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Jenna Fread promoted to Manager of OmniChannel Investigations for GameStop
Jenna has been with GameStop for more than three years, starting with the company in 2019. Before her promotion to Manager of OmniChannel Investigations, she served as Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Prior to joining GameStop, she spent more than five years with Bealls Inc. as District Loss Prevention Manager and Regional LP Recruiter, Training & Ops Specialist. Earlier in her career, she served as LP Supervisor for Kohl's. Congratulations, Jenna!

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Three Minnesota ECCs go live with TMA's Automated Secure Alarm Protocol

May 24, 2022, McLean, VA - The Monitoring Association (TMA) welcomed three new U.S.-based PSAP/Emergency Communication Centers (ECC) to its ASAP-to-PSAP service in early May. The City of Bloomington, MN; Dakota County, MN; and Rice-Steele Counties, MN respectively became the 105th, 106th, and 107th Emergency Communications Centers in the United States and the 3rd, 4th and 5th agencies in the state of Minnesota to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP-to-PSAP). The City of Bloomington went live on Tuesday, May 3, 2022; Dakota County went live on Wednesday, May 4, 2022; and Rice-Steele Counties went live on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, TMA's ASAP service is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs).

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

America's Mass Shooting Epidemic in the News After Texas Massacre

FBI's Active Shooter Report
Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021

For the period 2017-2021, active shooter incident data reveals an upward trend; the number of active shooter incidents identified in 2021 represents a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.3% increase from 2017.

A breakdown of the number of incidents within the five-year period 2017-2021 is as follows:

2017: 31
2018: 30
2019: 30
2020: 40
2021: 61

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61 Active Shooter Attacks in 2021 - Highest on Record
FBI: US 'active shooter' incidents jumped by 52 percent in 2021

The numbers were released days after a gunman killed 10 in a in a racist attack in Buffalo, New York and before a mass shooting left 15 dead in Texas

There were 61 "active shooter" incidents in the United States in 2021, according to newly released FBI data - a 52 percent increase from the previous year and the highest on record.

Last year's attack spread across 30 states, leaving 103 people dead and 140 wounded, the report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday.

In contrast, the department counted 40 active-shooter attacks in 19 states in 2020 that killed 38 people and wounded 126. That year coincided with the height of restrictions on social and economic life due to the coronavirus pandemic. The FBI had recorded 31 such incidents in 2017, and 30 in both 2018 and 2019.

The department defines an "active shooter" as someone engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a public space in a seemingly random fashion. About one in five "active shooter" incidents in 2021 were also mass killings.

The report was released just over a week after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people. The racist attack drew attention to increasingly mainstream white supremacy ideology and renewed calls for increased federal gun control in the US.

The incidents counted in the FBI report included the killing of 10 by a gunman at the Kings Soopers Grocery Store in Boulder, Colorado, in March 2021; an attack on three spas in Atlanta, Georgia, that same month that killed eight; and an attack on a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana in April of that year that also killed eight. nytimes.com aljazeera.com

212 Mass Shootings So Far in 2022

Prevent the Next Mass Shooting from Happening at Your Workplace
Shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods Exemplify Alarming Workplace Trend
On May 14, a gunman opened fire at a Tops Friendly Markets store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., killing 10 people and injuring three others. Eleven victims were Black.

The next day, a man opened fire during a lunch reception at a church in Laguna Woods, Calif. One person-an Asian-American man-died, and five senior citizens were wounded. Police later said the shooter was targeting Taiwanese people.

The shootings are part of a rise in workplace violence in the U.S. over the past decade. More than 150 people were either injured or killed in mass shootings at workplaces from 2015 to May 2021, according to consumer data company Statista.

Rise in Violence Against Asian-Americans

Mass shootings against minorities are just one form of workplace violence. Physical assaults, such as pushing or punching, have become increasingly common against people of color at work-particularly against Asian-American workers.

More than 6,600 documented hate incidents against Asian-Americans occurred from March 19, 2020, to March 31, 2021, according to the organization Stop AAPI Hate. Physical assaults made up the third-largest category of total reported incidents, and about 1 in 3 occurrences happened at U.S. businesses.

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Mike Hodges, a security expert who works predominantly in the health care space, said workplace violence has become a constant, ongoing and growing concern in the U.S.

"It's happening in every industry over the last couple years," he said. "You see reports of issues everywhere from airplanes to supermarkets. Any time you have potential stress points and interactions with the public, you will have an opportunity for violence."

Hodges emphasized the importance of training employees to identify escalating, erratic behavior and teaching them to de-escalate the situation. It is also critical for workers to know who to contact to report a concern. shrm.org

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Retail's Theft & Violence Wave

Retail is at the Center of America's Crime Wave
Amid Surging Crime Rates, Make Sure Your Business Is Protected

Unprecedented crime rates nationwide portend looming risks, especially property crime, requiring innovative coverage strategies.

They're not alone. For many growing businesses, during what formerly were known - pre-pandemic - as "normal" years, insuring for risk typically did not include such a deep, overt focus on the full-spectrum of potential criminal acts. But now, crime waves nationwide are surging, gripping headlines with smash-and-grab robberies and cargo heists as shipping ports face major backlogs. Now businesses are seeing these emerging risks that can be challenging and complex to protect against and require innovative solutions.

Crimes against property

Crimes against property constituted an overwhelming 60.5% of the overall 8.9 million crimes reported in 2020, according to a December 2021 report by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. This form of crime typically includes larceny-theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and vandalism and costs companies $17.2 billion in losses annually.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), organized retail crime (ORC) has gone "multichannel," as the pandemic environment has led criminals to expand their attacks across multiple channels, including smash-and-grabs and other "brazen in-store attacks." In 2021, ORC gangs exhibited greater levels of violence and aggression than they have before, 65% of retailers said in an NRF survey. The NRF's 2020 report on the issue showed ORC resulted in an average loss of $719,548 per $1 billion in sales in 2020, marking the fifth year in a row the figure has surpassed $700,000.

