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Cynthia Ferguson-Villa promoted to Sr. Manager, Global Security Operations for Snap Inc.
Cynthia has been with Snap Inc. for more than two years, starting with the company in 2020 as Global Security Manager, Awareness, Training and Education. Before her promotion to Sr. Manager, Global Security Operations, she served as Sr. Manager, Global Security, Awareness, Training and Education. Prior to Snap Inc., she spent more than 12 years in loss prevention roles with Disney Store and nearly four years with Marshalls as District LP Manager. Congratulations, Cynthia!

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

New Orleans PD Given Authority to Shut Down Crime-Magnet Businesses
The city has become America's 'Murder Capital'

New Orleans Police Department given authority to shut down businesses found harboring violent crime

New Orleans is in the midst of a violent crime wave and a police staffing shortage

The New Orleans Police Department can now shutter businesses that are harboring "violent and serious crime," after the city council unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cutting skyrocketing crime in the city.

The council unanimously approved the "padlock" ordinance on Thursday, which gives the city’s police department the ability to begin the shuttering process for businesses that knowingly and repeatedly harbor crime. Moreno, who authored the ordinance, said the police chief can now suspend licenses of "chronic nuisance businesses that harbor violent and serious crime."

The council debated the ordinance on Thursday, with some critics saying it could unfairly target businesses. Moreno pushed back, saying businesses would be given ample warning, the opportunity to remedy the problems, as well as due process during court hearings, Fox 8 reported.

The city will define chronic nuisance as when a business repeatedly fails to address drug, theft, and violent crimes at their establishments in a timely manner, according to Fox 8.

The law will only apply to businesses, not residential buildings, and will also include tracking the racial breakdown of businesses that are shuttered. Under the law, businesses will be shuttered for up to two years and could lead to civil penalties for business owners.

New Orleans has been battered by a crime wave in recent months and recorded a sky-high homicide rate in 2022. In September, New Orleans unseated St. Louis as America’s "Murder Capital," recording 52 homicides per 100,000 residents. St. Louis, which has long been ranked and considered one of the country’s most dangerous cities, had 45 homicides per 100,000 residents that same month. foxbusiness.com

Bay Area Plagued by Power Tool Heists - Fueld by the Online Marketplace
Thieves targeting power tools worth up to $50k in latest Bay Area crime wave
The truck-jacking at gunpoint was one in a string of power-tool heists in the Bay Area last year, a crime that appears to be surging and growing more brazen, leaving some contractors in a state of perpetual anxiety.

Fears are so raw in the East Bay that at a recent meeting of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, board member Spencer Ferguson, of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, in Oakland, implored his peers to pool their money and hire a security consultant for active shooter and self-defense trainings.

Oakland police say they saw an uptick in armed power-tool robberies over the past four months, and officers investigated four such stickups in January alone, making two arrests. Contractors who spoke with The Chronicle also noted incidents in Vallejo and San Francisco. Police departments in those cities were not aware of a pattern, though a spokesperson for San Francisco’s robbery detail said that burglaries of construction sites are common.

Some cite evidence that thieves are using digital marketplaces to offload their stolen goods — possibly the same e-commerce sites that help fuel organized retail theft. Dzierzon insisted that e-commerce platforms are rife with plundered items, and said he has seen at least one other sign of an intricate crime ring in action: Weeks ago, he got a call from detectives at the Las Vegas Police Department, saying they had uncovered a $2 million cache of tools, one of which bore the logo for Dzierzon’s company, PipeSpy. The tool was worth between $1,500 and $1,800, Dzierzon said.

While break-ins and thefts have always been a risk of doing business, plumbers and tradespeople say that in the past two years, perpetrators have become more methodical and aggressive. Thieves routinely stake out warehouses or follow work trucks to jobs, preying on workers who have to toil at a fixed location for a long period of time, leaving their vehicles and gear unattended. More and more often, the perpetrators are brandishing guns. sfchronicle.com

Big Cities Make Up 9 of 15 Most Dangerous Cities
Report Ranks America’s 15 Most Dangerous Cities For 2023
MoneyGeek ranked 263 cities with populations over 100,000 people from most to least safe in this analysis

There's an ongoing stereotype that larger cities are more dangerous. Based on our analysis, we found that stereotype to be true: 9 out of the 15 most dangerous cities were large cities, while no larger cities (population of 300,000 or more) made the overall safest list.

Last year, St. Louis, Missouri was named the most dangerous city in America. This year it was once again named the most dangerous city in the US, with the highest per-capita crime cost on the list—$8,457.

Coming in second on the list of the most dangerous cities in America was Mobile, Alabama, followed by Birmingham, Alabama. “Mobile has been consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country. The property crime rate and violent crime rate there is the highest in the country, only ranking below St. Louis for most dangerous (due to Mobile having less high-cost crimes like murder),” says Milnes.

