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Matthew Irwin promoted to Director, Asset Protection
for Advance Auto Parts

Matthew has been with Advance Auto Parts for nearly five years, starting with the company in 2018 as Regional Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Director, Asset Protection, he served as Sr. Manager, Asset Protection for more than two years. Prior to that, he served as Regional LP Manager for Dollar General, District LP Manager for Hastings Entertainment, and Regional LP Manager for Blockbuster. Congratulations, Matthew!

Michael Segreto promoted to Managing Director of Fraud Prevention for CITY Furniture
Michael has been with CITY Furniture for nearly four years, starting with the company in 2019 as Corporate Fraud Prevention Manager. Before his promotion to Managing Director of Fraud Prevention, he served as Corporate Director of Fraud Prevention. Prior to joining CITY Furniture, he served as a LP Manager for Amazon. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Tractor Supply Company, Rent A Center, Ratner Companies, and Home Depot. Congratulations, Michael!

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Make Friends and Influence People:
New Uses of LP Camera Infrastructure

January 10 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Over the last 15 years, amid much pushback, LP teams in retail successfully deployed CCTV across their fleets, creating a security blanket over vast spaces. Now, that coverage is a source of envy for Store Ops, who want to use the cameras to get better space analytics; Marketing, who can measure campaign impact; and Merchandising, who can get SKU-by-SKU metrics around views and engagement. In this webinar, we talk about helping your friends be more successful, and in turn increasing budget for LP/AP deployment of shared resources.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

167 Security Officers Died on Duty in 2022
For the second year in a row, more than one hundred security officers have been murdered on duty
The 2022 year ended as it came in. Violent. Three security officers were shot and critically wounded before the 2023 New Year came in. That brought the total number of security officers shot during 2022 to 701. 123 of those security officers died from their attacks.

Eighty-eight percent of them died after being shot. In all, 167 security officers have died while on duty in 2022.

Each year, violence against private security officers has rapidly increased to the point that even some media outlets have recently reported on it. Several have questioned the lack of training and the fact that most security officers are not armed and cannot protect themselves from their attackers.

There were 7,689 assaults of security officers reported and at least 1,123 armed confrontations.

While these numbers are shocking, the reality is that they are lower than what our experience tells us occurred. Many assaults, even those that were armed, do not get reported to the police by employers or by the security officers themselves and local media rarely report attacks on security personnel even when they are fatal.

Private security officers also used an increased level of lethal force during the past year. There were at least 987 times when security officers fired their weapons which resulted in at least 103 fatalities. Twenty-seven of those security officers were charged in the shootings and eighteen other shootings have been referred to grand juries for review.

In 2022, 43 local and county park systems, 61 school districts, 39 tourist or business districts, nine harbors, and countless retail, residential, and commercial businesses have hired private security to be that line between lawlessness and law and order.

Injuries and deaths of security officers will continue to rise beyond imaginable numbers if we don't take this violence seriously and change our thoughts about what physical security has become today. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

   RELATED: 2 Security Officers Killed, 6 Shot in First Hours of New Year

Mall of America Boosting Security After Latest Shooting
After deadly shooting, what is Mall of America's safety plan going forward?
Three times over the last year, shots rang out in the Mall of America, sending shoppers and staff members running for cover. FOX 9 checked in with shoppers and asked the mall about its safety plan going forward.

Nordstrom is back open three days after Bloomington police responded to the sound of gunshots on the first floor. Shoppers on Monday noticed some changes.

"A lot more officers at the entrance and entrances to stores," said shopper Darius Wesley-Brubeck.

"Guests will expect to see an increased presence of both Mall of America security and our partners in law enforcement," said Jasper during a news conference on Aug. 4.

On Monday, the mall declined FOX 9's request for an interview. A mall spokesperson sent the following statement:

In coordination with the Bloomington Police Department, additional security resources have been put into place that are both visible and nonvisible to guests. Our security team works very closely with Bloomington Police, who are onsite. The Mall has industry-leading programs and practices with its extensive system of cameras and highly trained security department with specialized units including K9, bike patrol, and plain clothes officers. Mall of America is a unique property, and we take the safety and security of our guests, team members, and tenants very seriously.

FOX 9 specifically asked mall officials whether the mall is still testing metal detectors, as we reported back in October. However, a spokesperson would only say, "We are still in the testing phase of multiple security measures."  fox9.com

   RELATED: Increased security measures at Mall of America following shooting

Robberies & Burglaries Fuel 23% Crime Spike in NYC
Major crimes spike 23 percent in NYC in 2022, murders down by double digits
Major crimes in New York City spiked 23 percent this year - driven by a sharp increase in carjackings, robberies, and burglaries. Police say repeat offenders are fueling the surge. One highlight - shootings and murders are down by double digits. However, youth violence remains a growing problem.

