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March Networks is Redefining Cost-Effective Intelligent Video Solutions - Launches EL Series NVR at Intersec Dubai

All the advanced Enterprise features of March Networks' powerful video management platform and data analytics at an affordable cost.

DUBAI, UAE, January 16, 2024 -- March Networks®, a global leader in intelligent video solutions, proudly announces the launch of its Essential Line (EL) Network Video Recorders (NVRs) at Intersec Dubai.

The EL Series represents an important strategic move by March Networks to offer customers a robust, full-featured video management solution and analytics platform that is both cost-effective and has advanced functionalities.

Tailored for multi-site businesses requiring up to 16 cameras per location, both EL models - the EL08 and EL16 - come fully licensed for all channels and do not require annual software maintenance fees. It offers the ideal blend of value and performance for organizations looking to balance advanced video capabilities with budget considerations.

Read more in the Vendor Spotlight column below

NRF 2024 Highlights

NRF 2024: Retail Big Show Back in the Big Apple

NRF 2024 is taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Check back here for latest blog posts, event photos, video highlights and press coverage from NRF 2024 as they become available throughout the show.

NRF 2024 Presentation Spotlight
Making supply chains smarter for everyone

NRF 2024: FedEx CEO and President Raj Subramaniam on delivering what consumers expect anytime, anywhere

In a presentation at NRF 2024: Retail's Big Show, FedEx CEO and President Raj Subramaniam explained his company's strategy and its expanding role in the present and future of consumer/vendor relations. He was joined onstage by Sara Eisen, co-anchor of "Closing Bell" on CNBC.

Subramaniam began with some arithmetic.
Online retail sales are expected to reach an annual total of $8 trillion by 2026, he said, a sum that will be laid out by the world's 4 billion consumers.

"You're all here because you want to take a larger share of that $8 trillion," he said. "You want to reach those 4 billion consumers and turn them into loyal customers. And you want to
optimize your supply chain end-to-end and deliver a better, seamless ecommerce experience."

FedEx was founded on the belief that innovation can solve problems, Subramaniam said. "Fifty years ago, we didn't just start a company. We launched an industry. We built the network that connects this world. And when you deliver millions of packages in 220 countries and territories every day, you gain knowledge about the global supply chain."

Read full article here | Read more articles here | Watch video clips here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Epicenters of the Theft Epidemic Finally Start to Fight Back
California and New York To Crack Down on Retail Theft in 2024
In an announcement this week, the governors of California and New York revealed plans to combat retail crime, while trade associations and police departments
advocate for government intervention to address the issue, reports CNBC.

Included in the plan is new legislation crafted to
give harsher penalties for retail crime offenses and additional funding to district attorney's offices and police departments to help them crack down on these crimes.

As voters of both states highlighted this issue as one of their biggest concerns,
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who represent the country's biggest Democratic strongholds, have reacted and made retail theft a high priority in the lineup to the 2024 elections.

New laws have been passed in at least nine states since 2022 that impose bigger penalties for organized retail crime offenses. California and New York could now be added to the list of these states taking more action on this matter. Retailers and trade associations across the nation have been trying to get bills written and passed.

During her State of the State address on Tuesday, Hochul outlined plans to propose legislation establishing criminal penalties for online marketplaces and third-party sellers involved in selling stolen goods. As part of her initiative, she aims to establish
two task forces: one dedicated to building cases against organized retail theft rings and another focused on addressing "smash-and-grab" robberies.

Speaking for California on Wednesday, Newsom said the state will
invest $1.1 billion over the course of the next four years to address "safety and security." According to his office, $373.5 million of the investment will be allocated to cracking down on organized retail theft.  retailwire.com

   RELATED: New York and California make retail theft a 2024 priority

Backlash to New York Governor's 'Toothless' Shoplifting Crackdown
Opinion: Why Gov. Hochul's plan to end shoplifting is a rip-off
The sight of police on a subway platform is reassuring.
Cheap merchandise under plastic shields is the opposite of reassuring. Its message is that we have no police, so stores must resort to primitive protective remedies more common in the developing world. Here comes the flash mob, in your face at any hour!

Big Apple
retail theft incidents jumped 64% since mid-2019, according to the Council on Criminal Justice. Stores statewide lost $4.4 billion to "organized" shoplifting teams alone in 2022, reports the Retail Council of New York State lobbying organization,

But no one who listened to Gov. Hochul's
toothless denunciation of shoplifting in her State of the State Address this week would find in it anything but total abdication of responsibility. Hochul's strategy includes a state police "Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit;" dedicated funding for district attorneys to pay for more enforcement and prosecution and a statewide Law Enforcement Joint Operation on retail theft to "coordinate the responses of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors."

they're a joke as long as Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg continues to prosecute employees who defend themselves against shoplifters rather than shoplifters themselves. Little will be achieved as long as nobody's guilty "bail reform" legislation remains in place.

