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Will Baker named Vice President, Asset Protection for Bath & Body Works
Will comes to Bath & Body Works from Ross Stores where he spent the last 13 years supporting loss prevention across Florida and California. Most recently, he served as group vice president, leading the field loss prevention team. Prior to joining Ross Stores, Will spent 9 years with Target where he held several leadership roles across General Management, Recruitment and Asset Protection. Prior to Target, Will served in law enforcement for 5+ years. As Vice President, Will will lead all areas of Asset Protection for the brand, including corporate offices, logistics/distribution centers and the North American stores organization. His responsibilities will include setting the overarching asset protection strategy with a goal of minimizing shrink, reducing loss, and maximizing security and associate safety. Congratulations, Will!

Catherine Stasiowski promoted to Vice President, Loss Prevention & Safety for Total Wine & More
Catherine joined Total Wine & More over 15 years ago as an Assistant Store Manager, and later became a Store Manager at our Alexandria, Virginia store (203). In 2009, she joined the LP & Safety department as an Analyst and soon became a Corporate Investigator. In 2012, she returned to the field as Regional Director of LP & Safety, serving in this capacity for 3 years before returning to headquarters as a Director of LP & Safety. She was elevated to Sr. Director in 2019. Congratulations, Catherine!

ALTO USA Appoints Retail Industry Veteran Rhett Asher as Vice President, Community Relations & Partnerships
ALTO USA has hired Rhett Asher as their new Vice President, Community Relations & Partnerships. Asher, former VP, Strategy of ThinkLP, brings more than 30 years of retail operations, partnerships, business development, marketing, and industry trade association experience. In addition, he is currently the President/Chairman of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO). Congratulations, Rhett! Read more here

Ben Carter promoted to Senior Manager, Field AP for Bath & Body Works
Ben joined Bath & Body Works in 2018 as a regional asset protection manager supporting stores across the Midwest. In his new role, Ben will lead a team of regional asset protection managers across the country, continuing to protect our people, our brand and our property at a high level. Congratulations, Ben!

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retailers Using RFID & Other Tech to Battle ORC
IoT and Store Visibility May Enable Retailers to Combat Shrink
Organized Retail Crime (ORC) has been an issue for retailers for years and is only continuing to grow as ORC gangs become more aggressive and sophisticated in their approach. According to the NRF 2021 Retail Security Survey, 69% of retail loss prevention professionals have seen an increase in ORC activity over the past year, and 65% report an increase in violence, a nearly 10% jump from 2019. With innovative technologies, including connected Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, retailers have a new opportunity to combat shrink through intelligence-led loss prevention technology.

Innovations in Loss Prevention Technology

Leveraging the latest in loss prevention solutions, storefront visibility integrates IoT technology with tags, pedestals and AI-enabled video cameras throughout stores to create an overall connected store. These technologies ultimately give retailers clearer insights into the end-to-end journey of theft as it happens, driving actionable insights for immediate outcomes. For example, using radio frequency (RFID)-based Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems, retailers can scan all exits and get a full picture of what went missing, and when, at the storefront.

This technology was born out of the growing need for data to optimize retail operations and connect all touch points in store. It has also been recognized as an ideal way to combat the rise in sophisticated ORC activities.

Store Visibility and IoT Provides Insights into Items In and Out of Store

With RFID, retailers also can track items that leave the store back to the distribution centers and use the technology to prove the items there were stolen, potentially aiding in the takedown of the entire ORC gang rather than just the mule. Retailers should also keep in mind that while loss prevention is hugely beneficial for combatting shrink, it also serves many other functions within a store, including monitoring inventory levels.

What Intelligence-Led Loss Prevention Means for Shrink

This opportunity to track theft beyond the exits has never previously been available to retailers. The new technology has enabled a shift from event-based information to insights-based information, so retailers can better understand the magnitude of loss events. With this deeper understanding, they can make a stronger case to law enforcement when shrink does occur, and better yet take the right steps to prevent shrink in the first place. retailtouchpoints.com

Shoplifting Surges Across the Board
How to Cut Down on 'Devastating' Shoplifting Loss

It is likely that shoplifting is increasing across the board now, and it can be devastating to small businesses recovering from the pandemic.

According to a recent National Retail Federation study, "One potential driver behind the increases in robberies and shoplifting incidences is the growth in organized retail crime reported by retailers. Last holiday season, we read frightening stories of "flash mob" thefts that are large scale smash-and-grab thefts involving up to several dozen people.

As the The Washington Post notes, "Retail executives and security experts say the rise of such robberies - which have gone viral online and in some cases, spurred copycats - is the culmination of several factors, including a shortage of security guards, reluctance by police and prosecutors to pursue shoplifting offenses, and the growing use of social media as an organizational tool."

These crimes have mostly targeted large stores with inventory that is easy to resell, so for most of us they are hopefully not a danger. But it is likely that shoplifting is increasing across the board now, and it can be devastating to small businesses recovering from the pandemic.

Many states have a high threshold for prosecuting retail theft, and law enforcement won't go after a suspect unless the amount stolen is greater than this minimum. One action you can take to help curtail shoplifting is to lobby for the threshold in your state to be lowered.

There are many security systems and devices on the market that may help reduce theft in your store, including cameras and mirrors. Modifying your store layout could also be a way to deter shoplifting. Encouraging your staff to interact with customers can improve sales and also help deter shoplifting. giftsanddec.com

Calif. Remains "Shoplifter's Paradise" as Prop 47 Repeal Effort Stalls
Effort to repeal Proposition 47 crime law fails in committee at Capitol
A group of state and local lawmakers, law enforcement officers and crime victims advocates stood on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday to begin an effort to repeal the impacts of the voter-approved Proposition 47 in 2014. By the end of the day, that effort had stalled in the California Assembly.

