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Canada Security - 2013 Salary Survey - Share your point of view and take the Survey  We want to know what you think about: Compensation, Certifications, Training opportunities, Career mobility and Industry associations. With every completed survey, we gain a better understanding of the Canadian security industry. Please take 10 minutes of your day to let us know what you think. Results will be published in the Nov/Dec issue of Canadian Security magazine. Editors Note: Each year Canada Security magazine conducts a salary survey and as the retail Loss Prevention industry is usually underrepresented in such study's we strongly recommend your taking the time to ensure we have a voice. As our industry has for the most part been very isolated from the rest of the security industry. Consequently most governments around the world don't even include us in their Labor statistics. Which has a significant impact both academically and professionally. If we really want to develop and grow our profession then it's imperative that we're recognized and accounted for, and the solution to that is quite simply, being engaged in study's and collaborating with the various groups and agencies collecting such data. Just a thought. (Source

Cybercrime cost Canadians $3B in past year - more than doubled in one year  Up from $1.4 billion the year before, according to a new report. According to the 2013 Norton Report released by U.S.-based software security maker Symantec Corp., an estimated 7 million people in Canada have been victims of cybercrime in the past 12 months. The average cost of cybercrime per victim is roughly $380. Globally, the cost of cybercrime has risen to US$113 billion, or just under US$300 per victim, according to the report. The rise in cybercrime, which includes everything from unauthorized computer access to identity theft, has been linked to increased use of mobile devices and open Wi-Fi networks. (Source

Canada’s retail megamerger boom
In a few short months, this country has seen No. 1 grocer Loblaw stage a friendly takeover of No. 1 pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart; No. 2 food player Sobeys buying western Canadian food stalwart Canada Safeway; and veteran department store chain HBC shoring up on luxury with its purchase of Saks Inc. From a U.S. buyer’s point of view, the Canadian retail market has fewer stores per capita and highly productive shopping malls. Mr. Pike says. “It is not as saturated a market as the U.S. When you look at the most successful malls, nine of the top 15 malls in North America in terms of sales per square foot are located in Canada.” (Source

Ground broken for new Premium Outlets Montreal - 2nd one for Canada
Simon Property Group, SmartCentres and Calloway REIT hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday to begin the construction of Premium Outlets Montreal, the second Premium Outlet Center in Canada. (Source

Mobile banking app usage grows in Canada
A survey by BMO Bank of Montreal has found that mobile banking apps are growing in popularity in Canada. BMO said two-thirds of the 1,000 Canadians it surveyed in August have downloaded a mobile banking app in the last year. According to a Google online survey of 1,000 Canadians, 56 percent of Canadian adults were using smartphones in the first quarter of 2013. BMO said Canadians have an average of 14 apps on their smartphones. (Source

'Blacklist' for stolen and lost phones takes effect in Canada
A so-called "blacklist" for phones that are reported as stolen or lost took effect on Monday, preventing those devices from being activated in Canada by someone else. When consumers tell their mobile carrier that their phone has been stolen or lost its unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number will be added to the database. The database does not include phones that were reported as stolen or lost before Monday. Consumers can also use a search tool at the website to check that they're not buying stolen property before completing a purchase of a used phone. (Source

Toronto ORC gang hits GTA retailers for $395,000+ in credit card scam - hitting Home Depot and others  Nao Khou, 51, allegedly scammed financial institutions by inflating credit card accounts by depositing fake cheques, said Detective Ian Nichol of the Financial Crimes Unit. The group of people used fraudulent gift cards, credit cards, debit cards and cheques to purchase items at several area retailers. The group purchased hundreds of appliances, tools and related items from big box retailers, including Home Depot, using payment cards whose values were artificially boosted using forged cheques. These actions were committed over a 30-day period between August and September 2013. The Toronto man is facing four charges after taking more than $395,000 worth of goods from various GTA retailers, police say. Police said it was The Home Depot who initially caught on to the thefts before the Financial Crimes Unit was called in. Police are still looking for one female suspect and possibly others. (Source (Source