Hochul's "crackdown," feeble as it is, might not even make it through the leftist- and Democratic-dominated state Legislature. It rejected similar proposals last year. The governor herself vetoed a 2023 proposal to set up a task force to study the matter because it would supposedly cost too much.

Until Hochul, Mayor Adams, and prosecutors and judges get serious about arresting and prosecuting brazen thieves,
stores will continue to display their "we've-give-up" message. nypost.com

   Related Opinion: More enforcement, not a silly task force, will stop NY retail crime

Lawmakers Urge Passage of the 'Combating Organized Retail Crime Act'
One co-sponsor said 'it will be very difficult to pass the bill before the end of the session'

Retail Pirates Don't Fear Store Workers or the Law. Enough.
If you watch cable news or follow social media, you've seen clips of
modern-day pirates captured on security cameras. It's not the theft alone that concerns the public, so much as the fact that criminals know they are being recorded on video and don't care.

All you have to do is walk into a big-box outlet, supermarket or other business where products are displayed under lock and key to understand that retailers can't market their wares as they used to.

When people have to find a clerk to unlock their purchases, Rep. Dina Titus offered,
they're going to shop online, and both large and small retailers will fail.

One measure to fight these crimes -- the
Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023 -- has bipartisan support, with 57 Republicans and 48 Democrats signed on as co-sponsors. Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford, D-Nev., have joined Titus in supporting the bill.

Even though there is no vocal opposition to the measure, Titus thinks it will be
very difficult to pass the bill before the end of the session. In an election year, she said, neither side wants to give the other a win.

A spokesperson for the bill's author, Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., however, informed me
his office is optimistic it will get moved.

This bill has little visible opposition. It is aimed at organized crime and likely will save American consumers money. Retail staffers feel threatened, while some who challenge thieves risk losing their jobs. Wouldn't it be nice to see Washington act before a bad situation gets even worse?  creators.com

First LA, Now San Francisco: Hundreds of License Plate Readers Coming
San Francisco Mayor Approves 400 New License Plate Readers to Deter Crime
Mayor London N. Breed has taken a firm stand on crime by installing 400 high-tech eyes on the streets of San Francisco.

On Thursday, the city's chief signed off on new legislation that grants the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) the power to start
mounting Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) across the city, a move aimed at tightening the grip on public safety.

These devices,
funded by a $17.3 million state retail theft grant, are part of a broad strategy to combat organized retail theft-problems that have plagued the city's stores and streets.

This financial injection doesn't just fund the ALPRs; it also
extends to crucial hardware and crime-fighting muscle-aiming at curtailing theft rings and the rampant theft of catalytic converters.

"Implementing this technology as quickly as possible
will provide a powerful deterrent for criminal activity," District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told SF.gov.

The numbers spell out a clear
narrative of effectiveness: from late November to the New Year, the final figures for 2023 reflected a significant downturn in crime. Larceny thefts were slashed by 48%, car theft by 17%, and break-ins by 26%. It seems that the city's investment in what Police Chief Bill Scott calls a "force-multiplier" may to further bolster these falling crime rates. Scott said in a statement obtained by SF.gov, "These cameras will be helping our hard-working officers to identify vehicles used in crimes and to apprehend offenders more quickly and precisely."  hoodline.com

Click here to read last week's reporting about LAPD's ALPR push

Bay Area Retailers Continue to Crack Down
California retail stores lock up underwear as Newsom vows crackdown on rampant retail crime surge

Target and Walmart stores in the San Francisco Bay Area have reportedly started to lock up underwear and socks

Several retail stores from different corners of the country have kept beauty, hygiene, and cleaning products on lockdown in recent years, but the effort to limit the loss of goods to theft is reportedly making its way into the
clothing department in some Golden State stores, according to a report from one local outlet.

In an effort to prevent the loss of additional merchandise, some
Target and Walmart stores in the San Francisco Bay Area have locked up underwear and socks, frustrating customers who have to wait for assistance to receive their desired undergarments.

Retail crime continues to rise across the U.S., and last month it was at the center of a congressional hearing. The House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement and Intelligence held a hearing titled "From Festive Cheer to Retail Fear: Addressing Organized Retail Crime" on December 12. Subcommittee Chair August Pfluger, R-Texas,
blamed "soft-on-crime policies" for the problematic trend in a statement announcing the hearing. foxbusiness.com

   RELATED: Bay Area stores locking up underwear & socks to prevent theft

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Tops Friendly Markets Mass Shooter Faces Federal Death Penalty
Justice Dept. to seek death penalty for Buffalo mass killer

Payton Gendron, 20, is facing federal charges for fatally shooting 10 Black people in a racist attack in 2022

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced plans to seek the death penalty for Payton Gendron, a White man who fatally shot
10 Black people in a racist rampage at a Buffalo grocery store in May 2022. Authorities gave notice in a court filing ahead of a status conference hearing planned in the afternoon at the Robert H. Jackson federal courthouse in Buffalo.

