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Loss Prevention Foundation Names Jennifer Schaefer, LPC as Newest Member of Advisory Council

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) is pleased to announce the newest member of the Loss Prevention Foundation Advisory Council (LPFAC), Jennifer Schaefer, LPC. The council supports the LPF and has taken over the responsibilities of various LPF committees that have been dissolved. Jennifer currently serves as Field Asset Protection Manager for T-Mobile & Metro by T-Mobile. Read more about the LPF Advisory Council and see a full list of members here

Thomas Price III, LPC, PMP, CPP promoted to Senior Corporate Loss Prevention Manager for Harbor Freight Tools

Thomas has been with Harbor Freight Tools for nearly three years, joining the company in 2018. Before his promotion to Senior Corporate LP Manager, he served as Area LP Manager - West DC's. Prior to joining Harbor Freight, he spent more than six years with National Stores Inc. as Sr. Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Sears, Brookstone, and Target. Congratulations, Thomas!

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Fun at the LPRC 2021 Kickoff Webinar
'Talking about Cabin Fever'

Gus Downing, D&D Publisher & Editor, Moderates Panel Session with Industry Leaders:

Scott Glenn, LPC - Vice President of Asset Protection, The Home Depot
Cathy Langley, LPC - Sr. Director of Asset Protection, Rite Aid
Mike Currier, CPP - Associate Director of LP/Corporate Security, Verizon Wireless

While the picture above looks like a barrel of laughs, yesterday's discussion on "The Takeaways From An Unprecedented Holiday Season" covered a variety of serious topics impacting retail LP/AP operations. The panel discussed the ever-changing protective measures and regulations, complex and evolving transactions, BOPIS/BORIS, mobile, curbside, multi-source delivery/pickup, emerging fraud, theft, and violence threats.

The LPRC 2021 Kickoff Webinar, held yesterday in partnership with the D&D Daily, featured the Loss Prevention Research Council team, retail executives, technology experts, and thought leaders as they reviewed LPRC's current initiatives and held three panels on crucial industry topics.

Miss the webinar? The on-demand recording will be released next week on LPRC Connect and the D&D Daily. Stay tuned.

Protests & Violence

Nearly 50 arrested in crackdown on violent robberies, carjackings
in south Minneapolis

The operation resulted in 69 felony-level charges.

Authorities arrested 46 people in a crackdown on carjackings and violent robberies that have plagued parts of south Minneapolis.

Officers recovered 15 firearms and 12 stolen vehicles - six of which were occupied when they were seized, according to a news release from the Minneapolis Police Department. The operation, which took place over three days last week, resulted in 69 felony-level charges.

The effort comes as crime has spiked in the Twin Cities, following the George Floyd protests in May. startribune.com

Unlicensed Pinkerton Guard Shot & Killed Protester Oct 10th
Pinkerton to appear for hearing into hiring of unlicensed security guard charged in deadly shooting

Isborn Security Services has surrendered its license for the hiring of an unlicensed security guard involved in a deadly Oct. 10 shooting in Denver.

Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations is slated to appear before the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for a hearing into what led up to the hiring of an unlicensed security guard, 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff, who is now charged with second-degree murder for the death of a man at dueling Denver rallies.

Wednesday's hearing is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Dolloff is slated to be arraigned on Feb. 19 and is currently out on a $500,000 bond. During a previous court appearance, an attorney representing Dolloff called his actions self-defense.

Dolloff is accused of fatally shooting 49-year-old Lee Keltner outside the Denver Art Museum. It happened near the end of two dueling demonstrations that included members of Black Lives Matter as well as people attending what they dubbed a "Patriot Muster."

Dolloff was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests.

Witnesses said Keltner was seen holding a bottle of OC spray before he hit Dolloff on the side of the head with an open hand, the PC statement says. Dolloff then took a gun out of his waistband and fired one shot at the same time Keltner sprayed the OC spray, according to the PC statement. 9news.com

Portland riots caused at least $2.3M in damage to federal buildings in city
For weeks, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse was a ground zero for protesters in downtown Portland, drawing hundreds to thousands of protesters night after night. At one point, demonstrators shattered the glass on the doors and threw fireworks into the building. The building's façade and entry were covered with graffiti. Federal officials said they also must repair or replace mounted security cameras and access control devices that people had vandalized or stolen.
Now the bill has come due for the cleanup, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said Tuesday. It amounts to $2.3 million so far for cleaning the courthouse and four other federal properties. oregonlive.com

Portland: Local Antifa Group Distances Itself From Protesters Who Smashed Windows, Vandalized Property

LAPD vows arrests if protesters again disrupt Dodger Stadium vaccine site

LA County sheriff claimed protesters tried to derail a train. Footage suggests otherwise

Rochester, NY: After Police Pepper Spray 9-yr-old, Bill Tries To Ban Its Use On Children

COVID Update

US: Over 27M Cases - 459K Dead - 16.7M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 104M Cases - 2.2M Dead - 76M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 271   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 224
*Red indicates change in total deaths

NRF Calls on Congress to Move Quickly with COVID-19 Relief

The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay as the House and Senate debate next steps for COVID-19 relief:

"Retailers have been at the forefront of calling on Congress and our elected leaders to move quickly, decisively and in a bipartisan manner to get economic relief to individuals, families and businesses to help relieve the financial stress they have been facing the past 10 months. Equally important are efforts to ensure that states and municipalities have whatever tools are necessary to equitably get the COVID-19 vaccines distributed in their communities so people can get back to work and children can safely return to school.

