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Dan Meyer was promoted to Vice President, Loss Prevention for Michaels Stores, Inc. Dan has been with Michaels since 1989 and served in both Operations and Finance roles including Controller – Stores and most recently Vice President – Store Finances. Congrats Dan!

Walgreens purchased 45% share of UK’s Alliance Boot. Alliance Boot has two divisions, "The Chemist" is a global pharmaceutical wholesaling business, and access to European and Asian markets and "Boots" which is an international pharmacy led health and beauty group. Alliance Boots operates more then 3300 health and beauty stores and 370 wholesale pharmaceutical distribution centers, employing over 116,000 people with total revenue of $40 billion. (Source

Apple vs. Samsung case goes to a jury, $2.5 billion suit over who stole whose design for the iPad and iPhone. Apple is demanding Samsung pay it $2.5 billion for allegedly stealing the design technology of the iPad and iPhone to create illegal knockoffs. Samsung counters that Apple stole its technology and is demanding $399 million. Experts say the case my go the way of Apple, due to the trial being held just 10 miles from Apple’s corporate office in Simi Valley. (Source

Tesco warehouse raided over illegal workers. Foreign students illegally working for Tesco face deportation following a raid by UK Border Agency officers. A dawn raid organized following a tip-off at the warehouse, last month found 20 students working between 50 and 70-hour weeks, far beyond the 20 hours allowed on their visas. The retail giant now faces large fines, while the students face deportation. A spokesman for UKBA said: "We received information that some staff members were working in the UK illegally at" (Source

Dutch judge rules, ISP provider AltusHost must block 25 sites selling counterfeit goods or face heavy fines. AltusHost has to block the websites,, and among others within three days or pay a penalty of $3,112 per day. The lawsuit filed by The European Anti-Counterfeiting network on behalf of 11 companies including Breitling, Chanel, Christian Dior and Omega. (Source

H&M's biggest store ever is going to be in NYC. This mammoth store will reside on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, encompass 57,000 square feet, and take up six levels. To put that in perspective, a football field is 57,600 square feet. It will also be the only store in the city to sell all the brand’s collections: men’s and women’s sportswear and ready-to-wear, lingerie, underwear, accessories, children’s wear, newborn apparel, special sizes, maternity apparel, cosmetics and the home collection. There already is an H&M on 51st and Fifth; H&M’s spokesperson said it is part of a strategy to group stores together. (Source

American Eagle Outfitters Reports 62% Increase in Second Quarter Earnings Per Share, Sales Increase 11% to Record $740 Million. On May 18, 2012, the company announced plans to exit its children's business, 77kids, which includes 22 stores and the online business. E-commerce produced 28% sales growth this quarter and contributed even higher bottom line results. (Source

University of Michigan study shows 29% increase in reported retail fraud in one year. The Michigan State Police reported that in the county which includes economically struggling Flint, reported retail fraud numbers have skyrocketed. The city of Grand Blanc reported cases increased 45% from 2010 to 2011. "The costs of retail crime, plus-loss prevention, were $128 billion in 2011, which is equivalent to $199.89 per family, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer issued by the U.K.-based Centre for Retail Research." (Source

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Apple Store to use new anti-theft cables to secure display devices. The new anti-theft cables have started to make their way to Apple Stores, serving both a dock connector and security tether. The fashionable security device has already found a number of fans who were hoping the device would be available to the general public. (Source


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RILA Renames Loss Prevention Conference to Reflect Broad Scope of Program

Arlington, VA – The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is changing the name of its loss prevention conference to reflect a program with a broader view of the discipline.

The RILA conference known as the Loss Prevention, Audit & Safety Conference will now be known as the Retail Asset Protection Conference.

"Our event has always embraced the full spectrum of asset protection from criminal investigations to workplace safety to emergency preparedness to analytics,” said RILA’s Vice President of Loss Prevention & Legal Affairs Lisa LaBruno. "We believe the new name better reflects the broad scope of our conference program."

