Suspect arrested after shoplifting, attempting to stab officers with box cutterGreer Police in South Carolina said a man has been arrested after a shoplifting incident led to a standoff. Officers said they responded to the Walmart on Wade Hampton in reference to a male suspect who had shoplifted and threatened employees as he left. According to the police department, officers found the suspect at the intersection of Ravenell Street and Biblebrook Drive as he was shouting, “I am not going to jail.” Police said the suspect then fled, leading officers on a foot chase. When officers approached the suspect, he pulled out a box cutter and tried to stab officers, Greer PD said. Officers said they attempted to use their Taser on the suspect it had no effect. According to police, officers then disengaged the suspect and began negotiating with him. As negotiations with the suspect began to break down, he became more volatile towards officers and then threatened to harm himself, police said. Officers said the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist police and deployed their K-9 due to the increased threats from the suspect. The suspect was apprehended by the K-9, police said. No officers were injured in the incident. Police said the suspect was transported to Greer Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. Officers identified the suspect as Anthony Devass Bennett. He faces the charges of three counts of resisting arrest with a deadly weapon; two counts of assault and battery, and trespassing after notice. Bennett is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center. [Source: Fox Carolina]Firecracker diversion set to cover jewelry store robbery, shoppers scramble to safety [Viral Video]Several people were injured Sunday afternoon as shoppers and employees rushed out of the Florida Mall after fireworks were ignited to distract people from a jewelry store theft, Orange County deputies said. Deputies responded to the mall for reports of shots fired, but quickly determined it was fireworks. “We received a call of what was believed to be shots fired at the Florida Mall,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jeff Williamson. “We had detectives that work there off duty and were there within minutes and determined it was not shots fired.” Instead, a distraction theft was happening at Mayors Jewelers, deputies said. One man created the distraction while another escaped with a $16,900 Rolex watch, according to deputies. “The individual walked into the store and began to inquire about the Rolexes. Tried on one and then tried on another one,” Williamson said. “When they were trying on the second watch, apparently the individual outside the store set fireworks off.” According to a report, the manager of the store told detectives that someone yelled, “He’s got a gun,” after the firecrackers went off, causing shoppers to run and the thief to run out of the store. Orange County Fire Rescue said 11 people were injured as panicked crowds rushed out of the mall. Five people were taken to the hospital and six were treated at the scene. None of the injuries were serious. “Hundreds and hundreds of people (were fleeing),” shopper Ali Lamarani said. “We didn’t know what was going on.” Shoppers said on Twitter that they thought a gun was being fired. “People were scared. You could see it on their faces. They were really panicked,” Lamarani said. “There was panic — no organized evacuation or anything.” Detectives said they’re reviewing surveillance footage to try to determine who’s responsible for the incident. [Source: WFTV9 News]Police investigating incident after alleged thief runs from, fights officerPolice took down an alleged thief after a fight with an officer in a pet store on the east side of Tucson. , Arizona. Tucson Police Department Sergeant Vinnie Da Cruz said they got a call from Petco at Broadway and Craycroft, that there was a man inside who was allegedly involved in organized retail theft. Petco staff had identified the man from previous incidents, Sgt. Da Cruz said. He explained that organized retail theft involved groups of people or individuals stealing items and then attempting to return them for cash. An officer showed up to the store Sunday to intercept the male suspect inside and question him, unbeknownst to the suspect, Sgt. Da Cruz said. The man allegedly tried to run from the officer inside the store and the officer chased him, eventually taking him down in the front doorway where the suspect started resisting arrest and fighting with the officer. Sgt. Da Cruz said more officers showed up to take the man into custody and no injuries were reported, either to the officer or suspect. The man is facing several charges from other unrelated warrants, but Sgt. Da Cruz did not explain what they were, specifically. [Source: Tucson News Now]- Sponsor – Suspect allegedly bit LP associates who tried to stop her from shopliftingA 30-year-old Oak Creek, Wisconsin, woman allegedly bit Boston Store LP associates who tried to stop her from shoplifting nearly $200 worth of merchandise. The woman allegedly concealed $197 worth of merchandise from the Boston Store at Bayshore Town Center. Two loss prevention associates followed her outside. When one of them tried to grab her she bit the officer’s hand. The other officer tried to grab her, and she bit that person on the forearm near the elbow. Glendale police arrested the woman on suspicion of retail theft, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia. When officers searched her, they found 11 hypodermic needles and a crack pipe, according to their report. [Source: Journal Sentinel]Employee accused of stealing nearly $3KDecarius Franklin, 20 of Monroe, Louisiana, was arrested Sunday, April 8th, 2018. According