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The Job Of Security Director Is Expanding: How Does It Impact Technology?

An organization's security director manages a staff of security personnel, implements and enforces security policies and procedures, and generally ensures the safety of personnel and visitors to the organization's premises. Over the years, the role of security director has expanded to include new disciplines such as cybersecurity. More and more, security directors are also taking a "seat at the table" as integral and critical members of a company's management team. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable:
How is the job of "security director" expanding, and what is the impact on technology?

Scott Dunn - Sr. Director Business Development Solutions & Services,  Axis Communications

The motto of security directors everywhere should be "ever forward." Just when we think technology can't develop any more rapidly, it does, and impressive options to add to physical or virtual security stacks emerge every day. As technology shifts, so has the role, and due to those shifts, security directors need to stay on top of new and upcoming technology and create game plans as to how these innovations will best fit into their organizations. The role of security director is equal parts general and strategic advisor, and anyone in this role should be comfortable with the ever-changing definition of what "security" really means. The technological approach to protecting an organization needs to be as flexible as the technology itself, and transformation in the industry should always be embraced.

Read more here

Three Days Away!

October 26 is NRF's Fight Retail Crime Day

The retail industry will come together on Fight Retail Crime Day, an annual event to advocate for effective solutions to combat organized retail crime (ORC).

The surge of theft and violence associated with ORC has racked up over $112 billion in losses for retailers and has a broader impact on the safety of store employees and customers.

Join NRF on Oct. 26 for Fight Retail Crime Day to:

Advocate for policies that promote community safety and address rising retail crime such as the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act (CORCA).

Connect with leading policymakers to help drive change and call for action.

Activate the retail community to spread awareness and recognize lawmakers who support retail as Retail Crime Fighters.

Mark your calendars and learn more at nrf.com/FightRetailCrimeDay.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Theft: 'Full-Blown National Crisis'
Washington Post Opinion: Rising crime affects everyone

By Neil Bradley, Executive VP & Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Petula Dvorak's Oct. 17 Metro column, "Alarm over empty shelves obscures the full picture," missed the mark on the real-world impact of crime on businesses. We have good reason to be alarmed as retail theft has become a full-blown national crisis on an unprecedented scale.

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we increasingly hear from businesses of all sizes affected by crime. Our own surveys, along with surveys by the National Retail Federation and the FBI, point to a dramatic surge in retail crime. Retail theft losses more than doubled since 2019, climbing to $112.1 billion in 2022 from $50.6 billion pre-pandemic.

We are not talking one-time shoplifters stealing out of need but criminal rings pilfering large amounts of goods with the intent to resell, usually online. These crimes increasingly turn violent. According to the National Retail Federation, 80 percent of retailers reported increased incidents of violence in the past year.

Rising crime is especially devastating to small businesses struggling with increasing costs to secure their stores and a dwindling customer base as people avoid crime-ridden areas. No store should have to close because of theft, but, unfortunately, many have.

Congress has made it more difficult for criminals to sell stolen goods online, but state and local laws must be updated to address organized retail crime, and prosecutors must duly prosecute criminals.

There are complex problems contributing to rising crime, including laws that do not address organized theft and prosecutors who won't hold criminals accountable. However, this level of organized crime and looting is not simple shoplifting. At its core is wholesale disregard for the law. washingtonpost.com

Shoplifting Incidents in Minnesota Increased 13%
Will a new state theft task force be the next item on the agenda?

New Minnesota law cracks down on organized retail theft
Police pfficer Charlie Anderson's experiences more than a decade ago led him to start an organized retail crime association that grew into a statewide nonprofit, and he and others in the field have been pushing to change state law to distinguish shoplifting for personal use from stealing with the intent to resell items. After legislative approval last session, Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law.

The new law that took effect in August spells out that a person is guilty of organized retail theft if they're working with at least one other person in "a retail theft enterprise," they previously were involved in at least two separate retail thefts in a six-month period and they attempt to sell the merchandise or return it for anything of value. It increases the penalties compared to other theft.