Recognized in the industry as having the premier educational program among all loss prevention conferences, the Retail Asset Protection Conference will continue to address key priorities of retail loss prevention executives: investigations, leadership & development, audit & analytics, strategy & planning, technology & innovation, and
RILA Educate. Innovate.Advocate.workplace safety. The Retail Asset Protection Conference 2013 will be held April 28 – May 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

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According to former employees, Apple Store in Dallas’ North Park is the worst store in town. The North Park store is one of the highest volume Apple stores in the state of Texas, but maybe had some real management issues in the past. According to two former associates, the former manager had traded computers for stomach staple surgery, associates intentionally damaged iPhones, and Genius Squad associates would get back at customers who were rude to them by damaging the customer’s device. (Source

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Customer is shot in a Fred Meyer store check-out in Oregon. The husband and wife were checking out when they thought 66 year old Jerry Harryman was trying to get their pin code as they completed their credit card transaction. Bill Young and his wife asked Harryman to back up and a fight ensued. Harryman pulled a gun and struggled with Young who was shot in the leg. Customers and Fred Meyer Loss Prevention subdued Harryman who was arrested by police. Bill Young 59, is hoping to make a full recovery, no one else in the store was injured. (Source

NYC Bloomingdale’s Loss Prevention Manager busted for passing counterfeit $100 bills. Alice Butler had been employed with Bloomingdale’s for 17 years; on July 1st Butler passed 2 faux $100 bills to pay on her employee account. The alert cashier called Bloomingdale's security who contacted the NYPD and Secret Service. Butler was arrested on charges of petit larceny and forgery, her attorney claims the allegations are a mistake. The Attorney General is considering a non-felony, non-jail plea disposition. (Source

Three Detroit men charged with stealing from Best Buy stores. Three Detroit men were arraigned by video today from the Macomb County Jail on theft charges related to several Best Buy electronics stores. A store manager told police he believed the men had stolen items from other Best Buy stores. While the officer was taking a report, the manager of the Port Huron store called and reported two men had just left with a Bose brand surround sound stereo system worth $2,500. The thieves were driving a burgundy Z71 SUV with tinted windows and chrome rims. Police stopped the men and in the vehicle found the surround-sound system from the Port Huron store and items from the Roseville store. All three are on parole, with long records, and at the time had outstanding warrants. (Source
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Third Burglary of a Newark, NJ Boost Mobile phone store. A cash box and 20 phones were removed from the store, but the total of the three burglaries is over $25,000. The owner has upgraded physical security after each break-in, but is more upset with the reaction time of police at nearly an hour and a half after being contacted by ADT. (Source

Four suspects, four televisions go out the fire doors of a Lancaster County Walmart. The television valued at $1200 were quickly loaded into a Camaro (probably the wrong car for this), two suspect jumped in the Camaro and the other suspects jumped into another car and fled. The suspects left behind a second cart with $1845 of electronics. (Source

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Tourneau jewelry store in King of Prussia hit for a third time this year. Police say the robbery took only 20 seconds as thieves moved quickly smashing showcases. Three suspects entered the store threatening the security guard with a sledge hammer then quickly went to work. Police believe it may be the same group suspects. (Source

Texas mall roof cut, attempt to steal Air Jordans. Houston police have arrested two teenagers after the roof of a mall was cut in an apparent failed attempt to steal Air Jordan sneakers. Greenspoint Mall was closed early Wednesday when a security guard saw some people inside the Foot Action store and called police. Officers discovered the hole in the roof and a break-in at an athletic shoe store. Investigators say two teens were captured at the scene. A third youth escaped while trying to flee via the roof. More than a dozen pairs of Air Jordan shoes, total value at nearly $3000, were abandoned atop the roof. The teens are facing burglary and evading arrest charges. (Source

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Burglar grabs 16 Ichiro jerseys at the Seattle Mariners store. Ichiro Suzuki is gone from the Seattle Mariners, traded last month to the New York Yankees. But that didn't deter the man who grabbed 16 Ichiro replica jerseys after smashing a window at the Mariners Team Store at Safeco Field. Surveillance video recorded the smash-and-grab burglary early Wednesday. It appears the burglar only wanted Ichiro jerseys. Store supervisor Chris French calls the theft "very specific." The Ichiro jerseys in question normally retail for $240 each, but French said the price recently was slashed in half. (Source