to the arrest report, Monroe Police Officers responded to JCPenny at Pecanland Mall in reference to an employee theft. Monroe Officers made contact with a loss prevention associate who said DeCarius Franklin, an employee at JCPenny, made 38 fraudulent transactions and received more than $2,968.00 in returned cash. Officers spoke with Franklin who admitted to making 38 fraudulent transactions to get cash. LP asociates were also able to retrieve a copy of all transactions Franklin made. Franklin was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of theft. He has since bonded out on a $6,000.00 bond. [Source: My ArklaMiss]Police officer under investigation for use of force after shoplifting arrestConcerns about a Fort Collins, Colorado, police’s officer’s use of force during a shoplifting arrest have spurred investigations into the incident. The officer, whom agency officials declined to identify Friday, was driving home from a shift March 29 when he heard a call for service at Target, according to a news release from Fort Collins Police Services. He was the first officer to arrive on scene. When he arrived, a woman suspected of shoplifting was fighting with staff in the store’s loss prevention office area, according to police. The officer tried for six minutes to arrest her, despite verbal and physical resistance. A second officer arrived on scene, and the pair used “less-lethal tools” to take the woman into custody after an additional two minutes of effort. Officers used a taser and pepper spray, according to arrest documents. The suspect was injured, police said, but it’s unclear how. Police said the suspect also injured a Target employee. Details about the nature of the injuries suffered were not made public, but police said the suspect was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation after the incident. She was booked into the Larimer County Jail later that day on suspicion of theft, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstruction of a police officer.The unidentified officer is facing both internal and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigations into his or her use of force. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of those investigation, police announced Friday. While police have not named the suspect or the officer under review, county jail booking documents show 29-year-old Natasha Patnode was arrested March 29 at Target on suspicion of charges matching those in this incident. Jail booking documentation for Patnode identify the arresting officer as Justin Burch, but police said he is not the officer being investigated. Loss prevention staff reported recovering $419 worth of merchandise from Patnode.Interim Police Chief Terry Jones initiated the investigation based on internal concerns about use of force, according to the news release. Fort Collins Police Spokeswoman Kate Kimble said the suspect in the incident sustained injuries “when officers used force in an attempt to take her into custody.” The woman was transported to a hospital for evaluation, per agency policy, before being released that same day and then booked into the Larimer County Jail. [Source: Coloradoan] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
It’s complicated. We don’t want to overplay our hand here, but the role and responsibility of today’s asset protection professionals is increasingly complex, and mission critical, to their organizations. Think about it: LP is protecting globally traveling people, extensive supply chains, hundreds or thousands of stores, distribution centers and offices, websites, 24/7 data interchange, and the brand’s reputation. We might rightly describe our evolving function as multidomain loss prevention/asset protection (LP).Multidomain LPFor our LP teams to maintain their well-deserved status as problem solvers, we must continue to learn and understand evolving multidomain dynamics and threats in order to focus and significantly improve operations and outcomes across the entire range of protective activity.The key to deterring or defeating errors, accidents, and intentional theft, fraud, or attacks rests in LP’s ability to simultaneously operate through and across all domains, all the time. LP must present differing types of offenders with multiple dilemmas for which they have no immediate answers and no way to predict what will happen next.- Sponsor – Our digital and physical adversaries are making significant progress leveraging deception, crews, and violence to exploit weaknesses across our domains. And our current and incoming LP professionals need the savvy and skills to proactively and simultaneously deter, disrupt, and detain offenders across the multidomain retail enterprise. Our goal is supporting our organizations by making people and places safer and more secure.We focus on ensuring what our customers want to buy is on the shelf or in-stock when they want it by securing increasingly convenient checkout and by creating a safer, 24/7 place to work and shop. If one or more of these things don’t happen, our retail companies fail with our shoppers.Herd or Group ImmunityAnother initiative our team is working on is to describe and test the group or herd-immunity concept. Herd immunity is indirect protection of most people or places from infectious disease (or in our case people and process errors, and crime attempts) that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become resistant or even immune to an infection or other problem, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not so well protected or resistant.In medicine, in a population in which many or most individuals are immune, chains of infection are likely to be disrupted, which stops or slows the spread of disease. A key concept here: the