"As our retailers have been on the front lines of this pandemic since the beginning, they are once again ready to serve our government at all levels to provide whatever helps ensure that vaccines get administered into the arms of as many citizens as quickly and safely as possible. Our elected officials must prioritize this imperative as the virus begins to mutate and more people are at risk, and take whatever steps are necessary to support legislation and policies that address that necessity." nrf.com

CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens to offer COVID-19 vaccines at stores in certain states
The nation's two leading drug chains on Tuesday both announced plans to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to the retail setting in multiple states. CVS Pharmacy said that on Feb. 11 it would begin offering COVID-19 vaccines at stores in 11 states, with its initial supply of roughly 250,000 doses coming from the federal government. Walgreens said vaccinations would begin Feb. 12 at locations in 12 states, as well as Puerto Rico, New York City and Chicago. Both companies noted that the vaccines would be available only to eligible patient populations based on state and jurisdiction guidelines. drugstorenews.com

U.K.'s Rapid Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign Shows Early Signs of Success

Indications raise hopes over how soon the U.K. will be able to reopen its ravaged economy

The U.K.'s fast-paced vaccination drive is showing early signs of curbing Covid-19 infections, government scientific advisers say, a promising litmus test of how a mass inoculation campaign in a developed nation can slowly turn the tide on the virus.

Britain moved quicker than any other European nation to both approve and deploy Covid-19 vaccines, injecting nearly 15% of its population in just over two months in an enormous logistical operation. It has doled out more than nine million shots in locations as varied as clinics, cathedrals and racecourses. The U.S. in comparison has inoculated 9% of its population.

"The preliminary data looks promising and our confidence in the data will get better as more time passes,"

In a further positive signal, scientists at the University of Oxford said preliminary research showed the vaccine developed with AstraZeneca PLC caused a reduction in transmission of the virus by 67% after a single dose. wsj.com

Signs of vaccinations paying off emerge in Minnesota
A drop in COVID-19 cases among congregate care residents in Minnesota might be the first encouraging sign that the state's mass vaccination efforts are starting to pay off.

Last week's average of 64 cases per day among these residents was the lowest since September, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director. Surveys showed that 81% of the most vulnerable residents of nursing homes opted for the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 13% have completed the series.

Vaccine seems to be having a positive effect," she said, "In the weeks ahead, we think we will be able to say that with greater confidence." startribune.com

Minnesota COVID-19 positivity lowest since July

Roughly one in 50 Minnesotans have completed two-dose series of COVID-19 vaccine.

Minnesota's positivity rate of diagnostic COVID-19 testing dropped to 4.3%, the lowest rate since July 1 that underscores the state's opportunity to vaccinate more people at a low point in the pandemic.

The decline was reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday along with 24 more COVID-19 deaths and 669 newly diagnosed infections with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease. The rate, an average of testing results in the seven days ending Jan. 25, represents a sharp decline from a peak of 15.5% on Nov. 10. startribune.com

N.Y.C.'s Covid Metrics Are Dire. Cuomo Is Reopening Restaurants Anyway.
Mr. Cuomo said Friday that "on our current trajectory," New York City could reopen indoor dining on Feb. 14, typically a busy day for the restaurant industry.

As the governor spoke, average per-capita case counts in New York City were 64 percent higher than when he announced an indefinite ban on indoor dining in December.

Average Covid-19 hospitalizations in the city, while trending downward, were still 60 percent higher late last week than they were when Mr. Cuomo closed the restaurants.

Mr. Cuomo has said that the decision to open any part of the economy is based on four metrics: new cases per capita, hospitalizations, the test positivity rate and the rate at which people are infecting one another. nytimes.com

Re-Post: OSHA updates coronavirus guidance; mandates still on the table
Many U.S. employers have already been taking measures in coronavirus pandemic-related prevention programs for almost a year, Susan Harthill, partner at Morgan Lewis. "The new guidelines, therefore, largely track current practices," Harthill said.

Some guidelines are new, "including the statement that face coverings may protect the wearer (another reason to encourage mask-wearing), a recommendation on supporting vaccines for employees, a recommendation not to test someone who has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and some return-to-work criteria," Harthill said. The new guidance also notes that other, shorter quarantine periods may be used in conjunction with other measures, though it still emphasizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 14-day quarantine recommendation for close contacts, she added. hrdive.com

Hero Pay Ordinances Popping Up on West Coast
Pitting Unions Against Retailers

L.A. - Oakland - Montebello - Seattle - Santa Monica - CA Passing $5 'Hero Pay' for Drug Store & Grocery Store Employees this Week
The California Grocers Assn., which represents about 6,000 stores across the state, filed a lawsuit against Long Beach in federal court.

Seattle and Santa Monica have already moved forward with hazard pay. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is also expected to vote soon on a similar plan.

United Food and Commercial Workers International, which represents 1.3 million workers in grocery, meatpacking, and other front-line industries, is spearheading the pay increase push.

The cascade of local ordinances around hazard pay in Seattle and several California cities is "just the beginning," UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement.

The group is also urging Congress to enact legislation around hazard pay for front-line essential workers and calling on CEOs of major food and retail companies to provide pay boosts. latimes.com

Kroger to shut two Long Beach stores due to local $4 hero pay mandate
Planned Ralphs, Food 4 Less closings highlight issue of pandemic compensation for frontline grocery workers.

The Kroger Co. is closing two supermarkets in Long Beach, Calif., because of a new municipal law that mandates hazard pay to grocery workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Long Beach ordinance (Ord-27), passed by the city council in December and enacted Jan. 19, requires grocery retailers to establish "premium pay" of an extra $4 per hour to wage-earning store associates for a period of at least 120 days. Store managers or supervisors aren't covered by the mandate. The ordinance explained that added pay to grocery workers is warranted because they perform a key public function amid a high level of exposure to COVID-19.

Los Angeles-based Ralphs and Food 4 Less described the affected stores as underperforming and criticized the Long Beach ordinance's premium pay mandate as "imbalanced."

"As a result of the city of Long Beach's decision to pass an ordinance mandating extra pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach," a company spokesperson said in a statement. supermarketnews.com

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

27.5 million, 8.3% partially vaccinated of the 332M U.S.

