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Two Southern California Men Plead Guilty for Their Roles in a Nationwide Breach of Credit and Debit Card Terminals at Michaels Stores Inc. Arakelyan and Vardanyan admitted that in about July 2011 they participated in a scheme to defraud bank account holders and financial institutions by obtaining 952 stolen bank cards and traveling to northern California to withdraw from ATMs as much money as possible using these stolen bank accounts. According to court documents, Arakelyan and Vardanyan possessed two loaded firearms, a GPS device pre-programmed with ATM locations and eight mobile telephones, all to further their scheme. The information charges that these stolen cards were linked to a 2011 theft of a reported 94,000 debit and credit card account numbers from customers buying goods at 84 Michaels Stores Inc. across the United States. The conspiracy to commit bank fraud charge and the bank fraud charge each carry a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory additional sentence of two years. The sentencing of Arakelyan and Vardanyan is scheduled for July 24, 2012. This prosecution is part of efforts underway by President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. For more information about the task force visit: www.stopfraud.gov. (Source justice.gov)

CargoNet 2011 U.S. Cargo Theft Report shows 17% increase in cargo theft over 2010 with 1,215 reported incidents valued at $130 million. With California at 304 incidents leading the nation and Texas #2 with 173 reported incidents. The Top 10 states comprised 85% of all reported cargo theft. With prepared food and beverage products being the most stolen commodity in 2011. With Monday being the highest day followed by Sunday and then Saturday. And with Truck stops taking the top spot for theft location followed by the actual warehouse/distribution center. With the average cargo loss being $179,000. This is an excellent report and should be read by all LP executives. (Source cargonet.com)


Huge identity theft ring & illegal credit card factory found in RCMP raid in Vancouver, British Columbia with 88,000 credit card numbers and a Canada Post uniform used to steal mail. They found 44,000 id's and may result in 250,000 victims. Police received a tip earlier this month that a printer was dropped off at a computer repair shop with a forged credit card inside. Officers staked out the shop, waited for the customer to pick up the hardware and followed him back to what they describe as an "illegal credit card factory" containing mountains of physical and digital evidence. (source ctv.ca)

NRF predicts an 11% increase in Easter sales this year Total spending is expected to reach $16.8 billion. (Source retailingtoday.com)

Game Group stores in London going into "administration" our form of Chapter 11 and will be closing half of their 610 stores because online sales are impacting them. The UK's game store is doing poorly and may not make it. Similar to the book stores, music stores, and video rentals this industry is bound to be headed down that same path. (Source associated press)

Zara stores up 10% last year with 5,527 stores in 82 countries and opened 483 stores last year with plans to open 520 this year. We're bound to see more in North America as this Spanish retailer is just booming. (Source Associated Press)

Last month Italian police seized $6 trillion of counterfeit U.S. Treasury bonds in Switzerland and arrested 8. The operation, coordinated by prosecutors from the southern Italian city of Potenza, was carried out by Italian and Swiss authorities after a year-long investigation, an Italian police source said. The fake securities, more than a third of U.S. national debt. In 2009, Italian financial police seized $134.5 billion of fake U.S. bearer bonds in the northern Italian town of Chiasso, near the Swiss border. (Source cnbc.com)

Iovation's ReputationManager 360 online fraud prevention solution helps bust fraud ring of 15 in Kirkland, Washington and is being presented at the Merchant Risk Council's 10th Annual e-commerce payment & Risk Conference March 29th. ReputationManager 360 makes it possible for online sites to visualize associations between devices and individuals, often exposing fraud rings that would otherwise remain hidden. In this case it did just that, helping retailers, credit issuers and police connect the dots between fraudulent transactions and high-risk devices. ReputationManager 360 tracks 900 million devices, from computers to tablets to mobile phones, across a broad range of industries. It has protected more than 7 billion total online transactions to date. (Source morningstar.com)

Target is temporarily closing their Valley Stream, L.I., store for a six month remodeling where it's been fighting a union drive for the past year. The United Food Workers Local 1500 filed a request for a federal injunction to prevent the closure saying Target is shutting the store to stifle the organizing campaign. (Source crainsnewyork.com)

New York Gov. Cumo signs bill including shoplifters DNA samples in permanent database and will be the biggest database of its kind. (Source washingtonpost.com)

Bloods gang member sentenced to 191 and a half years in federal prison for robbing 8 convenience stores in one month with his gang members in South Carolina The businesses affected included a BP gas station, two Cruizers gas stations, and an Exxon station in Florence County; a Sav-way and Markette stores in Darlington County; a Lil Cricket store in Calhoun County; and a Lil Cricket in Orangeburg County. Firearms used during the robberies included a 9mm pistol and a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun. (Source carolinalive.com)