Proposition 47, as known as the "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act," made various changes relating to theft and drugs crimes to reclassify some from felonies to misdemeanors and to reduce jail sentences for those convicted and already serving their sentences. In some instances, those convicted of reclassified crimes were released from jail.

The law, aimed at complying with a California Supreme Court order to reduce prison overcrowding, raised the threshold for felony theft to $950 from $500. Theft offenses under that threshold were classified as misdemeanors.

"Today we can make crime illegal again in California. The Legislature is taking up my bill to repeal Prop. 47," read a tweet from Republican Kevin Kiley, a legislator representing the 6th Assembly District.

AB 1599 is a proposal from Kiley and two dozen other lawmakers that would repeal Prop 47 and most of its impacts on the criminal justice system. The proposal failed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee 5-2, Kiley's office said Tuesday afternoon.

If the proposal had survived the legislative review process, it would then be placed on the ballot for voters to determine its fate. kcra.com

The View from the Other Side: Is Prop 47 Repeal Even Necessary?
Op-Ed: Proposition 47 repeal bill fails in committee and that's a good thing
California Republicans, police unions and right-wing talking heads have made it a point to scapegoat Proposition 47 for everything (even non-Prop. 47 crimes, like smash-and-grab thefts and organized retail crime) and repeatedly insist petty theft and drug possession are decriminalized.

The bill analysis is worth reading for anyone actually interested in the facts about whether or not Prop. 47 repeal is warranted.

For example, it notes a Pew Charitable Trusts study which found that, "raising the felony theft threshold in other states had no impact on crime; states that increased their thresholds reported roughly the same average decrease in crime as the 20 states that did not change their theft laws; and the amount of a state's felony theft threshold-whether it is $500, $1,000, $2,000, or more- is not correlated with its property crime and larceny rates.

The bill analysis also notes that California's felony threshold for theft of $950 is actually low compared to most other states. Only 11 states have a higher threshold. Let me repeat that. Despite the fact that Prop. 47 critics routinely act like $950 is an absurdly high threshold, the vast majority of states have higher thresholds. In Texas, for example, the felony threshold is $2,500. In Alabama, it's $1,500. California's $950 limit is more conservative than Alabama's or Texas'.

The bill analysis also notes that, "while Proposition 47 did reduce certain theft offenses to misdemeanors, there are still legal options for charging thefts that call for increased penalties." It maps out ways that prosecutors can aggregate misdemeanor offenses to bolster penalties when they're warranted. sbsun.com

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COVID Update

557.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.2M Cases - 992.3K Dead - 56.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 462.2M Cases - 6M Dead - 395.4M Recovered

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Red Alert from Across the Pond?
What rising Covid-19 infections in the UK & Europe could mean for the US
Two weeks after the United Kingdom dropped its last remaining Covid-19 mitigation measure -- a requirement that people who test positive for the virus isolate for five days -- the country is seeing cases and hospitalizations climb once again.

Covid-19 cases were up 48% in the UK last week compared with the week before. Hospitalizations were up 17% over the same period. The country's daily case rate -- about 55,000 a day -- is still less than a third of the Omicron peak, but cases are rising as fast as they were falling just two weeks earlier, when the country removed pandemic-related restrictions.

The situation in Europe has the attention of public health officials for two reasons: First, the UK offers a preview of what may play out in the United States, and second, something unusual seems to be happening. In previous waves, increases in Covid hospitalizations lagged behind jumps in cases by about 10 days to two weeks. Now, in the UK, cases and hospitalizations seem to be rising in tandem, something that has experts stumped. cnn.com

China's COVID Lockdowns Impacting U.S. Retail
Amazon, Walmart Online Orders Likely Delayed by China Lockdowns

Shenzhen home to half of all China's online retail exporters

Orders placed with global e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Walmart may be delayed by virus lockdowns and restrictions in some of China's key manufacturing hubs, according to an industry body.

Shenzhen, home to around half of all the online retail exporters in China, was locked down for at least a week on Sunday to try to contain a spreading Covid-19 outbreak. Its 17.5 million residents were told to work from home, with all non-essential businesses and public transport shut.

In nearby Dongguan, a key Chinese hub for the manufacture of shoes, toys and textiles, factories in areas where there are virus cases have been told to close, and schools and restaurants are effectively shuttered.

The moves are creating significant disruption to the production and delivery of goods sold on major online marketplaces, including those run by Amazon.com Inc. and U.S. retail giant Walmart Inc., said Wang Xin, head of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association.

Most production has been suspended in Shenzhen due to the lockdown and deliveries are snarled because logistics firms and warehouses aren't operating or are doing so at a reduced capacity, Wang said in an interview Monday. bloomberg.com

UK Retailer's Workers Told to Work with COVID
Wilko U-turns after investigation finds 20K staff were told to work with Covid

Over 20,000 employees at Wilko were sent a memo stating they should go to work if they have Covid but are asymptomatic, leaving staff and the public concerned

Wilko has U-turned on its Covid policy after a Mirror investigation revealed staff were being told to return to work - even if they tested positive for the virus. Over 20,000 employees were issued a memo stating they should go to work if they have Covid but are asymptomatic, leaving staff and the public concerned for their welfare.

Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko CEO told The Mirror: "When we get something wrong, we hold our hands up admit it, and work to correct the situation. Today's news has highlighted some miscommunication within our Covid-19 policies, and I wanted to reassure all our customers and team members that."