Gendron, 20, faces
federal charges on hate crimes and weapons violations for the massacre at the Tops Friendly Markets. He already is serving a sentence of life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to New York state murder charges in November 2022. Defense attorneys have said he would plead guilty to the federal counts if prosecutors elected to forgo the death penalty.  washingtonpost.com

Read more about the Buffalo mass shooter case in the D&D Daily's 'Breaking News Alert'

Why Oakland missed out on millions of dollars that could have helped curb retail theft

Minneapolis hardware store owner struggles with theft amid cold weather

Dollar General, site of race-motivated mass shooting, reopens


Attacks Against Cargo Ships Continue - Retailers & Consumers Can Be Impacted

U.S. & UK Strike Houthi But They Continue to Target Commercial Vessels
Houthi attacks continue as US cargo ship hit in defiance of strikes on Yemen

Gibraltar Eagle vessel not seriously damaged in assault that raises some doubts over efficacy of UK-US action

The Iran-backed Houthi militia
group has continued to attack commercial shipping, hitting an American-owned container ship with a ballistic missile in defiance of a wave of US and UK strikes on Yemen.

The strike against the Marshall Islands-flagged Gibraltar Eagle container ship represented
a widening of the theatre of war beyond the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. The strike hit the cargo hold of the ship and while it was thought to have caused no major damage, will add to fears that the US and UK strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen have not degraded the militia group's ability to threaten commercial shipping.

Qatar became the latest major user of container ships to announce it will not send liquid gas through the Red Sea for the foreseeable future. The level of traffic was said to have dropped markedly overall since the US and UK strikes on Thursday.

The Houthis, an Iranian-backed Shia group that has been battling for control of Yemen for more than 20 years, say the
more than 30 attacks on commercial shipping over the past six weeks are part of an effort to put pressure on Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza. theguardian.com

Consumers Could Be Impacted By the Attacks
How Attacks in the Red Sea Could Increase Costs of Items from Clothing to Coffee
Attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea by the Houthi militia in Yemen are leading to increased freight costs and delivery times-and experts say the impact is soon going to hit consumers.

Several of
the world's largest shipping firms-including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)- have suspended shipping through the Red Sea trade route amidst the continued attacks.

"Our expectation is that within the next couple of weeks,
you will begin to see the impact of this disturbance in the supply chain, either through shortages, price increases, or shrinkflation," says Marco Forgione, the Director General at The Institute of Export & International Trade.

Though the issue might seem confined to shipping companies now, experts say that
consumers around the world should be prepared for changes in the market in the next few weeks- whether it be price increases, "shrinkflation"-in which the size of a product decreases but its price remains the same-or a lack of availability of everyday goods. time.com

   RELATED: Houthis, Undeterred by Strikes, Target More Ships in Red Sea

Retailers Continue to Embrace AI

More Media Coverage of AI's Impact at the Checkout
At Sam's Club, a Human Will No Longer Check Your Receipt at the Door

Instead, artificial intelligence technology will scan carts, the company says, eliminating annoying bottlenecks at the exit.

Buying things in bulk at wholesale retailers can be an all-day affair. Sam's Club, the store chain owned by Walmart, is trying to make that time shorter: by
using artificial intelligence to scan shoppers' carts so they no longer have to show a receipt at the exit upon checking out.

According to a video presented by Walmart executives,
Sam's Club will now have customers go through a gate-like portal rather than having an employee stand at the door and check individual receipts - an innovation that Ms. Crozier described as reimagining the future of retail. The portal is equipped with what Walmart said in a news release was "computer vision and digital technology" to verify purchases.

technology is currently at 10 locations, but Ms. Crozier told the audience that the company hoped to make the change at all of its roughly 600 locations by the end of the year. nytimes.com

AI for Customer Experience & Employee Assistance
How Walmart is Embracing AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling Walmart to move from being an omnichannel retailer to an adaptive one, at least according to
Anshu Bhardwaj, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Walmart Global Technology and Walmart Commerce Technologies, who spoke at a session during the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City earlier this week.

An example of being an adaptive retailer is
Walmart's Text to Shop service experience, Bhardwaj said, which allows mobile consumers across both iOS and Android devices to text Walmart the items they want to purchase from either their local store or Walmart.com, or easily reorder items for pickup, delivery or shipping.

Another example Bhardwaj shared was how
Walmart is using generative AI to help customers search for products by specific use cases. For example, when planning a Super Bowl party, consumers can simply type "plan a Super Bowl party" into the Walmart app or website.