greater the proportion of individuals in a community who are resistant, the smaller the probability that those who are not immune will meet an infectious person.In our case, we’re preparing to test this hypothesis by examining if the more store locations that are effectively treated with a benefit denial process where protected high-loss items don’t function until activated upon licit purchase, the better the system works overall (even lower losses after expanding coverage to other retailers). Likewise, do untreated similar and close-by items and stores receive what Dr. Ron Clarke describes as diffusion of benefit or halo effect because offenders wrongly assume untreated sites are treated.We’re excited to see if our research discovers ways to do more with less while also informing better cross-retailer collaboration to help all participants better protect their people and places.LPRC Research in ActionOur team is focused on working with our retailer and solution partners to minimize crime and loss-control problems. Whatever we do should affect perpetrators’ decisions, but it should not unduly affect our shoppers or employee teams. We strive to do no harm. This issue’s Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) study is one of many that examine how shoppers/customers notice and respond to protective treatments. To accomplish this, the LPRC research team conducted a series of intercept interviews with store customers to obtain their perceptions of enhanced public-view monitor (ePVM) interventions in merchandise category areas. The full report of this, other similar research, and over 350 additional research briefs is in the LPRC Knowledge Center for download by member supporters.The purpose of the customer interviews was to better understand their awareness of each intervention; reaction to the interventions; interest in having select anti-theft interventions so that high-theft products can be maintained in open displays (rather than kept locked or behind the counter); the impact of the interventions on willingness to purchase products; and the impact of the interventions on their overall perceptions of personal safety in the store.Results: Customer Interviews on PVM and ePVM TreatmentsThe following sections present detailed results of twenty-four interviews (twelve for each intervention) conducted with customers on site at a location featuring a public-view monitor (PVM) and an enhanced public-view monitor (ePVM).The first question in the customer survey asked twenty-four customers what security measures they noticed in the health and beauty aids area. Overall, nearly all (N=22, 91.7%) of interviewed customers mentioned the ePVM. The small e denotes public-view monitors enhanced to help offenders better notice, recognize, and change their behavior (see, get, fear). Enhancements include positioning, signage, lighting, and sounds.Customers who did not notice the monitor were shown the security measure, and all customers were asked for their immediate reactions to the PVM or ePVM. The table here shows some of the shoppers’ broadly grouped question responses.Generally, respondents offered positive or neutral initial remarks about the PVM. Many noted the theft-deterrent benefits of the monitors, and a few indicated the monitors make them feel like the store is doing something about shoplifting.The small number of negative reactions to the monitors relate to respondents feeling nervous or worried about being watched while shopping. Surveillance concerns typically dissipated when participants were offered a choice of the ePVM’s presence, allowing self-selection versus needing an employee to unlock an item for them.More than three-fifths (62.5%) of the customers interviewed said they do believe there is someone in another location in the store watching the video footage from the monitor. One-sixth (16.7%) of the customers we interviewed do not believe anyone in the store is watching the video footage from the monitor, while about one-fifth (20.8%) said they “don’t know” if someone is watching the video footage.Customer Preference for Monitors or Locked DisplaysTo follow up on addressing any negative shopper concerns, customers were next read the following statement: “Use of public-view monitors as a security measure allows the store to make the product available to you on the shelf, rather than keeping it behind a counter or in a locked display that requires you to ask for employee assistance to access the product.” Customers were then asked if they prefer this type of security measure to keeping products behind a counter or in a locked display case. The results are presented below.More than four-fifths of the customers interviewed (83.3%) said they prefer ePVMs to having products behind a counter or in a locked display. Just one of the interviewed customers said they do not prefer this security measure to keeping products behind a counter or in a locked display, and three respondents said they “don’t know” which they prefer.This project summary addresses four of multiple research questions from ongoing projects designed to help retailers dial-in their solutions to provide robust protection by deterring and disrupting offenders as they ideate, initiate, and progress their crimes while not interfering with shopper experience and purchasing. The full report is in the LPRC Knowledge Center at lpresearch.org.2018 Impact ConferenceEvery year for over fifteen years, retailers and LPRC staff have joined together to plan and execute an annual gathering to discuss recent and practical theft, fraud, and violence-control research. The meeting has grown from almost 100 to over 350 participants. And it has changed from several featured sessions or speakers to multiple shorter, interactive Learning