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'Project Momentum' - A new CTA-led initiative aimed at driving down cargo theft, will hold its first meeting Sept. 5 at Jeff Bryan Transport’s facility  Verisk Crime Analytics will lead an initiative to fight Cargo theft along Highway 401 and the Greater Toronto Area. This area has become a hotspot for cargo theft, and it's the initiative's goal to help mitigate and prevent cargo theft. Verisk Crime Analytics has two divisions that will help in this effort, National Equipment Register and CargoNet, and will work alongside the Canadian Law Enforcement, as well as collaborate with Canadian Trucking Alliance and Ontario Trucking Association. The benefits of Project Momentum will be to see what can be done to help stop cargo theft, mitigate the impact when it occurs, and to heighten awareness of the issue. David Shillingford, President of Verisk Crime Analytics, commented, "Project Momentum will promote a heightened awareness of the risk of cargo theft, as well as collaboration amongst the stakeholders impacted by cargo and equipment thefts, to develop and implement mitigation programs. Increased enforcement, crime suppression initiatives, and community engagement are among the measures planned to help prevent theft and facilitate stolen cargo and equipment recovery."  Phase 1 of Project Momentum will be the Sept. 5 workshop, featuring speakers from law enforcement and industry, with two other phases taking place through December. “The goal is to educate everyone from carriers, to the courts, to the public of the scope and seriousness of cargo crime and the impact it and the organized syndicates behind it is having not only on the business world but in our communities,” Jeff Bryan said. “There is some momentum building. Industry has taken the first steps, law enforcement is there beside us to help, but so much more needs to be done such as tougher sentencing.” Phase 2 will focus on providing training and awareness to law enforcement. To sign up for the workshop, fill out this form. (Source

Crime forces Mac’s Thunder Bay stores night closures
Mac’s Convenience Stores says that the robbery rate in its Thunder Bay locations is by far the worst of any other locations in Ontario. The company operates nineteen shops in Thunder Bay. Eight of the company’s stores have had to reduce their operating hours in an effort to reduce the risk of robberies in the stores. (Source

Axis Communications' Academy launches Sales Essentials training in U.S. and Canada - four Canadian stops planned  Network-video-surveillance company Axis Communications announced earlier this week that its Axis Communications’ Academy will launch a "Sales Essentials" course in the U.S. and Canada beginning August 27 and running through the end of the year. More than 40 North American cities are planned for the training tour, including four stops in Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver). This 1-day, instructor-led course will provide channel partners with the best strategies and system-demonstration tips to maximize success in selling IP video. Register for training in the U.S. here, or in Canada here.

Retailers tracking customer return data prompts concerns over transparency - the #1 article in our industry in North America this week - published in over 20 publications this week alone  The companies say it's all in the name of security and fighting fraud. They want to be able to identify chronic returners or gangs of thieves trying to make off with high-end products that are returned later for store credit. Consumer advocates are raising transparency issues about the practice of having companies collect information on consumers and create "return profiles" of customers at big-name stores such as Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Victoria's Secret, Home Depot and Nike. For example, if TRE logs and analyzes returns from a Victoria's Secret customer, TRE only reports back to Victoria's Secret about the return activity. It does not then also share that information with J.C. Penney or other retailers that use TRE. Editor's Note: Now appearing in Canada this article has made the rounds throughout North America and is probably the most popular article having to do with our LP industry this entire year quite frankly. (Source

Metro to restructure in Ontario, Makes Target Deal
Metro Inc. here said Wednesday that it would close or convert 15 stores in Ontario in the coming months after reporting soft sales for its fiscal third quarter. Metro also on Wednesday said that an affiliate would operate pharmacies in Target stores throughout Quebec. (Source

Thieves make off with $4K in garlic from Quebec farm
It’s not the first time Quebec food producers have been targeted by thieves. Last winter, someone managed to get away with close to $140,000 worth of corn from a silo near Montreal and December, two people were arrested in connection with an $18 million maple syrup theft from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, near Montreal as well. Three major heists within one year of farmers. (Source

Video Released of Attempted Theft at Avalon Mall in Newfoundland and Labrador  Police have released a video of suspects who attempted to break into a cell phone kiosk in the Avalon Mall. RNC say the two men entered the mall through the loading area and then went to the Virgin Mobile kiosk in the mall. It happened around 2:45 in the morning on July 11. There were no items reported stolen during the attempted theft. RNC are asking the public to call them or Crime Stoppers if they know the identity of the suspects in the mall video surveillance. (Source

RCMP investigates links between two separate break-and-enters in Cobble Hill  Shawnigan RCMP believes the man behind a smash and grab at the Cobble Hill Market last week, may have been behind a similar incident Tuesday night. Employees of the Country Grocery arrived at work this morning to see signs of a break and enter. When RCMP viewed the security tapes they discovered the male suspect attempting to unsuccessfully dislodge the ATM, before grabbing a garbage bag full of cigarettes. The video footage also shows an older model pick-up truck driving by the front door twice right before the suspect smashed the glass door. (Source


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