If stolen merchandise exceeds $5,000, a person who's convicted could receive a prison term of up to 15 years, rather than 10 years. No one had been charged in Minnesota under the new law as of Tuesday, though Anderson said it will take some time for police and prosecutors to build cases.

Local shoplifting trends

Shoplifting incidents across Minnesota, during the first nine months of each year, increased 13 percent from 2021 to 2022 and 2 percent from 2022 to this year at convenience stores, department/discount stores, grocery/supermarkets, shopping malls and specialty stores.

State task force?

During the next legislative session, Nustad said he plans to push for an organized retail crime task force in the state. That would get "prosecutors, financial investigators, law enforcement, retail loss prevention and store owners to all work together to identify these career criminal networks faster than we're doing today," he said.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he, prosecutors from his office and prosecutors from cities in the county are planning training around the new law, developing plans to work with police investigators, and utilizing industry-led resources to help with uncovering organized retail theft operations.'

How organized retail theft works - Locking up merchandise:  twincities.com

Membership-Based Business Model: The Solution to Theft?
Costco is winning the war against retail theft, boasts it's 'not a big issue' as Target and Walmart shutter stores across the country - here's why
Costco isn't losing as much to retail theft as its peers. "Thankfully, it's not a big issue for us," chief financial officer Richard Galanti reportedly told investors last month during the company's earnings call. Here's how one of the largest retailers in the country is circumventing one of the industry's biggest threats to its collective bottom line

According to the CFO, shrinkage was between "0.1% and 0.2%," during the most recent quarter. That's significantly lower than the nationwide average of 1.44%, as reported by the NRF.

Among the reasons Galanti cited for Costco's relatively low shrinkage is the layout of its stores. Because Costco's stores are structured like warehouses, with only a single point of entry or exit, they're less vulnerable to thieves.

But Costco's membership-based business model is one of its strongest defenses, according to Galanti. "You have to show your picture ID when you come into our warehouse," he said, "so the fact that it's member-only is a positive."

Costco items are also relatively more difficult to steal. The chain sells bulk items that are inconvenient for shoplifters. It might be hard to carry out 96 rolls of toilet paper out without someone noticing, for example. Costco goes a step further by packing even small items in large boxes.

However, the chain isn't immune to theft. Costco executives admitted that shoplifting ticked up after they rolled out self-service checkouts three years ago. But the problem hasn't worsened enough to stop the company from continuing to offer the feature. aol.com

Self-Checkout Backlash Continues
Walmart shoppers feel 'treated like thieves' when self-checkout mistakes happen

Walmart uses automated missed-scan detection to reduce theft at self-checkouts.

The tech sends a message to workers monitoring the area when it detects behaviors it interprets as suspicious, which multiple current and former employees told Insider has led to uncomfortable interactions and even hostile confrontations with customers who trigger the system.

Even in cases where theft is suspected, the employees told Insider they are not allowed to accuse customers of stealing. But many shoppers shared experiences in which honest mistakes or technical glitches resulted in them feeling branded as a criminal, whether by store workers, local law enforcement, or even the technology itself.

"We're continuously working on our security processes, and we encourage customers with concerns to let us know," Walmart spokesperson Joe Pennington told Insider. "Our associates are trained to handle these situations professionally and respectfully, ensuring our customers have the best shopping experience possible."

Shopper Daniel Jones told Insider he was "appalled" when his kiosk lit up and began playing security video footage of an alleged missed scan. "Not only did I feel like I was being accused of a crime, I felt confused and upset because I was in my work uniform and other people may see the video playback and think that I'm stealing," Jones said. businessinsider.com

Californians Will Soon See More ORC Takedowns
Placer County gets $2 million grant to combat organized retail theft

The $2 million grant is for the Placer County District Attorney's Office's Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Program.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the grant for the Placer County District Attorney's Office's Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Program. The district attorney's office will use the grant to add a full-time deputy district attorney, a district attorney investigator and a crime analyst.