What are the Penalties for Credit Card Fraud in Canada?
According to Section 380 of the Criminal Code of Canada, “Everyone who, by deceit, falsehood or fraudulent means, whether or not it is a false pretense within the meaning of this Act, defrauds the public or any person, whether as ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security of any service is guilty of an indictable offense and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years." According to the Criminal Code of Canada, the maximum penalties for theft and frauds by means of credit cards are as follows:
• Fraud of $5,000 or less: A fine of $5,000 and a jail sentence of 6 months to 2 years according to section 380(1) b.
• Fraud of over $5,000: A jail sentence of 10 years according to section 380(1) a.
• Theft or forgery of credit card: A fine of $5,000 and a jail sentence of 6 months to 2 years according to section 380(1) b.
• Use or possession of a stolen or forged credit card: A fine of $5,000 and a jail sentence of 6 months to 2 years according to section 342(c).
• Use of revoked or cancelled credit cards: A fine of $5,000 and a jail sentence of 6 months to 2 years according to section 342(d). (Source

Vancouver police look to return jewelry stolen in ‘blessing’ scam.  Vancouver police displayed more than a quarter-million dollars in stolen cash and jewels Wednesday that had been recovered from a recent “blessing” scam. If the items aren’t claimed within 60 days, the jewelry will be auctioned off and the proceeds, together with the cash, will be put into the province’s civil forfeiture kitty. Five Chinese nationals were nabbed by the Canada Border Services Agency at Vancouver International Airport in July as they attempted to leave the country with the cash and high-end jewelry. That set in motion a cross-country investigation after victims of the so-called “blessing” or “evil spirit” scam began to report cases of stolen jewelry and cash to police. During the blessing, the scammers would switch the bag of money and valuables with a bag of worthless items. The victim would be told not to open the bag or tell anyone. A total of $138,000 in cash was seized when the five suspects tried to leave the country. The 400 pieces of jewelry, some of it top-quality gold, is estimated to be worth about $125,000. (Source

Winnipeg jewelry store owner beaten during armed robbery 
A Winnipeg jewellery store owner was rushed to hospital after being hurt during an armed robbery on Wednesday. It happened just before 10:30 a.m. at Fort Richmond Jewellers in the 2800 block of Pembina Highway. A group of three or four men burst in and one was armed with a gun, said David Flather, the brother of the owner, Dan. They tried to tie up Dan with duct tape but he fought back, Flather said, adding Dan was then hit in the back of the head and cut open. Flather, who arrived when Dan was being taken away in an ambulance, said his brother was conscious but quite scared. The robbers smashed open a case full of diamonds before they fled the store. (Source

Police bust four from Montreal in Windsor, Ontario, hitting stores with counterfeit credit cards  Hitting the Real Canadian Superstore in Windsor trying to purchase $600 gift cards loss prevention officers saw the transaction take place. Officers of the financial crimes unit launched an investigation and say they discovered a credit card theft ring and a clandestine credit card production lab. Police say the group had been using stolen American credit card numbers in order to produce fraudulent credit cards. The group allegedly went to several stores in the Windsor-Essex area and made purchases of items including gift cards. Three men and a woman from Montreal have been arrested and charged with fraud under $5,000. (Source

Armed robbery spree ended with three arrests after 7 stores robbed in Ontario  After stealing $350,000 worth of electronics in seven robberies the two suspects are being charged with 242 charges. Three Toronto residents hits retail stores between December an August of this year. Nakeem Johnson, 23, Patrice Lall, 22, and 28-year-old Mark Harrison hit multiple Rogers Plus stores, and The Source. The standard practice was to enter the store, get the employees into a back room by use of a weapon and then steal product from the stores – generally cellphones and electronics,” says Gatto. (Source

Ottawa Police issue warrant for knife-wielding robbery suspect
39-year-old Ottawa man faces a string of charges in connection with a trio of retail robberies. Ottawa police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect. On Sept. 23, at about 2:30 a.m., police say a lone suspect went into a Wellington St. convenience store and made a purchase. But when the employee opened the cash register, the suspect pulled a knife and stole money. Shortly after, at about 5 a.m., the same suspect went into another convenience store, this time along Bank St. The suspect again proceeded to make a small purchase but pulled a knife when the register was open. Police say a third incident occurred a short time later, at a Laurier Ave. convenience store, but in this case, no knife was seen. In all of the incidents, the suspect made off with a small amount of cash. No one was injured in the robberies. Police say other matters under investigation may result in additional charges. Chadd Brownrigg is wanted on 12 charges, including robbery and breach of probation. (Source

Inside Toronto's new maximum-security detention center  Take a tour through the new Toronto South Detention Centre, which begins receiving inmates this fall. The facility incorporates a new supervision model, which places correctional officers directly in the inmates' living areas. The facility can house 1650 people, from the lowest to highest level of threat. (Source

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