AI is not only improving the customer experience at Walmart, but it's also helping the retailer's employees, noted Bhardwaj. mytotalretail.com

Several States Declare Emergencies Over Cold Temps
Biting Cold Sweeping U.S. Hits the South With an Unfamiliar Freeze

In Texas, where a 2021 storm killed 246 people and knocked out electricity for millions, officials urged residents to conserve power.

Extreme weather gripped large parts of the Southern United States on Monday, with ice and snow hampering plans to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and several governors declaring states of emergency.

Communities generally unaccustomed to major winter storms, from Tennessee to Texas, canceled or postponed events honoring Dr. King. nytimes.com

Retail employment in December reaches highest level since 2019

Last Sears in NY area shutting down - 12 stores remain of world's once-biggest retailer

All Showfields stores closed for good on Saturday

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Senior Manager, Field AP job posted for lululemon in New York City, NY
You will lead the most complex and important business unit at lululemon. North America is essential to the financial health of lululemon and is also the largest employee base in the company. You will build the vision and shape the future of asset protection and safety in a market that is critical to the success of our team and the business overall. It is also a market that has multi-layered challenges (unprecedented weather risk, organized retail crime, active threat/shooter trends, political and social unrest) unlike anywhere else in retail. careers.lululemon.com


Last week's #1 article --

'Shoplifters Unite!'
Ominous flyer urges criminals to ransack DC grocery store, 'take everything that's not nailed down'
Washington, D.C.'s crime spiral took a new turn this week when
a flyer calling for shoplifters to "unite" and ransack a local grocery store was discovered outside a vacant building in Columbia Heights, a report shows.

Shoplifters unite! Take everything that's not nailed down. Bust windows," the flyer stated, calling on people to reportedly ransack a Safeway location in the city, according to Fox 5 DC.

flyer was found on an empty storefront window on Irving Street NW, according to the outlet. The outlet did not post the flyer's message in its entirety, as it is unclear who posted the flyer and if their intentions to ransack the Safeway are legitimate.

"I think it's a bunch of crap," one Safeway shopper told FOX 5 of the flyer. "That's what I think. You know, I see people come in this Safeway right here, and I see them take stuff and steal. You know, I don't say anything, but you know the guard is right there. He sees it too, and he don't do anything."  nypost.com

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March Networks is Redefining Cost-Effective Intelligent Video Solutions - Launches EL Series NVR at Intersec Dubai

All the advanced Enterprise features of March Networks' powerful video management platform and data analytics at an affordable cost.

DUBAI, UAE, January 16, 2024 -- March Networks®, a global leader in intelligent video solutions, proudly announces the launch of its Essential Line (EL) Network Video Recorders (NVRs) at Intersec Dubai.

The EL Series represents an important strategic move by March Networks to offer customers a robust, full-featured video management solution and analytics platform that is both cost-effective and has advanced functionalities.

Tailored for multi-site businesses requiring up to 16 cameras per location, both EL models - the EL08 and EL16 - come fully licensed for all channels and do not require annual software maintenance fees. It offers the ideal blend of value and performance for organizations looking to balance advanced video capabilities with budget considerations.

"The EL Series represents an important market expansion for March Networks, providing access to enterprise-class video surveillance and business intelligence solutions at a more budget-friendly price point," said Peter Strom, CEO of March Networks. "With this launch, we're not only addressing the essential needs of our customers but also empowering them with our advanced software capabilities. Fully compatible with our Cloud Suite of products and services, the EL Series allows customers the flexibility to implement a cloud-based system, or a traditional on-premise deployment."

Customers with multiple sites no longer have to choose between higher-cost, true enterprise systems with central management functionality or lower-priced systems that lack the operating efficiency they need.

The EL NVRs are compatible with March Networks' Command Enterprise VMS software and are integrated with Searchlight Cloud for robust central management and advanced data analytics.

Through March Networks' suite of cloud-based intelligent video solutions and advanced data integrations with Point-Of-Sale (POS) systems, ATMs, and other 3rd party data sources, customers benefit from secure, automated, real-time management of video data and business intelligence functionality, improving efficiency and enabling businesses to spend more time focusing on improving the customer experience.

"We chose to announce at Intersec Dubai to align with the trade show's tradition of showcasing innovative security products to a diverse, international audience, and to highlight the EL's global appeal," continued Strom.

Key Features of the EL Series NVR:

  • Cost-Effective Solution: The EL Series has a lower price point for enterprise functionality and enables advanced centralized management and data analytics capabilities without needing additional camera licenses or a Software Maintenance Agreement. This series leverages Power over Ethernet (PoE), minimizing installation and service costs while maximizing operational efficiency.

  • Cloud or On-Premise: The EL NVRs are optimized to be part of the complete March Networks Cloud Suite for customers looking for Cloud-managed video surveillance, but can also run as a traditional on-premise video system for customers looking to keep their video in-house.

