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Ben Lockhart
Ben Lockhart, CFE, CFI
was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for Wireless Vision, LLC. Wireless Vision operates 130 T-Mobile branded locations throughout the US. Ben has spent almost five years with T-Mobile, holding the positions of Manager, Retail Loss Prevention, Divisional Manager, Retail Loss Prevention, and Senior Manager, Loss Prevention. Ben has also held loss prevention positions with Toys "R" Us, Home Depot, Wilsons Leather/LP Innovations, and Kmart Corporation. Congrats Ben!
Rob Skavery was named Director of Loss Prevention, Risk Management & Safety for Ashley Furniture. Before joining with Ashley Furniture, Rob spent over two and a half years at PetSmart as a Regional Loss Prevention and Safety Manager. Rob also spent time at Progressive Logistics Services and Home Depot holding the positions of Project Manager and Group Asset Protection Manager respectively. Rob got his start in the LP field at Target, where he spent over 12 years as a District Asset Protection Team Leader. Congrats Rob!

20% of IT staff admit to accessing unauthorized executive data and roaming corporate networks unchecked - The insider threat - privacy issues - and a host of other problems. The survey found that 39% of IT staff can get unauthorized access to their organization's most sensitive information - including the CEO's private documents - and one in five has already accessed data they shouldn't have. As IT professionals 68% believe they have more access to sensitive information than colleagues in other departments such as HR, finance and the executive team - leaving companies wide open to data breaches from the inside. The study found that, if they thought their job was at risk, 11% of respondents would abuse their administrative rights to snoop around the network to seek out the redundancy list and other sensitive information. If laid off tomorrow, 11% said they would be in a position to take sensitive information with them. Nearly a third claimed their management does not know how to stop them either. What are you doing to prevent this loss? (Source

Tyco Global Accounts: Leveraging cooperation for customers Since its inception five years ago, Tyco Integrated Global Accounts has morphed from a sales-focused organization to a program that offers "complete operational management," says Renae Leary, senior director, global accounts. And how will the pending split between ADT and Tyco Integrated Security affect this group? Leary said her group will not be affected by that split. (Source

NRF trying to block $6.2B settlement between Credit-card issuers and merchants because it prohibits merchants from filing suits over swipe fees in the future and does not address the higher online charges The NRF is not a party to the suit, so it says it is unsure whether it or any other outside group will be allowed to intervene in the settlement or if the case will qualify as a class action. "The settlement should include measures to reform the system that Visa and MasterCard use to set fee structures that credit-card issuers then agree to follow", Duncan says. The goal of the antitrust suit is to introduce competitive pressures to bring down costs and make the fees transparent. However, the settlement doesn’t do that and it includes a provision that prohibits merchants from filing a suit over swipe fees in the future. "The settlement cements the card networks’ cartel-like system and frees them to raise rates in the future without the possibility of restraint or litigation," he says. (Source

RILA's Loss Prevention update
. As the summer months come to a close, RILA's loss prevention committees have been busy closing out summer initiatives and beginning to prepare for a busy fall season. RILA released an update today that gives information on what's happened the last few months, as well as giving a peek into what people can start to look forward to with fall just around the corner.  (Source RILA)

Mobile payments could exceed $1.3 Trillion by 2017 The report, Mobile Payments Strategies: NFC, Remote Purchases & Money Transfer 2012-2017, found that growth would primarily be driven by sales of physical goods by both remote purchases and NFC transactions. (Source

Twice as many credit card fraud cases involve phone or online transactions than retail sales Researchers found that sophisticated counterfeit rings have raised the stakes for merchants over the most recent twenty month survey period. They reported an increase in "skimming," and thieves test stolen credit cards online before shopping in public. A recent survey shows that nearly a quarter of reported credit card problems involve fraudulent transactions. (Source