The biggest surprise in the report? The lack of big cities on the lists of dangerous places, says Milnes. “The surprises are that from everything you might hear about larger cities on the coasts being quite dangerous, cities like New York and Boston are not as dangerous as their reputations would make you think,” he says.

See the Top 15 Most Dangerous Cities below


1. St. Louis, MO
2. Mobile, AL
3. Birmingham, AL
4. Baltimore, MD
5. Memphis, TN

6. Detroit, MI
7. Cleveland, OH
8. New Orleans, LA
9. Shreveport, LA
10. Baton Rouge, LA
11. Little Rock, AR
12. Oakland, CA
13. Milwaukee, WI
14. Kansas City, MO
15. Philadelphia, PA
moneygeek.com  forbes.com


230 Law Enforcement Deaths in 2022
Down 66% from 2021 - COVID Caused Most Fatalities

2022 Line of Duty Deaths Statistical Review
Roll Call this month features a high-level overview of statistics relating to officer line of duty deaths (LODDs) in 2022. While 2022 saw a dramatic decrease in LODDs compared to 2020 and 2021, law enforcement continues to be one of the most dangerous professions in America. The data shown here demonstrates the massive sacrifices that law enforcement officers have made while protecting American citizens this past year.

Leading Causes of Death in 2022

In 2022, 230 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, a 66% decrease from 2021. The cause breakdown from our four major cause categories are:

Full biographies, incident details, and tributes for each of these fallen heroes can be found through the above links. We encourage you to take the time to reflect on the impact these losses have had on their families, departments, and communities. mailchi.mp

Walmart Stores Targeted by Intentional Fires
Several Walmart Stores In Atlanta Affected By Fire. One Will Permanently Close.
There was bad news for Walmart shoppers in Atlanta this week with confirmation that one of the Walmart stores in Atlanta that was temporarily closed will not reopen. It was one of several stores that were closed due to fires in 2022.

Last August, a Walmart in Peachtree City, Georgia, was closed after a 14-year-old girl started a fire in the store's paper goods aisle leading to significant damage. Another Walmart in Atlanta was hit by fire twice in 2022.

In May a Walmart on Martin Luther King Drive in Atlanta was forced to temporarily close after a fire was deliberately lit in the store's clothing department. The same store was hit again in December with another fire set off in the store.

Just days later, yet another Walmart store in Atlanta was affected by fire this time in the Walmart on Howell Mill Road. Unfortunately for shoppers at the Howell Mill location, the decision has now been made to permanently close the store.

"After a thorough review of all factors related to our Vine City and Howell Mill Road stores, we have made the decision to reopen our Vine City location as a Walmart Neighborhood Market and permanently close our Howell Mill Road location. Unfortunately, a variety of economic headwinds existed at both stores before they were closed due to arson." - Walmart spokesperson bestlifeonline.com newsbreak.com
   Read the D&D Daily's initial reporting on the store fires here

Riverton, WY Walmart Has One Of The Highest Theft Rates in Nation

Asheville sees 200% surge in break-ins amid violent crime spike

COVID Update

669.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 104.4M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 101.5M Recovered
Worldwide: 676.2M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 648.6M Recovered

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

America’s offices are now half-full. They may not get much fuller

Office occupancy hit a post-pandemic milestone of 50 percent last week, according to data tracked by Kastle Systems. Experts think this could be the new normal.

The tug of war over getting workers back to the office just reached a key milestone: 50 percent are back at their desks on average, the most since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

But that means major corporate offices are only half as full as they once were — and many experts think this could be as good as it gets.

Overall growth in office occupancy has begun to level off in recent months despite efforts by many bosses to get workers back more often, according to data tracked by Kastle Systems. Last week, office occupancy across the country’s top 10 metro areas edged up to 50.4 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to Kastle, which measures office activity through entry swipes.

But the return-to-office figures are unlikely to go much higher as flexible work becomes entrenched in the lives of white-collar workers, experts say. Some employees have resisted hard mandates to return: They’ve left for remote opportunities elsewhere or even flouted in-office requirements, flexing worker leverage while the labor market remains hot. In response, more companies seem to be moving toward acknowledging that the 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday in-office job is over. More than half of U.S. jobs that can be done remotely were hybrid as of November, up from 32 percent in January 2019, according to data from Gallup.

Office numbers have flatlined,” said Nicholas Bloom, an economist at Stanford University who has been studying the evolution of flexible work. “Longer-run, work from home will clearly rise, as the technology supporting this is improving rapidly, driven by the surge in current levels.” washingtonpost.com

Insurers Avoid Picking Up Businesses’ Covid-19 Pandemic Costs

Policyholders have been trying to collect on policies for ‘business interruption,’ but courts have so far sided with insurers that argue the policies are triggered by physical damage to property, not the presence of virus

Businesses have long relied on insurance to cover losses from unexpected disruptions. But they have faced an uphill battle in trying to get carriers to pay out on one of the biggest ever: pandemic shutdowns.