Researchers find spam emails that pose as legitimate LinkedIn notices enticing you to click on a link in order to read what message some random stranger has left for you. If you have a LinkedIn account, you may wish to think twice about clicking links within any emails that claim you've received a new message. (Source thehackernews.com)

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

DSW up 5.6 with revenue up 10% - opening 35 to 40 new stores this year (source retailingtoday.com)
 

 

 











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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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2012 Retail
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September 12, 2012
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Retail Fraud 2012

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Novotel West, London

April 19, 2012

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NRF 2011 ORC Survey

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Effective Crowd Management Guidelines

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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012


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Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s incredible Upper Peninsula, offers one of the only baccalaureate loss prevention management programs in the United States. It is offered completely online and accepts up to 92 transfer credits. An affordable investment into a dynamic and growing profession.

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eBay Inc. VP Government Relations & Global Asset Protection Honored


eBay Inc, Vice President Government Relations & Global Asset Protection, Tod Cohen was recently honored by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce as part of their annual distinguished business awards. Tod was the recipient of the 2012 Business Advocate of the Year award “for tireless advocacy on behalf of small business online commerce and the frictionless trade of goods and services around the world.” Please join us in congratulating Tod for receiving the most deserved award. He is also celebrating his 12th anniversary with eBay this month. The awards were given out on Friday, March 2, at the chamber's Annual Membership Luncheon. Click here for full article.

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ORC group of 3 women hitting Target stores in San Antonio filling duffle bags and using the emergency exits. A San Antonio woman may be linked to nearly a dozen shoplifting cases at Target stores. Rebecca Dynes, 23, has been charged in just one incident, a Feb. 1 shoplifting at the Target in the 700 block of Northwest Loop 410, the station says. But an arrest affidavit said police are investigating 10 similar cases. The affidavit said that in each case, three women entered the stores together, took a duffel bag from the store shelves and filled it with DVD box sets. One of the women then left the store while the other two loitered near an emergency exit, the station says. The most recent case was caught on a surveillance video, KSAT reports. The video shows a vehicle pulling up and two women exiting through the emergency door and running to the waiting vehicle. (Source mysanantonio.com)
 
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ORC report June 2011

Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate with Retailers to Investigate ORC, and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Improve ORC Case Tracking

Federal Efforts- continued from yesterday;


FBI: The FBI largely identifies and conducts ORC-related investigations through seven major theft task forces operated in conjunction with other federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. Within the FBI, a total of approximately 55 agents are involved in investigating major theft violations nationwide, some of which are assigned full-time to the 7 major theft task forces located in Chicago, Memphis, New York, El Paso (2), and Miami (2). Agents within these task forces are responsible for working all categories of major theft, which include cargo, vehicle, art, gem and jewelry, and organized retail theft. According to the major theft program coordinator at headquarters, FBI field units in other regions may also initiate an ORC investigation if retailers or local law enforcement present a case to these units or if another federal agency refers a case to them. This official noted that retailers are generally best suited to identify patterns of stolen merchandise, begin theft investigations, and potentially build ORC cases to the point that they may warrant involvement by federal agencies. He stated that the FBI generally determines to initiate a retail crime investigation on a case-by-case basis and the decision may be affected by competing threats and other resource priorities. While he is not aware of the FBI turning down any ORC cases that retailers presented he further stated that cargo theft and vehicle theft likely represent the greatest proportion of cases and the biggest financial impact within the unit.

According to FBI officials, the primary nexus for bureau involvement with ORC cases relates to the criminal statute prohibiting the interstate transportation of stolen property, a statute that generally applies to stolen goods having a value of $5,000 or more. The FBI major theft coordinator noted, however, that the FBI could potentially initiate an ORC case through an investigation of a related criminal activity, including this case, a different FBI component may have the lead for the investigation, such as the "white-collar crime" unit. According to the FBI as of February 2011, the FBI had 531 open cases of interstate transportation of stolen property across the different theft categories. However, officials were unable to identify how many of those cases involve ORC because, until recently, they did not track cases by individual theft categories. As a result, it is unclear to what extent the FBI is using resources to investigate ORC or how the numbers of these cases compare to other major theft categories. Such information would generally be useful to help identify the potential scope of ORC and would provide management with enhanced data with which to make potential resource allocation decisions. FBI continued tomorrow.
(Source gao.gov)
 

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AXIS Camera Companion Uses Edge Storage to Bring Affordable, Easy-to-Use IP Surveillance to Small Installations


Video is controlled and recorded entirely inside IP camera or encoder; No additional recording hardware needed for 1-16 camera setup
 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – March 21, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Companion, an intuitive and cost-effective IP video solution designed specifically for small installations. Consisting of a free software client for 1-16 Axis network cameras or video encoders with SD card support, the solution requires only Ethernet cabling and a standard switch/router to stream and record surveillance video.

