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Bryan P. Finney Joins Vector Security® as VP of Information Technology, Becomes Part of Leadership Team

Seasoned digital technology leader to oversee all IT-related activities for top 4 nationally-ranked security company.

PITTSBURGH, January 20, 2022 - Vector Security®, the fourth largest security company in the United States and the leading provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, recently announced that Bryan P. Finney has joined the company as Vice President of Information Technology effective immediately. Finney also becomes a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Finney is responsible for the technological direction of the company. This includes strategic oversight and management of Vector Security's network and software infrastructure, daily user support, and technology acquisition and application.

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CLEAR Taps TalkLP to Execute its Annual Conference

CLEAR has selected TalkLP to execute its National Conference in Orlando November 8-10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Nashville, TN, (January 18, 2022) - The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) selects TalkLP, a subsidiary of Calibration Group, to execute its 2022 National Conference. TalkLP will strategize and execute the CLEAR conference designed to provide a value-packed experience for both the attendees and solution provider partners. TalkLP responsibilities include coordinating on-site logistics, production, marketing, promotion, and emceeing the conference.

"CLEAR has seen incredible growth and success over the last few years with our Annual Conference," said Ben Dugan, President of CLEAR. "We believe TalkLP's skill in executing superior conference experiences will take CLEAR to the next level for both our attendees and valuable solution provider partners."
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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

City by City Gun Violence in 2021 Stats
A National View - 1 Big City Every Day

Philadelphia's Record-Breaking Murder Surge Last Year
A Record 559 Murders in Philly in 2021 Scrapes Scars Into the City's Psyche

"The whole city of Philadelphia ... is likely to be traumatized from this year -- the pandemic, the gun violence, all of it"

In Philadelphia, 559 people were murdered in 2021, the most in the city's history. It's a record everyone saw coming and no one was able to stop. And it has scraped scars into the psyche of Philadelphians.

The 559 murders are the most since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. It's more murders than during the crack epidemic of the early 1990s. It's more murders than in far more populous cities in 2021, including New York and Los Angeles.

And it is an increase from last year's 499 murders, and a large increase from 2019, when Philadelphia recorded 356 homicides. More than 200 children and teens have been caught in the crossfire amid the rising violence. The controller's office says 36 minors were killed by gunfire and another 206 wounded in 2021.

"The whole city of Philadelphia, I would say, is likely to be traumatized from this year -- the pandemic, the gun violence, all of it," DeCarlo said.

The city appropriated $155 million to public safety in its last budget, including $16 million for neighborhood-based groups fighting violence. However, Mayor Jim Kenney twice this year declined to issue an emergency declaration on gun violence, something pushed by both activists and fellow lawmakers as a way to clear red tape and expedite resources to combat the problem.

He called for the city to have the ability to set its own gun laws, better coordination and cooperation among police, elected officials and the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, and for improvements to neighborhoods and schools. nbcphiladelphia.com

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DOJ to Increase Law Enforcement Grants 75% in 2022 - Reaching $7 Billion
Fighting the Crime Surge & Supporting the Nation's Cities

Associate AG Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors
Delivered yesterday in Washington DC - In Brief Below

I have often said that being a mayor is one of the hardest jobs in the country. You are on the front lines of our nation's most complex problems, and the work you do has immediate impact on people's lives. Over the past two years, you have faced unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, large-scale demonstrations for racial justice and a rise in hate crimes and gun violence.

Public safety is a top priority for the Department of Justice, and we have dedicated substantial resources to supporting our state and local partners as they investigate and prosecute violent crime. But, experience and research have taught us that enforcement alone is not enough to prevent crime. In May, the Attorney General announced a comprehensive strategy to reduce violent crime, and the department has deployed all of its tools - vigorous law enforcement; training and technical assistance; and financial support to state and local jurisdictions - to fight violent crime, strengthen communities and build community trust. Last year, the department awarded approximately $4 billion in grants, including $1.6 billion awarded just last month, to support a wide range of programs, and President Biden has requested more than $7 billion for the department's grantmaking components in Fiscal Year 2022.

The department's highest priorities - combatting hate crimes and reducing gun violence.

The department is also using its rulemaking authority to strengthen our responses to gun violence. The department has proposed new rules that will close loopholes on "ghost guns" and the use of accessories to convert pistols into short-barreled rifles so that we can keep guns out of the hands of those seeking to evade background checks.

The department is committed to addressing violent crime in all of its forms. The U.S. Attorneys' Offices across the country have worked with federal, state, local and community partners to identify and address the most pressing violent crime issues in their respective districts.

And the department's grants programs, including the JAG Program, the COPS Hiring Program and the Smart Policing Initiative, increase state and local enforcement capacity by helping jurisdictions hire personnel, buy equipment, update technology, protect schools, reduce youth gang violence and implement innovative and evidence-based solutions to efficiently tackle chronic crime problems.

The department is developing resources and best practices on addressing mass demonstrations and civil unrest. Effectively managed protests show the best of the policing profession, allowing communities to exercise their constitutional rights and for officers to demonstrate what tactics can build public trust. We have started convenings with elected officials, community advocates and police leaders, to understand the practical lessons from those with significant experiences with these issues, and we plan to issue a best practices publication that will assist law enforcement agencies with protest management. justice.gov

Big Cities 'Rolling Out The Red Carpet for Thieves'
Organized retail theft a significant problem for merchants, municipalities, law enforcement
When cities like Chicago minimize penalties for retail theft, it's like rolling out the red carpet for thieves, those in the industry say.

"Most retail theft is not for need, it's organized," Illinois Retail Merchants Association President and CEO Rob Karr told The Center Square.

Karr said lax enforcement leads to lost sales tax revenue for municipalities. What's more, it often funds other far-reaching illegal activities, things like gun crime, illicit drugs and even human trafficking.