DEA revoking two CVS stores in Florida's licensees for inappropriately filling prescriptions for oxycodone However, CVS contends the high volume of oxycodone and other prescription painkillers from the two stores in Sanford, Florida, arose because they were busy pharmacies, being close to Interstate Highway 4 - with one store operating 24 hours a day. (Source

Nordstrom to join the Canadian Push with announcing store plans for Canada. Officials from the department store chain and Cadillac Fairview are scheduled to announce Canadian store plans at a media briefing in Toronto on Thursday. According to previously published reports, the Seattle-based retailer is expected to open in four locations, including a trio of prime Sears Canada locations set to be shuttered this fall. (Source

Microsoft plans to open 32 new retail locations in time for the holiday season In 2011, Microsoft said it planned to open 75 stores over the next three years. Nearly all of the locations announced Monday are near Apple store locations, and this is apparently by design. (Source

Follow up to yesterday's shooting death at Cameron Village Shopping Center in Raleigh, NC - female employee of Pier 1 Imports The 42 year old female employee was shot and killed by her ex-husband in the parking lot when she reported to work. The ex-husband committed suicide a short time later. Friends, co-workers and other retailer's workers were scene leaving flowers at the Pier 1 front door. The couple leaves behind three children. (Source

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Texas-area pharmacies are seeing a rise in smash-and-grab burglaries
. Although it's unclear why, Walgreen's has become the prime target to drive-thru pharmacy robberies. 18 pharmacies in Austin and 20 drive-thru pharmacies in Houston have been hit since the beginning of the year.  (Source

Shoplifter threatens Home Depot staff now facing robbery charges. A shoplifter attempting to steal $350 worth of lithium-ion batteries was stopped inside the Home Depot store in Watchung, NJ. When the Associates attempted to make the stop, the shoplifter said he had a gun and threatened the workers. The shoplifter was taken into custody and no weapon was found. (Source

Miami cell phone store Smashed but little Grabbed. Thieves smashed a stolen car through the front of a Wireless Toyz store in North Miami, but got away with very little. The inventory is mostly pre-paid cell phones and was secured in the rear of the store. The store manager planned on opening the store as usual. (Source

Radio Shack armed robber found hiding on a patio. An armed man robbed a Riverside, California Radio Shack and fled just as police officers arrived, leading to a pursuit through an apartment complex where the suspect allegedly threatened to kill a resident before surrendering. A man armed with a pistol rushed into the store and demanded money and merchandise, which he stuffed into a backpack. A witness called police during the robbery, and officers arrived within a minute, pulling up as the bandit was fleeing the store. With the help of a police dog, the suspect was found hiding on the patio of the apartment he tried to enter. (Source

Disturbed suspect attempts suicide after failed robbery attempt at a Wichita Walmart Neighborhood Market. An armed man tried to rob the pharmacy of the Walmart Neighborhood Market, but ran out of the store when police arrived. When approached by police, the suspect cut his throat and wrists with a sharp object. The suspect was arrested, a handgun was recovered and taken to the hospital were his wounds were believed to be critical. (Source


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Canada's Biggest Retail Loss Prevention Event. Mississauga, ON - International Centre. September 11-12. Click here for more information.

ASIS International UK Chapter, Autumn Meeting. Sept. 12, 2012 Bank of America, Canary Wharf

NRF Loss Prevention - Executive Summit 2012. Sept. 18-19, 2012. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg - Chicago, IL

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CLEAR's 3rd Annual Training Conference, Dallas, TX. Sept. 18-20, 2012. Learn more here.