In Roseville, organized retail theft cases have increased 82% from May 2020 to April 2023, according to a staff report. The district attorney's office has had a 67% increase in cases involving retail theft that are referred for prosecution.

"Placer County is an incredible place to live, own a business, shop, and recreate," Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire said in a statement. "This is why our county continues to be the home for large retail hubs like the Roseville Galleria Mall and its anchor stores, the Rocklin Commons Shopping Center, and all the vibrant small business districts in our cities and towns. It is critical we ensure the continued safety and economic vitality of our growing business community through proactive approaches to retail theft."

"Enough with these brazen smash-and-grabs. With an unprecedented $267 million investment, Californians will soon see more takedowns, more police, more arrests, and more felony prosecutions. When shameless criminals walk out of stores with stolen goods, they'll walk straight into jail cells," California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a previous statement. abc10.com

Los Angeles Theft Task Force: 89 Arrests & $370K Stolen Merchandise
LA County leaders announce progress in organized retail theft crackdown
Five weeks after Los Angeles County leaders announced the creation of a new organized retail theft task force that would go after smash-and-grab thieves, the sheriff's department says it has made progress.

Sheriff Robert Luna, Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Hilda Solis announced at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce that deputies have made 89 arrests and recovered more than $370,000 worth of stolen merchandise.

Business owners across Southern California are reacting to the news, and hoping the task force - which will receive $15.6 million of state funding each year for the next three years - will help reduce crime and help them feel safer. spectrumnews1.com

Retail theft an increasing threat for customers, retailers according to Springfield police

Albany County DA on efforts to prosecute cases involving organized retail theft

Organized retail theft's impact on N.Y.'s local businesses


Let's Get Phygital and Get the Future Retail Party On

By Tony D'Onofrio, President, Sensormatic

Phygital is all about the data created at the intersection of physical stores and ecommerce. As a strategy, it heavily embraces technology to deliver differentiated and memorable consumer experiences. It is the natural evolution of the growing digitization trends around us, heavily embracing smartphones as windows into the shopping journey. This article looks deeper at these trends and provides examples from my European retail store tours.

The Phygital Consumer Wish List

Consumers are becoming much more discerning in their shopping habits.

32% will leave a brand after a bad experience.
71% expect personalized experiences.
76% get frustrated when personalized interactions don't happen.

Personalizing the customer experience was the number 1 technology priority for retailers in the latest RIS News Store Experience Study.

Fully agree with the top three on this list of technology priorities. As I explain in my continuously updated, 'Disruptive Future of Retail' keynote presentation, the challenge for retailers is that consumers walk into stores having done digital homework on product needs and get frustrated quickly if they are unable to find products or knowledgeable sales associates.

Read the full article here

OSHA Allowing Unions at Workplace Inspections
Unions would be allowed at workplace inspections under OSHA proposal
In August, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) proposed a rule that would allow more third parties who could participate in an OSHA inspection.

The rule would allow a representative of the employer and a representative authorized by employees to accompany an OSHA inspector during a walkaround, according to an executive summary. The representative wouldn't be required to be an employee.

The proposal is an amendment of the Representatives of Employers and Employee regulation by removing the requirement that an employee representative must be an employee of the company under inspection. "The representative(s) authorized by employees may be an employee of the employer or a third party."

The existing rule requires the designated representative to be an employee of said company. The proposed rule said the third-party representative would be found "reasonably necessary to conduct of an effective and thorough physical inspection of the workplace by virtue of their knowledge, skills or experience."

Currently, a comment period is open for the proposed rule on the Federal Register. OSHA announced the comment period would be extended to Nov. 13.

Some critics have responded the proposed rule favors organized labor over employers. Employers concerns include property rights, protection of trade secrets and the influence of advocacy groups.  dailyreporter.com

Women Losing Ground in the Retail Industry?
Retailers are replacing their female CEOs with men

'Women are losing ground' in retailing's top C-suite job, according to a Korn Ferry analysis of the past 12 months.

