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Jimmie Hernandez, ret NYPD Lt., joins the ALTO team as Senior Advisor

As ALTO continues its addition of talent amid a nation-wide expansion, they are thrilled to announce that Jimmie Hernandez has joined the team. Jimmie brings over 30 years' experience (29 years spent with NYPD) and an impressive resume navigating the judicial system and developing partnerships. He is a graduate of Baruch College and John Jay College, where he is also an adjunct professor of Criminology.

Said Hernandez: "As a retired New York City police officer, I'm both intrigued and moved by ALTO's holistic approach to retail crime and loss prevention. I am privileged to be in a position to contribute to its continued success while also helping build stronger communities in the process."

Cristian Lopez, CEO of ALTO: "Jimmie's background is exactly what we are looking for as we expand, we look forward to seeing his success, especially in the New York metro market. We know Jimmie will foster relationships and help build the Alliance among retailers, law enforcement, prosecutors and local governments."

To learn more, visit www.alto.us

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OROCC, MAORCA, CCROC join the growing Auror community to address ORC

Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition (OROCC), Mid-Atlantic ORCA (MAORCA), and Cook County State's Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC) have announced a new partnership with Crime Intelligence Platform Auror to address the impact of Organized Retail Crime (ORC) groups in their regions. This partnership provides the ORCAs with the ability to record, investigate and collaborate on retail crime events and help them solve ORC cases fasterr.

Auror VP Retail Partnerships - North America Bobby Haskins says stopping retail crime, in particular ORC and repeat offending, requires a community effort where ORCAs, law enforcement agencies and retailers work together and support each other.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Great Debate Over Prop 47 & Rampant Theft
California lawmakers want to reverse Prop 47; 'make crime illegal again'

The voter-approved measure has come under intense scrutiny over the past year amid rampant theft across California

As crime continues to concern communities throughout California, Republican state leaders are making efforts to repeal a much-debated measure critics say has emboldened criminals and tied the hands of law enforcement.

In March, state legislators on the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee will conduct a hearing on AB 1599, which would pose the question of Proposition 47 - known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act -- to voters once again in an effort to crack down on rampant theft.

The measure was ushered in by voters in 2014 and has been blamed for the many brazen smash-and-grab thefts and shoplifting incidents plaguing cities up and down the state.

"It has essentially legalized theft and open drug use in California, culminating in these unbelievable smash-and-grab robberies," state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who is one of three GOP lawmakers who introduced AB 1599 in January. "Voters were egregiously misled about what this would do."

Hailed as a step toward criminal justice reform by supporters, Prop 47 downgraded charges pertaining to certain theft and drug possession crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor if the value of the stolen goods is less than $950. As a result, thieves feel emboldened to commit crimes because of the soft penalties, said Kiley, whose assembly district includes portions of Sacramento County, northeast of San Francisco.

In addition, the measure also allows defendants serving sentences for felony offenses that would have qualified as misdemeanors under the measure to petition courts for re-sentencing under the new misdemeanor provision and authorizes those who have completed their sentences to ask that their convictions be re-classified as misdemeanors.

The new legislation introduced by Kiley and other lawmakers would overturn much of what's in Prop 47 in an effort to "make crime illegal again," he said. foxnews.com

Federal Anti-Theft Bill Passes the House of Representatives
Congress looks to stem mass retail thefts by cracking down on online marketplaces
Legislation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says would help undercut mass retail thefts passed the House on Friday and has a shot at becoming law. Instead of going after the thieves directly, however, the bills would target how the theft rings make money - fleecing the goods online.

Such burglaries have plagued the Bay Area in recent months, as organized groups have carried out smash-and-grab crimes in San Francisco and beyond, further harming stores and shopping districts already struggling amid the pandemic and the growth of online shopping.

The two retail laws in question - the Inform Consumers Act and Shop Safe Act - have bipartisan sponsors in both chambers, and could survive negotiations to get into the final package. The measures sidestep the thorny questions of how much to criminalize certain behavior or how harshly to prosecute crimes, focusing instead on how thieves make their money.

The INFORM bill would require online marketplaces to collect identifying information like government ID and tax ID from "high-volume" third parties that sell on their platforms, defined as those who make more than 200 sales amounting to $5,000 or more in a year. The Shop Safe bill focuses mostly on counterfeit goods, but would similarly require that marketplaces verify the identity of sellers, require attestations from sellers that their goods are authentic and would hold the marketplaces liable for certain violations.

The Buy Safe America Coalition, a group that represents retailers and industry associations including many that have been plagued by thefts, hailed the Inform Act's passage in the House.

"The INFORM Consumers Act would modernize our nation's consumer protection laws, addressing the sale of counterfeit and stolen merchandise on e-commerce platforms," said Michael Hanson, Buy Safe America Coalition spokesperson. "Our focus now lies on ensuring the Senate advances Inform Consumers as it stands and getting the bill signed into law." securityinfowatch.com

Retail Theft Surging in Southwest Florida
How legislators are working to protect consumers from stolen goods
People steal almost everything from designer clothing, baby formula and even razors from Southwest Florida stores. Authorities say thieves do it most of the time to sell the stolen goods. It's becoming a matter of routine at Crime Stoppers.