Supply chain crime

Similarly, property crime impacting the supply chain cannot be overlooked. Stalled, stationery cargo fleets loaded with backlogged inventory provide "sitting ducks" to some criminals, who physically break into shipping containers to raid their wares. Roughly $57.9 million in cargo thefts were reported in 2021, according to CargoNet. That compares with $49 million in cargo theft in 2019, pre-pandemic.

To prevent supply chain crime, businesses can increase surveillance measures and security staffing while also pinpointing weaknesses in processes. Yet as criminals become increasingly advanced and adept, it creates new obstacles.

Given these emerging risks as crime is on the rise, companies must take a fresh look at business property, infrastructure, inventory and innovative, cost-effective protections. Businesses should start with a risk assessment to determine the most likely crimes and review their insurance policy to pinpoint the risks that may be under-insured or uninsured - including any gaps or exclusions. It's also helpful to develop a security plan and to review and update your business continuity plan. entrepreneur.com

Crime is #1 Issue in Record-Setting DA Recall Race
Voters, investors and crime experts have eyes on bid to recall San Francisco DA

The effort to recall San Francisco's DA - in office just over two years - has raised millions despite being on its face a local issue.

Ahead of the June 6 primary election in California, San Francisco residents and special-interest groups are witnessing a record-setting influx of money in a bid to recall progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Voting has already begun in the primary and the recall effort has garnered national attention, having reportedly raised about $5 million. However, coalitions opposing the recall and Bay Area criminal law experts paint the effort as a conservative-backed attempt to change the city's approach to criminal justice and politics that is not likely to succeed.

Recall backers claim Boudin is not prosecuting criminals as much as his predecessors, and cite policies such as alternate convictions for fentanyl drug dealing to prevent deportations, according to court data and news sources like San Francisco Standard.

The police union has repeatedly denounced Boudin's policies. Police Chief Bill Scott attempted to end a memorandum of understanding holding the DA's office as lead investigating agency on use-of-force incidents, in-custody deaths and police shootings. Boudin has also been at odds with the department, including revealing that officers used DNA from a woman's rape kit to implicate her in a property crime according to San Francisco Chronicle.

Greenberg, the political commentator behind the recall, said, "The country is watching. This is a national issue and national topic." courthousenews.com

Biden to Issue New Executive Order on Policing
White House to issue policing order on anniversary of Floyd's death
President Biden is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at bolstering police accountability, a move that could reenergize federal reform efforts as the nation marks the second anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, according to multiple people briefed on the announcement.

The White House has scheduled a signing ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday at which the president will be joined by Floyd's family members, civil rights advocates and law enforcement officials. Biden will call for the creation of national standards for the accreditation of police departments and a national database of officers with substantiated complaints and disciplinary records, including those fired for misconduct, the people briefed on the matter said.

The executive order also will instruct federal law enforcement agencies to update their use-of-force policies. Advocates have been urging the White House to take such action for months, ever since a sweeping police-reform bill failed in Congress last fall. The bill was named for Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died under a police officer's knee on a street corner in Minneapolis. The officer was convicted of murder.

Biden's executive order also will authorize the Justice Department to use federal grant funding to incentive local police to follow the federal government's lead in tightening restrictions on the use of choke-holds and no-knock warrants. It will set new restrictions on the sale of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, said the people familiar with the document, some of whom requested anonymity because the order had not yet been issued. washingtonpost.com
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COVID Update

585M Vaccinations Given

US: 85.2M Cases - 1M Dead - 81.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 529.1M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 499.7M Recovered

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U.S. Averaging 100K New COVID Cases Per Day
Another Omicron subvariant, known as BA.2.12.1, has become the dominant form among new U.S. virus cases
Another form of the Omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant version among new U.S. coronavirus cases, according to federal estimates on Tuesday, a development that experts had forecast over the last few weeks.

There was no indication yet that the new subvariant, known as BA.2.12.1, causes more severe disease than earlier forms did. BA.2.12.1 made up about 58 percent of all new U.S. cases, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ending May 21.

As Americans approach their third Memorial Day weekend of the pandemic, the country is averaging more than 100,000 new confirmed cases per day for the first time since February, according to a New York Times database. Newly reported cases have been rising in nearly every state, many infections go uncounted in official statistics, so the true number of infections may be higher. As of Monday, there were an average of more than 24,700 people with the virus hospitalized nationally, an increase of 28 percent over the last two weeks. nytimes.com

Downtown COVID Closures Turned into Suburb Openings
Covid closed downtown D.C. businesses. Many reopened - in the suburbs.

D.C. business owners left downtown, major corridors for survival, flexibility

Morton's business was one of thousands that left downtown and other major retail corridors since the pandemic hit, according to a Washington Post analysis of U.S. Postal Service address-change data.

From February 2020 to March 2022, more than 2,300 businesses moved away from downtown D.C., The Post's analysis shows. Another few hundred more left major commercial corridors that include Shaw, Logan Circle and Georgetown.

