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Kenneth Boremi, CFI, LPC promoted to Vice President, Global Operations for GOAT Group

Kenneth has been with GOAT Group for more than three years, starting with the company in 2019 as Director, Security and Asset Protection. Before his promotion to Vice President, Global Operations, he served as Senior Director, Security and Asset Protection for more than a year. Prior to GOAT Group, he spent nearly 20 years in leadership roles with Brookstone, including Executive VP, Chief Operations Officer. Congratulations, Kenneth!

Michel Burch, CFI, LPC promoted to Director, Asset Protection & Workplace Services for GOAT Group
Before being promoted to Director, Asset Protection & Workplace Services for GOAT Group, Michel served as Associate Director, Asset Protection for the company. Prior to that, he served as Senior Account Executive - Commercial National Accounts for Securitas Electronic Security, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held LP/AP roles with The Green Solution, Tillys, PETCO, Brookstone, The Disney Store, and Carter Hawley Hale (Broadway Stores). Congratulations, Michel!

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Convenience Store Leaders & Retailers: This one's for YOU!

Cultivating a sense of safety and security is critical to growing customer trips, attracting great employees, and keeping them.

But with the rise in organized retail crime, assaults at stores have been increasing at a faster pace than the national average. From 2018 to 2020, assaults reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies rose 63% in grocery stores and 75% in convenience stores.

This panel of experts will take a 360-degree look at how retailers can address changing threats with new technologies, identify top retail security priorities, and discover how AI is currently being deployed to help combat retail crime in an ever-changing environment.

Andrea Huels, Global Head of Growth & Strategy at RadiusAI, will moderate this powerhouse panel of Chris McCarrick, CFI (Sr. Manager AP Solutions & Technology for Kroger), Susan Sly (Co-CEO and Co-Founder, RadiusAI), and Dara Riordan (President, FaceFirst) this Thursday at the NACS Leadership Forum. Trust me; their seasoned perspectives and unique life experiences will give the Retail industry renewed hope.  linkedin.com

Learn more about the forum here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

"Theft, Burglary and Break-Ins" - "Property Crime"
#1 Top Safety Concerns of Residents

Seattle violent crime hits 15-year high, other takeaways from new report
Seattle continued to contend with increased violent crimes and gun violence last year, according to annual crime statistics.

Residents' top safety concerns, according to the Seattle Police Department's public safety survey, include property crime, police capacity and homelessness.

Community concerns were captured in a survey in partnership with Seattle University last October, to collect data at the neighborhood level for the department's Micro Community Policing Plans.

Here are 5 key takeaways from the police department's 2022 crime report.

Violent crime rate at a 15-year high

The violent crime rate increased to 736 per 100,000 residents in 2022, the highest rate in 15 years. Crime rates represent the number of crime reports relative to the size of the city's population, instead of the total number of crimes reported. The actual number of violent crimes reported increased about 4% from 2021 to 2022, according to the report.

The slight increase in crime overall reflects the spike in violent crime that began in 2020 and shows little sign of dropping back to pre-pandemic levels. Homicides increased by 24% and aggravated assault totals continue to be the highest reported in the last 10 years. The majority of homicide victims died from gun violence.

Crime down in fourth quarter

The fourth quarter saw a decrease in crime, with notable reductions in aggravated assault and larceny-theft. December had the fewest number of reported crimes citywide in 2022; March had the highest number.  seattletimes.com

Stores Finding Creative Ways to Fight the Theft Surge
Shoppers at some Kroger, Lowe's & Safeway stores may be able to unlock merchandise cases themselves - if they share their phone numbers first

New tech is rolling out at major brands to reduce the hassle in exchange for a cell phone number.

Shoppers across the US are increasingly forced to make an uncomfortable choice when they want to buy something at their local drugstore: ring a bell to summon an overworked retail employee, or walk away.

More stores are locking away merchandise amid rising concerns about retail theft.

But a solution that's designed to help companies' bottom lines - placing more and more products under lock and key - may be pushing away customers who don't want to wait for store employees to help them get locked-away products.

Retailers typically will see a 15% to 25% drop in sales when they put products in locked displays, according to Joe Budano, CEO of the security-device maker Indyme.

Budano's company is hoping to make a splash with a product called the Freedom Case, which allows retailers to keep products safe while mitigating some of customers' shopping headaches. Indyme says the Freedom Case is being tested at some Lowe's, Kroger, Safeway, and Family Dollar locations. In an interview with Forbes last year, Budano said the company was conducting 20 trials. Companies typically roll out new loss-prevention measures after analyzing specific conditions at local stores.

Indyme's smart lock assumes that a private exchange of personal information is preferable to a storewide announcement that help is needed. The company says that customers wait an average of a minute and 45 seconds for locked merchandise to be retrieved, and that nearly a third will just turn to Amazon to get it instead.

At locations with a Freedom Case installed, customers can sign up with their mobile number to receive a custom PIN to access a locked shelf - or they can ask a store associate for help as before.