One way it works: "You'll have one group, they're going to want a hundred Gucci bags or a hundred power drills or a hundred fleece sweaters, and that order will go to a fence who will ship it out to somebody else who will then hire it out to someone who will go steal it," Karr said. The term "fence" is slang for someone who buys and/or resells stolen property. "They'll then send it back to their fence, who'll then monetize it, and that money makes its way back up to the people who originally placed the order."

Karr said there's a need to recognize that larger-scale retail theft is not a one-off activity and that criminals look for localities where enforcement is minimized. And retail theft hurts everyone.

"Sales taxes fund state and local governments," Karr said. "Sales tax is the largest source of income for many locations in Illinois, and for the state as a whole, it's the second largest."

Organized retail theft has grown over 60% the past five years, according to the National Retail Federation. Karr said it has accelerated during the pandemic but stresses it is not merely a pandemic problem.

It's a mistake to lump organized retail theft in with non-violent crime, Karr said, a mistake that reflects how policy makers and law enforcement still see the issue from what he calls "a 20th Century point of view." cities929.com

Stolen Merchandise Flooding the Web Amid Theft Wave
Organized retail theft is flooding the internet with stolen goods
While organized retail theft has been going on for decades, it has now grown into a $45 billion a year illegal industry. Former FBI agent Ross Rice says that is because criminals know they'll likely get away with it.

"We've seen stories recently where the same business has been targeted two or three times in the same month. Well, why are they going back to the same place? Because they got away the first time," said Rice. "You don't have armed security, and most of the stores have told their employees don't get involved, don't intervene, we don't want anyone hurt."

Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association says organized retail theft has grown 60 percent over the last five years - particularly in areas where criminals perceive law enforcement to be lax.

So, where is all that stolen stuff going? While some winds up in pawn shops, flea markets or peddled out of cars, experts say the biggest marketplace is as close as your computer or cellphone.

Although online platforms have rules prohibiting the sale of stolen merchandise, it's hard to verify where items posted on the web actually come from. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin recently held a judiciary committee hearing on organized retail theft.

"When you buy products from third-party sellers in online marketplaces, you're really rolling the dice," said Sen. Durbin. "We need urgent action from those in congress."

Congress is working on a tool to do just that - the INFORM Consumers Act. The INFORM Consumers Act is a bipartisan bill that would require online retailers to disclose exactly who is selling what you're buying. fox32chicago.com

Just 2 Weeks Into New Job Manhattan "Let-em-Loose" DA Might Face Recall
If New Manhattan Progressive DA Alvin Bragg just did his job, he wouldn't need crisis-PR help
New Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has hired a crisis-management team to put out the fires of widespread outrage over his let-'em-loose approach to law enforcement. Can he really think the problem is that New Yorkers just don't understand his order against prosecuting serious crimes as serious crimes?

They do understand, of course: They know it guarantees more serious crime. That's why, just two weeks into his tenure, an online petition is calling for his removal while even Republicans only thinking about running for governor are promising to do just that.

Hence the exodus of top-notch talent from the Manhattan DA's Office, with at least nine prosecutors resigning since Jan. 1, including the esteemed Joan Illuzzi-Orbon.

"I know one [ADA] who was with the office over 20 years who left without a job," one law-enforcement source said. "They didn't want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law."

Bragg can call in all of the fixers he wants, but even Scandal's Olivia Pope couldn't save him, not unless and until he gets serious about the ever-increasing crime, in just about every major category, plaguing the city.

Saying you care about crime won't help when you refuse to fight it. nypost.com

West Palm Beach shootings shine light on increasing gun violence


COVID Update

529.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 69.8M Cases - 880.9K Dead - 43.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 339.8M Cases - 5.5M Dead - 273.3M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 343   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 615
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The Virus is Here to Stay
COVID May Never Go Away But Public Health Emergency Could Be Over This Year
The COVID-19 virus may never end, but strict guidelines and vaccination requirements could lead to an end of lockdowns and hospitalizations. The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke about it on Tuesday during a panel discussion hosted by the World Economic Forum.

"We may never end the virus" because such pandemic viruses "end up becoming part of the ecosystem," Dr. Michael Ryan said. "[But] we have a chance to end the public health emergency this year if we do the things that we've been talking about."

Ryan said that the tragedy of the virus would continue if the vaccines and other tools were not shared fairly. The virus has killed more than 5.5 million people worldwide. The discussion also centered around vaccines, lockdown protocols and impact it has had on the economy.

While COVID-19 is highly unlikely to be eliminated, it could kill people at much lower levels, even if it becomes endemic and after, according to public health officials, the Associated Press reported.

For 2022, the goal of the WHO is to have 70 percent of the population in every country of the world vaccinated. newsweek.com

Nation Caught Unprepared For Tests & Results & White House Offered No Help
What happened to Operation Warp Speed? The Tortoise Won't Win Here

Omicron leaves testing labs overwhelmed, causing frustrating delays to get results
As the Omicron surge drives infection rates to record highs, testing has emerged as an essential tool for limiting its spread. But over the last month, laboratories and manufacturers have struggled to keep up with the demand.

In December, neighborhood pharmacies sold out of rapid antigen tests. Getting an appointment for the more sensitive and definitive PCR test took days, and results even longer. Once again, the pandemic had exposed a weakness in the country's healthcare system.

"I think that unfortunately, we are as unprepared for the type of surge we are experiencing - from a testing perspective - as we were a year ago,"

Free at-home coronavirus testing kits, now available to households around the country, promise to ease the bottlenecks, but questions over shortages and delays threaten to undermine confidence. Answers, however, lie in the numbers.

Lab Results Wave: "Labs have to go from a normal level of testing to three times or 10 times more in a surge," he said. "It is a very difficult ask. Everyone should have access to PCR tests that we can turn around in 24 hours. That is what a federal response should look like."

