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Dom Zuccala was promoted to Director Loss Prevention Operations for Big Lots Inc. Dom joined the company in 2008 as a regional loss prevention manager. Prior to joining Big Lots, Dom was a National Sales Director for Universal Surveillance Systems and previously the Director of Loss Prevention at Borders Group Inc. He also holds a BA degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Congrats Dom!

Supervalu to close 60 stores in their Albertsons, ACME and Save-A-Lot divisions by Dec. 1st. Their new CEO says the closures reflect the company's commitment to moving "with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value." The company says the stores closing include 18 Albertsons in Southern California and eight Albertsons in Washington and Oregon. Also targeted: four ACME stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, and 22 Save-A-Lot stores, spread across seven states. Supervalu previously said it will close an Albertsons in Southern California and Jewel Osco in Indiana. They operate 4,400 stores in the U.S. (Source

Big M Inc., Totowa, NJ, based retailer with 160+ stores operating Mandee, Annie Sez, and Afaze clothing stores outsources LP. Earlier this year reports showed they may be seeking to file bankruptcy and they laid off the Regional LP team. Last month the Director of LP, Jim Selwood retired and LPI was brought in. So they have been struggling for some time now. (Source

Protecting pharmacies against robberies. Pain medication-related robberies are putting pharmacies on high alert. Covering new security measures and describing ways that pharmacists can prevent future incidents, this six-page article is a must-read for all pharmacy employees.  (Source

Retailers' shoplifting battle is still costing consumers Experts estimate the average family pays between $400 and $2,000 a year as a result of merchants and manufacturers increasing what they charge to offset their losses. Those losses totaled $34.5 billion nationwide in 2011, according to the latest survey conducted by the University of Florida for the National Retail Federation. But, that was down $2.6 billion from 2010. Study author and UF criminology professor Dr. Richard Hollinger credits new anti-theft technologies and refocused law enforcement efforts for the reduction. New technologies allow retailers to get the upper hand too, according to Lee Pernice, director of retail and marketing for Boca Raton-based Tyco Integrated Security. (Source

INSIDER THREAT - Unnamed group claims to have stolen, in a late night office theft at PricewaterhouseCoopers Franklin, Tenn. office, Romney's tax returns prior to 2010 and they want $1M by Sept 28th or they'll release them. The group contends it gained access on Aug. 25 to PWC's facility through someone working on the third floor. Romney's tax returns prior to 2010, stored on the second floor in suite 260, were copied during the night, the group said. The encrypted documents were delivered on flash drives to Democrat and Republican offices in Williamson County, PWC and will be sent to major news organizations. The financial consultancy said it is working with the U.S. Secret Service. Officials from the law enforcement agency did not have an immediate comment late Wednesday. (Source

Award-winning AXIS Camera Companion Client Software Upgraded to Support Audio, Video Identification, Public View Monitors and Corridor Format These upgrades to AXIS Camera Companion, which was recently named "Security’s Best Winner" in the 2012 ASIS Accolades Awards Competition, will be especially beneficial for retail stores that have surveillance systems of 16 cameras or less. (Source

In Virginia organized crime & drug dealers are turning into cigarette smugglers and the legislature is looking for ways to stop it That's because they can buy a pack of premium cigarettes for about $5.55 in Virginia and sell it for a big profit on the black market in New York City, where a higher cigarette excise tax pushes the retail price to about $14 a pack. Smuggle enough cigarettes and the payday can be enormous - a car can carry 10 cases of cigarettes — there are 60 cartons in a case — with an estimated profit of $34,000. Upgrade to a van, and 50 cases can turn a $170,000 profit. A large truckload can haul 800 cases and net a profit of $4 million. A Virginia State Police agent's observation that bootlegged cigarettes now have a higher profit margin than cocaine, heroin, marijuana or guns. Some cigarette traffickers seeking to maximize their illicit gains have established bogus retail operations so they can buy in bulk from wholesalers, Petoe said. He added that there are myriad other schemes involving forged tax stamps, selling cigarettes "off the books" to evade taxes, international smuggling and importing counterfeit cigarettes. The State's legislature is planning to react next year. (Source Associated Press)

Drive Your Business with Predictive Analytics The only way to survive in this new economy is to embrace and leverage the power of information. Knowledge gleaned from accurate, accessible, actionable information is essential for survival. Companies must now have up-to-the-minute information about their customers, operations, suppliers, competitors, and markets. A white paper on predictive analytics by SAS. (Source

Click here to view videoAlleged police brutality victim suing Prince George's County Police Department. The Brentwood, Maryland teen was believed to be involved in an attempted robbery at a gas station and was chased down by police. In the original report, the police officer, Donald Taylor, claimed the teen had reached for his weapon and they had struggled, setting the gun off. New surveillance video now shows that Taylor actually approached the teen and struck him in the head with his right hand, which was holding his gun. On impact, the gun discharged. The teen was not injured, but he spent four months in jail before the charges were dropped. He is now suing the police department for $10 million.  (Source

