Oregon mall shooting leaves 3 dead, 1 wounded.
A mall shooting in Clackamas County, 11 miles southeast
of Portland, occurred yesterday afternoon around 3:30
pm. The gunman entered through the food court and was
heard announcing "I am the shooter" before shooting off
at least 20 rounds. The two victims and shooter remain
unidentified until authorities can contact families. The
injured girl, Kristina Shevchenko age 15, remains in the
hospital in serious condition. (Source
by Joe LaRocca
Last night a gunman opened fire killing two people and
wounding another before taking his own life. One
additional victim is in the hospital. The incident took
place at the Clackamas Town Center (Portland, OR),
sending shoppers scrambling and stores into crisis mode.
There were many reports of the gunman shouting, “I’m the
shooter”, during the rampage at the mall. He was
allegedly wearing body armor, a mask and carrying an
assault rifle. When gunshots rang out it took a moment
for many to realize what was going on.
Based on the witness statements, it sounds like store
employees quickly responded by closing gates and
assisting customers out of harms way. Some customers and
nurses who were on-scene bravely treated victims. Over
100 law enforcement officers responded to the incident.
Authorities gave no motive for the attack and the mall
will be closed tomorrow.
Following an incident five years ago (December 5, 2007),
in Omaha's Westroads Mall, retailers and mall operators
worked together with the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) to develop educational materials. Below
you will find several free resources available through
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Active Shooter Online Training Program
A free online active shooter training program from the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Active Shooter Training Booklet
Active Shooter Pocket Guide
Active Shooter Poster
Active Shooter Virtual Roundtable
A 90-minute interactive virtual roundtable designed to
help the private and public sector understand the
importance of developing an emergency response plan and
the need to train employees on how to respond if
confronted with an active shooter.
I know I speak for the entire retail community when I
say that our thoughts and prayers are with the families
affected by this tragic incident.
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promoted to Vice President, Loss Prevention and Food Safety
for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company.
Before his most recent promotion, Jim was the Director of
Asset Protection, a title he held for just a year and a half
before moving up. Jim has been with A&P since the beginning
of 2009, previously holding the titles of District Asset
Protection Manager, Regional Asset Protection Manager,
Manager of Corporate Asset Protection. Before joining with
A&P, Jim spent over five years at The Home Depot as an Asset
Protection & Operations Manager. Before joining the LP
world, Jim spent over 10 years as a police officer for both
the Fair Haven and Belmar police departments. Congrats Jim!
Dexter malware infects POS systems worldwide & stole
tens of thousands of payment cards - Is it in your POS
systems? Researchers from
Israel-based IT security firm Seculert have uncovered a
custom-made piece of malware that infected hundreds of
point-of-sale (PoS) systems from businesses in 40
countries in the past few months and stole the data of
tens of thousands of payment cards. According to
statistics gathered from the C&C server, 30 percent of
the infected PoS systems are located in the U.S., 19
percent in the U.K. and 9 percent in Canada. Since this
is an ongoing attack it's hard to determine exactly how
many PoS systems have been compromised so far, but it's
probably between 200 and 300, Raff said. The total
number of compromised payment cards is equally hard to
estimate, but tens of thousands seemed to have been
compromised just in the past few weeks, he said.
Thieves steal Dollar General's holiday cheer in Q3 with
In an uncommon third quarter report Dollar General
reported that its gross margin narrowed and missed Wall
Street expectations, hurt not only by increased
discounts to attract shoppers and fend off competition
but also by increased “shrink.” The dollar-store chain
said while the number of items that have been lost has
declined, it’s seeing more loss of items costing more
than $5. Dollar General has introduced more branded
products such as Hasbro and Disney toys and next year
will roll out to the majority of its 10,000-plus stores
tobacco and cigarettes, a category that experiences
higher than average theft but is also seen as a key
traffic driver. For the holiday season, the company
expects shrink to continue in the fourth quarter and
doesn’t expect the situation to improve until the second
half of next year. To combat the issue, Tehle said
Dollar General has employed several “defensive” measures
in fixtures, spiral pegs, flip-up windows, and labeling
that it expects to “gain traction” in the second half of
the year. We continue to develop our optimized shrink
model on a store-specific basis but data-driven
analysis, looking at what the individual shrink should
be for each of our over 10,000 stores versus where they
are today and then taking appropriate action.