  • Centralized Management: The EL Series works with all of the leading March Networks' video management software, including Command Enterprise Server and Command Client, as well as providing a complete web client and the Command Mobile Plus app for iOS and Android. The recorders can also support Insight System Monitoring, Cloud Video Storage and Cloud Evidence Vault sharing. It allows for real-time monitoring and efficient management of security devices from a central location, improving response times and reducing the operating costs of managing multiple systems.

  • Advanced Data Analytics: Through integration with March Networks' Searchlight and Searchlight Cloud platforms, the EL Series is a conduit for valuable real-time AI analytic metadata. This integration transforms traditional video surveillance into a tool for business intelligence, optimizing operational efficiency, reducing loss, and enhancing the customer experience.

  • Security and Compliance: With a hardened Linux Operating System, the EL Series is cyber-secure with end-to-end encryption and NDAA compliance, ensuring a secure and reliable video management solution.

The EL Series uniquely balances affordability with advanced features, effectively overcoming the challenge of high-cost surveillance systems while maintaining robust central management and analytics capabilities.

For more information about March Networks' EL Series, please visit: www.marchnetworks.com/essential

To speak to someone about our intelligent video solutions or book a demo, please contact us.







In Case You Missed It

OpenEye White Paper: Video Security Hardening and Best Practices

Security is a top priority for companies doing business in the cloud, so it's crucial for companies to reduce the risk of data breaches and unwanted access to vital information within their organizations. To help with that OpenEye is sharing some resources to support your cybersecurity efforts in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

OpenEye Web Services (OWS) is a scalable and highly secure cloud-managed video surveillance solution that not only simplifies operations and management by moving these functions to the cloud, but also protects and manages the integrity of your data.

In the guide below, OpenEye provides recommendations for secure installation, configuration, and operation of the OWS platform to ensure it stays safe against all attack vectors. By making sure all of your security systems are properly in place, you can fortify your cybersecurity measures to securely protect your data and information.

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Powerful Info-Stealer Targeting Windows
Windows SmartScreen bug exploited to deliver powerful info-stealer
A vulnerability (CVE-2023-36025) that Microsoft fixed in November 2023
continues to be exploited by malware peddlers: this time around, the delivered threat is a variant of the Phemedrone Stealer.

Phemedrone Stealer is a piece of malware written in C#, with no dependencies. It's capable of:
Collecting system information (hardware, OS, geolocation) and making screenshots; Gathering all data contained in the targed device's memory; Grabbing user files from specific folders (e.g., Documents, Desktop); Grabbing cookies, passwords, and autofills from Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, etc.) and Gecko-based browsers (e.g., Firefox); Extracting sensitive data from password and authenticator apps via extensions installed on Chromium-based browsers; Grabbing Discord authentication tokens and files related to Steam and Telegram authentication-related files; Extracting files from popular cryptocurrency wallet apps; Capturing connection details and credentials for FileZilla (a free FTP solution).

Microsoft released fixes for CVE-2023-36025 on November 2023 Patch Tuesday and warned at the time that the
vulnerability was already being leveraged in attacks in the wild. helpnetsecurity.com

D.C. Dragging Feet on AI Regulations
AI threats loom over cautious Congress
Wide-ranging risks created by artificial intelligence (AI) loom over a Congress that appears cautious to regulate as lawmakers head into a monumental election year.
After a year filled with hearings and forums discussing the risks and benefits of AI as the technology expands into critical sectors, experts say it is time for Congress to act - while some warn lawmakers are already behind.

"If there's no action before the end of this Congress, I think
there's going to be a perception that they failed," said Dewey Murdick, executive director at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology.  "It's going be a super tough year to do anything, but I think the pressure is on pretty high to do something."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), leader of the chamber's bipartisan working group on AI, has avoided setting a timeline for expected AI legislation. The leader initially promised
new AI rules would take "months," not "years" in June when the AI working group outlined its approach to crafting regulations.

But when Congress left at the end of last year,
lawmakers hadn't moved on any proposals put forward on AI rules. thehill.com

Hacks Could Cause 'Significant Impacts on Financial System'
SEC X Account Hack Draws Senate Outrage

Senators from both parties called the Securities and Exchange Commission's lack of MFA "inexcusable" and demand investigation into the regulator's cybersecurity lapse.

Following the Securities and Exchange Commission's X account, formerly known as Twitter, compromise on Jan. 9,
two Senators have issued a statement calling the hack "inexcusable" and urging the Inspector General of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate the regulator's failure to have basic multifactor authentication (MFA) protections in place.

a hack resulting in the publication of material information for investors could have significant impacts on the stability of the financial system and trust in public markets, including potential market manipulation," Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. said in a statement. "We urge you to investigate the agency's practices related to the use of MFA, and in particular, phishing-resistant MFA, to identify any remaining security gaps that must be addressed." darkreading.com

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Report Spam Emails to Your Company's IT Department

If you receive an email that seems suspicious, like an email phishing attempt asking for login credentials, in your work email inbox, you should report this email to your IT department using your company's protocol. If you are receiving spam or phishing emails like this, it is likely other employees at your company might be as well. Reporting these emails to your IT department is the best way to keep everyone informed of potential scams and to protect the company from malware.