Insurers that sold “business interruption” coverage have denied claims by companies that suffered through lockdowns or other fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, and many courts have shot down subsequent lawsuits. The presence of virus wasn’t enough to trigger the policies, which generally require some kind of physical damage to property, the courts say.

Businesses, however, continue to litigate in hopes of a payout. wsj.com

U.S. plans to stop buying Covid shots for the public this fall

This winter's U.S. COVID surge is fading fast, likely thanks to a 'wall' of immunity



National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

State Crime Data and Strategies to Lower Crime

Part 4 of a 4 Part Series

Council of Criminal Justice - Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities
- Year-End 2022 Update
This report updates CCJ’s previous studies of crime changes during the coronavirus pandemic, extending the analyses with data through December of 2022. The current study finds a drop in homicide, aggravated assaults, and gun assaults and a rise in robbery and most property crimes. The authors’ conclusions have not changed: to achieve substantial and sustainable reductions in violence and crime, cities should adopt evidence-based crime-control strategies and long-needed reforms to policing.

The crime data were obtained from online portals of city police departments that provided monthly incident-level data for the period between January 2018 and December 2022.

It examines monthly crime rates for 10 violent, property, and drug offenses in 35 American cities. The 35 cities are not necessarily representative of all U.S. cities. Not all cities reported data for each offense, and the data used to measure the crime trends are subject to revision by local jurisdiction.


Larcenies are thefts unaccompanied by force or breaking and entering. Thefts from motor vehicles and shoplifting are the two most common forms of larceny. The average monthly larceny rate exhibited a distinct cyclical pattern over time, as shown in Figure 10. The larceny rate in the 29 cities with available data was lower during the first year of the pandemic than during the prior two years. But this decline ended in 2021, and larcenies rose by about 8%, on average, in 2022 over the number in 2021, an increase of 39,858 larcenies in the 29 study cities. However, the number of larcenies remains 6% lower than in 2019, the year before the pandemic started.


Robberies are thefts committed with force or the threat of force. The average monthly robbery rate in the 31 cities with available data was lower during the first two years of the pandemic than during the preceding two years, as shown in Figure 7. Robberies began to increase near the end of 2021; by the end of 2022 there were 4,143 more robberies in the study cities, a 5.5% increase over the number in 2021. However, the number of robberies remains 4% lower than 2019, the year before the pandemic counciloncj.org


Industry News

Prepare for a Tidal Wave of Corporate Fraud
The Great Fraud Reckoning

The tough stock market will push some companies to paper over their weak performance by resorting to fraud.

Get ready for what will feel like an inescapable wave of corporate fraud.

With financial conditions tightening, the market is primed to put pressure on corporate balance sheets, tempting executives to cheat to meet Wall Street's expectations.

This is what happens when cash is harder to find — say, after a sustained decline in the stock market or an enormous increase in the cost of borrowing money. First, there is what Bank of America called "corporate misery" as forward-looking numbers come in lower than projected. (That's already happening.) Then that misery finds a company run by executives who think that by committing acts of fraud, they can obfuscate their dire financial situation.

The risk of running into companies that have moved from funk to fraud gets higher the longer financial conditions remain tight, Howard Scheck, a former chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, told me. Now he's a partner at the advisory firm StoneTurn, where he leads accounting investigations for corporate clients facing allegations of fraud from regulators — like the people at his old job — or shareholders.

"I think we're going to be very busy this year," he said. businessinsider.com

Not a Good Mixture With 'Tidal Wave of Fraud' Predicted
Audit committee job creep taking its toll

With internal audit committees biting off more than they can chew, committee members across businesses are feeling the burnout.

Over two-thirds of directors across the U.S. think that the areas of risk overseen by audit committees have dramatically expanded in the 20 years since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

More specifically, 35% of audit committee directors believe that this job creep has put them in a position similar to the board as a whole when it comes to job complexity, according to a report from Diligent and Corporate Board Members released Thursday.

“The role of the audit committee has become unwieldy,” said Dottie Schindlinger, executive director of the Diligent Institute. “The audit committee is beginning to look like the full board in terms of what is on their plate.”

Overfull plates Moreover, the job has become significantly less attractive, with the role seeing turnover rates at an alarming level, Schindlinger said. cfodive.com

Cameras Like One That Captured Tyre Nichols Beating Are Multiplying Across U.S.

Cities including Memphis, Tenn. have installed thousands of cameras, but a debate continues over their usefulness

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Surveillance cameras like the one that captured police officers beating Tyre Nichols have proliferated in the U.S. in recent years, even as researchers, civil-liberties advocates and law-enforcement officials debate whether they are effective at combating violent crime.

