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videoUS Customs and Border Protection focus on Chicago O’Hare airport cargo. Electronics, leather goods and everything else confiscated as counterfeit items enter the United States. Electronic items, including tasers and smoke alarms are being knocked off; being sold to consumers looking for a bargain but may be very dangerous. (source

UAE to finalize stiffer penalties on counterfeit goods. The last time the law was updated was 1979 and it carried a much lighter sentence. A workshop was conducted by the UAE Ministry of Economics to stress the importance of international cooperation in fighting piracy and stopping the spread of counterfeit products. Last year, the ministry conducted about 19,000 inspections to try to find counterfeit goods. (source

Related (VIDEO) from earlier this month: Dubai government reveals counterfeit haul (source

videoSkechers agrees to pay $40M to settle toning-shoe cases. Skechers had been accused of false advertising by the Federal Trade Commission, 44 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the money will go toward partial refunds to consumers. The workout shoe claimed faster results in toning muscles, but the hype was disproven. Skechers stock has fallen about 60% from its all-time high of $43.85 in June 2010. It was down 42 cents, or 2.3%, Wednesday to $17.85. (source

UK’s Clintons Cards to close 350 stores, terminating nearly 3,000 associates after supplier American Greetings calls in debt. Clintons, which has 784 stores and employs 8,000, staff collapsed into administration last week after its biggest supplier American Greetings called in a $55 million debt. (source

Wal-Mart Stores reported a 10.1% increase in first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates. Wal-Mart’s international division recorded 15% sales growth to reach $32.1B in sales. US sales were up 5.9% to $66.3M, with comparable store sales rising 2.6%. (source

Target raises forecast on better than expected Q1. Target earned $697 million, or $1.04 per share, in the first quarter that ended in April, up from $689 million, or 99 cents per share, a year earlier. Target is preparing for its 2013 entry into Canada and said costs related to its first international expansion cut about 8 cents per share from its quarterly profit. In 2011, it spent about 17 cents per share on Canada. (source

Axis CommunicationsResearch Report: Axis Communications Now Number One Global Surveillance Camera Provider Even When Including Analog Products. IMS Research indicates that the all-IP company has strengthen leading market position; Network camera sales forecasted to account for 60% worldwide by 2016

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video surveillance, announces that it has overtaken the number one global manufacturer position for all surveillance cameras – including IP-based and analog providers – according to the latest IMS Research report*.

Since inventing the world’s first IP-based video camera in 1996, Axis has been ranked number one as the recognized surveillance market leader in the category of network cameras – however, in last year’s report citing 2010, Axis was ranked third overall for surveillance camera manufacturers when including providers of both analog and digital cameras. The most recent IMS report indicates that Axis is now the leading provider in the overall surveillance cameras category, even though the company only sells IP-based video products.

"The video surveillance industry – despite the impression often painted on TV and in the movies – is one of the last holdouts to fully embrace the digital age," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, North America, Axis Communications. "But the fact that an all-IP provider is now the number one manufacturer of all surveillance cameras worldwide is a sure fire sign that the analog to digital shift in video surveillance is upon us. The numbers for the North American market are even more promising."

"The report confirms our own estimates of gained market shares last year, where we presented a growth of 33 percent," said Ray Mauritsson, president & CEO, Axis Communications. "We further strengthened our position by continuing our strategy, which is based on the three cornerstones: launch of innovative network video products, a well-developed partner network and global expansion."

According to IMS Research, network camera sales are forecast to account for approximately 60 percent of total worldwide surveillance camera sales by 2016, compared to approximately 40 percent in 2011.

"In line with our own predictions, IMS Research forecasts strong, long term growth for network video products with an average yearly growth of 25 percent in the coming years," continued Mauritsson.

*The 2012 edition of the annual IMS Research report, "The World Market for CCTV & Video Surveillance Equipment," is based on reported data for 2011 and contains comprehensive information on all vendors providing analog and digital video surveillance equipment, such as cameras, recording solutions and video encoders.

pictureSharjah Police (UAE) on Wednesday arrested a gang of four men who allegedly stole $600,000 of apparel from a warehouse. During the investigation, the CID identified a Pakistani suspect and arrested him from his home in Sharjah. The suspect admitted committing the theft at the warehouse with the help of two other Pakistanis, in collaboration with the warehouse manager. The manager of the warehouse initially denied the charge, but upon confronting him with the first suspect's confession, he confessed that he had exploited his position and used the master keys to open the main entrance to the warehouse so that his accomplices could transfer and load the stolen goods onto a truck. (source

Scottish Gang member jailed for trying to steal a cash machine with a forklift picturetruck. Richard McGrath admitted repeatedly driving a fork lift truck into a wall attempting to steal an ATM machine and $25,000 in cash. The court heard that the would-be robbers made no attempt to keep the noise down as they tried to smash the cash machine out of the hole in the wall at 2.15am. People in neighboring houses were wakened by banging and scraping sounds as the bucket of the forklift truck smashed into the wall. The gang also had the yellow flashing lights on top of the machine activated. (source

videoCounterfeiting couple arrested at Walmart in Cumberland County. High end electronics was the target of the two suspects paying with nine counterfeit hundreds. Another $700 in counterfeit hundreds was found at another Walmart just miles away. Police believe that at least six suspects are involved in the scam, Police say the counterfeit $100 bills have both the watermark and security strip. (source

AT&T stores targeted around eastern Pennsylvania.
Police say at least four people were involved and that entry into the store was made by smashing out the glass door with rocks. A spokesperson for the Camp Hill Police Department said they are aware of other incidents at stores in the area, both in Carlisle and Susquehanna Township, as well as incidents in the Allentown, Bethlehem area. (source

Email turns in shoplifter before the crime. Someone really wanted Arthur Lloyd to get caught, so they sent an email directly to the store, informing them of Arthur’s plan to steal DVD’s. Arthur admitted to Police that he had stuffed the DVD’s into a foil lined cooler on several previous shoplifting trips. (source

Rankin Paynter, a jewelry exchange business owner in Winchester, Ky, can check off doing his good deed of the year. When Rankin found out his local Kmart store was closing, he bought out the entire store's stock and donated it to a local charity. The amount was roughly worth $200,000. (Source

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Cross-border shopping a $20B economic drain on the Canadian economy. Canadians coming to shop in the USA this summer may be the highest in the past 20 years. More than 50 million visits to the U.S. by Canadian residents annually and those numbers are poised to swell when Ottawa increases the duty-and-tax free limits on June 1. Next month will see the duty-free limit on stays longer than 24 hours rise to $200 from $50, while the limit on stays longer than 48 hours rises to $800, from the current two-tiered levels of $400 and $750, depending on the length of stay. (source

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videoShoplifters felt confident enough to go rent a truck. Investigators said they've arrested two couples accused of stealing from Walmart several times over the past few weeks. Two of the four suspects were arrested Tuesday night after a Walmart employee at the Ocala store near Highway 200 noticed two men pushing carts full of tires out of the store and into a waiting Budget rental truck. Deputies were able to track down the suspects, along with $6,400 in stolen tires. Deputies said they found more than a dozen tires at the home of Andrew and Chantelle Weinrich. Detectives also located two dozen more tires inside Ameh Ruiz's hotel room. Ocala police said they also linked two of the suspects to an attempted theft at a Walmart in their jurisdiction. (source

videoFamily of thieves busted in eyeglass case. Mom and her two adult children have been arrested in Utah following a string of theft of thousands of dollars in high end eyeglass been looking for the suspects for the last few weeks, the case was broken by the local consumer reporter and community tips. (source


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