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

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Dallas Show Warehouse LP helps Prince George's County, MD Police shut down fencing operation The Prince George's County Police received a tip from a DSW LP officer that led to them shutting down a fencing operation run out of a Beltsville hair salon. They netted $20,000 in stolen property taken from local retailers. For more information contact 301-772-4710. A press release is due later today. (Source

Four more found guilty in 14-state $2M+ federal identity theft ring in Minnesota that hit retailers and financials institutions. The defendants were among 28 people charged in the conspiracy. The other 24 defendants pleaded guilty in the case. Wicklund, who has been investigating the case since Labor Day weekend of 2008, said of the $2 million in fraudulent checks, around $50,000 turned up at stores in northern Minnesota, which includes Brainerd and Baxter. Through their places of employment, some members of the theft ring stole the identification information of customers and others, providing it to co-conspirators who then used it to create false identification documents, such as driver’s licenses and identification cards, along with counterfeit checks. Information was stolen through other means as well, including mail theft, vehicle break-ins, and business burglaries. Some was even purchased from other criminals. The defendants face a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and a mandatory minimum consecutive penalty of two years in prison for identity theft. (Source

Multi-state credit card scam comes to an end in Franklin, Tennessee. Bond has been set at $1 million dollars for two Ohio suspects who were pulling off a high end, multi state credit card fraud scam. Twenty seven credit cards were recovered along with over $70,000 of merchandise. (Source

Two busted on shoplifting spree in Jackson, MI. Police stopped them after they hit Kohl's, Deb Shops, Best Buy, and Target. (Source

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Vendor Spotlight

3VR Opens Video Intelligence Platform for
Integration with Hardware Partners

Intransa First Third-Party Hardware Manufacturer To Certify 3VR’s Video Management Software

San Francisco – Sept. 10, 2012 – 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that it is opening up its Video Intelligence Platform for integration with select hardware partners for the first time. This is a first for 3VR’s Video Intelligence Platform as its Video Management Software (VMS) has only been available for use with its own Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and Hybrid NVRs in the past.

Intransa, the physical security infrastructure and services company, marks the first implementation of 3VR’s Video Intelligence Platform with a third-party hardware provider. Intransa customers now can augment their existing hardware infrastructure with 3VR’s VMS suite of forensic search and analytics solutions to solve crimes faster, reap significant business intelligence from their video assets and reduce IT integration headaches.

Today’s announcement is consistent with 3VR’s open platform philosophy. 3VR already has certified partnerships with leading camera manufacturers, data integration partners such as access control and POS systems and analytic developers.

"We wanted to give our customers more choices and flexibility in how they deploy our software," said 3VR CEO Al Shipp. "By opening up our software platform to premium select hardware vendors such as Intransa, we allow 3VR customers to optimize their network security infrastructure while still taking advantage of 3VR’s powerful forensic search engine, case management, and wide range of video analytics."

3VR has been SELECT certified as an option for Intransa’s server, storage and appliance platforms. Customers of Intransa’s video-optimized VideoAppliance, EnterpriseServer and EnterpriseStorage platforms will now be able to leverage 3VR’s VMS without the need for additional hardware purchases.

"Our certified partnership with 3VR enables us to combine our strengths to create a powerful, sophisticated solution that addresses a wide range of project needs, and ultimately offer greater value to our integrators and end users," said Intransa CEO Bud Broomhead.

3VR offers several built-in and premium applications that allow users to manage and bolster the performance of their video assets (mix and match analog, IP, megapixel and PTZ cameras) across thousands of sites.

Local and remote management tools focused on ensuring uptime and maximizing effectiveness include:

  •  OpCenter – Allows customers to quickly view and monitor video from any camera on a single user interface
     including forensic search
  •  Systems Manager – Centralized system administration enables remote or local configuration of 3VR VMS,
     cameras, and 3VR hybrid video recorders
  •  Spot Monitor – Streams a multiplex or cycling display of live video on a separate monitor
  •  Alert Viewer – Stand-alone client software automatically notifies a user via an alert or email when suspicious
     activity, individuals or vehicles are identified
  •  Report Viewer – General reporting feature produces tabular reports of any search query against any 3VR
     analytic to gain valuable business intelligence
  •  Custom Applications – 3VR’s VMS provides users with the unique ability to create tailor-made applications for
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