News Roundup: March 2, 2016

David Homolka Promoted to Vice President and Chief Property and Design Officer at Cabela’s

David Homolka has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Property and Design Officer at Cabela’s. David was most recently the Vice President of Real Estate, Store Design and Construction for the retailer. In his new role David is responsible for real estate, store design, construction and visual merchandising. With nearly 12 years at Cabella’s, he has also held leadership roles as Vice President of Human Resources & Asset Protection, Vice President of US Retail Operations, and Director of Asset Protection. David has also worked at Shopko as Vice President Human Resources/Loss Prevention, and Pamida, Inc. as Vice President of Store Administration and Loss Prevention.

Congratulations David!


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New Facial Recognition Tool Helping Police Solve Crimes, Including Credit Card Fraud

Michigan State University Professor Dr. Anil Jain has created a powerful new facial recognition tool that is helping police solve crimes and making our communities safer. And that is paying off for law enforcement agencies nationwide, especially for the Michigan State Police. Dr. Jain’s algorithm has given law enforcement a powerful tool to help attach a name to a face. Crime stats show that more and more people are becoming victims of credit card and identification fraud. Facial recognition is helping to identify the criminals who wreak havoc on people’s lives by stealing their personal information. “They go into these retail establishment and use a card. So then we’ll work with that image that is taken from there and we’ve been able to ID quite a few people just from those images…” [WLNS News]


Cyber Crime Trends that Shaped 2015

According to the Dell Security Annual Threat Report detailing the cybercrime trends that shaped 2015, there are four key developing trends in cybercrime. These are: The evolution of exploit kits to stay one step ahead of security systems; a continued surge in SSL/TLS encryption that is giving cyber-criminals more opportunities to conceal malware from firewalls; the continued rise of Android malware; and a marked increase in the overall number of malware attacks. The report shows that cyber-criminals employed a number of new tactics to better conceal exploit kits from security systems… [InfoSecurity]


FreightWatch Reports 2.1 Cargo Thefts Per Day in the U.S. in 2015

There were on average 63 reported trucking cargo thefts per month in 2015 – roughly two incidents per day – according to the latest FreightWatch report on U.S. cargo theft. A total of 754 incidents of cargo theft were recorded in 2015, with an average loss value of $184,101, representing a 6 percent drop in volume and a 21 percent drop in value compared to 2014. Despite the decline in the number of reported thefts and total loss values, the company warns that the threat of cargo theft continues to grow in the United States “due to increased organization and innovation on the part of cargo thieves as they broaden their geographical areas of operation and improve their methods to avoid detection and capture.” The report notes that thefts involving pharmaceutical products quadrupled in volume, and that facility thefts were recorded at record-high rates in 2015… []


Strong Growth Expected in the Robotics Industry

The robotics industry, spurred on by demand in new markets and increasing labor costs, is expected to show strong growth through the rest of the decade, according to analyst firm IDC. Worldwide spending on robotics, as well as related services, is expected to jump from a $71 billion market in 2015 to $135.4 billion in 2019. “Robotics is one of the core technologies that is enabling significant change in manufacturing through factory-of-the-future initiatives,” said Jing Bing Zhang, a research director at IDC. “While traditionally used in the automotive industry, there is an increasing adoption of robotics in sectors like electronics, retail, healthcare, logistics, agriculture, services, education and government.”


LP Worldwide: Career Criminals Caught After Checking in with Girlfriends from Crime Scenes

A mob of burglars who have been jailed for a total of 55 years were caught out after calling their girlfriends from crime scenes. Using heavy-duty equipment like angle grinders, sledgehammers, and Stihl saws, they stole over £150,000 in cash, around £40,000 in cigarettes, cars worth £10,000, and left over £50,000 of destruction in their wake. Officers trying to unravel the conspiracy – which saw 15 businesses targeted – were able to place their suspects at crime scenes because they called their partners at key times – using phones which could easily be traced back to them. [Manchester Evening News]


Man Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Sports Merchandise

A Rhode Island man faces felony charges after he was arrested at a sports memorabilia show, allegedly with $5,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise before police found even more stored in a Rhode Island warehouse. Richard Rufo was arrested while he was selling hats, shirts and jerseys at a sports memorabilia show. His arrest led investigators to a warehouse that the defendant allegedly rented where police say they seized a “substantial” amount of alleged counterfeit sports clothing… [Sun Chronicle]

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