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Khristopher Hamlin promoted to Senior Vice President, Asset Protection, Inventory Control, & Logistics for Saks OFF 5th
Khristopher has been with Saks OFF 5th for more than a year, starting with the company in 2021. Before his promotion to Senior VP, AP, Inventory Control, & Logistics, he served as Vice President, Head of AP for the company. Prior to Saks OFF 5th, he served as Regional Manager AP for Nordstrom and Store Manager for Belk. Earlier in his career, he held LP/AP roles with Macy's and Hecht's. Congratulations, Khristopher!

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2023 Predictions: Economic, Retail,
Technology and Crime

February 14 | 1:00 p.m. EST

Join this very popular retail innovation leadership series where 2023 Top 100 Retail Influencer and Prosegur Global Retail CEO, Tony D'Onofrio, will lead a lively and data-rich discussion predicting what will happen in 2023. He is joined by two other 2023 Top Retail Influencers: Greg Buzek and Jeff Roster, both leading industry analysts that track closely where retail and technologies will go next.

Topics for this webinar include:

The forecasted economic headwinds and whether a recession is ahead
The latest forecasts and predictions for the retail industry
Technology predictions including the most important technologies for the year and where startups are currently focused
The latest retail crime trends and predictions for 2023

The data and charts on these topics will be shared with attendees.

At the end of the webinar, our sponsor, Prosegur Security, will award five LPF scholarships to attendees by random drawing.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Prosegur Security and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

New CA Laws Crack Down on 'Large Scale, Sophisticated Theft'
Online Marketplaces: It's Time Track, Verify and Disclose Seller Info
A new set of California laws will require online marketplaces to gather verifiable identifying information about high volume third party sellers, or else boot them off the platform. The laws, which seek to combat the resale of stolen goods online, call for marketplaces and sellers to ramp up their consumer disclosures around sellers' identities and options for consumers to report suspected stolen goods.

Companies hosting digital platforms should look closely at the new online marketplace laws, which carry steep civil penalties and quick operational deadlines coming up in February and July 2023.

Why is California cracking down on the resale of stolen goods now?

Organized crime rings are increasingly counting the mass resale of goods stolen from retailers among their areas of focus. Large scale, sophisticated theft from retail stores have become increasingly common over the past few years, with studies showing retail theft causes an annual industry-wide impact of tens of billion of dollars. The growing popularity of online marketplaces creates an opportunity for sophisticated criminal groups to operate as online resellers to turn around huge amounts of stolen goods through seemingly legitimate digital storefronts.

California is one of many states nationwide whose law enforcement agencies are trying to curb organized online retail crime. The Organized Retail Crime Task Force within California Highway Patrol states it has recovered nearly $26 million in stolen retail merchandise since it's inception in 2018.

What do the marketplace laws require?

The new marketplace laws will impact multiple operational functions and include specific consumer disclosure requirements, all on tight timeframes.  Beginning February 1, 2023, online marketplaces must display the California Attorney General's suspected stones goods reporting link on their platforms in a sufficiently clear and conspicuous manner.

Putting it Into Practice

Companies should look closely to determine whether they are covered by the new marketplace laws. Covered entities will need to implement processes to collect and validate seller information, and prepare for the required consumer disclosures. jdsupra.com

NYC's 'Sanctuary City' Status Could Save Shoplifting Migrants from Deportation
Migrants busted for shoplifting in NY won't be deported - unless they're convicted
Four migrants who were busted for allegedly shoplifting at a Long Island Macy's after being bused to the Big Apple from Texas won't face deportation - unless they're convicted, sources and legal experts said Tuesday.

The men, who are charged with stealing more than $12,000 in merchandise from Macy's Roosevelt Field earlier this month, are getting a break because they are asylum seekers, not illegal immigrants who crossed the US border.

"They are given the benefit of the doubt because they have a pending application with the [US Citizenship and Immigration Services]," Queens-based immigration lawyer Luis Nicho told The Post. "[The Department of Homeland Security] would normally disqualify you for asylum and put you in the process of being deported," Nicho said.

Law enforcement are likely waiting to see how the case will shake out, and if the shoplifters cop to a lesser crime, they may still be eligible for asylum, he said.

The accused thieves - Wrallan Cabezas Meza, 19, Miguel Angel Rojas, 21, Rafael Rojas, 27, and Jose Garcia Escobar, 30 - are accused of driving from Manhattan to the Nassau County mall on Jan. 9 and walking off with the goods. They were caught when cops pulled over their 2006 BMW, which had bogus plates, according to criminal complaints filed in the case.

Nicho said the Empire State's immigration "sanctuary" status also plays a role.

