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May 1, 2024

  • Shoplifting Surged 31% in Canada from 2021 to 2022
    -Why the rise in shoplifting? Blame our addiction to online shopping

  • Anti-ORC Plexiglass Stirs Up Debate
    -Atlantic Superstore defends use of plexiglass to prevent 'organized crime.' Shoppers unconvinced

  • Army of Robots Serving Walmart Canada Customers
    -Walmart Canada says robots are coming to 2 Ontario warehouses

  • Cybersecurity Incident Triggers Store Closures
    -London Drugs closes stores in Western Canada due to 'cybersecurity incident'

  • Canada's Inflation Impact
    -Many Canadians Are Risking Illness by Eating Expired Food with Grocery Inflation

  • Canadian Retail Sees Strong Gains In Feb, Fueling Summer Shopping Speculation

  • Canada's Top Shopping Centres by Sales Per Square Foot

  • Harvey's Aims to Open 500 More Locations in Canada

  • Cadillac Fairview Portfolio Dominates in ICSC Mall Productivity Ranking Study

  • Teen victim identified in homicide outside Halifax Shopping Centre

  • 12 arrested in massive credit card fraud scheme, $4M lost: Toronto police

  • Barrie, ON, Canada: Barrie Police foil a massive theft ring and seize $365,000 worth of stolen merchandise

  • 1 suspect arrested, 3 others sought in Markham shooting

  • Toronto, Canada: Two people in custody after man shot in downtown C-store

  • Worker assaulted during daytime jewelry store heist at Markham mall: police

  • Suspects waving weapons, smashing glass in Toronto jewelry store robbery

  • Police charge two teens following Kitchener convenience store robbery

  • Eskasoni RCMP charge man after armed robbery

April 17, 2024

  • Rexall Using Auror's Retail Crime Intelligence Platform Canada-Wide
    - Solving the ORC problem with Auror's Retail Crime Intelligence Platform

  • Retail Crime Gangs Targeting Self-Checkout in Toronto
    - How retail crime rings are using self-checkout to steal millions of dollars worth of merchandise in the Toronto area

  • 'It's just an overall explosion in homelessness'
    - Encampment numbers in Toronto have more than doubled over last March

  • Loewe Enters Canada with 1st Standalone Store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre

  • Peavey Mart Spearheads Retail Revamp of Stores Across Canada

  • South American Theft Group Hits Montreal Jewelry Store
    - Ten people face charges after $3M heist at West Island jewelry store

  • Attempted Murder at Canadian Tire Store
    - Man accused of stabbing police officer at Saint John Canadian Tire store

  • Robbery Spree Targeting Gas Stations, C-Stores
    - Winnipeg man arrested in connection with armed robberies at gas stations, convenience stores

  • 1 arrested, police seek second man after March liquor store robbery

  • Arrests made following investigation into store robberies in Regina

 

March 27, 2024

  • RCC Retail Secure 2024 Recap: Shaping the Future of Safety

  • Rise of the techie cargo thieves
    - How digitally savvy theft has invaded trucking

  • New 'Automated Receiving Solution' Rolled Out by Walmart Canada
    - Walmart brings automation to Canadian supply chain

  • Retail Sales Stronger Than Expected
    - Canadian Retail Sales Promising For Some & Ominous For Others In January

  • 30% Surge in Canadian Business Insolvencies
    - Canadian Businesses Grapple with Soaring Insolvencies as CEBA Loan Repayments Take Toll: Equifax Reports

  • Canada Goose cuts corporate workforce by 17%, shakes up executive roles

  • How Canada's Retail Sector Can Better Serve Families with Children

  • Report Highlights Contrasting Strategies Among Canadian Grocers to Tackle Inflation and Shifting Shopper Preferences

  • Jewelry Store Hit By Barrage of Gunfire
    - Update: Surrey jewelry store 'targeted' in shooting, RCMP say

  • $500K Cargo Theft
    - Shipping container full of e-bikes stolen in Delta

  • Toronto Robbery Spree
    - Man, 26, accused of four armed robberies in Toronto

  • Suspect arrested, accused of stealing mainly meat in Winnipeg grocery robberies

  • Store robbed at Sherway Gardens in Toronto

  • Lethbridge police seek public assistance IDing suspect in Canadian Tire store robbery