New Jersey Gov Relaxes COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants & Bars & Lifts Curfew

Biden's $1.9T COVID relief bill to include $25B for ailing restaurants

Target's hourly workers get $500 in latest pandemic bonus

Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

TSA workers given authority to enforce mask mandates at airport security checkpoints


Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail Joins Buy Safe America Coalition

CLEAR Joins Coalition to Combat the Sale of Fraudulent & Counterfeit Goods Online

Washington, DC - The Buy Safe America Coalition, a diverse group of retailers, consumer groups, wholesaler-distributors, and manufacturers who support efforts to combat organized retail crime and protect consumers and communities from the sale of counterfeit and stolen goods, announced its newest member - The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR).

As a non-profit, non-partisan national association of Law Enforcement Retail Loss Prevention professionals, CLEAR works to build and support efforts to improve the safety of communities. CLEAR joins the coalition as organized retail crime, which refers to criminal networks that steal merchandise in mass quantities from storefronts and sell those goods online, continues to increase. CLEAR will take part in the coalition alongside existing members including Walgreens, CVS Health, The Home Depot, Rite Aid, Ulta Beauty, DICK's Sporting Goods, HP Inc., OpSec Security, and Philips.

The opportunity for organized retail crime groups to resell stolen merchandise has experienced some difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of digital platforms to sell stolen merchandise has grown exponentially in recent years, and with traditional shops and markets closed, many criminals have further expanded their online channels to sell stolen products.

Despite the increasing sales of stolen and fraudulent goods online, e-commerce marketplaces have not taken sufficient action to solve the problem. The Buy Safe America Coalition is urging Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act, which addresses this issue by requiring online marketplaces to collect and verify basic seller information and having sellers provide that information to consumers.

"The consequences of organized retail crime are severe. Profits from the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods have been closely linked to criminal organizations involved in other serious crimes including terrorism and human and drug trafficking," said Ben Dugan, CLEAR President. "The INFORM Act is a commonsense measure that will help address the growing problem and consequences of organized retail crime by increasing transparency and accountability on online marketplaces." buysafeamerica.org

Previous D&D Daily 'Buy Safe' Coverage:
1-27-21: Home Depot Talks ORC & Partnership with Buy Safe Coalition
12-7-20: DICK'S Sporting Goods, HP Inc., OpSec Security & Rite Aid Join Buy Safe Coalition
10-21-20: Home Improvement Retailers Join Coalition to Fight Counterfeit & Stolen Goods

9-28-20: Retailers, brands and NACDS join Buy Safe America Coalition
9-17-20: Toymakers, retailers & The Toy Association the Buy Safe America Coalition
8-31-20: ICSC, RILA and other industry groups seek online seller transparency
8-14-20: RILA: Leading Retailers Launch Coalition to Protect Consumers Online

Click here to see D&D Daily's INFORM Consumers Act toolkit and how you can help get it on the president's desk.


The Need for Chief Risk Officers

While many organizations understand the need for a security executive, organizations that have taken a holistic approach, have added the chief risk officer (CRO) position to evaluate all organizational risk. After speaking with academics, experts and executives in the risk and security field, I have found an increasing interest toward risk identification and mitigation and identified key factors in developing the ideal role and finding the perfect candidate for any enterprise.

The CRO takes a higher-level approach than the chief security officer (CSO), who is tasked with overseeing the physical and/or cybersecurity of an organization. The CRO looks at all aspects of risk and how it may affect an organization. This includes physical security and cybersecurity, but also may include financial, insurance, reputational and other risks.

Currently, only about 2,000 CROs exist in the U.S., according to Bloomberg, but as of this summer, "their ranks already have grown by 5% since last year." Additionally, many companies do not have someone specifically titled a CRO, but instead have a vice president of risk management, a risk committee, or another executive, such as a CSO, pulling double duty.

How a CRO can Improve Your Organization

Traditionally, the CRO position sat most often in the financial world; however other organizations are seeing the need for an executive solely focused on risk identification and management. "Financial services and healthcare have led the way" with prioritizing risk management, Trowbridge shares. "It depends on the size and complexity of other industries whether you see the chief risk officer really becoming a real role." securitymagazine.com

How can racial bias be removed from retail stores?

According to a new study, "Racial Bias In Retail," commissioned by Sephora, two in five U.S. shoppers have personally experienced unfair treatment on the basis of their race or skin tone. The perception of bias is said to be particularly prevalent among Black shoppers.

Among races, 53 percent of Black shoppers felt such unfair treatment versus 36 percent for LatinXers, 35 percent for Asians and 24 percent for whites. The study was conducted over a year-long period, from fall 2019 until late 2020.

Retail shoppers who have experienced mistreatment in-store were found to be three times more likely to say it happened while they were browsing than at checkout (38 percent vs. 12 percent)

To avoid feeling underserved or ignored Black, indigenous or people of color, BIPOC, customers say they often dress nicely or interact with employees to make it known they are interested in spending money. To avoid feeling watched or to avoid theft accusations, they adjust their body language and leave purses or bags at home.

Sephora has rolled out a number of actions to curb racial bias in the in-store experience:

Rolling out a new greeting system across stores to ensure a consistent experience for visitors upon entry;

Creating new training modules for associates to define what behaviors will not be tolerated;

Delineating recovery responsibilities to loss prevention specialists to enable associates to focus solely on client service;

Reducing the presence of third-party security by replacing them with in-house professionals;

Implementing new feedback mechanisms;

Establishing a D&I (diversity & inclusivity) in-store experience dashboard to provide analytics on client service and feedback for monthly checks. retailwire.com

Published Last Month in the Daily:

Sephora Rolls Out Action Plan to Address Racial Bias
Store Associates To Have No LP Responsibilities
& Use 'Fewer' 3rd Party Security Vendors

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Celebrating Black History Month
How Brands & Retailers Are Tackling Diversity in Their Organizations

Following a year marked by national unrest over racial inequity, a number of retailers, fashion groups and footwear brands are taking a new approach to celebrating Black History Month.

