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November 14, 2013

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Steven Bedi was named Senior Regional Asset Protection Manager for Walmart.  He will oversee Walmart's Southern California region. Steven has held a number of Loss Prevention positions throughout his career, including Regional LP Manager and District LP Manager for Sears Holdings Corp, and Regional Investigator for Target. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice & Sociology from California State University - Los Angeles. Congratulations on the new position, Steve!

Actor seeks class-action status for Macy's suit
An actor on HBO's "Treme" (truh-MAY') is seeking class-action status for his profiling lawsuit against Macy's. A lawyer for actor Robert Brown filed the papers Wednesday in federal court in New York City. The 29-year-old says he was stopped buying a $1,350 Movado watch and targeted because he's black. The lawsuit says many others have been targeted at the store because of race. Brown first filed the lawsuit last month. A separate lawsuit against New York police says the department encourages the practices. (Source krmg.com)

Supervalu's third party data breach - two banks report fraudulent activity on credit cards involved  Over 1.5 million people, including 80,000 Supervalu customers were hacked at their third party provider - Loyaltybuild, in Ireland. Two banks have confirmed that there are some indications of fraudulent activity on credit cards caught up in the breach. This is a worldwide breach and the cards are being used. (Source irishtimes.com)

Baltimore SWAT Team searches Under Armour headquarters after suspicious person reported inside - turns out to be hoax  Police spokesman Det. Brandon Echevarria says the SWAT team evacuated employees who were inside the building Sunday. He says the team searched the building for a possible barricade situation but the 911 call was later determined to be a hoax. Police say they do not believe the caller was affiliated with the Under Armour company. (Source cbslocal.com)

Bangladesh garment factories close amid violent protests  Violent protests shuttered some 250 Bangladesh garment factories near the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages at the outlets providing cheap clothing for retailers. Striking workers clashed with the police for a third successive day, causing about 100 injuries. Police retaliated by firing rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas. We have been forced to shut all garment factories in Ashulia fearing more vandalism, and also for security reasons after the unrest of the last few days," said Mr Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. (Source straitstimes.com)

Credit-card-processing business owners indicted on fraud, money laundering charges - diverting retailers' payments to their own accounts  Four individuals working at Icon Payment Solutions, Axiom Merchant Services an Oracle Payment Services diverted $2.9 million from credit card payments for retailers and other businesses into accounts they controlled. The money was used to buy a luxury boat, Mercedes and Maserati cars and off-road trucks for racing. The indictment charges the quartet with misleading customers into signing leases for credit card machines and forging as many as 200 business owners and managers signatures. They also were charged with changing contract terms after business clients signed other agreements. Sales prospects were told they would pay lower credit card fees if they signed up with the defendants’ companies. (Source bizjournals.com)

Retail sales and traffic expected to increase significantly on Thanksgiving Day - With Mobile becoming the main way that we purchase things online in the future  Will Thanksgiving be the biggest mobile shopping day ever? While a growing number of retailers are opening their bricks-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day, many consumers who are eager to take advantage of the deals are likely to simply pick up their smartphones to browse and make purchases. While 2013 may not be the year that mobile commerce sales on Thanksgiving Day eclipse Cyber Monday – traditionally the biggest ecommerce shopping day of the year – this is a real possibility in the near future. “Mobile is absolutely why the Thursday and really the whole weekend is becoming a bigger deal.” Mobile is going to become predominant,” he said. “If not this year, then very quickly it will become the main way that we purchase things online, and it will lessen the impact of Cyber Monday, and it will continue to chip away at bricks-and-mortar as well.” (Source mobilecommercedaily.com)

H&M's Megastore Brings Cashiers Inside the Dressing Rooms - New Try & Buy program  H&M’s flagship store on Times Square, set to open at 12:01 p.m. on Thursday, is launching a new “try and buy” option that lets customers pay for items from inside the dressing room. The dressing-room checkout debut is just one feature intended to set apart H&M’s new “high tech” store. There will also be “interactive mannequins” with screens attached to their foreheads that play videos or flash photos and special deal alerts. Meanwhile, shoppers will be invited to walk a “virtual runway” and have their catwalk performances projected on the store’s external LED screens for the throngs of tourists and office workers passing through Times Square. (Source businessweek.com)

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OSHA to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries & Illnesses  
The agency has proposed new rules on the heels of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that 3 million workers were injured on the job in 2012. OSHA is proposing to amend its current recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep under existing standards. OSHA plans to eventually post this data online. (Source csnews.com)

Microsoft unveils state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center  The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," said David Finn, associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. The Cybercrime Center includes a separate and secure location for third-party partners, allowing cybersecurity experts from around the world to work in the facility with Microsoft's experts for an indefinite period of time. (Source net-security.org)