If you think retail theft is soaring, you're right, and in the end, you pay for it: "At the end of the day, they're going to jack up the prices of the items that are stolen. So ultimately, it trickles back to the consumer," said Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Routte puts out the posts that ask for your help locating the many thieves across our area. She said there is a reason people are stealing and stealing specific items. That source sells them online at a very attractive price to buyers.

CVS said they experienced a 300% increase in retail theft since the pandemic began. The Florida Retail Federation said 70% of our retailers reported an uptick in thefts last year.

A new bill working its way through the state legislature. Senate Bill 944 would require eBay and other middlemen between remote sellers and buyers to verify identity and contact information for anyone who sells more than $20,000 a year on a platform.

"If somebody's selling something, one new item in a box on an online platform, it certainly makes sense. Sometimes you have something, you know, one, if you've got 30 products that are in the box brand new, that's a little suspicious. So the legislation is designed to collect a little information about that seller, and really create a better avenue to understanding where the products came from and, and cut off that out for anonymous sales," said Shalley. winknews.com

Nationwide Backlash Over 'Soft-on-Crime' Progressive DAs
They Wanted to Roll Back Tough-on-Crime Policies. Then Violent Crime Surged.

With violent crime rates rising and elections looming, progressive prosecutors are facing resistance to their plans to roll back stricter crime policies of the 1990s.

Four years ago, progressive prosecutors were in the sweet spot of Democratic politics. Aligned with the growing Black Lives Matter movement but pragmatic enough to draw establishment support, they racked up wins in cities across the country.

Today, a political backlash is brewing. With violent crime rates rising in some cities and elections looming, their attempts to roll back the tough-on-crime policies of the 1990s are increasingly under attack - from familiar critics on the right, but also from onetime allies within the Democratic Party.

In San Francisco, District Attorney Chesa Boudin is facing a recall vote in June, stoked by criticism from the city's Democratic mayor. In Los Angeles, the county district attorney, George Gascón, is trying to fend off a recall effort as some elected officials complain about new guidelines eliminating the death penalty and the prosecution of juveniles as adults. Manhattan's new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, quickly ran afoul of the new Democratic mayor, Eric Adams, and his new police commissioner over policies that critics branded too lenient.

The combative resistance is a harsh turn for a group of leaders whom progressives hailed as an electoral success story. Rising homicide and violent crime rates have even Democrats in liberal cities calling for more law enforcement, not less - forcing prosecutors to defend their policies against their own allies. And traditional boosters on the left aren't rushing to their aid, with some saying they've soured on the officials they once backed. nytimes.com

Retailers Get Creative to Fight Theft
Has shoplifting increased since the pandemic?

A new Axios report shows shoplifting has gotten so bad that some national chains like Rite Aid are closing stores and sending terrified employees home.

Retailers that have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are dealing with a new problem: Shoplifting. Industry experts say it's getting out of control and store owners are having to get creative with new security features. But why has shoplifting gotten so bad since the pandemic began?

A new Axios report shows shoplifting has gotten so bad that some national chains like Rite Aid are closing stores and sending terrified employees home. Retailers say a lot of the uptick is due to how easy it is to sell stolen goods online.

The National Retail Federation says gangs typically steal designer clothing, laundry detergent, razors, handbags and deodorant. The NRF also reports that shoplifting losses cost companies anywhere from $700,000 to $1 billion in sales.

But retailers are fighting back by locking up high-theft items and arming more products with security tags. Retailers are also tightening return policies to crack down on stolen product returns for store credit or gift cards. wcnc.com

Crime fears, homeless crisis shaping LA mayor election


COVID Update

548.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 79.9M Cases - 955.4K Dead - 51M Recovered
Worldwide: 420.7M Cases - 5.8M Dead - 344.7M Recovered

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Cases Down in All 50 States
COVID cases plummet all across the U.S.
COVID cases are plummeting across the U.S., in some places even falling to relatively manageable levels. But deaths remain stubbornly high.

The big picture: States and cities of all political stripes are removing mask and vaccine mandates as the Omicron variant loses steam, though in some regions there's still a ways to go before the virus is truly under control.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging roughly 140,000 new COVID cases per day - a 64% drop over the past two weeks. The pace of new infections is declining in every state.

What we're watching: Omicron is clearly on its way out, and the overall situation in the U.S. is getting much better. But unvaccinated Americans remain at risk for serious illness and death. The virus is killing more than 2,300 Americans per day, on average. axios.com

Best News Since 2019: Business is Booming
"Americans Are Traveling & Spending Again With a Vengeance"

Americans Are Emerging From the Pandemic Ready to Splurge on Events and Travel

More consumers are hitting theme parks, dining out and booking hotel rooms

More Americans are satisfying their wanderlust and spending big to do it, companies say.