Beyond product launches and collaborations with Black talent, retailers are upping the ante on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives by donating millions of dollars in product and funds to nonprofits, addressing representation within their own organizations and committing to allocate shelf space for Black-owned brands, among other moves.

As the country observes the start of Black History Month, here's how retail players are bringing more attention to the many contributions - fashion and otherwise - of the Black community:

   DTLR - Gap - Macy's - Neiman Marcus - Nordstrom - PVH - Walmart - footwearnews.com

Group of Retailers in Spain Stole Millions From U.S. Banks
105 arrested for stealing over $14.4M U.S. from US-based banks
A cross-border 8 month long operation coordinated by Europol and led by the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the US Secret Service resulted in the dismantling of an organized crime group involved in fraud and money laundering.

The criminal organization, mainly formed of Greek nationals, set up shell companies in the United States and opened bank accounts for these companies. To gain the trust of the financial institutions, members of the criminal network made transfers to the US-based accounts from different locations in the EU. Based on this trust, the American-based banks issued debit and credit cards for these accounts. A group of retailers in on the scam, most of whom were in Spain, used the payment cards to finance the available credited amounts on the cards. To launder the stolen funds, they transferred them to different bank accounts, owned by members of the criminal network located in several EU countries. More than 50 American financial institutions became victims of these fraudulent activities losing over 12 million euros.

Europol and law enforcement carried out more than 88 house searches, arrested 105 suspects and seized 14 luxury cars. The follow up actions led to the freeze of 87 bank accounts worth $1.5M U.S. europa.eu

Using Safety as a Competitive Advantage & Creating Safer Homes
Ikea U.S. Commits to Customer Safety by Issuing New Sales Requirement

Preventing Tip-Over Accidents & Saving Lives

Ikea Retail U.S. has announced a new sales requirement to help raise awareness of the need for wall attachment on chests of drawers and other select clothing storage units as part of the company's continued commitment to consumer safety.

Customers at all U.S. stores must now acknowledge the need to attach the product to the wall and provide their name and email address before the sale can be finalized. This new sales requirement strengthens the focus on reducing the risk of tip-over incidents and helping create safer homes for Ikea U.S. customers and their families. hfbusiness.com

Quarterly Results
The Container Store Q3 no comp data, consolidated net sales up 20.5%, TCS net sales up 21%, online sales up 98.1%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Asset & Revenue Management job posted for Caleres in St. Louis, MO
Can ensure the protection of all our companies assets including Associates, Customers, Properties, Inventory and Brands. Proactively partner with business leaders in order to deliver the financial metrics related to shrinkage, mismates, worker's comp, and general liability. Will review and recommend capital and expenses for projects with the greatest ROI. Directs and maintains the physical security for all offices and facilities and manages all high profile investigations within the organization. jobs.caleres.com

Director of Safety & Loss Prevention job posted for Trinity Logistics (a Burris Logistics company) in Milford, DE
This position requires a hands-on leader with warehouse and food safety experience, who can help create, implement, and uphold a safety strategy! The team member in this role will work directly with leadership to create and maintain a safe work environment of trust, transparency, teamwork, accountability, and productivity. (S)he will provide clear plans and procedures and communicate regularly with the team to create and implement a successful strategy of safety and compliance. trinitylogistics.com

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USC and Amazon Establish Center for Secure and Trusted Machine Learning

Center to support novel approaches to trust-centric machine learning & AI innovation

USC and Amazon announced they are creating a joint research center focused on development of new approaches to machine learning (ML) privacy, security, and trustworthiness. The Center for Secure and Trusted Machine Learning, which will be housed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, will support USC and Amazon researchers in the development of novel approaches to privacy-preserving ML solutions.

The expectation is that the center will unleash a new line of fundamental research on privacy and security aspects of machine learning - a timely and critical effort given the proliferation of artificial intelligence across all aspects of society from education to finance, transportation, healthcare and many others.

Each year, the center will provide support for research projects focused on the development of new methodologies for secure and privacy-preserving machine learning solutions that can scale to support billions of users. In addition, the center will provide annual fellowships to talented doctoral students working in this research area, enabling them to advance research frontiers. Fellowship recipients will be named as Amazon ML Fellows in recognition of their promise and achievements. These fellowships will give students greater understanding of industry and solution-driven research. usc.edu

Democrats Introduce COVID-19 Data Privacy Bill

Similar Measures Failed to Win Congressional Approval Last Year

The Democratic senators and representatives who introduced this year's legislation say the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act sets "strong and enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information" as technology companies and public health agencies deploy "new tools to fight the spread of COVID-19, including contact tracing apps, digital monitoring, home tests and vaccine appointment bookings." govinfosecurity.com

NIST's IoT Guidance: A Look at the Draft

Kat Megas, program manager for NIST's Cybersecurity for IoT Program, Describes Effort to Help Safeguard Devices

In December, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act was enacted, and NIST published drafts of four documents that are designed to provide guidance for the federal government and IoT manufacturers (see First Federal IoT Security Legislation Becomes Law).

Megas says the documents, which define core baseline security requirements for IoT devices, are open for public comments through February.

Megas says the documents, which define core baseline security requirements for IoT devices, are open for public comments through February.

In this video interview, Megas discusses:

How the federal government is using IoT;

NIST's role in carrying out the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act;

How NIST is working with private industry. govinfosecurity.com

FTC: ID Theft Doubled in 2020
The Federal Trade Commission said a surge in reports of identity theft occurred amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 1.4 million reports of identity theft in 2020 - twice the number from 2019.

The agency released the new data as part of its kickoff of Identity Theft Awareness Week.

Read more here.

