Web version / Mobile version



LP, AP & IT Security's #1 News Source





















RILA AP Conference

APEX Grocery
Sept. 15-17

2021 GROC Virtual Summit
Sept. 16

RFID Journal LIVE!
Sept. 26-28

GSX 2021
Sept. 27-29

RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit
Sept. 28-29

IAI Midwest Fall Kickoff
Sept. 30

Oct. 5-6

CNP Virtual Summit
Oct. 5 & 7
Oct. 12 & 14

Nov. 7-11

CLEAR Conference
Nov. 16-18

2022 Events

RLPSA Conference
April 10-13

NRF Protect 2022
June 21-23

See More Events








Khristopher Hamlin named Vice President, Asset Protection for Saks OFF 5th

Before being named Vice President, Asset Protection for Saks OFF 5th, Khristopher served as Regional Asset Protection Manager for Nordstrom. Prior to that, he served as a Store Manager for Belk. Earlier in his career, he held multiple LP/AP roles with Macy's, including Security Director and Regional Vice President Of Operations and Asset Protection. He also held LP positions at Hecht's. Congratulations, Khristopher!

See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here   |   Submit Your New Corporate Hires/Promotions or New Position




The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Kroger Calls Out ORC Gangs
Crime Rings, Big Packs and 'Mind-Boggling' Reviews as Kroger Navigates Q2

Retailer joining peers to combat organized theft

A sustained trend toward consumers eating at home, along with increased flexibility in providing them with varied ways to shop, is brightening the sales outlook for Kroger Co., while rising costs, and issues including an uptick in organized retail crime, is putting additional pressures on the bottom line.

CEO Rodney McMullen said supply chain and shrink together were responsible for about half of an 80-basis decrease in profits as a percent of sales during the quarter. And while he said he believed supply chain woes were transitory in nature, shrink was "heavily driven by organized crime, or at least it appears so," and suggested that could be a longer-term issue throughout retail that it would look to address through legislative means and with the support of industry trade groups.

The remark was notable in that Kroger has rarely called out organized crime as a meaningful source of shrink before, although the issue is gaining attention in the larger retail industry.

A National Retail Foundation study published earlier this year indicated items like laundry detergent and personal care items have experienced higher levels of theft during the pandemic, in part because online marketplaces have given thieves an easy means to dispose of the goods, and a larger base of shoppers as online gains popularity with consumers.

Separately, the Retail Industry Leaders Association is rallying support for the IMFORM Consumers Act, legislation introduced in Congress last year designed to increase transparency and accountability for online marketplaces.

"We will go through and do all kinds of process changes to try to minimize shrink," McMullen said, according to a Sentieo transcript. "We are being more aggressive." Christine Wiley, Kroger's general counsel, is also working with some trade associations, he added. winsightgrocerybusiness.com

Post-9/11 Anti-Terror Strategies Being Used to Stop Retail Crime
New York, NY: NYPD intelligence strategies employed after 9/11 are now used to fight everyday crime
In the aftermath of 9/11, New York City law enforcement officials developed a strategy designed to gain intelligence and develop technology to prevent any more attacks. Twenty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, those same strategies and technological advancements are used to solve crimes. The NYPD has made significant technological changes since the destruction of the World Trade Center, adding more cameras, installing license plate readers at points of entry as well as in police cars, and giving their officers smart phones that have access to records and information, officials said. These advances, among others, were developed using federal funding.

Since 2017, the NYPD has spent over $300 million each year on intelligence and counterterrorism, according to the city's independent budget office. The tab for 2021 is also expected to be above $300 million, a spokesperson said.

And since 9/11, the NYPD has stopped 51 terror incidents that have either emanated from New York City or where the city was the target, according to John Miller, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter terrorism. And 25 of those incidents have happened within the last five years, according to Miller. The department's anti-terror tools also are being used to solve more run-of-the-mill crimes.

"The systems that were built with Homeland Security funding in the years after 9/11 are for protecting New York City from the threat of terrorism," Miller said. "We would be remiss, and the federal government fully agrees with this, if we did not use those same tools to fight crime. Our job is to protect life and property and dual use for these tools is a legal and accepted practice." Suspects tracked from 'beginning to the end' NYPD officials were notified of a heist at a luxury retail store in Manhattan on Aug. 20 where $20,000 worth of handbags were stolen. Five men hopped into a stolen Range Rover and fled with the high priced handbags. Investigators used their plate readers to find them hours later on their way to New Jersey using the Lincoln Tunnel. cnn.com

Violent Altercations & Shootings Drive New "Youth Supervision Policy" at Lenox Square in Buckhead
Simon Property Group has established a "Youth Supervision Policy" requiring kids under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or other adult when entering its Lenox Square mall in Atlanta's fashionable Buckhead district after 3 p.m. Effective September 21.

The young shoppers will be required to remain with their adult companions while inside the mall or will be asked to leave.

The unusual policy was installed in response to a spate of shootings that have occurred in this tony shopping center featuring brands such as Prada, Neiman-Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Apple.

Two violent altercations have taken place inside Lenox Square this summer after 3 p.m., one a shooting that involved two 15-year-olds. Six shootings occurred at Lenox Square in 2020, including a homicide that occurred during a fight over a parking space near the entrance to the mall's Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

"This program is in response to feedback from the community and community leaders as the center reinforces its commitment to the community to provide a pleasant family friendly shopping environment," said a statement on Lenox Square's website. chainstoreage.com

Judge blocks enforcement of Florida's 'anti-riot' law
A federal judge on Thursday blocked enforcement of an anti-riot law spearheaded by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in response to nationwide protests last year over racial injustice, saying the legislation likely violated the U.S. Constitution. reuters.com

Minneapolis on Pace For Most Violent Year in a Generation
A surge in gunshots in some areas have put the city on pace for its most violent year in a generation.