US defends $1.9B deal with British banking giant for
moving Mexican drug money & others
HSBC agreed to pay $1.9 billion, the largest penalty
ever imposed on a bank. American authorities on Tuesday
cited "astonishing" dysfunction at the British bank HSBC
and said that it had helped Mexican drug traffickers,
Iran, Libya and others under U.S. suspicion or sanction
to move money around the world. Outside experts said it
was evidence that a doctrine of "too big to fail," or at
least "too big to prosecute," was alive and well four
years after the financial crisis. "The record of
dysfunction that prevailed at HSBC for many years is
simply astonishing." (Source
Supervalu holding one former President to his
non-compete agreement and sues Unified Grocers for
They're suing to prevent
the former president of its independent wholesale
business from working for Los Angeles-based Unified
Grocers. Leon Bergmann, who Unified said it has hired as
senior vice president of sales at the cooperative
wholesaler, has a 12-month non-compete agreement. Last
week Unified announced that it had hired both Bergmann
and Sue Klug — another former Supervalu president — as
chief marketing officer. (Source
Tmall, China's B2C website, to overtake Amazon in sales
Fueling a booming $64 billion online retail market in
China that wasn't even there 5 years ago, is Tmall and
it's booming faster than in the States. With millions of
Chinese flocking online faster and quicker than their
North American counterparts. Tmall, run by China's
second-largest Internet company, has already overtaken
popular consumer to consumer (C2C) portal or online
auctioneer, eBay (EBAY) in sales this year.
US law enforcement busts cybercrime rings with help from
Facebook security team
The malware infected over
11 million computers and caused US$850 million in
losses, according to the FBI. U.S. law enforcement
agencies with the help of Facebook have arrested 10
persons from various countries in connection with
international cybercrime rings that targeted users on
the social network. The 10 persons arrested are from
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand,
Peru, the U.K., and the U.S. Facebook's security team
assisted the law enforcement agencies in the
investigation by helping "to identify the root cause,
the perpetrators, and those affected by the malware,"
FBI said. (Source
Hotel "pocketbook party" with hundreds lined up to buy -
4 busted for selling counterfeits Saturday night in
Four people charged with
distributing counterfeit merchandise during a weekend
“pocketbook party” at the Quality Inn in Brockton.
Federal and local authorities on Saturday seized more
than $126,000 in counterfeit merchandise, three vehicles
and $3,320 in cash from the bar area of the Quality Inn.
Hundreds of people were waiting at the hotel to buy
counterfeit goods, police said. (Source
Township, PA Police raid Flea Market, $500,000 in
Police raid the flea market, then
the counterfeiter’s home seizing merchandise made in
China and reportedly being sold as the real thing.
Trader Jack’s Flea Market in Collier Township has been
in the sites of the Police department hearing
investigating the sale of counterfeit and bootlegged
items. Tuesday Police showed off some of the
tens-of-thousands of dollars in merchandise they
confiscated. They found an entire container truck of
hats, socks, even kids toys. Some of those toys that
were supposed to be fire retardant, or resistant,
clearly were not. (Source
armor truck hit outside Save a Lot on in Oxon Hill,
Maryland, one guard shot.
Four men pulled up behind the Loomis Armored vehicle as
the currier was getting a bag out of the truck. Two
gunmen approached the currier and shot him one time in
the face. The currier injuries are not considered
life-threatening and he is in stable condition.
Shoplifting arrest leads to closure of upcounty armed
robbery spree in Montgomery County, Md.
It started with the arrest of Ta-Von A. Young, 19.
Gaithersburg police charged him with shoplifting Dec. 6
from the Kohl’s store in the Rio shopping center. His
clothes matched surveillance footage of a vehicle theft
which led them to his accomplice and five robberies of
three Subway's and two others. (Source
Suspect with mace and a hammer threatens employees and
shoppers of a Southland Mall jewelry store in Hayward,
Two suspects are behind bars after
leading police on a short chase through the city of
Hayward. One suspect entered the Diamond Ring Store in
the Southland Mall, first threatening employees and
customers, then smashed out showcases removing $140,000
worth of merchandise. The suspect ran to his get-a-way
car, both were arrested a short time later.
morning Jewelry burglary at Macy’s in Walnut Creek,
early-morning burglary targeted the jewelry counter at
Macy's department store Tuesday. Police received the
call about an alarm at the Broadway Plaza store about
4:28 a.m., according to Walnut Creek police Sgt. Mike
McLaughlin. The alarm had actually been tripped around
3:15 a.m., McLaughlin said; police were still
investigating why they were not notified immediately.