How Recruiting Women Can Help Solve Security's Biggest Problems
There are simply not enough cybersecurity experts in the global market to manage the growing number and range of cyber-risks out there.
It's clear that COVID-19 made these talent problems more acute. The sudden shift to remote work accelerated the expansion of the attack surface through a precipitous rise of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. Meanwhile, cybercriminals redoubled their efforts to lob phishing, ransomware, and other attacks against the newly distributed workforce. This combination of an overwhelming expansion of the attack surface and threat volume increases pressure on already strained security professionals, strengthening the need for reinforcements to help them fight the good fight.

Early studies show that the effects of COVID have disproportionately affected women's career and economic wellbeing. This may be the perfect moment to plan a dramatic, strategic shift in how companies attract, recruit, and retain a new and expanded generation of cybersecurity rock stars.

An Opportunity to Reduce Risk

As vaccines come available and the world recovers, the post-COVID era will be an opportunity to recruit more women to cybersecurity careers at all levels. By focusing on reengagement campaigns with women and training female professionals seeking to reenter the workforce, cybersecurity organizations may be able to kick-start momentum in recruiting women into the field. Hopefully, these gains can snowball into more outreach to girls as they progress through school and enter the workforce. darkreading.com

McKinsey and Company
How boards should prepare for the rising cybersecurity threat
"Cybercrime is becoming industrialized. Vulnerabilities are identified by one set of groups that then share the information with criminal groups."

In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, McKinsey Senior Partner Frithjof Lund speaks with two cybersecurity experts about how boards of directors should help their organizations ensure they are prepared for potential cyberattacks. mckinsey.com




rime & Violence

Shoplifting Down 47% - But Business Break-Ins Increased
Overall crime dropped during Covid-19, StatsCan says

However, data reveal concerns about mental health and online fraud

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a drop in crime, according to new data from Statistics Canada; however, demand for mental health checks and other sorts of police service calls rose.

The national statistical agency said that, in the first eight months of the pandemic (March through October), police reported that criminal incidents dropped by 18% compared with the same period in 2019.

Reports of most forms of crime dropped, StatsCan said, including robbery, assault and sexual assault.

StatsCan reported that there was a general decline in violent crime reported during the pandemic, and that property crime dropped too, with shoplifting down 47%, residential break-and-enters dropping 27% and auto theft down 18%.

However, reports of business break-ins increased during the pandemic. It also reported that cyberattacks and pandemic-related fraud have been prevalent.

StatsCan said that, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a total of 5,411 victims lost over $6.6 million due to Covid-related fraud in the March to October period.

It also said that 42% of Canadians have experienced at least one type of cybersecurity incident since the beginning of the pandemic, including phishing attacks, malware, fraud and account hacking. advisor.ca

DoorDash Scam Targeting Canadians?
TD customers in several provinces hit with fraudulent DoorDash debit charges
It's unclear who is behind the scam, which isn't confined to one region. CBC News interviewed six TD customers from three different provinces who said they were victims of unauthorized DoorDash debit card charges. Each person said they don't have a DoorDash account and have never used the service. cbc.ca

COVID Update

Lockdowns Lifted in Manitoba

Relaxed restrictions in effect for retailers & hair salons
For more than two months, code red restrictions have forced Manitobans to stick to the essentials, and for some businesses that meant closing their doors altogether. But on Saturday, some were able to welcome customers again.

On Thursday, the province announced it would be relaxing restrictions, with new public health orders coming into effect Saturday. They allow barbershops and hair salons to operate at 25 per cent capacity. Retail businesses are also allowed to operate at 25 per cent capacity, while non-essential items can be sold again.

Director of Government Relations Prairie Region for the Retail Council of Canada, John Graham, said the health orders in place in Manitoba were complex for retailers and consumers. He said the ability to reopen is a big relief. The relaxed health restrictions haven't impacted Manitoba restaurants, they're still limited to offering takeout and delivery. winnipeg.ctvnews.ca

  Quebec to open businesses, hair salons on Feb. 8, keep curfew in place

Pandemic rules for stores, malls a grey zone for shoppers

Employees Cut Amid Ongoing COVID Lockdowns

Hudson's Bay permanently laying off more than 600 workers across Canada
Hudson's Bay Co. is permanently laying off more than 600 workers across Canada amid ongoing store closures due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Nearly half the company's department stores remain temporarily closed, said Tiffany Bourre, a spokeswoman for the iconic retailer.

The permanent layoffs represent less than five per cent of the company's total workforce, Bourre said. She added that it was "an incredibly tough decision" and that HBC is committed to treating each individual affected with fairness and respect during these difficult times. bnnbloomberg.ca

Shutout by allies, Canada will produce its own vaccines by the end of 2021
Canada says it has signed a tentative agreement with US vaccine firm Novavax to produce millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate at a facility in Montreal. The agreement, announced Tuesday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is the first of several being developed as Canada says it intends to repatriate vaccine production for decades to come.

Novavax is still doing clinical trials of its vaccine but submitted more data to Health Canada for review Friday. Canada has an agreement to buy 52 million doses from Novavax when and if its vaccine candidate receives Canadian approval. cnn.com

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Secret Nygard videos show former fashion mogul charged with sex trafficking travelling with teenage girl
Hours of behind-the-scenes video shot by a whistleblower show former Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, who is alleged to have abused women and girls for decades, screaming at his employees and approaching a 16-year-old girl at the London Olympics.

Nygard has been held in jail since his arrest last month, but is fighting to be released on bail, with a decision expected soon. At a hearing in a Winnipeg court on Thursday, Nygard's lawyers presented a new bail plan that includes round-the-clock surveillance of their client.

Feralio, who was based in Los Angeles when he worked for Nygard, came forward and shared the video with CBC as part of an investigation into Nygard by The Fifth Estate and the podcast, Evil By Design. "If I don't expose him, he's going to get away with all the things that he's been doing," Feralio said.