After decades of declining violent crime, Minneapolis recorded 84 murders last year, up from about 48 in 2019, and a toll not seen since a dark chapter known as the "Murderapolis" years. The 67 murders so far in 2021 are on pace to surpass that. Four of those killings took place this week in a span of 29 hours, among them one with a 12-year-old victim. A

The murder count represents only a small fraction of gun crimes. Data show a record number of gunshot wounds reported since last year. In the first six months of 2021, Minneapolis surpassed shots fired citywide in all of 2019, according to ShotSpotter activations, shooting reports and other data tracked by local law enforcement agencies. This year is on track to surpass 2020s record-high 9,600 gunfire reports. The past 20 months now account for almost a quarter of the 70,000 gunshot incidents reported in Minneapolis since 2008.

Nearly 90% of the gunfire reports since 2020 came from five neighborhood clusters: Near North, Camden, Powderhorn, Phillips and Central. An analysis of gunfire incidents by census blocks further revealed how specific locations are driving up the citywide numbers.

It's not only violence that lurks in these streets at night. The opioid crisis never loosened its grip. Heroin and meth are easy to find and cheaper than ever. And the pandemic has taken away badly needed social services. "It's like a perfect storm of brokenness." startribune.com

After George Floyd's killing, Minneapolis police retreated, data shows


COVID Update

380.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 41.8M Cases - 677.9K Dead - 31.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 225.5M Cases - 4.6M Dead - 202.1M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
Know of any fallen LP exec? Let's remember & recognize.

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 309   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 396
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Nearly every U.S. county is seeing high COVID transmission

Allowing Employers to Point to a Federal Requirement
Is Biden's vaccine mandate legal? It doesn't matter.
The administration knows employer mandates are likely legal, and it has decided the economic and public health benefits of a requirement are worth the risk of a judicial defeat later.

The administration is frustrated with the damage done by those who remain unvaccinated, Biden said. The goal is to move to save lives and get the economy back on track as fast as possible. And Biden has long taken the position that employers are the ones that can do that.

We've also known for some time that employer vaccine mandates are likely legal, assuming accommodations are provided for those who cannot receive the shot due to a disability or sincerely-held religious belief.

But while some businesses adopted vaccine mandates in recent weeks, others hesitated. Various employment law attorneys have told HR Dive reporters that clients are interested in such policies, but worry about legal challenges.

This newly announced standard is designed to assuage those worries more than assurances from enforcement agencies could.

It's designed to take the onus off employers and allow them to point to a federal requirement. hrdive.com

How OSHA works - and how it'll go about enforcing the 100+ employees vaccine requirement
In the COVID-19 action plan announced by the White House on Thursday, Biden specifically directed OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for the private sector vaccine mandate.

Per the agency, if OSHA determines that "workers are in grave danger" it can bypass the standard procedure and implement an ETS. Once set, the new standard has six months to go through the usual process to become permanent, and can be challenged in an appeals court during that time.

What difficulties will OSHA face in enforcing the vaccine mandate?

Republican lawmakers like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have already vowed to fight the vaccine mandate, so it's likely the ETS will be challenged in court. If challenged, the ETS will remain in effect unless a court specifically blocks it.

The courts will likely have to determine whether the Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives OSHA the authority to broadly mandate vaccines. The Commerce Clause gives Congress the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among states. Abramson said the clause has historically been applied broadly, allowing the government to act when something is affecting interstate commerce, such as COVID-19.
However, disagreements exist over the extent of the powers it grants to Congress, and Abramson said a successful challenge under this clause "would have the strongest impact toward eliminating the ability of the federal government to require broad vaccination mandates."

OSHA's previous role in enforcing pandemic guidelines

OSHA already issued an emergency standard to protect workers in healthcare and related industries from contracting the virus. The June ETS required workplaces to have a written plan to mitigate transmission, provide proper ventilation, implement social distancing, and supply employees with personal protective equipment, among other requirements. It also mandated employers provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated.

OSHA said employers would have 14 days to come into compliance after the June rule took effect, though it did not say how it planned to enforce the rules. news.yahoo.com

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
COVID-19 Response Summary - Enforcement, Updated Sep. 7, 2021
See the numbers of complaints, inspections, responses, closed cases by industry, region, state.

Here Comes The New OSHA Inspectors
Biden wants resources for OSHA to enforce vaccine mandate -White House
President Joe Biden wants the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to have all the resources it will need to enforce the employer vaccine mandate he unveiled on Thursday, the White House said on Friday. reuters.com

FMI says Biden's vaccine mandate raises 'more questions than answers'
On Friday, Jennifer Hatcher, Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President of FMI-The Food Industry Association, noted the organization's concerns with the mandate, while acknowledging its support of vaccines in general.

"Since COVID-19 vaccines became available to the public, FMI and our members have been committed to encouraging food industry employees to receive the vaccine," she said, "but also respected their right to make choices about their own individual health needs and those of their families."

