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Canadian Push 3-21-14


$3.4M security upgrade coming to Yorkdale mall in Toronto  New surveillance cameras with the ability to capture license plates on vehicles in the parking lot are part of a $3.4 million security upgrade at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Last year, one man was fatally shot and another was wounded in what police said was an “ambush” at the mall. Michael Nguyen, 23, was killed on March 30, 2013. Nearly two months later, a man was shot while he ate at the Joey’s restaurant the mall. Shopper safety is our number one priority and this security installation will make Yorkdale a very undesirable place for criminal activity,” Anthony Casalanguida, Oxford Properties’ Director of Retail, said in a statement Monday. “We now have one of the most technologically advanced surveillance coverage systems available to help deter crime, assist police investigations, and help people feel safe. There are three components of Yorkdale’s security upgrade:
• Complete 360-degree coverage delivering almost 100 per cent surveillance coverage of public spaces
• Exceptionally high resolution image capture that allows magnification in remarkable detail; up until now, surveillance images didn’t always provide sufficient detail to assist police investigations
• A surveillance room staffed by trained security officers monitoring live feeds 24/7 from all surveillance cameras (Source

Two men sought in retail store thefts in Ottawa-Gatineau area
Police want the public’s help to identify suspects in a series of thefts targeting retail stores in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. During January and February, Ottawa police say thieves hit businesses and made off with several items, including electronics and men’s fragrances. One suspect is a white man, in his mid-30s to mid-40s. He wore dark pants, a grey hoodie and black toque with a logo on the front. The second suspect is a white man, 25 to 35 years old. He wore a black hoodie and black baseball cap. He has short dark hair and is unshaven. (Source

Three arrested in alleged $1.6-million fraud at York University
Police have arrested three York University employees over an alleged $1.6-million fraud – the second seven-figure theft uncovered at the school in the past four years. The alleged scheme involved fraudulent billing over seven years – from November, 2005 to October, 2012 – when York officials were alerted by a whistle-blower and contacted police. Vittoria Caparello, 51, and Yossi Zaidfeld, 38, are both charged with fraud. Melissa Caparello, 27, is charged with possession of property obtained by crime. (Source

5 cellphone store employees in north Toronto charged in theft ring  Five employees of a cellphone parts and repair store in the city’s north end are facing a total of 18 charges for their alleged roles in what police are calling a “sophisticated” cellphone theft ring. “This is the most sophisticated cellphone operation that I have seen,” said Det. Const. Ron Chhinzer. “I haven’t encountered anything like this.” (Source

Images released of Kitchener Queen Stop store robbery suspect
Police are hunting for a suspect after two attempted robberies of variety stores in Kitchener on Tuesday. At 7:43 p.m., a man entered the Queen Stop store, 432 Queen St. S., and demanded money, Waterloo Regional Police report. He left the store empty-handed. At 7:54 p.m., a man with a similar description entered the Big Bear Food Mart., 159 Highland Rd. E. There, the man said he had a gun and argued with the clerk. Again, the suspect left without money. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: February 2014

Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.1% over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 0.3% over the comparable month last year. Read more (Source

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