"Who's firing a gun in New York City multiple times? We know who they are and that's who we're focused on, a very small percentage of individuals are driving violence in New York City and each one of those individuals is under investigation by the New York City Police Department," said Michael Lipetri, NYPD Chief of Crime Prevention Strategies.

Lipetri highlighted a major achievement - shootings and murders are down in the city this year by double digits after spiking in 2021. He tells Eyewitness News that the biggest gains were in the Bronx.

While shootings overall were down, there is another troubling trend - the number of children getting shot is surging. Eyewitness News Reporter Derick Waller asked Lipetri why 10 percent of the shooting victims are under the age of 18.

"It's been fueled by gang and crew disputes and a lot of that is fueled by social media. We see music videos sometimes fueling this violence, but we've also seen our gun arrests are at its highest level in 27 years," Lipetri said.

Oresa Napper-Williams' son, Andrell was murdered in 2006 by a 15-year-old in Brooklyn. She says gangs continue to recruit teenagers to commit crimes, knowing they won't be charged as an adult.

The NYPD says in order to bring the crime numbers back down, they are focused on prevention with at-risk youth. abc7ny.com

Another State Forms ORC Task Force
Colorado AG forms statewide task force combating organized retail theft
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has created a statewide task force that plans to combat retail theft while curbing online sales of stolen goods.

The Attorney General's Office made the announcement Wednesday as the statewide task force plans to provide greater coordination to identify, disrupt and prosecute criminal rings linked to organized retail theft. The task force also looks to crack down on thieves who steal goods from retailers and resell the merchandise through online marketplaces.

According to the attorney general, the special task force is merging prosecutors around the state who plan to create a shared set of resources for cross-jurisdictional investigations, share best practices and provide a point of engagement for private sectors and non-profit organizations that are addressing this rising issue.

Many thieves look to sell stolen merchandise on various online shopping platforms in hopes of avoiding law enforcement through private transactions.

The State of Colorado Department of Law issued a press release Wednesday discussing the new task force and new protocols online marketplaces must put into place.

As House Bill 22-1099 is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023, the new law is requiring online retailers and marketplaces to identify online sellers, verify seller information, and provide seller disclosures to consumers.

HB22-1099 also requires online marketplaces to have an easily identifiable reporting mechanism on their platforms giving consumers a tool to flag and report suspicious activity. Weiser is also issuing a public advisory to companies that operate online, informing the business of the new obligations and requirements under Colorado law. cbsnews.com

Another Attempt to Roll Back CA's Prop 47
California Lawmakers Introduce Latest Bill to Combat Retail Crime
After years of persistent smash-and-grab thefts plaguing retailers, some California lawmakers are aiming to further protect businesses in their state through new legislation.

California's 66th District Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi introduced a new bill earlier this month that will amend the state's current Proposition 47 law, which was approved by electors on Nov. 4, 2014.

Currently, Proposition 47 requires shoplifting, defined as "entering a commercial establishment with the intent to commit larceny" if the value of the property taken is under $950, to be punished as a misdemeanor. Under existing law, entering a commercial establishment with the intent to take property over $950 is burglary, punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony.

In the new proposed bill, dubbed AB23, Muratsuchi seeks to reduce the threshold amount for petty theft and shoplifting from $950 to $400. The bill would have to be approved by voters.

This follows several recent large-scale retail thefts across the state. In May, more than $700,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered and a San Francisco Bay-area man was arrested in connection with a smash-and-grab retail theft ring, California Highway Patrol (CHP) said. yahoo.com

Is Philly America's Homicide Epicenter?
Philadelphia records 500 homicides for second year in a row, a tragic milestone as the gun violence crisis continues
Philadelphia has recorded its 500th homicide this year, surpassing a bleak milestone for the second year in a row as the city's gun violence epidemic continues at an unrelenting pace, leaving devastating loss and trauma in its wake.

While the total number of homicides recorded so far this year is slightly lower than last year's record-breaking total, it's a loss of human life the city has only twice recorded in its known history, and matches the record of 500 killings set in 1990, at the height of the crack-cocaine epidemic.