 

March 20, 2024

  • Last Chance to Register!
    - Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024, Int'l Centre, Mississauga

  • Canada's Shoplifting Crackdown Continues
    - Police extend shoplifting crackdown into Spring Break

  • Loblaw Balancing Security & Convenience
    - Canadian Retailers Test Anti-Theft Technology

  • Loblaw Under Fire
    - Public Backlash Escalates Amidst Corporate Missteps

  • Home Depot to open new Greater Toronto distribution centre catering to pros

  • Toronto Retail Market Stabilizes in 2024 with Economic Challenges and Limited Leasing Options

  • Richmond, B.C. , Canada: Mounties seize stolen Lego, Jellycat toys, clothes worth $150,000

  • Two men arrested for allegedly robbing jewelry store with hammers: Halifax police

  • Alleged knife-wielding shoplifter sought for threatening Vaughan LCBO store staff

  • Brampton, Ont. man charged after series of armed robberies 

  • At least one in custody after attempted robbery at jewelry store in Bedford mall

  • 2 men plead guilty to 2022 armed robbery at B.C. car dealership

  • RCMP called to incident that closes West Kelowna drug store

 

March 13, 2024

  • Last Chance to Register!
    - Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024, Int'l Centre, Mississauga

  • Wave of Burglaries Hitting Toronto Businesses
    - Toronto small business owners describe alarming commercial break-ins

  • 2024 Will Be a Challenging Year for Canadian Retailers
    - Canadian Retail Sector to Face Challenges and Innovations in 2024 Amid Changing Consumer Behaviours and Rising Insolvencies: CBRE Report

  • Canadians Blame Retailers & Government for High Prices
    - Consumer Perceptions Vary as Canadians Grapple with Rising Grocery Costs, Blaming Retailers, Government, Global Trends

  • Major grocers invest in discount stores as customers keep budgets tight

  • The International Retailers that Entered Canada in 2023 and their Expansion Plans

  • Canadian apparel sector braces for another year of no splurging

  • Store Owner Shot 4 Times During Robbery
    - Suspects charged after Surrey jewelry store robbery and shooting

  • N.S. RCMP arrest man after alleged violent robbery

  • Cold remedy containing opioid among unauthorized health products seized at British Columbia store

  • Man charged following robbery, assault at Lower Sackville hardware store

  • Young woman robbed three Halifax area gas stations in one day, police say

  • Police searching for suspect after robbery near Brantford

  • Police looking for Centretown store robber

March 6, 2024

  • Two Weeks Left to Register!
    -Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024, Int'l Centre, Mississauga

  • Canadian Theft is 'Getting More Organized & Violent'
    -B.C., Quesnel consumers hit with "crime tax" says SOS coalition

  • 33 Store Closures in Canada
    -The Body Shop to close nearly a third of stores in Canada, seeks creditor protection

  • Red Sea Attacks Impacting Canadian Supply Chain?
    -Shein, Temu and other e-commerce retailers are upending global air cargo industry

  • Retail Loyalty Programs in Canada
    -Booming Subscriptions but Lacklustre Engagement Challenge Retailers

  • Quebec's online shopping platform, Le Panier Bleu, shutting down

  • B.C. cannabis companies finally eligible for pre-approved credit cards

  • Ontario's top court unanimously upholds life sentences for Eaton Centre shooter

  • Same culprits pulled off some of the jewelry heists in Mississauga & across GTA

  • Brandon, Canada: Walmart LP punched in the face by fleeing shoplifter

  • Police seek suspects after Edmonton liquor store robbery involving pepper spray

  • Ottawa police looking to identify suspect in store robbery on Bank Street

  • an pleads guilty to robbing Dartmouth convenience store while armed with axe
     

February 28, 2024

  • Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024, Int'l Centre, Mississauga

  • RCMP Hit with Cyberattack
    -Royal Canadian Mounted Police targeted in 'alarming' cyberattack

  • Canada's Organized Crime Crackdown
    -16 charged, 18 arrested in major operation targeting organized crime in Quebec

  • $2.5M Dollarama Settlement
    -Dollarama reaches $2.5M settlement in class-action suit over pricing

  • Canadian Retail Sales Dip: Year-End Drop In Discretionary Spending

  • Opinion: Crime is rising in Canada, and Liberals can't seem to find a solution

  • Canadian Consumers Willing to Switch Grocery Stores while Seeking Bargains

  • (Update) Details emerge in Surrey jewelry store robbery that left man shot

  • Police investigate after shots reportedly fired into closed Scarborough business

  • Teen Mall Robbery Crew Busted
    -Four teenagers arrested after robbery at Fairview Park mall: police

  • 5 charged in smash & grab Markham jewelry store robbery attempt, including 3 youths

  • RCMP investigate shooting that killed one man in Sicamous, B.C.

