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was promoted to Vice President Operations - Atlantic Canada for Walmart Canada. Prior to his promotion, John worked with Wal-Mart Canada as Vice President Loss Prevention, Risk Management & Aviation, Director of Loss Prevention and the District Manager of Operations. He has also worked at Wal-Mart Puerto Rico as the Country Director of Loss Prevention. In 2006, while working at Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, John was named International Director of the year for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Congratulations John!

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was promoted to Vice President, Loss Prevention, Risk Management & Aviation for Walmart Canada. Chris has been with Walmart Canada for almost eight and a half years, holding titles such as Senior Corporate Counsel and Director of Risk Management. Chris received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University and, as a lawyer with experience in Walmart's legal department, he will make a tremendous impact in his new position. Congrats Chris!

Import cargo up 8.5% at major retailer container ports in Sept. with strong increases expected into the holiday season despite possible labor strike. "Retailers are bringing in more merchandise for the holiday season this year. The question at some ports is whether longshoremen will be on the docks to unload it," NRF VP supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold said. "Regardless of what happens with contract talks, retailers have contingency plans in place to ensure that merchandise reaches store shelves in time and that there is no disruption for shoppers." Let's hope that's the case. Because if they strike and stop shipments retailers will have a real problem this holiday season. (Source retailingtoday.com)

The World Customs Organization estimates that between 5 and 7 percent of all traded goods worldwide are fakes With the EU up 15% last year in seizures hitting 91,000 detained goods, the U.S. up 24% and China the #1 source of counterfeit and pirated goods seized accounting for 62% of all seizures. (Source theepochtimes.com)

Protection 1 acquires IT-centric Integration Logistics Protection 1 has added "deep IT and integrated systems knowledge" with the acquisition of Integration Logistics, a systems integrator based in Newark, Del., Jamie Haenggi, Protection 1 CMO. Pro 1 will launch a new Integrated Systems Division as a result of the purchase, which was announced Sept. 10, the first day of the ASIS show. Former Integration Logistics owners Ken Schafenberg and John Smolinski will lead the new division. All 40 of Integration Logistics’ employees will join Protection 1. The acquisition will greatly expand the offerings for Protection 1’s commercial and national accounts customers, Haenggi said. (Source securitysystemsnews.com)

New California Law Protects Religious Attire at Work The new law may help the case of a Muslim woman who sued Disneyland last month claiming she was fired from a hostess position after refusing to remove her head scarf. A similar incident also reportedly occurred on the Peninsula. Last year, a Foster City woman sued Abercrombie & Fitch for allegedly firing her for wearing a headscarf, saying she was "completely shocked" when she lost her job after she had been working at a retail store at the Hillsdale Shopping Center for four months. Assembly Bill 1964 makes very clear that a dress code that is imposed by an employer must still accommodate religious attire. (Source patch.com)

Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity group goes from 40 in 2008 to 400 this year and they need more! They've been holding cyber boot camps as part of the U.S. Cyber Challenge in different states trying to recruit young "geeks" who they believe will make "valuable soldiers in the battle for cybersecurity." "Nobody would expect you to stick around forever, and lack of a college degree wouldn't necessarily be a deal-breaker." Also like the retail sector one of their main goals is to Strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors, particularly in the area of information sharing. So expect to hear from them anytime. (Source csoonline.com)

Twitter user @AnonymousOwn3r, which is operated by the self-proclaimed "security leader of anonymous," has taken responsibility for the GoDaddy outage yesterday. It impacted the Daily and a number of security related companies that delivered hosted services. GoDaddy's support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in late 2011 likely didn't help its favor in the eyes of Anonymous hackers. The @AnonymousOwn3r Twitter account had been silent for the past four days, and had begun tweeting again minutes before it announced the attack. In its first message posted since Sept. 6, the account declared that it is operated by "the security leader of Anonymous," who is responsible for securing its Internet relay chat, operations and attacks. About 5 pm EST GoDaddy was backonline. Interestingly enough the web developer community was outraged that one of their own, so to speak- a geek, would attack a site that allows them to make a living. (Source csoonline.com)

Mexico cargo theft costing $9B a year in 2009 and has "increased significantly" since then Highway robberies, according to state statistics, have jumped from 962 in 2002 to 3,277 in 2011, with states such as Veracruz registering the highest incidences of theft. Inteligenica Pública has carried out an investigation into cargo theft across the country in order to draw government, legislative and business attention to the issue "before it is too late to do anything about it," said Inteligencia Pública director Marco Cancino. The rising cost of security for transporting goods across the country will become "unsustainable" unless the police, state and national governments act soon, said the director. (Source bnamericas.com)

Wal-Mart customer service manager arrested last week in Tonawanda, NY for stealing a customer's credit card info had been charged with a similar offense while working at the Bon Ton store just a few months earlier Eric A. Martinez, 23, was arrested June 20 at the Sheridan Drive store. Martinez confessed to his crime and said he used the cards to buy iPhones on line to sell them to a store. He admitted to being arrested "up to eight times before" and stealing another Walmart customer’s credit card information for the same purpose. NT detectives are continuing to investigate the case. (Source niagara-gazette.com)

Raleigh, NC - Cameron Village shopping center- store employee shot and killed in parking lot as she arrived at work and the body of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was later found nearby. Nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Her identity hasn't been released. (Source wral.com)

Masked gunman scared off in failed CVS robbery, Witness thought attempt was 'a joke'. Orange County deputies are searching for a man who tried, but failed to rob a CVS store clerk at gunpoint. The robbery attempt happened at the CVS located at 5300 S. John Young Parkway in Orlando. According to deputies, a masked man dressed in all black clothing walked into the store around 2 a.m. Tuesday and pointed a handgun at the store clerk. Deputies said the clerk and customers inside took off running once the weapon was spotted. The gunman then ran out the front door of the store. Deputies tried to track the gunman using a K9, but were unsuccessful. Detectives are looking at surveillance video to get a better description of the culprit. (Source wftv.com)