"The announcement yesterday by President Biden of an employer mandate on vaccinations and testing for employees, including fines and penalties for businesses that fail to comply, raises a tremendous number of questions including when the rules will be released; how long businesses have to get their full workforces vaccinated before fines are levied; availability of COVID-19 tests; and whether pharmacies that accept Medicare or Medicaid are covered under the requirement for federally funded health care settings, to name a few. supermarketnews.com

Business Groups Surveying Members Before Responding?
Biden vaccine mandates: Republicans angry, business groups muted
Republicans on Friday vowed to fight U.S. President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandate covering big companies and federal employees, but business groups that often agree with them on issues like taxes are not joining in.

The mandate, which the White House says would cover 100 million U.S. workers and applies to about two-thirds of all U.S. employees, is being written in part by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Within hours of the new measures being announced on Thursday, some lawmakers, state governors and political party officials were threatening lawsuits or pledging to defy it. reuters.com

Businesses had a mixed response to these mandates
Officials at Amazon praised them. The president of the Business Roundtable, a group that includes Chevron, Caterpillar and other large companies, welcomed them. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a neutral statement. And groups representing small and independent businesses expressed concern these mandates would threaten companies' recovery and free enterprise. washingtonpost.com

Majority of Americans Support Vaccine Mandates - With a Few Catches
Most Americans support vaccine mandates for work & schools, poll shows
As President Biden rolls out sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandates, more than half of Americans say they support businesses requiring proof of vaccination to return to the office, according to a CNN poll published Monday.

The poll - conducted by research group SSRS before Biden announced on Sept. 9 he is seeking to compel businesses with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing - shows Americans have warmed up to the idea of vaccine mandates in some cases.

They are more supportive than they were in an April poll of vaccine mandates for office workers (54 percent now), students returning to schools (55 percent) and people seeking to attend a sporting event or a concert (55 percent). Fewer than half of Americans (41 percent) supported vaccine mandates for customers entering a grocery store.

Support for these mandates has risen across the board since April, growing 6 percentage points with regard to students, 8 points regarding office workers and event attendees, and 15 points regarding grocery shoppers," according to CNN. The survey was conducted between Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 online and on the phone among a sample of 2,119 adults.

The poll shows just how polarized the issue has become, with 51 percent of Americans agreeing that requiring proof of vaccination in exchange for the right to perform "everyday activities outside of the home" is "an acceptable way to increase the vaccination rate," while 49 percent felt it was "an unacceptable infringement on personal rights." washingtonpost.com

9 Guards Injured - Vaccine Workers Harassed & Threatened - Vaccine Theft
Armed Security Now Escorting Neighborhood Vaccination Teams
Armed security officers have been used to secure many Covid-19 vaccination sites throughout the country since late 2020 but now, they're going mobile. Since the beginning of the vaccination push, security officers have secured vaccination locations ensuring public safety and preventing the theft of the vaccines.

At least nine security officers since April have been injured during these assignments and on two occasions, security stopped the theft of the vaccines.

But now, private armed security officers are on the move in California, New York and Colorado providing mobile security support for healthcare workers and support staff who have entered a new phase of vaccinating the public.

Daily mobile vaccination units are moving from one neighborhood to another making it easier for those who are elderly, low-income, or without transportation to become vaccinated. Some of these new mobile units have been met with demonstrations, vandalism to vehicles and equipment and several workers have been physically threatened.  privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Vaccine Mandate Lawsuits Begin to Mount
Biden steps into legal fight with vaccine mandates

It could 'contain the virus by spring'

The new measures were immediately met with outrage from a chorus of GOP governors who pledged to challenge the rule in court, arguing the vaccine requirements violate personal freedoms and that businesses should be allowed to set their own workplace standards.

The courts have long held that employers have the right to require vaccines for their employees, but Biden's plan raises questions over whether a president can mandate such requirements for the private sector.

Those challenges could end up halting implementation of the rule, and any lawsuits that find their way to the Supreme Court will be decided by a 6-3 conservative majority.

Lawrence Gostin, a public health law professor at Georgetown University, said Biden is on "rock solid legal ground" because of the powers granted by Congress to the president through the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. Biden's new COVID-19 measures would represent an unprecedented application of that law.

"If there were ever a true emergency situation in our modern history, this is it," Gostin said. "What it will do, if it were fully implemented and quickly, it could boost our overall population vaccination coverage so high that we would have a good chance of containing the virus by the spring." thehill.com

Public employees sue over de Blasio's NYC vaccine mandate

Coronavirus-sniffing dogs unleashed at Miami airport to detect virus in employees

Apple shopper melts down over masks in Miami Beach

More than 4,000 face-mask incidents have been reported to the TSA


Cartels & The Supply Chain
How drug ring hid $1B worth of coke on a single ship

Not only do they drive ORC, operate stores in LA's Garment District, but they're also using our supply chain to bring it in.

The U.S. prosecution of crewmembers of the container ship MSC Gayane is finally over. More than two years after a record 20 tons of cocaine worth $1 billion was found aboard the ship when it docked in Philadelphia, eight seafarers have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. The last defendant, Alexsandar Kavaja, was sentenced Tuesday.

Ever since the record-breaking drug bust on June 17, 2019, industry insiders speaking to American Shipper have marveled at the scale of the smuggling operation and wondered aloud how it was carried out. How was that much cocaine - the weight equivalent of three fully grown male African elephants - sneaked onto one ship when it was underway at sea, not berthed in port? Given the inherently close quarters of shipboard accommodations, how did more of the crew, and for that matter, the captain, not know what was going on?

Of the 22 crew on the ship, more than a third admitted to being involved in the operation and were convicted. "Insufficient evidence to charge the captain or other crewmembers."

