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Cynthia Ferguson-Villa promoted to Sr. Manager, Global Security, Awareness, Training & Education for Snap Inc.

Cynthia has been with Snap Inc. for a year and a half, starting with the company in 2020. Before her promotion to Sr. Manager, Global Security, Awareness, Training and Education, she served as Global Security Manager, Awareness, Training and Education. Prior to joining Snap Inc., she spent more than 12 years with Disney Store in multiple LP roles, including Corporate Manager, Loss Prevention Training, Awareness & Investigations North America. Earlier in her career, she spent nearly four years with TJX as a District Loss Prevention Manager. Congratulations, Cynthia!

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ADT Commercial Recognized at ISC West
2022 SAMMY Award Winners Honored at ISC West 2022

Congratulations to the following security dealers and system integrators who were honored for professionalism in their sales, marketing and installation endeavors at the annual SAMMY awards event, held this week at ISC West.

Among those winners was D&D Daily partner ADT Commercial, which was recognized in multiple categories: Best Newsletter or Content Marketing; Best Sales Brochure; and Best Social Media Campaign.

See the full list of winners here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Target Shoplifting & Crime-Fighting in the News

Target: Worst Store to Steal From?
I'm an ex-Target employee - why it's the worst store to steal from as there are dark consequences no one talks about

An ex-Target employee has issued a warning to shoplifters, claiming that security tracks people stealing in their stores.

The woman claimed in a TikTok that people caught stealing could rack up hefty bills and fines, as cameras are always able to see what they take. In response, @hoesticia warns the user to never steal from Target. As a past employee, she is familiar with their punishments and restrictions.

"If you want to continue to go to Target, don't steal from them," she said. "Most likely, they already know that you're stealing. They see you on the cameras. Someone's following you. Most likely, they're building a case against you. You're going to get caught."

She also alleges that Target security guards go undercover, dressing in plainclothes and following around anyone they might suspect. In the video's comments, several people confirm @hoesticia's claims, writing that Target purposely allows shoplifters to steal up to a certain amount before taking legal action.

Then, Target gives people an ultimatum- work for them on contract, or go to jail. This isn't the first time TikTokers have made these claims. In 2020, former Target employee Isiah Arellano said that the chain would wait until individuals stole enough goods to obtain the strictest punishments.

"They will continue letting you steal, all the while they're documenting the value amount of every single item that you are stealing," he said in a video. "They will wait until it reaches or exceeds the amount that makes it grand theft larceny, which is an actual felony."

Other employees have shared that Target headquarters keeps binders of evidence on file about 'career' and 'repeat' shoplifters, and when those shoppers enter the stores, Target always knows. the-sun.com

Target's Secret Forensics Lab
Inside Target's secretive forensics lab that helps solve murders and rapes - and catches shoplifters

TARGET has secretive forensics labs that have helped solve an arson-murder and a deadly rape involving a suspect who was once on death row

But the company refused to answer questions about the operation after taking backlash from Black Lives Matter activists in Minnesota following George Floyd's murder. The company's cozy relationship with law enforcement involved grants worth thousands of dollars and a massive surveillance program called "SafeZone/Safe City."

"The genesis of the program was a widespread feeling some years ago in the city of Minneapolis that the downtown business district was not a pleasant place to work or visit," a 2010 report said. "To deal with this problem, the Police Department worked collaboratively with the business community and established SafeZone.

"One of the program's first major initiatives, undertaken with significant support from Target, was installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the downtown area."

It was a source of pride for Target, particularly after one of its video analysts - Craig Thrane - played a pivotal role in tracking down convicted killer and sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Thrane worked in one of two ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board-accredited forensic labs run and funded by Target that are headquartered in Las Vegas and Minnesota.

Investigators from the lab near Minneapolis also helped police identify Edwin Hall, 27, as the suspect in the murder of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, Forbes reported. He was arrested the same day Smith's body was found near Longview Lake, Missouri. the-sun.com

One Target Store Makes Up 25% of NYC Precinct's Shoplifting Calls
Upper West Side Target eyed by shoplifters, but store slow to call NYPD

Thieves are targeting an Upper West Side store - but an NYPD official said the retailer doesn't seem to care.

The Target at Columbus Avenue and 98th Street was the location for a quarter of all shoplifting complaints - 69 of the 272 - filed in the 24th Precinct this year, according to NYPD figures provided to The Post.

"They don't call us when it happens. They call us hours after the incident, sometimes days after the incident. It doesn't give us a chance to try and catch the person who did it," Yaguchi said, according to a report. "In 17 years on the job, I've never encountered a situation where the company essentially refuses to call us. But they're okay with calling us days later to make a report that satisfies some insurance requirements that they have."

Petty larcenies, which include shoplifting, have exploded in the precinct this year, jumping 114 percent through March 20 to 409, compared to 191 during the same period last year.

An NYPD spokeswoman said the department would "continue to work with individuals at Target to address the ongoing condition." Target denied that it was only reporting crime because of an insurance requirement.