  • Armed robbery in Waterloo sees suspect pull trigger, no one hurt

  • Oshawa jewelry store targeted a second time by hammer-wielding suspects

  • Lac La Biche RCMP seek public assistance identifying suspect in liquor store robbery

February 21, 2024

  • Early Bird Rates End TODAY
    - RCC Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024 | The International Centre

  • Canada: Safe Space for the World's Biggest International Criminals?
    - Lethal Exports: Why Canada is a 'global refuge' for Hells Angels, crime networks

  • 'Recognizing Leadership & Achievement'
    - Canadian Security announces Top 10 Under 40 recipients for 2024

  • Mixed Bag for Canadian Retail in 2024?
    - What to Expect for the Canadian Retail and Hospitality Sectors in 2024

  • Fighting Surging Food Pricing in Canada
    - Loblaw & Walmart Could be Forced to Adhere to Grocery Code of Conduct with Legislation

  • Loblaw Announces $2 Billion Investment in Canada for 2024 with Dozens of New Stores and 7,500 New Jobs

  • Ontario electronics retailer Factory Direct to liquidate all 14 stores

  • Canada's consumer price index: Increase slows to 2.9 per cent

  • Upscale Pusateri's Fine Foods to Close Yorkville Grocery Store in Toronto After 20 Years

  • Duo arrested in jeweler's shooting face charges in other armed robberies

  • Man shot during attempted jewelry store robbery in Surrey's Guildford area

  • Serial Shoplifter Busted After 25 Thefts
    - Man charged in connection with over 25 west-end shoplifting thefts

  • Police investigating fatal shooting in Montreal's Little Italy 

  • 3 Toronto teens among suspects charged in smash-and-grab robbery at jewelry store

  • Police arrest man after 'series of armed robberies' in Yellowknife

  • Three arrested and one sought following armed pharmacy robbery in Milton

  • Third arrest made in Kitchener store robbery

  • Police investigating armed vehicle robbery in downtown Kitchener

February 14, 2024

  • RCC Retail Secure Conference | March 21, 2024 | The International Centre

  • Protecting Canadian Employees from Dangerous Workplaces
    - Canadian Employers Take a Proactive Approach to Workplace Safety

  • Canada Steps Up Anti-Crime Funding
    - The Government of Canada invests in crime prevention in Prince George

  • Record Surge in Canadian Insolvencies
    - Businesses and Consumers Battle Rising Costs Amid Economic Turmoil

  • In-Store Shopping Booms in Ottawa
    - Ottawa's retail vacancy rate hits new low as population grows, development slows

  • Vancouver's Retail Landscape Thrives: Economic Growth, Tech Boom, & Tourism Fuel Expansion

  • Ontario calls for harsher sentences, better border checks ahead of auto-theft summit

  • Shooting outside Laval restaurant injures South Shore businessman

  • 2 charged in shooting investigation outside London, Ont. jewelry store

  • Suspects from Mississauga, Brampton charged in GTA c-store robbery spree

  • Toronto man made hateful comments in Scarborough store before assaulting, robbing customer: police

  • Suspects at large after guns stolen from gas station in northern B.C.