With daily new Covid-19 cases falling, restrictions easing and the strongest consumer finances in recent history, Americans are finally emerging from the pandemic eager to splurge on everything from travel and sports events to restaurants, cruises and theme parks, executives say.

Companies including Marriott International Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Coca-Cola Co. and MGM Resorts International told analysts recently that business is already improving from an Omicron dip and indications point to an American public eager to live large.

"Premium customers, who after being cooped up for 2020 and the first part of 2021, are traveling and spending again with a vengeance," Wynn Resorts.

MGM Resorts said attendance of key conferences like the CES tech conference in January was hurt by the Omicron variant, but after a short drop, the company's forward hotel bookings are back above pre-pandemic levels. And MGM's 65-and-over crowd has now reached pre-pandemic levels in terms of room nights, CFO Jonathan Halkyard said. wsj.com

Are Your Shipping Costs Exorbitant?
DOJ expands scrutiny of possible supply-chain profiteers

Trucking, warehousing, 3PLs could be in antitrust division's crosshairs

The U.S. Department of Justice is now targeting a wider swath of transportation companies that it deems may be using supply chain disruption to gouge customers

The initiative, which DOJ announced Thursday, broadens the scope of the Biden administration's heightened scrutiny of anticompetitive behavior in various industry segments, including transportation.

"The lingering challenge of supply chain disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for criminals to fix prices and overcharge customers," said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to collaborate and investigate schemes that violate our antitrust laws and stifle our economic recovery."

Up to now, DOJ's stepped-up oversight of anticompetitive behavior in the transportation sector has focused on the maritime industry and railroads, where there has been evidence that the relatively few players have wielded their market power to raise rates.

But Thursday's announcement should now put companies involved with trucking, warehousing, 3PLs and last-mile delivery on notice as well, according to one trade expert. freightwaves.com

The "COVID Rage" in NYC
Restaurant owner spends $750K on security to deal with customers' COVID 'rage'
A surge in unruly customers during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a national restaurant group to spend a small fortune on enhanced security, according to the company's boss.

Cameron Mitchell, the CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants - whose holdings include Ocean Prime in New York - said his chain has been forced to invest in security for the first time. The security is needed to protect staffers, he says, who are often tasked with ensuring compliance with mask and vaccine rules in many states.

"We never spent a dollar on security in our restaurants prior to COVID and now we spend about three quarters of $1 million a year on security to protect our managers and our staff from some unruly guests that happen in our restaurants," Mitchell said in an interview with CNBC.

Mitchell noted the security challenge faced by his restaurants is similar to that of the airline industry, where crews have experienced an uptick in violent confrontations during the pandemic. Security issues led some airlines to suspend alcohol service during the pandemic.

Separately, retail and grocery stores have contended with increased instances of shoplifting. Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee recently unveiled its own security force to - it says - protect staffers and customers. nypost.com

Shifting Out of COVID 'Crisis Mode'
California lays out plan to live with Covid for the long-term, fight future surges and new variants

California's plan aims to pick up rising viral transmission early and rapidly sequence new variants to determine whether vaccines and therapeutics are still effective.

California on Thursday laid out a plan that manages Covid as a permanent aspect of life, anticipating future surges and new variants that may require temporary public health measures such as facemasks depending on how much the virus is disrupting economic and social activity.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California, the largest state economy in the U.S., is shifting out of the crisis mentality that has characterized the pandemic response for the past two years. Newsom said the Golden State must learn to live with the virus by preparing as much as possible for an uncertain future using the tools developed over the past two years.

California's response plan aims to use wastewater surveillance to detect rising viral transmission early, so the state can rapidly identify new variants as they emerge and determine within 45 days if vaccines, tests and therapeutics are effective against the strain. The state would then quickly deploy additional testing and health-care staff to regions impacted by rising transmission, according to the plan. cnbc.com

No More COVID 'Excuses'
Mayor Eric Adams calls out NYC workers to return to offices
Mayor Eric Adams called Thursday for people to revive the state's economy by getting "back to work" - and said he was tired of hearing excuses about the COVID-19 pandemic. "New Yorkers, it's time to get back to work," Adams said during a speech at the state Democratic Committee's Nominating Convention.

Adams said that white-collar workers who continued working from home were hurting service-oriented businesses that rely on a steady stream of customers: "That accountant that's not in his office space is not going to the cleaners," he said. "It's not going to the restaurant. It's not allowing the cooks, the waiters, the dishwashers [to make a living]."

Adams also appealed to New Yorkers' civic pride, saying: "It's time to open our state and our city and show the country the resiliency of who we are." nypost.com

Firing Unvaccinated Officers in the Middle of Crime Wave?
LA sheriff rips push to fire 4,000 unvaccinated deputies amid crime wave
As Los Angeles County residents endure rising crime and increasing homelessness, Sheriff Alex Villanueva is slamming what he describes as a political push fueled by defund police activists to fire 4,000 sheriff department employees who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Villanueva, who oversees the largest sheriff's department in the nation, said he's the "only one left standing" when providing counterbalance against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which has progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon "in their back pocket."