Women CEOs have lost ground in the retail industry, according to a new analysis of recent job changes by executive search firm Korn Ferry. Over the past 12 months, 39 retail CEOs (12 women and 27 men) have been replaced, and in the process, six fewer women were appointed as replacements, said John Long, Korn Ferry's North America retail sector leader based in Dallas.

"It's hard to take a 12-month view and be declarative, but women are losing ground," Long said. "The recent experience is worth watching."

While retail CEO tenure averaged almost six years overall, women's spans were almost 2½ years shorter than men's, Long said. "We have to look at a longer time horizon."

While there's been some affirmative action pushback in recent years, Long said, that's not true for corporate America. "Most companies want to provide opportunities broadly."

The majority (56%) of retail CEO replacements in the past 12 months came from internal candidates, which is contrary to the view that retail is lacking bench strength, Long said. Only 39% have been CEOs before, Long said. "Which shows the willingness of boards to have step-up candidates."  dallasnews.com

Israel-Palestine Conflict Impacting Stores
Starbucks sues worker union, saying customers are 'chastising' the coffee chain and vandalizing stores over pro-Palestinian social media posts

Starbucks said customers are "chastising" the brand and calling for a boycott.

Starbucks and the labor group representing more than 360 of its unionized stores in the US are suing each other over use of the company's name and logos.

The legal battle erupted when, according to Starbucks, the union and a local affiliate representing employees posted or reposted social media messages on X, formerly Twitter, that called for solidarity with Palestine.

In a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed Wednesday, Starbucks accused Starbucks Workers United, and an affiliate, Iowa City Starbucks Workers United, of damaging the brand's reputation. The suit also names Service Employees International Union. The Starbucks union is an SEIU affliate. businessinsider.com

Walgreens to settle Rite Aid investors' merger claims for $192 million
Walgreens Boots Alliance has agreed to pay $192.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit by investors in Rite Aid who accused Walgreens of misleading them in 2017 about scrutiny of the two drugstore chain operators' then-pending merger.

The Rite Aid investors sued Walgreens and its executives over statements they made about the proposed merger between the two major U.S. pharmacy chains, which was first announced in 2015.

The lawsuit accuses Walgreens of downplaying scrutiny from U.S. antitrust regulators starting in October 2016. Walgreens ultimately scrapped the takeover plan in June 2017 after failing to win approval from the Federal Trade Commission. reuters.com

Fox fashion retailer to furlough up to 50% of staff amid ongoing war with Hamas
Israeli retail fashion chain Fox Group announced on Sunday that it has decided to furlough 30% to 50% of its staff across the country because of the economic repercussions of the ongoing war with the Hamas terror group.

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Albuquerque DA Gets Tough on Shoplifting
Major US city announces new crackdown on theft after vast majority go unpunished
Albuquerque, New Mexico law enforcement is
planning a series of changes to control the city's shoplifting issues. Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman is looking to crack down on how shoplifters are prosecuted as many went unpunished.

The district attorney's office announced in September that
they will prosecute all shoplifting cases, even misdemeanor cases. Albuquerque also implemented a law allowing prosecutors to combine multiple misdemeanor shoplifting offenses into a felony.

The district attorney's office added 14 new prosecutors solely committed to pursuing shoplifting cases. The growing staff is an
effort to raise the conviction rate of shoplifting cases by 15 percent from last year's number.

Bregman made it known that first-time offenders will still have a chance to change their lives, but
repeat offenders will be prosecuted fully. "We are focused like a laser beam in this office on shoplifting. It is a crime that cannot continue at its current level." the-sun.com

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Retail Tips for Cybersecurity Awareness Month
4 Tips for Retailers During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Here are four tips for retailers on how they should increase their cybersecurity posture leading up to the busiest shopping season of the year.

Invest in Cybersecurity Training for Your Staff

As we approach peak season, it's important that
retail employees are trained on the common cybersecurity threats that are out there, which threats pose the greatest risks and how best to protect corporate data. By training your staff on the most common threats, you can make it significantly harder for threat actors to exploit personnel and gain access to your environment.

