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Verisk Analytics to Acquire Aspect Loss Prevention to Enhance Retail Loss Prevention Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK), a leading source of information about risk, announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Minneapolis-based Aspect Loss Prevention, a leading provider of loss prevention software and analytic solutions to the retail, entertainment, and food industries. David Shillingford, president of Verisk Crime Analytics, added, "The acquisition will enhance the analytical tools available to retailers in Verisk`s national crime databases, such as LERPnet [Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network] and CargoNet®, our national information-sharing system to combat cargo crime." The net purchase price is $8 million. The transaction is expected to close in June 2012 and is expected to be neutral to adjusted EPS in 2012. David Duhaime, who has headed Aspect Loss Prevention since 1998, will continue in that role and will lead the retail loss prevention operations of Verisk Crime Analytics. (Source

Click here to watch video.WATCH THIS VIDEO AS THE SWAT Team enters Burlington Coat in Inglewood, CA to take down 4 masked robbers that took employees hostage at 7 am yesterday. Some workers inside the building saw three men wearing ski masks inside the building, and police were notified, according to Inglewood police Lt. Neal Cochran. A SWAT team was sent to the scene. Just before 8:30 a.m., police said that the suspects were ready to surrender. Officers broke out a glass panel in one door about 8:45 a.m., allowing people to leave. (Source

"Showrooming" is more about finding more info than it is about finding the best price At least according to one VP from Forrester Research who spoke recently at the 2012 Internet Retailer Conference. "Showrooming is about product information and social validation when a shopper is buying a product," Walker said. "I may want to make sure I’m getting a decent deal, but very few customers are constantly checking prices. You may be spending loads of time and money training sales associates, but the customer knows they have a better tool in their smartphone. The retail store experience is changing faster than it has changed in a very long time." (Source

133-mile chain of levees, flood walls, gates and the biggest pumping station on the planet now defend New Orleans from another Katrina. It took seven years to build and $14.5B worth of civil works but there's finally a wall around the city. No other American city has anything like it. "This is the best system the greater New Orleans area has ever had." Katrina is generally considered to have been a 400-year storm, and rising seas and more numerous hurricanes predicted in many climate-change models suggest harsher conditions to come. (Source

$10.9M worth of counterfeit Burberry and Louis Vuitton clothing and jewelry seized in Port of Miami shipment. Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered the items during a routine examination on June 8th in a shipment that had originated in China. (Source

$20k Journey's shoe store burglary at Deerbrook Mall in Houston ends with one current employee and one recently fired employee busted. Three men broke into the store on May 23 and stole 289 pairs of shoes they were going to sell at a local flea market. The manager told police she reviewed the surveillance video and suspected an employee who had closed that night and didn't set the alarm or shut the rear door and that she had seen another former employee she had fired. Police said they received a Crime Stoppers tip that led them to the three suspects. (Source

Canadian online pharmacy pioneer arrested in U.S. for selling counterfeit online drugs. Andrew Strempler, a Manitoba man who was one of the first entrepreneurs in the cross-border online pharmacy industry, has been arrested in Florida and is facing charges related to the sale of foreign and counterfeit medicines. (Source

Ann Taylor announces they're coming to Canada. Ann Taylor joins the flock of U.S. retailers that recently decided to open bricks-and-mortar stores in Canada, including J.Crew, Express, Marshalls, Intermix and Tory Burch. Discount retailer Target is set to open two dozen GTA locations next year. (Source

The U.S. National Security Agency has launched a new Cyber Operations Program at four select universities The primary goal of the Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations is to produce a larger pool of professionals with deeper technical expertise in inter-disciplinary areas of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. With this increased focus on security it may be the time to develop a campaign that increases retail LP programs as well. (Source

Ford Motor Company is deploying a new security system to support its "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategy around the world. Ford has gone to Good Technology to provide protection for the personal mobile devices used by thousands of its employees globally. The Good for Enterprise platform will be used to protect the corporate email and other applications carried on smartphones, tablets and other devices by Ford staff. With BYOD becoming prevalent in every business its critically important that your company's information is protected and Ford has taken a major step in doing that. What's your company doing? (Source

ATM skimmer gets 45 months in prison Being part of a gang that produced counterfeit ATM cards and serving as a lookout for her co-conspirators to install and remove skimming devices and make withdrawals she gets 45 months in federal prison. They hit banks throughout New England and stole from 500 accounts. (Source