"This is nothing but a power grab by the board. And it's shameful, and it's going to be harmful to public safety," Villanueva told Fox News Digital. He noted that the board endorsed Gascon, who is now facing a second recall effort backed by wealthy Democratic donors and Hollywood honchos. foxnews.com

The Pandemic's Lasting Impact on Work
Neiman Marcus plans new Dallas office hub to address remote working
The luxury retailer has office space in its downtown Dallas store on Main Street. But before the pandemic, corporate employees also worked in two other buildings downtown.

Subvariant may spread faster and cause more serious illness than Omicron

Non-Pharmacy Retailers Can Now Offer COVID PCR Tests to Customers

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Estimated 73% of U.S. now immune to omicron: Is that enough?


DOJ Ramping Up Law Enforcement Efforts For Cryptocurrency
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Justice Department Announces First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET)

The Justice Department today announced the selection and appointment of Ms. Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET).

With the rapid innovation of digital assets and distributed ledger technologies, we have seen a rise in their illicit use by criminals who exploit them to fuel cyberattacks and ransomware and extortion schemes; traffic in narcotics, hacking tools and illicit contraband online; commit thefts and scams; and launder the proceeds of their crimes," said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. "The NCET will serve as the focal point for the department's efforts to tackle the growth of crime involving these technologies. Eun Young is an accomplished leader on cyber and cryptocurrency issues, and I am pleased that she will continue her service as the NCET's inaugural Director, spearheading the department's efforts in this area."

Prior to her service as Senior Counsel to Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, Director Choi began her career at the department as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she served as the office's Cybercrime Coordinator and investigated and prosecuted cyber, complex fraud and money laundering crimes, with a particular focus on network intrusions, digital currency, the dark web and national security investigations. justice.gov

   RELATED: FBI to form new cryptocurrency unit

4-Day Workweek Coming to America?
The four-day workweek is gaining ground in Europe. It's time Americans give it a serious look.

As Belgium adopts a shorter workweek, shorter shifts and regular three-day weekends hold growing appeal for workplaces confronting burnout and the 'Great Resignation'

With the "Great Resignation" still in full-swing, and work-induced burnout an official occupational hazard according to the World Health Organization, a growing number of employers - and countries - are rethinking the standard 40-hour workweek. Iceland led the way in experimenting with shorter workweeks, without pay cuts, over several years. The experiment has largely been hailed as a success, with an estimated 86 percent of workers expected to adopt it.

Perhaps the biggest argument in favor of a shorter workweek is that it doesn't seem to harm productivity, counterintuitive as that may seem. The other part is that minds and muscles can function for only so long before fatigue kicks in and starts affecting long-term health. After a certain length of time, most workers start getting diminishing returns on their efforts. After 50 hours in a week, stress-induced damage starts appearing in the form of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, insulin resistance, and other dangerous symptoms. washingtonpost.com
Former top employee of workout supplement manufacturer convicted of misleading consumers
McALLEN, Texas - A 26-year-old former leader at Science Production Products LLC (SPP) admitted he committed a felony relating to importing and selling misbranded drugs.

Robert Lance Schuffert, 28, Auburn, Alabama, entered a guilty plea to one count of importing, causing misbranding and distributing misbranded drugs for sale with the intent to mislead and defraud the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and consumers. He also admitted the company caused SARMs to become misbranded drugs and sold them to workout supplement brick-and-mortar retailers throughout the United States. This included a retailer located in McAllen.

FDA has warned against the use of SARMs like those found in SPP's products. They issued a public safety alert in 2017, which advised consumers against ingesting workout supplement products containing SARMs. The FDA reported that these products were linked to life-threatening reactions, including liver toxicity and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Schuffert faces up to three years in prison and a possible $10,000 maximum fine. justice.gov

Kroger expanding into Oklahoma City as it builds national delivery network

Quarterly Results

Walmart Inc. Q4 sales were $152.9B up 0.5%, negatively affected by $10.1 billion due to divestitures
   Walmart Q4 U.S. comp's up 5.6%, eCommerce sales grew 1% and 70% on a two-year stack,
   Sam's Club Q4 comp sales increased 10.4%, and 21.2% on a two-year stack,
   Walmart Int'l net sales were $27B, a decrease of $7.9B, or 22.6%, negatively affected by $10.1B due to divestitures

Walmart Inc. FY 2021 total revenue was $572.8 billion, up 2.4%, negatively affected by $32.7 billion related to divestitures
   Walmart U.S. comp sales up 6.4% & 15.0% on a 2-year stack, eCommerce sales grew 11.0% & 90% on a 2-year stack
   Sam's Club comp sales up 9.8% and 21.6% on a two-year stack
   Walmart Int'l net sales down 16.8%, negatively affected by approx. $32.6B related to divestitures.

DoorDash Q4 revenue up 34% Y/Y to $1.3N, Total Orders grew 35% Y/Y to 369M, Marketplace GOV grew 36% Y/Y to $11.2B
   In 2021, over 6M people dashed, earning a total of well over $11B. Monthly active users jumped 22%.