Most studies have shown that public surveillance systems in the U.S. don’t have much impact on violent crime but can reduce property crimes such as thefts and break-ins, said Daniel Lawrence, a research scientist at the nonprofit CNA Corporation’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation.

Such cameras also have helped increase the rates at which crimes are solved in some cities by providing video evidence, he said.

There is no recent public data on how many surveillance cameras are in the U.S., but researchers say the number is growing. A widely cited 2019 study by research firm IHS Markit projected the number would grow from 70 million that year to 85 million in 2021.

Most of the devices are owned by businesses and homeowners for security, according to the study, but some cities have installed cameras in efforts to solve and prevent crime, often over the objection of civil liberties advocates. Chicago has more than 30,000 cameras.

Steve Mulroy, the district attorney of Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said he understands “Big Brother” concerns, but defended the benefits of such a system.

“They do serve a useful purpose sometimes in not only in preventing police abuses in this case, but they’re just, you know, fighting regular crime,” said Mr. Mulroy, a Democrat. “Like all useful tools, they can be abused, and you need safeguards to prevent the abuse.” wsj.com

The Move to Eliminate Cash Bail
4 Takeaways From PPI's New Report On The Bail Industry
Bail companies owe counties across the United States millions in unpaid forfeitures, the Prison Policy Initiative claims in a recent report that argues states and localities should end their use of money bail.

PPI gathered evidence from 28 states where its says bail companies avoided paying forfeited bonds. Here are four takeaways from the report.

Despite Criticism, Bail Cos. Maintain a Strong Presence in the U.S.

"We're a solution, not the solution," Padilla said of his industry. "If you eliminate the bail industry, you're going to leave the freedom of everyone that is arrested to the sole discretion of a judge."

Most states have bail industry operations. Only 14 states and Washington, D.C., have eliminated or restricted the use of commercial bail bonds, according to PPI's report.

PPI is among several organizations to cast a critical eye on cash bail. The American Bar Association has suggested commercial bail bonds in pretrial release systems, PPI points out.

Despite the challenges, PPI maintains that "it makes more sense for states and localities to end the use of money bail entirely."

"This, too, would face fierce opposition from the industry, but a major fight to end cash bail is more feasible than rolling back dozens of separate procedural advantages across 41 states and thousands of counties," the report states.  law360.com

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 2018 Salmonella Outbreak - Largest-Ever Criminal Penalty & Criminal Conviction in a Food Safety Case
Caused by Third-Party Former Director of Quality Assurance Cover-Up of Kerry Inc.'s Facility Conditions

Kerry Inc. Pleads Guilty & Agrees to Pay $19.228 Million in Connection with Insanitary Plant Conditions Linked to 2018 Salmonella Poisoning Outbreak
Food and ingredient manufacturing company Kerry Inc. pleaded guilty today to a charge that it manufactured breakfast cereal under insanitary conditions at a facility in Gridley, Illinois, that was linked to a 2018 salmonellosis outbreak. If the guilty plea is accepted by the court, the $19.228 million fine and forfeiture will constitute the largest-ever criminal penalty following a criminal conviction in a food safety case.

Former Kerry Inc. Director of Quality Assurance Pleads Guilty to 3 Misdemeanors Causing Introduction of Adulterated Food Into Interstate Commerce, that caused 2018 Salmonella Poisoning Outbreak

Ravi K. Chermala, oversaw the sanitation programs at various Kerry manufacturing plants, including the Gridley facility. In pleading guilty, Chermala admitted that between June 2016 and June 2018, he directed subordinates not to report certain information to Kellogg’s about conditions at the Gridley facility. In addition, Chermala admitted that he directed subordinates at the Gridley facility to alter the plant’s program for monitoring for the presence of pathogens in the plant, limiting the facility’s ability to accurately detect insanitary conditions. Chermala is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16. justice.gov

78% of CFOs Say Quiet Quitting is a Problem: Weekly Stat
Among the labor-induced hurdles for CFOs, over three quarters (78%) of CFOs surveyed in the CFO 2023 Outlook report released on Wednesday indicated “quiet quitting,” or employees doing the bare minimum of work to remain employed, is a problem for their company.

Needed Labor is Engaged Labor

Quiet quitting can stem from employees’ feeling their work is unimportant or has little effect on the company’s results. To avoid this, CFOs must hire a candidate that has the right mix of skill sets. Those skill sets should provide the new hire the greatest chance of being highly productive across a range of projects. If an employee feels as if their presence is meaningless, they may begin to trim efforts to the bare minimum. cfo.com

Retail layoffs in January spiked 3,225% year over year: report
Amid fears of an upcoming recession, retailers cut 13,000 jobs last month, a 3,225% increase year over year, according to a report from Challenger, Gray and Christmas shared with Retail Dive.