Cigarettes worth thousands stolen from UK supermarket. Thieves have stolen cigarettes worth thousands of pounds from a Co-operative store in Surrey. A group of four or five men forced open a door to the shop in Hare Lane, Claygate, at about 00:20 BST on Friday. Surrey Police said they stole a large quantity of cigarettes and escaped in a silver Mazda 626 parked in an alleyway. The car almost collided with a pedestrian walking down Hare Lane before heading towards Esher at high speed. (Source

A marriage proposal Bonnie and Clyde would be jealous of. This past Monday, Treila Woods was stopped by store managers at Family Dollar, accusing her of shoplifting. When her boyfriend, Sean Foxx saw that she was in trouble, he rain to her aid. The two were arrested and as they were being questions separately at the San Antonio police station, Foxx yelled his marriage proposal to Woods. She said yes. They were charged with aggravated robbery. (Source

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New England ORC Symposium & Trade Show - September 20, 2012 Worcester, MA - DCU Center

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Shoplifting suspect turns herself in seeing surveillance video on television. One woman turned in herself Tuesday night after surveillance video was released showing her and another woman shoplifting nearly $12,000 worth of merchandise from upscale boutiques in West University and Houston last month, according to authorities. Linda Wallace Dewitt, 58, and another unidentified woman entered the French Cuff Boutique in the 4000 block of Bellaire on July 28 and left with some very expensive loot without paying for it, according to West University police. (Source

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Video shows women shoplifting more than $10K in goods from West U boutiques in Houston, TX Authorities are trying to track down two women behind a couple of high-dollar heists. Police say the pair shoplifted about $10,000 worth of merchandise from upscale boutiques in West University and Houston. (Source


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Smart Device Technology and the Challenges for Loss Prevention

Submitted by Marc Smith
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All major retailers are moving at light speed to bring smart device technology to the market place. The challenges for not only retail loss prevention but for loss prevention solution providers are to be nimble enough to embrace and accommodate the ever-changing technology.

Mobile Point of Sale and Self Checkout – Did the customer really pay for that?

We may have a new term to ad to the retail loss prevention dictionary; "Self Sweet -Hearting."
Retailers generally have exception reporting to conduct investigations of Point-of-Sale (POS) transactions and dedicated closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras for review of exception transactions post transaction. These tools have historically provided the tools that loss prevention has needed to conduct investigations of POS theft and fraud. The CCTV tool may be rendered useless if the camera is fixed.
Is the answer pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras? Then comes the budget challenge. If you do have the camera technology, you may not have the dedicated payroll to follow the mobile device around.
Does the technology exist to have the PTZ follow the device without manual intervention? This is the challenge for technology providers.
We in Loss Prevention tend to be control freaks. Relinquishing the PTZ controls to technology will be a culture change.

How Do We Keep The Technology in the Building?

Like all technology, the cost of mobile devices will come down. The need to continually upgrade applications and software will be an on-going expense that retailers will have to budget and plan for.
Retailers will need a robust system to ensure the devices are checked in and out ensuring their employees are accountable for the devices.
Most retailers are ensuring the devices are "wiped" of the POS and inventory control applications if the device is logged on after reported missing. The devices still have value to the thief, after all who would not want a new iPad?
Most devices have the ability for GPS tracking, but once the device is removed from the store is it cost effective to track the device down for recovery and criminal arrest?
The answer may be the technology coming to the market place simultaneously with radio frequency identification (RFID).

With Self Checkout Who Removes the Theft Mitigation Device?

For high risk product today, retailers try to maintain a self-service strategy by using theft mitigation products such as EAS tags or Spider Wrap. These devices are typically removed from the product at the POS. Does this mean that these devices become obsolete?
Perhaps applications can be added that automatically contact a store employee to remove the device.
Retailers may have to return to the Service model where high risk product is delivered to the paying customer at a central location in the store. These locations may already exist with merchandise pickup areas, service desks or layaway as this retail tactic regains popularity.
Has the time for Benefit Denial Technology arrived? The product would be rendered useless either digitally or mechanically until the product is paid for. This would require a complete culture change, training of customers and employees and an investment in the technology by retailers.

There are certainly more challenges on the horizon as technology continues to evolve and is introduced to the retail market place. Retailers, technology developers and solution providers with the vision to embrace and evolve with innovative loss prevention solutions will reap the rewards. The customer will enjoy having more options to dictate their shopping experience.

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