Senate approves anti-counterfeiting defense authorization act
Senate approved by
unanimous consent an amendment to the Senate's version of the fiscal
2012 defense authorization bill (S. 1867) that would require
contractors to actively monitor for counterfeit parts in their
supply chains. The amendment would permit the Defense Department to
make a list of "trusted suppliers" as well as a list of "untrusted
suppliers," and require defense contractors whenever possible to buy
parts either from trusted suppliers or directly from original
manufactures and their authorized dealers. This is in response to
the increasing counterfeit parts flooding our defense industry.
Operation Bell Bottoms II in LA arrest 10 and seizes $446,000 in
counterfeit goods and $23,000 in cash.
A six month multi agency investigation led by the Loss Angeles City
Attorney's office resulted in busting counterfeiting groups that
were selling goods out of stores in the Fashion District and Santee
Alley. Counterfeiters, who don't pay sales taxes, cost the retail
industry $2 billion in losses and $5.2 billion in overall lost
revenue to L.A. County in 2005, according to the L.A. County
Economic Development Corp. Internet piracy and movie bootlegs have
caused the loss of 106,000 jobs across nine sectors, for a total of
$4.4 billion in lost wages annually in L.A. alone, according to the
LAEDC. "The crime of counterfeiting and piracy exposes consumers not
only to health and safety risks," City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
said, "but it also impacts legitimate businesses, employment, and
believe it or not, public safety. (Source
Nearly $20 billion and counting
Consumers so far this holiday shopping season have spent more than
$19.57 billion with online retailers, up 15.1% from the more than
$17.00 billion spent at the same point last year. And these sales
numbers are impacting the brick and mortar stores. (Source
Sears serial burglar arrested after a swat team-police dog operation
finally caught him after 12 hours.
Police said the early burglary investigation indicates that Grant
was in the White Oak Sears store Sunday night, and hid from
employees until the store closed. He managed to hide from police for
almost 12 hours in the store while a SWAT team and police dogs
searched the building and finally captured him when he exited the
store at 12:34 pm. Police say Grant had pried open cash registers
and removed cash. Grant has been charged with second degree burglary
and theft. Police say he will also be charged for a burglary at the
Sears at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, MD on November 23rd, and
for a burglary at a Sears in Columbia, MD last weekend. (Source
What to do in the event of a data breach?
So what's a company to do? Do you hide the fact that your network
has been hacked or do you make that information public immediately
to try to minimize damage in the court of public opinion? We have
two experts who recommend taking different tracks, with one
advocating that you don't say anything until forced to and the other
insisting doing so is a critical first step. (Source
Verizon Cites Security Issue for Nixing Google Wallet while Sprint
already supports it.
On the surface, it looked like the kind of scenario that net
neutrality advocates had long feared: a big incumbent carrier using
its network to snuff out apps that compete with its own services.
Verizon Tuesday denied that it is blocking the availability of
Google Wallet on its smartphones and says that it's ironing out some
technical issues with Google to make the application secure to use
on its phones. This is going to slow the mobile payment movement
down some but not too much. (Source
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't gaining support from the
group you'd think would support it.
Kaspersky Lab deserves a high five from the security community for
quitting the Business Software Alliance (BSA) over its support for
The CSO publication says "the Internet blacklist legislation known
as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in
the House is a security threat that must be stopped." We have to
seriously question the scruples of any organization that supports
this ridiculous legislation, which takes a reasonable desire to stop
online piracy and takes it way too far by giving the government
power to trample on our freedom of speech." (Source
The "Breakroom Bandit" in Denver apprehended after hitting Denver
area stores and now faces 22 felonies.
Geoffrey Landers, 26, stole purses then used stolen credit cards to
purchase gift cards. In one case he took car keys and stole a car.
He was arrested last week in Boulder. (Source
Deloitte's head of US retail practice says retailers "are going to
have to continue to do the kind of 'come on' pricing that you saw on
Black Friday" to keep it up.
have been shopping more than ever this holiday season, largely
because of a flood of sales. But Americans have become so used to
deep discounts in the weak economy that they expect each sale to be
bigger and better than the last. That means retailers will likely
have to keep slashing prices, which could hurt their bottom line. (Source
The ICSC reported that chain store sales declined by a steep 2.7%
from the prior week, but still managed to post the 2nd-strongest
year-on-year growth (3.8%) in four months.