In addition, he explained that an AI-powered camera is on the lookout for "normal shopping behaviors" and will automatically call for an associate if something seems amiss. businessinsider.com

Another City Battling Out-of-Control ORC
Retail crime has doubled over the past year in Jacksonville, FL

What is organized retail theft and how does it cost you a fortune?
There's a new kind of theft in Jacksonville on the rise, and to call it stealing would be an understatement. In organized retail crime, thieves, or a large group of them, walk into a store and steal a large amount of merchandise before leaving. Then, law enforcement say, they sell it for money.

Action News Jax Investigator Emily Turner found out that retail theft has doubled in Jacksonville in just a year. Its cost is in the millions and has become such an issue that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has created an entire division dedicated to fighting it.

Across the country, organized retail thieves are responsible for billions in lost merchandise. They are why some stores have moved out of downtown San Francisco, and Walmart is threatening to shut down in the areas hardest hit.

What they are doing, police say, goes beyond petty theft. It's organized crime. To fight it, JSO created an economic crimes unit in 2021. It specifically deals with organized retail theft. Lt. Mark Musser is in charge of the unit and said that the crime is bigger than you'd think.

In 2021, Musser said JSO cases totaled at about one quarter of a million dollars in lost merchandise, and that's just from Jacksonville stores. This past year, that number doubled, out pacing the nationwide trend of 26.5%, according to the National Retail Federation.

It might seem like the victims are big box stores that can afford to take the loss, but Bradley said that it's happening at such a rate that retailers can't afford to do business as usual.

So, all those stores will be passing along their costs to the consumer or closing their doors, and people like Brittany will have fewer shopping options and pay higher prices.

The National Retail Federation blames the recent jump in theft on changes to state law. In 2019, for example, Florida lawmakers raised the required amount stolen to be a felony from $350 to $750. Less than two years later, the jump in organized retail crime reached a level requiring them to create its own division. actionnewsjax.com

The 'Defund' Movement's Impact on Crime & Policing
Amid soaring crime, Memphis cops lowered the bar for hiring
Beyond the beating, kicking, cursing and pepper spraying, the video of Tyre Nichols' deadly arrest at the hands of young Memphis police officers is just as notable for what's missing - any experienced supervisors showing up to stop them.

That points to a dangerous confluence of trends that Memphis' police chief acknowledged have dogged the department as the city became one of the nation's murder hotspots: a chronic shortage of officers, especially supervisors, increasing numbers of police quitting and a struggle to bring in qualified recruits.

Former Memphis police recruiters told The Associated Press of a growing desperation to fill hundreds of slots in recent years that drove the department to increase incentives and lower its standards.

"They would allow just pretty much anybody to be a police officer because they just want these numbers," said Alvin Davis, a former lieutenant in charge of recruiting before he retired last year out of frustration. "They're not ready for it."

Many young officers, before ever walking a beat with more experienced colleagues, found themselves thrust into specialized units like the now-disbanded SCORPION high-crime strike force involved in Nichols' arrest. Their lack of experience was shocking to veterans, who said some young officers who transfer back to patrol don't even know how to write a traffic ticket or respond to a domestic call.

"They don't know a felony from a misdemeanor," Davis said. "They don't even know right from wrong yet."

"If you lower standards, you can predict that you're going to have problems because we're recruiting from the human race," said Ronal Serpas, the former head of the police in Nashville and New Orleans and the Washington State Patrol. "There's such a small number of people who want to do this and an infinitesimally smaller number of people we actually want doing this." apnews.com

The Era of Situational Awareness in Public Spaces
As mass shootings increase, civilian safety tactics change
One vital tactic: run, hide, fight. It's a safety tactic the FBI has used for decades- officially established for civilians by the federal government after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 which killed 33 people. Security and emergency preparedness expert, Rick Mathews helped created the mechanism.

Borbee says one key tactic changed over the years- situational awareness.

"First acknowledge that it's possible that you might encounter a bad guy someday. At least be a little more cognizant of that, not paranoid, but keep looking." See something, say something. A motto Mathews claims has made a difference in prevention.

Despite these increased measures over the years, as we know, these tragedies are happening at a record rate, which is now provoking action from officials. Some believe getting guns out of dangerous hands is the answer.

Following the Buffalo mass shooting in May, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed some of the country's toughest gun safety legislation. In June, the bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law by President Biden, aimed at keeping firearms off the streets.

Following the Monterey Park shooting in California last month, legislation has been proposed in Washington. A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, along with legislation raising the age to purchase them to 21. cbs6albany.com

L.A. County passes gun control measures after mass shootings

Albuquerque business owner says theft 'out of control,' wants lawmakers to help

Beaver Dam Police See 'Huge Spike' In Retail Thefts



COVID Update

669.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 104.5M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 101.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 676.5M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 649.1M Recovered

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

Post-COVID Workplace Tension Between Employees & Employers
Employers Face Challenge Balancing Remote Work, Productivity
For years, businesses have tried to glean insight into the performance and productivity of their employees, whether through employee monitoring, tracking, data collection, evaluations or some other method. Since the rise of remote and hybrid work began during the Covid-19 pandemic, these efforts have become increasingly important, even as tension about productivity began bubbling up between employees and employers.