Mr Saint-Marc said under new revised guidance, team members that have Covid symptoms/test positive should still stay at home and avoid contact with others. "This will help reduce the chance of spreading Covid-19," a statement added.  mirror.co.uk

Post-Omicron Retail Boom?
Optimism in the Loop: 'When density returns, I think retail will follow'

The Loop retail vacancy rate has risen again. But the fall of omicron and the increase in firms calling employees back to the office could bring shops and restaurants relief

After suffering through a brutal two-year pandemic, the market for storefront space in the greater Loop can't get much worse. If downtown offices fill up with people again, it might even get better. chicagobusiness.com

In China, 37 million people are in Covid lockdown


Retail Executives Navigate a Perfect Storm
Retail execs sound off on supply chain disruptions, inflation, war & operations

During the latest round of earnings, companies discussed how they navigated a quarter (and year) full of operational challenges.

While it may be simple to think that the worst of the pandemic's impact is now behind us, the ripple effect of the global health crisis is still playing out. Companies are dealing with an environment marked by supply chain delays, heightened transportation costs, inflation and decisions about product prices.

On top of that, the war in Ukraine has pushed retailers to weigh how they do business with Russia as much of the world has imposed sanctions on the country. Here is a roundup of what executives said on their latest earnings calls about these issues.

Brett Biggs, Walmart CFO - Supply chain costs were over $400 million higher than expected, but we expect some of those costs to abate overtime.

Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO - [D]uring periods of inflation like this, middle income families, lower middle income families, even wealthier families become more price sensitive. And that's to our advantage.

Brian Olsavsky, Amazon CFO - We had said that we would have about $4 billion of additional costs due to labor shortages and the inefficiencies of that cause as well as increased labor rates and shift differentials of premiums and external transportation costs. We came in just slightly over that $4 billion. I think things went as expected.

John Mulligan, Target COO - Before last year, we hadn't added a new regional distribution center in over a decade, even as our total sales grew 40% over that same time period. Rather than add buildings, we grew by investing in automation, robotics and process design to improve the efficiency of our existing sites. Of course, we will always keep investing to make our buildings more efficient.

Read more here: retaildive.com

Retail Hiring War Heats Up: Walmart Seeks 50K New Employees
Walmart Aims to Hire 50,000 U.S. Workers by End of April

Country's largest private employer wants more workers for stores as well as its advertising and health businesses

Walmart Inc. wants to hire tens of thousands of workers by the end of April as the country's largest private employer pushes to expand its retail and other businesses in the midst of a tight labor market.

The retail chain is seeking around 50,000 workers in the U.S. in the current quarter, the company said, at a time of year when many retailers pull back on hiring following the holiday shopping season. Many of those workers will fill store roles, but Walmart also aims to add staff in new business areas such as health and wellness and advertising, said Donna Morris, the company's chief people officer.

Walmart has around 1.6 million U.S. employees and 2.3 million globally.

The hiring push comes as Walmart is working to revamp its hiring and human-resources strategy and image to give priority to workers' mental health and digital skills. The goal is to make Walmart a place where people feel they can build a long-term career, said Ms. Morris.

To lure workers Walmart, Target Corp. , Costco Wholesale Corp. , Amazon.com Inc. and others are raising wages, and in some cases, offering new perks. wsj.com

NRF: Strong Retail Sales Expected in 2022
NRF Forecasts Annual Retail Sales to Grow Between 6 Percent and 8 Percent
The National Retail Federation today issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 6 percent and 8 percent to more than $4.86 trillion in 2022. The announcement was made during NRF's annual State of Retail & the Consumer virtual event where retail industry leaders discussed the strength of the consumer economy and the future of retail.

"NRF expects retail sales to increase in 2022, as consumers are ready to spend and have the resources to do so," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "We should see durable growth this year given consumer confidence to continue this expansion, notwithstanding risks related to inflation, COVID-19 and geopolitical threats."

NRF forecasts that 2022 retail sales will total between $4.86 trillion and $4.95 trillion. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Non-store and online sales year-over-year, which are included in the total figure, are expected to grow between 11 percent and 13 percent to a range of $1.17 trillion to $1.19 trillion as consumers continue to utilize ecommerce.

The 2022 figure compares with 14 percent annual growth rate in 2021, the highest growth rate in more than 20 years. This year's sales forecast is notably above the 10-year, pre-pandemic growth rate of 3.7 percent. nrf.com

Retail Spending Up But Slower in Feb.
U.S. Retail Sales Grew 0.3% in February

Spending rose at slower pace than in January, as consumers faced high inflation, rising gasoline prices

Americans kept up retail spending in February but at a slower pace than the prior month, as they faced high inflation and rising gasoline prices related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in February compared with January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, a slowdown from January's revised 4.9% monthly increase.

February also saw a pickup in business activity as the surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant has eased. Retailers and restaurants likely saw a boost in business as people grew more willing to leave their homes, economists said.

Holding consumers back was the recent burst of price increases, led by gasoline. Inflation rose 7.9% in February from the previous year, the fastest pace in 40 years, according to the Labor Department. Gasoline prices were up 38% on the year, the department said. wsj.com

McDonald's said it would close all its Russian restaurants - but some are still open
Some McDonald's restaurants in Russia are still open and serving customers, according to reports. McDonald's had said a week ago that it would temporarily close all its Russian restaurants in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

US-based Papa John's outlets stay open in Russia despite grim situation

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Retail Targeted by DDoS Attacks
DDoS attacks up nearly 40%, mostly targeting retail and gaming: reports
The number of DDoS attacks increased 37% from 2020 to 2021, and a total of 580,766 attacks were mitigated in 2021, according to a new 2020-2021 Global Threat Analysis Report by Radware.