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Senior Manager, Field Safe & Secure job posted for Carvana in Georgia
The Safe & Secure Leader will work closely with the Director of Enterprise Security in supporting the development of the program, but will be primarily focused on implementing and executing the program within our facilities. Key to implementation will be the development of a team of Safe & Secure Protection professionals who can provide partnership and expertise to our facility leaders. indeed.com

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Innovation in EAS Tags?

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Think EAS tags can't be innovative? Think again. TalkLP host Amber Bradley welcomes Carlton Hemphill, Senior Retail Operations Manager, at Kroger to talk about how he's working to beat organized retail crime (ORC) and opportunistic shoplifters with this simple, yet effective, innovation.

Need proof? Carlton's got it. Hear him explain his product test, how he did it and what the results yielded. Hear Carlton's six considerations for moving forward with a technology spend to ensure it's beneficial for the organization.

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Surviving Retail Cyber Attacks
Key strategies for retailers to weather cyber attacks

Building 'forgivability' can help retailers survive cyber attacks.

The confluence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the significant shift to online shopping led to a surge in ecommerce fraud. According to research from Statista, online shopping and auction fraud in the UK increased by 37% between the first half of 2019 and the first half of 2020. With an estimated 2.14 billion people worldwide now buying goods and services online in 2021, retail sectors will continue to be an increasingly prominent target for cybercriminals.

According to research from Keeper Security, 60% of respondents experienced a cyber attack last year. In March 2020, high-street pharmacy Boots was forced to suspend loyalty card payments after an attempted cyber attack which aimed to use stolen passwords to compromise customers' accounts. While any breach can be difficult for a brand to navigate, it can be particularly devastating for smaller businesses operating with lower margins. Although retailers can and should take all possible preventative measures, there is always an inherent risk to the security of customers' accounts.

Establishing trust and building "forgivability" with consumers can protect a brand's bottom line and in the long term should something go wrong. Forgivability is achieved by continually demonstrating that the brand operates in a responsible and proactive way and that it is open about security practices. In the event that a business suffers a breach, the reputational impact on the company will likely be tempered by the perception and trust it has already built with customers and the wider public.

Consumers are generally aware that doing business in an electronic world carries a certain amount of risk. However, the question for shoppers is whether the company they have chosen to trust with their business is doing everything possible to protect their personal information. The answer to that question could be the deciding factor in whether a brand survives a breach.

Reiterate the importance of cybersecurity measures to employees - Strengthen infrastructure security - Communicate cybersecurity measures to customers: techradar.com

The Rise of the CSO
Hybrid Work Accelerated Fraud; Now, CSOs Are Taking a Seat at the C-level Executive Table
Last year broke records for data compromises, data breaches, and fraud. In fact, both 2020 and 2021 saw huge increases in fraud across the board.

AdvertisementInternet traffic literally doubled, and new phishing, spoofing, hacking, and fraud attempts emerged. Phishing attacks soared 220% in 2020, and the Federal Trade Commission reports that people lost more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020 - an increase of nearly $1.5 billion over prepandemic numbers. In 2021, US businesses suffered a 17% increase in data breaches since 2020. Meanwhile, businesses have worked to preempt and prevent fraud by identifying and prioritizing risks - and those risks involve fraudulent SMS, email, push notifications, fake landing pages, and more.

The result? The chief security officer (CSO) has become more influential at the C-level table. As the top security executive within an organization, a CSO is responsible for IT and corporate security as well as the safety and security of company data and assets. Some companies refer to this person as a chief information security officer (CISO) rather than a CSO, although many of the duties overlap. The CSO is also tasked with communicating a company's security status, needs, and challenges to management. CSO input is critical for communicating security risks to leadership - and even presenting to the board.

If risks and vulnerabilities are not properly demonstrated to the board, these risks can't be prioritized at an organizational level. darkreading.com

Password-Based Attacks Surge
Credential-Stuffing Attacks on Remote Windows Systems Took Off in 2021

Password-guessing became last year's weapon of choice, as attackers attempted to brute-force vulnerable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers, SQL databases, and SMB file shares.

Attackers have increasingly targeted remote Windows systems, fueling a surge in credential-stuffing attacks against systems running the remote desktop protocol (RDP), which jumped nearly ninefold in 2021, according to new data.

A report published by ESET this week shows password-based attacks hit European countries the hardest - particularly, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany - accounting for 116 billion of the 288 billion RDP attacks detected by ESET in 2021. While attackers mainly targeted RDP servers, they also sent billions of log-in attempts to database and file-sharing servers, according to the report.

In total, credential-stuffing and other password-based attacks accounted for 46% of external network intrusion vectors.