The attorney added, "Without an actual criminal conviction, you're asking the local police to enforce civil immigration laws ... The sanctuary city status helps, with so many advocates in the city for them." nypost.com  dailymail.co.uk

Atlanta Retailers Under Siege
Shoplifters have set fire to two Walmarts and a Target in Atlanta to create diversions while they steal

Officials tell local media the blazes appear to have been used as diversions for shoplifting.

Retail thieves appear to be using ever more brazen methods to steal merchandise.

Officials in Atlanta confirmed to local media Tuesday that a fire at a Target on Monday was being investigated as arson, along with a pair of similar incidents at local Walmarts in December.

The three blazes appear to have been set by shoplifters in order to distract attention from their heists, the Atlanta Fire Department said.

"Arson is an extremely violent crime that not only destroys property but also places firefighters, first responders and the general public at great risk," Henry Countryman, an arson supervisor with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, said in a statement.

Similar theft-related fires have broken out in cities and towns across the US, mostly at big-box stores including Walmart, Target, and Home Depot.

One California man was charged last year with setting a Home Depot on fire while stealing thousands of dollars worth of power tools. The resulting blaze reportedly required 100 first responders, destroyed $17 million in inventory, and was detected by a satellite orbiting the earth. businessinsider.com

Detroit Fire-Bombings Hit Multiple Stores
String of Fire-Bombings in Detroit Under Investigation

A string of fires that hit multiple businesses in Detroit has residents on edge.

A Detroit man working on renovating a funeral home on the city's east side fell victim to a suspicious firebombing. That's not the only suspicious fire in the neighborhood in the past few weeks, as at least three fires have been reported along Chalmers Street near east Outer Drive, and people living there fear a firebug may be on the loose.

"I was asleep, and the next thing I know, I hear a loud bang and then boom," said Lawrence Pillow

Pillow came within a minute or two of being overcome by toxic smoke last Friday (Jan. 20) morning after something came crashing through the window of the apartment he kept on the top floor of the building. But he is just the latest victim along the stretch of Chalmers Street to fall victim to fire.

Two weeks ago, a market and a liquor store burned on the same day. Witnesses told Local 4 they watched a car pull up and someone get out and firebomb the market. Pillow's building is the fourth to burn.

Detroit fire is investigating, but this is the first time someone has been inside when a fire struck. Pillow could have been killed. He's worried if this keeps up, someone will lose their life, as he almost lost his.

"I guess, evidently, they are just burning up all of the buildings over here on Chalmers," Pillow said. "Two minutes later, I would have been dead."  privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

California Has One of Lowest Rates of Gun Deaths in U.S.
California already has nation's strictest gun laws. Mass shootings could spur push to go even further
California already ranks among the states with the most restrictive gun control laws. And by some measures they are working: the state has among the lowest rates of gun deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a report by the Public Policy Institute of California found the state had a lower rate of mass shootings than the national average.

Dr. Amy Barnhorst, associate director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, said the state's "patchwork of sensible evidence-based firearm laws" has contributed to those better outcomes.

"It's hard to say it's this law or that law in particular, but all of them working in concert together probably is what reduces our rates," Barnhorst said. "We have something in place for a lot of different scenarios, which is really important because ultimately the one thing that mass shooters have in common is their guns, but they're an increasingly diverse group and have a whole variety of motivations."

But California's aggressive laws can do only so much. Several recently passed state gun laws also have been eviscerated by the federal courts and, given the expansive interpretation of the constitutional right to bear arms by the current conservative majority of the Supreme Court, any new laws passed by California lawmakers could suffer a similar fate. latimes.com

Stores' Hands-Off Approach to Thieves
Why don't stores do more to stop shoplifters?
The National Retail Federation reported that in 2021, total losses from shoplifting hit $94 billion. That cost can be passed on to other shoppers, but there's also a risk when trying to stop shoplifters.

A representative for a food worker union in Washington said most of the employees they represent are told to not stop shoplifters. The reason is simple, there's the chance of injury to the employee, the thief, and other shoppers. That can also lead to lawsuits.

Stores have invested in better cameras, anti-theft devices, and sometimes private security. But there is concern that the hands-off approach is leading to an increase in crime. wkyt.com

A downtown Dallas 7-Eleven that averaged one police call a day has closed
Potential customers avoided the location, even though it was the only convenience store in an area with enough pedestrian traffic to support such a business.

New Florida Ordinance Requires Police & Security for Bars Open After Midnight
If passed, the ordinance would require downtown bars to close at midnight. If a bar owner wanted to keep their business open until 2 a.m., they would need a special permit and would have to pay for additional police officers, a private security guard, metal detectors, and ID scanners.

