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Report: 112 on-duty private security deaths last year


CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Private Officer International’s 2012 Private Security Death-Injury Report cites 112 on-duty deaths—103 male victims and nine women.

Michigan law targets ORC


LANSING, Mich.—Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud.

Landmark civic center to get fire-system upgrade


SAN FRANCISCO—The Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a marvel of modern architecture with an old and outdated fire alarm system. Now, however, U.S.

Brazen child abduction attempts at malls

In Virginia and Canada, suspects try to grab children from parents

YARMOUTH, Maine—Just over a week after security guards at a shopping mall in Virginia escorted a suspected child abductor from the premises and let him go, store managers at a Canadian mall in Welland, Ontario, left a similar suspect unattended outside while they went to

Calls for mandated security for convenience stores questioned

Lawmakers feel pressure, but blanket approach not always answer, those involved say

YARMOUTH, Maine—Muhammad Islam had been on the job for three weeks at the Big Red Food Mart in Pine Bluff, Ark., when he was shot dead during a September robbery. No arrest has been made in the 26-year-old’s death

Black Friday safer this year

Planning and communication paid off, NRF official says

YARMOUTH, Maine—The more than 80 million shoppers who flocked to stores on Black Friday posed fewer crowd management problems for retailers, a welcome change from past years when employees and customers have been injured by rambunctious bargain-hunters and worse.

Clerk's death brings call for mandatory video surveillance


YARMOUTH, Maine—City-mandated video surveillance is on the table in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Goodwill stores shift to IP surveillance

The move aids non-profit’s battle against shrink

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Goodwill stores are a shopping destination for many a bargain-hunter and that’s good news for the non-profit, whose re-sale proceeds go toward programs to help those with employment challenges improve their economic self-sufficiency.

Retailers doing better job with year-round crowd management

Safety comes from careful planning, communication and collaboration, NRF says

YARMOUTH, Maine—Crowd management for retailers used to be mostly a Black Friday/holiday season concern, but now it’s a year-round issue, and more stores are tackling it, according to a National Retail Federation official.