Some media reports say productivity has been on the decline since the pandemic began, others - including CNBC - say employees today are working more while producing less. During 2022, productivity dropped three consecutive quarters for the first time since 1983.

On top of all this, there's the question of just how productive remote workers are. Employers still wonder whether their remote and hybrid staffs are as productive as they would be in the office. With so many sources of information offering different data and opinions, they find it's hard to know what to believe.

The problem of productivity didn't start with the rise of remote work, said WeSpire CEO Susan Hunt Stevens. Rather, she said, today's new working conditions put old problems into the limelight.

"When workers were in-office, managers thought people were productive because they could see them. But sitting in my chair doesn't mean that I am focused, nor does it mean I'm working efficiently or effectively," Stevens said. "Many people, I believe, relied on line of sight to be a proxy for productivity and impact." hcmtechnologyreport.com

Annual COVID Shots? Not So Fast
It's Too Soon for Annual Covid Booster Shots, Some Experts Say
It's too early to tell if the US population will need annual Covid-19 booster shots, infectious disease doctors say. They say they don't yet know how best to respond to the unpredictable patterns of new variants.

But a "regular cadence" of annual Covid-19 shots in line with flu shots would "get more people to get into a rhythm of keeping up to date," Anthony S. Fauci, President Joe Biden's former chief medical adviser, said in an interview.

A panel of 21 advisers to the Food and Drug Administration Jan. 26 recommended making bivalent Covid-19 shots the standard form of the vaccine. They also discussed the FDA's proposal to assess the latest Covid-19 variants "at least annually," similar to the process for developing annual flu shots. Under the plan, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee would meet in early June to discuss which strains should inform shots to be administered in the fall. news.bloomberglaw.com

Study: Commuting has an upside and remote workers may be missing out

It's Important For Remote Work To Maintain Boundaries Between Personal And Professional Lives

Security Integrators Sound Off on 2023 Outlook

Annual SSI Dealer Roundtable panel reports record 2022 revenues with inflation allowing for monitoring price increase. 2023 outlook is strong.

Despite the headlines filled with negative news on the supply chain, crime and inflation, several top security integrators are heading into 2023 with a wave of optimism following a record year in 2022 in terms of revenue. And although the tight labor pool continues to be a sticking point to even more growth, dealers are anticipating a solid year with stacked pipelines already in place.

Those were the among the key themes emanating from Security Sales & Integration's Security Dealer Roundtable, an annual tradition held at the Resideo CONNECT event, which occurred in November in Fort Myers, Florida. securitysales.com

Takeaways from Illinois Supreme Court decision on BIPA's applicable statute of limitations
For years, litigants involved in Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA") class action litigation have faced significant uncertainty as to whether claims asserted under Illinois's biometrics statute are subject to a one-, two-, or five-year statute of limitations. On February 2, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court definitively resolved this issue in Tims v. Black Horse Carriers, Inc., 2023 IL 127801, holding that Illinois's five-year catchall limitations period is applicable to all claims alleging BIPA non-compliance. biometricupdate.com

DOJ: U.S. Attorney Announces $1M Settlement Of Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Trading Company For Underpaying Customs Duties On Imported Footwear

Samsung C&T America, Inc. Admits That It Misclassified Imported Footwear And Underpaid Customs Duties

United States has filed and settled a civil lawsuit against Samsung C&T America, Inc. ("SCTA"), a global trading and investment company that is a U.S. subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate Samsung C&T Corporation. Among other things, SCTA imports and sells footwear manufactured overseas in partnership with other companies. SCTA performs services in connection with the importation and sale of footwear, including financing, transportation, warehousing, and distribution. The settlement resolves claims brought by the United States that between May 2016 and December 2018.

Specifically, SCTA admitted that it misclassified certain imported footwear on entry documents filed with CBP and, in some instances, underpaid customs duties on the footwear. SCTA further admitted that it had reason to know that certain documents provided to its customs brokers inaccurately described the construction and materials of the imported footwear and that SCTA failed to verify the accuracy of this information before providing it to its customs brokers. justice.gov

Sparc Needs to Hit on All Cylinders
Simon Property Group sells off Eddie Bauer interest as its retail investments tumble
Net operating income from Simon Property Group's retail and brand interests, which include investments in J.C. Penney, Sparc Group, Authentic Brands Group and Rue Gilt Groupe, fell 35.4% to $125 million in the fourth quarter and 33.4% to $355 million for the year. Their contribution per share to the company's funds from operations fell 39.5% in Q4 and 40.2% for the year.

During the quarter, the real estate investment trust traded its share in an Eddie Bauer licensing joint venture for a further stake in Authentic Brands Group, bringing its share of ABG to 12%, CEO David Simon told analysts during a conference call Monday.

Among the brands run by Sparc (which also include Aeropostale, Brooks Brothers, Eddie Bauer, Lucky, Nautica and Reebok), Forever 21 fared the worst last year, as its teenage customer base was hit hard by inflation, he said.

In 2021, many of Simon's brands were "extraordinarily profitable," and J.C. Penney in particular is enjoying "unbelievably profitable EBITDA," Simon also said.