The focus on such attacks means that companies need to ensure the proper setup and patching of any remotely accessible service and use of appropriate protective measures, such as strong passwords, multifactor authentication, and multiple layers of security products, says Ondrej Kubovič, a security research and awareness specialist at ESET. darkreading.com

CISA Compiles Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools for Network Defenders
CISA has compiled and published a list of free cybersecurity services and tools to help organizations reduce cybersecurity risk and strengthen resiliency. This non-exhaustive living repository includes services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community. cisa.gov

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SF Investigating Amazon's Impact
San Francisco proposes 18-month moratorium on new Amazon delivery facilities

The measure would let the city investigate Amazon's impact.

San Francisco's wariness of Amazon might soon extend to the company's seemingly ubiquitous shipping network. Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton has introduced legislation that would impose an 18-month moratorium on new parcel delivery facilities in the city, whether from Amazon or others. Officials at the Board or the Planning Commission would use the pause to study the potential impact these locations have on the community, including health issues (like air pollution and traffic) and the overall public interest.

In a statement, the Teamsters and other unions backing the measure were concerned companies like Amazon would drag down pay, benefits and working conditions for the city. The proposed moratorium would help communities "set the standards" and decide if they want these facilities in the first place, Walton added.

The effort comes after San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development signed a January memorandum of understanding with Amazon to start negotiations for a Mission Creek delivery hub without informing or involving the community. These sorts of agreements are common, but Walton saw this as Amazon trying to enter the city without input from the very people its facility would affect.

There's no certainty the legislation will pass. It's also unclear how Walton and the Board would use any determination that Amazon and other delivery services' facilities would harm San Francisco residents.

We've asked Amazon for comment. The company has faced similar opposition in other parts of California, and backed out of plans for a second headquarters in New York City following criticism. Activists and politicians raised concerns about possible gentrification in New York, the city's $3 billion in proposed subsidies and Amazon's overall practices. Amazon has also been a staunch opponent of unionization, setting up a confrontation with increasingly pro-union workers and the politicians who support them. engadget.com

Grocery Chains Boosted by Instacart
Study: Instacart fueling online grocery market
Supermarket chains like Kroger, Publix and Aldi lifted their online sales last year through Instacart, which remains the main growth driver in the e-grocery delivery market, according to retail and consumer goods analytics firm 1010data.

In 2021, conventional grocers all raised their sales share as sellers via Instacart's platform, including gains of 2% for Aldi and 1% apiece for Kroger and Publix, New York-based 1010data said in its "Online Grocery Mini-Report," released last week. Warehouse club chains Costco Wholesale and BJ's Wholesale Club, however, lost share on Instacart's platform, 1010data noted. supermarketnews.com

Amazon Agrees to NYC Union Election terms, Setting Stage for Two Votes in March
According to labor organiser Christian Smalls, workers at Amazon's "JFK8″ warehouse in Staten Island will vote in person March 25-30.

The NLRB on March 28 plans to start counting ballots from Alabama workers who are deciding whether to unionise in a re-run of last year's failed organising campaign with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

A majority vote to unionise at either facility would mark Amazon's first organised warehouse in the United States and a milestone for those seeking to invigorate the American labor movement. businessoffashion.com

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$250K in merchandise stolen from gaming store; suspect punched hole in wall to avert alarms and motion sensors
Thursday, Jan. 10 was an otherwise normal morning for Mike Johnson. He got to Punch-Out Gaming, the store he co-owns with his brother Eric Johnson at about 9:30 that morning, and opened up shop as usual. But things took a downward turn when he opened the storage area to see shelves in disarray and the entire inventory of Pokemon merchandise gone - and a hole, right through the back wall. He went right through the hole, and saw another hole kicked through both slabs of drywall leading right to another other storage area. He let out a couple expletives, and called Eric, who at first didn't believe what his brother was saying.

"I didn't believe it, because we have 16 4K camera in here, sensors, alarm, like everything - this covers it. If something happens in here, the motion sensors go off, the cops are two blocks away and they'd have been here in 10 seconds, plus my phone would've blown up with notifications," Eric said. "Then he said something about through the neighbors."

That was when Eric rushed over, and saw for himself what his brother had tried to describe. The thief had stolen roughly $250,000 of value in Pokeman cards and merchandise, shuffling it all through the holes he had punched in the wall, thus averting any alarms and motion sensors. hometownsource.com

Palo Alto, CA: Serial ATM Suspect Charged In $50K Jewelry Store Burglary; Nearly $200K in Items & Money Stolen

The man was suspected of 20 commercial burglaries in Santa Clara County, and one of them took place in Palo Alto.

A man charged this week in connection with 20 commercial burglaries around Santa Clara County also stole more than $50,000 in jewelry from a Palo Alto jewelry store last November, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Charles Edward Hastings, 42, of San Jose, was suspected in 20 commercial burglaries, in which he and accomplices often used a saw to break into businesses and cart away entire cash-filled automatic teller machines, or ATMs, according to a news release from Deputy District Attorney Gabriella Jarvis.