One of the world's largest Apple stores is opening at the landmark
NYC's Grand Central Terminal. The
23,000-square-foot (2,140-square-meter) personal electronics
business will start selling to the public on Friday. (Source
Pep Boys 3Q
reports same store sales down 0.4% with total sales up 5.2%
ORC Workbench 2.0 Now Available
ORC Solutions LLC today announced the
latest release of the ORC Workbench 2.0, the premier
investigative tool for loss prevention professionals.
Version 2.0 of ORC Workbench contains three major
productivity improvement features; Auction Strike; Seller
Blocking List; and CaseWatch.
Using Auction Strike, an investigator can end an auction and
maintain an audit trail. This automated process enables an
investigator to quickly end an auction that is in violation
of a companyís legal rights. With the Seller Blocking List
feature, an investigator can select sellers to be excluded
from search results. By omitting legitimate sellers, an
investigator can focus a search on suspicious sellers.
CaseWatch is a collaboration feature enabling an
investigator to quickly see that a seller is already under
serious investigation within the firm. This exciting new
feature also enables an investigator to also see sellers
that are under investigation at other companies!
with Retail industry leaders, ORC Solutions continues to
enhance and improve the ORC Workbench. To find out more
about ORC the Workbench 2.0, contact John Magrini at
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CVS and Rite Aid shut down two fences
in Atlantic City, NJ
Six people were arrested after an
investigation found stolen items were being sold in two
stores, police said. CVS and Rite-Aid representatives
alerted the police when they saw what they believed were
their stolen items on the stores' shelves, Sgt. James Sarkos
said. After a five-month investigation, the found that Asia
Bazaar on South Kentucky Avenue and Kings Food & Gifts at
1638 Atlantic Ave. were buying stolen items from people who
came in off the street - then re-selling them. More than
$500 in items were seized from the stores, along with a
total of $21,000 believed to be the proceeds of illegal
activity, Sarkos said. Most of the items were stolen from
the CVS and Rite-Aid. The stores' mercantile licenses have
been suspended. In addition to the goods allegedly being
"fenced," police also found Asia Bazaar had six cable boxes
reported taken from a Comcast truck in the city on Nov. 26.
The store also had 498 Viagra pills, 132 doses of emergency
contraceptive pills, 96 bags of synthetic marijuana, a stun
gun and numerous novelty lighters. King's also was allegedly
selling synthetic marijuana along with 15 bags of imitation
cocaine known as "bath salts," 15 counterfeit handbags and
32 pirated CDs.
Arrested at the Asia Bazaar were Tariq Mehmood, 44, and
Tariq Naeem, 23, both of Egg Harbor Township. Both were
charged receiving stolen property and conspiracy to receive
stolen property. Mehmood was also charged with trafficking
stolen property and various crimes, including possession of
a stun gun and possession of prescription legend drugs with
intent to distribute. Arrested from King's were Mohammed A.
Shardar, 50, of Egg Harbor Township, and Shamsol A. Khan,
67, of Galloway Township, along with Atlantic City residents
Mohammed S. Rahman, 37, and Suraj Bairagee, 52. All were
charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
Shardar and Khan were additionally charged for trafficking,
as well as selling counterfeit items and pirated music, and
possession of the "bath salts," including within 500 feet of
a park and within a school zone. (source
Identity thieves hit Lucky
Supermarkets and skim the VeriFone card readers in Northern
Scores of employees and
customers of a supermarket chain have had their account
information compromised after thieves tampered with debit
and credit card readers in self-checkout lines in Northern
California. Lucky Supermarkets, which disclosed the breach
Monday, said some 300 customers were affected at 23 of its
San Francisco Bay Area stores, and some had money stolen
from their accounts. Lucky Supermarkets is part of
Modesto-based Save Mart Supermarkets, which operates more
than 233 stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Police in Petaluma said at least 57 people reported money
being stolen from their bank accounts after using a
self-checkout line and using VeriFone card readers. The
average loss appeared to be about $500, and the money was
withdrawn throughout California, including in the San
Francisco, Santa Barbara and Northridge areas, and Reno,
Nev., police said. Alicia Rockwell, a spokeswoman for Lucky
Supermarkets, said 1,500 inquiries had come into the
company's call center as of Tuesday. She said of those,
about 300 customers were claiming that they either had some
unauthorized activity on their credit or debit cards, or
some attempt of unauthorized activity. Stephen Ackerman,
chief financial officer of Save Mart, said the U.S. Secret
Service Electronic Crimes Task Force is investigating the
clandestine data "sniffers" attached to the card readers.