As healthcare experts predict new variants on the horizon, the need for such safeguards is more important than ever, Garner said. latimes.com

States Take Emergency Measures Amid Omicron Surge
GOP and Democratic governors reinstate Covid emergency orders to combat omicron surge
As Covid-19 cases surge across the nation, Republican and Democratic governors alike are issuing new or reinstated emergency health orders in an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant and alleviate the strain on hospitals.

Officials from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Kansas and California have all announced executive measures - some of which are renewals of emergency orders that are expiring or have been lifted - since the start of the month.

Instead of ordering lockdowns and business closures, which devastated the economy at the beginning of the pandemic, the fresh round of orders is designed to free up resources so state and local agencies can prepare for the onslaught of cases and potentially overwhelmed hospitals.

After months of falling case numbers, Covid infections resurged to unprecedented levels over the holidays due to the highly contagious omicron variant.

The U.S. has reported an average of more than 743,000 cases per day over the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That marks more than three times the level reported during last winter's previous record. cnbc.com

Apple's Vaccine Mandate a Model for the Industry?
Op-Ed: Apple's Covid-19 Booster Mandate Is the Best I've Seen Yet

It's a model for every business trying to balance workplace safety and employee needs.

Earlier this week, Apple told employees of both its corporate offices and its retail stores that it will require them to get a Covid-19 booster shoot. That's according to an internal email reported by The Verge.

Employees will be required to get the booster shot within four weeks of their eligibility, or they will be required to undergo frequent testing before they'll be allowed to enter Apple's retail stores or corporate offices. Unvaccinated employees will also have to provide negative test results prior to entering work, starting January 24.

Essentially, Apple is informing employees that "fully-vaccinated" now means getting a booster shot. Notably, Apple isn't threatening to fire unvaccinated employees--or bar them from coming into work--both of which are steps other companies have taken.

Apple's approach is important because of its size and influence. It has the ability to shape the way other companies respond to the changing conditions of the pandemic.

Over the past two years, Apple has served as one of the best indicators of how Covid-19 was affecting different communities. The company was aggressive in monitoring local conditions and didn't hesitate to close retail stores in areas when cases surged. inc.com

Starbucks Reverses Vax Mandate for Baristas After Supreme Court Ruling
Starbucks drops vaccine-or-test requirement; adds new COVID protocols
Starbucks has changed course on its vaccine mandate for employees following the decision last week by the Supreme Court to block the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test rule for large businesses.

In early January, Starbucks said its U.S. employees had to disclose their vaccination status by Jan. 10. It said that employees who choose not to be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9, when enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees was scheduled to begin, would have to present a negative COVID-19 test and be tested weekly.

In his letter, Culver said Starbucks will still strongly encourage employees to get vaccinated and to disclose their vaccination status. More than 90% of workers have already disclosed if they have been vaccinated, and the "vast majority" have been fully vaccinated, according to Culver. The company will continue to offer two hours of paid time off for getting the shots.

Starbucks also announced several new Covid-19 safety protocols. Employees must wear a three-ply medical grade mask, including a N95, KN95 or KF94, at work. Cloth masks will no longer be allowed. chainstoreage.com  wsj.com

Using COVID Relief Dollars to Fund Law Enforcement
Arizona Gov. Ducey quietly approves $95M in virus cash to boost pay for troopers, prison guards and more
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey quietly tapped $95 million in federal coronavirus relief money in November to boost pay for state troopers, prison guards and workers in several other state departments deemed essential.

The Republican governor's office did not announce that he was using cash from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan Act to provide 20% pay boosts to the state's corrections officers, 15% increases to state troopers and 10% increases to workers at the departments of child safety, economic security, juvenile corrections, transportation and health services.

Using the money to provide premium pay for essential workers is allowed under terms of the virus relief law signed by the Democratic president last March. It allows state and local governments to boost pay by up to $13 per hour for essential workers and allows a maximum per-employee amount of $25,000.

Ducey is seeking similar permanent raises for troopers and at other agencies in the budget proposal he released on Friday. fox10phoenix.com

Two-thirds of COVID vaccine side-effects are just a placebo effect, study says


U.S. Government Request for Information 10/8/2021
Facial Recognition Technology Standards & Ethical Usage

Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies
DC UPDATE: Stakeholders and advocates are chiming in with responses to a U.S. government request for information on public and private sector uses of biometrics, providing a snapshot of a social dialogue straining against the inertia of misunderstanding and self-interest.

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted the RFI in October to gather information on "past deployments, proposals, pilots, or trials, and current use of biometric technologies" for identity verification, identification, and attribute inferencing.

comments closed over the weekend, submissions had been made by various stakeholder groups. A somewhat optimistic review might conclude that opinion is converging at least around the need for clear definitions, the value being provided by NIST's efforts and the need for more federal government action.

Service Provider - Civil Society - Software industry - All Expressed Opinions - Favorable Conclusion With Supporting NIST Work | Continue Reading For those following this technology.

Amazon's Brick-and-Mortar Presence Continues Growing
Amazon is opening a clothing store called 'Amazon Style' where customers will use their phones to request extra sizes and colors

Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

Amazon will be opening a brick-and-mortar clothing store later this year called "Amazon Style," the company announced Thursday. The store will be located in Los Angeles and will feature a range of brands.

Amazon Style will rely heavily on technology for its shopping experience according to the company's press release. The shop floor will feature "display items" which will showcase a product in just one size and color. Shoppers will be able to use the Amazon app to see more options.

Amazon confirmed to Insider that customers who prefer to shop without phones will be able to ask a store employee for help finding the correct items. Customers also won't have to carry items to fitting rooms. Instead, they'll scan a QR code for an item and have it added to a fitting room for them.

Shoppers will also be able to use Amazon's palm-scanning payment system, Amazon One, at the checkout.