Back Up Critical Data and Configs - and Validate

As we enter the holiday season, now is an ideal time to focus on
ensuring you have backups of critical systems, network devices and data, as well as configurations. Basically, for any kind of system that is key to running your business, you want to have the ability to roll back. By backing up configurations, retailers can save a tremendous amount of time if they ever have to restore a system.

Complete Any Cybersecurity Projects That Are Underway

Threat actors are getting more sophisticated in making attacks that are more targeted. Retailers need to have the best possible line of defense going into peak season. And that means any
cybersecurity projects that you have underway should be completed prior to November, if possible.

Test Disaster Readiness with Tabletop Exercises

While awareness is certainly a big piece of the cybersecurity puzzle, to be fully ready for a more secure peak season,
retailers should prioritize disaster readiness testing. The phrase often used is tabletop exercises, which refers to simulating a real-world scenario to test your team's disaster recovery and incident response capabilities. Think of it as training firefighters prior to an actual fire. The more prepared teams can be in knowing what to do during a disaster creates confidence that they can recover when an actual disaster occurs. risnews.com

Retailers Go All In On AI
How C-suite leaders plan to use generative AI
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay, and
leaders across retail and tech are planning to leverage the tool to grow their success.

Data firm Qlik's newest Generative AI Benchmark Report detailed how companies plan to utilize and invest in the new technology, which generates text, images, or other media using generative models. Nearly eight-in-10
(79%) of the 200 C-level leaders who were surveyed said their firms have either purchased generative AI tools or invested in generative AI projects, and 31% say they plan to spend over $10 million on generative AI initiatives in the coming year.

AdvertisementHowever, 44% of the organizations noted they lack a clear generative AI strategy. When asked how they intend to approach generative AI, 68% said they plan to leverage public or open-source models refined with proprietary data. Nearly half (45%) said they are considering building models from scratch with proprietary data.

Six-in-10 respondents (60%) said that they plan to partially or fully rely on third-party expertise when it comes to questions of strategy, data security, governance and more. Only
20% believe their data fabric is "very or extremely" well-equipped to meet their needs for generative AI.

Nearly three-fourths of respondents
(73%) said they expect to increase spending on technologies that support data fabrics for generative AI, with part of that spend focusing on managing data volumes.

"Generative AI's potential has ignited a wave of investment and interest both in discreet generative AI tools, and in technologies that
help organizations manage risk, embrace complexity and scale generative AI and traditional AI for impact," said James Fisher, chief strategy officer at Qlik. "Our Generative AI Benchmark report clearly shows leading organizations understand that these tools must be supported by a trusted data foundation. That data foundation fuels the insights and advanced use cases where the power of generative AI and traditional AI together come to life." chainstoreage.com

Global IT Spending to Surge 8%
Tech spend to hit milestone as businesses react to AI security scare

Gartner is projecting worldwide IT spend will top $5 trillion next year, and CIOs are investing more in security to curb concerns associated with AI and risk.

Worldwide IT spending is expected to surge to $5.1 trillion in 2024, growing 8% year over year, analyst firm Gartner projected in a Wednesday report. This marks the first time IT spending is expected to surpass $5 trillion.

AI is already having an influence and is set to impact one area of IT spend in particular: cybersecurity, according to Gartner. Most CIOs - 4 in 5 - plan to increase security investments next year amid concerns associated with AI and risk, making it the top category for increased spending.

AI has created a new security scare for organizations," said John-David Lovelock, distinguished VP analyst, in the report. "Gartner is projecting double-digit growth across all segments of enterprise security spending for 2024."