Officers arriving found that a set of doors near the
jewelry department had been smashed with a sledgehammer.
An unknown amount of merchandise was taken. Store
officials were still working with police to take stock
of the missing items, but they included watches, gold
and pearls. (Source
Police License Plate Reader provides new information on
Rolex thieves at Short Hills.
Milburn, New Jersey Police
had little to go on last week when a suspect walked into
the Ross Simmons jewelry store and ran out with 2 Rolex
watches valued at $78,000. A license plate reader
install only a few weeks ago on a patrol car was
operating in the mall parking structure and captured the
plate of a rental car seen leaving the scene of the
robbery. That rental car was registered to Emmanuel
Acheampong who has rented numerous cars in the past, and
also has and extensive criminal record for thefts in
Florida and New York. Acheampong was arrested previously
with his accomplice Charles Moye, who police determined
was the actual store thief and Acheampong was the
get-a-way driver. Moye is now in custody.
Syracuse Basketball star lead away by Lord and Taylor
LP, no arrest.
Rumors have swirled the past day
about Syracuse University point guard Michael
Carter-Williams and his alleged involvement in an
incident at Lord & Taylor in Destiny USA. The rumors
originated Sunday afternoon on social media sites
Twitter and Instagram. Someone tweeted that she was the
"First one to witness Michael carter Williams get
arrested." Then someone posted two photos on Instagram
purporting to be Carter-Williams being led with his
hands behind his back on the escalator outside Lord &
Taylor. Michael Carter-Williams described an incident
that occurred at Lord & Taylor in Destiny USA on Sunday
as “a misunderstanding.” (Source
Sears Loss Prevention Associate assaulted during an
apprehension, Lufkin, TX man now charged with robbery.
Roy David Allen Jr has been charged
with second degree felony robbery after sticking a Sears
Loss Prevention Agent in the head with a digital
construction level. The Loss Prevention Associate
working at the Lufkin Mall had sustained a cut on her
head, but still managed to apprehend Allen.
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Costco 1Q up 7% with revenue up 10%
Canada's Hudson Bay Co. 1Q up 3.5% with a loss of $8.5M
(owns Lord & Taylor)
Canada's Metro supermarkets 4Q up 1.2% with sales up
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women ORC gang accused of running large-scale theft ring in
Tucson, AZ and stealing over $100,000 from 30 shoplifting
incidents The Tucson Police
Department arrested four women, and are looking for a fifth
suspect, believed to be involved in a theft ring that
shoplifted more than $100,000 worth of merchandise and who
are allegedly part of an organized retail theft ring which
has been responsible for 20 to 30 separate large-scale
shoplifting incidents at various stores around Tucson.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Organized Retail Crime
Association alerted Tucson Police to a group of female
thieves that seemed to be targeting CVS stores in the Tucson
Metro area. In August, TPD began an investigation with CVS
Loss Prevention Representatives. At that time, they believed
a group of four women were involved in six to eight separate
incidents at CVS stores around Tucson. Investigators checked
with other stores, and learned that the women were part of
the an organized retail theft ring, responsible for 20 to 30
shoplifting incidents at stores including: Safeway,
Walgreens, Ross, and Charming Charlie, according to the news
release. Investigators learned that the women would steal
items such as cosmetics, jewelry, accessories, and clothing,
and then give them to other people who would sell them at
the Tanque Verde Swap Meet.
Four women and a female juvenile apprehended for felony
theft at Walmart in Queensbury, NY.
Four women face felony larceny charges,
including a 16 year old, following the theft of more than
$1,000 in merchandise from a Wal-Mart. The incident occurred
about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, clothing, food and DVDs were
recovered. Each of the women was charged with fourth-degree
possession of stolen property. The four were stopped a short
distance from the store after witnesses identified suspects
and a vehicle. (Source
Disbanding serial shoplifting rings in Tulsa by targeting 20
serial shoplifters Police
are disbanding theft rings all over Green Country, Oklahoma.
As the Daily reported yesterday, five women were arrested in
connection to stolen merchandise from Ross in Broken Arrow
and stores from Woodland Hills Mall. When the women were
arrested, police found $1,500 in stolen merchandise from
Ross. In addition, on Monday night, Tulsa County Sheriff’s
deputies arrested Michael Smith, 38, in a stolen car.