This isn't Amazon's first venture into physical stores. The tech giant bought supermarket chain Whole Foods in 2017. In 2018, it opened its first cashierless Amazon Go convenience store, and it has recently begun expanding its own-brand supermarket Amazon Fresh. businessinsider.com

Solution to Retail Supply Chain Crisis?
Supply chain crisis wouldn't be as bad if shoppers didn't have so much choice

Some stores are cutting back on the variety of items they offer, following the less is more mantra.

With the supply chain now under strain, those retailers that offer fewer product types are better positioned to withstand the challenge, experts say, and maintain their commitment to the customers who choose to shop there.

Take the Aldis, Lidls, Dollar Generals, Dollar Trees, and to some extent, the Costcos of the world. These stores have a limited number of specific items in their stores and stock a large amount of own-brand goods. This approach means they can reduce costs and streamline supply chains, Dave Marcotte, longtime retail and supply chain expert from Kantar Consulting, said in a recent conversation with Insider.

Buying fewer products in bulk gives these stores greater bargaining power with suppliers and means they have a smaller assortment of items to worry about being in stock and, most likely, fewer suppliers to deal with. Lidl's UK and Ireland CEO flagged this advantage in a recent interview. businessinsider.com

Store Closures & Job Cuts
Peloton hires McKinsey to review cost structure; cycle maker may cut jobs, close stores
Peloton is working with management consulting group McKinsey & Co. to review its cost structure and potentially eliminate some jobs, CNBC has learned.

The possible job cuts were discussed in a recent call with members of Peloton's management team, according to a recording obtained by CNBC. The apparel division, which has seen particularly weak sales, is one area that could be targeted. The company doesn't disclose revenue from its apparel business.

Peloton is also considering asking employees at its brick-and-mortar retail stores to take customer service calls during less busy times, according to the call. At one point, a Peloton executive on the call said that 15 stores are "on the cut line." Peloton operated 123 showrooms as of June 30, in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Germany. cnbc.com

Experian debuting BNPL bureau later this year
Debuting in the first half of the year

In response to the rapid growth of buy now-pay later (BNPL) use among consumers, credit reporting agency Experian announced Wednesday it's implementing the Buy Now Pay Later Bureau, which will provide a platform for BNPL providers, fintechs and point-of-sale lenders to share payment data tied to these transactions, the company said in a news release provided to Payments Dive. Will also offer "a comprehensive view of consumer payments" including outstanding BNPL loans with risk scoring in line with FCRA. paymentdive.com

Wegmans hiring hundreds for new Alexandria, DC stores

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Dir. of Security Operations job posted for Neiman Marcus Group in Dallas, TX
The Director of Security Operations will be responsible for all routine operational components of Neiman Marcus Group's (NMG) Information Security Program. Major components of this program include oversight over the managed security service provided by a third party SOC provider and the development and maintenance of an incident response program and a crisis management program. neimanmarcus.taleo.net

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What's Your Company's SecurityScorecard?
SecurityScorecard Grades the RH-ISAC Community

RH-ISAC has partnered with Associate Member SecurityScorecard to produce a report of the most common security issues observed among RH-ISAC member companies.

RH-ISAC recently partnered with Associate Member SecurityScorecard to produce a report that details the most common vulnerabilities, critical severity issues, and malware strains observed among RH-ISAC member companies.

SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, which are used for self-monitoring, third-party risk management, board reporting, and cyber insurance underwriting. SecurityScorecard provides companies with an A-F letter grade for ten common risk factors such as network security, patching cadence, and endpoint security. An outside assessment of an organization's security posture helps them to understand what vulnerabilities to prioritize and how to take preventative action.

For this report, SecurityScorecard evaluated 159 RH-ISAC member organizations to produce an average letter grade score for the community, as well as scores for the ten security factors used in their assessments. The report concluded that while, on average, RH-ISAC members scored well in some areas such as social engineering and hacker chatter, other areas such as application security and DNS health left room for improvement.

Access to this report, and other trend reports such as the Annual CISO Benchmark Report, are a benefit of RH-ISAC membership. They allow members to benchmark themselves against their peers and identify focus areas for potential improvement. To learn more about becoming an RH-ISAC member, visit the RH-ISAC website. rhisac.org

Artificial Intelligence: The Retail Risk
The Opportunity And The Danger Of Artificial Intelligence At Retail
If a crate of products is delivered to a store and left in the back room rather than unpacked and put on the shelf, an all-too-common problem in retail, the system records a decline in sales of the product. A reasonable analysis of the data assumes that demand for the product has declined and the product is either dropped by the retailer or reorders are reduced.

Now along comes artificial intelligence (AI) and, using data, cameras or both, realizes that demand didn't drop, there's an operational problem that's causing sales to decline. If the system is a full suite of AI software, according to Bill Inzeo, Global Retail Technology Strategist of Zebra Technologies, it will create and prioritize a list of tasks that need to be accomplished in the store and the left-behind crate problem will get addressed.
That's one small example of how AI works; it finds problems and figures out how to solve them. It shows management what's really happening and it implements solutions. It exposes the reality of a situation so that it can be improved. It sets up corrective actions automatically to reach its goals without any human involvement.

A new book coauthored by Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Daniel Huttenlocher, an MIT dean and Chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, entitled The Age of AI And Our Human Future raises some concerns about where AI is leading us.

Schmidt/Kissinger/Huttenlocher argue that the software is doing more than just revealing data. They say it is revealing a new reality, a reality that people can't see without the AI. The authors say that the challenge of that is not unlike the creation of the industrial age; a new reality will be discovered and not all its outcomes will be good. When a computer takes over the strategy for a store and develops strategies and puts chores on task lists for humans to do, there's no telling where it can lead. Depending on what the computer is told to maximize, there is harm that can come to customers, employees, safety, and people's well-being when the computer gets to choose what people do next.