The deaths, the large majority by gun, extended to every corner of the city, from the depths of Southwest Philadelphia, to the edge of the Northeast. But communities of color, particularly Black and brown Philadelphians whose neighborhoods and schools have long faced disinvestment and been shaped by systemic racism, remained the most affected by the crisis - 84% of people killed or injured in shootings so far this year were Black.

Philadelphia has been plagued by gun violence for decades, but a spike in shootings began in spring 2020, when the coronavirus epidemic upended the city's social and economic safety nets, and has remained persistent ever since, reaching heights unseen in recent memory. Experts have said it could take years to fully understand what triggered the uptick, which has been seen nationwide. inquirer.com

66% Decrease in Law Enforcement Deaths - 228 Year-to-Date
15 Deaths in December: 6 Gunfire - 9 Auto/Motorcycle-Related
In December, 15 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (December 2022 only) is: 1 struck by vehicle, 1 vehicular assault, 1 motorcycle crash, 6 gunfire, and 6 automobile crash. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 228, a 66% decrease from the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death this past month. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers who died in the line of duty.  odmp.org

Blizzard Over Holidays Triggers Mass Looting
Buffalo mayor rebukes looters stealing from stores, businesses during blizzard
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown had sharp words for looters Monday who have broken into and stolen items from several stores around the city during the Blizzard of 2022.

Videos of ransacked stores and businesses with people running out with various items have been shared broadly on TikTok, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

The mayor called these people the "lowest of the low."

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia who also spoke at the press conference said that police are aware of these incidents and working to get a full count of how many there have been.

"We have made a few arrests we have intervened in some of those, we've assisted with at least one location that I am aware of in getting a store boarded up so our officers are out there," said Commissioner Gramaglia. wgrz.com

Grand Larcenies Soared 60% Over Past Year
Manhattan's trendiest neighborhoods terrorized by thieves, NYPD stats show
Manhattan's trendiest tourist-packed neighborhoods have become increasingly terrorized by brazen thieves who are leaving shop workers stymied and scared.

Grand larcenies, or thefts of $1,000 or more, have soared up to over 60% in Gotham precincts in the past year, according to the latest NYPD stats - and some business owners blame the state's lax bail laws for dumping suspects back on the streets to strike again.

The grand-larceny crisis is so bad that Mayor Eric Adams held a "summit'' with business leaders at Gracie Mansion earlier this month to deal with the spike in retail thefts, although sources said he left the two-hour powwow after about 20 minutes. nypost.com

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COVID Update

663.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 102.6M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 99.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 665.5M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 637.6M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 829

COVID Era Surveillance Surge
Data collection during COVID-19 normalized surveillance, says civil liberties organization
The COVID-19 pandemic spread more than just viral infection, with trends in surveillance presenting new concerns about personal data risk and other potential abuses, according to a new report by the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO).

As summarized in a post from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), a member organization of INCLO, "Under Surveillance: (Mis)Use of Technology in Emergency Responses" outlines five overarching trends in surveillance during the pandemic, and attendant concerns about misuse of the technologies in question.

Personal data collection became part of the effort to neutralize COVID-19, with private tech organizations playing an outsized role in many processes. "During the pandemic companies cooperated with governments to develop contact-tracing apps and tools and engaged in data-sharing agreements that were often murky," says the CCLA. INCLO also expressed concern about what it means for democratic oversight when companies such as Apple and Google are large enough to dictate protocols in responding to a global public health crisis.

Furthermore, said INCLO, existing technologies that were repurposed on the fly may not have had the necessary oversight. And in general, the period saw an increased normalization and entrenchment of mass biometric surveillance as a part of life. biometricupdate.com

Global COVID Fears Surge Over the Holidays
China estimates 37M infected with COVID in one day, stoking global fears new variant on horizon
Nearly 37 million people may have reportedly contracted COVID-19 in China on a single day - an alarming surge which is raising fears that a dangerous new variant could emerge.

Minutes from an internal meeting of the National Health Commission revealed that as many as 248 million people - nearly 18% of China's population - came down with the virus in the first 20 days of December, with a surge that began in Beijing spreading to rural regions, Bloomberg News reported.

Some 37 million may have been infected on Dec. 20 alone, the news outlet reported.

It is unclear how Chinese health officials arrived at the estimate since the government doesn't release detailed data on COVID and the country's network of PCR testing booths was shut down earlier this month.

But the disturbing uptick is worrying medical experts and others in the US and abroad. nypost.com

U.S. to Require Negative Covid Tests for Travelers Coming From China
Amid concerns about a coronavirus surge in Beijing, the Biden administration announced the change in policy for those entering the United States from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

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Biometrics Taking Off in the Retail Space
Research hints that biometric authentication is gaining real momentum with consumers
Commercial biometric authentication may have reached the point in its history as a culture-changing technology when consumers, regulators and businesses feel like the training wheels can come off.