Between 2020 and 2021, the average DDoS volume per company was also up 26%, but attack vectors larger than 10 Gbit/s were down 5%. The verticals most targeted by DDoS attacks were gaming and retail, each with 22% of attack volume. Next most targeted was government (13%), healthcare (12%), technology (9%) and finance (6%).

Pascal Geenens, director of threat intelligence for Radware, explained that these statistics reveal that bad actors are becoming "smarter, more organized and more targeted in pursuing their objectives," which could be politically or financially motivated, or simply intended to garner notoriety.

"In addition, cybercriminals are shifting their attack patterns - from leveraging larger attack vectors to combining multiple vectors in more complex-to-mitigate campaigns," Geenens said. "Ransomware operators and their affiliates, which now include DDoS-for-hire actors, are working with a whole new level of professionalism and discipline - something that we have not seen before."

Smaller DDoS attacks are on the rise, and Radware says the trend of micro floods - or small attack vectors - and application-level attacks are more concerning than larger attacks as they tend to fly under the radar.

Slower and smaller attacks can go undetected and consume network infrastructure resources such as bandwidth, network and server processing, and can be more difficult to detect than larger attacks.

Between 2020 and 2021, large attacks dropped 5%, and smaller attacks (less than 1Gbit/s) increased nearly 80%. Ninety-six percent of the attack vectors in 2021 were smaller than 10Mbit/s, and the volume generated by those attack vectors totaled only 0.3% of the total attack volume last year.

Bad actors are also taking advantage of a more distributed workforce with an increase of VPN attacks by almost 2,000% in Q1 2021, according to a report by Nuspire. lightreading.com

Russia-Ukraine Impact on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity attacks surge as Ukraine-Russia war rages on

As the Russia-Ukraine war rages on, cybersecurity attacks are becoming a very real threat around the world.

As the Russia-Ukraine war continues to escalate, cybersecurity attacks have become a very real threat around the world. The number of cyberattacks being waged by both countries since the outbreak of the conflict is "staggering," according to the research arm of Check Point Software Technologies.

As cybersecurity concerns increasingly spill over into daily life, here are the best ways to protect yourself:
Be on high alert - Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. It's always safer to enter the URL yourself than to click on a link or attachment.

Choose a strong password - Passwords should be 12 to 15 characters long with strategically placed special characters or symbols. You should have different passwords on each of your online accounts. To help keep track of them all, use a reputable password manager, like the ones provided by Apple, Google or Microsoft.

Keep your antivirus software up to date - Most types of antivirus software can be set up to update automatically. That will help prevent hackers from accessing your computer, laptop or smartphone, as well as alert you to websites and downloads that could be suspicious.

Use only trusted Wi-Fi resources - Before joining a network at say, a coffee shop or retailer, confirm that the Wi-Fi connection you want to join belongs to a business you know and trust. When in doubt, use your personal Wi-Fi hotspot, or the network connection on your smartphone.

Check your credit - Look at your accounts regularly for any suspicious activity or unauthorized charges and set up notifications, through your bank or a banking app, which will track your credit card transactions and alert you to account activity. cnbc.com

A Cybersecurity Crossroads
Cybersecurity at an inflection point

Cybersecurity appears to be at an inflection point, with significant news this month underscoring the sector's rising importance.

While headlines point to different trends, we think they all bolster the case for more cybersecurity upside:

The value of cybersecurity is coming into view. While mega-cap tech mergers and acquisitions typically face scrutiny, the software services sector appear to be a less sensitive area. This may in part reflect the highly fragmented cybersecurity segment, where customers may have to spread spending across 10 or more vendors. Rising deal price tags, whether in mergers and acquisitions or in startup valuations, show both investors and companies are re-rating cybersecurity service providers.

State-linked hackers are using effective new tools and attacks. The USA HERDS web application, designed to track and model US livestock health, doesn't sound like a promising target. But the APT41 state-linked hackers were able to leverage access to penetrate deeper into state networks, gaining persistent access to more sensitive data. A broader range of targets and potential entry points means cybersecurity spending can't be limited to obvious targets.

Work from home means more internal-facing security spending. A broader shift to work from home has meant more employee networks are accessed from non-corporate hardware, potentially increasing attack points and amplifying the risk of rogue employee behavior. Companies will need to spend more to mitigate these threats.

Earnings continue to out deliver. While broader tech valuations have taken a hit on rising US rates and macro factors, the fundamentals for the cybersecurity sector look good. 80% of cybersecurity companies reported an acceleration in 4Q growth and strong demand, from enterprise spending and incident and response to a growing focus on cloud security spending. ubs.com

Meta fined $18.6 million over 12 GDPR-related data breaches
Ireland's Data Protection Commission has fined Meta €17 million ($18.6 million) over 12 data breaches. It said the company violated several articles of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by failing "to have in place appropriate technical and organizational measures which would enable it to readily demonstrate the security measures that it implemented in practice to protect EU users' data." engadget.com

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Exploring the growing complexity of retail loss prevention

As commerce and consumer habits evolve, the function of preventing loss in retail has become increasingly complex. Teams charged with protecting and enhancing retail profitability must take on new responsibilities to protect people, property, and assets.

Retail Council of Canada's virtual Retail Loss Prevention Forum, on April 12, 2022, will examine how retail loss prevention and risk management teams are evolving their roles, responsibilities, and empowering their staff with the new skills and approaches required to be effective in today's retail environment.

During this packed ½ day forum, leading retailers will share real-life, actionable examples of how new proactive tactics are outsmarting felonious activities.