Holiday gift card spending to reach all-time high  Eight-in-10 (80.6%) shoppers will purchase gift cards this holiday season. Holiday shoppers will spend an average of $163.16 on gift cards, up 4.0% over the $156.86 they spent last year and the highest amount in the survey’s 11-year history. Total spending on gift cards will reach $29.8 billion. (Source chainstoreage.com)

Retailers consolidate ownership of customer data  
Marketing is the primary owner of customer data internally nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013, from 33% to 61%, and those reporting no explicit owner fell from 33% to 17%. Store operations, e-commerce/direct, and merchandising all showed increased ownership from 2012. However, RSR Research analysis shows this increase appears to be driven more from a recognition of the value of customer data that is generated in all aspects of the business (especially customer-facing ones), rather than a diversification of ownership of consolidated data sources. (Source chainstoreage.com)

10 mistakes companies make after a data breach  In a recent presentation for The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Privacy Academy, Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution outlined some the common mistakes his firm has seen as organizations deal with the aftermath of a breach. View his slide show here.

New research shows ‘skimming device’ may be as close as your own Smartphone  As if worrying about a skimming device placed on your favorite ATM isn't enough, now consumers have to think about the prospect of their very own smartphone being used to steal their personal information. Using a program called PIN Skimmer, University of Cambridge researchers have shown that codes entered on smartphone's keypads can be identified. The software watches the user's face through the phone's camera and monitors keyboard clicks through its microphone. Profs. Ross Anderson and Laurent Simon conducted the tests using Google Nexus-S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones. Anderson told the BBC the researchers were surprised how well the program worked. On four-digit PINs, the program came up with the code more than half the time after five attempts. For eight-digit PINs, it was successful 60 percent of the time after 10 attempts. (Source mobilepaymentstoday.com)

Toronto Crime Stoppers launch retail theft campaign  Crime Stoppers, with the help of Toronto police, have launched a retail theft campaign just in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Toronto Crime Stoppers was joined by Chief William Blair and corporate partners at the campaign launch Wednesday morning at police headquarters. Police say retail theft is a “lucrative criminal enterprise that costs Canadian retailers almost $4 billion a year. Organizers hope the public awareness campaign will have a significant impact on retail crime rates. The campaign will be seen in retail locations across the city and aired on local radio stations. (Source globalnews.ca)

Organized retail theft and drug abuse blamed for soaring shoplifting numbers in Westmoreland County, Penn. Westmoreland County Judge Alfred Bell said 25 percent of the county's 5,000 criminal cases per year involve retail theft. “It's the second-largest category of crime behind DUIs,” he said. The case load consumes police officers' time and has clogged the court system at all levels with repeat offenders. During a recent court session at the office of Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour, 16 of the 20 cases involved retail theft. He had to postpone several hearings because the defendants were in drug rehab. “Sixty percent of my case load are retail thefts. It's an epidemic,” he said. (Source triblive.com)

Houston Police warn the public to stay away from discounted merchandise being sold through Organized Retail Crime  Rania Mankarious with Crime Stoppers of Houston says criminals run a sophisticated operation beginning with crooks known as boosters. "These men and women steal items in high quantities and sell them to fences. The fence, will turn around and sell the item at a discounted price directly to consumers or at a flea market, pawn shop or online. The fence can also sell the items to a middle man, who can then open, contaminate, alter expiration dates and repackage the goods for individual sale." (Source kuhf.org)

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Dillard's Q3 up 1% with sales up 1%
Sally Beauty Q4 up 0.4% with net sales up 2.7%
Ahold U.S. Q3 up 0.1% with sales up 0.2%
Wal-Mart U.S. namesake stores Q3 down 0.3% with net sales up 1.6%
Kohl's Q3 down 1.6% with sales down 1%

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Two former Cherryville police officers sentenced to prison for providing protection to trucks carrying stolen cash & goods  Both had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport or receive stolen property and conspiracy to extort. The Gaston County town of Cherryville became the focus of national attention in October 2012 when FBI agents began the roundup of those involved in the conspiracy. Three Cherryville officers and a Gaston County sheriff’s deputy were among six men accused of conspiring to provide protection to trucks carrying stolen goods and cash. The two former officers used their credentials and legal authority to safeguard truckloads of "stolen" merchandise, including televisions, generators and chain saws, allegedly worth over $300,000, and more than $300,000 in cash "proceeds" from the sale of stolen merchandise. Hendricks role in the scheme was to provide protection and conduct counter-surveillance on one occasion, officials told WBTV. (Source charlotteobserver.com)

Storm Lake, Iowa, man had 350 fake credit, gift cards 
Police on Wednesday said a Storm Lake resident ran a nation-wide credit card scam and was found with more than 350 illegal cards. (Source siouxcityjournal.com)