A wave of change fatigue, manifested in reluctance to invest in new projects and initiatives, pushed some of this year's IT spending into 2024, Gartner said.
That trend is likely to continue into 2025.   cybersecuritydive.com

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Amazon Mounts Defense Against FTC Lawsuit
Amazon defends Prime program in bid to defeat FTC lawsuit
Amazon.com has
denied duping millions of subscribers to its Amazon Prime service, asking a U.S. judge in Seattle to dismiss a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that the ecommerce giant said "fails in its entirety."

Attorneys for Amazon on Wednesday
urged U.S. District Judge John Chun to dismiss the FTC's claims that the company had tricked consumers into enrolling for Prime and made it hard for them to cancel. The FTC in June sued Amazon for alleged deceptive practices.

In its filing, Amazon said it "prominently and repeatedly" disclosed key terms - including price and automatic renewal - to Prime customers. Amazon also accused the FTC of seeking to punish the company through "undefined concepts" such as "manipulative" website designs.

"In a case supposedly about clarity, the FTC's purported standards are unconstitutionally opaque," Amazon said.

An Amazon spokesperson in a statement said
Prime's sign-up and cancellation processes "are clear and simple by design" and "have always met a standard for customers well above legal requirements."

The lawsuit is
part of the Biden administration's ongoing regulatory and enforcement squeeze on big technology companies.

In a separate case, the FTC in September accused Amazon of violating U.S. antitrust law in business practices that restrict merchants from offering lower prices than Amazon's. That case is also pending in Chun's Seattle court.

The FTC's Prime lawsuit said
Amazon "under substantial pressure" from the FTC changed its cancellation process in April, before the agency filed its lawsuit. The complaint said "Amazon still requires five clicks on desktop and six on mobile for consumers to cancel from Amazon.com."  reuters.com

Online Retailer Under Scrutiny Over Forced Labor Allegations
Shein opens up about forced labor, data privacy as it looks to clear key hurdles before possible U.S. IPO

The company's success has been mired by its ties to China and allegations that it uses forced labor in its supply chain, violates labor laws and steals designs from independent artists.

digitally native retailer skyrocketed to prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic after shoppers across the globe fell in love with its fashion-forward designs, endless assortment and dirt-cheap prices.

But as it tries to cap off its meteoric rise with a U.S. market debut, those ambitions have been mired by its ties to China, along with mounting
allegations that it uses forced labor in its supply chain, violates labor laws, harms the environment and steals designs from independent artists.

Shein is taking steps to address those issues and show U.S. regulators and Congress it can be trusted to go public in the U.S., where scrutiny of businesses founded in China has intensified in recent years. The company is
facing increasing pressure from lawmakers, including an investigation from the newly formed House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, and has found itself caught in the geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and Beijing. cnbc.com

Amazon, Tripadvisor, others team up to fight fake reviews

New DoorDash study looks at quick commerce in online shopping








Los Angeles, CA: 8 suspects caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from shoe store
Another business has fallen victim to a flash mob-style robbery, with eight suspects targeting a local shoe store in the latest case of commercial theft in Southern California. Surveillance footage shows at least five of the thieves walking calmly around the WSS store in Van Nuys around 9 p.m. Sunday night, casually stealing five to six thousand dollars worth of clothes and shoes, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities later confirmed that a total of eight suspects - five men and three women - carried out the robbery. Some of the suspects were seen exiting the store, located in the 7900 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, with merchandise stuffed in plastic bags; others just took items and walked out.  ktla.com

Virginia Beach, VA: Officer Attacked in Kohl's Shoplifting Incident, shot fired
On Friday, at 8:43 p.m., Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services (ECCS) was alerted to a theft in progress at Kohl's. Tyler Davis, a 24-year-old Norfolk resident previously linked to thefts from the store, was once again engaging in shoplifting. An officer from the Virginia Beach Police Department's Third Precinct arrived and pursued Davis as he fled from the store with stolen items. During the chase, Davis discharged a firearm at the officer, hitting the police car but not the officer. The officer, with the aid of additional personnel, managed to detain Davis. Tyler Davis faces multiple charges, including Attempted Aggravated Murder and Grand Larceny. Two associates, Hayley Fernandez, 26, of Virginia Beach, and Jaclyn Anderson, 22, of Portsmouth, were also apprehended. Fernandez faces Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny charges, while Anderson has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny and Possession of a Schedule I/II Narcotic.  shorenewsnetwork.com