Online Shopping Scams: The Most Common Fraud in 2023
Online shopping fraud, phishing most common scams in 2023, Chicago BBB says
That's according to the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. Its list of the
10 top scams in Chicago and the rest of northern Illinois, for a fourth straight year, placed online purchases at No. 1, with fake websites being the top issue.

Steve Bernas, the BBB's president and chief executive, said
scammers were using the latest technologies including AI to fool people.

It's hard to keep up with these scams," Bernas said. "They just keep coming in and adding new twists to them. In the old days, you'd have to climb a telephone pole to put up an advertisement at the end of the highway ... Now, you can reach millions of people in minutes, and that's what the scammers do."

One recent online purchase scam involved a Facebook account
masquerading as O'Hare Airport's "luggage department." Its error-ridden ad said: "Get a suitcase with baggage for just 9,95$ Chicago O'Hare International Airport sale lost luggage that has been in store for more than 6 months. According to the regulations it has to be disposed, but we have decided to sell it for just 9,95$ each. To get all the details and participate, click on 'Order' button and take a moment to answer a few questions."

O'Hare posted a statement on Facebook debunking the claims: "It's not true, and you should always contact your air carrier with questions about misplaced luggage."

Phishing was the second-most common scam for the third year in a row. Phishing targets individuals and companies through email or text messages to try to get the victim to share personal and banking information. Clicking on hyperlinks in a phishing scam can also lead to malware being installed on your electronic device.

It's getting to a point where we're telling consumers not to click on any link. Don't answer your phone unless it's in your contact list, let it go to voicemail," Bernas said. "And if you think it's your bank saying they need to call, call your bank or go to the bank's website directly." chicago.suntimes.com

Amazon Goes All In On AI
How Amazon Fashion is using AI to help you find the perfect fit

AI-powered innovations-personalized size recommendations, review highlights, re-imagined size charts, and fit insights-are helping customers shop with confidence.

Amazon wants customers to shop with confidence. This includes developing features that help customers find great-fitting fashion items from the comfort of their homes.
Valuable insights unlocked by artificial intelligence (AI) have been helping us improve the customer experience and address the size and fit challenges that are part of shopping for fashion online.

Following are a few recent
AI-enabled features that empower customers to confidently shop our stores for the fashion and styles they love.

AI-driven size recommendations personalized to each customer

Not sure what size to order? Nobody wants to spend time cross-referencing reviews, size charts, product images, and detailed product descriptions. That's why
we use AI and machine learning models to recommend a size that's just for you on each product's detail page. aboutamazon.com

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Irvine, CA: Man wanted for stealing nearly $40K worth of items from Target stores
Police are searching for a suspect wanted for escaping with thousands of dollars worth of items from Target stores across Southern California. The man is responsible for stealing at least $39,000 worth of merchandise so far, according to the Irvine Police Department. Recent surveillance video from Target shows him entering the store calmly and strolling around. He then spots a Target employee holding what appears to be an iPad box. He approaches the worker and pretends to ask a question about the item before suddenly grabbing it and sprinting out of the store. Along with other thefts, police confirm the suspect has recently been known to grab iPads before sprinting out of Target stores.  ktla.com

Sacramento County, CA: More than $15K in product stolen from Beauty business
Security footage captured the moment two burglars, using a hammer, shattered the window of a Sacramento County business before entering the store and stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise. Debbie Ditore owns Total Beauty Experience on Arden Way in the Arden Arcade neighborhood. The salon and beauty retail store opened nearly 30 years ago, selling hair and skincare products, gifts, clothing, and jewelry. "They probably got somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of product," she said. "You get sick to your stomach, a small business having to suffer that kind of a loss." 

Charles County, MD: 2 charged after attempt to steal $11K in items from Charles Co. store
Two people suspected in an organized retail theft ring are facing charges, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) who said they allegedly took several fragrances from a department store and attempted to leave without paying on January 10. During a surveillance operation, a CCSO detective saw two people enter a store, grab a large number of fragrances, put them into bags and attempt to leave without paying for the items, according to officials. The detective, along with a loss prevention employee, took the two people into custody, officials said. 