The risk for laborers, harm to consumers and the environment is potentially out of control when the software tries to maximize outcomes without regard to incidental damage. We are in very early days in AI. There's virtually no risk right now that we will see outcomes that are perilous to humans based on AI, that's only science fiction right now. But as AI develops, that will change and with the pedigree of these authors their warning is hard to dismiss out of hand.

Without agreed-upon guidelines, that could be anything. Because it's early, now is the time for the industry to talk about the risk in AI and to act as one for everyone's long-term benefit. forbes.com

Insider Threat Plans
Three recent events prove the need for an insider risk playbook

Pfizer, Ubiquiti and Code42 all faced real or potential insider threats that could have been a lot worse if they did not have a plan to deal with them.

Every company, regardless of size, should have an insider risk management playbook in place to address the insider threat. The human factor is always in play, mistakes will happen that inadvertently place the company at risk. The other side of the human factor are the malevolent individuals who opt to break trust and willingly push aside their NDAs and in-place IT data handling processes and procedures to knowingly abscond with sensitive data.

Ubiquiti's insider risk mitigation plan pays off

Malicious insider Nikolas Sharp of Ubiquiti stole his company's data and then attempted to maneuver the post-investigation efforts away from his own actions and to extort from his employer $2 million. While the Ubiquiti team did not stop the exfiltration of the data, once an anomalous activity was discovered, they executed on their mitigation plan, and eventually brought in the FBI to address the criminal aspects of their insider incident.

Code42 detects improper downloads early

Prime components of the mitigation playbook, or plan, according to Code42's vice president of portfolio strategy and product marketing, Mark Wojtasiak, is embracing the three T's of transparency, training and technology. In his December 2021 piece, "Your employees are making a run for it, and so is your data," he emphasized the need to "Teach them company data ownership policies, set expectations in terms of ownership and develop guidelines they can follow when in doubt."

Pfizer threat monitoring identifies data theft

Pfizer had beefed up its insider threat monitoring capability when it implemented a technology that monitored employee uploads to devices in October 2021. On October 29, they discovered that between October 23 and 26 an employee transferred over 12,000 files "from her Pfizer laptop to an online Google Drive." csoonline.com

PCI SSC updates card security standards to secure the card production process
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced the availability of the PCI Card Production and Provisioning Security Requirements version 3.0. The updated standard helps payment card vendors secure the components and sensitive data involved in the production of payment cards, protecting against fraud via the compromise of card materials.

PCI Card Production and Provisioning Security Requirements version 3.0 ensure the strongest protections for customer payment information during card production and provisioning. Card production includes card manufacturing; magnetic-stripe card encoding and embossing; card personalization; chip initializing, embedding, and personalization; card storing; shipping and mailing. helpnetsecurity.com

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Prevention - Response - Recovery
Armed Robbery Response for Cannabis Retailers
While any retailer can become a victim of an armed robbery, some businesses are more at risk. These businesses are often referred to as "high risk" businesses due to their valuable inventory and large amounts of currency on hand, such as pawn shops,
cannabis businesses, and jewelry stores. Proactively preparing for an armed robbery is one of the best ways to prevent an armed robbery in any business. Should an armed robbery occur, these preparations can reduce the likelihood of any long-term negative effects, including closure of the business.

Preventing an Armed Robbery

The first thing business owners must do is identify the risk of an armed robbery at their business. Owners must determine the estimated value of inventory products and the average amount of cash that will be on hand at any time to decide if the business would be considered "high risk". The area in which the business is located should also be considered. If the area is considered "high crime" or has a history of robberies or thefts, this could increase the business' risk of incurring an incident. To accommodate this increased risk, business owners should increase security measures at their facility, such as installing more cameras or other security devices, contracting with a security guard company, or hiring a security expert to conduct a risk assessment to determine the specific risks for the business.

Responding to an Armed Robbery

In the event that an armed robbery occurs at the business, thoroughly vetted and trained employees will know that the business values its employees' safety over things that can be replaced, like
products or cash. Employees will know not to panic, make any sudden moves, or attempt to subdue the robber. Instead, in the interest of safety, employees will comply with the robber's demands. Training should emphasis that employees should only cooperate with the robber and should not offer any additional information, conversation, cash, or products. The goal of responding to an armed robbery should be to get the robber out of the business as quickly as possible.

Recovering from an Armed Robbery

Once the robber has left the premises, employees should be trained to
lock all entry ways and call the police to report the armed robbery and any pertinent details. If the armed robbery resulted in any injuries, employees should be trained to alert emergency personnel of this fact and the status of those who have been injured. Employees should attempt to preserve the crime scene as much as possible until police arrive to prevent hindering the investigation. sapphirerisk.com

CA's Cannabis Black Market
Double dealing: Legal, illicit blur in California pot market
In the five years since California voters approved a broad legal marketplace for marijuana, thousands of greenhouses have sprouted across the state. But these, under their plastic canopies, conceal a secret.

The cultivator who operates the grow north of Sacramento holds a coveted state-issued license, permitting the business to produce and sell its plants. But it's been virtually impossible for the grower to turn a profit in a struggling legal industry where wholesale
prices for cannabis buds have plunged as much as 70% from a year ago, taxes approach 50% in some areas and customers find far better deals in the thriving underground marketplace.

the company has two identities - one legal, the other illicit. "We basically subsidize our white market with our black market," said the cultivator, who agreed to speak with The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity to avoid possible prosecution.