Whether that is true is unclear. New market research indicates, however, that biometrics scanning is on its way to critical mass. The Internet, digital payments and mobile devices passed their own points of general acceptance, when it is difficult to remember life without each of them.

Biometric authentication is, arguably, a much bigger deal than those. Whole societies are coming to terms with the tradeoff of far greater security for far greater risk to each person's core identity.

A Grand View Research report predicts that face scanning (or, as Grand View calls it, face-swiping) will grow globally 20 percent compounded annually through 2029 as a payment method.

Fueling the growth, according to the research, is adoption by consumers and retailers in small transactions. The report cites efforts like PopID's PopPay, which is reportedly scanning faces over receipts in 100 restaurants, including 35 in California.

Acceptance has been growing among United States businesses, in particular, and could be positioning that economy for more trust in biometric scanning that some observers have expected.

GetApp, a product comparison and aggregation service, surveyed 1,006 people working in the industry in the U.S. (including about 300 people identifying themselves at security managers). It found that use of biometric authentication rose from 27 percent in 2019 to 79 percent in 2022. biometricupdate.com

781 NYC Store Closures
NYC has lost 781 chain stores - including Duane Reade - since 2019
The invasion of chain stores - often pushing out mom-and-pop operations - slowed to a crawl in the Big Apple this year and has fallen nearly 10% since the pandemic, according to a new report.

Five of the top 25 chains in the city shuttered 78 outposts, according to the Center for an Urban Future's annual "State of the Chains" report released Wednesday.

Those whittling down their ubiquitous presence in the city were led by Metro by T-Mobile, Duane Reade, Subway, 7-Eleven and Pret-A-Manger.

Overall, the number of top 25 chains in the city increased an anemic 0.3% - to 7,299 this year from 7,279 in 2021, according to the report.

When compared to pre-pandemic levels, there were 781, or 9.8%, fewer chain stores in the city in 2022 than in 2019. The survey defines a retail chain as having two stores in the city and one location outside the Big Apple.

"Retailers here are treading water even as the rest of the national economy came roaring back in 2022," Jonathan Bowles, the agency's executive director, told The Post. nypost.com

17,000 UK Store Closures in 2022
Retail: Last year saw a big jump in the number of shops closing

There was a sharp rise in the number of shops closing on the UK's High Streets

More than 17,000 sites shut up shop - the highest number for five years. Total closures were nearly 50% higher than in 2021, the researchers said. The number of retail jobs lost, in stores and online, also jumped as businesses closed or cut costs.

More than 150,000 posts were closed, up 43% compared to the previous year. At the height of the pandemic some businesses were protected through government support and the furlough scheme, which helped to pay wages when shops could not open.

However, in 2022 as the economy continued to reopen, the retail sector faced a barrage of challenges. Prices rose sharply and shoppers reined in their spending. Costs for retailers also rose, with steep increases in energy and wage bills in particular.

The CRR, an independent research body which provides analysis of retail sector trends, said shops were closing at a rate of 47 per day in 2022. Over the course of the year, large retail chains closed 6,055 shops while 11,090 shops were closed by independents. bbc.com

Just Walk Out - Just in time or just too soon?
Amazon recently installed Just Walk Out (JWO) at a grocery retailer it does not own for the first time. 2023 will see even more buzz around the technology. Billed as a "frictionless" store experience for consumers - and, under the covers, an excellent expense reduction tool, especially for grocers - the technology still faces major questions. retailwire.com

Analysts say Target and Walmart could close many stores in Texas
In the spring, Walmart permanently closed five separate stores in four states: Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut, and Washington. With over 600 Walmart stores in Texas--more than any other state--it is very possible that some stores could be closed.

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Lowe's Launching 'Project Unlock' to Battle ORC
Lowe's combats organized retail crime with blockchain, RFID

Lowe's Cos. Inc. is leveraging cutting-edge technology in a new initiative to curb store shrink called "Project Unlock."

Project Unlock combines low-cost RFID chips and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to activate power tools at the point of purchase while also creating a secure, publicly accessible, and anonymized record of legitimate purchases by blockchain.

To support Project Unlock, Lowe's has built a blockchain record that verifies and tracks all legitimate purchases. As a result, Lowe's intends to make it easy for customers to see if they're purchasing stolen goods, or for law enforcement to crack down on organized crime rings that conduct professional shoplifting operations.