Rite Aid employee shot during robbery in Washington D.C. A man with a handgun and wearing a surgical mask over his face walked into a Rite Aid drug store in Northeast Washington on Sunday night and shot an employee in the leg. Police said the attack occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. inside the store in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave. A police spokesman said the victim was not seriously injured. (Source wjla.com)




Ducati Motorcycle Showroom robbery stopped by Store Manager in the UK. Six armed suspects attempted to steal a $40,000 Ducati motorcycle, simply by rolling it out the doors of the showroom. The Store Manager and several witnesses came to his defense and stopped the suspects. Good guys win and no one was injured. (Source tntmagazine.com)





Man arrested in Tulsa County, OK for threatening people with sword. The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office arrested a man who allegedly threatened a number of people with a sword inside Barden's Grocery store. Police say 40-year-old John Hopper, who was drunk at the time of the incident, entered the store and began to eat and drink the store's food and beer. According to officials, when Hopper attempted to leave without paying, customers refused to let him go and told him he was under citizen's arrest. Authorities say Hopper then pulled out a sword and a screwdriver and flashed it to customers. Hopper is charged with public intoxication, robbery with a firearm and dangerous weapon and no proof of liability insurance. (Source fox23.com)

 


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Retailers Against Crime expands to Southern Ireland

With over 2000 contacts in the UK, Retailers Against Crime continues to grow its efforts


Retailers Against Crime (RAC) is an established national retail crime partnership in the UK. RAC was launched in 1997 after several retailers based in London got the idea to develop a national information-sharing scheme in Scotland. The idea was to detect and deter criminals who were having a negative impact on their business profitability. At the time of its establishment, RAC had 47 stores involved. Today, it operates in Scotland, Northern Ireland, London, and the North West of England and provides information to 2,500 contacts.

As a public-private partnership using the same model as ORCAs in North America, RAC is a place where members can submit information on crimes or criminals and have it analyzed. Intelligence bulletins are then produced and circulated to members, crime partnerships, and police throughout the UK. For RAC members, there are proven results demonstrating that RAC works in deterring losses in stores and identifying those
RACresponsible. RAC is managed and funded by its members and has offices in Stirling, Lisburn, London, and Carlisle. Any US retailer with stores in the UK might want to consider joining RAC. Visit the website for more information.

On October 17, the RAC will host a meeting that will be the rollout of RAC Ireland as RAC expands to the 26 counties of Southern Ireland. Be on the lookout for the report on this meeting, to be published in the Daily on October 18. For more information regarding this meeting, please visit RAC Ireland's website or email info@retailersagainstcrime.ie.



Fallas Paredes store in Fresno, CA hit for 40-45 pairs of jeans. Monday morning the Fallas Paredes store was hit quickly by two suspects grabbing and running with armfuls of jeans. The video surveillance is being reviewed by Police. No one has been arrested at this time. (Source kmph.com)





Bloomingdales in Northern New Jersey hit for $2400 of True Religion Jeans. 13 Pairs of True Religion jeans were stolen by two suspects at the Willowbrook Mall. The suspects quickly bagged the merchandise and ran for the exit. Bloomingdale’s Loss Prevention is reviewing the surveillance video and believe the suspects may have made previous attempts in the past. (Source northjersey.com)
 

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Axis Introduces First 60 Frames per Second Video Encoder Solution on the Market


AXIS Q7411 is ideal for surveillance applications migrating from analog to IP video
and that value high frame rate, image quality and performance

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – ASIS International Booth #2622 – September 6, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, introduces a strong addition to its video encoder family with the new AXIS Q7411 Video Encoder. This one-channel video encoder with outstanding video processing capabilities up to 60 frames per second (fps) is the perfect solution for analog CCTV installations migrating to IP video. The video encoder, which will be showcased at ASIS International 2012 in booth #2622, is ideal for any application with high demands for frame rate, image quality and performance, such as in casinos, manufacturing plants and law enforcement surveillance solutions.

Support for 60 fps provides smooth video in high motion scenes and enables the user to closely follow details and observe deviations in the monitored area, which is of great importance during forensic investigations. AXIS Q7411 can deliver multiple, individually configured video streams simultaneously at full frame rate in all resolutions, and the video encoder offers highly efficient H.264 video compression format in both Baseline and Main Profiles, affording significant savings in bandwidth and storage. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

"AXIS Q7411 Video Encoder sets a new standard for single-channel video encoding performance," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "This new top-of-the line single-channel encoder complements our existing encoder portfolio and provides unmatched features and quality for about $100 less than our previous Q-Line single-channel encoders. We can thank Moore’s Law and dedication to R&D for that."

AXIS Q7411 supports key IP surveillance features such as two-way audio, configurable I/O ports, edge storage with the built-in microSD/microSDHC memory card slot and Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af). For significant installation savings, the video encoder enables PTZ control over the coaxial cable in addition to standard support for PTZ cameras using the serial ports.

The new video encoder also provides powerful event management capabilities with embedded intelligent video features such as tampering alarm, motion detection and audio detection, in addition to support for AXIS Camera Application Platform.

AXIS Q7411 is supported by AXIS Camera Station video management software as well as the industry’s largest base of application software through Axis’ Application Development Partner program. Furthermore the video encoder includes support for Hosted Video, ONVIF and AXIS Camera Companion, which was recently upgraded to include support for audio, Corridor Format and Public View Monitors.

AXIS Q7411 Video Encoder is expected to be available to order in October through Axis’ distribution channels at the suggested retail price of $499.

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