The MSC Gayane - a large 2018-built "Neopanamax"-class ship with capacity to carry 11,600 twenty-foot equivalent units - As it sailed southward down the western coast of South America after transiting the canal, it was met on multiple occasions in the Pacific at night by speedboats.

Smugglers in the speedboats loaded duffel bags full of cocaine bricks into nets that were lifted aboard by the crane at the ship's aft that is used to load stores.

The record bust in Philadelphia

When the MSC Gayane arrived at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal, it was met by agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, state police from Pennsylvania and Delaware, and city police from Philadelphia.

While there is no information in the court dockets on whether authorities were tipped off, the scale of the welcoming committee effectively confirms they were. freightwaves.com

Global facial recognition market expected to grow 12 percent to 2025 - report
The substantial growth is expected to be spurred by increasing instances of identity threats, and the necessity of using biometrics to counter them.

According to the new data, during the forecast period, 33 percent of the facial recognition market growth will originate from North America, while Europe will witness the slowest growth between 2019 and 2024. In addition, the U.S., alongside China, UK, Germany, and Japan are expected to remain the largest markets for facial recognition.

In terms of market segments, the new data identifies the most lucrative applications of facial recognition technologies in identification and verification, and the most used type of technology as 3D facial recognition and 2D facial recognition, respectively. biometricupdate.com

Putting Safety First in Warehouses Over Quotas
California legislation targets Amazon, but all warehouses would be impacted

Senate expected to OK AB 701 soon, after earlier approval by Assembly

The legislation is AB 701, doesn't mention Amazon by name. But since AB 701 was introduced earlier this year, it generally has been viewed as a proposal to regulate certain activities in the state's final-mile warehouses, with Amazon particularly in Gonzalez's crosshairs.

Two Senate committees approved the legislation in late August. It is unclear when it will be taken up by the full Senate, but Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retail Association, expects it to be soon. The Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the legislation, and Michelin expects it to pass the Senate. Michelin said she expects that Newsom would sign AB 701 if it passes and he hangs on to his job.

The Senate Judiciary Committee that approved the legislation put together a lengthy document that spelled out both supporters' and opponents' view of what is wrong - and right - with the bill, and by extension, the warehouse sector.

"The bill essentially sets down two key rules and then builds mechanisms around them to make sure they are enforceable," the Judiciary Committee's report said.

Quotas are at the root of the "key rules." One rule in AB 701 is that when a worker is hired, the employee must be given a "written description of all the work quotas to which the worker will be subject, as well as what the consequences will be if the worker fails to meet those quotas," according to the Senate committee summary.

With that list in hand, another key rule can be invoked: that employees can't be expected to meet quotas whose demands would prevent the workers from being able to comply not just with occupational safety rules in general but with permitted rest and meal breaks. freightwaves.com

Tropical Storm Nicholas Charges Toward Gulf Coast
Texas Braces for Up to 2 Feet of Rain as Nicholas Strengthens
Tropical Storm Nicholas was churning toward the Texas coast Monday, a strengthening storm that could reach hurricane status when it slams ashore later today. Nicholas, with sustained winds of 60 mph, was centered about 45 miles southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande early Monday and was headed northwest. Nicholas was forecast to move onshore along the coast of south or central Texas on Monday afternoon or evening.

Whether a hurricane or tropical storm, meteorologists agree that Nicholas will be a rainmaker. Blake forecast Nicholas to pound parts of the middle and upper Texas coastline with 8 to 16 inches of rainfall, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches through the middle of the week. Across the rest of coastal Texas into southwest Louisiana, rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected.

"Considerable" flash and urban flooding, especially in highly urbanized metropolitan areas, was possible, the hurricane center said. River flooding was also a concern. usatoday.com

LinkedIn Expands Professional 'Learning Hub' to More Users
Makes 40 Popular Course Available for Free
LinkedIn is looking to boost its professional education presence once again with the expansion of its professional Learning Hub, launched in beta back in April, to more organizations.

The Learning Hub enables businesses to provide professional development opportunities to their employees, and uses LinkedIn's data insights to help highlight relevant skills path and career development opportunities. socialmediatoday.com

Wegmans will open three new stores in 2022

10 questions to ask your vendors at GSX 2021

Op-ed: As employees jump ship, employers need to be flexible to keep workers


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

VP, Asset Protection job posted for Bath & Body Works in Columbus, OH
The Vice President, Asset Protection is responsible for leading all areas of Asset Protection including the Corporate Office, logistics and distribution center network and North American retail stores network. Responsible for AP enterprise direction and strategy with a goal of minimizing shrink, reducing loss, and maximizing security and associate safety. careers.bathandbodyworks.com

Director, Safety job posted for Southeastern Grocers in Jacksonville, FL
This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing purpose-directed occupational safety and health programs designed to minimize the frequency and severity of customer and associate accidents, while complying with applicable regulatory requirements. This leader is the subject matter expert on all safety matters and will be the support resource for all internal and external business partners.  corporate-segrocers.icims.com

Dir. Compliance & Risk Mgmt job posted for the Marine Corps in Oceanside, CA
The incumbent serves as the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Camp Pendleton/Barstow Compliance and Risk Management Division Director who is responsible for coordinating and implementing policy and a compliance and risk management framework across MCCS. usajobs.gov

Mgr, Corp. Security Life & Safety job posted for Ross Stores in New York, NY
The Manager of Corporate Security & Fire/Life Safety is responsible for promoting the Loss Prevention key objectives through ensuring the safety, security, and protection of company assets within the corporate environment. This position will effectively lead, manage and support the security and life safety program for the corporate offices to include physical security, fire and life safety, alarm response, access control, visitor's control, CCTV, etc. jobs.rossstores.com

Last week's #1 article --

In-Store Mask Rage Continues
Woman in supermarket recorded intentionally coughing without a mask, following other customers around Nebraska store
A woman was caught on camera appearing to deliberately cough inside a supermarket without a face mask on, in a city where an indoor mask mandate is in place.