  • Peterborough police seek suspect in knifepoint robbery at convenience store

  • Halifax police investigating alleged armed robbery at Bedford gas station

February 7, 2024

  • Register Now: Retail Secure Conference

  • Businesses Across Canada Targeted by Violence & Extortion
    - Extortion and shootings targeting South Asian businesses across Canada

  • LP & PD Team Up for Campaign Against Shoplifters
    - Police Team Up With Loss Prevention Officers to Nab Shoplifters

  • Canada's COVID Bounce-Back Continues
    - Retailers to Benefit as Tourism in Canada Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Numbers

  • Metro donated $63M worth of food to food banks in 2023

  • Why Food Prices at Grocery Stores in Canada are Rising in February

  • $25K in Arc'teryx merchandise taken during Vancouver robbery

  • Credit Cards Created in Fraudulent Manufacturing Lab
    - More than 350 charges laid in Calgary fradulent ID investigation

  • 4 men arrested in string of 8 retail robberies across Toronto

  • Burnaby businesses evacuated after armed robbery: RCMP

  • Avondale employee grazed with knife during St. Catharines robbery: NRP

 

January 24, 2024

  • Genetec named as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

  • Save Our Streets' Initiative Fighting Retail Crime in British Columbia
    -Eby says coordinated effort the key to curbing retail theft, downtown social issues

  • Businesses Urge Lawmakers to Fight Threats
    -Ontario, B.C. mayors urge Ottawa to create plan to combat business extortion threats

  • 'Be a Crime Stopper'
    -January is Crime Stoppers month

  • 43% of Canadians Hit By Fraud
    -The most common scams affecting Canadians in 2024

  • Red Sea Attacks Impacting Canadian Shippers
    -Tremors from Red Sea conflict start to shake Canada, with dozens of ships delayed

  • COVID Permanently Changed Canadian Urban Centers
    -Downtown Ottawa needs 'visionary and transformative action,' report says

  • Loblaw could be investigated for discount reduction

  • Rexall put up for sale as American owner rethinks Canadian footprint

  • Man fatally shot in Abbotsford mall parking lot prompts investigation

  • Victoria, BC Canada: 27 people arrested for shoplifting by West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit over 6-week period in shoplifting blitz

  • Man allegedly stole more than $60K in jewelry from N.S. pawn shop

  • Windsor, Canada: Vehicle smashes into Tecumseh Mall in jewelry store break-in

  • Five suspects arrested, some as young as 15, after armed robbery at Pickering pharmacy

  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada: 3 teens among 4 arrested for Jewelry store Smash -and-Grab

  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada: 4 Thieves smash display cases, steal jewelry at Mapleview Birks store

  • Police arrest two of four hammer-toting suspects in smash-and-grab robberies at 3 GTA jewelry stores

  • Calgary Police looking for suspects in Southcenter Mall robbery

  • Toronto man in custody for reported theft at Saskatoon jewellery store

  • Halton police arrest 4 teens after armed robbery at Oakville pharmacy

  • Windsor police search for robber accused of throwing store clerk to the ground

  • Police investigating convenience store robbery in St. Catharines

  • RCMP search for suspect after armed robbery at Airdrie 7-Eleven

 

January 10, 2024

  • Canada's Retail Crime & Safety 'Crisis'
    - Retailers in British Columbia Demand Government Action as Crime and Safety Concerns Reach Crisis Point

  • The Case of the Indigo 11
    - How an act of vandalism became a flashpoint in Toronto

  • Police Shootings Surge in Canada
    - Expert says number of police shootings in Canada 'spectacularly unrelenting'

  • Canadian Cities Grapple with Abandoned Carts
    - Abandoned shopping carts leave some city residents feeling pushed around

  • Walmart Canada Focused on Store Upgrades
    - Walmart abandons plan to open fulfillment centre in Quebec

  • Expert Canadian Retail Predictions for 2024, and 2023 Review

  • Toronto's 'worrisome' office vacancy rate hits new highs

  • Canadian Retail Leasing Market to Stabilize Amid Economic Challenges

  • Two people in custody after man shot in downtown Toronto store

  • Four Robbers Steal $135K+ in Jewelry Within a Minute During Heist
    - Stratford police release footage of smash-and-grab heist at jewelry store

  • 15-year-old robbed, stabbed at Polo Park mall

  • Kitchner, ON, Canada: Three people with hammers and pepper spray rob Kitchener jewelry store

  • Store Robbed, Employee Assaulted
    - Ottawa Police seeking suspect who robbed, assaulted employee at business

  • Customer stabbed during Oakville drug store heist

  • Police searching for suspect after Ajax gas station robbed at gunpoint

  • Two robberies within minutes of each other in Etobicoke: Cops

  • Multiple suspects sought after jewelry store at Richmond Hill mall robbed

  • Armed robbery at Saint John convenience store

  • Centre Street cannabis store broken into early Friday

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