Under Project Unlock, a unique NFT is created for each physical product. Lowe's is launching the proof of concept with power tools, but the retailer says it sees potential to use this blockchain- and RFID-based security system for other items in its stores, and ultimately across the entire retail ecosystem. chainstoreage.com

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What is Retail Crime Intelligence?


Retail teams can no longer rely on traditional case and incident management systems to combat increasing crime and harm in stores. Small groups of people - or networks - actually cause most of the loss in stores. Networks are difficult to defeat, but when they are defeated it is wildly impactful for retail communities.

That's why Auror is pioneering Retail Crime Intelligence, the connected and intuitive way to not only report crime - but to fully close cases and prevent further events. If you want to learn more about Retail Crime Intelligence and how it's being used to address ORC (organized retail crime) around the world, here are some resources to start with.

What is Retail Crime Intelligence?

Retail Crime Intelligence is a software platform that connects people and organizations with timely intel to proactively reduce the impacts of crime in retail stores. It's used by Asset Protection / Loss Prevention departments alongside their store and security teams, law enforcement and trusted partners to identify and prevent the people driving their theft-related loss and harm.

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Retail Crime Intelligence FAQs

Auror helps increase the visibility of crime in stores through the Auror feed, notifications, and dashboard intel. Reported incidents from the stores are immediately available to other team members and nearby stores via the Auror feed and notifications, so they can use that intel to safely prevent further crime. Additionally, intelligence on the people impacting your stores - and when and what they're likely to target - will help you target and prepare more effectively.

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2023 Cybersecurity Trends
Cybersecurity, Incident Response Trends that will Change 2023

Six trends organizations should prioritize for 2023 to mitigate cyber risk

Cyberattacks and breaches are happening more frequently and have a hefty price tag attached to them, yet most organizations are still unprepared to deal with them. According to the IBM 2022 Cost of Data Breach report, the share of breaches caused by ransomware grew 41% in the last year and took 49 days longer than average to identify and contain. According to the same report, a data breach in the United States costs over twice the global average, coming in at $9.44M.

AdvertisementBelow are six cybersecurity and incident response trends and priorities that can help organizations in 2023.

Investments in cybersecurity are core to investments in the entire business

Incident response is also an integral component of improving an organization's cybersecurity posture, providing organizations with the foundation to leverage cyber data and proactively apply it to their responses. Businesses should think about putting an extra emphasis on building and reinforcing their incident management response going into the new year.

Preventative controls need to be balanced with resilience

The threat landscape evolves faster than most organizations can anticipate and most of the time there isn't just one "cookie cutter" incident response that can effectively cover every cyber incident-having a solution in place that allows organizations to target their response to a specific incident improves their agility and reduces remediation time.

Organizations need to defend against multiple vectors & address complexity that comes with it

Changes brought by digital transformation and remote work are increasing ecosystem complexity. As organizations invest in tools that monitor, detect, and provide information on their IT environment, they should invest in the processes that leverage this information.

Organizations will be evaluated against performance requirements related to risk

Cybersecurity is being recognized as more than an IT issue as CEOs tie risk management to business value. Incident response tools serve this aim by aligning the activity, information and people involved in each leg of the response. With the entire response memorialized in one place, management conducts reporting and process improvement with greater insight.

Cybersecurity is becoming the determinant factor in third-party transactions and engagements -
Automation is the future of cybersecurity and incident response management: securityinfowatch.com

The Troublemaker CISO
Laziness, Failure, Great Expectations

Security Director Ian Keller Rants About Bad Coding Practices and So Much More

I am amazed by how easy it seems to break into an organization. In its reports of Company X being breached, the mainstream media make it sound as if someone left the keys in the door and put up a neon sign pumping out the words "Free for all" with a big arrow pointing to the door.

Why We Get Hacked

In some cases, the failure occurred because someone wasn't doing their job. In my very first rant, I said that we are getting hacked because we are too lazy to do our jobs to the extent required. Part of that is telling your principals that there is no 100% secure system and that there will always be residual risk - hence the need for risk acceptance.

But getting back to the media reporting about that neon sign, we are not correcting them. We, the people trying to defend companies, know that there are numerous layers of defense put in place to try and minimize the likelihood and impact of a breach. We also know that the only certainties in life are death, taxes and the fact that a secure system doesn't exist.