Walnut Creek, CA: Police Arrest Four Allegedly Connected To $10K Retail Theft Scam
Walnut Creek police arrested four people Friday for alleged retail theft. On Wednesday, police received information about two organized retail thefts that occurred at the Santa Rosa and Napa Lululemon stores. The information was obtained by the department's Broadway Plaza Officer, in conjunction with retail loss prevention personnel, and included photographs of the suspects and the suspect vehicles. Police also received information the suspects might be coming to the Walnut Creek location to return stolen merchandise. Police said Friday afternoon that at approximately 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, several of the suspects were observed inside Lululemon located in Broadway Plaza. Police detained four suspects without incident and recovered more than $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise from the suspect's vehicles sfgate.com

Clarkston, WA: Chainsaw Thief Arrested After Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Carson City, NV: Douglas County Sheriff's Department investigating a Walmart shoplifting suspect


NRF has declared Oct. 26 as Fight Retail Crime Day

 A day of action to unite the retail community to advocate
for solutions in combating organized retail crime.


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Shootings & Deaths

Rochester, NY: 1 dead after shooting inside clothing store on Hudson Ave
A man in his 20s is dead after being shot inside a clothing store Sunday evening, according to the Rochester Police Department. Officers arrived on scene at Hudson Avenue just after 7 p.m. When they arrived, they found a victim who had been shot in the upper torso. The victim died at the scene. Investigators said at this time, they believe the victim had no relation to the store. The suspect came in, shot the victim multiple times, and then left, according to police. Rochester police said the shooting does appear to be targeted, and no one else was hurt as a result of the shooting. No suspects are in custody at this time.  rochesterfirst.com

Update: Sedgwick County, KS: Wichita man convicted in death of convenience store Security Guard
A Sedgwick County jury has convicted a Wichita man of first degree murder in the 2021 shooting death of a security guard outside a downtown area Quik Trip store. The jury began deliberations Friday morning in the case of 44-year-old Laroy West, and they returned a verdict early in the afternoon. In addition to the murder charge, the jury also convicted West on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The jury returned a not-guilty verdict on a count of aggravated assault. West will be sentenced on December 8th. Police arrested West in May, 2021 after a disturbance at a Quik Trip store at Murdock and Broadway. A security guard, 39-year-old Will Robinson, had escorted West out of the store after a disturbance, and Robinson was shot in the parking lot. Robinson died two days later.  kfdi.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver robbed at gunpoint outside hotel
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson was robbed at gunpoint Friday, according to multiple reports. Law enforcement sources told TMZ Sports that officers responded to a call of a robbery outside of a hotel in L.A. just after midnight on Friday. Robinson was not injured in the incident but had over $100,000 in jewelry stolen from him including a luxury watch, Sports Illustrated said. According to Bleacher Report, police have launched an investigation, but no suspects have been apprehended as of Saturday morning.  cw33.com

Chicago, IL: Multiple Commercial Burglaries Plague Logan Square and Albany Park, Chicago PD Issues Alert
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) issued a business alert on Saturday, October 21st about a series of commercial burglaries in the 14th and 17th districts. The perpetrators have been forcefully entering businesses and making off with cash. The Chicago Police categorize their force by districts, each corresponding to certain neighborhoods. In this case, the 14th district corresponds to the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods, while the 17th district covers the Albany Park area.  hoodline.com

Nashville, TN: 2 men accused of burglarizing train cars containing cases of vodka, Red Bull
A tip that train cars in Nashville were being broken into led police to nabbing two suspects. The burglary of 10 stationary CSX trains at the dead end of Florence Avenue and Welworth Street in Madison occurred Friday afternoon. When Metro Nashville police arrived they found two people sitting next to about 30 cases of Vodka. Police discovered an open shipping container on a train car filled with Svedka Vodka, missing it's security tag, that had apparently been broken into. They found nine other train cars with their locks cut that had been entered. Several cases of Red Bull were also found outside one of the broken-into shipping containers filled with the energy drink.  fox17.com