Industry insiders say the practice of
working simultaneously in the legal and illicit markets is all too commonplace, a financial reality brought on by the difficulties and costs of doing business with a product they call the most heavily regulated in America. apnews.com

Senior Cannabis Industry Job Posting
Loss Prevention Director - Cannabis Industry job posted for IGS Solutions LLC in Los Angeles, CA
This position will be working closely with the Director - Strategic Initiatives to build a comprehensive Loss Prevention program along with teams dedicated to each node of our vertically integrated operation. Once the program and teams are established, activities may be completed without a supervisor's advance approval. This role is characterized by a tireless commitment to building scalable processes with urgency, high levels of trust and confidentiality, professionalism, business acumen, relationship acumen, and a proficient understanding of all related legal requirements. indeed.com

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New Kind of Online Shopping Fraud
How Buy Now, Pay Later is being targeted by fraudsters
Consumers are increasingly utilising Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) payment options to make online purchases. Indeed, several e-commerce companies reported huge uptakes in sales, via BNPL, over the festive period, most notably around 2021's Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail peaks.

PayPal reported an increase of nearly 400% of consumers using its new BNPL payment option, and Klarna reported a 141% increase in US sales over the period, compared to Black Friday 2020. As a result, BNPL is currently the fastest growing e-commerce payment solution of recent years, now accounting for 2.6% of global e-commerce sales (excluding China).

BNPL has been labelled the younger generations credit card due to its popularity amongst millennials and Gen Z shoppers. However, with this increase in activity, the fraud rate has also increased - current data shows that fraud rose by 66% in 2021 compared to 2020.

So, while companies offering BNPL are seeing an increase in purchases and revenue, the payment option is also attracting fraudsters, who are always on the lookout for loopholes in payment systems and often target new systems to make a profit at a retailers' expense.

There is currently no regulated system in BNPL products to carry out credit checks on a customer's personal financial circumstances. As a result, fraudsters are masquerading as genuine customers and setting up fake accounts when they make their first purchase, paying one instalment, then closing the account once they have received their goods.

Another more well-known type of fraud that is affecting BNPL is account takeover fraud (ATO). Fraudsters gain access to genuine customer accounts and use their cards to make payments, or to test stolen cards. It has been reported that attempted ATOs nearly tripled over Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year (2021). New companies and payment platforms are attractive targets because they have less fraud knowledge and historical data to combat many instances of ATO, which are unlikely to be picked up by new systems. helpnetsecurity.com

Pay Frustrations Surge at Amazon
Amazon employee angst over low pay reaches crisis levels, driving attrition higher across senior ranks, insiders say

Some Amazon employees and executives are frustrated with what they perceive as below-market pay.

A growing number of Amazon employees, including senior staff, are more aggressively pushing for better compensation, disenchanted with what they perceive as below-market pay.

"The pay issue is absolutely a big concern," a senior manager at Amazon said. "Amazon is a demanding place to work, but tied in with pay, that makes it a very difficult place to stick around." This person, as well as many others who talked to Insider, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive topics.

The rancor over pay is leading to higher attrition. At least 50 vice presidents left Amazon last year, a turnover rate of more than 10% at that level, according to people familiar with the matter and Insider's analysis. That's rare for a company known for the loyalty and long employment history of valued senior leaders.

"I've seen more people exit out of there in the last year and a half than I've ever seen before," one former executive, who said attrition across the company was typically 6 to 8% a year, said. A senior employee at Amazon Web Services said a bigger exodus was expected at the cloud unit once staff learned about their latest compensation packages in February. businessinsider.com

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Using Boosters They Sold Over $3M of Stolen Goods on eBay
Former Rochester Pawn Shop Owner Pleads Guilty To Selling Stolen Goods
Devin Tribunella, 37, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to transportation of stolen goods in interstate commerce. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Tribunella owned and operated Royal Crown Pawn & Jewelry on Dewey Avenue in Rochester. Tribunella and his employee, Wade Shadders, purchased stolen goods and merchandise from individuals, commonly referred to as "boosters," who shoplifted the goods and merchandise from Rochester area retail stores. Tribunella routinely advised the boosters what type of merchandise to steal from the retail stores, such as Lowes, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart. Tribunella listed the stolen goods for sale on eBay, advertising the goods as "New" or "New-In-Box" and priced below retail value. Between January 2017, and November 2019, Tribunella sold and shipped (or caused to be shipped) approximately $3,248,426 worth of those stolen goods to buyers located outside of New York State.

As part of his plea, Tribunella will forfeit over $200,000 cash, four luxury vehicles, and will be required to pay a $1,600,000 money judgement. Wade Shadders was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing. justice.gov

California authorities recover over $200k in stolen items from Louis Vuitton and Lululemon
The California Highway Patrol has recovered more than $200,000 in stolen items from "smash-and-grab" robberies across the state. In a tweet posted on Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol announced that its Organized Retail Crime Task Force conducted an operation in the Bay Area on Sunday, which led to the arrest of a "known fencing suspect." According to the law enforcement agency, the operation resulted in the recovery of an estimated $185,000 in merchandise stolen from "numerous retailers," including Louis Vuitton in San Francisco. foxnews.com

Encino, CA: 3 charged in cellphone store robbery may be linked to dozens more such thefts
Three defendants are facing a federal charge stemming from the smash-and-grab robbery of a T-Mobile store in Encino last weekend, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Rayford Newsome, 22, Tony Tyron Lee Stewart, 21, and Jerome Gregory Belser, 20, each face one federal count of obstructing commerce by means of robbery, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court. The three could be linked to as many as 50 cellphone store robberies throughout the Southland between Nov. 11, 2021, and last Saturday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department detective who wrote the sworn affidavit in the case.