Amid a Plague of Shootings, Bystanders Become Heroes
House Dems seek classified briefing on mass shootings



COVID Update

667.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 103.9M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 101M Recovered
Worldwide: 673.9M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 645.9M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 830

Led By Former AP Exec, Lowe's Emerged from COVID 'Much Stronger'
How a Black Friday website crash prepped Lowe's for the pandemic

CEO Marvin Ellison said the 2018 incident spurred changes that paid off two years later when the retailer saw a huge surge in demand.

In 2018, Lowe's e-commerce site crashed on the worst day possible for any retailer: Black Friday. When the company started investigating the reasons behind the crash, the answer was "very simple," Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison said. "The entire e-commerce site was a decade old."

Ellison realized that the primary thing the company had to do was get the site on the cloud, "so we would not have the volume limitations and we could also have the ability to make the necessary updates and changes," Ellison told a crowd last week at the National Retail Federation's conference in New York City.

"We went to work on the fundamentals," Ellison said, as the company worked to develop its operations.

And focusing on the foundational elements of retail helped Lowe's to be ready when COVID-19 hit the United States a couple of years later. Demand in the home improvement category surged, particularly in the early days of the pandemic, as people's residences served as the primary location for work, school and entertainment.

"If we had not made those investments in retail fundamentals, it would have been a catastrophically bad environment for our customers, and to us as a company," Ellison said.

Even as demand has slowed for the sector overall, Lowe's emerged from the pandemic as a "much stronger, more profitable and far larger business," according to comments last year by GlobalData Managing Director Neil Saunders.  retaildive.com

New COVID Boosters Effective in Reducing Infection Risk
Updated Covid boosters cut infection risk from subvariant by nearly half
The updated Covid boosters reduce the risk of Covid infection from the predominant omicron subvariant by nearly half, according to early data published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In adults up to age 49, the latest boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were 48% effective against symptomatic infection from the XBB.1.5 subvariant, the new report said. As of Jan. 21, that subvariant accounted for about 1 in 2 new cases in the United States.

Protection was lower in older groups: The boosters were 40% effective in adults ages 50 to 64 and 43% effective in people 65 and older.

The Covid boosters were modified in the summer to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, in addition to the original strain of the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, in 2019. nbcnews.com

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Dollar General Slapped With $15M+ in OSHA Fines Since 2017
"Dollar General continues to intentionally ignore federal safety standards"

OSHA Proposes $395K in Penalties for Dollar General After Workers Found Exposed to Multiple Hazards at Another Store

The discount retailer, which has been previously cited by OSHA, is facing citations for five repeat violations.

Discount retailer Dollar General is facing $395,717 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for five repeat workplace safety violations, the agency announced January 23. In an inspection of a West Lafayette, Ohio, location, federal investigators found workers exposed to blocked emergency exits and electrical panels and boxes of merchandise stacked at unsafe heights.

According to the agency, Dollar General and its corporate parent, Dolgencorp LLC, also face 100 open safety investigations nationwide. OSHA has fined Dolgencorp and Dollar General more than $15 million since 2017 for willful, repeat, and serious workplace safety violations.

Dollar General and Dolgencorp, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, operate more than 18,000 stores and 17 distribution centers in 47 states, employing about 167,000 full- and part-time workers, according to OSHA.

"Dollar General continues to intentionally ignore federal safety standards while the company's defiance shows they value profits more than the safety and wellbeing of employees," Larry Johnson, OSHA's Columbus, Ohio, area director, said in an agency statement.

"Dollar General's unwillingness to make changes across its organization and, as importantly, at stores where hazards persist should be a serious concern for workers and shoppers alike."

OSHA already placed Dolgencorp and Dollar General in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). Companies in the SVEP are subject to mandatory follow-up inspections, enhanced settlement provisions, and possible enforcement action in federal court. Last year, OSHA expanded its criteria for placing employers in the SVEP.

However, the agency also decided to allow employers to exit the program early by accepting settlement agreements that include safety and health management programs that meet OSHA guidelines. safety.blr.com ohsonline.com

Sparks Fly Ahead of Another Retail Union Election
Trader Joe's Posts 'Anti-Union Propaganda' Ahead Of Election At Kentucky Store

The union Trader Joe's United has organized two stores and hopes to add a third in Louisville this week.

Workers at a Trader Joe's store in Louisville will vote this week to determine whether they become the chain's third store to form a union in less than a year. Trader Joe's has told employees there it welcomes a fair election, but the company doesn't sound thrilled with the prospect of another organized store.

A photo shared with HuffPost shows the Louisville location's break room door filled with what the union supporter called "anti-union propaganda." One flier offered scary-sounding "facts" about collective bargaining, warning that unions promise whatever they need to in order to secure votes.