"All the devices are now down in Tulsa, Okla., at the Secret
Service lab, (where they're) trying to read the data on the
chips," Ackerman said. "The VeriFone people said it was the
most sophisticated device they've ever seen so far as a
Identity theft ring busted in Paramus
N.J. at Fashion Center after one arrested suspect gets a
text that says "DIP" - meaning get out of there.
Police busted Omar
Hemmings using a fake drivers license to secure credit cards
and buying over $2,246.94 worth of merchandise. While he was
being detained the suspect received a text that said "DIP"
meaning "make a quick exit" so police in the parking lot
noticed an SUV driving suspiciously and found two more
suspects in the vehicle with 13 fraudulent driver's licenses
from Kentucky, New Jersey, and Virginia, 14 stolen credit
cards, and credit reports of 12 victims of identity theft.
They're being held in Bergen County jail in lieu of bail
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in the mirror may be larger than they appear'
Director, Loss Prevention, Liz Claiborne, Inc.
April 8, 2011
It is true that the windshield on a car is multiple times
larger than a rear-view mirror because seeing where you're going is
much more important than seeing where you've been. But remember,
'objects in mirror may be larger than they appear.' Many of us have
all been focused for so long on where we want to get to in our
careers, or making that 'next step' that we often forget to look
back at the people along the way who have been so crucial to our
success. This is vital because they weren't obligated to do this for
us. Or were they? Did they FEEL a sense of obligation to invest in
us personally because someone did the same for them? Is that how our
little professional community survives, thrives and grows? When we
have 'arrived' or even while we're still 'enroute,' don't we have
the same obligation to make those same kinds of personal investments
that every one of us can point to in our own careers? When we take a
moment to look in that mirror, how much 'larger' do those images
appear in retrospect? Shouldn't we all strive to be one of those
'images' in someone else's mirror someday?
"Over qualified?" "Not enough experience?" "Not a good fit?"
by Ken Gladney, CFI
Loss Prevention Manager, United Supermarkets
April 8, 2011
Recently, I was watching one of many sports talk shows on TV today.
One of the conversations spoke of how many previous head coaches
that were fired from various teams are now employed on teams with
younger head coaches. The sports casters talked about how the new
generations of young head coaches are actively going after these
older, experienced and knowledgeable coaches. One newly hired head
coach stated that it was a no brainer to hire these types of
individuals. Because, they bring not only their experience but,
their wisdom, leadership, confidence and, proven success records
with them. Not to mention the intangible qualities that comes along
with life experience. Who wouldnít want that type of person on their
How does this relate to our industry? It's quite simple really? In
December of 2010, one of the most respected professionals in our
industry, Jim Lee, wrote an article in LP magazine about the same
exact topic. Here are just several quotes from Jim's article.
∑ "One of the areas where we have done a poor job is hiring those
who are out of work who are "overqualified." No one would admit
this, but I think it does happen that "mature workers" don't get
jobs because of their age."
∑ "Look around. In many other fields, experience is a "valued add."
Look at the assistant coaches in sports."
∑ "I think loss prevention needs to take a "deeper dive" in
evaluating the positives of hiring some of these older, experienced
My point is simply this; we have a lot of great, talented superstars
sitting on the bench waiting to get back into the game again. All
they ask is for the chance to show what they can do. But,
unfortunately due to the current economic climate and the job
market, the hiring process has become more subjective rather than
based on qualifications and experience. And, when did being
experienced, proven, and successful become a negative attribute in
seeking a job?