It was originally posted to Reddit by user Jessabird earlier this week, who said she was with her kid at a supermarket in Nebraska when the woman allegedly approached them and asked why they were wearing masks.

In the video, the woman is seen walking towards the video recorder and coughing multiple times in their direction. You can watch the interaction in the tweet below, posted by @RoBeastRo, who tells KRON4 that the video was taken by his daughter's mother.

She then starts coughing openly in the supermarket and says it's her allergies, according to the video. Jessabird said an employee tried to intervene and the woman walked away, but Jessabird alleges that the woman followed her around the store afterward. kron4.com

All the News - One Place - One Source - One Time
Thanks to our sponsors/partners - Take the time to thank them as well please.
If it wasn't for them The Daily wouldn't be here every day for you.







LPRC Anti-Sweep Offender Feedback Survey: Tally Smart Shelf

Tally's smart-sensing pad perceived by offenders as 'difficult to defeat'
and a 'highly effective crime prevention technology'

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) conducted a series of in-person survey interviews in the Gainesville, Florida Innovation Lab in order to better understand the impact of an anti-sweep technology on retail offenders: The Tally Smart Shelf. This research was conducted with several high-loss and ORC (organized retail crime) vulnerable items: Tide detergent, Similac infant formula, and Red Bull energy drinks. The LPRC collected data from 10 active shoplifting offenders. This report details the results of these surveys.

Summary of Key Findings - 'See It, Get It, Fear It'

While only 20% of offenders (2 people) were aware of the Smart Shelf before being prompted, 100% were deterred by it to some degree, with 50% reporting that they'd steal fewer items, and 50% reporting that they'd avoid theft from the device altogether (see Table 1).

The Tally Smart Shelf

The Tally Smart Shelf is a smart-sensing pad that communicates with the Tally platform to give instant alerts as product is removed from the shelves. There are three main benefits as advertised by Tally Retail Solutions:

  • The Smart Shelf is designed to act as a deterrent to offenders without restricting access to honest customers. If too much product is taken at one time, a series of customizable alerts can triggered, such as audible store pages, emails, and text messages. The Smart Shelf also takes live video of the incident for review.

  • The Smart Shelf can also help track inventory and give alerts when products are running low, out-of-stock, or when items need to be shifted forward on the shelves.

  • Since there are no additional tags or fixtures on the products themselves, the Smart Shelf does not add additional work to store employees. Once installed, the Tally software detects the presence of an item and gives automatic, real-time alerts.

For a full copy of the LPRC report, email Sean Ryan at sean.ryan@tally.solutions





Post-COVID Surge in Cyberattacks?
With the End of the Pandemic in Sight, Enterprise Defenders Worry About a Surge in Cyberattacks
Slightly more than half of enterprises surveyed for Dark Reading and Omdia's "2021 Enterprise Security in a Post-Pandemic World" report indicated they
expect cyberattacks to increase in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With pandemic-restrictions easing and businesses reopening their offices, many security professionals are concerned about a possible surge in cyberattacks. Enterprise defenders expect attackers will continue to target remote access technologies and vulnerabilities in cloud environments, and they worry their defenses are inadequate to withstand the threat. In response to Dark Reading and Omdia's recently published "
Enterprise Security in a Post Pandemic World" report, 51% of enterprise security professionals said they expect cyberattacks to increase "slightly" or "significantly" as the restrictions lift. Only 28% expect attack volumes to remain unchanged. Part of the anxiety appears to be tied to the massive surge in ransomware attacks over the past year and a half as attackers targeted vulnerable remote access infrastructures and enterprise networks. darkreading.com

New Entrant into the Ransomware Game
Groove Ransomware Gang Tries New Tactic to Attract Affiliates

The threat group, which leaked some 500,000 credentials for Fortinet SSL VPN devices, views ransomware as just one way to profit from compromised networks, experts say.

In the seemingly
never-ending lineup of new entrants to the ransomware space is "Groove," a criminal outfit that a trio of security vendors this week described as bringing a new approach to profiting from compromised networks.

In one of its first acts,
the threat group publicly leaked for free a set of nearly 500,000 user names and credentials associated with some 87,000 Fortinet FortiGate SSL-VPN devices. Researchers from McAfee, one of the three vendors that reported on the new operation - the other two are Coveware and Intel417 - described the act as likely designed to attract the attention of other cybercriminals to the new Groove operation.

"We believe that
Groove has done this to empower other threat actors and aspiring cybercriminals to step into the scene," says John Fokker, principal engineer and head of cyber investigations for the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team. "The VPN credentials can offer an easy way into a network. By disclosing this data freely, it can allow any threat actor - skilled or nonskilled - a way into a corporate network."

"While [the vulnerable devices] may have since been patched,
if the passwords were not reset, they remain vulnerable," Fortinet warned in an advisory this week. Even if organizations have upgraded their devices since the vulnerability was disclosed, they still need to have reset user passwords after the upgrade or they likely remain vulnerable to compromise via the previously exposed VPN credentials, Fortinet said.