"When I first was hired, Nygard told me that the reason why Jesus is so popular is because he had a good PR team," Feralio told CBC News, which aired some of the footage as part of its "The Fifth Estate" series into Nygard's alleged sex crimes, according to the outlet. "My job was to film literally everything."

He added, "Nobody else in my world of Nygard has this evidence.". cbc.ca  nypost.com

Canada's Retail Staffing Crisis Grows as People Flee Big Cities

Mounting Retail Staffing Crisis in Canada Requires As Talent Pool Thins
"Retailers are approaching the pinnacle of crisis with respect to the staffing of their stores and operations," she asserts. "The biggest challenge they currently face is a lack of potential staff to recruit from. That might seem contradictory given the numbers of people who have been laid off in the past year, leading some people to think that there must be thousands of applicants responding to each job posting.

But the reverse is actually happening. And there are a multitude of reasons that help explain why. One of the biggest influences effecting this trend is the mass exodus of people from urban centres who have left to live elsewhere, outside of the city. And as we all know most major retail is concentrated in these urban centres across the country. It's taken away from the population-base that retailers draw from in each of these cities, depleting the pool of talent in those areas."

According to recently released data from Statistics Canada, a record number of Canadians moved away from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver - the country's three largest cities. In fact, between July 2019 and July 2020, an estimated 87,444 city-dwellers gave up their urban digs for the slower and, presumably safer, settings of the suburbs, smaller towns, and rural areas.retail-insider.com

Top Canadian Grocers
Longo's lands top spot on customer experience index

Leger research ranks Ontario grocers on factors like products, service and quality

Longo's takes the cake in customer experience, according to Leger's 10th annual WOW Index. The family-owned retailer was ranked No. 1 in the grocery sector in Ontario, followed by Whole Foods, Farm Boy, Fortinos and Zehrs.

The ranking is based on an evaluation of the customer experience at 145 Ontario retailers across sectors via an online survey with nearly 13,000 Ontarians. Each retailer was assessed by 400 respondents who had visited the retailer's store since June 2020. canadiangrocer.com

Nordstrom Appoints New Canadian Head of Stores

Retailers saw a boost in November before lockdowns began to bite

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Winnipeg, MB: Officer cleared in fatal shooting of liquor store robbery suspect
A Winnipeg police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl following a Liquor Mart robbery last April has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba released a report Thursday on its probe into the April 8, 2020, death of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson. The girl was shot and killed following a pursuit, in which police say she drove a vehicle involved in a liquor store robbery in Winnipeg's Sage Creek neighbourhood earlier that day. During its investigation, the IIU talked with 14 civilian witnesses - including three of the four passengers in the vehicle driven by Hudson, in addition to reviewing forensic evidence, and audio recordings of a 911 call and Winnipeg police radio transmissions. cbc.ca

Rimbey, AB: Clothing store broken into twice in 10 days, $24K worth of merchandise stolen
All the men's and winter wear that were stolen during both break ins were brand names, including Roxy, Volcom, and Buffalo, Short says. Given that the items were brand name Short says that the loss was significant. She says, "at my cost it was around $24,000." RCMP advised Short to watch the Facebook buy and sell pages and to keep her eyes open around the community incase the thieves try to sell the stolen items elsewhere. Rimbey RCMP say they are still investigating but cannot disclose more about the double break in as it is currently an open investigation. rimbeyreview.com

Halifax, NS: Up to $7,000 in Pokémon cards stolen in game store break-in
Pyle-Carter says it appears a rock was used to break through the front door and the display case inside. Only one display case was targeted in the overnight smash-and-grab. "We know that we lost a $600 Pokémon pack from the early 90's and we're also looking at some other vintage Bayside and Jungle stuff as well. There's been a real explosion in the valuation for that," says Pyle-Carter. Right now he says the value of the stolen cards is between $5000 to $7000. While that seems like a lot, he says the thief didn't get the more expensive cards and gaming consoles in the store. atlantic.ctvnews.ca

Winnipeg man charged after 15 stores, restaurants robbed since December

West Vancouver robber uses bear spray to steal $10,000 worth of sunglasses

St. Albert, AB: Fraudsters target senior for $2,000 in prepaid gift cards

Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Langley, BC - Robbery
C-Store - Lower Sackville, NS - Armed Robbery
Clothing Store - Rimbey, AB - Burglary (2x)

Game Store - Halifax, NS - Burglary

Sunglasses Store - Vancouver, BC - Armed Robbery

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Counterfeits & the Online 'Crime Triangle'
Attention Consumers: You Are The Key To Staying Safe Online
The convenience of shopping online has been overtaken as the primary driver of rising rates of Internet commerce, replaced by consumers' need to obtain essential goods and services without exposing themselves to potential COVID-19 infection risks. However, the increasing amount of online shopping being done by consumers is also exposing them to burgeoning risks posed by counterfeit products.

Criminal schemes like online counterfeiting persist because consumers are tricked into becoming entangled with criminals on websites and through social media platforms that have come to form the center of our social and shopping activities. E-commerce platforms represent indescribably large 'locations' wherein consumers looking for products continually interact with product sellers, both legitimate and illegitimate. For counterfeiters, the only things they need to complete their illicit activities are to gain access to consumers perusing various product listings, and effectively evade the anti-counterfeiting activities undertaken by e-commerce sites. This relationship between counterfeiters, consumers and e-commerce platforms can be summarized as a stable criminal opportunity structure, one that is easily represented by a crime triangle.