Hastings has also been charged with committing multiple acts of felony vandalism in connection with the burglaries, which were committed in six different cities across the county. Authorities estimate the value of items and money taken by Hastings is $189,654 and that the cost to repair the damage inflicted by Hastings is $65,200. patch.com

(Update) Blaine, MN: 8 Adults, 2 Juveniles Charged In Blaine Best Buy Mass Theft
Authorities in Blaine say 10 people have been charged in connection with a mass theft at Best Buy on Black Friday. Each of the 10 individuals - eight adults and two juveniles - is charged with felony theft, according to the Blaine Police Department.

Police say the group stole about $5,600 worth of merchandise from the Best Buy on Northtown Drive Nov. 26, 2021. Authorities say they analyzed multiple social media posts to identify suspects in the Blaine grab-and-run. Spears, Ross, Robinson-Love, and Wright were previously charged with felony theft in connection to Best Buy robberies in Maplewood on Black Friday.

The group also stole merchandise from the Best Buy in Burnsville and a Dick's Sporting Goods in Richfield that day, authorities say. Police say a total of $26,000 worth of merchandise was stolen during the mass thefts. minnesota.cbslocal.com

Cedar City, UT: 5 arrested after stealing $4,500 in merchandise from Home Depot
Five people were arrested in Cedar City on Valentines Day after they allegedly stole more than $4,500 worth of merchandise from Home Depot. According to a probable cause statement filed in support of one of the arrests, the group was spotted leaving the store at approximately 1 p.m. Monday. "Officers were informed that the suspects had left the store with a lot of items," the affidavit said, adding that the group was seen leaving the parking lot in a blue SUV. During the ensuing search for the vehicle, a police officer reportedly spotted it pulling into a convenience store gas station near Exit 51 of Interstate 15. The five suspects, who each face one count of theft, a third-degree felony, made their initial court appearance on Wednesday before 5th District Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen. The five continue to be held without bail in Iron County Jail. stgeorgeutah.com

Clarendon, VA: Police investigating grand larceny involving stolen eyeglasses at local business
Arlington County Police are looking for three men who robbed a Clarendon business by force on Wednesday night, according to the daily crime report. Officers responded around 6:13 p.m. or the report of a robbery by force at a business in the 3000 block of Wilson Boulevard. The officers determined the incident was a grand larceny. A preliminary investigation revealed that first one and then two other men entered the business, began grabbing eyeglasses, and then fled the business carrying their stolen merchandise. They then all got into a black sedan and drove away. patch.com

Bethalto, IL: Walgreens ORC effort stopped, one charged, one on the loose
Walgreens employees reported that Yates along with a second unknown male had unlawfully entered a secured area of the store, which leads to where they maintain their high-end liquor. Shortly after officers entered the store, the unknown male exited the restricted area with numerous bottles of liquor in his hands and began fleeing from officers, the chief said. riverbender.com

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Shootings & Deaths

(Update) Memphis, TN: Suspect arrested in deadly shooting at convenience store
The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Memphis convenience store has been arrested. Cameron Westbrook, 21, was arrested Thursday in the murder of 30-year-old Andrew Howell. Howell was shot and killed Feb. 8 at the Penny Pantry convenience store on Breckenwood Drive. Westbrook is charged with first-degree murder. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a shooting about 1:45 p.m. at the Penny Pantry in the 4900 block of Breckenwood Drive in northwest Shelby County. They found a man shot to death at the scene. actionnews5.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man shot in the head and killed at corner store near his home
Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting inside a corner store in the Hunting Park section of the city. The incident happened on the 4500 block of North 7th Street just before noon on January 23, 2022. When officers arrived at the scene, police say they found 23-year-old Jimmy Rodriguez suffering from gunshot wounds to his head and leg. Police rushed Rodriguez to Temple University Hospital, where medics pronounced him dead moments later. phl17.com

Rite Aid Shootout Leaves Multiple Injured
Philadelphia, PA: Gun battle outside Rite Aid leaves 4 shot as suspects get away
Four people were caught and wounded in the crossfire Thursday after a gun battle broke out near a busy Rite Aid store in broad daylight on Thursday. As 6ABC and FOX29 in Philly report, the bullets began flying just after 4:30 p.m. on the 100 block of West Chelten Avenue in Philadelphia's Germantown section. Police tell the news stations that a man and three others - a 16-year-old girl, a 67-year-old woman, a 22-year-old woman - were all injured in the shooting. "As they're shooting each other in this business district, which is a very crowded area, there's four people, innocent victims who get hit by gunfire," Philadelphia Police Capt. John Walker told the media. "They range from ages 16 to 67." pennlive.com

Philadelphia, PA: Police searching for gunman who shot 12-year-old girl outside grocery store
Philadelphia police are searching for the gunman who opened fire into a crowd of people, hitting a 12-year-old girl outside of a grocery store on Tuesday. It happened around 4 p.m. on D Street and Wyoming Avenue in the city's Feltonville section. Video obtained by Action News shows a red vehicle pull up. Seconds later, someone in the backseat starts firing at least seven gunshots. "The rear window goes down and they fired at least seven shots into a crowd of people who were standing on the corner," said Captain John Walker with the Philadelphia Police Department. The child was rushed by police to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and placed in stable condition. 6abc.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Suspect shot by employee during jewelry store theft
A robber was shot by an employee during a jewelry store heist in Colorado Springs Wednesday evening. The wounded suspect was dropped off at a nearby hospital, but police believe others involved could remain on the run. People at neighboring businesses around East Fillmore and Institute started hearing a commotion shortly after 5:30 p.m. Officers discovered Legacy & Co. Jewelers at 1111 E. Fillmore St. had been robbed. At the time of this writing, they have released few details, including what was taken and whether the suspect and employee had exchanged gunfire. The suspect is expected to survive. kktv.com