The data includes a combination of businesses that may have closed their doors permanently or simply relocated. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show more than 1,000 establishments in the region closed in the first part of 2020. Many of those fell into such sectors as food services, construction, entertainment and wholesale trade. And while the city is trying to revive its downtown, the malaise has serious implications for its budget - revenue from general sales and use taxes, which fund services like health care and road construction, was down almost $400 million over fiscal 2019 to 2021, according to data from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

But the pain hasn't been felt across all parts of the region. Data shows many businesses relocated to less densely populated areas of the region - many to Maryland and Virginia. washingtonpost.com

Mass Exodus Over Return to Work Policies?
The workers quitting over return-to-office policies
In early May, one high-profile worker put his money where his mouth is: Apple's director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, resigned over the Silicon Valley giant's return-to-office policy. The company had started bringing back workers one day per week starting 11 April, then two days 2 May, with a ramp-up to three required days starting 23 May.

A recent survey of more than 650 Apple employees on third-party anonymous polling site Blind revealed 76% of respondents were dissatisfied with the company's return-to-office plans; 56% said they'd consider resigning over it.

Goodfellow is just one highly visible example of a worker choosing to quit, instead of reluctantly accepting an undesirable work policy. Yet there are plenty more workers itching to leave who haven't yet. However, some recruiters and analysts believe a prominent professional's much-talked-about move could be a sign that more resignations will follow as RTO policies start to sink in - and workers begin to bite back. bbc.com

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Retail Leaders Prioritize Tech Amid Supply Chain Crisis
CIOs Stress Supply Chains, Efficiency as Recession Risks Rise

Tech leaders at Walgreens, Carhartt and other companies say they are monitoring markets, inflation and supply-chain uncertainties

Amid threats of recession, chief information officers say they are prioritizing technology that drives efficiency, mitigates ongoing supply-chain struggles and contributes quickly to the bottom line.

Tech leaders at Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Carhartt Inc. and other companies say they are monitoring a number of factors, including the financial markets, inflation and supply-chain uncertainties as they continue making tech investments.

"During times of economic uncertainty, companies look for ways where technology can drive growth and create more economic value faster," said Juan Perez, chief information officer at Salesforce Inc. "When budgets are under significant scrutiny, companies tend to place more emphasis on shorter-term solutions that can drive efficiency and productivity," said Mr. Perez, who spent 32 years at United Parcel Service Inc., including six years as CIO.

Those solutions can run the gamut from simply planning further ahead to the use of automation and artificial intelligence to minimize supply-chain bottlenecks that drag on profits, CIOs said.

Across the tech sector, from startup founders to public- and private-market investors and corporate executives, a new mentality is emerging in which productivity and profitability play a bigger role.

The magnitude of widespread supply-chain backlogs hit home this month when he ordered a $5 million piece of semiconductor equipment with an estimated delivery time of about 18 months, longer than what is typical. Confronted with the risk that profits will become harder to achieve in a weakening economy, companies need to focus on minimizing costly delays, according to Mr. Burns, also a partner with private-equity and venture-capital investor Murray Hill Group in New York.

Therefore, he said, technology and services that make the supply chain more efficient are increasingly important. wsj.com

FTC Officially Investigating Formula Crisis
Federal Trade Commission Launches Inquiry into Infant Formula Crisis

Agency Seeks Public Comment on Attempts to Deceive Families and Factors that May Have Contributed to the Ongoing Shortage of Infant Formula

Today, the Federal Trade Commission staff launched an inquiry into the ongoing shortage for infant formula that has caused hardship for countless American families. The inquiry seeks information about the nature and prevalence of any deceptive, fraudulent, or otherwise unfair business practices aimed at taking advantage of families during this shortage. It also aims to shed light on the factors that have led to concentration in the infant formula market and the fragility of the supply chains for these crucial products. FTC Chair Lina M. Khan released a statement in conjunction with the public inquiry committing to a series of actions to confront this crisis.

"We have been monitoring and will continue to monitor the ongoing infant formula shortage, which is causing enormous anxiety, fear, and financial burden for American families," said Chair Lina M. Khan in her statement. "The FTC is launching a public inquiry to identify the factors that contributed to the shortage or hampered our ability to respond to it. Learning from this experience can help determine how we can minimize the risk of similar shortages in the markets for other life-sustaining products."

The Request for Information seeks public input on whether the FTC itself or state or federal agencies may have inadvertently taken steps that contributed to fragile supply chains in the market for these crucial products for many American families. Comments should be submitted to regulations.gov and must be received no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 by 11:59pm ET. ftc.gov

More National Fallout Over Baby Formula Crisis
Whistleblower report on baby formula didn't reach top FDA food safety official

A report alleging safety failures at a plant took four months to reach Frank Yiannas, the top food safety official

When a whistleblower sent a 34-page report to the Food and Drug Administration in October alleging a host of unsanitary conditions at an Abbott infant formula factory, the top official in charge of food safety didn't see it.

In fact, Frank Yiannas, the FDA's deputy commissioner for food policy and response, didn't learn about the complaint until four months later, according to Yiannas and others knowledgeable about the case.

By that time, one infant had already died and two others were hospitalized after consuming formula from the plant - all while other top FDA officials less-versed in food safety had elected not to send new inspectors to the plant in Sturgis, Mich. As another infant death was linked to Abbott-produced formula, the plant closed down and a recall was issued, sparking a critical national shortage of baby formula.

"It wasn't sent to me and it wasn't shared with me internally. How does this happen?" Yiannas, who previously ran the food safety program for Walmart, the nation's largest grocer, told The Washington Post. "There were early signals and in any safety profession you want to take those seriously to stop the domino effect. That didn't happen."

The national fallout over the Abbott case has exposed a fractured structure at an agency that has long prioritized drugs and medicine over food safety, experts say - a problem exemplified by its handling of the whistleblower complaint and other warning signs of problems at the plant. washingtonpost.com

Retail Reputation Rankings
Trader Joe's, H-E-B lead Axios-Harris Poll 100 reputation list

Wegmans, Publix and Kroger also among the top 25 companies

Trader Joe's and H-E-B finished atop this year's Axios-Harris Poll 100, an annual ranking of the reputations of the most visible U.S. companies across industry sectors.