Cleveland, OH: Deputy, theft suspect run over outside Steelyard Commons Home Depot
An off-duty sheriff's deputy and a theft suspect were both run over outside the Steelyeard Commons Home Depot Saturday afternoon. Cleveland Police were called to the scene after an off-duty Cuyahoga County Sheriff Special Deputy detained a 39-year-old suspect they thought was stealing, according to Cleveland Police. While on scene, a 39-year-old
female suspect drove her vehicle toward the off-duty deputy and the male suspect and ran both over, according to Cleveland Police. During the incident, a private security officer discharged her firearm, but no one was struck, according to police. This incident is currently under investigation by Cleveland Police Force Investigation Team. The deputy and the private security officer sustained minor injuries during the incident. Police say both suspects were arrested and taken to the hospital.  cleveland19.com

Colma, CA: Police arrest man for grand theft, $1400 of merchandise recovered
A man with two outstanding warrants was arrested for grand theft, the Colma Police Department announced Friday. Colma police officers were conducting a passing check of a shopping center in the 5000 block of Junipero Serra Boulevard at 8:48 p.m. on Tuesday. According to police, officers located a "suspicious" vehicle parked in the parking lot of one of the businesses. The vehicle's registration expired over a year ago, police said. According to the police investigation, the car was determined to be a suspect in a theft from a neighboring agency. An investigation of the suspects revealed that the 33-year-old man had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest from an outside agency. He was placed under arrest for his warrants. While arresting one of the suspects,
officers noticed several boxes of Lego brand toys "in plain sight," according to police. Officers subsequently contacted the nearby store's loss prevention officers. The establishment's loss prevention officers confirmed the 33-year-old man stole the items to the police after receiving security footage. The merchandise was worth approximately $1,446.88 kron4.com

Mount Pleasant, WI: Update: Felony retail theft from Menards could send Janesville man to prison for more than 15 years
Shane Clark is charged with felony retail theft, two felony counts of bail jumping and one misdemeanor count of theft.
The three felony charges carry a possible maximum prison term of 15 years, six months and a $30,000 fine. Mount Pleasant Police responded to Menards, on Sept. 20, and spoke to the Loss Prevention Officer, who stated the defendant had stolen merchandise from the store that day and also on Sept. 15. At 6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Clark allegedly took a security doorbell and a WIFi camera off a shelf, and handed it to an unidentified female, who placed it in her purse. The two then left the store without paying for either item, which had a total value of $174.13, the complaint states. Five days later, Clark and an unidentified male returned to the store. Clark allegedly walked up to the service desk with a "cart full of windows," and then left without paying for them. The store employee listed the total value at $1,134.69.  racinecountyeye.com

Long Island, NY: Police Seeking Suspect in Smash-and-Grab Robbery at Roosevelt Field Mall Jewelry Store
The Third Squad is investigating a Burglary that occurred in East Garden City on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 8:30 am. According to detectives, Third Precinct police responded to a Burglary that occurred at the Luxury Jewelers Kiosk located at 630 Old Country Road in the vicinity of JC Penney. Upon arrival, Third Precinct police observed that the glass to the Kiosk had been smashed by an unknown person with an unknown object. An investigation revealed that an unknown male subject removed assorted jewelry in excess of four thousand US dollars. 

Mississauga, ON, Canada: 60 arrested in Peel police anti-theft initiative at Square One Shopping Centre
Peel Regional Police have made 60 arrests and recovered more than $43,000 in stolen property as part of an anti-theft initiative at Square One Shopping Centre. The retail enforcement blitz, which took place Dec. 4 to 16, was a collaboration involving the 11 Division criminal investigations bureau, Square One and "loss prevention officials," Peel police said in a Jan. 12 news release. The initiative aimed to "detect, arrest and process offenders" with emphasis on repeat and violent offenders and those wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, according to police. "In lieu of criminal charges, in appropriate circumstances, police diverted some offenders and offered assistance by way of community referrals," the news release said. "There were 60 arrests made, numerous criminal charges laid and over $43,000.00 of stolen property was recovered." 

San Antonio, TX: Sam's Club announces end of receipt checking after recent $3,000 theft

Salina, KS: Update: Police attempt to identify 3 seen loading stolen Target items into back of U-Haul

Memphis, TN: Thieves steal tires from South Memphis Goodyear

Tukwila, WA: Police seeking public's help identifying smiling Tide Pods shoplifter

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Shootings & Deaths

Aikens, SC: 2 killed in murder-suicide near Aiken Walmart
Two people are dead after a murder-suicide near the Walmart on Richland Avenue - the region's second such incident within hours. The initial report came in at 10:52 a.m. at the Murphy USA gas station at 3575 W. Richland Ave. near the Walmart supercenter. Two people suffered gunshot wounds, with one of them dying and one being sent to the nearby Aiken Regional Medical Center with a serious gunshot wound. It was a murder-suicide, not a random shooting, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.  wrdw.com

Sherman, IL: Man dead from self-inflicted gunshot at Casey General Store
On Saturday at 5:32 p.m. the Sherman Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at Casey General Store at 270 Crossing Drive in Sherman. Upon arrival, officers located a 36-year-old male deceased at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  newschannel20.com

