
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA – July 10, 2013 Universal Surveillance Systems LLC (USS), the loss prevention technology company, has announced the promotion of Gerald Becker to vice president, physical security to accommodate the company’s expansive growth in physical security products and services. Formerly director of CCTV at USS, Becker will head the company’s new Physical Security Division where he will oversee the division’s sales, product development and customer service by accelerating development of new physical security products and expanding partnerships into new and existing markets.

Previous to joining USS in 2010, Becker held several security industry positions including senior security consultant with Sparksystems, sales engineer/project manager with Insight Video Net and project manager with B&L. He holds an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Redlands and a Bachelors of Science degree in Technical Management from ITT Technical Institute. In addition, Becker’s background includes patents for physical security innovations he developed.

“The explosive growth in security products and services at USS required its expansion into a separate division to allow a greater focus on development of advanced innovative technology, bringing products to market more quickly, expanding technical support and assuring partner needs and expectations are surpassed,” said Adel Sayegh, USS president and CEO. “Gerald’s expertise in all aspects of CCTV and security will give the new division superior leadership to continue USS’ role in game changing innovations and customer service that is second to none.”

For more information on USS and its products and services, visit or call 1-800-488-9097.

Scott Richardson
Corporate Communications Manager
Universal Surveillance Systems


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In order to deploy and fully leverage merchandise availability solutions that are integrated, intelligent and insightful, retailers need to identify and work with a technology partner with both extensive experience in solving retailers’ most important problems and the ability to deploy and support integrated technologies. Specifically, retailers are seeking technology partners that can:

● Offer a range of solutions that work together to improve merchandise availability, from RFID-based merchandise visibility software to attractive and secure display merchandising, to shrink management hardware, software and support services.
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● Bring decades of proven experience in identifying and solving retailers’ most vexing problems that contribute to out-of-stock situations and negatively impact the shopper's experience.

Checkpoint Systems’ iMAP – Intelligent Merchandise Availability Program – does just that. The iMAP approach combines hardware, software, services and data analytics to measure and predict performance, resulting in an efficient, synergistic set of processes and solutions that ultimately helps retailers sell more, lose less and enhance the shopping experience. Every aspect of iMAP is designed to help retailers achieve their critical goal of improving merchandise availability. By following the iMAP process, retailers will be able to identify areas of strength and weaknesses at their stores, implement solutions to enhance or correct each of them, and measure the impact each of those is having on the store's bottom line.

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