Another flier warned that workers' flexibility could vanish under a collective bargaining agreement. "Think of every time an exception or adjustment was made for you. Will that be allowed under a contract?" huffpost.com

Facial Recognition Technology's Global Expansion
Facial recognition market to grow by 16.41% Y-O-Y in 2023

Increasing instances of identity threats, along with growing popularity, will drive growth

In 2017, the facial recognition market was valued at USD 3847.18 million. From a regional perspective, North America held the largest market share, valued at USD 1,444.23 million. The facial recognition market size is estimated to grow by USD 7634.09 million from 2022 to 2027 at a CAGR of 18.11% according to Technavio.

Major drivers of this growth include: Increasing instances of identity threats; Rising popularity of facial recognition; and adoption of 3D facial recognition technology. prnewswire.com

NRF: Consumers Plan to Increase Valentine's Day Spending to Nearly $26 Billion
Consumers are expected to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine's Day this year, up from $23.9 billion in 2022 and one of the highest spending years on record, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. More than half (52%) of consumers plan to celebrate and will spend an average of $192.80. This is up from $175.41 in 2022, and the second-highest figure since NRF and Prosper started tracking Valentine's Day spending in 2004. nrf.com

Walmart confirms it's closing a number of locations

Struggling Red Lobster Announces More Store Closures

Kohl's Closing In on Naming Permanent C.E.O.

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What are connected ecosystems and how do they apply to AP/LP? Auror recently published a webinar and podcast addressing exactly those questions.

Read the excerpt below and visit Auror's media channel, The Intel, to find the full conversation.

What is a connected ecosystem?

The overarching value of a connected ecosystem is generally straightforward. Solutions are integrated, making the end user's job easier with much less friction. But what does that really mean? How are connected ecosystems being applied to AP/LP?

Connected ecosystems refer to "an integrated group of technology solutions that can function as a unit." At Auror, we're helping build a unified future for AP/LP that is powerfully simple and ultimately leads to safer retail communities through The Retail Crime Intelligence Hub.

Key points & what to expect

The speakers:

  • Tom Batterbury - Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder at Auror

  • Bobby Haskins - VP of Retail Partnerships at Auror

  • Hedgie Bartol - Senior Director of Retail Business Development at Auror

Key points:

  • Innovation and the future of loss prevention leadership

  • How ORC groups use anonymity against retailers (and how Auror solves for this)

  • The value of having structured data across stores and systems in one place

  • Why Auror is customer-driven and deliberate in its product strategy

  • Network effects: what they mean and how they address ORC at scale

  • The differences between Retail Crime Intelligence and traditional case management

Access the connected ecosystem webinar: auror.co/the-intel/connected-ecosystem-webinar







400M Individuals Hit by Data Breaches in 2022
More motivation to pass a federal privacy law?

Data breach notices become more opaque, leaving consumers in the dark

Of the 1,802 breaches the Identity Theft Resource Center tracked in 2022, 66% of notices lacked details about the attack and victims.

Data breach disclosures that included specific details for consumers dropped dramatically in 2022, according to the most recent data from the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Of the 1,802 breaches the group tracked in 2022, 66% did not include victim and attack details such as root cause. It's a dramatic decline from two years ago when 100% of reported breaches tracked by the center included details about attack vectors.

Data breaches in 2022 affected roughly 400 million individuals, according to the ITRC report. The trend toward less descriptive disclosures makes it harder for consumers to protect themselves and for policymakers and cyber defenders to respond, experts say.

"That's hundreds of millions of people who are left in the dark about what's happened to them, and more importantly, what they can actually do about it," Eva Velasquez, president and chief executive order of the Identity Theft Resource Center, said at an event Wednesday co-hosted with Better Identity Coalition.

Companies are currently subject to a patchwork of state data breach laws, many of which don't require victim details. The Federal Trade Commission has gone after companies for covering up or failing to disclose breaches, such as when it ordered CafePress last year to take on new security protocols in light of covering up multiple breaches.

ITRC attributed the slight slowdown in breaches last year to Russia-based cybercriminals being distracted by the war in Ukraine, a theory several cybersecurity experts have also posed.

The ITRC report also notes that cybercriminals are moving away from zero-day exploitations to going after weaknesses in APIs, a problem highlighted a recent breach of T-Mobile that effected up to 37 million consumers. cyberscoop.com

Threat Actors Using Microsoft Office to Install Malicious Code
Microsoft to Block Excel Add-ins to Stop Office Exploits

The company will block the configuration files, which interact with Web applications - since threat actors increasingly use the capability to install malicious code.

Microsoft plans to add a feature to Office Excel that will make it harder for cyberattackers to exploit the spreadsheet application's "add-ins" function to run malicious code on a victim's computer.

AdvertisementAnd while it's a welcome development, Microsoft's countermeasure is just the latest go-around in the cat-and-mouse game going on between major software makers and cyberattackers, researchers say.