Suspects sought after Hollywood-style bank heist in Los Angeles Kidnapping the bank manager from her home late Tuesday night and holding her captive until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, two male suspects strapped what appeared to be a bomb to her mid section and told her to empty the bank of all the money while they waited outside. She gave them all the money and they got away. Police had a robot disarm the so-called bomb to find out it was a fake while they emptied buildings around the bank. The woman is not a suspect in the case, but it is unclear if she knew the robbers. Investigators are trying to determine if there were any video surveillance cameras that captured the incident. (Source Associated Press) (Source

Two men in Clinton Township, Michigan may be responsible for multiple break-ins in the area
. The men were caught on surveillance video smashing their way into a Marathon gas station just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. The same gas station was broken into last week. Police think the thieves are also responsible for break-ins at Franks Pharmacy and Northeast Pharmacy.  (Source

Man caught trying to get his daily serving of carats
. A 32-year-old Chinese man was arrested in Sri Lanka after allegedly attempting to steal a 1.5 carat diamond by swallowing it. The diamond is valued at 1.8 million Sri Lankan rupees, or around $13,636. Doctors at Colombo National Hospital are advising surgery to remove the diamond.  (Source

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RxPatrol - a web-based program to help combat pharmacy theft. RxPatrol (which stands for Rx Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies & Other Losses) was started in 2003 and currently boasts 6,390 members, 55 percent of them law enforcement. The website includes a database where law enforcers, pharmacists, and loss prevention officials can see where robberies have taken place. "It’s a tool for pharmacists to be aware of what’s going on in their neighborhood," said Luis Bauza, Purdue Pharma’s director of investigations. (Source RxPatrol) (Source

ORC duo on their way across country hits three Wal-Mart stores stealing electronics gets busted in Michigan Larceny spree that spanned three Wal-Marts in as many states came to an end in Woodhaven, Michigan, last week when two males were busted loading flat-screen TVs into a shopping cart and heading for the exit. They had already hit two other Wal-Marts in Ohio and Pennsylvania and their stolen car was loaded with electronics. In interviews with detectives, Bilkovsky and Lostraglio said they were California-bound and made a detour through Michigan to see Bilkovsky’s mother. Along the way, they admitted hitting three Walmarts to steal electronics. (Source

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Checkpoint - Helping Retailers Gwo ProfitablyCheckpoint Systems launches stylish new range of EAS antennas

Classic IP range offers retailers enhanced detection capabilities and data connectivity

THOROFARE, NJ – September, 5, 2012 – Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry, has launched a stylish new range of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) antennas which provide retailers with enhanced detection and data connectivity in a visually appealing format.

Based on retailers’ feedback, The CLASSIC IP range – comprising the CLASSIC IP STYLE and CLASSIC IP STREET antennas – includes remote reporting capability, giving operators improved store visibility with ready access to actionable data. The range also enables retailers to integrate visitor counting technology into their businesses. Store managers can monitor customer activity in store, measure the success of their marketing promotions and plan for increased staffing and stock levels in response to busier shopping periods.

Featuring Checkpoint’s energy-saving EVOLVE-ECO electronics, the CLASSIC IP STYLE and CLASSIC IP STREET antennas offer wider aisle width protection enabling retailers to better safeguard their merchandise. Per Levin, President and Chief Sales Officer of Shrink Management Solutions at Checkpoint Systems, explains:

"The Global Retail Theft Barometer highlights that shrink is at its highest level since 2007, so it is essential that retailers continue to take steps to address the problem. While retail operators understand the need for anti-theft measures, they also expect the systems to complement their store designs and provide much-needed functionality. We are confident that Checkpoint’s newest range delivers on all fronts, ensuring improved retail store operations, on-shelf availability and consumer shopping experience and to help drive sales."

Designed with input from apparel retailers, the CLASSIC IP STYLE offers the widest aisle width and class-leading detection for a small, discreet antenna. A clear plexiglas structure, integrated LEDs and base covers, available in customised colours, help the antenna to blend with any retail layout. In addition, Checkpoint’s VisiPlus units can be integrated for bi-directional overhead, wall or post-mounted visitor counting.

The CLASSIC IP STREET was also designed with feedback from retailers who expressed the need for a tough, robust solution. With its durable alloy construction, slim design and large aisle width detection, the CLASSIC IP STREET is ideal for retailers seeking a sturdy system with the added benefits found in the CLASSIC IP range.

Both antennas within this stylish CLASSIC IP range offer retailers remote support for fast, streamlined service and maintenance.

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