Two suspects arrested trying to get away on a Walmart mobilized cart. The two suspects attempting to flee the store with $32 in merchandise were quickly apprehended. (source
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Thieves steal Ronald McDonald from a Wisconsin restaurant. He weighs 250-pounds, has one of the world’s most recognizable faces and he’s missing. The Lomira, WI Police Department is investigating the theft of a 6-foot Ronald McDonald statue from the community’s McDonald’s restaurant, 630 East Ave. It is valued at about $5,000. Based on the weight of the statue, it likely took more than one person to steal the figure. McDonald’s spokesperson said, "thefts of Ronald McDonald statues are not uncommon in the U.S." (source


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Police bust $13M - 14 member Florida ORC ring that used stolen identities to apply for 23,527 credit cards and purchased 56,873 gift cards at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Taking a year to investigate the U.S. Secret Service and Florida Department of Law Enforcement found that the gift cards were being used by 12 small businesses to buy items from Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and other stores. The businesses fronted themselves as "discount dollar/convenience" stores with names like Wendy’s Dollar and Duarte the Real Discount Inc. Goods purchased with the fake gift cards were then sold at the discount stores across Miami-Dade. Buying gift cards as far away as Maine. (Source

Arizona ORC ring of 6 busted and was hitting stores in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson. A string of robberies that began April 24 at stores such as Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's Rack and Gucci netted $100,000 worth of stolen merchandise, Scottsdale police said. On Wednesday, Scottsdale detectives conducted surveillance at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, where two of the suspects, Quinzale Laquwana Nero, 19, Virgil Nave, 30, were seen entering, then exiting the mall with 29 Michael Kors purses estimated to be worth more that $8,000, police said. (Source

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USS Salutes the Loss Prevention Foundation; The Plotkin Group; and Palmer, Reifler & Associates, P.A.

Universal Surveillance Systems would like to express grateful appreciation to the Loss Prevention Foundation; The Plotkin Group; and Palmer, Reifler & Associates, P.A. for their Bronze Level Sponsorship of the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 19 being held in conjunction with the NRF Conference to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"These three companies are vital to the LP world, and their generosity reaches far beyond their respective professional areas to help others less fortunate," said USS President and CEO Adel Sayegh. "Their unselfish support of our event will be a major benefit for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and their contributions will make a wonderful difference in the lives of many children who have nowhere to turn."

The Loss Prevention Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to educate the LP community by providing pertinent information and training. As experts in loss prevention, their educational services have helped many companies grow tremendously.

The Plotkin Group, an HR management consulting company that was formed in 1968, advises and administers assessment programs and has conducted seminars on government-compliance laws and guidelines. By providing outstanding consulting, the Plotkin Group has been a substantial support to the industry.

Palmer, Reifler, & Associates, P.A. is a civil recovery law firm that works to restore stolen assets to retailers effected by crime. For the last twenty years, their legal experience and expertise has been an invaluable resource for retailers and many others.

The 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is sponsored by Universal Surveillance Systems, LLC. The tournament is held during the week of the NRF conference and all proceeds go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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Vector Security® Acquires American Alert Corporation in Ohio

Latest acquisition adds 5,000 customers; strengthens company’s position in Ohio market.

PITTSBURGH, June 14, 2012 – Vector Security® announced today that it has acquired the assets, employees and customers of American Alert Corporation based in Geneva, Ohio. American Alert is the leading security provider in Ashtabula County with more than 20 years of operations and service in this region. This transaction adds more than 5,000 additional customers to Vector Security. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"We welcome the team from Geneva and are happy to have them as part of Vector Security" says Pam Petrow, President and CEO of Vector Security. “Together with the American Alert team, we look forward to sharing additional products, services and support that many American Alert customers have been seeking.”

Christine Longley, a nine-year veteran of Vector Security, will now manage the American Alert branch, effective immediately.

"This latest acquisition furthers our commitment to Ohio and positions us firmly for growth as we look to expand our security solutions into Cleveland and the surrounding areas." says Mike Brindley, VP of the West District for Vector Security. "We have very high customer satisfaction ratings across Ohio and will continue our dedication to provide exceptional customer experiences in all of the markets we serve."

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