The company acknowledged that shoplifting was a wide problem and that, in October, its Manhattan stores began limiting their hours because of it, opening from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A spokesman said additional security staff had been added to the Columbus Avenue store, including undercover guards. nypost.com

   In Case You Missed It: NYPD Takes Aim at Target's Shoplifting Policy

Another Branch of ORC Targeted by Lawmakers
Lawmaker proposes crackdown on porch pirates

Nearly two thirds of all Americans have been victims of porch pirates, with 210 million packages swiped from doorsteps nationwide just last year.

Throughout the pandemic, "porch piracy", which is packages being stolen from people's doorsteps, has skyrocketed, according to law enforcement. At this point, laws treats most of these crimes only as misdemeanors.

A California lawmaker is now taking steps to crack down on these thefts, which lead to millions of dollars in losses every year. With more people ordering items on-line during the pandemic, package thieves have been busier than ever.

"Package thieves have become more sophisticated," said State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-77th AD), who unveiled a trio of Assembly bills Friday to crack down on this crime of opportunity.

The three proposals:

AB 1698 would would establish the crime of organized package theft, when a porch pirate works in concert with at least one other person: with a potential sentence of up to one year in jail.

AB 1699 would place a point on the driver's license of anyone who obtains a vehicle, such as a U-haul or other truck, for the purpose of committing organized package or retail theft.

AB 1700 would create an online reporting platform for the public to report suspected stolen goods for sale on online re-selling sites.

If passed, California would join a growing number of states clamping down on porch piracy. In New Jersey, convicted package thieves can now face three to five years behind bars. In Arkansas, it is considered a felony that can lead to six years in prison. cbs8.com

Attorney General Raoul Meets With Law Enforcement and Retailers to Discuss Organized Retail Crime
Attorney General Kwame Raoul convened a meeting with representatives of law enforcement agencies and the retail industry to discuss collaborations to strengthen investigations and prosecutions of individuals and enterprises involved in organized retail crime.

Attorney General Raoul visited Springfield, Illinois to host a discussion between the Attorney General's chief of investigations and prosecutors from the office, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Gregory Harris, Springfield Police Chief Ken Scarlette, and the retail industry. The meeting is part of his Organized Retail Crime Task Force's work to enhance cooperation among retailers, online marketplaces, law enforcement agencies and state's attorneys.

"The effects of organized retail crime are not limited to any one region of our state, particularly when the sales of stolen merchandise often fund additional criminal activity - such as the drug trade and human trafficking," Raoul said. "I appreciate U.S. Attorney Harris, Chief Scarlette and our partners from law enforcement and retail taking time to discuss collaborations aimed at addressing these crimes. Organized retail crime is a complex issue that will require a multifaceted solution, such as providing law enforcement with tools that will improve investigations and increase successful prosecutions."

The Attorney General's Organized Retail Crime Task Force is comprised of career investigators and prosecutors from the Attorney General's Criminal Enforcement Division working in concert with the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of State's Attorneys, and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois.  illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

Using Drones to Fight the NYC Crime Surge
Eric Adams considering using drones to fight NYC crime, sources say
Mayor Eric Adams is mulling a mini-army of drones to fight surging crime in the Big Apple - possibly deploying the high-flying robocops from rooftops as watchful guardians of Gotham, sources told The Post.

Tel Aviv-based Blue White Robotics and Easy Aerial of Brooklyn were two drone manufacturers featured earlier this month at an event to launch a NYC-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Adams attended the gathering in the Williamsburg Hotel, and sources said the mayor was so impressed with the joint presentation that he suggested his chief technology officer Matthew Fraser and the firms' honchos begin talks about the city potentially buying drones and expanding the NYPD's use of them.

The aerial cops won't be weaponized or provide facial recognition, but they're equipped with thermal cameras allowing for night vision and sensors that can be used for radiation detection and other features.

The feed from the drones could be sent to the NYPD command center or even a cop's cell phone. The drones could also be used to prevent crime. Cops monitoring them could remotely set off flashing lights on the drones and issue voice warnings over its speakers - such as "Move away!" to a potential perpetrator. nypost.com

Eric Adams says NYC has become 'a laughingstock' amid surge in crime

Workers say crime-ridden NYC not worth the hassle anymore


COVID Update

559.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.6M Cases - 1M Dead - 64.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 482.3M Cases - 6.1M Dead - 416.8M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 354   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 738
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Tracking the Next COVID Surge
Experts worry about how US will see next COVID surge coming
As coronavirus infections rise in some parts of the world, experts are watching for a potential new COVID-19 surge in the U.S. - and wondering how long it will take to detect. Despite disease monitoring improvements over the last two years, they say, some recent developments don't bode well

As more people take rapid COVID-19 tests at home, fewer people are getting the gold-standard tests that the government relies on for case counts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon use fewer labs to look for new variants.

Health officials are increasingly focusing on hospital admissions, which rise only after a surge has arrived. A wastewater surveillance program remains a patchwork that cannot yet be counted on for the data needed to understand coming surges. apnews.com

The Pandemic is Sparking the Retail Union Effort
A surge in retail union organizing is the surest sign yet that workers are fed up

Retail workers at companies like Starbucks, REI, and Apple are beginning to try to unionize.

It started with a Starbucks in Buffalo. Then came seven more Starbucks', an REI outpost, and an Apple store. Retail workers across the country are trying to unionize.

It's a trend born from pandemic-fueled discontent. Once hailed as "essential" and given "hero pay," workers have seen their wages flatline as company profits rise and CEO pay soars. They've worked through COVID waves, had coworkers die, and experienced harassment at the hands of customers who don't want to wear masks.

Faced with a future that promises more of the same, they've quit - or they've turned to their only option for wrenching back power from their employers: unionizing.

"When individuals go through life-changing events, they often change their lives. We've had an entire society go through a life-changing event, and I think that's why we're seeing this en masse," Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, told Insider. businessinsider.com

Cops Suing NYC Mayor Over Vaccine 'Double Standard'
Fired NYC workers want to sue Adams over athlete vaccine exemption: lawyers
Scores of workers who got fired for refusing to comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates are eager to sue Mayor Eric Adams over his decision to exempt local pro athletes and performers, lawyers said Thursday.

Mermigis, who's been dubbed "the anti-shutdown lawyer" for filing pandemic-related suits, already represents 41 NYPD cops who are appealing denials of their requests to be exempted from the city's vaccine mandate on religious grounds. They plan to sue if those decisions go against them, he said.

"We are going to allow the $50 million-per-year-salary athletes play on their sports team, but what does the city need more: a healthy Yankee team or a healthy police department?" he said. "Look at the crime that's going on in the city. This is absolutely ridiculous and backwards." nypost.com

FDA expected to authorize a second Covid booster shot next week

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Fallout Continues After Family Dollar Rat Infestation Closures
Family Dollar & Dollar Tree workers describe stores as 'unhygienic & disgusting,' with rodents taking shelter in stock rooms that are stuffed full of boxes

Workers at these chains say that pest issues have been going on for years.

These workers described the conditions in the chains' stores as "unhygienic and disgusting," where rodents roam in backrooms that are piled high with boxes, and around stores that are rarely cleaned.

Their comments, which come in the wake of an FDA investigation that unearthed a rodent infestation at one of Family Dollar's distribution centers in Arkansas and led to it temporarily closing 404 stores, suggest that the rodent issues are far more widespread than at just one warehouse.

In a statement to Insider, Kayleigh Campbell, a spokesperson for both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar said that the company is "committed to providing safe and quality products" for customers and "complying with all applicable federal, state and local occupational health and safety laws."

'To call it chaotic is an understatement'

While Jayson hasn't seen a live rodent in the shopping area of his store, he has disposed of dead rats caught in traps in the stock room and come across rodent faeces. "My location is constantly dirty, floors not maintained, dirt and dust everywhere, and completely infested with spiders," he said.

"There is so much stuff in the back room that you can't move it all to clean, even if we had the time or were asked to," he added.

Jayson said that the company knowingly understaffs its stores to keep costs down, which means there aren't enough workers to empty these backrooms. But even if there were, the company's chaotic inventory system means that his store is still completely overstocked all the time, he said. businessinsider.com

OSHA: Dollar Tree 'Repeatedly Endangered Employees'
Dollar Tree was slapped with a $32K fine over a cluttered store, which Oregon safety officials said repeatedly endangered workers

The OSHA body said in a statement that the store exposed "employees to serious physical harm."

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration slapped Dollar Tree with a $32,000 penalty after finding the company repeatedly endangered employees at one cluttered location.

In a statement released Wednesday, Oregon OSHA stated that the Dollar Tree in Wilsonville, Oregon, was "repeatedly exposing employees to potential serious injury from unsecured materials falling on them, tripping and falling in cramped aisles, and inaccessible fire extinguishers and emergency exits."

According to Oregon OSHA, workplace hazards at the Wilsonville store included unstable boxes of merchandise, overly narrow aisles and walkways, a stockroom that saw merchandise and equipment blocking access to fire extinguishers and emergency exits, and a general "failure to keep written records of safety committee meetings for three years."

After conducting an investigation, the state OSHA body found five violations - including four repeat offenses, stemming from an earlier inspection on January 9, 2018 that saw three violations but incurred no fines - that they contended were "exposing employees to serious physical harm." Oregon OSHA issued a $32,000 fine against the Virginia-based dollar store chain. businessinsider.com

Russia's Retail Exodus Continues
As western retail brands exit, Russia looks east for replacements
Russia is looking to China, India, Iran and Turkey to plug the gap created by an exodus of western retail companies, an industry body said on Friday, as Moscow grapples to find ways to combat its growing isolation in the face of sanctions.

The Russian Council of Shopping Centres (RCSC), an organisation representing developers, shopping centre owners and retail chain operators, said it was negotiating with its corresponding representatives in the four countries about finding alternatives to western brands.

"A list of foreign companies that have temporarily ceased operations in Russia was sent to them so that appropriate equivalents can be found," a statement on the RCSC website read. "Over time this will help supplement or completely replace goods of the defunct brands with ones of a similar quality and design."

Dozens of big brands have temporarily shuttered operations or exited the country since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it calls a special operation.

Sanctions have hampered supply chains and fuelled panic buying among some Russians, with medicine and sugar shortages reported, and accelerating inflation is set to send prices higher.  reuters.com

Another Starbucks Store Unionizes
Starbucks Union Notches Another Victory With Eighth Store

So far the union has filed petitions for elections at more than 150 Starbucks locations.

The union organizing Starbucks workers extended its winning streak on Friday, adding an eighth store to the list of unionized locations.

Employees at the store in Mesa, Arizona, voted to join Workers United by a count of 11 to 3, according to a vote tally conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. That brings the union's success tally to five stores in the Buffalo area, two in Mesa and one in Starbucks' hometown of Seattle.

The coffee chain has roughly 9,000 corporate-owned stores around the country, of which those eight are the first to unionize. The newly organized shops represent a tiny fraction of Starbucks' overall workforce, but the union has petitioned for elections at 150 stores in 27 states, making it almost certain more workers will join. huffpost.com

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NYPD Blasts Target for Attracting Shoplifters
Police Chief Takes Aim at Target's Shoplifting Policy
Shoplifting is rising on the Upper West Side, as is NYPD's frustration with at least one retailer, Target at 795 Columbus Avenue [98th Street].

"One-third of our petit larcenies are coming from that Target," Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi told a packed house at Wednesday evening's 24th Precinct Community Council meeting held at Bloomingdale Library.

During the January 1st through March 13th period, the 24th recorded 369 total petit larcenies vs.178 in 2021, an increase of 107 percent, according to NYPD CompStat data. Going by Yaguchi's math, an estimated 123 incidents were from the Target.

"We are having a really serious problem with Target shoplifting. They don't call us when it happens. They call us hours after the incident, sometimes days after the incident. It doesn't give us a chance to try and catch the person who did it," said Yaguchi. "In 17 years on the job, I've never encountered a situation where the company essentially refuses to call us. But they're okay with calling us days later to make a report that satisfies some insurance requirements that they have."  westsiderag.com

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Prosegur Security Introduces First Fully Integrated Global Logistics and Supply Chain Security Service

The first global, end-to-end solution for 24/7 asset protection by providing a unique blend of people, process, and technology as one integrated offering

-- Prosegur Security, a global security leader, has launched a new Global Logistics and Supply Chain Security service, offering a comprehensive, one-stop solution for 24/7 asset protection anywhere in the world. At a time when supply chains are under increased pressure, Prosegur's new service, backed by the company's global reach and 45 years of experience, aims to help companies track, protect and recover assets quicker and easier than ever before.

Prosegur's hardware offering includes GPS devices designed specifically for logistics and supply chain, including specific formats for trucks, trailers, containers and other common uses. Prosegur's Security Operations Center performs round-the-clock live monitoring, verification and incident management, while its law enforcement escalation platform assists with asset recovery and coordination with the police. To help companies improve the efficiency of their logistics operations, Prosegur offers a supply chain visibility and analytics platform designed to simplify dispatch and route optimization, trailer inventory management, maintenance records, and movement and location data. Other specialized services are offered as well, including cargo escorts and theft investigations.

"Supply chains are facing a broad coalition of threats from criminal enterprises, weather and pandemic-related disruptions, as well as infrastructure challenges that are significantly degrading business continuity of the organization," said Robert Dodge, CEO of Prosegur Global Risk Services. "The launch of our all-encompassing Global Logistics and Supply Chain Security service now delivers a one-stop solution for companies to efficiently track and protect their cargo all across the world, strengthening their entire logistics operations. Our clients want the full package-software, hardware, and manpower-and that is exactly what Prosegur offers in this industry-unique service."

For more information about Prosegur Security and its new Global Security and Supply Chain Security service options, visit https://www.prosegur.us/security/logistics






Biden's Cyber Warning to U.S. Businesses
With Eye to Russia, Biden Administration Asks Companies to Report Cyberattacks

A new law requires companies to tell the federal government about hacks, but the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency still has to work out the details

The Biden administration is warning American businesses in increasingly stark terms about Russian cyberattacks, providing thousands of companies with briefings on the threats to critical infrastructure and urging companies to comply with a new law that will require them to report any hacks. But some details of the law remain unclear, leaving executives with questions about what the legislation means for them.

In a statement this week, President Biden encouraged private companies to strengthen their defenses. Administration officials are particularly concerned about attacks targeting critical sectors like utility companies and hospital systems.

The new law was included in the spending package that Mr. Biden signed last week. Under the law, companies will be required to notify the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within 72 hours of discovering a hack. They must also alert the agency within 24 hours of paying ransom to attackers who hold their data hostage.

The agency plans to operate as a clearinghouse and distribute information about the attacks throughout the government, a process that could improve the investigation and prevention of similar attacks.

"CISA will use these reports from our private sector partners to build a common understanding of how our adversaries are targeting U.S. networks and critical infrastructure," Jen Easterly, the agency's director, said in a statement.

But the law leaves many details open to interpretation by the cybersecurity agency, and the rule-making process in which those details will be hammered out could take months. The agency will decide which kinds of companies must report incidents, which sorts of incidents are severe enough to be reported and when the clock starts for the 72-hour reporting deadline. The law focuses on companies that provide critical infrastructure, but the agency could interpret it broadly or tailor it to a smaller subset of companies.

In a teleconference with businesses on Tuesday, the agency stressed that even seemingly small threats should be reported because of the looming risk of Russian cyberattacks, in the hopes that any incident could provide important bread crumbs leading to a sophisticated attacker. nytimes.com

Ransomware Continues to Dominate the Threat Landscape
Trends, threats and techniques that comprised the 2021 threat landscape
Ransomware dominated the threat landscape in 2021, with groups adopting new techniques such as double extortion and "as-a-service" models to evade detection and maximize their earnings, a Red Canary report reveals.

Legitimate tools are being used for nefarious purposes

Adversaries have continued to carry out attacks using legitimate tools. As security tools increase in sophistication, adversaries are finding it more difficult to develop and deploy their own malware that evades defenses. As a result, adversaries rely on administrative tools - like remote management software - and native operating system utilities out of necessity, co-opting tools that are guaranteed or likely to be installed on a device rather than introducing non-native software.

Several of the top 10 threats and techniques highlighted in the report are used by adversaries and administrators or security teams alike, including command and control (C2) tool Cobalt Strike, testing tool Impacket, and open source tool Bloodhound. Cobalt Strike, in particular, has never been more popular, impacting 8% of Red Canary's customers in 2021. Some of the most notorious ransomware operators, including Conti, Ryuk and REvil, are known to rely heavily on Cobalt Strike.
Ransomware dominated the threat landscape

Ransomware was top billing for some of last year's most destructive cyberattacks. The report describes the new tactics that ransomware groups used in 2021, such as double extortion, which applies pressure to victims in more than one way to coerce them to pay a ransom.

Last year also brought the rise of the affiliate model, which made tracking malicious activity more difficult because intrusions can often result from an array of different affiliates providing access to different ransomware groups. Examples of this include the Bazar and Qbot trojans, used by adversaries to gain initial access into environments before passing off access to ransomware or other threat groups.

The "as-a-service" model became the norm: helpnetsecurity.com

Cybersecurity Giant Added to FCC Ban List
Kaspersky added to FCC list that bans Huawei, ZTE from US networks
The Federal Communications Commission added Russia-based cybersecurity giant Kaspersky on Friday to the "Covered List" of companies that pose an "unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States."

The decision essentially puts Kaspersky in the same class as Chinese telecommunications hardware makers Huawei and ZTE, which were among the first added to the list in 2021.

In a public notice issued Friday, the agency said that the Kaspersky decision is based on a 2017 ruling by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which banned the company's products and services from U.S. government use.

As of Friday afternoon, it was unclear if the ruling effectively wipes out Kaspersky's U.S. business. Under the 2021 Secure Equipment Act, companies on the Covered List are banned from having a presence in U.S. telecommunications networks.

The FCC ruling applies to "information security products, solutions, and services supplied, directly or indirectly" by the company or "any of its predecessors, successors, parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates."

The FCC decision comes as other governments have classified Kaspersky as a potential threat against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. cyberscoop.com

Russian Nationals Indicted for Cyberattacks on Energy Firms

Estonian man sentenced to prison for role in cyber intrusions, ransomware attacks





A major contributor to the success of an interview is the subject's perception of the credibility, honesty and sincerity of the investigator. There are several methods within the interview that can help facilitate this connection, but truth be told, often the reputation of the interviewer or their department can impact the interview long before it ever begins. Interviewers should be aware of how their behavior in a variety of settings can impact future interview success ranging from how they conduct themselves at a company event to how they handled an investigation. Sometimes the reputational concerns may not be specific to the interviewer, but instead be relative to other interactions an employee has had with their department in the past. On the surface this may seem outside of the control of the investigator, but it is still an area of concern that can be managed prior to an interview taking place.

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Amazon's New Humanitarian Aid Hub

Amazon launches employee support program for refugees; opens massive aid hub
A new Amazon program offers resources and support for refugee and humanitarian-based immigrant employees. The company has also opened its largest "humanitarian aid hub" to date.

Amazon has launched a new initiative, called Welcome Door, for refugee and humanitarian-based immigrant employees that includes a citizenship assistance portal, free legal support, and mentorship along with reimbursement for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) fees. The program also offers employees access to upskilling opportunities, including free college tuition and English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency through Amazon's Career Choice program.

Amazon announced the program just days after it said it had converted nearly 54,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in Slovakia, previously used for customer fulfillment, into a humanitarian aid hub to help Ukrainian refugees. It will connect to a network of fulfillment centers across Europe space to move donated goods. The strategic location of the Slovakia facility will expedite the movement of relief supplies throughout Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, and Czech Republic to quickly help Ukrainian children and families in need, according to the company. The online giant is also among the U.S. companies that have paused operations in Russia.

These new resources will be offered to Amazon employees in the U.S. starting in April 2022, and the company plans to expand the program globally by the end of the year.

"We have a variety of jobs and welcome all kinds of people, and we're proud to offer enhanced support for refugees around the world," said Ofori Agboka, Amazon VP of people experience and tech for operations. "Being displaced from your homeland and having to start again somewhere new is challenging and emotional. It is an honor and a privilege to help make that transition easier and help people start again. Across our entire business and at all levels, we're working with refugees to secure jobs and get the support they need." chainstoreage.com

One Amazon Union Election Ends & Another Begins
As one union election at an Amazon warehouse ends, another is beginning
As a milestone union election at an Amazon (AMZN) warehouse in an Alabama city ends, a new one is set to begin at another Amazon warehouse in New York City. If either effort succeeds, it will mark the first US union in Amazon's 27-year history.

Beginning Friday, thousands of workers at a Staten Island Amazon facility will have a chance to cast a vote in person on whether to unionize. The election will be held in a tent located in the warehouse parking lot over the course of five days. Meanwhile, a union reelection at the company's Bessemer, Alabama, facility concludes Friday after a nearly two-month voting period by mail.

There are clear through lines between the two efforts. Both are seeking to organize thousands of warehouse workers performing essential jobs, such as picking and packing items for deliveries. Both drives grew out of frustrations with the company's treatment of workers amid the pandemic and were fueled in part by increased attention to racial justice issues and labor rights. Both seek to push for higher wages, job security, and improved workplace conditions, among others issues, and are seeking formal union status through National Labor Relations Board election processes. cnn.com

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Calif. AG charges 9 people in organized retail thefts in Sacramento & around state
Nine people accused of being part of an organized theft ring that hit major retailers throughout the state such as Macy's, Lululemon and Abercrombie & Fitch face felony charges filed this week by the California Department of Justice. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law last year aimed at curbing a rash of violent smash-and-grab thefts like a recent case at a Roseville jewelry store, where a mob rushes in, grabs merchandise and runs for the door. The law re-established organized retail theft, which can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. "Organized retail theft hurts businesses, employees, and the public - and this criminal activity will not be tolerated in California," Attorney General Rob Bonta stated in a Friday news release. "Today we take another step toward tackling this issue by announcing the arrests and felony charges against individuals alleged to be participants in an organized criminal scheme targeting retailers throughout our state."

The arrests resulted from an investigation launched last year by the California Highway Patrol, partnering with the Justice Department, local law enforcement and retailers. The thefts occurred in counties around the state, including Sacramento, investigators allege. Other counties in which the ring operated were Los Angeles, Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Ventura, according to the release. "This case exemplifies law enforcement's collective commitment to enhance public safety throughout the state of California," CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. "I applaud the efforts of our investigators who have worked tirelessly on this case which resulted in the arrests and recovery of the stolen merchandise." sacbee.com

New Mexico: Police arrest 17 in weeklong Shoplifting Operation
From Albuquerque to Santa Fe, police are trying to make sure everything that leaves stores-- is paid for. APD has been working with the attorney general's office for months to tackle organized retail crime. They caught serial shoplifters at Home Depot in September. A man in the act at Target in February, and a felony shoplifter with 1,100 worth of merchandise from a different Target earlier this month. This weekend, APD Chief Medina tweeted out thanks to his officers and the attorney general's office for another effort. They caught 17 repeat felony offenders during a week-long operation. Some had existing arrest warrants for previous shoplifting, auto theft, probation violations, and other crimes.

Police identified one man as a Walmart employee who police overheard supporting shoplifters. Officers also returned thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise, and found two stolen vehicles and a firearm. 'Any place you're gonna have a lot of retail shopping there's probably going to be an uptick only because it's a target-rich environment for criminals,' said Santa Fe police Lt. Thomas Grundler. Officers executed 'operation shopping cart' on Friday in the Santa Fe's Zafarano Drive Business District. It's home to Lowe's, Target, Best Buy, and other big box stores. 'This was in direct relation to an uptick we saw in shoplifting, disorderly conduct and unsafe driving,' said Grundler.

Officers arrested six people, they also served several active warrants for previous shoplifting, burglary and aggravated fleeing from law enforcement. 'We do try to do things like this as often as we can. They're proactive and they're in direct response to usually stats that we see,' Grundler said. An APD spokesperson says recent investigations into retail crime have lead to information about the city's illegal narcotics market, stolen vehicles, and human trafficking. 'Depending on who's arrested, what they're arrested for, investigations may want to interview them in terms of what information they may have that could lead to solving other crimes,' said Grundler. Santa Fe Police Department says it plans to do more of these types of operations when they have the man power because of their success, and the fact that it's a direct response in problem areas of the city. amp.kob.com

Columbia, SC: Shoplifter who targeted Walmart stole items from toys to guns
A man who stole items ranging from guns to toys at an area Walmart was arrested on multiple charges, the Columbia Police Department said. Christopher Ulysees Cunningham was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Monday, jail records show. The 32-year-old Richland County resident was charged with 14 counts of shoplifting, first-degree assault and battery, and second-degree burglary. thestate.com

South Lake Tahoe, CA: Police arrest local man after merchandise purchased fraudulently
An investigation into the use of a victim's Home Depot credit account has led to the arrest of a South Lake Tahoe man. Officer Dylan Sullivan of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) took a report of the fraudulent use of the victim's account on March 22, 2022. Over $5,500 worth of tools and equipment had been obtained illegally. Sullivan's investigation led to the suspect, Waylon Earl Pickett, a 37-year-old man from South Lake Tahoe. The officer got a search warrant for Pickett's residence, and on March 25, served the search warrant with the assistance of SLTPD detectives. According to the police report, officers located thousands of dollars of stolen property stolen with the victim's credit card. Officer Sullivan arrested Waylon Pickett for identity theft, possession of stolen property, and grand theft. southtahoenow.com

Cleveland, OH: $4,700 in suspected stolen merchandise recovered from man's car
North Olmsted police officers recovered about $4,700 in suspected stolen merchandise from an SUV driven by the suspect after he was accused of trying to steal electronics from a Best Buy store. Police officers at 7:06 p.m. March 5 arrived at Best Buy regarding a report that the store had stopped a shoplifting suspect as he attempted to leave. A store manager told the police officers that store employees recognized the man as a suspect in earlier thefts, but he had not previously been apprehended, according to a police report. cleveland.com

Perry County, MS: Over 40 guns stolen from Perry Co. store, 7 arrested
Three men and four minors were arrested in connection to a commercial burglary in Beaumont that happened on Tuesday, March 22. The owner of Perry County Outfitters said he went to open the store around 8:30 a.m. and noticed the front door had been forced open. Perry County deputies and Beaumont police responded. They estimated that 44 guns had been stolen from the store. Deputies arrested 3 adult males, three male minors and one female minor. All were charged with commercial burglary. wjtv.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Everett, WA: Everett Police Officer shot, killed in line of duty; suspect in custody
Everett police Officer Dan Rocha, 41, died Friday after a man shot at him several times and later drove over him while fleeing, said Courtney O'Keefe, spokesperson with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The Everett Herald and other media outlets on Saturday identified the suspect as Richard James Rotter of Kennewick. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail early Saturday morning and faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. The shooting came after Rocha approached the 50-year-old man for suspicious activity in a Starbucks parking lot around 2 p.m., O'Keefe said. An altercation between Rocha and the man ensued, but it was not entirely clear what led to the altercation, she said. The suspect fired several shots striking Rocha, then fled, O'Keefe said. An assistance call was sent out and officers located the suspect shortly, leading to a pursuit. The pursuit ended in a multiple-car collision at 35th Street and Rucker Avenue. As the suspect fled in a dark blue Mini Cooper, he drove over Rocha, O'Keefe said. It was not known whether Rocha was alive when the suspect drove over him, she said. spokesman.com

Hyattsville, MD: 1 Killed in Shooting at Mall at Prince George's
One person was shot and killed Friday evening at the Mall at Prince George's in Hyattsville, Maryland, police say. Hyattsville police responded to the shooting just before 6:30 p.m. and evacuated the mall, which Hyattsville Police Chief Jarod Towers said was busy at the time. A male victim suffering from a gunshot wound was found in a clothing store, police said. He died at the scene. He was identified as 22-year-old Daquan Dockery of Washington, D.C. There were no other injuries, and it is not an active shooter situation, police said. They do not believe the shooting was random. "Our officers, along with Prince George's County Police Department, evacuated the mall and rendered the mall safe," he said. "We located video of suspects fleeing the mall." "Some people closed down their gates and some people were hiding in the back room," said an employee of a GNC store. "That's what I did, personally, with my manager." An employee of a footwear store close to the shooting scene said people didn't know if the gunman was still inside the mall. nbcwashington.com

Rosemont, IL: Shooting at Chicago area shopping mall kills 1, wounds teen
A masked gunman opened fire in a suburban Chicago shopping mall, leaving one man dead and wounding at least one other person - a teenage girl who was found in washroom after shoppers ran for cover, police said. The gunman, in his mid-20s, opened fire just after 7 p.m. Friday near the food court at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont, a village just northwest of the city, Rosemont Police Sgt. Joe Balogh told the Chicago Tribune on Saturday. Police did not release a motive for the shooting but said it was a targeted attack. The gunman then fled in a car with "other unknown subjects, he said. More than two hours after the shooting, police stopped that vehicle on an expressway in Chicago, Balogh said. The car's owner was taken into custody and was being questioned as a person of interest, he said. A gun was seized as evidence, but no charges have been announced.  wane.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Citadel Mall shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded
Two people were killed and two others were hurt during a shooting at a Colorado mall, according to a recent report. The shooting broke out around 10:40 p.m. local time in a parking lot for the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) told local affiliate FOX 21 News. Four people were injured when the shots were fired in the lot located between Dillard's and Burlington Coat Factory, according to the report. The four victims were rushed in private vehicles to local hospitals, where two victims ultimately could not be saved, FOX 21 reported. fox10phoenix.com

Tempe, AZ: Ikea parking lot shooting leaves man dead; suspects arrested
The Tempe Police Department is investigating a shooting in the parking lot of an Ikea store that left a man dead, and say it likely stemmed from a drug deal. According to police, the shooting happened at the Ikea near I-10 and Elliot Road at around 1 p.m. on March 21. Sgt. Hector Encinas said officers found a male with a gunshot wound and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department treated him, but he ultimately died. His name is Chris McCrimmon, 21. "Maricopa PD along with Gila River PD had located a vehicle that they believed matched the description from the information we provided. They were able to stop that vehicle and safely get two folks into custody," Encinas said. He further explains, "Luckily, Maricopa PD and Gila River PD let us know that they were behind a vehicle matching that description and requested, based on investigation, that they pull that vehicle over and detain all occupants involved and that's where we are at, and luckily they were detained without incident." fox10phoenix.com

St. George, UT: Body found in parking lot of grocery store
St. George police have launched an investigation after a body was found in a grocery store parking lot. A heavy police presence and yellow caution tape could be seen Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Smith's Marketplace on Mall Drive. Police say the body found, which was a male, was found in a white SUV. The identity of the male has been identified, according to St. George Police Sgt. Colby DeCamp, but aren't releasing that information until the family has been notified. The cause of death is still under investigation. abc4.com

Montclair, CA: Man hospitalized after being shot outside Montclair 7-Eleven


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Boston, MA: Alleged shoplifter accused of strangling officer working detail at South Bay shopping center
An alleged shoplifter is accused of strangling a police officer who was working a paid detail at the South Bay shopping center on Saturday morning, Boston police said in a statement. Stop and Shop employees flagged down the officer at 9:47 a.m. and reported that a man was stealing items inside the store, police said. The officer and a store employee "attempted to recover the stolen items and peacefully resolve the situation" but the man, 26-year-old Patrick Craddock, "began to violently assault the officer" and took the officer's portable radio, the statement said. As they struggled on the ground, Craddock allegedly began to strangle the officer, the statement said. The officer "was eventually able to radio for help as backup officers quickly arrived to place the suspect in custody without further incident," police said. bostonglobe.com

New York, NY: Gang of NYC robbers hitting local Bronx businesses at gunpoint
Bronx businesses have been terrorized by a string of robberies believed to be carried out by a gang of at least four young men, police said. Over the last two weeks, the gang has knocked off a nail salon, a barbershop and two delis - brandishing guns and grabbing cash and jewelry from their victims, cops said. nypost.com

Dallas, TX: 'Pure greed': Thrift store employee steals $1.3 million for weight loss, spa, iPad and more

Los Angeles, CA: FBI "Hobbs Act" Serial Robbers Indictment Charge for 6-Week Armed Robbery Spree

New York, NY: NYC Man Pulled Off 22 Burglaries, Broke Into 9 Long Island Businesses in 4 Hours

Kansas City, MO: Henry Simmon Sentenced to 15 Years for Armed Robbery Conspiracy; 3 Conspired to Commit 10 Robberies in KC, Independence



Beauty - Riverside County, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Culver City, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bangor, ME - Burglary
CBD - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Cricket - Weslaco, TX - Robbery
Gaming - Billings, MY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lassen County, CA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Perry County, MS - Burglary
Jewelry - Woodbridge, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - West Palm Beach, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Peoria, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Temple, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Shenandoah, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Portland, OR - Burglary
Jewelry - Hyattsville, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Gainesville, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
Liquor - Rehoboth, DE - Armed Robbery
Pet - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - NYC, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary (Dunkin)
Restaurant - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary (Gino's)
Restaurant - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Douglas County, GA - Robbery (Marco)
Tobacco - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary
Walgreens - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Boardman, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Rockville, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Montclair, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 23 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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