Deputies found stolen loot from a Lowes. They already caught
Deontae Thomas at Best Buy Friday night. He’s accused of
working with Michelle “Merei” Dewitt and a 16-year-old to
steal $2,000 in electronics. During TPD's Operation Safe
shopper, undercover officers blend right in with other
shoppers. TPD’s Retail Crime Unit is targeting 20 serial
shoplifters through the holiday season.
newly released video: Senior Citizens? - ORC traveling ring
of four men hits Best Buy Stores in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ross Township Police say a group of
men at least 60 years of age, are pulling off a pretty
elaborate heist. Surveillance video from Best Buy shows four
men browsing through the store, in no hurry. Two of the
thieves surround a case of expensive cameras, and fill up a
backpack. That’s when another of the men comes and takes the
backpack. After they’ve got the goods, the backpack goes
under a jacket, and the two make their slick getaway. Police
believe the suspects are from out of state, and are
professional criminals who have been doing the same thing in
our state, and others along the East Coast. They’ve stolen
nearly ten-thousand dollars so far in their heists. They are
an organized ring. We believe they're traveling throughout
Pennsylvania, possibly even the East Coast," Dripps said.
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Michigan State Senate deliberates new ORC laws to go into
Now both passed by the House and the Senate Committees, the
Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended that the bill
would go into immediate effect and has referred it to the
Committee of the Whole for their approval.
Contact your Legislator and write your letter of support
and have your corporate counsel send their letter of
support. Get involved and help pass legislation.
Below you'll find the actual analysis prepared by a non
partisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its
deliberations and does not constitute an official statement
of legislative intent.
ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME ACT H.B. 5843 (H-2) & 5902: FLOOR
House Bill 5843 (Substitute H-2 as reported with amendment)
House Bill 5902 (as reported without amendment)
Sponsor: Representative Joseph Graves
House Committee: Commerce
Senate Committee: Judiciary
House Bill 5843 (H-2) would create the "Organized
Retail Crime Act" to do the following:
-- Prohibit and prescribe a penalty for engaging in
organized retail crime.
-- Provide for forfeiture to the State of stolen retail
merchandise, if the true owner of the stolen
merchandise could not be identified.
-- Require a court to order a person found guilty of
organized retail crime to make restitution to a retail
merchant, and to reimburse the governmental entity for
expenses incurred as a result of the violation
-- Create the Organized Retail Crime Advisory Board within
the Michigan Department of State Police
-- Require the proposed Act to be administered by the MSP
A person would be guilty of organized retail crime when he
or she, alone or in association with another, did any of the
-- Knowingly committed an organized retail crime.
-- Organized, supervised, financed, or otherwise managed or
assisted another person in committing an
organized retail crime.
-- Removed, destroyed, deactivated, or knowingly evaded any
component of an antishoplifting or
inventory control device to prevent its activation or to
facilitate another person in committing an
organized retail crime.
-- Conspired with another person to commit an organized
-- Received, purchased, or possessed retail merchandise for
sale or resale knowing or believing the
merchandise to be stolen from a retail merchant.
-- Used any artifice, instrument, container, device, or
other article to facilitate the commission of an
organized retail crime act.
-- Knowingly caused a fire exit alarm to sound or otherwise
activate, or deactivated or prevented a fire
exit alarm from sounding, in the commission of an organized
retail crime or to facilitate the commission
of an organized retail crime by another person.
-- Knowingly purchased a wireless telecommunication device
using fraudulent credit, or knowingly
procured a wireless telecommunications service agreement or
used another person to obtain such an
agreement, with the intent to defraud another or breach the
"Organized retail crime" would mean the theft of retail
merchandise from a retail merchant with the intent or
purpose of reselling, distributing, or otherwise reentering
the retail merchandise in commerce, including the transfer
of the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant
or to any other person personally, through the mail, or
through any electronic medium, including the internet, in
exchange for anything of value.
"Retail merchandise" would mean any new article, product,
commodity, item, or component intended to be sold in retail
commerce. "Retail merchant" would mean any person that was
in the business of selling retail merchandise at retail.
Organized retail crime would be a felony punishable by up to
five years' imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.
It would not be a defense to a charge under the Act that the
property was not stolen, embezzled, or converted property at
the time of the violation if the property were explicitly
represented to the accused person as being stolen,
embezzled, or converted property.
The bill would take effect on January 1, 2013.