Microsoft Takes Aim at XLLs

Excel add-in files are designated with the XLL file extension. They provide a way to use third-party tools and functions in Microsoft Excel that aren't natively part of the software; they're similar to dynamic link libraries (DLLs) but with specific features for Excel spreadsheets. For cyberattackers, they offer a way to read and write data within spreadsheets, add custom functions, and interact with Excel objects across platforms, Vanja Svajcer, a researcher with Cisco's Talos group, said in a December analysis.

Staying Ahead of the Cyberattackers?

For more than two decades, cybersecurity firms have sought to strip out potential avenues for malicious scripts in common files types - such as Office formats or PDF files - but attackers have always adapted.

"When organizations like Microsoft reduce the attack surface or otherwise increase the effort required to execute an attack on their product offerings, it forces threat actors to explore alternate avenues," he said. "This often leads to exploring previously known, perhaps less ideal, options for threat actors to achieve their objectives." darkreading.com

BEC Attacks Hitting Small & Medium-Sized Businesses
What makes small and medium-sized businesses vulnerable to BEC attacks
According to the FBI's 2021 Internet Crime Report, business email compromise (BEC) accounted for almost a third of the country's $6.9 billion in cyber losses that year - around $2.4 billion. In surprisingly sharp contrast, ransomware attacks accounted for only $50 million of those losses.

Dror Liwer, Co-Founder of Coro, talks about what makes small and medium-sized businesses especially vulnerable to this form of attack and why BEC's contribution to the country's annual cyber losses not only makes sense but is likely underreported.

In stark contrast to highly disruptive ransomware attacks, BEC is subversive and is neither technically complicated nor expensive to deploy. In the case of large organizations, the financial fallout of BEC is almost negligible. That's not the case for small and medium-sized businesses, which often lack the means to absorb similar financial losses.

BEC's simplicity gives more credence for attackers to target smaller organizations, and because of that, it's doubly essential for SMBs to be vigilant. helpnetsecurity.com

Apple delivers belated zero-day patch for iOS v12
Apple has released security updates for macOS, iOS, iPadOS and watchOS, patching a type confusion flaw in the WebKit component (CVE-2022-42856) that could be exploited for remote code execution on older iPhones and iPads running iOS v12.

Cybersecurity hiring remains strong amid tech layoffs

Microsoft Azure-Based Kerberos Attacks Crack Open Cloud Accounts




SAFE Banking Act Seeks to Reduce Violent Cannabis Store Crimes
The SAFE Banking Act's Potential Impact On The Marijuana Industry
The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a proposed legislation aimed at allowing banks to do business with companies operating legally within states that have legalized marijuana, had the potential to change the way the marijuana industry operates.

Despite widespread support, the bill failed to pass in Congress, leaving communities at risk of crime and cannabis businesses operating solely with cash. But what could have been the impact of this legislation on the industry?

The SAFE Banking Act is a proposed legislation aimed at allowing banks to do business with cannabis companies operating legally within states that have legalized marijuana. Currently, traditional financial institutions do not facilitate cannabis-related transactions due to marijuana's federal illegality.

Handling cash can be dangerous for dispensaries as it increases the risk of violent crimes such as burglary and robbery. The SAFE Banking Act could help reduce this risk, but it is not a complete solution, even in countries where marijuana has been legalized nationwide, such as Canada, where dispensaries and marijuana-related businesses often have difficulty accessing the banking system.

The future prospects for the SAFE Banking Act, which aims to provide safe access to banks for cannabis companies, are uncertain. Despite support for the Act, which has the potential to decrease crime, promote diversity and boost the economy, it failed to pass this year. However, there is a belief that it will be brought forward again this year.

"I was shocked that the SAFE Banking Act did not pass. I thought there was a lot of positive talk about it passing. I assume it will be brought forward again. I hope it will pass because it would be great for the industry. Politics can be like a game of chess, where the Act needs to be captured. There is a lot of support for it because it makes logical sense for tax-paying businesses to have the same banking rights as anyone else. I assume it will be brought forward again this year," Su said. forbes.com

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Top Issue Facing Cannabis Businesses: Violence & Crime
Armed Robberies Awareness and Prevention in the Cannabis Industry

How to Prevent Armed Robberies in Your Cannabis Business
Business owners need to identify the risk of armed robberies in their cannabis 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 is "high risk". The location of the store or facility is also a consideration. If the area is considered "high crime" or if neighboring businesses have experienced 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 security equipment, contracting with a security guard company, or hiring a security expert to conduct a risk assessment to determine the specific risks for the business. Security risk assessments should be completed during the pre-inspection phase, after the build-out concludes, and annually after that. This can include analyzing 3-5 years of crime data for the property and surrounding area, noting robberies, burglaries, nearby instances of civil unrest, gang-related incidents, and other violent crimes.