Mexican national caught in Nacogdoches, TX., traffic stop with 146 credit cards gets 37 months for credit card fraud  Samuel Rivera Compean pleaded guilty on Apr. 16, 2013, to possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Compean was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $58,754 to Discover Financial Services, a credit card issuer. During a traffic stop in Texas, 146 fraudulent credit cards were discovered in different names with matching false identification cards bearing Compean's picture. (Source ktre.com)

Taylor, Michigan Police release surveillance video of suspect in Advanced America Loans shooting  Taylor police have released security camera images showing a man suspected in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a cash store clerk. An alarm used to alert authorities to a hold-up was pressed just after noon Tuesday at the Advanced America cash advance store at 8229 Telegraph Road. Responding officers found Small’s body; she had been shot multiple times. (Source freep.com)

Lexington armed robbery spree hitting 8 stores since Sunday  The two armed robberies mean four businesses in Davidson County, three in Lexington and one in Thomasville, have been targeted since Sunday. Three of the robberies are linked to the same suspect, according to the LPD. Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, Citgo, and Ingles. Police consider the suspect armed and dangerous. (Source news-record.com)

Violent armed-robbery suspects sought by Calgary police that hit NOFRILLS grocery store  Thieves attacked security guard, robbed southwest grocery store and escaped in stolen truck. Police are searching for three men after a late-night armed robbery at a grocery store in southwest Calgary Sunday night just before 10 p.m. MT. The men struck a security guard before confronting the store manager, demanding he open the safe. (Source cbc.ca)

Walmart Loss Prevention apprehends a serial shoplifter in Prescott, AZ  A woman who police said stole from a Walmart store at least four times in five days was charged with felony shoplifting Monday, according to police reports. Marie L. Saiz, 25, of Yarnell never took more than $100 worth of merchandise at a time, but she was caught on video shoplifting twice on Nov. 5, and again on Nov. 6 and 10, the reports said. (Source dcourier.com)

Rite Aid store in West Virginia the target of an armed robbery  The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office was still searching for a man late Thursday night who is wanted in connection with a robbery at Rite Aid earlier in the evening. The suspect entered the store around 8:30 p.m., brandished a silver handgun, demanded money and then fled the store with an undetermined amount of money. No one was reported injured. (Source herald-dispatch.com)

Dollar General and Family Dollar armed robbery suspect charged in Raleigh, North Carolina  Officers think a Harnett County man is responsible for a series of crimes, including armed robberies, that stretched across six counties, including Wake. Kentrell Donta Brayboy has been accused of robberies, kidnappings and felony assault in Harnett, Sampson, Cumberland and Moore counties. The robberies included Dollar General store holdups in Clinton and Willow Spring, along with an armed robbery of a Family Dollar store in Fayetteville. (Source newsobserver.com)

Buffet employee in Glenmont, NY charged with 39 counts of credit card theft  Heng Li, 27, of Brooklyn, who worked at the Golden Town Buffet on Route 9W in Glenmont, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree scheme to defraud. On Aug. 5, Li was found with a credit card skimming device and a counterfeit Michigan identification card. According to the DA's office, Li used the device to steal personal identification information from 39 credit cards. Bethlehem Police, Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, State Police and Bethlehem police participated in the investigation. (Source timesunion.com)

Goodwill Store in Watertown, South Dakota the victim of an early morning burglary  The Watertown Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Goodwill Store in Watertown early Sunday morning. The suspect forced entry into a rear door and then removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the business. Video Surveillance inside the business captured the image of the person. (Source kdlt.com)

Denver police seek public help in identifying smash-and-grab burglars  Police are seeking the public's help in finding burglars who have hit multiple Denver restaurants when the businesses are closed. (Source denverpost.com)

Counterfeit Store Shut Down in Senatobia, MS.

ATM Skimmers found in Lake St. Louis - 300 people scammed in St Louis area

T-Mobile store hit for $13,000 in cell phones in Springfield, ILL.

Two juvenile suspects arrested in connection with last week's burglary at a Safeway store in Eureka, CA 

Target electronics shoplifters being sought in Anderson, South Carolina 

 

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Universal Surveillance Systems Donates Customized
State-of-the-Art Video/GPS Vests to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bloodhound K9 Tracking Unit

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – November 7, 2013 – Universal Surveillance Systems LLC (USS), the largest privately held innovator of loss prevention solutions, has developed and donated two state-of-the-art customized high-tech tracking canine vests equipped with wireless video surveillance and GPS location technology to the San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff’s Department Rancho Cucamonga Station. The vests will greatly enhance the department’s new Bloodhound K9 Tracking Unit by providing it with cutting edge remote video and location data feed technology for smart phones and laptops.

The specialized vests utilize the latest technology to track the hounds’ locations at all times while recording and transmitting the audio and video of their searches for documentation ofsuspect apprehensions and canine training. Each vest is equipped with state-of-the-art video and GPS units integrated into a high performance, easy to use tracking and monitoring system.