The Fortinet VPN credentials were leaked via
a new underground forum called RAMP that appears to have been created by the former administrator of the Babuk ransomware operation. The forum seems designed to give ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operators an underground platform for advertising and selling their malware to other criminal affiliate groups. Some of the bigger forums that previously used to allow this activity had banned it after the massive ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline in May. This attack generated widespread concern - from the White House down - and prompted several underground forums to distance themselves from ransomware activity while the heat cooled down. darkreading.com

Cyber Attackers Targeting Airlines?
Cybersecurity seen as growing risk for airlines following 9/11

'We must stay ahead of emerging security threats,' says aviation official, noting measures taken in past 20 years to help prevent further attacks

From the gradual shift to electronic tickets to the management of jet fuel,
even more aspects of aviation go through digital channels now than they did two decades ago.

"We must stay ahead of emerging security threats," Walsh said. "To do this effectively, we need to
take a more integrated approach on things like cyber risks, drones, and insider threats."

New entry points

The embrace of digital technology has
created new opportunities for trouble, with hackers able to penetrate systems through suppliers' software, online services or WiFi offered to passengers.

A realm of potential vulnerability is the
communication system between pilots and air traffic controllers, said Pablo Hernandez, a researcher at Innaxis Research Institute. The conversations "are open and they're not encrypted or confidential," he said. "Anyone with the right radio can join into this conversation."

The airline industry benefited from the 2014 creation of an information sharing body, Aviation ISAC, focused on cybersecurity, said United's DeFiore.

She considers
cyberattacks an emerging risk throughout aviation that needs to be taken seriously by everyone from air safety directors to maintenance teams. timesofisrael.com

Balancing Security & Privacy with Customer Experience
Mobile app creation: Why data privacy and compliance should be at the forefront
In today's mobile app landscape, providing customers with the most tailored and personal experience possible is essential to edging out competitors. But creating such a custom-made experience requires collecting personal data - and when considering the criticism massive tech companies are garnering for their misuse of sensitive information - mobile app developers must prioritize data privacy and compliance.

Furthermore, the consequences of data breaches - including financial losses, operational downtime and reputational damage - continue to grow in severity. Financial damages (as fines) are potentially heavy burdens. And while a damaged reputation cannot be measured exactly, the possibility of losing customers due to suboptimal data security could result in the company's ruin.

A user's personal data can be anything from their user name and email address to their telephone name and physical address. Less obvious forms of sensitive data include IP addresses, log data and any information gathered through cookies, as well as users' biometric data.

Any business whose mobile app collects personal information from users is required to have a Privacy Policy. Regardless of app geography or business domain, there are mandatory regulations such as the GDPR, the CCPA, and the PDPA, as well as Apple, Google and Android guidelines that ensure accountability and user data privacy. Some apps do not directly collect personal data but instead use a third-party tool like Google Analytics - they, too, need a Privacy Policy.

Another key aspect of mobile creation is understanding that privacy and security compliance is dynamic and ever-evolving. More user information will most likely need to be collected as new features get added. The app must be designed to react to regulation changes, nullified user consent, erased data, or revoked permission - all while keeping the user experience consistent. helpnetsecurity.com

Only 8% of orgs with web apps for file uploads have adequate cybersecurity


Register Now for the 2021 RH-ISAC Summit - September 28-29

Hey LP/AP senior: If your retailer is a member you might want to consider attending yourself or sending one of your team members who works with cybersecurity on investigations or e-commerce fraud.

Especially now with the increased ransomware attacks and data beaches and the corresponding increased attention from law enforcement. Cross pollinating and building those relationships could pay off long term. 
Register here






Online Holiday Shopping Means More Fraud
The Fake Product Dilemma That All Of Us Have Faced
The idea of fraudulent activity is
made easier online as there is little to no security cover as the order locations vary from country to country. Many fraudulent sellers only work outside of their country to have the freedom of being legally tied to fraud.

As the Holiday Season is coming through with full flex, the budget is readily available for the fraudulent companies to exploit and a report put together by the Red Points states that
there is a 56% certainty for a consumer to have bought into a fake item over the course of the season.

While many realize that there is a problem from their own side, there is an estimated
40% who believe that it is the responsibility of the brand or the online site manager to remove such fraudulent items from their profile.

However, the details of the survey revealed surprising results as there was little credibility for the issue to be from consumer side. There was more of the scales tipped towards a lack of presence of mind from the customer as
25% of those surveyed realized well before purchasing the product that it was a counterfeit or a scam. Whereas, only 18% of the surveyed were unsure of whether the product was a scam or not and only 6% had no clue as to the nature of the product.

The survey took a deeper look across the board and realized that there was a distribution across forms of the market where the fraud was taking place. The newly introduced social media platform shops had the highest with 35% as a result of lack of regulations and pre-set commandments to stop it from happening.
There was an estimated 25% fraudulent markets over the internet and already established eCommerce stores were at the lowest with a mere 17% of products being fake, and the number is being reduced everyday as a result of their due diligence.

The survey extended to finding out what the users would do to rectify their mistakes and concluded that
only 52% ask for a refund of their amount, while 47% turn to the platform to notify the managing authorities and other users to steer clear of these frauds. Some decided to user it anyway while some took to the ever threatening and reputation tarnishing social media platforms.

There were certain suggestions to brands and users at the end of the survey. For brands it revolved around, getting authenticated and using only authenticated email addresses to approach the audience and gave the 200 participating users to keep an eye out for such businesses. digitalinformationworld.com

Criminals Target PayPal: Will PayPal Patents Stem the Tide?
While the value of stolen card credentials has dropped,
the value of PayPal credentials has skyrocketed by 194%. For a recent project, Mercator reviewed patents submitted by a range of payments-related and high-tech firms, which included PayPal.