How to Respond to an Armed Robbery

If an armed robbery occurs at the business, thoroughly vetted and trained employees will know that the business values its employees' safety over replaceable things like products, or cash. Employees should know not to panic, make sudden moves, or attempt to subdue the robber. In the interest of safety, employees should comply with the robber's demands. Employees should not offer any additional information, conversation, cash, or products. Playing the hero can quickly worsen the situation as a confrontation with the robber increases the chances of an adverse reaction. The goal of responding to an armed robbery should be to get the robber out of the premises as quickly as possible. 

The Importance of Preventing Armed Robberies

Cannabis businesses can be appealing targets for criminals since they operate mostly on cash. Business owners should evaluate the store's security plan and standard operating procedures to look for ways to improve the security at the facility and may seek out security consultation to reevaluate the store's security. Cannabis business owners should also meet with their employees to provide additional training and ask for employees' input on the store's security and safety measures. sapphirerisk.com

Another State Prepares to Legalize Cannabis
Minnesota Governor Proposes Marijuana Legalization And Expungements Funding In Budget Request
The governor of Minnesota unveiled a budget proposal on Tuesday that includes funding for various state agencies to implement marijuana legalization and projections for cannabis revenue as lawmakers work to advance reform.

During a press briefing, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan (D) said that "it is past time to safely legalize adult cannabis use" and that "prohibition doesn't work." forbes.com

NYC's second legal, recreational weed dispensary set to open in Greenwich Village

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UK Amazon Faces First-Ever Warehouse Strike

1st Amazon Strike in the UK
Amazon warehouse workers walk out in first UK strike
Amazon workers at a warehouse in central England went on strike Wednesday, the first time employees of the US tech giant have walked out in the country. About 300 of 1,000 workers at the Coventry fulfillment center are protesting Amazon's 5% pay increase last year, which is well below the rise in the cost of living.

The price of food and energy has surged in the United Kingdom, pushing consumer prices up 10.5% in the 12 months to December. That's unleashed the biggest wave of industrial action in the country in decades as workers across the economy see their living standards plunge. The average UK wage this year is set to drop to 2006 levels once inflation is taken into account.

Amazon's pay increase lifted the hourly rate for workers at Coventry to £10.50 ($12.92). That leaves it just a shade above the national minimum wage for people aged 23 and over of £10.42 ($12.83) starting in April.

"They're taking on one of the world's biggest companies to fight for a decent standard of living," GMB senior organizer Stuart Richards said in a statement. "After six months of ignoring all requests to listen to workers' concerns, GMB urges Amazon UK bosses to do the right thing and give workers a proper pay rise." cnn.com

UK Amazon Workers Lay Out Their Demands
'Robots are treated better': Amazon warehouse workers demand higher pay & better treatment in first-ever UK strike

Amazon workers staged their first-ever strike in the U.K. at the tech giant's warehouse in Coventry, central England.

The 24-hour strike action began Wednesday a minute after midnight. Strikers are expected to picket outside the company's site in Coventry in central England throughout the day.

At 6 a.m. London time, workers were pictured camping by a bonfire and waving union flags outside the Coventry site near Birmingham airport, known as BHX4.

One poster behind the workers had a slogan that said "Fight for £15," and encouraged workers to join the GMB union. Another, which was bannered across a fence, read: "The wrong Amazon is burning."

Two Amazon workers, who are members of the GMB, said the robots in the warehouse "are treated better than us". Darren Westwood and Garfield Hilton described to the BBC how even a trip to the toilet can lead to questions by managers. cnbc.com bbc.com

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Philadelphia, PA: 13 people, mostly teens, arrested for Gun store burglaries in suburban Pa.
A total of 13 people have been arrested after a series of gun store burglaries in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Of those, 11 of them are teenagers. A coalition of law enforcement announced the arrests on Wednesday. They say the group, which includes 40-year-old Angel Mason, 22-year-old Dante Purnell and 18-year-old Liv Hall, robbed three gun dealers - and tried to rob a fourth - between September and November of last year. In total, 93 firearms were stolen. Just 33 firearms have been recovered by law enforcement, leaving 60 firearms on the streets and unaccounted for. "These brazen burglars stole 93 guns from three different gun stores and they were trying for another one in Montgomery County and were thwarted by someone calling police. They planned to do two others and we were able to stop them," said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. Steele says some of the suspects are associated with a neighborhood street gang in Philadelphia called "54th Street." Hall is one of two juveniles being charged as an adult.  6abc.com