Let's take the instance of a breach that took place due to an API that was coded like its backside - i.e., the coder allowed for full, unauthenticated access to a database that held personal information - and allowed into production. Yes, it was foolish and supposedly easy to avoid, but hindsight is 20/20. I will wager that it took the attacker a long time to find that open API, let alone to exploit it. careersinfosecurity.com

Cybersecurity Job Market
Security Skills Command Premiums in Tight Market

Recession fears notwithstanding, cybersecurity skills - both credentialed and noncredentialed - continue to attract higher pay and more job security.

Company executives continue to voice concerns that a recession is likely in 2023, but cybersecurity professionals - along with IT workers and developers with cybersecurity knowledge - appear well-positioned to weather an economic downturn, according to technology-job experts.

Overall, professional certifications have provided declining salary premiums since 2018, but information security certifications continue to command significantly above-average pay premiums, according to an analysis of more than 4,000 employers in the US and Canada by Foote Partners LLC. Cybersecurity-related skills - such as AWS Certified Security, GIAC Certified Incident Handler, and Okta Certified Developer - make up more than half of the "winner" skills, those that have attracted the most pay and have gained the most in market value.

Noncertified security skills - such as cryptography, DevSecOps, and risk analytics - also attract high premiums, says Bill Reynolds, research director at Foote Partners. darkreading.com

Top 14 ransomware targets in 2023 and beyond
Two in three organizations suffered ransomware attacks in a single 12-month period, according to recent research. And, while some industries are taking particularly hard hits, no one is safe.

Beyond the Obvious: The Boldest Cybersecurity Predictions for 2023

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Use a Password Manager

The guidelines have changed many times in the past few years on password recommendations. Whenever possible, use a password manager. Most password managers can create unique, long, random passwords. That way you don't have to memorize all your passwords, only the one to your password manager. Passwords continue to be a point of weakness, and this is a quick, easy and cheap way to strengthen your password security.




'Warehouse Worker Protection Act' Targets Amazon & UPS
New law protects Amazon warehouse employees from quotas in their workplace

Comes amid complaints about grueling workplace, which company denies

Warehouse workers at delivery and courier firms including Amazon and UPS will have new protections against what activists say are unrealistic work quotas, thanks to a law signed last week by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The Warehouse Worker Protection Act covers manual warehouse employees including those at warehouses operated by courier and delivery services.

The new law requires that warehouse companies provide their employees with documentation of their expected work quotas when they are hired, or when the law takes effect, which is two months from now.

Employees must also be given copies of their quotas when changes are made. They also have the right to request their quota at any time, even after their employment ends.

Additionally, the quotas, which set expectations, for instance, on how many packages must be moved or placed into shipping areas, cannot interfere with lunch, rest or bathroom breaks.

The measure was sponsored by Queens Democratic state Sen. Jessica Ramos and Bronx Democratic Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, who chair their conferences' labor committees.

It was spearheaded in part by New Yorkers for a Fair Economy, a coalition of unions including the Teamsters, which represents UPS employees; the Amazon Labor Union, which represents the Staten Island Amazon fulfillment center; and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Amazon in recent years has been the target of complaints about what employees have said is a grueling work pace at its large warehouses and fulfillment centers. timesunion.com

Amazon Union Effort Fizzling Out in 2023?
Efforts to unionize Amazon nationally stalling due to turnover, other factors, analysts say
Efforts by labor unions to organize Amazon workers in the U.S. have stalled in recent months, largely due to heavy employee turnover and the tech giant's pay and benefits package. That's according to The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Amazon workers and analysts.

Twice over the last two years, workers at Amazon's Bessemer fulfillment center voted on whether they would be represented by the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU), with Amazon winning both counts, most recently in March. That's despite the efforts of organizers, pro-union politicians and celebrities, and a statement of support by President Joe Biden.

In April, the RWDSU filed objections to the latest union vote, saying the National Labor Relations Board should set aside the results with arguments that Amazon interfered with the ability to conduct a "free and fair election." The second election occurred after the NLRB set aside the results of the first one, which occurred in 2021. Both Amazon and the union objected to more than 400 contested ballots in the latest election.

Employee turnover was an issue affecting the two Bessemer votes. The union estimated that a little more than half of the 6,100 employee workforce earlier this year that took part in the second vote was employed at the center during the 2021 election.

