Wawa is notifying potentially impacted individuals about a data security incident that affected customer payment card information used at potentially all Wawa locations (more than 800 stores) between March 2019-December 2019.
The Prince George’s County Council in Maryland has approved a bill that requires convenience stores and gas stations to have drop boxes and security cameras, according to a report from NACS online and WTTG-TV.
Back in the day, convenience stores were as convenient to robbers as to customers. It once was estimated by law enforcement officials that six percent of all robberies of businesses in the U.S. involved convenience stores.
Organized retail crime (ORC), already a large national problem, continues to grow rapidly. According to the FBI, the losses attributed to organized retail crime are in the tens of billions of dollars each year.
Convenience stores (c-stores) are unique commercial properties in that they are usually open 24-hours, are largely cash-based businesses, can be operated by one clerk, and are conveniently located for quick in-and-out shopping, according to Chris McGoey, who specializes in security at these businesses.
After numerous robberies of convenience stores, some tragically ending in the murder of staff or customers, a number of states enacted legislation to encourage store owners to institute security measures.