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Canada's Crime Spike

Curbing Canada's Crime Surge
Montreal police adding security cameras to fight crime, worrying community groups
Montreal police are planning to install nine more security cameras across the city in response to a rise in violent crime, but community groups are questioning whether the technology works to deter crime or is a waste of money.

With the addition of the nine cameras - costing up to $11,000 each - the police say they plan to operate a surveillance network of 42 cameras in the city by the end of the year. City police refused to be interviewed about the network, instead referring all questions to their website, which states that the locations of the cameras were chosen "following an analysis" of violent crime in the city.

The province says violent crime, especially gun-related crime, has risen in Montreal since 2016. But Université de Montréal criminology professor Rémi Boivin says he doesn't know how the police could justify adding more surveillance cameras across the city.

"If the objective is to prevent crime, I would answer that, first of all, it does not work, and secondly, (the police) already know that," Boivin said in an interview Monday.

Police in other Canadian cities, including Toronto, are also adding surveillance cameras. Last summer, Ontario announced a total of $6 million over three years for police forces to buy more security cameras. Toronto police already have more than 30 cameras and plan to expand the network to 74 by 2028, a police spokesperson said Monday.

The Quebec government has invested tens of millions of dollars in the last several months to fight violent crime, particularly in the Montreal area. Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault has said the number of attempted gun-related murders in the Montreal area quadrupled between 2016 and 2020. There were 25 homicides in Montreal in 2020 and 37 in 2021. globalnews.ca

Rising Gas Prices in Canada = More Theft
Police, convenience store industry prepare for gas thefts as prices continue to rise

High gas prices have already spurred an increase in gas-and-dash theft

Police and small retailers are preparing for an increase in "gas-and-dash" thefts as gasoline prices across Canada soar following sanctions against Russia that have put the squeeze on global oil supply.

The invasion of Ukraine just over two weeks ago has prompted some countries, including the United States, to ban imports of Russian oil or to move toward phasing them out. Gasoline costs ranged between $1.60 and $2.11 per litre for the past week, says the gas-price tracking website GasBuddy.com.

A spokesman for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police said it has started hearing from the retail industry about concerns related to theft: "There's a national suspicion that some people may resort to (theft)," Joe Couto, the association's director of communications, said in an interview.

"People's budgets are really being pressed these days ... it would not surprise us if some people, out of desperation or otherwise, resorted to this type of behaviour," Couto said.

The group has been working with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, which represents 7,500 retailers, to lobby the provincial government for legislation that requires people to prepay - similar to what's already in place in British Columbia and Alberta. mapleridgenews.com

Canada's fastest-growing city grapples with how to manage rising crime rates
Prosecutors in Kelowna, B.C., say they need more support, while the province says focus needs to be on root causes

Rising crime in Vancouver's downtown sparks calls for reform

COVID Update

All 10 Canadian Provinces Ease COVID Guidelines
Everybody (except Ottawa) is declaring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government is holding fast to virtually every restriction it has imposed during the pandemic

With B.C.'s announcement last week that it would be phasing out mask and vaccine mandates, all 10 provinces have now set an effective end-date to their treatment of COVID-19 as a public health emergency. By April 27 - the date when Ontario's pandemic restrictions become the last to expire - mask, vaccine and physical distancing mandates will effectively cease to exist in Canadian daily life.

Except according to Ottawa. Even as each week yields the end of another provincial COVID mandate, the federal government is continuing to hold fast to virtually every restriction it has imposed over the course of the now two-year pandemic.

Vaccination remains mandatory for any Canadian over the age of 12 looking to board an aircraft, even if it's a domestic flight. Transport Canada is also continuing to mandate masking aboard flights and in airports.

Government employment remains barred to anyone who can't provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination - even to employees who are "teleworking" or "working remotely," according to official guidelines.

While the federal government dropped the requirement for vaccinated travellers to arrange a $150 PCR test in order to enter Canada, crossing the border still remains subject to a raft of pandemic restrictions. nationalpost.com

No More Lockdowns Needed in Canada?
Canada no longer at COVID's mercy but new variants could arise: experts
As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into a third year, many experts are expressing cautious optimism that Canada has passed the need for lockdowns and the widespread safety protocols that marked much of the last 24 months.

But after two years of dealing with an unpredictable virus, they also say we should be ready to adapt at any moment.

While hospitalizations and other pandemic markers appear to have dipped or stabilized throughout the country, virologist Jason Kindrachuk says the COVID-19 crisis can't be considered over until it subsides across the globe.

"The history of COVID-19 tells us we should be preparing for the potential of another variant of concern.... Let's at least be appreciative that we've been in this situation before," says Kindrachuk, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. globalnews.ca

2 years on, there are calls for a real look at what went wrong in Canada during COVID

Canada's Fraud Prevention Month Continues
Chargeback fraud on the rise, proving costly to Canadian businesses: Moneris
To mark Fraud Prevention Month, one financial technology company is offering tips to protect against chargeback, which it says has climbed steadily during the pandemic. Chargeback occurs when a customer disputes a card purchase and successfully has the payment refunded, but is often a fraud.

Moneris' vice-president of customer experience, Yale Holder, says they recorded over 300,000 instances in 2021, costing Canadian businesses tens-of-millions-of-dollars.

Holder's biggest piece of advice for businesses is to not accept card purchases over the phone, since it's incredibly difficult to verify the person on the other end is the actual cardholder.

"(The) first thing we want to encourage is that once you get notified of the chargeback, take steps early to get all your information, get your receipts, get proof of the transaction, and you can (beat) a large number of these chargeback attempts," Holder said.

Aside from that, Moneris says there are simple steps that can be taken to lower the likelihood of chargeback in the first place. This includes ensuring policies related to returns and cancellations are clearly stated, and watching for suspicious purchases that might appear random and expensive.