Another union, the Amazon Labor Union, or ALU, was more successful in a union vote earlier this year at an Amazon facility in Staten Island, N.Y. after two years of activity among workers. Other companies, such as Starbucks, have seen an increase in union activity since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economists and labor researchers told the Journal that workers are likely to continue to organize, but unionization may proceed at a slower pace than in the past year, with resolutions coming perhaps years in the making. al.com

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Seattle, WA: 11 shoplifting suspects arrested for downtown retail theft operation
Police arrested 11 shoplifting suspects connected to a retail theft operation in downtown Seattle on Thursday afternoon. According to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), detectives and officers worked with loss prevention teams to locate the suspects, who gathered "items like clothing, makeup, food, and liquor" before walking out of the store without paying. Police arrested the shoplifters and returned the merchandise to the store, SPD said. One of the suspects arrested also had nine outstanding warrants, police said, and officers booking him into King County Jail for "theft and several of his warrants." Seven additional suspects were booked into county jail for theft and officers identified and released three others from the west precinct, police said. komonews.com

Two 13-year-old's among group that stole over $3K in merchandise from Memphis shoe store
Two 13-year-olds, two 14-year-olds, and a 15-year-old were arrested in a shoe business robbery. On Dec. 29 at approximately 4:50 p.m., Memphis Police responded to a burglary at Valid Kixx, on Winchester Road. When officers arrived, they found a group of five people standing in front of a broken window, holding shoes. The five ran and were all arrested after a brief footchase. The value of the stolen items was over $3,000, police said. All five were charged with Theft of Property $2,500 -$10,000 and Burglary and were taken to juvenile court. yahoo.com

Update: Gainesville, FL: Michigan pair charged with stealing $10,000 in Walmart "cash card" scam
Sterling Jay Jenkins, 26, and Keondreia Brentorion Williams, 23, both from Michigan, have been charged with grand theft and engaging in a scheme to defraud after allegedly using a cash card scam to purchase 10 diamond rings from a Gainesville Walmart and then returning them to a different Gainesville Walmart for a cash refund. The pair are allegedly part of a Michigan group that has been featured in media warnings about the scam. The pair were originally arrested in Santa Rosa County and were most recently held in Walton County on an Alachua County warrant, and Williams was booked into the Alachua County jail overnight. Jenkins was sentenced to three years of probation on December 22 on a Walton County charge of organized theft and left the Walton County Jail on December 26; it is unclear where he is at this time. Jenkins was also sentenced to three years of probation in Santa Rosa County in September. The Walton County Jail site shows that he posted bail of $100,000, which is the bail set on his Alachua County warrant. Williams was sentenced to three years of probation in Santa Rosa County in October on a charge of organized dealing in stolen property. Walton County dropped its charges against Williams. original.newsbreak.com

Midland, TX: MPD investigating would-be theft suspects accused of threatening store employees
The Midland Police Department is asking for help from the community to identify two women accused of theft.
According to a Facebook post, on November 30, the two women pictured below entered HEB on Andrews Highway and filled mobile carts with about $524 worth of meat and cosmetics. The pair then allegedly tried to exit the store without paying for their items but were stopped by Loss Prevention employees. yourbasin.com

Woodland, CA: Teens return $1,200 worth of stolen crystals to California wellness store

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Shootings & Deaths

Upper Sandusky, OH: Dollar Tree employee murdered with machete
A man is accused of murdering a Dollar Tree employee with a machete inside an Upper Sandusky, Ohio store on New Year's Day, the city's police chief told 13abc. Officers received a call around 4:25 p.m. Sunday for a man waving a weapon around inside the store. He left before officers got there, according to Upper Sandusky Police Chief Jared Lucas. Officers later located the suspect, Bethel M. Bekele, 27, and arrested him. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Keris L. Riebel, 22, deceased. During an investigation, it was learned that Bekele entered the store with the machete, approached Riebel and struck her numerous times with the weapon. Lucas told 13abc that it wasn't known if Bekele and Riebel knew each other. He also said a motive is still unknown. cleveland19.com

New Orleans LA: Security Officer Disarmed Leading to 1 Killed, 3 Shot
Police say that a man disarmed a security officer and opened fire, injuring three including the security officer, and killing a woman on Bourbon St. New Orleans police have identified the man as 37-year-old Louis Barnes. The shooting occurred around 3:10 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Bourbon Street, police said. Police say a security officer was removing Barnes from Willie's Chicken Shack when he took the security guard's gun and started firing. Barnes is accused of shooting "several times," and fatally wounding a 36-year-old woman who was walking nearby, according to a news release. The 23-year-old security officer was also shot in the neck and is in critical condition. The suspected shooter, now identified as Barnes, shot himself in the shoulder and was taken to the hospital, police said. Another man was also injured. Police initially thought he had been shot but later determined he had suffered a different injury, which they did not detail. The release said NOPD officers were able to recover the weapon used in the shooting. Investigators are also viewing video footage of the shooting, the release said. A statement from Willie's Chicken Shack sent condolences to the victims and their families, and said the business takes "extra measures in hiring our own security detail to make sure our patrons and staff are safe at all times." A spokeswoman said the security guard is employed by Elite Protection Solutions.  nola.com