Arlington, VT: Vermont State police investigating death in store parking lot, not deemed suspicious
Vermont State Police are investigating a death, in a parking lot in Arlington. At approximately 9 a.m. Sunday, employees at the Stewarts Shop in Arlington contacted the Vermont State Police about an unresponsive male in a vehicle parked within the store parking lot. The Vermont State Police responded, along with Arlington Rescue and Arlington Fire. Attempts were made at resuscitation, however, they were ultimately unsuccessful.  cbs6albany.com

Jennings, MO: Woman fatally shot at Jennings liquor store, suspect remains at large
A woman was shot and killed Sunday evening at a liquor store in north St. Louis County. According to St. Louis County police, officers responded at about 6 p.m. Sunday at New York Market & Liquor, located at 8701 Jennings Station Road, for a report of a shooting. There, they found a woman who had been shot at least once. Preliminary investigation revealed the woman had gone to the liquor store with the suspect. Once inside, a struggle ensued between them, and the suspect fired gunshots. He then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The woman was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment, but she later died due to her injuries, police said.  ksdk.com

Philadelphia, PA: 66-year-old man critical after flea market shooting
A man is in critical condition after police say he was shot multiple times inside a Southwest Philly flea market Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival at Jerry's Corner store on Passyunk Avenue at around 3pm, police found a 66-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to his left thigh, right chest, and right armpit. The victim was transported to Presbyterian Hospital by police where he is listed in critical condition. The scene is being held as police investigate. No weapon has been recovered, and no arrests have been made.  fox29.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Los Angeles, CA: Suspects take cash, lotto tickets in five 7-Eleven robberies
Police are searching for as many as five suspects who took cash, candy and lottery tickets during robberies at multiple 7-Eleven locations in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas overnight. Police have not confirmed if all five robberies are related but circumstances are similar in each of the incidents, which took place late Thursday night and early Friday morning.  ktla.com

Beaufort County, NC: : Man arrested with explosives in grocery store parking lot
A North Carolina man has been arrested after authorities said he arrived at a grocery store parking lot with explosives in his vehicle. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said 40-year-old Cameron Lee Smith is charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a concealed handgun. Deputies said on January 10, an investigator found Smith slumped over inside the vehicle in the parking lot of a local Food Lion in Washington, North Carolina. While checking on him, the investigator found drug paraphernalia in plain view. A weapon, crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also discovered. During the search of the vehicle, deputies located what appeared to be possible explosives inside the vehicle. According to WITN, deputies collected over 50 pieces of evidence at the home that are linked to pipe bombs and improvised explosive devices at this home. The sheriff also told the outlet they found a military-style homemade grenade in the man's SUV.  fox7austin.com

Lincoln, NE: Man Uses Skid Loader to Damage Vehicles at Home Depot
A man was arrested after damaging several vehicles, including a police cruiser, with a skid-steer loader outside a Home Depot in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday, January 14, local media reported, citing police. Footage filmed by Dario Briseno Diaz shows the incident unfold on Sunday. Customers took shelter inside the store and police surrounded the man, the video shows. According to the local reports, the suspect, 36-year old Samuel Peyrot, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on an officer, second-degree assault, and criminal mischief uk.news.yahoo.com

Los Angeles, CA: Police bust L.A. residential burglary crew responsible for 'multitude' of crimes across region totaling more than $1M

Violent crew terrorizing NYC newsstand vendors steals $15K in two-week spree



Auto - Rock Hill, SC - Armed Robbery
Auto - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Beauty - Sacramento County, CA - Burglary
Beauty - Sacramento County, CA - Burglary
Beauty - Charles County, MD - Robbery
C-Store - Carson, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Anderson County, SC - Burglary
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
C-Store - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Durham, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Banks County, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Fayetteville, NC - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Cellphone - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Clothing - Fairfield, CA - Burglary
Dollar - Winston Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Crowley, LA - Burglary
Dollar - Reidsville, NC - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Winkler County, TX - Robbery
Hardware - Cleveland, OH - Robbery / Shots fired
Jewelry - Bloomfield, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Loveland, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Des Moines, IA - Robbery
Jewelry - Independence, MO - Burglary
Jewelry - Long Island, NY - Robbery
Laundry - Cleveland, OH - Burglary
Liquor - Jennings, MO - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Indian Land, SC - Robbery
News Stand - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Police Store - New Orleans, LA - Burglary
Records - Rockford, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Denver, CO - Burglary
Restaurant - Middlebury, VT - Burglary
Target - Irvine, CA - Robbery
Target - Daly City, CA - Robbery
Vape - Terre Haute, IN - Burglary
Walmart - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery / LP injured
Walmart - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Niagara County, NY - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Wilkes Barre, PA - Robbery                             


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• 28 robberies
• 16 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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