North Olmsted, OH: Suspects arrested with thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills



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C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Yamhill County, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Princeton, WV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Louis, MO - Burglary
C-Store - St Ann, MO - Burglary
C-Store - Visalia, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Severn, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Morganton, NC - Burglary
Clothing - Walnut Creek, CA - Robbery
Gas Station - Lehigh Acres, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Thomasville, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Pembroke Pines, FL - Robbery
Kohl's - Virginia Beach, VA - Robbery
Liquor - Fargo, ND- Robbery
Marijuana - Lincoln County, OK - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - New Bedford, MA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Bloomington, IN - Armed Robbery
Shoes - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
Vape - Herscher, IL - Burglary
Tobacco - Chili, NY - Burglary
Tobacco - Battle Creek, MI - Burglary
Walmart - Clarkston, WA - Robbery
Walmart - Carson City, NV - Robbery                               


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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None to report.

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Boston, MA - posted October 10
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District Asset Protection Partner
Tucson and Chandler/Phoenix, AZ Area - posted September 27
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District Asset Protection Partner
West Sacramento, CA - posted September 26
The District Asset Protection (AP) Partner is a strong communicator, advisor, investigator, and compliance partner to our Stores. This role is responsible for driving shrink improvement and leadership of asset protection program execution at the District level. The District AP Partner is responsible for assessing store-based shrink initiatives, promoting shrink awareness, and implementing methods to prevent, and control losses...

Asset Protection Specialist
Newburgh, NY - posted September 25
The Asset Protection Specialist role at Ocean State Job Lot is responsible for protecting company assets and monitoring store activities to reduce property or financial losses. This role partners closely with store leadership and the Human Resources team, when applicable, to investigate known or suspected internal theft, external theft, and vendor fraud...

Security Director
Chicago, IL - posted September 7
Reporting to the VP of Corporate Security, the Director of Corporate Security is a professional security practitioner that acts as an advisor/consultant to the assigned Property Management Group. Responsibilities include monitoring security vendors' performance, evaluating for contract compliance, and serving as a program quality control manager...

District Asset Protection Manager
Washington, DC - posted August 31
The MidAtlantic Division has an opening for a District Asset Protection Manager in Northern Virginia. This person will support Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties. This is a salary role with up to 70% travel within the assigned district. District Asset Protection Manager will provide positive/proactive leadership, and instruction in the area of Security/Asset Protection...

Corporate & Supply Chain Asset Protection Leader
Quincy, MA - posted August 3
The primary purpose of this position is to manage the Corporate Asset Protection function for all US Support Offices and Supply Chain. Direct team in the design, implementation and management of physical security processes and equipment to ensure facilities are considered a safe and secure environment for all associates and external parties...

Occupational Health & Safety Manager
Mount Horeb, WI - posted July 27
This role is responsible for examining the workplace for environmental or physical factors that could affect employee or guest health, safety, comfort, and performance. This role is also responsible for reducing the frequency and severity of accidents. To be successful in the role, you will need to work closely with management, employees, and relevant regulatory bodies...

Manager, Physical Security
Jacksonville, FL - posted July 7
Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's physical security strategy for retail stores, warehouses, and store support center and field offices. This includes responsibility for the capital expense and repair budgets, developing written specifications, layout and design for all systems and to ensure all installations and repairs are made to SEG standards...


Regional AP Mgr - South FL Market - Bilingual required
Miami, FL - posted August 8
Responsible for managing asset protection programs designed to minimize shrink, associate and customer liability accidents, bad check and cash loss, and safety incidents for stores within assigned region. This position will develop the framework for the groups' response to critical incidents, investigative needs, safety concerns and regulatory agency visits...

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