The PayPal book of patents stood out for the large number that were specific to authentication, account protection, and even detecting abusive accounts (US-2021201395-A1). Now we know why and need to hope banks are monitoring for unusual PayPal activity on accounts they hold:

"Accounts for PayPal are more lucrative than credit cards, according to Bischoff. Based on Comparitech's research, the average price of a PayPal account on the dark web is $196.50, with an average account balance of $2,133.61. This figure means that buyers pay around 9.2 cents per dollar in the account. For 2021, the price of this type of account rose by 194% compared with the study from eight months ago.

The cost of a PayPal account varies based on type. An individual account costs $161.59 on average, a Premier account costs $186.31 on average, and a business account costs $246 on average."

Public warned of online shopping scams







Albuquerque, NM: APD arrests four serial shoplifters in Home Depot Operation
Albuquerque police arrested four suspected shoplifters during an undercover sting at two Home Depot locations across the city. It centered around two hardware stores over the past few days and one of the suspects is accused of being a serial shoplifter who detectives were looking for. APD's Organized Crime Unit were on the lookout for five serial shoplifters at the Home Depot locations on Renaissance Blvd. in northeast Albuquerque and the other on the west side off Coors. On Friday, Sept. 10 police arrested Michael Johnston, police said he recently shoplifted $2,500 worth of tools and air compressors - and they caught him as he pulled into the Home Depot parking lot, in the same car used in all his previous shoplifting crimes. During the Home Depot operation - detectives also arrested three other shoplifting suspects: James Breslin, Salvador Jaramillo and Raymond Rodriguez. Rodriguez had a warrant for his arrest after violating his conditions of release in another case where he allegedly stole more than $3,000 of fiber optic cable in June and a judge released him.

Serial shoplifters hitting big box retail stores in Albuquerque has been an ongoing problem. "This is not about shoplifting this is not about teenage delinquencies, this is about a very profitable industry that is now funneling and fueling other criminal activity like human trafficking and gang activity," said Hector Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General. In July, Balderas announced a new partnership with Albuquerque police and private businesses to curb retail crime. kob.com

Shreveport, LA: Man caught on camera stealing items from Shreveport business on 2 different occasions
Investigators need your help tracking down a man who was seen on video twice stealing items from Academy Sports in Shreveport. The thefts happened on July 24 and July 26 in the 200 block of East Bert Kouns. According to the Shreveport Police Department, on two different occasions, store security cameras show a man hiding merchandise and then walking out of the store without paying. The man was seen driving away in a silver-colored Toyota Camry.

Clearwater, FL: $45K in candles, fragrances stolen from Bath & Body Works
Clearwater police have charged three women with a large-scale theft after saying they helped steal thousands of dollars worth of goods from locals. Bath & Body Works place. According to police, a 35-year-old resident of St. Petersburg. Clemetra Lamar, 25; 32-year-old Krashanta Barnes is part of a group of people who stole $ 15,000 worth of merchandise from Countryside Mall stores. Police believe the group also stole about $ 30,000 worth of goods from elsewhere in Tampa Bay. The group is said to have targeted candles, fragrances and body sprays for theft.

Bonneville County, ID: Sheriff's Department investigating a sharp increase of credit card fraud and ID Theft

Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Stealing Car Parts, Bourbon, And Electronics From Railroad Cars

View ORC Archives

Case Goes Public?
Share it with the industry

Submit your ORC Association News

Visit ORC
Resource Center




Shootings & Deaths

Anaheim, CA: Man, 24, arrested in fatal, unprovoked stabbing of a Security Guard in Anaheim
Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing a security guard to death. It happened just after 10 p.m. Friday last night outside a strip mall on Lincoln Avenue. Police say Andrew Isaiah Godinez, a 24-year-old transient from the area, attacked and killed Joseph Paul Gomez, 46, a Tustin resident. Gomez was working at the site as a security guard. They say the attack was unprovoked. The victim died later at the hospital and the suspect was arrested near the scene.

Omaha, NE: One person killed, another critically injured in parking lot at Westroads late Sunday
A person was fatally shot in a parking lot at Westroads Mall late Sunday night, and another person was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to a Douglas County 911 dispatcher. Police were called to the lot outside Dick's Sporting Goods just after 11 p.m. to investigate reports of a shooting, the dispatcher said.

Atlanta, GA: Teen charged with murder in double shooting at shopping center
An Atlanta teenager is dead and his 17-year-old accomplice faces a murder charge after an auto break-in led to an exchange of gunfire Friday afternoon outside a busy Buckhead shopping plaza, authorities said. The double shooting happened about 4 p.m. when a man returned to the parking lot of the Peachtree Battle shopping center and found someone inside his Jeep SUV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Police said the two teens were breaking into the car when the vehicle's owner came out of a store and confronted them. That confrontation escalated to gunfire, and both suspects were shot, Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said. Authorities have not said who fired first. Dontavious Cobb, 19, of Atlanta, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. His alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Coby Senior was wounded, but managed to run away. Police believe Senior may have fired his own gun at the SUV's owner as he fled.

Atlanta, GA: Woman dead after argument leads to triple shooting at c-store
An argument outside an Atlanta convenience store spiraled into a triple shooting that left a woman dead early Sunday morning, according to police. Two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the shooting, which happened outside the Food Mart in the 1200 block of Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta police said in a statement. An officer on patrol in the area went to the convenience store after he heard multiple gunshots ring out about 2 a.m., police said. When he arrived, he found the three victims.