For the 2022 Axios-Harris Poll 100, three supermarket chains - Trader Joe's, H-E-B and Wegmans Food Markets - were ranked in the top five, while two other supermarket retailers - The Kroger Co. and Publix Super Markets - came in among the top 25 on the list.

Overall, a dozen food, drug and mass (FDM) retailers made the 2022 Axios Harris Poll 100, led by Trader Joe's at No. 1, H-E-B at No. 2 and Wegmans at No. 5. Amazon - which sells groceries under its brand via Amazon.com as well as its Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go store banners - came in at No. 7.

Next among retailers in the FDM channel were Publix at No. 19, Kroger at No. 25, Costco Wholesale at No. 26, Walgreens at No. 30, Target at No. 32, CVS at No. 36, Dollar Tree at No. 74 and Walmart at No. 77. supermarketnews.com

What the CFOs are Reading
Compliance costs to surge, straining tight budgets: Accenture
Nine out of 10 compliance executives forecast that the cost of compliance will surge as much as 30% during the next two years, yet only six out of 10 expect an increase in operational funding during the period, Accenture found in a survey.

Similarly, 93% of respondents believe that advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing will streamline compliance, yet 37% said their companies invest too little in technology and 72% said their technology budget did not change during the past 12 months, Accenture said.

"Compliance executives are facing a dual challenge of needing to invest in people, processes and tools while evolving in an ever-increasing, cost-pressure environment," Accenture said, describing the global survey of 860 compliance leaders in 10 sectors. "The cost equation is a growing challenge for the compliance function."

Money laundering, illicit digital payments and other wrongdoing pushed up financial crime compliance costs in the U.S. and Canada to $49.8 billion last year, a 58% increase compared with 2019, according to LexisNexis. cfodive.com

Court Rules Job Applicants Don't Have Right to Explain Accurate Background Checks Under FCRA

Still best practice to provide notice, chance to respond to adverse action

Employers covered under the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are not necessarily required under federal law to provide job applicants with criminal convictions a chance to explain a negative background check report before rescinding a job offer.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the court ruled May 3 that while the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does give job applicants the right to dispute the accuracy of background checks, it does not confer a right to argue accurately reported convictions before losing a job offer.

"The act doesn't give applicants the right to explain negative but accurate information in a consumer report before the employer can make an adverse employment decision," he said. shrm.org

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Innovation in EAS Tags?

Hear what Kroger is doing.

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

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

Carlton also talks about how his varied experience in grocery operations, asset protection, and merchandising has helped his career growth.

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Verizon's 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report
Ransomware's Alarming Growth Signals a New Era, Verizon DBIR Finds

Ransomware has become so efficient, and the underground economy so professional, that traditional monetization of stolen data may be on its way out.

The past year has seen a staggering acceleration in ransomware incidents, with 25% of all breaches containing a ransomware component.

That's the top-line finding in the 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which found that ransomware events in conjunction with breaches ballooned 13% in the past year - last year's report found that just 12% of incidents were ransomware-related. That translates into a rate of increase that's more than the previous five years of growth combined.

The 15th annual DBIR analyzed 23,896 security incidents, of which 5,212 were confirmed breaches. About four in five of those were the handiwork of external cybercriminal gangs and threat groups, according to Verizon. And according to Alex Pinto, manager of the Verizon Security Research team, these nefarious types are finding it easier and easier to earn an ill-gotten living with ransomware, making other types of breaches increasingly obsolete.

"Everything in cybercrime has become so commoditized, so much like a business now, and it's just too darn efficient of a methodology for monetizing their activity," he tells Dark Reading, noting that with the emergence of ransomware as-a-service (RaaS) and initial-access brokers, it takes very little skill or effort to get into the extortion game.

"Before, you had to get in somehow, look around, and find something worth stealing that would have a reseller on the other end," he explains. "In 2008 when we started the DBIR, it was by and large payment-card data that was stolen. Now, that has fallen precipitously because they can just pay for access someone else established and install rented ransomware, and it's so much simpler to reach the same goal of getting money."

A corollary to this story is that any and every organization is a target - companies no longer need to have something worth stealing in the way of highly sensitive data to fall in the cybercrime crosshairs. That means that small- and midmarket organizations should beware, Pinto said, as well as very small, mom-and-pop organizations.

"You don't have to go for the big guys anymore," Pinto said. "In fact, going for the big guys might be counterproductive because those folks usually have their ducks more in a row as far as defenses. If a business has a handful of computers and they care about their data, you're potentially going to make a few bucks out of them." darkreading.com

Federal Ransomware Response Coming Up Short

Senate report criticizes feds' approach to ransomware investigations
A report that Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued on Tuesday asserts that ransomware attacks are surging even as federal efforts to respond to them are not up to the task.

AdvertisementThe report, which focuses on the use of cryptocurrency to execute such attacks, concludes that the government is struggling to keep up with the problem in part because data reporting and collection on ransomware attacks and payments is "fragmented and incomplete."

The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency StopRansomware.gov website and the FBI's IC3.gov website claim to host what the government bills as its "one-stop" location for reporting ransomware attacks. The agencies say they share data, but the report asserts that ransomware incident response firms "questioned the effectiveness of such communication channels' impact on assisting victims of an attack."

Ransomware has become a scourge across sectors, with attacks hitting hospitals and school systems; local, state and federal government agencies; and critical infrastructure entities in the water and energy sectors. Ransomware attacks impacted at least 2,323 local governments, schools and health care providers in the United States last year, the report says. But that number vastly underestimates the true sweep of the problem since many victims choose not to disclose ransomware attacks. The report says that, as a result, federal data capturing the problem should be considered "artificially low."