After Second Shooting Outside The Point, Wicker Park Business Owners Push For Greater Police Presence Along Milwaukee Avenue


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

NYPD blasted for bragging post about arrests of people for stealing $1,800 in diapers and medicine: 'This is not public safety'

Bronx cops were pictured with haul worth $1800, closing 23 warrants; social media was horrified by kids' items

The NYPD has come in for harsh criticism after proudly tweeting a photo of shoplifted items - an alleged $1,800 worth of diapers, Mucinex and toiletries. The tweeted photos, which were quickly deleted by the NYPD News account as backlash spread like wildfire across social media, featured masked officers posing with the merchandise; the Bronx police officers "arrested 12 individuals following an enforcement initiative targeting shoplifters", the tweet said.

"The arrests made led to the closure of 23 warrants & the recovery of $1800 worth of merchandise," it continued. New Yorkers and others immediately reacted with horror. "The NYPD deleted this tweet, but the fact is they proudly displayed having caught people who took diapers and cough medicine," reality contestant and public defender Eliza Orlins tweeted on Wednesday. independent.co.uk

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Chicago: Member of Violent Robbery Crew Sentenced to 22 Years in Federal Prison

Violent robbery crew that targeted cell phone stores in the suburbs of Chicago get federal prison.

Aaron CLARK, 44 was part of a crew that conspired to rob cell phone stores in Calumet City, Ill., and Peotone, Ill., in 2017. The crew conducted takeover-style heists in which the robbers pointed guns at employees and bound their hands and feet with duct tape or rope. The robbers then stole cash and electronic devices and fled the stores. Clark brandished a gun during the heists and threatened to shoot store employees. In the Peotone robbery, Clark violently kicked a store employee in the face and knocked another employee off of a stool to the ground.

One other member of the crew was convicted of armed robbery offenses in the Circuit Court of Cook County and sentenced to 14 years in state prison. justice.gov

Southwest Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Store Thefts

Stolen Firearms were Sold, Distributed Throughout the Community

ALBANY, Ga. - A Southwest Georgia resident has admitted that he broke into two Cordele, Georgia, gun stores, stealing multiple firearms and weapons, then selling or distributing the firearms in the community.

Demetri Lott, 44, of Ashburn, Georgia, pleaded guilty to two counts theft of a firearm from a licensed dealer before U.S. District Judge Leslie Gardner on Feb.17. Lott faces a maximum ten years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine as well as the possibility of restitution to the victim. Sentencing will occur within 90 days.

"Under Project Safe Neighborhoods, law enforcement across the Middle District of Georgia is working collectively to prevent the trafficking of firearms within our communities and hold accountable those who steal and possess guns illegally," said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. "Reducing violent crime is a top priority for the entire Middle Georgia community, and one part of this strategy is to prevent firearms from getting into the hands of criminals. The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to maximize every resource at our disposal to achieve this common goal." justice.gov

Pleasant Prairie, WI: Police seeking two men who stole 14 pairs of shoes from outlet mall store
Police were seeking two men who walked out with boxes containing 14 pairs of shoes from a store in the Premium Outlets Thursday. The "grab and go" theft occurred at 3:15 p.m. after the two walked into the UGG at the outlet mall at 11211 120th Ave., according to Sgt. Mike Algiers of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.

"The officers that looked at the (store surveillance) video said they just kind of walked in, they each grabbed seven boxes of shoes and they turned around and walked out," he said. The suspects had stacked the boxes to carry out theft and fled the scene. The items were valued at more than $2,000, he said. kenoshanews.com

Bowling Green, KY: Suspect caught stealing drill set including two drills, two batteries, and a charger from hardware store

Millcreek Police investigating retail theft incident

BPD seeks help identifying suspects in convenience store burglary

Raleigh, NC: Man to serve 9 years in prison for knifepoint robbery of clothing store




AT&T - Galesburg IL - Burglary
C-Store - Lake Stevens, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Scranton, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - El Paso County, CO - Robbery
C-Store - Henrico County, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Burglary
C-Store - Newport, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Terra Bella, CA - Armed Robbery
Cell Phone - Macon, GA - Burglary
Dollar Store - Freedom, WI - Robbery
Gas Station - El Dorado, AR - Burglary
Grocery - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Gun Store - Franklin, KY - Burglary
Jewelry - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery / Suspect shot
Save Mart - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Sports - Kalamazoo, MI - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Cary, IL - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 9 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 74 robberies
• 39 burglaries
• 7 shootings
• 2 killed

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