The crime triangle based upon the criminological theory of routine activities. It is used as a device to help visualize and describe the relationships that exist among key elements (a motivated offender, suitable target, and place lacking capable guardianship) that are necessary for many forms of crime to develop. While the crime triangle is not applicable to all forms of crime, it applies well to online product counterfeiting. Importantly, it highlights the role of consumers as potential victims who must interact with counterfeiters within a poorly guarded space in order for victimization to occur. Consumers have no influence over the presence of counterfeiters on e-commerce platforms. The ubiquity of counterfeiting and the rise of e-commerce nearly guarantee that counterfeiters will continue to operate online. So long as consumers go on to e-commerce platforms looking for products they are almost guaranteed to have some interaction with product counterfeiters who are advertising illicit goods.

Consumers have a say in product counterfeiting schemes and those consumers wishing to avoid being a victim of counterfeiting and help to destabilize the online product counterfeiting crime triangle. By engaging in self-guardianship behavior consumers take on an active role in protecting themselves while they are online, something that is tied to the choices consumers make that can reduce their exposure to criminal elements. forbes.com

Amazon posts a 'monster' Q4 with pandemic still driving demand
Amazon finished out 2020 on another blockbuster quarter, with its North American sales rising more than 40% year over year to $75.3 billion as shoppers turned to the e-commerce giant during a surge in COVID-19 and disruptions to holiday shipping.

The company said it had a record-breaking holiday season, which included 50% year-over-year sales growth for independent sellers on its Marketplace. Sales by independent sellers topped $4.8 billion between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, up 60% from 2019.

Amazon chief and founder Jeff Bezos announced his plans to step out of the CEO role on a high note. That includes a record holiday season - helped along by moving Prime Day to October - and a year that pushed its North American sales up 38.4% to $236.3 billion. All that growth, however, wasn't cheap or pain free by any means.

Part to the strength was Amazon's third-party platform, which accounted for 55% of units sold across Amazon's site. The company's fulfillment and logistics network grew about 50% year over year in 2020, retaildive.com

The Legacy That Jeff Bezos Is Leaving Behind At Amazon
Twenty seven years after starting Amazon out of his garage and turning it into one of the world's most valuable companies, founder Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday he is stepping down as CEO. Bezos has been a recurring character in the pages for Forbes since the days when he was a scrappy entrepreneur in the crosshairs of Barnes & Noble to a net worth of $196 billion. forbes.com

Amazon Unveils Outdoorsy New HQ2, Renewing Its Commitment to Offices
Phase two of the company's development in Arlington, Va., calls for three 22-story office buildings and smaller retail buildings surrounded by woodlands, an outdoor amphitheater, a dog run and parking for around 950 bicycles. The centerpiece will be the site's fourth and tallest tower, a 350-foot structure dubbed the Helix because it will feature two spiraling outdoor walkways with trees and plants from Virginia that twist to the building's top. wsj.com

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Cumberland County PA: Accused Best Buy robbers spurred 25-mile, two-county chase that ended in York area
A group of teenage Maryland shoplifters - who graduated to robbery by assaulting store customers trying to stop them - led police on a 25-mile, two-county chase that ended along Interstate 83 in York County when state troopers disabled their stolen vehicle, police allege. The group went into the Best Buy on Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township a little after 2 p.m. Jan. 17, according to Silver Spring Township Police Chief Christopher Raubenstine. That's in Cumberland County. "They all went right to the laptop computer display areas. Each went to a different laptop, like they were looking at them," Raubenstine told The York Dispatch. "It was very coordinated. Clearly they had done this before." They stole whatever else they could easily grab as they fled, Raubenstine said, which amounted to about $13,000 in merchandise. The crew also caused about $6,000 worth of damage to the store, he said. yorkdispatch.com

Stanislaus County, CA: Serial burglary suspect nabbed for store break-ins
A series of burglaries at stores around Stanislaus County has led to the arrest of a Modesto man on multiple criminal charges. The suspect, Rajneel Sen, 36, is accused of breaking into six Dollar General stores, two Walgreen stores and one Family Dollar store between November 2020 and January 2021. Most of the stores were in Modesto, with one also in Denair and another in Riverbank. The Modesto Police Department said Sen would gain entry to the stores by smashing windows or using power tools to cut through the doors, resulting in expensive repairs for the businesses. Once inside the store Sen and his accomplices would usually steal cigarettes, according to the police department. turlockjournal.com

Liberty, OH: Electronics shoplifting suspect arrested on felony warrants
Police arrested a man on a couple of felony warrants during a shoplifting investigation at Walmart in Liberty. Investigators were called there last Wednesday afternoon for a report that a man put two televisions and a PlayStation into a shopping cart and tried to push it out the door without paying. A Walmart employee told police that the suspect, identified in a police report as 21-year-old Jayshawn Sutton, was stopped by a greeter, who asked him for his receipt. The employee said Sutton instead gave the greeter a receipt from McDonald's and then shoved past security, leaving the cart behind. Police stopped Sutton behind Taco Bell and said he was found with a new iPhone, which was still in the box. Police said he was also found to have warrants for his arrest on a parole violation, felony receiving stolen property charge in Mahoning County and felony possession of dangerous drugs charge in Portage County. He also faces a theft charge for the incident. wkbn.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Baltimore, MD: Police ID victim in Saturday shooting as a 58-year-old ATM operator from Pikesville; robbery was motive
The 58-year-old man fatally shot in broad daylight in front of a West Baltimore convenience store on Saturday was a Pikesville man at work servicing the store's ATM machine. Police confirmed that Kenneth Gerstley was shot outside a convenience store on Brighton St. around 11 a.m., and say the motive for the killing was robbery. Michael Ghebru, the owner of the convenience store, said Gerstley had filled up the machine and walked out of the store when the shooting occurred. baltimoresun.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

NYC Chanel store hit in gunpoint robbery
A Chanel store in lower Manhattan was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon, cops said. A man wielding a firearm went into the luxury shop in Soho at about 2 p.m., according to an NYPD spokesman. It wasn't clear what the robber stole from the store before he fled in a black Audi, cops said. The robber was described as a male standing six feet tall and wearing green sweatpants and a black mask, the spokesman said. Police are investigating. nypost.com