Even given these limitations, FBI data shows a quickly growing phenomenon: A three-year comparison of ransomware complaints made to the FBI between 2018 and 2020 show a 66% increase in victim count and a 705% increase in adjusted losses, according to the report.

Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat and the Homeland Security Committee's chair, says the federal government lacks sufficient data and information on ransomware attacks and how they leverage cryptocurrency.

Agencies' efforts to enforce anti-money laundering and banking regulations that cover cryptocurrency exchanges in some foreign jurisdictions limit the U.S. government's ability to tackle the ransomware threat, the report says. cyberscoop.com

Remote Work is Fueling Cybersecurity Challenges
Security has become more difficult, IT leaders say
Workspot announced a survey report conducted by Dimensional Research, which reveals that in the past year, due to remote work, 83% of IT leaders expanded or accelerated their cloud strategies, while still facing increasing challenges with security (71%), and concerns about employee compliance to new controls (60%). With that in mind, budgets are expected to increase throughout the year to improve remote work technologies.

Hybrid work has impacted technology, solutions, and strategies IT leaders relied on. From conferencing to remote access, new iterations of technologies have been adopted, but with that, new challenges have come up. In this context, Workspot's report looks at how experiences, strategies, and technology used for supporting remote workers are delivering value today, including challenges IT decision-makers are still facing and expectations on what to invest in for adapting computing, security, and new collaboration capabilities.

"IT leaders continue to face many challenges in the midst of the new workplace paradigm, but through this process they have realized the power of the cloud," said Amitabh Sinha, CEO at Workspot.

"Our report sheds light on some major pain points and also where leaders have excelled in the past year. To continue supporting the 'anywhere' workforce, more established strategies around cloud migration, VDI modernization, and implementation of SaaS applications become mainstream to help future-looking organizations evolve for years to come."

As remote work and hybrid environments continue to accelerate digital transformation, the report provides insights into three key areas that have challenged IT leaders and the steps they have taken to mitigate risk and future-proof their business. helpnetsecurity.com

Big Tech Companies at the Center of Ukraine-Russia Cyber War
Google, Meta and Amazon will benefit from the Ukraine war, ad guru says

The war in Ukraine is being fought both online and offline, with hackers on each side targeting the enemy's national infrastructure.

Martin Sorrell, founder and chairman of media firm S4 Capital, believes the war in Ukraine has the potential to benefit three of America's biggest tech firms. He added: "The big three - Google, Meta, and Amazon - will benefit, I think, as a result of the war."

Sorrell stopped short of saying exactly how Alphabet, Meta and Amazon could benefit from this, but all three companies boast that their cyber security systems are world leading.

Google and Amazon also provide cloud computing infrastructure that governments and cyber companies can harness in cyber warfare.

The war in Ukraine is being fought both online and offline, with hackers on each side targeting the enemy's national infrastructure, businesses, governments and citizens. cnbc.com

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Canadian Retailers Recognized
Retail's Best Recognized: 2022 Excellence in Retailing Awards

2022 finalists reflect the creativity and innovation inspired by a challenging retail environment

The Retail Councils of Canada's Excellence in Retailing Awards (ERA) recognize the best 2021 retail innovation in: eCommerce Experience; Environmental Leadership; Health, Safety & Wellness; In-Store Experience & Design; Loss Prevention; Omni-Channel; Philanthropic Leadership; Pop-up Experience and Design; Retail Marketing; Supply Chain; and Talent Development.

2022 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists by Company (alphabetically listed)

The 2022 winners will be announced at the in-person Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 31, 2022, hosted in person at the Toronto Congress Center. The Gala completes the first day of STORE 2022, Canada's biggest retail industry event of the year.

For more information on the Excellence in Retailing Awards or to purchase Gala tickets, visit RetailAwards.ca.

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COVID's 'Seismic' Impact on Canadian Shopping Malls
Seismic reinvention of shopping malls accelerates in COVID's wake

The truth about what's happening at Canadian shopping malls is complex, with wins and losses leading to a revolution in retail.

Malls were already feeling the pressure before the pandemic. Foot traffic among Canada's top shopping complexes was down 22 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018, according to Deloitte's report, The Future of the Mall. Developers and owners were already aware that changes were necessary as more Canadians bought goods online. The pandemic has highlighted the urgency for change, and carefully laid-out five-year plans have turned into planning strategies for the here and now.

"The retail apocalypse is a myth, as were predictions about the death of the mall," says Michael LeBlanc, senior retail advisor, Retail Council of Canada, and producer/host of The Voice of Retail podcast. "But there's no question that there's tremendous transformation happening."

While e-commerce has been a catalyst for change, it hasn't meant the end of retail stores.

Customers are using malls for curbside pickups and inspirational window shopping to get ideas about what they want to buy online. And more online retailers could be opening return centres in retail complexes to make it more convenient for customers to send back merchandise. "What we are seeing now is harmonized retail," Mr. LeBlanc notes. "The connection between e-commerce and physical stores is a very intimate one."

This hybrid model with a blurring of the line between online and in-store experiences is being adopted by what Mr. LeBlanc calls "digitally native vertical brands," which had previously been living only on the web. Examples include Warby Parker, a retailer of prescription glasses and contact lenses that now has more than 160 physical stores across Canada and the United States, and Allbirds, a maker of sustainable shoes and clothing. He says some of those players are doing IPOs to raise capital so they can create brick-and-mortar retail locations. theglobeandmail.com

The U.S. Failed Miserably on COVID-19. Canada Shows It Didn't Have to Be That Way
646,970 lives. This is the number of Americans who would be alive today if the United States had the same per capita death rate from COVID-19 as their northern neighbor, Canada.