Still, the retail and brand operations were "down considerably," and must improve if the company is going to reach its potential, according to UBS analysts. retaildive.com

Retailers Pressure Vendors to Bring Down Prices
Stores are pushing vendors to cut prices, but your bill will stay the same

Major grocery and retail chains are scared of losing customers as Americans pull back on spending

Major retailers from Target to Whole Foods are leaning on their suppliers to cut prices and capitalize on cooling inflation - and prevent shoppers from buying less and turning to discount stores.

Retailers usually negotiate prices with vendors at least annually. But this time, the stakes are higher. Many retailers are telling their vendor partners they need to make their case for keeping prices high. Otherwise, they risk discontinued orders or unfavorable placement on shelves.

"In the last few months, we've seen the shift away from trying to fight cost increases to pushing for [vendor] cost decreases," said Bobby Gibbs, a partner in the retail and consumer goods division of the marketing consulting firm Oliver Wyman. washingtonpost.com

February cargo imports expected to see big drop as retailers take cautious stance

Apple Expands Testing of 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Service to Retail Employees

Quarterly Results

Chipotle Q4 comp's up 5.6%, total revenue up 11.2%

Under Armour Q3 North America revenue was down 2%, EMEU up 32%, Asia-Pacific down 9%, Latin America up 45%, Revenue was up 3%

Coty Q2 Consumer Beauty Q2 revenues decreased 1%, Prestige revenues decreased 5%, sales decreased 3%

VF Corp Q3 DTC down 2%, Wholesale down 3%, total revenue down 3%
   America's down 2%, EMEA region down 2%, Asia Pacific region down 7%,
   Vans® down 13%, The North Face® up 7%, Timberland® flat, Dickies down 16%, Other brands down 2%

The Container Store Group Q3 comp's down 4.3%, with Custom Spaces+ up 2.1%, consolidated net sales down 5.6%
   The Container Store retail business ("TCS") down 3.8%
   Elfa International AB ("Elfa") third-party net sales down 30.6%

Capri Q3 Revenue decreased 6.0%
   Versace revenue decreased 0.8%
   Jimmy Choo revenue decreased 5.6%
   Michael Kors revenue decreased 7.2%


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

VP of Safety & Security job posted for IGS Solutions LLC in Los Angeles, CA
The VP, Safety & Security will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will oversee and lead our Security team including but not limited to: Security Guard Services and Security Systems. You will work closely with the Safety and Security teams, Retail leadership, warehouse managers and associates, Human Resources, Legal, and other cross-functional partners to create an inclusive, resilient, safe and secure environment for our multi-state workforce and properties. indeed.com

Director of Risk Management, Asset Protection and Safety job posted for Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont in Pittsfield, MA
Provides Strategic Risk Management leadership for the Agency to include Safety, Loss Prevention, and Compliance areas. The Risk Manager will oversee the organization's risk management program, assessing and identifying risks that could impede the reputation, safety, security, or financial success of the organization. Conducts risk assessments, collecting and analyzing documentation, statistics, reports, and market trends. Establishes policies and procedures to identify and address risks in the organization's services and departments. goodwill-berkshires.org

Manager of Cyber Security job posted for Jushi in Boca Raton, FL
The Manager of Cyber Security role will encompass cyber security at all levels. This will be a key role developing the cyber security team at Jushi. Our mission is to create a security minded culture and become stronger, faster, and more innovative company. This is an unparalleled time of growth and change for Jushi. New information security developments and challenges occur daily. We are building a team of IT security professionals to bring industry experience, confidence, and technical knowledge to address these unique challenges. indeed.com

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ADT Commercial enters guarding space with
launch of EvoGuard brand at CES 2023

ADT Commercial officially enters the guarding space with a new brand for its suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions targeted to hit the commercial market in 2023, including humanoid robots and indoor drones

ADT Commercial, a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire and life safety services in the U.S., today unveiled its new EvoGuard intelligent autonomous guarding solutions brand at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

EvoGuard by ADT Commercial is a new suite of intelligent autonomous guarding solutions and services aimed at helping to cost-effectively enhance corporate security programs, while responding to high turnover rates and ongoing labor shortages in the guarding market.

EvoGuard will use artificial intelligence and augmented reality in combination with a fleet of autonomous humanoid robots and drones for comprehensive security surveillance in a wide variety of commercial areas.

"The launch of the EvoGuard brand marks a significant milestone in ADT Commercial's expansion into the guarding market. We've long kept a finger to the pulse of the industry and we're focused on identifying opportunities to innovate in ways that are meaningful and totally customer-driven," said Dan Bresingham, President, Commercial at ADT. "Given the trends we've seen in recent years and the challenges our customers are facing in keeping their guard forces adequately staffed, we recognized an incredible opportunity to usher in a new era in guarding through technology."

With EvoGuard by ADT Commercial, the goal is for organizations to be able to effectively enhance their security programs by deploying intelligent autonomous guarding solutions at their facilities. Capabilities currently in development1 would allow organizations to:

Efficiently automate routine tasks, including 24/7 patrols with constant alertness
Capture evidence of disturbances or unauthorized personnel for faster alarm verification
Quickly respond to high-risk or hazardous scenarios without risking human life
Cost-effectively increase surveillance while reducing labor costs and overcoming staffing shortages

The solutions are targeted for commercialization in 2023 and will be specifically tailored for enterprise-level and high-security environments.

