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Leak shows the FBI will be monitoring Facebook and other social media real soon and real deep. The FBI is looking to develop a web application that can monitor social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, in order to gain better real-time intelligence about current or potential future security threats or situations. The FBI has conducted market research and determined that a geospatial alert and analysis mapping application is the best known solution for attaining and disseminating real time open source intelligence and improving the FBI's overall situational awareness. (Source yahoo.com)

AT&T pays $4B breakup fee to T-Mobile after the fed's told them no can do And then they added $2B more to their loss for Q4. These fees are typical in these situations due to the time-legal fees- business interruption- sharing of confidential information and a host of other activities and losses that T-Mobile had to take part in or lost as a result of - to even consider the merger. (Source nytimes.com)

Retail Industry Leader Assn.'s first-ever Retail Sustainability Report shows big box retailers are shrinking size in an effort to cut energy related costs. It also allows them to be more environmentally-friendly at the same time, which serves as a reputational boost for the brands. (Source businessinsider.com)

More press on Video Conferencing Espionage in the board rooms Tens of thousands of video conferencing setups, including some in corporate meeting rooms where the most confidential information is discussed, are vulnerable to spying attacks, researchers said this week. "Many of these video conferencing installations are naked on the Internet," said Moore, the chief security officer at Rapid7. (Source csoonline.com)

78% of smartphone owners are concerned that a criminal will wind up with their lost or stolen phone and financial info. And who will question a mobile customer paying with a smartphone - just minutes after stealing it - and in possession of all the passwords. Because the good hacker will get that info in seconds. A new thief is here - are you ready? (Source internetretailer.com)

U.S. Customs seizes 11,000 counterfeit NFL jerseys at LAX and Ontario airports valued at $850k during this football season. (Source cbslocal.com)

Cincinnati man sentenced to 376 months in fed. prison for selling $1M in counterfeit software through 37 eBay accounts. The IRS also prosecuted him for failing to report the income and he's serving 36 months each for two counts of filing false tax returns. He had set up over 20 different bank accounts to run his scheme. (Source fox19.com)

Kroger is replacing 73 "undercover police officers" from its 29 Dayton stores with uniformed guards The move is not popular with some in the law enforcement community. "The value, the expertise, the professionalism, the level of training with doing their jobs at local stores. I don't think they will be matched with a security guard in uniform sitting at a front door," said Bryan Statzer, Law Enforcement Officer. (Source bizjournals.com)





Howell, Michigan police seeking the identity of a jewelry store thief. Store lost $35,000 in merchandise; notice the small breach of security in this video. (source app.com)






Royal Canadian Police move quickly to arrest two men in a jewelry store grab and run in Saskatoon. The diamond ring valued at over $70,000 was recovered along with several other items from a stolen car. (source globalsaskatoon.com)

Assistant Manager fakes his own store robbery. The Assistant Manager and a friend thought they had a great plan; fake the robbery and get away with over $5000 from the Winn Dixie grocery store. The plot was foiled by and old van and an oil leak. (source hlntv.com)
 

 



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The LPNN will be filming a special broadcast of the ORC Loss Prevention leaders at the upcoming LAAORCA conference with Walgreens, Home Depot, Kroger, CVS, Rite Aid and a few others participating. This informative broadcast will deal with far reaching issues impacting this ever increasing problem. Stay tuned for more developments next week.

Two violent baby formula thieves arrested after hitting a N.J. Target store twice in one week. Wednesday afternoon, one week after police allege they tried to lift $650-worth of baby formula from the big-box store they were arrested after they loaded a shopping cart with more baby formula and clothes and walk out of the store. When stopped one suspect assaulted the security officer and another employee. The crime, from beginning to end, was a carbon copy of what played out inside the store a week earlier, when a couple attempted to leave the store with a cart full of baby formula but failed to get past security, ending in a vicious attack on a store employee. (Source privateofficerbreakingnews.com)

Three people in Greenville, NC are facing charges after being caught stealing electronics from Walmart. The suspects have reportedly also stolen from Walmarts in the same region, including Roanoke Rapids, Tarboro and Greenville. The group would obtain a key to the electronics cabinets in the store, remove items, then go to the infant section, remove a car seat from the box, place the electronics in the box, and then purchase the car seat box. Throughout December they stole almost $10,000 worth of electronics. (source rrdailyherald.com)

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Vector Security® Now Accepting Applications for 2012
LPF Scholarship Program

Program expanded to include Canadian-based professionals


Pittsburgh, PA (January 24, 2012) - Vector Security, Inc. is accepting applications for its 2012 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Scholarship Program until March 16th. Applications are available online via Vector Security’s website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship and on the Loss Prevention Foundation’s website at www.losspreventionfoundation.org.

New for 2012, the program is expanded to include loss prevention professionals based in Canada. The scholarships cover all course and exam fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF’s Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications. Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found on Vector Security’s website.

Ten LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to professionals based in Canada. Vector Security created the LPF Scholarship Program in 2009 to support on-going education that creates additional value to the loss prevention industry. "This year, we are pleased to expand the program into Canada," said Michael Grady, Executive Vice President, Vector Security, "where the loss prevention profession is experiencing rapid growth."

"We are extremely proud to have Vector Security as a partner in bringing professional certification to our industry," said Gene Smith, LPF President. "They understand and value that continuing education in this field is key to reducing loss and maximizing profits." Vector Security has awarded 60 scholarships totaling more than $60,500 since the program began.

 

Debbie Fisher
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Vector Security, Inc.
724-779-8810 Ext: 1206
dkfisher@vectorsecurity.com

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Director of Asset Protection Saks Fifth Avenue New York, NY Saks Fifth Avenue

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National Account Sales Mgr

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Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
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Jeff Cox was promoted to Regional Asset Protection Director for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Janine Billingsley was named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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