AXIS Camera Companion will be showcased live at next week’s ISC West 2012 Security Conference & Exhibition, from March 28-30, Las Vegas, in booth #18051.

Unlike analog surveillance systems that are prevalent in the small camera count market, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device – a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR) or even a computer – to operate. While a laptop or PC is required for initial setup, the AXIS Camera Companion solution runs entirely inside the camera or encoder, and then only needs the free software client to monitor and record video.

Click to see videos on installation, ease-of-use and customer use testimonials.

IP cameras are powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables, and existing analog cameras can be integrated using video encoders. All images are recorded onto a standard SD memory card at the edge and the cameras and encoders keep recording even in the event of a network failure. This reduces cost, simplifies installation and ensures that there is no single point of failure. With this efficient hardware setup, AXIS Camera Companion is ideal for retail stores, offices, hotels or other small businesses that need easy-to-use and future-proof video surveillance.

The new solution also enables small business owners to integrate HDTV network cameras to clearly identify intruders, shoplifters and other safety and security incidents. Video can be viewed live or played back from any Internet-connected device, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) can be added for higher storage capacity or to work with Axis cameras/encoders that do not offer edge storage.

AXIS Camera Companion software supports motion detection and pan/tilt/zoom control, and video clips and snapshots can be easily exported to colleagues and authorities at the touch of a button. Third-party apps are also available for leading mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad and Android-powered products.

"While network video surveillance is the de facto choice in North America for systems of 25 cameras or more, analog still has a stronghold on the small system, less-than-16-camera market," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "AXIS Camera Companion offers an entirely new IP option for this market and provides a high-quality, reliable, intuitive and scalable solution to drive the shift from analog to digital surveillance."

The AXIS Camera Companion solution consists of three parts: standard Axis network cameras or video encoders with edge storage support; a free software client and third-party mobile apps used for viewing live and recorded video; and standard third-party network equipment such as routers, switches, SD cards and NAS devices.

Several of Axis network cameras and encoders already support AXIS Camera Companion and the majority of Axis products with integrated edge storage and 5.40 firmware or higher will support the system in the future. AXIS Camera Companion software will be available as a free download from www.axis.com starting March 21, 2012, and Axis IP cameras and encoders are available through Axis’ channel partner program.

Contacts:
Matt Flanagan
fama PR, Inc.
617-986-5002
axis@famapr.com

Domenic Locapo
Axis Communications Inc.
978-614-2074
dlocapo@axis.com
 

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Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Bay Shore, NY Sears Holdings Corp.
Area LP Mgr Lowe's Jonesborough, TN Lowe's
Dept Mgr Store LP & Safety Lowe's Clearwater, FL Lowe's
Dept Mgr Store LP & Safety Lowe's Colorado Springs, CO Lowe's
Dept Mgr Store LP & Safety Lowe's Rochester, NY Lowe's
Dept Mgr Store LP & Safety Lowe's Enid, OK Lowe's
Dept Mgr Store LP & Safety Lowe's Maple Shade, NJ Lowe's
Divisional LP Assistant Mgr Ralph's Los Angeles, CA Kroger
Area LP Mgr Family Dollar Albuquerque, NM Family Dollar
Mgr, District LP Walgreens Rockford, IL Walgreens
Regional LP Mgr GNC Nashville, TN GNC
Divisional LP Mgr Rent-A-Center Houston, TX Rent-A-Center
Loss Prevention Mgr Loehmann's Los Angeles, CA Loehmann's
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Three Keys to (Much) Better Decisions Every day, we make an average of 217 food-related decisions. Talk about a startling statistic. Is it any surprise we so often make poor choices about what we eat? (We've got "decision fatigue")

Whatever You Feel Compelled to Do, Don't Do you remember the last time you pushed the "send" button for an email and then instantly regretted it? Or snapped at someone in a moment of frustration? It's easy to recite the litany of all we do wrong in our lives. We know better, so why exactly do we make so many short-sighted destructive choices?
(What were you thinking?)
 
Get Your Focus Back: 7 Tips When you're at work, you are literally paid to hunker down and focus on something. So why is it that's the very place where you get so little done? You're in an epic battle against distractions - and most of the time you're on the losing side. (How to fight back)

The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Every leader's temptation is to deal with what's directly in front, because it always seems more urgent. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.
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Self-reflection is something many avoid or refuse to allow it to creep up and point to exactly what you need to look at. Hidden behind rationalizations, self reflection in actuality can be an eye opening experience. Popping up when you least expect it but most notably late at night when you're staring at the ceiling with no other outside interferences lending you license to deny it. Self-reflection is the one person you should make it a point to face. It just might make a difference tomorrow.

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