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International Law Enforcement Agencies Battle Ransomware Gangs
After Hive takedown, could the LockBit ransomware crew be the next to fall?

As international law enforcement agencies turn up the heat on ransomware gangs, LockBit's high-profile cyberattacks make it a prime target.

LockBit, the notorious ransomware crew that hobbled Royal Mail's international shipping service in the U.K. last month, posted a warning late Monday claiming that it would publish "all available data" stolen from the company if it didn't pay up by Thursday.

It was just the latest ominous warning from the group, which is one of the most prolific and profitable ransomware operators in the world. And following the headline-grabbing takedown of the rival group Hive that involved law enforcement in the U.S. and Europe, experts say LockBit is an obvious next target as governments around the world have pledged to go on the offensive against ransomware operators.

"I think something is going to happen to LockBit in the next [six] months," said Allan Liska, an intelligence analyst with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. "I don't know if it will be law enforcement or internal strife, but something will happen. You can't be this big for this long as a [ransomware as a service] group without attracting a lot of unwanted attention."

Officials in the U.S. and abroad have stepped up actions against ransomware groups in recent months. In the U.S. last year, financial institutions observed nearly $1.2 billion in costs associated with ransomware attacks, the Treasury Department said in November, a figure experts say likely represents just a fraction of the total problem. The announcement came as the White House hosted the Second International Counter Ransomware Initiative Summit, hoping to better coordinate three dozen countries' approach to attacking cybercrime.

Active since September 2019, LockBit has grown into one of the most prolific ransomware-as-a-service operations, where a core group of developers lease malware to "affiliates" who carry out attacks. Its ransom operations nearly doubled from 2021 to 2o22, according to analysis published Tuesday by NCC Group, an international cyber consultancy based in the U.K. And they aren't shy about talking about the strength of their technology. cyberscoop.com

With TikTok Bans, the Time for Operational Governance Is Now
AdvertisementTikTok is just one recent example of banning access to an app. New York City public schools have banned ChatGPT. And there are ongoing concerns that a rogue employee could install cryptomining software on a corporate network. Of course, preventing and detecting these risks and threats has become substantially harder since cloud computing, mobile devices, and the Internet of Things have radically transformed the network perimeter.

One major concern with TikTok and other apps is the potential for unauthorized access to the network and devices through excessive permissions or embedded spyware, which may be used for espionage. To address these concerns, it is important to categorize the types of infrastructure and the traffic that needs to be monitored. By mapping out the infrastructure and analyzing real-time data, it is possible to identify and alert on policy violations and to integrate these alerts into existing workflows. darkreading.com

IoT, connected devices biggest contributors to expanding application attack surface
The growth of the internet of things (IoT) and connected devices are the biggest contributing factors to organizations' expanding attack surfaces. That's according to a new report from Cisco AppDynamics, which revealed that 89% of global IT professionals believe their organization has experienced an expansion in its attack surface over the last two years. The Shift to a Security Approach for the Full Application Stack report surveyed 1,150 IT professionals in organizations across a range of sectors and international markets to outline the current application security challenges impacting IT departments. csoonline.com

New AI Tech Poses Growing Cyber Threat
ChatGPT's potential to aid attackers puts IT pros on high alert
51% of IT professionals predict that we are less than a year away from a successful cyberattack being credited to ChatGPT, and 71% believe that foreign states are likely to already be using the technology for malicious purposes against other nations, according to BlackBerry.

ChatGPT security risks

The survey of 1,500 IT decision makers across North America, UK, and Australia exposed a perception that, although respondents in all countries see ChatGPT as generally being put to use for 'good' purposes, 74% acknowledge its potential cybersecurity threat and are concerned.

Though there are differing views around the world on how that threat might manifest, ChatGPT's ability to help hackers craft more believable and legitimate sounding phishing emails is the top global concern (53%), along with enabling less experienced hackers to improve their technical knowledge and develop more specialized skills (49%) and its use for spreading misinformation (49%). helpnetsecurity.com

Biden Rolls Out Federal Online Privacy Proposals
Biden will call for action on privacy rights in State of the Union
President Biden called for stronger privacy protections and increased algorithmic transparency from tech companies in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, repeating his message from last year's address about the need to strengthen privacy rights.

In a fact sheet released ahead of the speech, the White House offered additional details on Biden's call for additional privacy protections online: "There should be clear and strict limits on the ability to collect, use, transfer, and maintain our personal data, especially for sensitive data such as geolocation and health information, and the burden must fall on companies - not consumers - to minimize how much information they collect." 

Russian ransomware money launderer pleads guilty to funneling Ryuk payments
A Russian man extradited to the U.S. last year pleads guilty to attempting to conceal ransom payments that resulted from attacks on Americans.

How CISA plans to get tech firms to bake security into their products

Atlanta area cybersecurity giant Secureworks announces layoffs







'Warehouse Worker Protection Act'
Regulatory Update: NY Warehouse Worker Law Aimed at Amazon

Amazon already changed work standards and practices.