Overall, the report found that U.S. employers laid off 102,943 people last month, a 136% spike from the 43,651 workers laid off in December and up 440% from January 2022.

In January, employers announced plans to hire 32,764 employees, particularly in the entertainment and leisure sector, a 58% drop from the 77,630 hires announced in January 2022. Retail employers said they planned to hire 615 employees, down significantly from 5,901 in January 2022. retaildive.com

Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, tallest peak in New England, recorded wind chill of minus 108 degrees
An arctic mix of cold air and whipping winds created teeth-chattering conditions across the Northeast on Saturday, with wind chills pushing temperatures into the double-digits below zero and causing “frost quakes” in some places.

Northern New England experienced the worst of the wind chills and severe cold, but the frigid temperatures extended to New York and other parts of the region as well. Temperatures were expected to warm up on Sunday. wsj.com

Major grocery chain with hundreds of locations starts closing multiple stores

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Anti-TikTok pressure is bipartisan and mounting in Congress
Anti-TikTok pressure is mounting in Congress from both sides of the aisle, with lawmakers proposing legal measures to ban the popular video sharing app from use in the U.S. to requests for dominant app stores to drop it.

The push is largely based on concerns that the app, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, poses national security and privacy risks based on the data TikTok is able to collect on users’ activity on their devices both on and off the app.

Security experts have expressed similar concerns about the app. “This data can reveal sensitive parts of our daily lives, including health and location information,” he added. thehill.com

   RELATED: How the US Could Ban TikTok in 7 Not-So-Easy Steps

Why CISOs Should Care About Brand Impersonation Scam Sites

Enterprises often don't know whose responsibility it is to monitor for spoofed brand sites and scams that steal customers' trust, money, and personally identifiable information.

Impersonation stands at the heart of so many cybercriminal schemes today. Whether used to fuel traditional phishing or malware propagation attacks, business email compromise (BEC), advertising fraud, or e-commerce fraud, there's nothing quite so effective as piggybacking off the trust and goodwill of a brand to lure people into a scam.
Brand impersonation can be a particularly thorny problem for CISOs, especially when the threats stray from the typical malicious email attacks that security practitioners have grown up fighting. Today, retailers, product creators, and service providers increasingly face a whole host of brand theft and impersonation ploys that stretch far beyond the common phishing scam.

Criminals are making a killing setting up scam sites that masquerade as a brand's property to sell counterfeit or gray-market merchandise, fence stolen goods, or process payments but never send the products. According to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers have lost more than $2 billion to these kinds of scams since 2017.

Stealing a Brand

For the businesses that are imitated, these scam sites at best erode the brand's trustworthiness and value. At worst, they steal sales and could even threaten the very existence of a small or emerging business. darkreading.com

What CISOs Can Do About Brand Impersonation Scam Sites

Apply these nine tips to proactively fight fraudulent websites that use your brand to rip people off.

Retailers, product creators, and service providers are increasingly having to deal with brand impersonation attacks. Mimecast’s "2022 State of Email Security Report" found that 90% of organizations experienced an impersonation attack over the previous 12 months. Further, the Mimecast "2021 State of Brand Protection Report" found that companies on the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2020 list experienced a 381% rise in brand impersonation attacks over May and June of 2020 compared to before the pandemic. New domains suspected of brand impersonation also rose by 366%. These impersonation attacks include not only the typical phishing or malware attacks, but also fraud that sells or claims to sell products or services on behalf of the brand. These include fencing of stolen items, non-delivery scams, and counterfeit or grey market sales of product. darkreading.com

CVEs expected to rise in 2023, as organizations still struggle to patch
• The rising threat of flawed software will get even worse, as common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) will average more than 1,900 per month, according to a report released Wednesday by insurance provider Coalition.

• The monthly total will include 270 high-severity and 155 critical vulnerabilities, which often give attackers the ability to remotely take control of computer systems.

• The San Francisco-based company said 94% of organizations scanned in 2022 had at least one unencrypted service that was exposed to the internet.

The report opens a window into the role vulnerabilities play in exposing organizations to sophisticated threats. cybersecuritydive.com

Inability to prevent bad things from happening seen as worst part of cybersecurity job

6 Examples of the Evolution of a Scam Site







Amazon's Year of Cost-Cutting
Amazon reports net loss of $2.7 billion for 2022
In a year marked by drastic cost-cutting measures — from ending experimental projects to pausing grocery store growth to cutting 18,000 jobs — Amazon lost $2.7 billion in 2022, the company reported Thursday.

Amazon attributes part of that loss to its investment in Rivian, an electric vehicle startup that has struggled with production delays and market upheaval. The startup made its own job cuts Wednesday, trimming 6% of its workforce.

Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky noted Amazon’s financial data for the fourth quarter — between October and December — includes $640 million in costs related to employee severance and $720 million related to the company’s evaluation of its physical grocery stores.