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Banning Chinese Security Equipment
Canada Bans Huawei, ZTE to Secure Telecom Systems
The Canadian government says it will no longer allow the use of products and services from China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. in its telecommunications systems. The government says its decision is based on reviews by independent security agencies and was made in consultation with its "closest allies."

"Telecommunications companies that operate in Canada would no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE," says François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry, on Thursday.

The move, he says, is part of a broader agenda to promote the security of Canada's telecommunications networks. Companies already using this equipment will be required to remove it from their networks, he adds.

"The government of Canada has serious concerns about suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE who could be compelled to comply with extrajudicial directions from foreign governments in ways that would conflict with Canadian laws or would be detrimental to Canadian interests," Champagne says.

5G Wireless Technology

The government also announced that the use of new 5G equipment and managed services from Huawei and ZTE will be prohibited, and existing 5G equipment and managed services must be removed or terminated by June 28, 2024.

Intense Scrutiny

Other nations are also closely examining the technology used in their telecom systems. In June 2021, the government of India launched a Trusted Telecom Portal designed to evaluate and approve technologies and suppliers.

The government is yet to designate technology providers as "trusted" or "untrusted," but some observers predicted that Chinese firms, such as Huawei and ZTE, will not be included on the list of approved vendors that can supply equipment to telecom companies, including for 5G network development. govinfosecurity.com

Canadian's On Alert After Buffalo Mass Shooting
Canada must be 'vigilant' about race replacement conspiracy threat: minister
Canadians must be on their guard for hatred spreading online that can lead to violence, including the race replacement conspiracy theory, says Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.

His comments to the House of Commons public safety committee come as the conspiracy theory and far-right proponents of it are facing intense criticism following a massacre at a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store on Sunday by an apparent white supremacist.

"Words matter. Hate can lead to violence. The 'great replacement theory' is a conspiracy that is being driven by white supremacists and is leading to violence, not only in Buffalo but in Canada," Mendicino said. "And we all have to be vigilant."

Mendicino had been asked what more the government can do to force social media companies to remove content such as material promoting race replacement conspiracies. globalnews.ca

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The Last Days of Hudson's Bay at Yonge & Bloor in Downtown Toronto
The Hudson's Bay store at the northeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto shut permanently last week, and a bit earlier than expected.

eBay partners with FedEx to ease Canadian shipping
Canadian eBay sellers now have access to FedEx shipping services directly through the eBay Labels proprietary label printing solution.

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Man Shot During Jewelry Store Robbery
St. Catharines jewelry store where man was shot in leg during robbery reopens
The jewelry store in St. Catharines that was victim to brazen daylight robbery on May 11 has now reopened. One man in Karat Jewellers was shot in the leg (and has since recovered, his son said) while two others in the store were sprayed with a substance believed to be "bear spray" by one of the two suspects. All three were taken to a local hospital by Niagara EMS after the robbery. Niagara police are still looking for two suspects that were seen fleeing the mall on a motorcycle headed on the QEW Toronto bound. insauga.com

RCMP seize firearms, cash, drugs after gun store burglary in southern Alberta
RCMP arrested a suspect police believe was involved in a break-and-enter of a firearms store in Dunmore, Alta., near Medicine Hat. And officers seized three handguns, a restricted rifle, ammunition, a "large amount" of cocaine and more than $8,000 in cash. On May 5, a suspect forced their way into a gun club and firearms store in Dunmore using a stolen vehicle, stealing several handguns, RCMP said.

The investigation led RCMP to try to locate the suspect in the 300 block of Highland Circle in Strathmore. A man matching the description was found walking in the area. Police said the man cut through a residential yard when marked police vehicles arrived but he was later located and arrested. A search warrant of the man's residence found items related to the gun club and store robbery, along with drugs, money and firearms in a backpack he dropped when officers were closing in. globalnews.ca

B.C. man uses his child as a human shield in gas station robbery: RCMP

Armed robber wanted on Canada-wide warrant could be in Brampton

Police seeking to identify 3 suspects after robbery at Vaughan pharmacy

One arrest made, three others at large following Mississauga jewellery store robbery

Suspects sought in Oshawa and Pickering jewelry store robberies

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Amazon-DHS Surveillance Program
Advocates urge Amazon to drop controversial DHS surveillance program
Digital and human rights activists are demanding that Amazon Web Services drop out of a contract to host the Department of Homeland Security's next-generation biometric data-hosting system.

"This mass biometric data collection by DHS is a deep invasion of privacy, an assault on human rights, and places hundreds of millions of people at risk of raids, detentions, deportations, and family separation," write nonprofits led by Access Now, Immigration Defense Project and Just Futures Law. "By hosting DHS' HART [Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology] database, AWS is directly facilitating the creation of an invasive biometrics database that will supercharge surveillance and deportation, risking human rights violations."

The Tuesday letter also poses a number of questions for Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky, including if AWS conducted any sort of human rights review before taking on the project.

Activists sent the letter a day before Amazon's annual shareholder meeting. The letter also coincides with protests at AWS' Summit taking place this week in Washington, D.C.

DHS's years-long efforts to replace its 28-year-old biometrics system, Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT), have been riddled with costly delays and criticism over the agency's lack of transparency regarding the project. The Government Accountability Office has warned that the program fails to mitigate significant privacy risks that DHS has acknowledged.

DHS also acknowledges in its privacy assessment the data in the system may have inaccuracies.