New York State has joined the parade of federal and state government officials who are taking sides against Amazon with the unions who are trying to organize the company's warehouse workers, but it is questionable about what the real impact a new state law will have in the end on the e-commerce giant.

The new law, which goes into effect on Feb. 19, is aimed at preventing warehouse workers from being subjected by management to work quotas that are so demanding that they are considered to be risks to the safety and health of the employees.

Called the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (WWPA), the new law establishes requirements for distribution centers (DCs) to disclose work speed data to current and former employees and to inform workers about their performance and rights in the workplace.

Tom Erickson, president of Teamsters Local 120 and director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division, added, "Enacting this legislation will end Amazon's shady practice of managing its New York warehouse workers by secret algorithm, but more still needs to be done. Going forward, lawmakers everywhere need to understand the damage this company is doing to their constituents and our communities."

Although unions have been trying hard to organize Amazon DCs for years now, they have managed to make only little progress after expending a large amount of effort and money on the campaign. One reason is that the company largely blunted the threat by raising wages and adopting sweeping safety measures in 2021.

In the process, the company said it invested more than $300 million in various safety projects, including $66 million devoted to creating technology that will help prevent collisions of forklifts and other types of industrial vehicles. Amazon said it also initiated improved safety training and created wellness and mindfulness programs for employees.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) apparently was unimpressed and recently filed charges against Amazon at three of its Florida, Illinois and New York state, and is pursuing investigations at three fulfillment centers in New York, Colorado and Idaho. The charges specifically involve what the agency terms a high rate of MSD injuries.

Amazon currently faces a total of $60,269 in proposed penalties for these violations. It also was cited in December for 14 recordkeeping violations as part of the same investigation. ehstoday.com

Worldwide E-Commerce Cuts Continue
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba-backed Daraz cuts workforce by 11%
Alibaba Group subsidiary, Daraz Group, an e-commerce platform, is reducing its workforce by 11% to prepare for the 'current market reality', the group's CEO Bjarke Mikkelsen said in a letter to employees shared on the company website.

Mikkelsen cited a difficult market environment, with a war in Europe, huge supply chain disruptions, soaring inflation, increasing taxes, and removal of essential government subsidies in its markets. The group operates in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. reuters.com

Report: 50% of Amazon Sellers Will Expand to New E-Commerce Platforms and Global Markets in 2023

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Fremont County, WY: Prosecutor: Riverton Walmart Has One Of The Highest Theft Rates in Nation; Criminals Say They Don't Care If Caught
Wyoming's legislative Senate Judiciary Committee was unanimous Friday in advancing two proposed laws tightening the state's criminal justice system - one punishing repeat thieves, and another punishing people who keep fentanyl near children. If it becomes law, House Bill 112 would let state prosecutors charge convicted thieves with felony - as opposed to misdemeanor - theft after four prior convictions. The new felony charge would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A top prosecutor in Fremont County, Rep. Ember Oakley, R-Riverton, was the key sponsor on the bill. She said repeat misdemeanor thefts are a significant issue in Fremont County and her hometown of Riverton. Riverton's Walmart has one of the highest theft rates in the nation, Oakley said. Small businesses also suffer. "We're seeing this big increase in, like, organized retail theft," she said, describing how some offenders will steal large quantities of high-end meat, cosmetics or electronics and re-sell those items. Some offenders have admitted as much during their sentencing hearings and have said a few days in jail is a small price to pay for their livelihood, Oakley said. If it passes, HB 112 would cement into law a remedy that Fremont County law enforcers have sought for years via a workaround: police who encounter a shoplifter at a store will encourage the store manager to have the person trespassed from the store. Once that trespass order is in place, a repeat shoplifter at the same store can be charged with felony burglary. Dale Steenbergen, president of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, encouraged the committee to pass HB 112, saying theft is on the rise in Cheyenne and law enforcement reports being overwhelmed by it.   cowboystatedaily.com

Sacramento, CA: Suspect arrested in Davis, tied to organized retail theft operation in Yolo County
A homeless man accused of operating an organized retail theft ring was arrested last week by Davis police and faces numerous charges as authorities look to identify a co-perpetrator in the crimes, Yolo County prosecutors said. Robert James Richey II, 42, was arrested Jan. 31, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The Davis Police Department connected Richey to multiple thefts in the region dating back to late September, according to the news release. Prosecutors charged Richey with organized retail theft, four felony counts of grand theft, nine counts of shoplifting and four counts of conspiring to commit theft, according to the news release. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in Yolo Superior Court last Thursday.  sacbee.com

Tucson, AZ: Man steals more than $16,000 in sunglasses from Tucson-area store
Authorities are looking for a man accused of stealing more than $16,000 in high-end sunglasses from a Tucson-area store. The Pima County Sheriff's Department said the suspect has hit the sunglass store at La Encantada Mall Shopping Center at least four times in the last six months. The PCSD said the most recent incident came on Jan. 26, 2023.  kold.com