The compact camera records audio and 1080p HD video with a 1.5-hour capacity at the highest video resolution. For event documentation, the cameras can also take up to 3,000 still photos viaremote control. Using the camera’s Wi-Fi interface through a smart phone or laptop, law enforcement has complete camera control and can monitor live video and audio. Recorded video and photos are easily uploaded to a smart phone or computer via Wi-Fi or USB cable and can be immediately forwarded for time-sensitive applications such as warrants. For use in rough terrains, the rugged camera is waterproof to 30 feet.

The GPS unit transmits the dog’s current location, and the receiver displays and records the paths traveled of up to 10 dogs from a nine-mile range on a map to greatly facilitate tracking logistics and eliminate duplicative searches. A compass-tracking feature allows law enforcement to physically follow the dogs via a directional display or actual location on the map. The GPS unit’s built-in sensors also indicate if a dog is sitting, running, barking, on point or treeing a suspect.

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International credit card fraud syndicate operating in North Carolina - shipping product worldwide - identified with computer parts from Office Depot  What started as a credit card fraud investigation in North Carolina has led to the seizure of $250,000 to $300,000 worth of computer equipment at a home in Fort Mitchell, Ala., Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said. Boxes containing Passport computer hard drives, overhead projectors and even a few Toyota car parts were displayed on a table during a 4:30 p.m. news conference. We found out that some of these items that came to the address in Fort Mitchell have already been sent on to some out of the country addresses,” Taylor said. “These things here were probably headed for the same location or destination. We are certainly trying to work with the federal government in making some other arrests,” Taylor said. “Those arrests are going to be linked to international syndicates that may or may not even be on U.S. soil.” Taylor said there is a national syndicate working to obtain credit card information to fraudulent obtain computer equipment. The victims of the fraudulent purchase orders were ASI, a computer company in New York, and Office Depot, a national office products company. (Source ledger-enquirer.com)

Target shoplifter in Fridley, Minn. charged with felony theft; believed to have stolen over $5,000 in past four months  A Blaine man has been accused in Anoka County District Court of stealing more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from multiple Target stores over a period of four months this past summer. When a Fridley Police investigator responded to a theft report from the Fridley Target store Sept. 19, he was told by a store loss prevention employee that two known people were suspected of 22 thefts from Target stores in Anoka County in the past four months. (Source abcnewspapers.com)

Seven Univ. of Wisconsin Platteville students face retail theft charges; $1,929 reported stolen from Walmart  Seven of the eight are accused of stealing an estimated $1,929 in Walmart merchandise, including, according to police, sports gloves, cell phone cases, movie discs, Xbox and other computer games, computer flash drives, Lego sets, walkie-talkies, Airsoft guns, knives, clothing, deodorant and cologne. (Source swnews4u.com)
 


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SONY LAUNCHES 360 DEGREE HEMISPHERIC-VIEW
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Five megapixel indoor/outdoor camera offers a circular area of view that helps eliminate blind spots and enhances situational awareness

CHICAGO (ASIS 2013, Booth No. 635) – Sony’s new 360 degree hemispheric-view dome IP camera (SNC-HM662) makes it possible for users to have five megapixel (MP), high-resolution video and a 360-degree view of an area with just one camera. Just announced at the ASIS 2013 security show, the SNC-HM662 is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments such as retail outlets, campuses and commercial buildings. It helps users eliminate blind spots and enhance situational awareness.

The SNC-HM662 features a 360-degree panomorph lens and is certified as an ImmerVision Enables® solution. The ImmerVision technology generates clearer images and provides more pixels at the edge of a frame, as compared to traditional fisheye lenses. It also supports fast, responsive electronic pan/tilt/zoom (ePTZ) and 11 different viewing modes through the Sony Web viewer.

“As security needs have evolved, users expect an IP camera to provide usable video for multiple applications,” said Mark Collett, general manager of Sony Electronics’ Security Systems Division. “Sony has developed the SNC-HM662 for that very reason. The circular field of view and five megapixel resolution mean that the camera’s images can be used on their own or used to complement any type of surveillance system and help make it more functional.”

The SNC-HM662 corrects for the image distortion common with 360-degree lenses by de-warping the video with video management software (VMS), rather than at the camera level. This means higher video quality is maintained during the de-warping process, so more visual data is available for post-incident analysis. This is in contrast to 360-degree products that de-warp video at the camera level, which degrades image quality due to the camera’s processing limitations.

The SNC-HM662 also supports two-way audio with an optional microphone and speaker, power over Ethernet (PoE), and edge storage capabilities.

Sony’s SNC-HM662 security camera is expected to be available early in the first quarter of 2014. It will be supported by major VMS providers, including Aimetis Corp., DVTEL, INC., Envysion, Exacq Technologies, Genetec Inc., Milestone Systems, OnSSI, Salient Systems and Video Insight Inc.

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