Campbell, CA: 1 shot, multiple suspects at-large after Armed Robbery outside Camera store in Campbell
Campbell police said it happened just before 11 a.m. Outside the family-owned shop, camera cases, equipment, and evidence markers were scattered about. The lot surrounding the camera store became a crime scene for much of the day. Nearby, Kathy Martinek was at work and heard rapid bangs - noise she initially thought may have been firecrackers for Lunar New Year. "Come to find out there were gunshots, right here," she said, as she motioned toward the camera store. "Yards from our building." Martinek recalled hearing up to five gunshots. Campbell PD confirmed one person was shot and taken to a local hospital. Police aren't sharing whether the victim is an employee or a customer, and they're not yet giving details about their condition. Campbell PD said multiple suspects remain at large. Details surrounding the crime are eerily similar to others ABC7 News has covered around the Bay Area. In November, nearly $180,000 in merchandise was stolen from a camera shop in a robbery near San Francisco's Union Square. Surveillance from the area showed four people get out of a gray sedan near Bush and Grant Streets. Then earlier this month, there was another robbery at a high-end camera store in Pleasant Hill. The incident also involved a group of suspects. Campbell PD said it's too early to speculate whether Wednesday's robbery is connected, or whether it's part of a growing crime trend msn.com

Cleveland, OH: Police Looking for an Old Navy Robbery Suspect
On Thursday, January 19th, Cleveland Police say a man entered the Old Navy Store at Steel Yard Commons, and grabbed over 20 pairs of jeans, and walked out without paying. If anyone recognizes the male in the attached photos, please contact Detective Murphy at 216-623-5217. wtam.iheart.com

Ocala, FL: Man arrested after making fraudulent returns at Walmart
A 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he was caught making fraudulent returns at a local Walmart. On Tuesday, a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the Walmart in Ocala in reference to a theft incident. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the store's loss prevention manager who advised that a man, identified as Sean Burdelle Burham, had walked into the store without any items in his possession The manager advised that Burham proceeded to walk around the store and placed items inside a shopping cart. According to the manager, Burham then walked directly to the customer service desk and attempted to return the items that he had grabbed. Those items, which totaled $144.96, included clear storage containers, women's underwear, and other miscellaneous items, according to the MCSO report. After viewing the surveillance footage, the deputy made contact with Burham. After being read his Miranda rights, Burham admitted that the receipt he had brought in to return the items was a "past receipt" for items that he had purchased with his spouse. Burham told the deputy that he had seen other individuals on social media who had returned items at stores without getting caught. He advised that he had attempted to get the refund because he was "going through hard times and needed the money for his family," according to the MCSO report ocala-news.com

Idaho Falls, ID: Trial set for man accused of stealing over $2k from hardware store

Eau Claire, WI: Woman steals hundreds in merchandise in EC store's fitting room

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Shootings & Deaths

Philadelphia, PA: 3 suspects charged with murder in killing at gas station
Three people are facing murder charges in connection with the deadly shooting at a Philadelphia gas station. It happened on January 17 at the Exxon on the 7100 block of Torresdale Avenue in the city's Tacony section. Police say three masked men entered the gas station's mini-mart and broke into the employee side of the counter. A 66-year-old employee identified as Patro Siboram was shot and killed. The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Chihean aka Chiheam Jones, 25-year-old Robert Miller-Crafter and 21-year-old Keyon Vincent. All three male suspects are being charged with murder, robbery and other relaated offenses. Siboram leaves behind a wife and son.  6abc.com

Memphis, TN: Update: Two more men wanted for deadly Z Market shooting
Memphis Police are looking for two more people wanted in connection to gunfire that left a man dead at a Parkway Village grocery store. Landon Quinton, 23, has already been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, among other charges, in connection to a robbery and shooting that left a man dead on January 22. When police made the scene, they said that a man was dead at the scene at the Z Market on South Perkins Road. Memphis Police said that Quinton was found shortly after the shooting, spit on an officer during his arrest and then spit on another officer at the station who tried to question him. Now, police are asking for help identifying two more people seen in surveillance video from that night.  fox13memphis.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Oakland, CA: Brazen convenience store robbery recorded on surveillance video
Five young thieves strolled into an Oakland convenience store over the weekend, pulled out a handgun on the clerk and stole thousands of dollars. The brazen crime was captured on surveillance video. Oakland police investigators said the incident took place on Saturday night just before midnight in a West Oakland convenience store. On video, you can see the five thieves -- wearing black masks and hoodies -- walk into the store and calmly approach the clerk. They first ask for purchase tobacco. When the clerk asked for their IDs, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded cash. At one point a customer walked in. The thieves quickly ran out of the store, escaping with thousands of dollars and fistful of tobacco products. yahoo.com