At launch, HART is expected to have profiles of 270 million unique individuals, including 6.7 million iris scans and 1.1 billion face images. The profiles include more than individuals who don't have citizenship status and experts only expect the number of profiles to grow as more data is fed into the system. HART would become the one-stop shop for a variety of law enforcement purposes that tap into profiles that combine data from other DHS projects including Immigration and Customs Enforcement's data analytics program, RAVEn. cyberscoop.com

Online Orders Delivered in 'Minutes'
Walmart to step up drone delivery service

Partnership with DroneUp to reach 4 million households in six states

Walmart this year plans to roll out DroneUp drone delivery for online orders to six states, enabling the retailer to serve 4 million households via the service.

In a blog post on Tuesday, David Guggina, senior vice president of innovation and automation for Walmart U.S., said Walmart aims to expand DroneUp delivery to 34 sites in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia by the end of 2022. That will give the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant the ability to deliver more 1 million packages by drone annually. (Click here to see Walmart video of DroneUp delivery.)

Guggina noted that Walmart has been working on drone delivery over the past year. Last June, Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner said Walmart made an undisclosed investment in DroneUp after conducting a delivery pilot with the Virginia Beach, Va.-based drone flight services provider in 2020. Previously, Walmart and DroneUp had made trial deliveries of COVID-19 home test kits, which Walmart said demonstrated that drones could provide delivery in minutes rather than hours. supermarketnews.com

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Williamsport, PA: Woman admits role in thefts of electronic devices from multiple Walmarts, including in Pa
An Ohio woman has admitted being part of a plot in which electronic devices were stolen in Walmarts in Pennsylvania and Illinois and then sold. Jasmyn Latreece Robinson, 28, of Columbus, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court to a charge of conspiracy to transport and transfer stolen property. She admitted helping Maurice Lavelle Whyte, also of Columbus, steal the devices from stores near State College, DuBois and Bloomington, Illinois, between Nov. 5 and Dec. 13, 2019. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel, Robinson and an unnamed female served as lookouts as Whyte used a device to break into display cases and storage cabinets. Items stolen, he said, included Apple iPhones, iPads, Airpods, other brands of smart phones, tablets, electronic devices and watches. They were taken back to Columbus and sold to buyers in this country and Israel, he said. The value of the stolen merchandise was $51,806, Rocktashel said. Whyte is awaiting trial on the conspiracy charge and interstate transportation of stolen property. pennlive.com

Knoxville, TN: Two Arrested after stealing $24000 of Mattresses
The West District patrol officers and Knoxville Police Department arrested two individuals who were in possession of 12 stolen MLILY brand mattresses valued at around $24,000 total on Tuesday afternoon after an extensive investigation. The mattresses were stolen from Foothills Brokerage and an employee of the company reported seeing a woman attempting to sell the mattresses at a flea market in Alcoa from a flatbed trailer attached to a Ford pickup truck. The stolen mattresses were also being offered for resale on Facebook. After a meeting was orchestrated through Facebook to purchase the mattresses, officers stopped the truck, which was pulling a trailer carrying the stolen mattresses. The driver, 48-year-old Jack Toomire, was charged with felony theft and also had an outstanding warrant out of Jefferson County for violation of probation. The passenger, 46-year-old Danyell Daniel, was also charged with felony theft. Daniel ran from the truck after the initial traffic stop but was quickly apprehended. 1057news.com

Update: West Whiteland, PA: Caught on video: Would-be robbers arrested at Ulta Beauty store in Chester County
A search for a third suspect is underway after two would-be robbers were arrested after attempting to steal fragrance bottles from an Ulta Beauty store in Chester County. Surveillance cameras show the teenage suspects stealing the bottles off the shelves on Friday, May 20, in West Whiteland Township. Police say they had officers in position after being tipped off. Those officers arrested both teens after a brief chase around the store. 6abc.com

Atlanta, GA: Bucktown cellphone store robbed at gunpoint
The gunman entered the store around 7:50 p.m. and pulled out a handgun, demanding the employee take him to the back of the store in the 1600 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, police said. The suspect filled a black bag with cellphones before fleeing the scene on foot, police said. There were no reported injuries. No one is in custody as Area Five detectives investigate. fox32chicago.com

Chino, CA: Marshall's and TJ Maxx theft, pursuit suspects arrested Friday afternoon
Two Los Angeles County men and two juveniles were arrested May 20 after thefts at two clothing stores in Chino and a short pursuit that ended in the 3400 block of Chino Avenue near the 71 Freeway. Aaron Keion Matthews, 20, and Jeronte Davon Rivers, 19, were booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Mr. Rivers was booked on $1 million bail on suspicion of committing a felony while on bail, conspiracy, burglary, grand theft and organized retail theft, jail records show. Mr. Matthews was booked on $500,000 bail on suspicion of conspiracy, grand theft and organized retail theft, records indicate. The two juveniles were released to their guardians, Sgt. Jesus Jacquez said. Chino police were called at 4:11 p.m. to Marshall's at 3383 Grand Ave. on a report of a theft. The suspects fled in a vehicle and were seen going inside a TJ Maxx store at 4040 Grand Ave., Sgt. Jacquez said. "They were seen exiting the store with stolen merchandise and fled," the sergeant said. "Officers located and attempted an enforcement stop of the vehicle as it exited the shopping center, however, the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated." The driver pulled over on Chino Avenue near the 71 Freeway. "Officers recovered $2,300 worth of stolen merchandise from Marshall's, and $650 worth of stolen merchandise from TJ Maxx," Sgt. Jacquez said. championnewspapers.com

