ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate this week passed legislation that makes it felony to use "booster bags" and other anti-security devices to steal merchandise from retailers, joining a number of other states that have sought to combat organized retail crime.
DALLAS—Earlier this month, the Dallas Police Department changed its policy for how it would respond to shoplifting calls. From now on, the department would no longer routinely dispatch officers to calls that involve shoplifting where merchandise is valued at less than $50.
PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Vector Security, based here, recently announced a strategic partnership with Spacenet that allows the security company to offer managed network services to its national retail customers.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis.—Within the past year, Scott Knepper has purchased six struggling Cold Stone Creamery franchises in Wisconsin. In each case, the first thing he did was invest in a new surveillance system.
NEW YORK—Senator Charles Schumer used his political soapbox this week to warn consumers of gift card fraud during the holiday season and to ask retailers to take the issue more seriously and protect the cards from tampering while they're in stores.
YARMOUTH, Maine—Retailers expect return fraud to increase in total this year, but don't expect it to rise during the holiday season due to tighter return policies, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation.