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SIA Announces New Chairman, Executive Committee and Board Members
The Security Industry Association (SIA) welcomed a new chairman, announced its 2020 executive committee and added five new members to the SIA board of directors at The Advance, SIA's annual membership meeting, held virtually Tuesday, March 17.

One of the D&D Daily's solution provider partners, Axis Communications, will be represented on the executive committee for 2020, with Scott Dunn, Sr. Director Business Development Solutions & Services, Axis Communications, named Treasurer for the group.

The SIA board of directors is comprised of industry professionals representing a broad spectrum of interests in the security industry. The full list of current board members can be found here. sdmmag.com

Tom Doyle named Director Loss Prevention & Safety for Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries

Prior to being named Director Loss Prevention & Safety for Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Tom spent three years as Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Goodwill of Southern California. Before that, he spent more than six years as Sr. Loss Prevention Manager - Retail for Oakley Inc. Earlier in his career, he held LP positions with St. John Knits, Party City, Kmart, Blockbuster, KB Toys, and Styles for Less, Inc. Congratulations, Tom!

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Axis Communications Launches Body Worn Solution

Axis enters new market, reimagining body worn with the world's most flexible solution

Axis Communications, has been recognized for decades as the industry leader in network video and today the company has announced its first body worn solution, designed for use by law enforcement and private security. The solution - including the robust camera, docking station and system controller - has been designed on an open system architecture, which will allow for integration with other video management systems (VMS) and evidence management systems (EMS) including those from Axis itself, making the solution the world's most flexible, while also enhancing existing software investments. axis.com

Coronavirus Update


Coronavirus Map: March 18 Update

US: 7,048 Cases Across Every State, 116 Dead   Globally: Cases Surpass 200K

On the frontlines protecting others:
31 security officers test positive for COVID-19

Private security officers are being called to the front line to keep the peace, direct traffic and to ensure that shoppers play nice. Stop and Shop, Kroger, ShopRite and Trader Joe are among a growing list of retailers who have hired security officers to control the people and the traffic during the mass rush for Coronavirus supplies.

While there have been some arrests made for fighting and for theft, nationwide, most retailers have reported that their shoppers have been understanding and cooperative.

Some security officers are wearing masks and gloves while in most locations, they have been seen without the proper protecting gear. As of today, 31 known security officers have tested positive with the virus including 6 TSA security officers.

While many businesses, schools and social events have been shut down for several weeks or more, private security officers continue to work to protect people and property while risking their own lives. privateofficer.com

Police Stop Making Arrests For Some Crimes
As courts across the country respond to the spread of the coronavirus by postponing jury trials and limiting what cases are heard, police are responding by making less arrests and in some cases choosing not to make arrests involving low level crimes unless there is a threat to public safety.

This will mean that some crimes reported by any citizen, including security officers, may not be responded to or may require a report be completed online or by phone.

Minor arrests in many areas will also not be made at the time of the crime.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw addressed the new protocol put in place during the coronavirus emergency. "Persons who commit certain non-violent offenses will be arrested at the scene. Once their identity has been confirmed, they will be released and processed via arrest warrant. This is similar to the 'summons process' that is utilized in many other counties throughout the Commonwealth," Outlaw said. She explained if the officer and supervisor believe the individual poses a threat to public safety, the suspect can be taken into custody for immediate processing. "To be clear, the Philadelphia Police Department is not turning a blind eye to crime," Outlaw posted to social media early Wednesday.

The move in Fort Worth mirrors similar policies enacted in Denver, San Francisco, Brooklyn, New York, and Oak Forest, Illinois, Philadelphia and Tampa Florida.

Other areas are also "delaying arrests. If an officer determines that a non-violent, low-level crime has been committed, the officer may issue a criminal summons, file a report and seek an arrest warrant latter or may identify the person and have the "victim" seek an arrest warrant. privateofficernews.org fox29.com star-telegram.com

Coronavirus Fears Fueling Spike in Sales of Guns and Ammunition
The world's largest gun store, in metro Atlanta, has had lines that are six and eight people deep. A gun store in Los Angeles had lines that stretched down the block. And at least one store in Idaho put limits on sales after its shelves were nearly cleared out.