Alameda, CA: Suspected shoplifter leaves getaway car in no parking zone, arrested
A suspected shoplifter's mistake was leaving his stolen getaway car running in a no-parking zone at Alameda South Shore Center, where police were waiting when he dashed from a store with a security guard on his heels Tuesday morning. An Alameda officer had noticed the car about 10:15 a.m., blocking a ADA ramp at the shopping center, according to a post on the police department's Facebook account. The car was idling, and as the officer inspected it, she found it had been reported stolen by BART police. The officer then heard yelling coming from a store and saw a security guard chasing a man with two baskets full of items. The man didn't notice the officer and threw items into the car, but as he tried to get into the driver's seat, officers stopped him, police said. The merchandise was returned to the business and the registered owner of the stolen vehicle was contacted, according to police. The 60-year-old suspect, an Oakland resident, was arrested on suspicion of crimes that include theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a probation violation.  cbsnews.com

Seymour, IN: Ex-Speedway Employee Arrested on 101 counts of Felony Theft
On December 6, 2022, patrol officers responded to the Speedway convenience store regarding an internal theft. Initial reports showed that a little over $16,000.00 in cash and merchandise had gone missing since November 2022. The employee in question had previously left employment and did not come back. After an internal audit by Speedway corporate headquarters showing more than $28,000.00 in cash and merchandise had been taken and receiving video, Investigators conducted an interview with Quincy Tyler Browning age 25 of Brownstown, Indiana on January 3, 2023. During the interview, Browning admitted to taking cash from the location. He also admitted to refunding merchandise that was allegedly sold and refunded himself the money. Browning did minimize his involvement during the interview. Browning was arrested by investigators for 101 counts of fraud and 101 counts of theft, all level 6 felonies. Browning was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he was remanded into the custody of the jail division. wbiw.com

Seneca, NY: Employee duo arrested for $5,800 in larceny from Target

Madison, WI: $6k+ worth of lottery tickets stolen during armed robbery of Wisconsin gas station

Modesto, CA: Police solve 8 robbery cases in Modesto area; Dollar General, Subway, Arco and others in the past couple months



Hennepin County, MN: Charges Filed: Suspect said 'family problems' led to Uptown Target Burglary, Arson
A Burnsville man accused of burglarizing the Uptown Target store this week and starting a small fire allegedly told police frustration over "family problems" led to the incident, according to new criminal charges. Derrick P. Hansen, 43, is charged in Hennepin County District Court with one count of 1st-degree arson and one count of 3rd-degree burglary in connection with the early Monday morning incident. Police and fire crews responded to the Target Express at 1300 W. Lake St. at around 3:50 a.m. Criminal charges allege Hansen used a trash can lid to break the glass doors to the building. He's accused of entering and exiting the store several times before starting a small fire using garbage cans. Surveillance footage allegedly captured Hansen gathering and throwing items into the fire while the flames grew taller. Hansen agreed to talk with investigators and admitted to the break-in and arson, according to charges. "[Hansen] stated he was having family problems and was trying to let his frustration out," the complaint states.  bringmethenews.com

Owensboro, KY: Burger King catches fire overnight
A fire broke out at an Owensboro Burger King early Tuesday. Firefighters say an employee at the Burger King, located at 18th and Triplett, called to report smoke in the building just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Shortly after firefighters arrived, they say flames were seen coming from the roof. There have been no reports of any injuries, but the building was heavily damaged. The fire has been extinguished. tristatehomepage.com

Cargo Theft

Florida man pleads guilty in $4.1 million polymer theft scheme using disguised trucking company
This week, a Florida resident admitted to orchestrating a complex years-long scheme to steal shipments of chemicals and re-sell them to third party buyers with help from a trucking company owner as a co-conspirator. On January 24, 2023, Terrence Anderson, 66, pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme that defrauded several companies involved in the sale of polymers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Authorities say that the scheme lasting from July 2013 to January 2020 cost one business in Northeast Ohio and multiple logistics companies approximately $4.1 million. The Cleveland Division of the FBI investigated the case.  cdllife.com



Adult - Silverdale, WA - Burglary
Auto - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Beauty - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bergen County, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mesa, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - Worchester, MA - Robbery
C-Store - Oakland, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
C-Store - Pflugerville, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Pixley, CA - Armed Robbery
Camera - Campbell, CA - Armed Robbery / 1 wounded
Cellphone - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Burglary
Clothing - Cleveland, OH - Robbery
Gas Station - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Santa Ana, CA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Topeka, KS - Burglary
Jewelry - Arlington Heights, IL - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry - Houston, TX - Burglary
• Jewelry - Estero, FL - Robbery
• Jewelry - Chesapeake VA - Robbery
• Jewelry - Trumbull, CT - Robbery
• Jewelry - Columbus, OH - Robbery
• Jewelry - Stamford, CT - Robbery
• Jewelry - Bluffton SC - Robbery
Marijuana - Willits, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery


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• 22 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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