Amazon has paused growth for its Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores, and plans to close some stores as it works to refine the format, both Olsavsky and CEO Andy Jassy said Thursday. In addition to Amazon’s Go and Fresh stores, the company acquired Whole Foods in 2017.

The company also said Thursday it had notified the 18,000 workers who lost their jobs as part of the recent cuts, confirming the latest round of layoffs was essentially done.

It entered the fourth quarter of 2022 “with labor more appropriately matched to demand” compared to the same time period in 2021, Olsavsky said, “allowing us to have the right labor in the right place at the right time to drive productivity gains.” seattletimes.com

Tricking Online Shoppers
How shopping sites are using psychology to trick you into spending more

Online retailers use psychological tricks and tools to get consumers to make purchases.

Online retailers use psychological tricks and marketing tools to get consumers to make purchases. And as online sales have grown during the pandemic, retailers have learned to be more persuasive.

Companies are relying more on first-party data to build personal relationships with customers and convince them to make purchases. This data will only grow in importance as social media ads become more costly, and Internet cookies, which help track users on different sites, are phased out.

Experts that spoke to Insider said many of the business strategies deployed by retailers tap into shoppers' fear of missing out, or FOMO, on the latest and most popular products. Offering incentives for adding more items to online carts like free shipping is another example of the psychological tricks a retailer can play.

Retailers have been deploying tactics that close more sales and increase the order basket for well over a decade. But we're shopping online now more than ever before, and these subtle nudges are starting to feel more widespread. businessinsider.com

Amazon’s delivery drones served fewer than 10 houses in their first month

Amazon layoffs hit workers in robotics, grocery, health and AWS divisions




Multi-State Fraudster Hitting Kroger Stores Pleads Guilty
KDOJ: Kanawha County Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Crimes
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Karen L. Hodges, also known as “Karen Igo,” “Karen Clay,” “Karen Richmond,” and “Karen Gessel,” 49, of St. Albans, pleaded guilty today to three counts of securities fraud.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Hodges admitted to having counterfeit checks created so they appeared to be payroll checks issued by Kroger. Between October 20, 2018, and December 19, 2018, Hodges presented and cashed three counterfeit payroll checks totaling $2,461.96 at Kroger locations within the Southern District of West Virginia. Hodges admitted that she has never worked for Kroger, and knew that she was deceiving them into giving her cash based on these counterfeit payroll checks.

Hodges further admitted to presenting and uttering numerous other counterfeit checks totaling $37,587.66 during the same time period at Kroger locations within the Southern District of West Virginia, as well as the Northern District of West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Hodges also admitted to cashing two legitimate checks in her father’s name totaling $983.12 at Kroger locations within the Southern District of West Virginia.

Hodges is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $750,000 fine. Hodges also owes $38,570.78 in restitution. justice.gov

Spokane, WA: SPD arrest two suspected of shoplifting over $20,000 worth of merchandise
The Spokane Police Department arrested two people suspected of shoplifting around $23,000 worth of merchandise over three months. SPD's Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery Unit got several reports of the two suspects shoplifting across different locations in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Police say the suspects had a specific method of shoplifting: they would enter a store, fill shopping baskets with merchandise and run out of the store. On Jan. 30, a local business contacted the police saying one of the suspects, 22-year-old Monica M. Boggess, was near the 4700 block of North Division Street near Northtown Mall. Police found Boggess getting out of a stolen car. She tried to run away, but police arrested her without incident. Police also found out that the other suspect, 35-year-old Brandon Stoddard, was also in the area. Officers chased Stoddard down and took him into custody. Police say through their investigation that the couple stole over $23,000 in merchandise over three months from two stores. Boggess was arrested for first and second-degree theft and organized retail theft. SPD says she previously stole items online, so she was also charged with trafficking in stolen property.  kxly.com

Clark, NJ: Police Announce Arrest in ULTA Shoplifting Incidents
The Clark Police Department on Feb. 3 announced that an arrest has been made following an investigation into two shoplifting incidents that occurred at the ULTA store located in Clark Commons. According to police, on Dec. 24, 2022, a store manager observed a woman placing 16 bottles of perfume into a bag and exiting the store without paying for the items, which were valued at $1,643. Police state that, on Jan. 19, 2023, the same female returned to the store and again filled a bag with merchandise totaling $1,600 before leaving without payment. An investigation into both incidents led to the arrest of Alliyah Hines who admitted to police that she shoplifted the merchandise from ULTA on both aforementioned date and two additional days, totaling $4,000 in merchandise.  tapinto.net