Memphis, TN: Man shot to death inside Whitehaven gas station after argument
Police are investigating after they said a man was found shot to death at gas station in Whitehaven. Officers were called to a shooting just after 10:00 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of E. Shelby Drive, near Tulane. Investigators said a man was found shot to death inside the station. Investigators said it appears the shooting started with an argument.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Mission Viejo, CA: Man In Orange Wig Holds Up Nordstrom Store At Gunpoint
A man Sunday was on the run after robbing a luxury department store in the Mission Viejo area. An armed man held up the Nordstrom store after closing time. One associate suffered minor injuries. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Santa Barbara County, CA: Suspected Roof Top Masked Burglar Arrested at North Milpas Jewelry Store
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday to reports from community members of a suspected masked burglar allegedly trying to use power tools to enter the roof of a jewelry store on North Milpas Street. The suspect, 37-year-old Santa Barbara resident Joel P. Morelos, attempted to flee after officers arrived, according to Ethan Ragsdale, public information officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Morelos allegedly tried to escape through an air vent into a neighboring business. Officers were eventually able to gain access to the roof and arrest Morelos.

Washington, DC: DC Man Gets 10-Year Term For Armed Robberies Of 7-Eleven, Subway

Villa Rica, GA: 20-year sentence handed down in AT&T store robbery

Hot Springs, AR: Man sentenced to 18 years for robbing HS convenience store

UK: Teesside, England: Romanian smash-and-grab gang steal more than $215,000 of devices from phone shops




C-Store - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
C-Store - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Dover, DE - Burglary
Dollar General - Pueblo, CO - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Ocean Springs, MS - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Gas Station - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Saugerties, NY - Robbery
Grocery - Pasadena, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Santa Barbara County, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - West Nyack, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Garner, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Seattle, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Moreno, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Liquor - Pueblo, CO - Armed Robbery
Nordstrom - Mission Viejo, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Nassau County, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

Click to enlarge map



Rick Trego named Multi-District Asset Protection Leader for CVS Health

Submit Your New Hires/Promotions or New Position






Featured Job Spotlights


Help Your Colleagues By Referring the Best

Refer the Best & Build the Best

Asset Protection Lead
Hudson Valley, NY - posted September 13
Responsible for protecting the assets of the company and ensuring a safe environment for our employees and customers. Utilizes the tools and resources available to initiate and follow through on internal investigations. Work closely with store management to increase LP awareness

District Loss Prevention Manager
Macedonia, OH - posted September 9
The District Loss Prevention Manager develops and implements the Loss Prevention program for their market. The DLPM is responsible for driving results through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash variance and operational compliance...

District Asset Protection Manager
Burlington, MA - posted September 1
The District Asset Protection Manager is responsible for mitigating safety and security related risks for the organization through the implementation of programs, procedures, policies and training. This role promotes a safe store environment while addressing and minimizing loss caused by shrink, theft and fraud in assigned stores, across multiple locations...

LP Manager - Distribution Center (Temporary)
Carteret, NJ - posted August 20
As we commence relocating our operations to our brand new facility in Piscataway, NJ you will be assigned to the Carteret location to insure company Loss Prevention and Operational compliance are met. You will work with the Piscataway Loss Prevention Manager as well as the Director of Loss Prevention and Distribution Management in maintaining a safe and secure facility as operations are transferred...

Seasonal Asset Protection Associate
Charlotte, NC - posted August 10
The Asset Protection Associate (APA) is responsible for the detection, apprehension, or deterrence of customer and associate activity that could result in a loss to Ralph Lauren. APAs are also responsible for ensuring a safe environment for all customers, associates, and vendors...

Corporate Security Manager
Calabasas, CA - posted August 13
The Corporate Security Manager will, among other things, (a) be responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment for our employees, vendors, and visitors, (b) develop, manage, execute and continuously improve corporate security processes and protocols, and (c) lead a team of security specialists at our corporate offices...

Area Loss Prevention Manager
Pittsburgh, PA and/or Cleveland, OH - posted July 30
Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building high performance teams that execute with excellence.

Regional Manager LP, Audit & Firearms Compliance
Indianapolis, IN - posted July 21
The Central Regional Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the control and reduction of shrinkage at the stores in their Territory and the company's Distribution Centers. Investigate and resolves all matters that jeopardize or cause a loss to the company's assets...

Senior AP Operations Manager, Supply Chain
Albany, OR - posted July 14
As a Senior Assets Protection Operations Manager (SAPOM), you'll manage a multi-level team comprised of both exempt AP leaders and non-exempt AP Security Specialists responsible for the execution of Assets Protection routines and initiatives to support secure environments and protect Target's profitability...


Featured Jobs

To apply to any of today's Featured Jobs, Click Here

View Featured Jobs   |   Post Your Job



No matter what you do, there's always two sides in every stadium, both supported by their beliefs, convictions and opinions and both equally opposed in their desire to win. While winning is everyone's objective, how you play the game is in actuality more important. Regardless of how the other side plays, one must always remember that afterwards regardless of the win or loss everyone respects the one who played like a professional and gave it their best.

Just a Thought,

We want to post your tips or advice... Click here


Not getting the Daily? Is it ending up in your spam folder?
Please make sure to add d-ddaily@downing-downing.com to your contact list, address book, trusted sender list, and/or company whitelist to ensure you receive our newsletter. 
Want to know how? Read Here

FEEDBACK    /    downing-downing.com    /    Advertise with The D&D Daily