Just as grocery stores have been stripped bare by Americans panicked by coronavirus, guns and ammunition have started flying off the shelves. Retailers say the buying frenzy is being fueled by consumers who are worried that people are becoming so desperate and unpredictable, they need to ensure they can protect themselves.

Sales spiked in a matter of days, industry experts say. Some of the purchases are made by people buying their first firearm. Others are existing gun owners adding to their collection or stocking up on ammunition after seeing grocery stores depleted, schools closed and big events canceled, including the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. time.com

     Gun shops having trouble maintaining inventory

N.J. orders all indoor malls to close starting tonight to fight coronavirus pandemic
A day after shuttering numerous businesses and restricting restaurants across New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he is now ordering all of the state's indoor shopping malls to close until further notice, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, to help battle the spread of the coronavirus.

Murphy said indoor and outdoor amusement parks and amusement centers in the state also must close, after announcing the state's total number of coronavirus cases surged to 267 as of Tuesday afternoon.

Those locations include bowling alleys, zoos, aquariums, arcades, carnivals, fairs, theme parks, water parks, children's play places, funplexes, and places with amusement rides, according to the executive order the governor signed.

Technically, some parts of malls don't have to close. The order says stores and restaurants with separate entrances from the mall's main indoor shopping areas can remain open.

But those stores must be closed between 8 p.m and 5 a.m. and adhere to the state's social distancing guidelines requiring fewer than 50 people at any gathering. And like other eateries in the state, those restaurants can offer only takeout or delivery. No dining in is allowed. nj.com

50 Major Retail Chains Have Now Announced Temporary Store Closures or Reduced Hours Nationwide to Slow the Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are the latest to announce closures:

View the full list of stores here: cnbc.com


 - including Bloomingdale's
• Saks Fifth Avenue


UK Panic Buying Drives Grocery Industry to Food Rationing


Panic Buying in UK As Well
Stockpiling on the rise in the UK, data reveals

The number of people stockpiling has risen considerably in the past two weeks, up from 10% of consumers to 25% of shoppers currently, new research reveals. Panic buying has left 72% of consumers frustrated, saying that they have experienced difficulties in buying the products they want because they have been out of stock. Consumers avoiding shopping destinations has more then tripled in last two weeks. talkingretail.com

UK Grocery Stores Start Rationing Grocery Products to Offset Panic Buying
Tesco was the first to begin rationing certain products two weeks ago, such as dried pasta and canned vegetables.

Nearly all of the grocers have since been rationing sales of items such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and household cleaning products.

Earlier today, chief executive Mike Coupe told customers in a letter that they will now only be able to buy a maximum of three of any product, while a cap of two goes for some of the most popular items, such as toilet roll and soap.  retailgazette.co.uk

Coronavirus: Asda closes counters and rations products

Coronavirus: Sainsbury's the latest to ration all grocery products

UK: Tesco supermarket in Reading puts up signs telling panic buyers not to assault staff

UK: Tesco store puts security tags on plastic soap bottles in bathrooms

NRF Sends Letter to White House and Congressional Leadership on COVID-19 Economic Priorities
The National Retail Federation today sent a letter to President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting their swift efforts in minimizing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in terms of public health and broader economic implications domestically and around the world. The text of the letter is a PDF available here.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Safeguarding Workplaces From COVID-19
This Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 does not create new legal obligations, but it provides helpful information and advice on measures employers can take to limit the risk of exposure and infection for their employees, and how to respond if an employee does become ill.

While OSHA's guidance is not mandatory, it is a valuable resource for employers looking to prepare and best position their workplaces to handle the COVID-19 outbreak. natlawreview.com

50 Major Retail Chains Have Now Announced Temporary Store Closures or Reduced Hours Nationwide to Slow the Coronavirus Outbreak

Macy's, Inc. Temporarily Closes Stores Nationwide in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

McKinsey & Company; Responding to coronavirus: The minimum viable nerve center

Starbucks, Dunkin' Move to Take-Out Model in All US Locations

Nearly 7 million Northern California residents ordered to shelter in place

NY Gov. Cuomo says he won't approve coronavirus 'shelter-in-place' order for New York City after mayor tells residents to prepare

Nevada governor orders closure of all nonessential businesses for 30 days

Ukraine Mask Heist: Opportunists Bought 100,000 Medical Masks.
When They Tried To Sell Them, They Were Robbed By Armed Men

Resilience360 Launches Coronavirus Supply Chain Resource Center
Our Coronavirus Supply Chain Resource center features daily updates and special reports, providing you with early warning intelligence on the Coronavirus epidemic as well as recommendations for business contingency planning based upon best-in-class supply chain risk management methodology. The content is derived entirely from Resilience 360's Incident Monitoring platform.

Supply chain managers should take advantage of this valuable and free resource at this challenging time. If you would like to also receive these alerts in near real-time, click here to acquire a subscription to the Incident Monitoring platform.


Chicago's Felony Shoplifting Charges Drop 74% in 3 Years
Under the Country's First "Progressive Prosecutors"

Chicago's Controversial Top Prosecutor Up for Re-Election

'Kim Foxx Aims To Rewrite An 'Inequitable' Legal Justice System As Challengers Fight To Topple Her'

Four years after Foxx, the county's first Black female prosecutor, decisively defeated incumbent Anita Alvarez to be one of the country's first "progressive prosecutors," it may still be hard to believe, sometimes, that historically punitive Cook County has an elected state's attorney willing to call out the failures of the system.

With one term under her belt, Foxx says her work isn't finished: she has more to do to reshape the system and address longstanding inequities. But she faces three opponents who have vociferously criticized her record. They argue that although reform still needs to happen, she's not fit to do it, and that some of her attempts to transform the system have gone too far

The dynamics of the race exemplify how pursuing criminal justice reform from the prosecutor's office can produce intense backlash. Foxx is one of the first progressive prosecutors to face re-election, and the outcome is likely to offer lessons for the movement as a whole.

Jamila Hodge, director of the Reshaping Prosecution program at the Vera Institute of Justice. "We have more than 2,300 prosecutor's offices across this country. We're approaching 50 who've been elected on a reform platform. So this is just the beginning. And we need people like her to be able to stay in this role so that this movement can have momentum."

Read about the retail felony shoplifting saga the last few years in Chicago

New UK Legislation aims to protect shopworkers from abuse
Legislation to protect shopworkers from rising levels of violence and abuse has been heard in Parliament Monday (16 March).

Presenting the bill as a Ten Minute Rule motion, Alex Norris MP, said: "Retailers and their staff are a cornerstone of our local communities, yet every day hundreds of retail workers are suffering shocking abuse at work and despite the exponential rise in violence we are seeing an ever decreasing response from our police forces that have been so stretched by 10 years of cuts, especially to neighborhood policing teams." talkingretail.com

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ALL-TAG Company Update:

We are Open and Shipping Orders (monitoring COVID-19)

ALL-TAG is open and shipping orders of any product to any location around the world. If anything changes, we'll update our status on this page.

All-Tag is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation (designated COVID-19 by the World Health Organization).

As such, we are managing our business to limit the impact on our customers and employees.

We are:

● Monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC and credible news websites.
● Maintain communications with employees and customers
● Work to minimize the spread of an infectious disease if needed, through work from home/social distancing, travel restrictions, increasing more stringent office cleaning

This Global situation remains challenging. All-Tag will monitor the relevant government health organization for additional guidance. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff and customers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended actions for minimizing the potential for infection:

● Regular handwashing with soap or alcohol-based sanitizers
● Limit touching of the face after contact of a potentially contaminated surface or infected persons
● Cleaning surfaces with disinfectants
● Getting educated on COVID-19, with information from reliable sources
● Avoid travel with symptoms
● Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve
● Stay at home if you feel unwell and calling a healthcare professional
● Self-Isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19






Cybercrime Takes Priority with DOJ
Attorney General Barr urges DOJ to prioritize prosecuting coronavirus scammers

Scammers who have been taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by spreading COVID-19-themed spearphishing emails have caught the attention of the Department of Justice.

In a memo sent to all U.S. attorneys Monday, Attorney General William Barr prioritized prosecuting cybercriminals seeking to exploit fears about the coronavirus

"The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated," Barr said in the memo, which CyberScoop has obtained.