Nashville, TN: Trio of Boosters Busted at Kroger
Three women were jailed after pushing $2,799.06 worth of merchandise in three carts out of the Goodlettsville Kroger on February 2. Loss prevention recovered the shopping carts and merchandise in the parking lot. 26-year-old Cristina Ion, 35-year-old Petcu Narasa, and 32-year-old Serban Anita were located nearby when police arrived and were taken into custody. scoopnashville.com

Los Angeles, CA: Brazen baby buggy theft caught on video at baby boutique
A baby boutique in Toluca Lake is seeking the public's help finding a pregnant woman and male accomplice who walked away with a pricey infant stroller during a brazen daytime theft. Security video shows a noticeably pregnant woman appearing to scope out the front of a baby boutique with no employees present. A man soon joins her and together they pick out - and then walk out - with an expensive stroller. The store says the Mima Xari stroller retails for $1,599 kvoa.com

Perkins Township, OH: Man arrested for theft of $2200 of electronics and trading cards

Livonia, MI: 2 women wanted after not scanning $1400 of merchandise at Livonia Walmart, fleeing when confronted

Eureka, CA: Walmart employee thwarts theft; $1200 of merchandise thrown over Lawn & Garden fence

Menomonee Falls, WI: Police seeking male suspect in $800 Kohl’s theft

Waynesboro, VA: Police looking for Lowe’s shoplifting suspect

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Philadelphia, PA: Man in custody after woman killed in Rite Aid stabbing in Kensington
A woman is dead, and a man is in custody after police say a Rite Aid became the scene of a deadly stabbing Friday night. The 34-year-old victim was found suffering from two stab wounds to the side of her body inside a Rite Aid on the 200 block of Lehigh Avenue around 10:30 p.m. She was transported to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.  fox29.com

East Hartford, CT: Armed robbers shoot Clothing Store Owner who pulls out legal firearms and kills suspect
A Connecticut clothing store owner fatally shot a suspected robber during a shootout last week, but was wounded in the exchange of gunfire, according to police. "A brief struggle took place between the store clerk and one of the suspects who pulled out a firearm," the East Hartford Police Department reported. Police identified the store employee as a clerk, though NBC Connecticut reported it was the store owner who was on the premises working late that night. Two men wearing black ski masks entered the clothing store Humble & Paid Co. just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday with the intention of robbing the store, the police said in a press release. The store owner was subsequently shot in the back by one of the suspects but managed to return fire with two of his legally-owned firearms. The store owner was able to strike one of the suspects multiple times, while the other suspect reportedly fled during the first struggle during the incident, according to police. nbcconnecticut.com

Levittown, PA: Bristol Township Police seek driver after fatal hit-and-run in McDonald’s parking lot
Police in Bristol Township are searching for the driver they say fled the scene after a pedestrian was hit and killed in an area McDonald’s parking lot. Officials said the incident happened late Sunday afternoon, a little before 4:15, in the parking lot of McDonald’s on the 7700 block of Bristol Pike, in Levittown.  fox29.com

Berkeley County, SC: Fight led to deadly Moncks Corner bar shooting
Berkeley County deputies are investigating a late January bar shooting that left one dead and two hurt. Deputies responded to Bar 52 on Jan. 28, just before 1 a.m. The arriving officer saw three men lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds. One of the victims told the officer that two to three men were in the bar “causing an issue.” The victims tried to leave, and a fight broke out, according to the incident report. At some point, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired shots, according to the report. live5news.com

New York, NY: Off-duty NYPD Officer fighting for life after shooting during attempted robbery in Brooklyn
Police continue to search for the gunman who shot and critically wounded an off-duty NYPD officer during an attempted robbery in Brooklyn. The incident happened at around 7 p.m. Saturday on Ruby Street near Linden Boulevard. Officials say the 26-year-old officer, who is from Deer Park, went with his brother-in-law to buy a car he arranged to pick up through Facebook Marketplace. The suspect immediately announced the robbery and pulled out a gun. Officials say the off-duty officer also pulled out a gun and shots were exchanged. The off-duty officer was struck in the head. After the off-duty officer was shot, his brother-in-law picked up his gun and continued firing. The brother-in-law was not struck by gunfire.  abc7ny.com

Houston, TX: 2 brothers shot by masked suspect while leaving convenience store in southeast Houston
An investigation is underway after two brothers were shot while leaving a convenience store in southeast Houston Monday. Police received reports about a shooting around 2:13 a.m. Officers said they located two men who were shot when they arrived at the scene. They were both transported to the hospital, HPD said. According to HPD Lt. J.P. Horelica, two brothers, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, were at a convenience store in the area. When they left, an unknown man wearing all black with a black mask approached them and shot them multiple times, Horelica said. Horelica said one of the brothers was shot at least four times (in the chest, in the abdomen, in the arm, and leg), while the other was shot in the leg. The brother who was only shot in the leg was able to run home and call for help, HPD said. Police said one of the brothers had to undergo surgery but they are both in stable condition.  click2houston.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man critically injured after he is shot multiple times inside West Philadelphia corner store
Philadelphia police are searching for a suspect after a man was shot multiple times inside a West Philadelphia corner store. According to officials, the shooting happened on the 400 block of North 59th Street Saturday evening, about 5:30. Responding officers from the 19th District rushed the man to Lankenau Hospital. The man, thought to be in his early 20s, took multiple bullets throughout his body. He was listed in critical condition. Police were searching for one male suspect, but no arrests were announced. fox29.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man shot in Mayfair attempted robbery being held by police