Rochester, NY: Videos show thieves using stolen vehicles to smash into businesses and grab what they can
On Monday, we received an upsetting video from one of those smash and grabs with stolen SUVs last week. This video shows how thieves busted into Record Archive on East Avenue. The owner shared the video with me. After sneaking up the sidewalk to Record Archive, the driver of the stolen SUV used it like a battering ram to bust through the front door. Two people ran inside and went straight for the cash register. They were in and out in 30 seconds. Alayna Alderman, owner of Record Archive said, "I'm grateful because my biggest concern is that nobody got hurt. They got away with 10 bucks and change. So, it's ridiculous." A short time after the SUV left the scene, a stolen SUV crashed into Comedy at the Carlson and stole its ATM. Days later another stolen SUV crashed into Heroes Brewing Company in Neighborhood of the Arts. This is an escalation of the lawlessness of stolen cars. The Rochester Police Department reports that there were 94 stolen in the last two weeks.  whec.com

Memphis, TN: Suspects wanted in several game store burglaries throughout Memphis
Memphis Police are searching for the suspects after several recent burglaries that involved several people - sometimes more than a dozen - breaking into a store then taking off with anything they could grab. Many of the break-ins have happened at Memphis area GameStops and other game stores over the past few weeks. On Feb. 5, 2023, MPD officers responded after at least five suspects broke into the GameStop in the 1600 block of Union Ave. They said the suspects backed a small vehicle, possibly an SUV, through the store's doors. Investigators said video showed the suspects inside stealing games and controllers. Also on Feb. 5, at 5 a.m., Memphis Police responded to a burglary at Smooth Wireless in the 4600 block of Mill Branch Rd. Investigators said video showed a group of at least six suspects breaking into the store using a dark colored SUV as a ram - possibly a late model Hyundai Santa Fe. MPD said the vehicle will have rear-end damage. Lots of cell phone products stolen during this break-in. On Feb. 4, officers were called to a burglary at the GameStop in the 400 block of North Germantown Parkway. Investigators said video showed just before 2:30 a.m., suspects in five vehicles pull up to the store, and the thieves broke in with a sledgehammer. Some acted as lookouts as they others went in and grabbed merchandise. localmemphis.com

Albany, GA: Dougherty Co. police search for suspect in Gas Station smash and grab burglary
The Dougherty County Police Department (DCPD) is asking for the community's help in finding a suspect in a gas station burglary. The smash-and-grab burglary happened at 3 a.m. on Tuesday at the Homerun Foods on Philema Road, DCPD officials said.  walb.com

Cranston, RI: Police seeking 2 Women in Sunglass Hut theft in Garden City

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(Update) N.Y.P.D. Officer Dies After Being Shot in Robbery While Off Duty
A New York City police officer died from his injuries on Tuesday after he was shot while off duty during a robbery attempt as he tried to buy a car in Brooklyn, police officials said. The officer, Adeed Fayaz, 26, a five-year veteran of the department, had been hospitalized at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn for three days since the shooting on Saturday night. Mr. Fayaz, an officer in the 66th precinct in Borough Park, Brooklyn, was married and the father of two young children, officials said. "Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son, and a protector of our great city," the police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, said on Twitter in a post announcing his death. Randy Jones, 38, of East Harlem, was arrested in connection with the shooting on Monday night and charged with murder and attempted robbery on Tuesday evening. According to the police, the two men had arranged over Facebook Marketplace to meet so that Mr. Fayaz could purchase a Honda Pilot for $24,000. After Mr. Fayaz arrived at an address in East New York, Brooklyn, at around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, along with his brother-in-law, Mr. Jones "jokingly" asked the men if they were carrying guns while walking them down a driveway, James Essig, the New York Police Department's chief of detectives, said at a news conference on Tuesday.  nytimes.com

New Orleans, LA: Gunman flees into Gentilly Walmart after killing man at bus stop
In a brazen killing that emptied the Gentilly Walmart of midday shoppers, a gunman shot a man a nearby bus stop Tuesday then ran into the store. New Orleans police locked down the business in hopes of catching the killer inside, and debriefed employees and customers at the front door, letting them leave five at a time, Deputy Police Superintendent Hans Ganthier said. The Police Department's SWAT team then entered and cleared the store. "Apparently, the perpetrator escaped," Ganthier said. The unidentified victim died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred at about 11:25 a.m. in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur Highway, Ganthier said. Police did not release a description of the gunman. It's believed that he removed a sweatshirt that he was wearing at the time of the shooting, authorities said.  nola.com

Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Police officer fatally shot, shooting suspect dead
A Milwaukee police officer chased down a robbery suspect and was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire early Tuesday. The suspect also died from a gunshot wound, police said. Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said the suspect ignored officers' commands and fled on foot after they arrived at the robbery scene about 1:15 a.m. on the city's south side. One officer then caught up with the suspect and a struggle ensued. Both men fired their weapons. The wounded officer, 37-year-old Peter Jerving, died at a hospital, he said. Jerving had four years of experience with the Milwaukee Police Department, the chief said. The suspect, 19-year-old Terrell Thompson, died at the scene. The chief said it was not immediately clear if Thompson died from the shot fired by Jerving or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Thompson was sentenced Monday to a year of probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge filed against him in July 2021, court records show.  manisteenews.com