Online sales are generally safer, Holder says, but can be made even more so with the use of authentication tools. Despite how prolific chargeback has become, Holder said only 15 per cent of small businesses attempted to dispute the claims last year. globalnews.ca

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Canadian Retail Sales Up 22.7% Compared to 2019
Retailers See Boost as Canadian Consumer Spending Rises in Q1 2022
Canadian consumer spending maintained positive momentum in February with an encouraging outlook expected for retailers across the country in the coming months. The Mastercard Spending Pulse report indicated February retail sales, excluding auto, rose by 6.2 per cent year-over-year and they were up 22.7 per cent compared to pre-pandemic spending in 2019.

Also, in-store sales grew 15.2 per cent in February compared to the same month last year and 12.2 per cent versus pre-pandemic as consumers resume in-person activity. E-commerce sales were down (19.8 per cent) when compared to elevated growth in February 2021, however online sales are up 101.4 per cent when compared to February 2019.

"Despite inflation, consumers are putting their record savings to work and expressing themselves through fashion again-much to the benefit of the Apparel, Jewelry and Leather Goods verticals, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse," said Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard and former CEO and Chairman of Saks Incorporated.  retail-insider.com

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Vancouver, BC: 1 dead in shooting outside Superstore in North Vancouver
Homicide investigators have been called to North Vancouver after a man died Friday afternoon in a shooting outside a grocery store. A statement from RCMP said shots were fired in the parking lot of the Superstore on Seymour Boulevard, just north of the entrance to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, around 2:45 p.m. PT. Officers responded and found one man who'd been shot, police said. He died from his injuries at the scene.

"This is extremely alarming for the community. This happened at a neighbourhood grocery store that's frequented by families and children from the neighbourhoods around this area on a daily basis," North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Peter DeVries said. He said the shooting does not appear to be a random act, but did not say if the victim was known to police. cbc.ca

Montreal, QC: Man shot dead near Place Versailles shopping centre
A 28-year-old man died after being shot at least once early Thursday near a shopping centre in Montreal's Anjou borough. Montreal police said early Thursday morning that no arrests had been made in connection with the slaying, the fourth homicide recorded this year by Montreal police. Calls made to the 911 emergency centre a little after midnight reported gunshots had been heard at the intersection of Pierre-Corneille and De Boucherville Sts. near the Place Versailles shopping centre. Officers found the victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound in the upper body. A little before 4 a.m., police announced the victim had died from his injuries. montrealgazette.com

Toronto, ON: Man arrested after 'convenience store robbery spree,' police say
In a press release, Toronto police said officers responded to three separate robberies at convenience stores. The first alleged incident took place on Feb. 8 in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area, followed by a reported robbery on Feb. 10 in the Pape Avenue and Danforth Avenue area. On March 7, a third incident took place around Pape Avenue and Gamble Avenue. globalnews.ca

Toronto, ON: Terrifying armed robbery of jewelry store caught on surveillance video
A terrifying armed robbery of a jewelry store in Toronto was caught on camera. The owner of Lahore Jewellers says his 9-year-old son had a gun pointed at his head.

Edmonton Police seek public's assistance identifying suspects in liquor store robbery

Video shows armed robbery at jewelry shop in Mississauga

Kamloops, BC: Same theft suspect busted on back-to-back days

Two attempted robberies and a robbery within three days in Abbotsford

Smash & grab at Shoppers Drug Mart has Halton police searching for suspects

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E-Commerce Surge is Driving Shipping Fraud Explosion
Shipping fraud quickly emerging as one of the top fraud types
The continuous growth of e-commerce could be behind a surge in shipping fraud, which is now the fastest growing type of digital fraud worldwide, according to a TransUnion report.

There was an influx in shipping fraud in 2021, resulting in a 780.5% year-over-year (YoY) global increase. When compared to a two-year timeframe from 2019 to 2021, TransUnion data shows shipping fraud grew more than 1,500+%.

Shipping fraud - defined as when a buyer spoofs a shipping address or when a seller receives payment for goods or services, but never ships to the buyer - has quickly emerged as one of the top fraud types across a variety of industries. This issue, however, was most prominent in the logistics industry where consumers purchase goods online and are then reliant on third-party carriers for transportation and delivery of items.

"As consumers shifted from brick-and-mortar retailers to e-commerce platforms over the course of the pandemic, fraudsters gravitated toward areas where consumers were increasingly spending both time and money," said Shai Cohen, SVP and global head of fraud solutions at TransUnion. "Online shopping has become the 'new normal' on a global scale and as a result, the propensity for shipping fraud has also increased."

As consumer adoption of digital channels has continued to accelerate, the global rate for all types of suspected digital fraud attempts increased 9.4% YoY from 2020 to 2021 and 52.2% from 2019 to 2021. In addition to shipping fraud, other types of fraud that experienced large increases when comparing 2020 to 2021 include business identity theft (+113.8%) and identity mining / phishing attempts (+104.8%) which both showed high rates of annual growth.

According to a recent survey of 12,500 adults worldwide, 62% of consumers reported identity theft as their greatest concern when it comes to digital fraud.

"To effectively mitigate digital fraud risks, businesses should ensure there are strong authentication processes in place as well as streamlined technology and multi-layered identity solutions. These solutions will help build trust with customers and thwart these fraud tactics," said Cohen. helpnetsecurity.com

Dangerous Online Products
Exclusive: Skin whitening creams containing high levels of mercury continue to be sold on the world's biggest e-commerce sites, new report finds
Skin whitening products containing high levels of mercury continue to be sold on the world's biggest e-commerce platforms, including websites run by eBay, Amazon and Alibaba, a new report by the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) finds.