In recent days, scammers have been expanding their efforts and imitating country-specific health authorities around the world as the virus has spread to hundreds of thousands. Many other schemes have focused on exploiting businesses' fears about the economic impact of the pandemic, according to Proofpoint.

"[I]t is essential that the Department of Justice remain vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis," Barr said. cyberscoop.com

Free security resources for work-from-home employees during the COVID-19 crisis

Some security vendors are stepping up to help organizations better protect their networks as employees must suddenly work from home.

As the world "shelters in place" amid the COVID-19 crisis, some tech companies are stepping up and offering their products and services free of charge for a limited time. These offers will help organizations set up and protect remote employees faster. In some cases, vendors are also offering support services to help companies through the set-up and deployment processes.

Keep in mind that most if not all these offers are extended free trials. At some point, you will be expected to pay for these products and services if you decide to continue using them. Even so, the vendors below are helping the global community better cope with the COVID-19 crisis at a time of very high demand for their offerings.

CSO will add new free COVID-19-related services as we learn of them. Vendors offering help may contact CSO using this link. csoonline.com

8 key security considerations for protecting remote workers

Many security and IT teams suddenly have to support and protect employees who must work remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis. Make sure you cover these areas.

Your boss just called and all your employees are mandated to work from home for the next two to three weeks due to the potential COVID-19 pandemic. What could go wrong? What risks are you now bringing to the firm? These are the actions should you take immediately to ensure you can allow your workforce to work remotely and securely.

1. Determine what endpoint protection you will require for home users
2. Review what software remote employees need
3. Ensure remote access does not introduce more risk
4. Implement two-factor authentication (2FA)
5. Use a virtual private network (VPN)
6. Assess the impact to firewalls, conditional access policies and other logging
7. Educate employees on COVID-19 scams
8. Update acceptable use policies for employees

Planning for the future

While this is a stressful time given the uncertainties, it's also a great time for seeing how ready your organization is for emergencies and other remote worker needs. Even if you don't tell everyone to work from home, take the time to think about if you could make everyone work from how and how well you could do it. Review the CIS Telework and Small Office Network Security Guide to see if there are any other security issues you should be monitoring. csoonline.com


COVID-19 Response: 5 Tips for Securing Remote Workplace

Phil Reitinger of Global Cyber Alliance on Mitigating Overlooked Vulnerabilities

It's no exaggeration to say that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have the largest-ever global remote workforce. And with it comes an expanded attack surface that requires extra attention. Phil Reitinger of the Global Cyber Alliance shares five tips for securing the remote workforce.

"If there's one thing we know about cyber adversaries, it's that they're adaptive and reactive," Reitinger says. "What COVID-19 gives the adversaries is an opportunity both to phish - to sort of weaponize the desire for information - and at the same time a new set of [prospective victims] to target."

In an interview with Information Security Media Group (see audio link below photo), Reitinger discusses:

● Threats and threat actors looking to prey on unsecured workplaces;
● The most commonly overlooked vulnerabilities;
● Coronavirus implications for 2020 election security. 14 minutes govinfosecurity.com

U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus
The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans' phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the project is in its early stages.

Analyzing trends in smartphone owners' whereabouts could prove to be a powerful tool for health authorities looking to track coronavirus, which has infected more than 180,000 people globally. But it's also an approach that could leave some Americans uncomfortable, depending on how it's implemented, given the sensitivity when it comes to details of their daily whereabouts. Multiple sources stressed that - if they proceed - they are not building a government database.

A task force created by tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors presented a range of ideas around disease mapping and telehealth to the White House during a private meeting Sunday. washingtonpost.com




Canadian Coronavirus Update

Mass Store Closures - Empty Shelves - Borders Shut Down

Mass Store Closures in Canada Escalate Significantly Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Some had expected governments to announce the shutdown of all non-essential retailers in Canada on Tuesday, though as of press time that has yet to happen. Thousands of store locations have closed in Canada since Friday temporarily for two weeks or more. In some parts of Canada, restaurants and bars have been ordered to close amid a 'social distancing' movement.

Hundreds of stores closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with hundreds more expected to close on Wednesday as the situation accelerates. Iconic Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company, which operates 89 stores across the country and turns 350 years old on May 2nd, announced Tuesday afternoon that stores will remain closed for at least two weeks. Saks Fifth Avenue's two Toronto locations and its Calgary store will shut, as will all 18 Saks OFF 5TH stores in Canada.

We reported on Tuesday that Nordstrom had shut its six full-line Canadian stores as well as six Nordstrom Rack locations. Nordstrom has yet to launch a Canadian ecommerce site which means it is particularly exposed to the store closures.

Luxury multi-brand retailer Holt Renfrew announced Tuesday evening that all of its stores would be closing in Canada. Click here to see more of Canada's store closures. retail-insider.com

Trump says the US will close the border with Canada to 'non-essential' traffic
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States would temporarily close its border with Canada to "non-essential traffic" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic," Trump wrote in a tweet. The president said "trade will not be affected." cnbc.com

How Coronavirus Stockpiling will Hit Canadian Retailers
Consumer stockpiling in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak can be viewed as unconventional inventory accumulation, mainly meant to minimize a perceived threat of loss or fear of going without.

Consumer stockpiling can also be explained using commodity theory and prospect theory. Commodity theory proposes that the value of a product is positively related to its scarcity, so perceived shortages may stimulate stockpiling behaviour. Prospect theory describes how people are risk-averse when choosing between uncertain alternatives. To avoid potential losses in the face of uncertainty from the coronavirus outbreak, consumers may stockpile or hoard essential items.

Consumer stockpiling has immediate and long-term effects on retail operations. At the early stage of an outbreak, retailers may increase product availability in anticipation of stockpiling behaviour. However, depending on supply readiness, stockpiling can soon lead to retailers selling out, with shortages persisting for several order cycles. retail-insider.com

Canadian grocery store introduces brilliant policy to protect seniors during coronovirus pandemic
A grocery store in Edmonton, Alberta is leading the way in coronavirus pandemic innovation by implementing a special early morning "Golden Shopping Hour" that will be exclusive to seniors, those with mobility concerns, and those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

"This is such a simple yet brilliant move by a grocery store in Edmonton ... I am truly hopeful for the creative solutions and innovation that will come out of this crisis, keeping those truly in need, in mind."

It is indeed a brilliant and responsible move. And it's one that many are suggesting other major chains like Wal-Mart, Target, and Safeway implement a similar policy to ensure that our seniors and our most vulnerable loved ones can shop in a safe, low-stress environment while we all fight to end the coronavirus pandemic. thepostmillennial.com

Retail Council of Canada's Cannabis Forum Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Canada to close borders to most non-citizens, stop ill travellers from boarding inbound flights

B.C. & Maniboba shut down all casinos to slow spread of COVID-19

Tim Hortons to close dining rooms, will only provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery

Canadian companies require travelling employees to self-quarantine amid COVID-19

Canadian Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Support Initiative Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid coronavirus, Canadian cannabis stores see 'unprecedented' sales surge

Health officials, police warn of scams exploiting COVID-19 fears

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Despite Denials, RCMP Used Facial Recognition Program for 18 Years

NDP critic calls on government to explain why RCMP falsely denied using
Clearview AI technology.

Despite denials, the RCMP has been routinely using facial recognition technology since 2002, The Tyee has learned. And the software continues to be used in British Columbia, the RCMP confirmed Monday.

Attention has been focused on the RCMP's use of Clearview AI's controversial facial recognition software, which uses a database of billions of images scraped from social media. The technology allows police forces - and individuals and companies - to upload a photo and see any matching images on the web, along with links to where they appeared.

But The Tyee has learned the RCMP has been using facial recognition software for 18 years. The technology is used to store and compare faces of "charged persons" and to create photo lineups, said Fortin.

When the RCMP bought the system, the supplier said it provided "increased efficiency of surveillance and investigation activities" and "the ability to identify an individual within very large databases of images in seconds."

The RCMP did not respond to a question about how the use of the software could be reconciled with its previous claims it was not using facial recognition technology. In July 2019, the RCMP told The Tyee it was not using such software.