So, before you tell a prospective candidate that they are
"overqualified" or "they won't be a good fit," remember that person
sitting in front of you has probably walked in your shoes and has
dedicated their professional life to this great industry of ours so
you can be in the position you're in. Don't break their spirit.
Lastly, I agree with Jim, "value the experience and don't feel
threatened" or intimidated by the superstar LP professional sitting
in front of you. He or she may be exactly what you're looking for.
Just my thought.
Changing Role of The National Service Center
Has your LP services provider successfully made the change?
By Michael Grady, Executive Vice
President, Vector Security, Inc.
It may not be as visible as a video
surveillance camera, EAS pedestal or alarm control panel,
but the quality and efficiency of your LP vendorís national
service center (NSC) will become an even more important
consideration in 2012. So, after reading this introduction
your first question may be, "Whatís different about todayís NSC capabilities, and why should it be important to me?"
Thatís a great question that I will answer in the following
paragraphs. The NSC of today can no longer be just an alarm
monitoring facility. That limited role was perfectly acceptable in the past, but as
the retail industry grew, the complexities
of its needs and requirements grew in
proportion to its expansion. NSCs are
now called upon to provide solutions for a
growing list of LP management challenges.
In response, todayís NSCs need to be
enhanced with additional functionality that
complements their monitoring services.
Hereís why. Emerging crime, compliance
and sustainability challenges require retailers
to take an even more proactive role in
protecting and preserving their employees
and customers, physical assets, inventories
and management data. A list of new
responsibilities has become apparent, that
is in addition to contemporary requirements
like 24/7/365 call center-based technical
and service support.
Todayís needs include disaster preparedness
planning and execution, national permit
compliance, and tracking and reduction of
false alarm fines and fees. Communication
is the key, and the NSC is now the key
component in communicating efficiently and
effectively with all levels of loss prevention,
store operations and IT departments.
In fact, properly equipped and managed
NSCs can even become a retailerís onestop
One last thought! Supporting specialty retail
loss prevention products and services is also
the responsibility of the new NSC model.
Highly trained technical teams are needed
to support video surveillance, electronic
article surveillance (EAS), IP video systems
and even managed network services, as
these newer technologies become
more widely integrated into a retailerís
LP platform. The NSC also needs to
become a virtual testing laboratory and
proving ground for LP technologies,
where systems can be set up and tested
When you consider how retailersí needs
have changed, you can easily see why the
NSC needs to become an integral part
of your LP ROI plan! If my thoughts have
captured your interest, then contact me for
more details and perhaps even a personal
tour of a new NSC model. You can now see
a National Service Center that has been
built from the ground floor up with all of
these considerations in mind -- heeding
the noted line from Fields of Dreams, "Build it and they
Michael T. Grady
Executive Vice President
Vector Security, Inc.
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How Not To Behave At The
office fete is not the
place for unconstrained
chatter. Itís also not
the place for personal
of frustration or
speechifying about what
youíd do with the
company if you were in
remember that you are at
a professional function
and behave that way.
Presence is not some
innate quality that you
either have or do not.
It is a set of learned
behaviors that enable
you to command
attention. And when you
are fully present, it
Learning to Be the Boss
Trial and Error Is the
Norm As New Managers
Figure Out How to Relate
to Former Peers. It's an
experience all too
familiar to new
often promote strong
individual performers to
supervisory roles with
little instruction. But
people who excel among
the rank-and-file don't
automatically have the
skills or knowledge to
Innovation Is Everyone's
To what extent are you
innovation in your
company? The reality is
that unless they're in
research or product
development, most people
in organizations don't
think of themselves as
innovators. In fact,
many managers discourage
their people from
inventing new ways of
doing things ó pushing
them instead to follow
procedures and stay
innovation on all fronts
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career upwards sometimes has to do
with the exposure you get to new
executives and new responsibilities.
The easiest way to get that exposure
is to volunteer for projects,
assignments, or new rollouts. Going
above and beyond your current job
description is always a way to gain
respect and be noticed. The only
issue there is that you've got to
perform at a high level and deliver
results because the worst thing one
can do is volunteer and not pull it
Just a thought,
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