House Bill 5902 would amend the Code of Criminal
Procedure to include a violation of the proposed Organized
Retail Crime Act in the sentencing guidelines. A violation
would be Class G property felony with a statutory maximum
sentence of five years' imprisonment.
The bill would take effect on January 1, 2013, and is
tie-barred to house Bill 5843.
Legislative Analyst: Patrick Affholter
House Bill 5843 (H-2) would likely result in
additional felony dispositions, which could increase costs
of incarceration and community supervision for State and
local government. Some criminal acts covered under this
proposed offense also may be charged as first-degree retail
fraud (750.356c), which is a felony with a maximum penalty
of five years' imprisonment.
The bill would have a minimal fiscal impact on the
Department of State Police, requiring some minor
expenditures for costs of housing the proposed Organized
Retail Crime Advisory Board and for related database and
House Bill 5902 would add an Organized Retail Crime
Act violation to the Code of Criminal Procedure as a Class G
felony. Class G is the second-lowest classification in the
sentencing guidelines; as such, it is most likely to
recommend intermediate sanctions such as probation, although
straddle cells are still possible for those with long or
severe criminal histories.
Date Completed: 12-7-12
Fiscal Analyst: Bruce Baker and Dan O'Connor
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Work/Life Balance or Time
By Sandy Chandler, LPC, CPP
Regional Director, Asset Protection at Rite Aid
as published on May 3, 2012
When we look at the term "Work/Life Balance" what
image comes to mind? With a second adopted child coming
into my family, I look at the phrase "work/life balance"
and think to myself, "How do I fulfill my additional
family responsibilities with another child, while still
excelling at work?"
In my opinion, there is not a work/life balance, but
rather, an effective management of your time.
I live and die by my Outlook calendar and iPhone
reminders. To be quite honest, I would be lost
without it. I schedule everything on my Outlook
calendar. Family appointments and reminders are listed
as private appointments, but scheduled the same as work.
How do we achieve this balance to get everything
done? Aside from strategic planning and having a
very supportive family, one thing I do is spend the last
15 minutes of my day reflecting on what I accomplished
throughout the day.
I ask myself, "How did I make an impact today?" "What
do I need to get done tomorrow?" "What more can I do?"
If you plan the night before, then you are ready to hit
the ground running the next day.
When effectively planning your time, you can basically
divide your tasks and appointments into 4 quadrants.
Think of 4 boxes. In box 1, are the emergency
appointments (the have to do’s-both important and
urgent.) Box 2 signifies what needs to get done -
important, but not urgent. In box 3 are less important
tasks, and the box 4 consists of fillers for your time -
low priority tasks that can be completed when time
To be effective planners, we should be spending most of
our time in box 2, not box 1 putting out fires. (Yes, in
our line of work emergencies happen often, but planning
makes all the difference.) If you are planning your time
effectively, those emergencies will not cause as much of
a business interruption in your schedule.
Ideally, I have a list of 5 things that I want to get
accomplished for the day. I call them, my "big 5."
If you get any of your "big 5" daily tasks completed
early, you can then fill in with your longer "to do"
You will then feel a greater sense of accomplishment!
In the past, I have made mistakes by having a massive
"to do" list, and not defining my "big 5" for the day. A
massive "to-do" list can be overwhelming.
Using the 4 box method can help you better prioritize
your tasks and your time.
Better managing your time allows you time for the things
at home that are important to you, and that will
recharge your batteries for work, preventing burnout.
Time management is not easy -- We all have crazy
schedules, but if we create these good habits, we can
make those hectic schedules more manageable.
We should all be aware of the 80-20 rule.
The "80-20 Rule" - Only 20 percent of the
activities on your Daily Action Plan are going to
produce 80 percent of your productivity for the day.
If you improve your use of time by just 5%, you will
save an average of 8½ hours a week. That is over 435
hours, or almost 3 weeks a year!
So the next time you find yourself wondering why you do
not have a good work/life balance; ask yourself, "Am
I really managing my time effectively?"
It just might help your home life, and your career.
Just a thought.
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Self-reflection is something many avoid or refuse to allow
it to creep up and point to exactly what you need to look
at. Hidden behind rationalizations, self reflection in
actuality can be an eye opening experience. Popping up when
you least expect it but most notably late at night when
you're staring at the ceiling with no other outside
interferences lending you license to deny it.
Self-reflection is the one person you should make it a point
to face. It just might make a difference tomorrow.
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