The report, shared exclusively with CNN ahead of publishing, is the third by the ZMWG to reveal high levels of mercury in, and the global availability of, skin whitening soaps and creams. This is, however, the group's first report to focus solely on the online sale of these products.

For its research, ZMWG purchased and tested 271 skin lightening products from more than 40 e-commerce sites in 17 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Of these, 129 products in 16 countries were found to have high levels of mercury and were being sold on more than 30 different sites. cnn.com

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Albuquerque, NM: Business loses over $200,000 of Sports Memorabilia in Burglary
Shane Westhoelter, the CEO and founder of Gateway Insurance and Financial Services, has been collecting sports memorabilia for quite some time. "I've been collecting for probably about 30 years, and with that just got to know a lot of the players through our business," Westhoelter said. But in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, his office in Albuquerque was burglarized. "They left most of the awards and small things, but took a lot of the memorabilia type pieces, the framed-out jerseys, framed footballs that have autographs and signatures and things like that on it," said Westhoelter. Westhoelter said, as many as 40 pieces were taken. Walls that were once filled with signed jerseys now hang empty. In total, he says over $200,000 of memorabilia was stolen. "Comments were made that because of the numbers of total value, this is one of the largest commercial robberies that has happened at least in recent years," Westhoelter said. But it wasn't just memorabilia taken, credit cards and checkbooks were also stolen. "Best Buy transaction that was about $2500. A Target transaction was right around $1500," he said. Westhoelter and police believe they have surveillance photos of the man responsible for burglarizing his business and other businesses in the area. koat.com

Memphis, TN: Thieves drive into clothing store, take over $80k in merchandise
Memphis Police responded to a business burglary at the 4200 block of Elvis Presley on February 18 where over $80,000 worth of merchandise was taken. MPD posted this video on their facebook page, showing the thieves backing a truck into the store window. Police said when officers arrived, the suspects fled the scene in a black Infiniti, white Nissan Frontier pick-up, and a gray Jeep Compass. Over the course of their investigation, MPD has developed two suspects so far. wreg.com

Upper Moreland Township, PA: Young couple wanted for stealing $12,000 in items from Pa. Giant, then 'calmly' walking out
Upper Moreland Township police need the public's help to identify two brazen bandits caught on camera twice stealing items from a GIANT supermarket. "She's wearing leopard-spotted pajama bottoms," said Detective Sergeant James Kelly with Upper Moreland Township Police Department. However, the woman got away. In total, police say a woman and man have stolen around $12,000 worth of items. Police said the two incidents took place on February 22 and March 7 at the GIANT supermarket on York Road in Willow Grove. They were inside for about 45 minutes. The first time they stole around $4,500 worth of items, and the second time, around $7,500. Each time officials say the pair loaded up their carts and walked calmly past the registers and out the door. Police believe they are stealing to support their drug habit. 6abc.com

Snohomish, WA: Home Depot thief back out again
The thief who repeatedly hit Home Depot was smart, but maybe not smart enough. However, a day after his arrest, he's been out of jail on personal recognizance under a district judge's decision. Almost daily from late January until his arrest Feb. 23, his operation was simple: Drop by Home Depot in Snohomish and walk out with something stolen to re-sell. We're talking power tools, a pressure washer and more. In a little over a month, he'd stolen upwards of $6,500 of goods from 15 different early morning visits, court documents say. On Facebook, the Police Department cheered the legwork that led to his arrest last month.  snoho.com

Laredo, TX: Woman tried stealing $1K worth of shirts from Laredo Macy's

Brookfield, WI: Brookfield Police are looking to identify a man wanted in $600 theft from Kohl's

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Shootings & Deaths

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Shooters Restaurant server shot and killed
A man died after a shooting outside Shooters Waterfront restaurant along Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal Waterway. According to witnesses a verbal dispute broke out then gunfire was heard. According to the Fort Lauderdale Police, officers arrested the gunman, The restaurant confirmed the incident Tuesday afternoon involved an employee and a former employee. "This was a situation between a former employee and a current employee. We are fully cooperating with authorities," Peter Lopez, Shooters director of operations, said in a statement. Witnesses said it happened in front of the restaurants customers and that the shooter took off running. A Shooters employee said the victim was a server at the restaurant. 850wftl.com

Update Las Vegas, NV: Two charged with murder in 2021 c-store slaying
Two people have been charged with murder in a 2021 convenience store slaying that Las Vegas police say unfolded during an argument over a woman cutting in line at the store. Initial reports indicate the both face charges of conspiring to commit murder, open murder, and burglary for an incident that occurred November 9, 2021 in the Las Vegas area. The shooting happened inside the Speedee Mart at 2980 E. Tropicana Ave. on Nov. 9. According to police, the victim was inside the store when he got into an altercation with a female customer. Moments later the woman left the store, only to later return with a man armed with a handgun. The armed man then entered the store and shot the male customer. reviewjournal.com

Miami, FL: Video catches wild shootout in a Miami store
The convicted gunmen want a new trial. The video looks like something out of a movie. Two armed robbers enter a Liberty City convenience store. One jumps on the counter to get to the cash register. The store clerk grabs her own gun. A wild shootout ensues - with the wounded robber, Untarious Alexander, cowering behind a stand of chips, firing shots. The two bark at each other. Calm and in command, the clerk allows the man to escape. A Miami federal jury recently convicted Alexander and the second defendant, Rodrick Hamilton, of robbery, conspiracy and using weapons during the crimes. But defense lawyers for Hamilton are now asking for a new trial, after a juror wrote on a questionnaire that he believed Hamilton wasn't guilty - and he didn't realize that a jury could end deadlocked. "It was never explained about a hung jury if we all didn't agree. I truly felt Mr. Hamilton wasn't guilty," the juror wrote. "I don't know the law that well. However I wished I would've stuck to my guns and allowed another jury to try him. My deepest apologies." A Miami federal judge has yet to rule on the request filed late last week. The judge will consider the request before sentencing, which is set for May 3. miamiherald.com