Fort Myers, FL: 2 suspects wanted after attempted theft from Home Depot
Two attempted theft suspects are being sought after police say they tried stealing from a Home Depot in Fort Myers on May 16. The suspects browsed the store with an empty shopping cart before taking three Milwaukee product items from their displays in the tool aisle and placing them inside the shopping cart. At around 4:20 p.m., the suspects walked past all points of sales with the merchandise without paying for it. After a loss prevention employee confronted them, the suspects returned the stolen merchandise, eventually driving away from the scene in a 2014 gray Ford F150. The total amount of the stolen/recovered merchandise was around $900. winknews.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Las Cruses, NM: Smoke shop owner charged with murder after shooting attempted robber
A Las Cruces man is charged with murder for killing a man who attempted to rob the Red Eye Smoke Shop on Missouri Avenue, according to a news release from Doña Ana County District Attorney Gerald Byers. Chuko Sandoval reportedly shot Anthony Malone in the back three times as he was trying to run out of the shop on Dec. 20, the news release stated. Malone was in the shop for about an hour and reportedly asked the clerk to look at some watches that were in a container in a showcase. Malone grabbed the watches out of the clerk's hand when she took them out of the case, according to Byers. The clerk tried to grab the watches back and Malone pushed her and then attempted to run out of the store, the news release stated. Sandoval reportedly walked into the shop and told the clerk he would stay because of Malone's behavior. When Malone ran for the door, Sandoval took out his gun and shot Malone, the news release stated. nbcmontana.com

Absecon, NJ: Police-Involved Shooting Outside Dollar General In Absecon Under Investigation
A police-involved shooting is being investigated in Atlantic County. Police shot someone outside the Dollar General Store on the 700 block of South New Road in Absecon. It happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Video from Chopper 3 shows a large number of orange evidence markers in the parking lot of the Dollar General. In the aftermath of the shooting, Eyewitness News spotted police officers placing shell casings in a brown paper bag. A car was also towed from the scene. A nearby high school, Holy Spirit, went into lockdown after the gunshots rang out. The principal says after the threat was neutralized, the school lifted the lockdown but continued to shelter in place until everything was clear. philadelphia.cbslocal.com

Waldheim, LA: St. Tammany Deputy shot on Burglary call, 13-year-old suspect in custody
A St. Tammany Parish deputy was shot and wounded by an armed 13-year-old burglary suspect, Sheriff Randy Smith said early Wednesday (May 25). The agency said the young suspect is in custody. Smith told Fox 8 that Deputy Kenneth Doby was shot as he and another deputy wrestled the suspect to the ground on the side of a road, after spotting him walking away from Backroads Mercantile, a grocery store near the intersection of state highways 21 and 1083 in Waldheim that had been burglarized around 3 a.m. While effecting the arrest, Doby was shot once, "beneath the back of his bullet-proof vest," Smith said. The four-year veteran of the St. Tammany agency continued assisting his partner with handcuffing the teen even after being shot, then was taken to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington for emergency treatment. "Right now, it looks like he's going to have a full recovery," Smith said. "We're very lucky. ... We're just thankful he's going to be OK, because it could've been a lot worse." wafb.com

Philadelphia, PA: 2 Men Shot During Robbery Inside Store In South Philadelphia's Italian Market
Two men were shot during a robbery in South Philadelphia's Italian Market. The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. inside a store that was packed with late-night customers on 9th Street and Washington Avenue. The business was closed through the night but when officers first got to the scene they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the leg. The two victims told police they were among about 15 people eating and drinking inside the takeout area when all of the sudden three men walked in and announced they were robbing the place. The men reportedly pointed a gun at the crowd while the other two started going through people's pockets and taking their possessions. At one point, they say the guy with the gun fired a single shot. Police believe that one bullet hit both victims. philadelphia.cbslocal.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Takoma Park, MD: 7-Eleven Armed Robbery suspect drops wallet with ID inside at the scene
A Maryland man suspected of an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store Tuesday morning learned that haste makes waste after he dropped his wallet and ID while fleeing the scene, according to a report. The incident happened on Merrimac Drive in Takoma Park. The suspect reportedly entered the store with a revolver and demanded cash from the register. He apparently fled with the money in a Chevy Camaro - but not before leaving something important behind. foxnews.com

Tulsa, OK: Police arrest man for robbing Pharmacies of money, codeine syrup
Tulsa police said a man was arrested for robbing several stores in south Tulsa. Andrew Wise is accused of stealing money and promethazine codeine syrup from the stores. Tulsa Police Lt. Justin Ritter said these type of robberies are known as "Note Jobs." Police said on May 17, Wise allegedly robbed a Braums in south Tulsa. They said he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask when he passed a note to an employee that said he had a gun. He left the store on foot with cash. A police report said on May 21, Wise allegedly robbed a CVS at 71st and Yale, just a block away from the Braums. A police report said the suspect went through the open pharmacy window and gave an employee a note that said he had a gun and demanded "prometh syrup/codeine." He was again wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask, and left the store on foot. Wise was arrested for three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. fox23.com

Las Vegas, NV: LVMPD has solved 100% of serial commercial robberies so far this year

Las Vegas, NV: Strip mall fire being investigated as arson, suspect on the run

Joplin, MO: Academy Sports store Armed Robber sentenced to 10 years

Philadelphia, PA: Man Sentenced to 8 ½ Years for Gunpoint Robbery of North Broad Convenience Store

Kansas City, MO: Sugar Creek Man Indicted for Stealing 36 Firearms from Gun Store



Auto Zone - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Beauty - Las Vegas, NV - Burglary
C-Store - Amarillo, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Boone, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Delta County, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Warren, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Severn, MD - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Greenville, AL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bristolville, OH - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Philadelphia, PA- Armed Robbery (2 emp wounded)
Grocery - Waldheim, LA - Burglary (Deputy wounded)
Jewelry - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
7-Eleven - Takoma Park, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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