El Paso, TX: C-Store clerk shoots suspect during alleged robbery attempt
A 32-year-old man allegedly attempting to rob a DK convenience store was shot by a store clerk Monday afternoon in Northeast El Paso, police said. The man, who was found at the store bleeding from a gunshot wound, was transported in stable condition to University Medical Center of El Paso, police said. The store clerk is a 28-year-old man licensed to carry a concealed handgun, said Sgt. Robert Gomez, an El Paso police spokesman. Names had not been disclosed as an investigation continued Monday. The shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a 911 call was received regarding an aggravated robbery in progress at the DK store at 5201 Fairbanks Drive by Rushing Road in the Rushfair section of the Northeast, Gomez said. elpasotimes.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Las Vegas, NV: Pawn store fight ends in missing fingertip, broken weed whacker, felony charge
A North Las Vegas man who wanted to pawn a pair of gold earrings left the store without the jewelry, his driver's license ... and minus the tip of his pinky finger. Harold Griffin III's bad day didn't get any better when he was arrested about four hours later on a felony charge of destruction of property during a fight that morning inside the EZ-Pawn on North Decatur Boulevard at the 215 Beltway. North Las Vegas police responded to a Jan. 31 call to the EZ-Pawn, and found a trail of blood leaving the store. Inside, they found scattered parts of a weed whacker and a metal detector, according to details provided in an arrest report. Witnesses and workers at the store told police that Griffin, described as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, wearing blue shorts and a black hoodie, was being helped when he walked away to look at jewelry displayed in a case. The employee heard him say, "After you're done." When Griffin spoke, another customer turned around. The second customer, who police have not identified, was with a woman. In what the employee described as a verbal confrontation, Griffin told the other customer, "I don't know y'all. I'm not talking to you." The man replied, "You need to know how to talk to people. Don't talk to my girl like that," according to the arrest report. Griffin challenged him to a fight as they continued to argue. Griffin grabbed a metal detector and started to chase the man around the store. When he swung it and missed, the metal detector broke and Griffin grabbed a weed whacker. He swung that and missed, breaking it. The other man got hold of Griffin and the two went to the ground, fighting. The man bit off Griffin's fingertip, according to an employee. 8newsnow.com

South Windsor, CT: Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Frito Lay Distribution Center in South Windsor
The South Windsor Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Frito-Lay Distribution Center. At around 5:39 p.m., South Windsor police were called to the area of 160 Nutmeg Road South after reports of an armed robbery. Police say a person armed with a gun told the cleaning crew to get down on the ground before making off with their personal jewelry and cash. No injuries were reported and the suspect fled the scene, according to police.  nbcconnecticut.com

Toronto, Canada: Robbery suspects drive car through shopping mall
Police say a pair of suspects took a speeding car on a ride through a closed Canadian shopping mall in order to pull off a heist. The car was caught on camera around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday smashing through the Toronto mall's entrance and careening through the shopping center. Police say at some point, the suspects stopped and robbed an electronics store before continuing on and smashing through an exit on the other end of the mall. Police are calling this madcap, action movie-style incident "an audacious crime." Authorities have since recovered the car, which had reportedly been stolen, but are still looking for the culprits.  live5news.com

Gallatin, TN: Felony Lane Gang members wanted for Gallatin Rec Center car burglaries

St. Louis, MO: Man targeted six Mexican restaurants, groceries for break-ins

Sumter County, SC: Suspect arrested for string of Dollar General Armed Robberies

Little Rock, AR: Criminal gets away with thefts because of law change & jail overcrowding

West Monroe, LA: Duo accused of burglarizing multiple Ouachita Parish businesses; taken into custody

Palm Desert, CA: Man Accused in Armed Jewelry Store Robbery to Stand Trial on Felony Charges


Chicago customs agents seize over $500K in counterfeit currency, merchandise at O'Hare
Customs agents seized more than $500,000 in counterfeit currency and merchandise at O'Hare International Airport last week. The fake cash was seized in five different shipments that went through O'Hare on Feb. 1, with denominations ranging from $1 to $100 bills totaling $76,054, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. All the shipments were arriving from China destined for places in the U.S., including one city in Illinois. The agency said that although the cash was marked as counterfeit and was intended to be used as prop money, it still violated federal law because it was a reproduction of U.S. currency. As that seizure was taking place, customs agents in Terminal 5 stopped a U.S. citizen who returned from abroad with $465,798 in counterfeit merchandise. fox32chicago.com

Indianapolis CBP stops 3 shipments filled with counterfeits in 5 days; $265,000



Auto - West Monroe, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Bergen County, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
CBD - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Hampton, VA - Burglary
Club - Rochester, NY - Burglary
Dollar -Sumter County, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar -Sumter County, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar -Sumter County, SC - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - Cranston, RI - Robbery
Eyewear - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
GameStop - Memphis, TN - Burglary
GameStop - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Gas Station - Albany, GA - Burglary
Gas Station - Bergen County, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bergen County, NJ - Armed Robbery
Grocery - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Hardware - West Monroe, LA - Burglary
Jewelry - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Greene County, NC - Armed Robbery
Music - Rochester, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Tobacco - Coopersville, MI - Burglary


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• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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