DeKalb County, GA: Customer kills auto worker he thought was stealing his car
Officers responded to the Tires Plus shop on DeKalb Industrial Way on New Year's Eve about a person shot. A 24-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds was taken to a local hospital where he did not survive. During a preliminary investigation, detectives determined that the suspect they were looking for was 30-year-old Quadarius McDowell. They believed McDowell brought his car to the Tires Plus Saturday afternoon to be serviced. But when he saw 24-year-old Daniel Gordon driving his vehicle in the parking lot, he assumed he was trying to steal it. He fired multiple shots from a handgun and fled the scene on foot. Gordon was an employee at Tires Plus.  fox5atlanta.com

Hinds County, MS: Dollar General cashier critically shot during armed robbery
Authorities in Mississippi are investigating an armed robbery at a Dollar General store where an employee was critically injured. According to the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, a man disguised as a utility worker entered the store Thursday night and told a clerk and at least one customer to clear the building, claiming there was a reported gas leak. Authorities said the suspect then got into a scuffle with the clerk over the cash drawer. The armed thief ended up taking out a gun and shooting the worker in the chest. The sheriff's office said the clerk was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.  newschannel6now.com

Durham, NC: Daylight drive-by shooting outside Subway restaurant injures 4 adults, 1 youth

Chicago, IL: 2 wounded after exchanging gunfire during burglary at Wicker Park business

Chicago, IL: Shots fired outside Ukrainian Village grocery store, prompting SWAT response


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Brooklyn, NY: 79-Year-Old Jeweler Clinging to Life After $100K Robbery Beating
A 79-year-old man has been in the intensive care unit with a brain bleed since a pair of violent robbers beat the grandfather and longtime Brooklyn jewelry store owner in a $100,000 heist. Shawn Cohen said his father, Manny, was trying to lock up the store in Prospect Lefferts Gardens around 5 p.m Friday when two men barged inside and beat the man within an inch of his life. His father's screams can be heard on the shop's surveillance camera, which also captured the alleged suspects ransacking the shop for more than 20 minutes. nbcnewyork.com

Tyson, VA: Jewelry store robbery sends packed Tyson's Corner mall into chaos
Shoppers looking for post-holiday sales at a mall in northern Virginia wound up running for cover after a man robbed a jewelry store. The heist happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, an upscale suburb of Washington, D.C. Fairfax County Police say the man used a hammer to smash display cases at Elite Jewelers open and grabbed the jewelry. The man then ran out of the store on the first floor, dropping the hammer and losing one of his shoes as he ran away. The sound of broken glass made shoppers run screaming into the closest store as employees rushed to close the doors and keep everyone safe. No gunshots were fired, and there were no immediate reports of injuries. washingtonexaminer.com

Milwaukee, WI: Woman shot and wounded inside local Grocery store
Milwaukee police are investigating a shooting that happened inside a store Sunday afternoon. It happened just before 1 p.m. at 13th Street and West Atkinson Avenue. Crime scene tape surrounded Stark Foods. A 32-year-old Milwaukee woman was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are under investigation. wisn.com

Aurora, CO: Police searching for suspects in string of 14 burglaries


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15 Fatalities - 15 ORC Cases - 123 Robberies/Burglaries



C-Store - Ashby, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Plymouth, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / Shooting
C-Store - Denton, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ithaca, NY - Robbery
C-Store - Aurora, CO - Burglary
C-Store- Pittsburgh, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Denton, TX - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Woodland, CA - Robbery
Dollar - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Graves County, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Hinds County, MS - Armed Robbery / Cashier wounded
Gas Station - Denton, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Volusia County, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bear, DE - Burglary
Grocery - Midland, TX - Robbery
Hardware - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery / Owner Beaten
Jewelry - Tyson, VA - Robbery
• Jewelry - Mission Viejo, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Sioux City, IA - Burglary
Restaurant - Norfolk, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Knox County, TN - Robbery
Shoe - Worchester, MA - Burglary
Walgreens - Memphis, TN - Burglary


Holiday Week Retail Crime

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15 Fatalities - 15 ORC Cases - 123 Robberies/Burglaries


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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