Any technology on the "magnitude of a facial recognition system" would require approval from RCMP headquarters, a spokesperson said, and it had received no requests from units across the country.  thetyee.ca

Edmonton police warn of identity theft, fraud through mail thefts

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Toronto, ON: Knife-wielding man sought for violent shop theft are threatening to stab security guards
A shoplifter is sought after he attempted to stab security guards at a store in the city's downtown core last month. Toronto Police say the unidentified man was spotted in the store near Yonge and Queen Sts. around 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 8. "He took two high-end jackets and left the store," Const. Caroline de Kloet said in a statement issued Saturday. "Once outside, he was approached by security staff regarding the theft." "He then produced a knife and attempted to stab the guards," she added. The man is believed to be 25 to 30, about 5-foot-7. He was wearing a dark grey winter jacket with a fur-trim hood, dark blue or black jeans, black casual shoes and dark sunglasses. torontosun.com

Toronto, ON: Man in custody, two injured after gun pulled out in fight at downtown Loblaw's

Huntsville, ON: Two arrests, $4,100 in stolen property seized following shoplifting spree

Vancouver, BC: $30K-$80K in wigs, many meant for cancer patients, stolen from shop

Calgary, AB: 6 youths charged in string of five convenience store robberies

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Amazon "Accident rates will spike"
Amazon warehouse workers afraid of going to work as the risk of suffering an injury or contracting coronavirus increases

Amazon announced on Monday that it plans to hire 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers and raise their pay by $2 per hour to deal with the increased workloads.

A delivery worker's death in South Korea could be a sign of what's to come for US e-commerce companies, as the coronavirus crisis puts more pressure on their labor-intensive warehousing and delivery workers.

The incident highlights the perils of increased orders at e-commerce companies as more people flock to online shopping amid the coronavirus crisis. As these companies deal with higher demand, their labor workers - many of them low-wage hourly workers - who pack and ship packages face heightened risk of suffering on-the-job injuries or contracting the coronavirus disease.

"Accident rates will spike, workers will be worked to a point beyond exhaustion," Jake Wilson, a sociology professor at California State University, told Business Insider. "Ironically, many of these workers will be even more susceptible to acquiring coronavirus."

There are no known cases of deaths or serious injuries yet among US e-commerce companies like Amazon or Walmart. But a growing number of labor workers at Amazon are expressing concerns about the increased health risks.

In fact, a group of Amazon warehouse workers started an online petition last week, demanding the company provide better overall pay and paid sick leave regardless of diagnosis. In the petition, first reported by Buzzfeed, the workers say the increase in package volume has placed a "greater strain on workers," but Amazon continues to "enforce and raise productivity quotas."

"The combination of increased demand as consumers try to stay away from crowded stores, exacting productivity targets, and short fulfillment windows is exposing warehouse workers to a range of hazards," Theodore said. businessinsider.com

Amazon Hiring 100,000 For Coronavirus Delivery Expansion, Investing $350 Million

'Godsend' for those impacted by coronavirus cuts, layoffs

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is driving a massive expansion by Amazon right when the economy needs it the most: $350 million of investment, higher wages, and more people in fulfillment and delivery roles. Why? Social distancing.

So Amazon is ramping up:

$350 million investment across the U.S., Canada, and Europe
100,000 new part-time and full-time roles in the U.S. alone
Salary increases: $2/hour on current salaries of $15/hour or more

This could be a godsend to people who have been laid off from restaurant, service, or retail jobs as closures have affected hourly workers and those who cannot work remotely. forbes.com

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North Texas feds say crime ring traveled U.S. to steal retail goods
and sell on Amazon
A Coppell couple are accused of fencing the stolen merchandise by selling it on Amazon and eBay. The next time you make a purchase from a third-party seller on Amazon or eBay, you may be buying stolen goods. More than two-dozen people have been charged in federal court in Dallas with being part of a crime ring in which thieves shoplifted goods from stores across the U.S. like Walmart and Best Buy. They then sold the products on online platforms such as Amazon and eBay, according to the indictment.

The thieves used custom-sewn "booster skirts" with bag-like compartments inside to steal products, and they used "electronic transmitters" that interfered with stores' anti-theft devices, the indictment says. They sent the stolen loot to Chicago to be kept in storage lockers. From there, many items ended up at the suburban Coppell home of a married couple who posted the merchandise for sale on their Amazon and eBay storefronts, according to the indictment. The crime ring operated from 2014 to September 2019, when the indictment was filed under seal.