The defendants were arrested on Saturday hours after the heist at the T-Mobile on Ventura Blvd. Surveillance and cellphone video of the robbery showed three suspects carrying distinctive looking hammers walking into the store during store hours, smashing display cases and taking Apple iPhones and other merchandise, according to the complaint. Law enforcement received reports of similar robberies the same day at cellphone stores in Inglewood, Long Beach and Woodland Hills, the complaint states. Federal prosecutors allege that GPS location data for phones belonging to Newsome and Stewart, and a blue Kia Optima they were arrested in, showed that the phones and the car were in the vicinity of the robberies around the time they occurred. sbsun.com

Los Angeles, CA: Update: 4 arrested in smash-and-grab at Studio City Lululemon, $72K in items recovered: CHP
Four people were arrested and about $72,000 in stolen merchandise recovered after a smash-and-grab at a Lululemon store in Studio City, authorities said Wednesday. The burglary was reported a day earlier in the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Two men and two women entered the location and made off with a large amount of merchandise from the athletic apparel retailer's store, police said. LAPD tracked their vehicle to the 5 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley and chased them until the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit, officials said. Officers were following the car northbound on the 5 when the vehicle crashed in the Fort Tejon area, according to CHP. Four people identified as the suspects in the Lululemon theft were subsequently located and arrested, the Highway Patrol tweeted Wednesday. Officers recovered an estimated $72,000 worth of stolen items, they said. ktla.com

Biloxi, MS: Police searching for man accused of stealing Saints gear
Police are looking for a man who they suspect of stealing $1,700 in Saints gear from a store at Edgewater Mall. The man is accused of stealing multiple New Orleans Saints jerseys and other clothing items valued at more than $1,000 on October 17. He then returned to the store on December 22 and allegedly took 10 black Saints hoodies, valued at more than $700 and ran from the store without paying. wxxv25.com

Canberra City Centre, Australia: ACT Policing arrest boy in connection to Canberra Centre Apple Store $60,000 burglary
ACT Policing arrested a teenager on Wednesday evening in connection to an alleged burglary where $60,000 worth of Apple products was stolen. Police allege that about 4am on Wednesday, the 16-year-old boy and another man broke into the Canberra Centre and a short time later gained entry to the Apple Store. Security staff were alerted to the alleged burglary by an alarm and attended as the offenders were fleeing with about $60,000 worth of electronic devices. Police said the offenders dropped a bag of stolen Apple products while fleeing. canberratimes.com.au

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Shootings & Deaths

Los Angeles, CA: Update: Suspect captured in furniture store slaying, a crime that 'shocked' LA neighborhood
Brianna Kupfer texted a friend that afternoon saying someone in the store was giving her a "bad vibe." Los Angeles police on Wednesday arrested the man they say killed a 24-year-old woman while she worked alone in a furniture store. The suspect, believed to be homeless, attacked Brianna Kupfer with a knife just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. He fled through the store's back door and Kupfer's body was soon found on the floor by a customer, police said.

Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith and asked for the public's help in finding him. On Wednesday, Smith was spotted by a citizen who recognized him from the news and responding officers found him at a bus bench in Pasadena, police said. There is no known motive, police said, adding that the suspect had randomly walked into the store. Kupfer texted a friend that afternoon saying someone in the store was giving her a "bad vibe," LAPD Lt. John Radke said at a Tuesday news conference. The slaying has "shaken and shocked our community to its core," Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz said at the news conference. While not working at the furniture store, Kupfer was taking courses in design through UCLA Extension, a continuing education program. 6abc.com

Houston, TX: Suspect charged with murder after man killed outside Whataburger; victim was shot and killed during a fight in the parking lot
The suspect was also shot but got away. Houston police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting death of a man near a northwest Houston Whataburger on Tuesday afternoon. Darius Sims, 27, initially got away, according to HPD, but was later arrested and charged with murder. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Daniel Thompson. According to the Houston Police Department, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the Whataburger parking lot at 13270 Northwest Freeway. They said Sims and Thompson got into a fight that escalated when Sims fatally shot Thompson. According to investigators, Sims also fired shots at one of Thompson's family members, and the family member returned fire and struck Sims in the leg. A third man was detained at the scene, and HPD said it believes he is connected to the disturbance. khou.com

Vineland, NJ: Gunman sought in N.J. Wawa killing fired shots inside store
A Vineland man sought on murder charges in a Jan. 13 shooting at a South Jersey Wawa was captured on surveillance video firing a gun inside the store, according to court documents. Shaqwil Marlow, 19, allegedly shot Luis J. Rivera Jr., 23, of Vineland, multiple times as the victim left the Wawa shortly before midnight. Rivera died at the scene. Marlow shot out the glass in the store's entrance door in the incident, according to his criminal complaint. Authorities said last week that they believed the victim was targeted by the shooter. nj.com

Rock Island, IL: No charges to be filed against Vape shop employee who shot robbers
Charges will not be filed against an employee of a Rock Island tobacco and vape shop who shot two robbers, killing one, Tuesday night, Rock Island County Attorney Dora Villarreal said Wednesday night. Rock Island Police were sent to Blackhawks Tobacco & Vape, 2733 18th Ave., at 10:54 p.m. in response to a report of an armed robbery and a shooting. According to a news release issued Wednesday by Rock Island Interim Police Chief Richard Landi, three people wearing masks entered the store and started threatening employees and demanding merchandise. One of the suspects had a gun. An employee of the store pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the suspects, the release states. The suspects ran from the store. A short time later, Police received a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the 1700 block of Lincoln Court. When officers arrived they learned the wounded person had already left to go to a hospital in Davenport. Davenport police were called to a Taco Bell in the 1400 block of Locust Street, where they found the gunshot victim, later identified as one of the suspects from the robbery. The gunshot victim was then taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, where he was declared dead. qctimes.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Chicago, IL: String of businesses burglarized, damaged on Chicago's Northwest Side and in suburbs
With a combination of speed, brazenness and brute force, police say a well organized burglary crew has broken into dozens of businesses over the past month, usually stealing ATMs and cash registers. They hit four businesses early Wednesday morning in Elmwood Park, Norridge and Chicago. Surveillance video from the bar shows one of the thieves ramming the bar's ATM like a tackling dummy, tearing the machine's bolts from the floor. Moments later, all four thieves pushed the ATM through the front window and loaded it into a Jeep.

