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Organized Retail Crime Rising According to the most recent survey of organized retail crime trends conducted by the National Retail Federation, 85 percent of senior loss prevention officers across all industries say they have been victims of organized theft in the past year, a jump of six percent from the previous survey a year ago. In addition, 66 percent of respondents reported an increase in the crimes. New York Thieves Use iPhones as Bait New York police busted a scheme last week in which a group of thieves in Brooklyn were luring customers to remote locations with the promise of iPhones and then

- The New York Times said the early-morning shoppers were engaging in “retail desperation,” after Wal*Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City and others opened at 5 a.m. - According to an MSNBC report Friday afternoon, consumer electronics products, especially laptop computers, were expected to be the “hottest target for bargain hunters” this Black Friday. The iPhone, various iPods and the Nintendo Wii were also called especially hot products. - About 133 million Americans were expected to shop on Black Friday, according to AFP. That number represents a drop of 7 million from 2006’s total. - Cold weather was reported throughout the Northeast,

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