Niagara Falls, NY: Argument over leaking milk container leads to discharge of gun
A store clerk is facing felony charges after an argument over a leaky milk container resulted in a female customer suffering a gunshot wound. Niagara Falls Police were called to the 7/11 on Hyde Park Blvd. around 4 a.m. Tuesday. When they got there, a woman told officers she and her boyfriend got into a confrontation with the clerk after trying to return a leaking container of milk they had just purchased. During the incident which spilled out the front of the store, police say the store clerk allegedly hit the 32-year-old victim over the head with a weapon. The victim complained of shoulder pain while ambulance crews were treating her for a cut on her head. EMTs noticed she appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound in the area of her body between her neck and shoulder. The woman was taken to ECMC for treatment and released. Police emphasize they are still investigating and looking at store surveillance video to help determine exactly what happened. They say there could be charges filed against the store clerk but no one has been charged as yet.  wgrz.com

Minneapolis, MN: Man gets 30 years in prison for fatally shooting Cedar-Riverside clerk during robbery


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Huntington, WV: Advance Auto Parts store employee held hostage shares story
When their shift at Advance Auto Parts began Tuesday, workers would've never dreamed they'd be considered hostages. "Honestly I was like is this for real right now?" Josh McComas, one of two employees who was in the store during the incident, said. McComas says the suspect entered the store around noon. "He went toward the door after a customer left," McComas said. "Then he locked the door and told us not to go near the door." McComas says he told the suspect, who was later identified as 35-year-old Eric West, to leave, but West threatened to use one of the store's own items against them. "He told us he was going to throw a (car) battery at us," McComas said.

He says West told him and his co-worker to go to the back of the store and call police. "He was definitely disturbed in some sort of way," McComas said. McComas says the suspect called police and told them he had two hostages. The employee says when more customers tried to come inside, the suspect told them to leave and that the store was closed. "I told him I don't know what's troubling you, but this isn't worth it," McComas said. "He said I didn't understand what he was going through." He says West grabbed a few items including a Batman hat, sunglasses, and candy.

After officers arrived, police say West came out peacefully and surrendered. The criminal complaint says West told officers he had to take employees hostage to get police to arrive sooner. "I feel like potentially that was his goal from the get-go," McComas said. "He was just looking to go to jail or something." West is facing kidnapping and robbery charges. "I wondered why of all the businesses on this street he chose this one," McComas said. When asked if he felt like he was in danger, McComas said, "You never know what someone is capable of. There is always that risk. Once I was kind of fairly certain he didn't have any weapons on him, I was more concerned with what he was going to do when the cops showed up than what he was going to do to me." wsaz.com

Norwalk, CT: Man charged with robbery in Walmart incident
A city man was arrested after police say he threatened a Walmart employee before leaving the store with stolen merchandise. Stanley Epps, 60, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with third-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny, according to Norwalk Police Department records. Sgt. Sofia Gulino, a spokesperson for the department, said officers were dispatched to the store at 680 Connecticut Ave. shortly before 5 p.m. after employees reported an assault. A Walmart employee told the officers that Epps was observed concealing several items in a backpack that he had also stolen from the store, Gulino said. He then exchanged some of the merchandise, which he had not purchased, at the service desk for a gift card, she added. Gulino said employees tried to stop Epps from leaving the store without paying, but he became hostile and managed to escape with $167 worth of items. "Epps physically pushed an associate blocking his path and threatened to punch the associate," Gulino said. "No injuries were reported." thehour.com

Seguin, TX: Texas 'magician' uses quick-change trick to steal nearly $3K from Walmart
There's a sleight of hand "magician" stealing money from a Walmart in Texas, the Seguin Police Department said Monday. On two occasions, Jan. 10 and Feb. 12, police said a man used a "quick-change" scheme to swipe a total of $2,700 from unknowing cashiers at the big-box store. "Seguin's next David Blaine made a stop at Walmart for a quick magic show. Sadly, only he knew about the performance," the department posted on its Facebook page. The scheme to confuse cashiers has been around for years. The thief will pay for an inexpensive item with a large bill, forcing the cashier to hand back a large amount of change. The crook then uses sleight of hand to pocket some of the cash, making it appear as if he's been short-changed. The cashier doles out the difference, and the thief walks away with extra cash. krqe.com

Savannah, GA: Violent C-Store robbery spree leads to nearly 2 decades in prison for felon

Chicago, IL: Man carried out takeover-style heists; robbed 15 Chicago liquor, convenience stores in 2016, sentenced to 28 years

Kansas City, MO: Man sentenced to 15 years for series of KC-area armed robberies

San Jose, CA: Woman returns and apologizes for theft of a $4000 Bottle of Cognac from Restaurant



C-Store - Roanoke Rapids, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bibb County, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Edgewood, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Iredell County, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
Dollar General - Jasper, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Port Angeles, WA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bristol, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Laurel, MD - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Ontario, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Woodbury, MN - Robbery
Motel - Port Angeles, WA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Hilo, HI - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - South Salt Lake, UT - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Lubbock, TX - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Knoxville, TN - Robbery
Walgreens - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Walmart - Norwalk, CT - Robbery
7-Eleven - Spokane, WA - Robbery


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

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