Police believe this same crew is responsible for three other burglaries within an hour's time this morning, stealing the ATM from a liquor store in Elmwood Park, a cash register from an Exxon station in Norridge, and breaking into a liquor store in the 4600 block of North Cumberland in Chicago. There they used what appears to be a field hockey stick to break in. fox32chicago.com

Melbourne, AU: Wild moment multiple police cars rammed, crushing detective's leg
A detective's leg has been crushed after a stolen car allegedly ploughed into multiple police cars during a dramatic standoff at a Melbourne shopping centre. Bystanders watched on in disbelief, filming the moment three police cars were rammed. Police had been tracking a man and a woman following a crime spree of ram-raid burglaries across the city's north and west. The dramatic pursuit ended with the pair's arrests at the carpark of an Airport West shopping centre, where officers were forced to use batons to smash the windows of the stolen Honda and drag the two suspects from the car. The pair's arrests come after a stolen four-wheel drive and a white van were used in ram-raid burglaries in Glenroy and Fawkner yesterday, with optometrist Designer Eyes left with a hefty damage bill of $20,000. 9news.com.au

Joplin, MO: Man draws prison time in Academy Sport armed shoplifting case
A Kansas man who used a gun to ward off employees of the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Joplin in a shoplifting incident two years ago has drawn prison time for the offense. Circuit Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Joshua B. Mayberry, 29, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, to 10 years on a conviction for attempted first-degree robbery at his sentencing hearing Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court. The judge ordered that the term be served at the state's Institutional Treatment Center, with the court to review the case after 120 days for possible placement of the defendant on probation. Mayberry pleaded guilty June 7 to a Class B felony count of attempted robbery in a plea agreement limiting the sentence he might receive to no more than 10 years. He originally faced from 10 to 30 years on a Class A felony count of robbery. Mayberry exited the store a short time later carrying the bag and letting the employee who was still in the parking lot, as well as other store employees who followed him out of the business, know that he had a gun and they ought to stay away from him. Mayberry then got in a car with his female companion, and they left. joplinglobe.com

Kosciusko County, IN: Man Jailed After Allegedly Stealing $23,000 from Loomis Armored Car Service
Kenneth James Doberstein, 30, of Winona Lake, is charged with theft, a Level 6 felony. According to the probable cause affidavit, on Friday a Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a theft. The deputy arrived at Loomis Armored Car Service and spoke to a man who said loss prevention had been conducting an investigation into a theft from the business, which happened between October and December. The man provided documentation of $23,060 in U.S. currency that had been stolen.

Loomis had narrowed the investigation to an employee identified as Doberstein, who provided a statement admitting he stole the money from the business. Deputies interviewed Doberstein after reading him his Miranda Rights. Doberstein agreed to speak with law enforcement. During the interview, Doberstein admitted on multiple occasions he shorted an ATM machine of money while refilling the machine. He said when he would fill the machine, he would leave a bundle of $20 bills, which contained $2,000. Doberstein would then place the money in his jogging pants worn under his outer clothing to elude detection by Loomis when exiting the business. Doberstein said he stole the $2,000 bundles using the same method an estimated 10 times between October and Dec. 8. He admitted to paying for past due utility bills, rent, car payments and Christmas gifts with the stolen money, according to court documents. timesuniononline.com

Nashville, TN: Violent Crimes Division Detectives arrested a man involved in several robberies at Walgreens and Dollar General dating back to last September

NYC: Defendant Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Armed Robbery Scheme

Dubai: Employee arrested for stealing 31 motorbikes valued at $275,000 from delivery company

Upland, CA: Jewelry Store Owner Thwarts Smash-and-Grab, Pulls Gun After Suspects Deploy Bear Spray


Cargo Theft

Los Angeles, CA: Legendary Union Pacific railroad police arrive in the Wild West to quell train robberies
It's been 121 years since the Wild Bunch blew apart a Union Pacific train in Wyoming and stole $30,000 in the famous Great Train Robbery depicted in countless movies. Back then, the Union Pacific Police Department was on the job, chasing down outlaws Jesse James, the Dalton Gang, and the Younger brothers, who all targeted trains carrying valuable cargo traveling between America's two coasts. Now, in 2022, the fabled successors to the Pinkerton Detective Agency are once again called to tame the Wild West. Six Union Pacific agents have arrived to stop a new trend that has seen $5 million in goods stolen during the past year from trains leaving Los Angeles's beleaguered ports. "This is a legendary police force dating back to the 1800s, and our officers are excited that they're here to curtail this huge crime problem along the tracks," Los Angeles Police Department Capt. German Hurtado told the Washington Examiner. "In the Old West, they brought robbers to justice, and I'm sure it will be no different in our era.

While the theft is happening nationwide, the biggest haul arguably comes from this depot on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles where trains are fully loaded from their port departure. The tracks, lowered in the 1960s to keep the eyesore away from public view, run alongside a residential area of 100,000 people. "Now, 60 years later, it's a safe haven and concealment for the thieves to pick through, providing them cover," Hurtado said. "Only a security guard was on staff there, and when he gets a gun pointed at him, he thinks 'I'm not going to get killed over this.'" Short-staffed LAPD officers have done the best they can to patrol the area, but Hurtado's division only has five units for 15 square miles. Enter the Union Pacific agents who are now there full time. They were pulled from Houston and New Orleans and are staying in hotels until more permanent staff can be added, Hurtado said. washingtonexaminer.com




Bikes - Naperville, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Renton, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Mall - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Fort Worth, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Sumter, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Fairview Heights, IL - Robbery
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Liquor - Oroville, CA - Robbery
Pharmacy - Silver Spring, MD - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Decatur, IL - Robbery
Restaurant - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Sports - Eau Claire, WI - Robbery
Walmart - Santa Clarita, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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