Memphis, TN: Man threatens to shoot up store after they deny fake money


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

New York, NY: Arrest made after 90-year-old NYC candy store owner brutally assaulted
The NYPD has arrested and charged a man in connection with the brutal assault of a 90-year-old Manhattan candy store owner. Luis Peroza, 39, was charged Friday night with assault in the attack right outside the store owner's shop. Ramon 'Ray' Alvarez was attacked Tuesday morning in the East Village. He said he was on the sidewalk in front of Ray's Candy Store around 3 a.m. when two men carrying cases of seltzer water walked up and tried to get him to buy them. When he declined, Alvarez said one of the men threatened him and pulled out what appeared to be a belt with a rock attached to it and assaulted him in the face. He collapsed onto the ground and the men got away.   fox29.com

Springfield, MO: O’Reilly Auto Parts employee assaulted during robbery; suspects not found
An employee at a Springfield O’Reilly Auto Parts location was assaulted during a robbery Sunday afternoon. According to the Springfield Police Department, the incident happened around 2 p.m. Sunday at the auto parts store on S. Campbell. Police say two men entered the store, requested parts, grabbed them, and tried to leave. Employees tried to stop them, and the suspects assaulted one of the employees. The men did not display any weapons and stole parts worth a small amount of money. Police say they had a high call volume Sunday afternoon and were not able to get on the scene until 25 minutes after the incident. The employee suffered minor injuries. ky3.com

Atlanta, GA: Restaurant burglarized three times in 10 days
A brazen thief has been caught on surveillance video cameras, breaking into Hotto Hotto Ramen and Teppanyaki in the Peoplestown Neighborhood of Southeast Atlanta. We’re told he took around $1,500 worth of alcohol not once, but three times within a 10-day timeframe.  kake.com

Austin, TX: Fight breaks out at grocery store after free food hoax
A power outage resulted in a fight over rotten food in Texas. H-E-B Grocery in Austin said the power went out last week at one of their stores, which meant a massive amount of food couldn’t be kept at safe temperatures. When the store disposed of it in a large dumpster, someone falsely posted on social media that “free food” was available. Officials said more than 250 people showed up and started fighting over the discarded food. live5news.com

Fort Wayne, IN: ‘Disgruntled customer’ pulls gun inside Lima Road Walmart
A person described as a ‘disgruntled customer’ caused the Walmart located on Lima Road on Fort Wayne’s north side to be temporarily evacuated Thursday evening according to Fort Wayne police. Police were sent to the store just after 7 p.m. after a person pulled out a gun and pointed it in the air. When police arrived, Walmart loss prevention personnel believed the person was still in the store so the building was evacuated. A review of surveillance video showed that the person had left the store before police arrived.
No one was hurt in the incident. wane.com

Lafayette, IN: Walmart armed robber receives 12-year prison sentence

Memphis, TN: Man admits to breaking into 7 businesses, 6 smashing storefronts with an SUV

Phoenix, AZ: $100K in property stolen from Super Bowl Experience in downtown Phoenix

Tokyo, Japan: Sales of Security items jump after spate of robberies across Japan



Auto – Springfield, MO – Robbery
C-Store – New York, NY – Robbery
C-Store – Scotland County, NC – Robbery
C-Store – Jackson, MS – Armed Robbery
C-Store- Suffolk County, NY – Armed Robbery
C-Store – San Diego, CA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – New Bedford, MA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Tulare County, CA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – New Orleans, LA – Burglary
Candy – Washington, DC – Armed Robbery
Candy – Washington DC – Armed Robbery
Clothing – East Hartford, CT – Armed Robbery Owner shot/ Suspect killed
Distribution Center – South Windsor, CT - Armed Robbery
Dollar – Nash County, NC – Armed Robbery
Dollar – San Antonio, TX – Robbery
Grocery – Scioto County, OH – Armed Robbery
• Jewelry – Santa Ana, Ca – Burglary
• Jewelry – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Robbery
• Jewelry – Tempe, AZ – Robbery
• Liquor – San Mateo, CA – Burglary
Restaurant – Atlanta, GA – Burglary
Restaurant – Prince William County, VA – Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant – Memphis, TN – Armed Robbery (McDonald’s)
Specialty – New York, NY – Robbery
Walmart – Livonia, MI – Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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