Golden, CO: Police looking for 2 men who pulled gun, stole drill kits at Home Depot
The Golden Police Department (GPD) asked for the public's help on Tuesday in identifying two men involved in an armed robbery of a Home Depot. The robbery occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Home Depot at 16900 W. Colfax Ave. At 7:48 p.m., one of the men entered the store through the main exit doors, took several Milwaukee drill combo kits from a promotional display and ran out the contractor service doors, the release says. The second man waited in a vehicle in the parking lot. Store employees told police that as they attempted to get a license plate from the suspect vehicle, the second man pulled out a handgun, racked it and pointed it at the employees, the release says. 9news.com

Michigan City, IN: Police arrest alleged Grocery store robbery suspect
A suspect is behind bars in connection to a grocery store robbery last month. According to the Michigan City Police Department, officers responded to the 911 call from a Meijer on January 12. The caller reportedly told dispatchers a man threatened an on-duty loss prevention employee with a knife after attempting to leave the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect, identified as 55-year-old Richard Cope, is charged with one count of Level 3 Felony Robbery. abc57.com

69 year Shoplifter armed with a gun attempts to steal batteries from Giant Eagle
According to a police report, Richard Tarnaski, 69, attempted to take batteries out of the Giant Eagle on Doral Drive Friday when a security officer followed him out of the store. Police say the security officer chased Tarnaski to his truck and noticed that he kept trying to reach into his pockets. The security officer asked Tarnaski if he had a weapon for which Tarnaski replied that he did, according to the report. The security officer ordered Tarnaski to keep his hands out of his pockets, but he took the gun out instead and put it on the seat of his truck before returning to the store with the security officer, the report said. Police discovered that Tarnaski's CCW permit expired in October 2019. Tarnaski was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on robbery charges and carrying a concealed weapon. wkbn.com

Horry County, SC: Man accused of Armed Robbery said he was 'just joking'
A Socastee man said he was joking when he passed a note to a store employee in Garden City, which stated he had a gun and was going to rob the place. Spencer Allen Boros, 20, is charged with armed robbery. Police were called Sunday to 901 Garden City Connector for reports of an armed robbery, a report from Horry County police stated. A man, later identified as Boros, reportedly entered the business and asked an employee for a pen and paper. He then wrote a note, saying that he had a gun and was robbing the store, police allege. According to arrest warrants, Boros also threatened the employee in the note, saying "I will shoot your kneecap." After the employee read the note, Boros said he was "just joking" and walked to the store's bathroom, authorities allege. Boros eventually exited the store and fled across the Garden City Connector, according to the report. He was arrested a short time later. wmbfnews.com

Grand Rapids, MI: Man headed to trial in connection with Target store robbery, ensuing police chase
A Grand Rapids man has been ordered to stand trial in Livingston County in connection with a store robbery and police pursuit early last year. Kquazay Vinson, 18, is facing charges in Livingston and Genesee counties following the robbery at the Target store in Fenton and a police chase that ended in Livingston County in January 2020. Vinson was charged with three counts of resisting and obstructing police in Livingston County and also faces one count of breaking and entering in Genesee County. The Livingston Daily reported that Vinson was among a group of teens seen leaving the Target store at 3255 Owen Road in Fenton on Jan. 13, 2020, according to police. Police said last year that Vinson and the other teens were believed to be part of the "Young Money Gang," a group from Grand Rapids accused of nearly a dozen robberies. livingstondaily.com

Wyandotte, MI: Increase in Shoplifting since Face Masks have become the norm
Experts agree that covering your mouth and nose with a mask helps stop the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people outside their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The science behind mask wearing during a global pandemic is so sound, most stores require customers to wear them. But one unintended consequence of face coverings is that masks help conceal a person's identity, leading Wyandotte police to believe that could be a reason for an increase in shoplifting incidents. "It has become the social norm to wear face coverings inside private businesses," said Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton. "As a direct result, we have seen a substantial increase in retail fraud thefts." thenewsherald.com

Minneapolis, MN: 46 arrested in connection to Carjackings and Robberies
Officials made nearly 50 arrests over a three-day operation in late January in connection to numerous carjackings and robberies in Minneapolis. According to a joint press release from the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, 46 people were arrested, including 69 felony level charges, following a sting operation that began Jan. 26 and went through Jan. 28. During the operation, which included officers from the MPD, deputies with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Violent Offender Task Force and air support from the Minnesota State Patrol, authorities found 15 firearms and 12 stolen vehicles, according to the release. kare11.com

Chattanooga, TN: Walmart Shoplifting Cases Highlight Police Activity

Fast food crime spree around Colorado Springs

Dublin, Ireland: Two Romanian gang members jailed over $3 to $5M fake credit card scam; 0ver 110 cards recovered




Best Buy - Cumberland County, PA - Robbery
Boost - Chicago, IL - Robbery
C-Store - Fuquay-Varina, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - North Augusta, GA - Robbery
C-Store - Paterson, NJ - Robbery
C-Store - Cary, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kalamazoo, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Odessa, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Braunfels, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Diego, CA - Robbery
CVS - Snyder County, PA - Robbery
Chanel - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Belleville, IL - Robbery
Dollar General - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Smyrna, TN - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Michigan City, IN - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Boardman, OH - Armed Robbery
Guns - Mineral County, WV - Burglary
Jewelry - Waldorf, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Citrus Heights, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Louisville, KY - Robbery
Lowe's - Montgomery County, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Olympia, WA - Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Belleville, IL - Robbery
Restaurant - Smyrna, TN - Armed Robbery/ Owner stabbed-wounded
Sally Beauty - Gig Harbor, WA - Robbery
Shoes - Chino, CA - Robbery
Tobacco - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Gig Harbor , WA - Robbery
7-Eleven - New Braunfels, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 31 robberies
• 1 burglary
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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