Lab breakouts to explore over two dozen new projects findings, poster reviews, and other exciting experiences.Participating retailers keep voting to have the University of Florida (UF) host the conference to explore the ever-changing LPRC Innovation Lab and to enjoy interacting with UF faculty and students in a beautiful top-ten public university environment.We invite you to consider participating in this year’s LPRC Impact held October 1–3 in Gainesville. Visit lpresearch.org to learn more and register.Recommended ReadingHandbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2nd edition) edited by Nick Tilley and Aiden Sidebottom and published by Routledge (a Taylor & Francis Group imprint) in New York, NY. This compilation of research articles is valuable to researchers and practitioners alike. It is a powerful primer with several criminologists laying out how to apply opportunity and environmental crime-control theories to real-world problems. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
India defeated West Indies by four wickets to seal their World Cup quarterfinals berth on FridayPresident Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the Indian cricket team for their four-wicket victory against the West Indies in the World Cup.The president in his congratulatory message to the team wished them success for the upcoming matches.”Congrats Team India for victory against West Indies. Good wishes for success in future matches,” Mukherjee tweeted.Congrats Team India for victory against West Indies.Good wishes for success in future matches #PresidentMukherjee President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) March 6, 2015″Congratulations to the Cricket Team for the win against West Indies. The Men in Blue seem to be having a great tournament!” Modi tweeted.Congratulations to the Cricket Team for the win against West Indies. The Men in Blue seem to be having a great tournament! Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 6, 2015A superlative bowling performance and a cool skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni eventually helped India muster a four-wicket win against the Windies to notch their fourth consecutive Pool B victory on a tricky WACA pitch in Perth.A brilliant bowling performance helped the defending champions skittle out the Windies for 182 in 44.2 overs, with man-of-the-match Mohammed Shami clinching 3-35. In reply, India struggled throughout their chase but a level-headed Dhoni saw the team through in 39.1 overs to qualify for the quarterfinals.
VANCOUVER – A wildlife biologist says an ailing female killer whale off the West Coast of Washington state is “slogging along” with her pod, but is at times unable to keep up.A veterinarian was able to dart J50 with a broad-spectrum antibiotic on Thursday, but Brad Hanson, a U.S. government fisheries biologist, said she still appears tired and was even moving backwards with the current when she was seen on the weekend.The emaciated whale is part of the endangered southern resident population, which has just 75 members remaining. Canadian and American experts are taking unprecedented action to help the young orca recover.Hanson said the 3-1/2-year-old isn’t taking part in socialization common to these whales such as splashing, playing and jumping.However, experts are encouraged that she appears interested in hunting for chinook salmon along with members of her pod, even though she hasn’t been seen eating, he said Monday.Hanson said they were able to test a feeding experiment with members of the Lummi Nation, who released about eight salmon from a vessel about 100 metres in front of J50. It wasn’t clear if she ate any of those fish, he said.Logistically, it was successful, Hanson said, noting the fish were deployed quickly.“All in all, we were happy with that particular aspect of the plan. It’s important to remember this type of thing has never been tried before and there were lots of things that could potentially go awry.”The eventual plan, if necessary, is to feed the whale salmon with medication inside.The Canadian government hasn’t been asked if the same such experiment can be carried out in Canadian waters.Hanson said experts realize that feeding J50 could lead to habituation. They’ve taken steps to avoid that by using a deployment tube to send out the fish so the whales don’t make an association with people and vessels.“These animals can be quite intelligent and they have very good eyesight, so they do pick up on these things very quickly,” he said. “Our concern is we’re sort of in a situation with the condition of the animal that we felt this was warranted.”Sheila Thornton, lead killer whale research scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said officials want to ensure that any actions taken will benefit J50 while not having a negative impact on the rest of the population.“At this time we are awaiting the outcome of both the breath and fecal samples to see if there is further intervention required.”Researchers were able to collect a few fecal samples from pod members on the weekend, but they are unsure if any of it is from J50.Deborah Giles, a biologist at the Center of Conservation Biology at Washington University, said they’ll be able to conduct genetic typing to discover which whale left the sample and will be able to test for stress or pregnancy hormones as well as for nutrition information.Andrew Thomson, regional director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said vessels on the Washington and B.C. coasts are being encouraged to stay well away from J50 and her pod. While regulations say all vessels must stay at least 200 metres from a killer whale in Canadian waters, Thomson said last week he’d like to see vessels stay 500 metres away.