"The crux of the indictment is that a group of individuals traveled the United States stealing retail products from big-box consumer stores, shipping the product to middlemen in Chicago, who then shipped some of the product on to an online fence in Coppell, Texas," prosecutors P.J. Meitl and Nicholas Bunch said in a November filing.Nine of the 26 suspects have been arrested so far, court records show. The Coppell couple, Changcheng Li and Kaifeng Hu, are charged with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and interstate transportation of stolen property aiding and abetting. They were arrested in September during a raid of their house and have been released pending trial.

Organized theft cost retailers a record $703,320 per $1 billion in sales in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation. The federation has estimated that annual losses come to $30 billion nationwide. Such crimes are getting the attention of Congress. Last week, two U.S. senators introduced a bill to force online retail marketplaces like Amazon to authenticate the identity of "high-volume third-party sellers." The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers - or INFORM Consumers - Act is proposed by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., to combat the "online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products."

"The ease with which organized criminal networks can utilize the anonymity of online marketplaces to fence stolen goods has led to a proliferation of organized theft targeting local retailers," Mary Dillion, chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, told the Retail Leader, an industry publication, this week. dallasnews.com

Clarksville, TN: Police arrest 5, recover 16 Firearms from failed Gun Store Burglary attempt

Staten Island, NY: Man accused of stealing $9,700 in watches from Macy's

Shreveport, LA: $300 Meat theft from Walmart triggers felony charges for repeat offender with record since 2002

Cedar Rapids, IA: Man tried to steal $4,600 in merchandise from Target, provided fake identification

Davie, FL: Two Shoplifter flee Target with $1,400 of electronics merchandise

Clarksville, TN: Police want to identify 2 woman caught on video; over $1,000 theft

Conneaut Lake, PA: woman to trial for theft of 71 cosmetics items valued at $650 from CVS

Laredo, TX: Man accused of stealing $800 worth of shoes from Nike outlet

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Shootings & Death

DeKalb County, GA: Man found dead inside car in grocery store parking lot
According to police, a man was found dead inside a car early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Salem Crossing Shopping Complex. Investigators said they are investigating the deadly shooting as a homicide. fox5atlanta.com

Boston, MA: Man Convicted of Armed Robbery of Brockton T-Mobile and Shooting at Police

Cleveland, OH: Man charged in slaying of man shot 12 times in Grocery store parking lot

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

New York, NY: Coronavirus in NY: Man busted for shoplifting $90 of Soap from Duane Reade
A man was arrested in Manhattan early Tuesday for ripping off nearly $90 worth of soap and other cleaning products, cops and sources said. Charles Holden, 51, tried to swipe an armful of items from a Duane Reade in Hell's Kitchen around 6 a.m., but was stopped by cops before he could make a clean getaway, police and sources said. Demand for soap and hand sanitizer has soared amid the coronavirus pandemic. It's not immediately clear if Holden intended to keep the items for personal use or flip them for a quick buck, sources said. nypost.com

Chicopee, MA: Family Dollar Shoplifting investigation ends with Police seizing $7,000 in counterfeit $20's

Hall County, NE: Tactical response unit deployed to arrest C-Store Armed Robbery suspect in Alda

Colorado Springs, CO: Two men arrested in connection to 6 area C-Store Robberies

Ithaca, NY: IPD finds meth lab while responding to Walmart larceny

UK: Grimsby, England: Fed-up Boyes Security Guard loses his job and ends up in court after kicking shoplifter


Cargo Theft

COVID-19 redirects Cargo crime, along with demand
Cargo theft might not be the top concern during a pandemic, but when bad things happen, bad people can find opportunities. "We have seen shipments of medical masks go missing" amid shortages of such masks, said James Yarbrough, director of the global intelligence program at the British Standards Institution (BSI), a national standards body and provider of risk management services. Cargo crime is occurring in places it is not typical, such as Hong Kong, he said, as supply chains are rerouted and certain products are prioritized, affecting their value. Medical masks are one example, but hand sanitizer and toilet paper - not usually high-ticket items but at the moment in short supply - are attractive products for freight thieves to steal and resell. joc.com






Daily Totals:
• 10 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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