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Levell Hedgspeth, CFE, CCII promoted to Senior Manager LP & Safety for FullSpeed Automotive

Levell has been with FullSpeed Automotive for more than a year, starting with the company in 2021. Before his promotion to Senior Manager LP & Safety, he served as Manager Enterprise Investigations & Physical Security. Prior to FullSpeed Automotive, he held LP roles with Paradies Lagardère, Cracker Barrel, Retail Ventures Inc, Shoe Show, and Best Buy. Congratulations, Levell!

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TalkLP's Wrap Up at NRF PROTECT Day 2

Watch what happened at NRF PROTECT 2023 Day 2 in this recap from host Amber Bradley and TalkLPnews!

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NRF PROTECT 2023 Keynote Spotlight
The art of taking a second look

NRF PROTECT: Retail security professionals refresh their visual intelligence skills

NRF PROTECT got off to an insightful start with a keynote address by attorney, internationalist, crime fighter and art historian Amy Herman, who gave her audience what might be described as a close look at the need to see clearly.

Herman makes her living by working with people whose job requires them to notice things; particularly to notice things that have changed, and things that shouldn't be there. Among her clients are the New York Police Department, the FBI, the State Department, NATO and various branches of the U.S. armed forces, along with surgeons, private investigators, and - in this case - security professionals in the retail industry.

To further illustrate the need to notice, Herman divided the audience into groups of two, asking one member of each pair to describe a given image to their partner. The partner would listen, eyes closed, and then was tested on their ability to recognize what had been described to them.

Results weren't successful, because, she said, people aren't good at prioritizing what's important in an image. Pointing out a distinctive aspect of one image - a sliver of unexposed area in the corner - she said very few describers ever mentioned it. Of those that did, the majority were members of the military's special forces.

"I asked them why and how they got it," she said, "and they told me they were trained specifically to make use of every bit of information they had."

Bringing the lesson home, she pointed out that "Organized retail crime is changing all the time. You have to keep being able to recognize it."

The world is full of potential wrongdoers busily figuring out ways of disguising themselves, she noted. "You need to change your perspective before things change."  nrf.com

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Complicated Reality of Shoplifting in America
'Could it be that shoplifting hasn't increased, but more brazen incidents have?'

What can be done about shoplifting - and how bad is it, actually?

Confusion reigns as stores scramble to keep employees - and merchandise - safe.

Shoplifting is on the rise... or is it?

In retail, shrinkage refers to loss of inventory, whether that's due to theft, human error, or damage. Per the National Retail Federation's annual survey, retailers saw an average shrink rate of 1.4% in 2021, accounting for $94.5B in losses. But shrink has consistently hit ~1.4% for the last 10+ years, per CNN.

Yet retailers cited a 26.5% increase, on average, in organized retail crime (pro shoplifters who steal to resell); 80% claimed an increase in violent or aggressive incidents.

Also interesting: In San Francisco's central district, larceny theft was up 88% in 2021 - compared to 2020, when stores closed for months. Compared to 2019, larceny theft was down, per The Atlantic's Amanda Mull, who tried unsuccessfully to coax more specific data from retailers.

So, essentially, the numbers are hard to parse. Could it be that shoplifting hasn't increased, but more brazen incidents - those more prone to go viral - have?

What can be done?

Confronting shoplifters can be dangerous, even deadly. Last week, the California state senate passed a bill that would stop retailers from asking staff to confront shoplifters, in line with Lululemon's prioritization of employee safety.

Retailers are instead turning to tech, including: AI that monitors checkouts for barcode switching or other irregularities; Self-service cases that customers unlock with personal info; RFID tags, which track specific items; and Robots. thehustle.co

Will Other Retailers Follow Walgreens' Lead in Battling Theft?
Can theft be eliminated by completely changing the shopping experience?

Walgreens Takes Major Step to Solve Walmart, Target's Big Problem

The pharmacy chain is trying something unique but it might be going a few steps too far.

Walgreens has launched a prototype store that changes the shopping experience in order to eliminate theft. This new store has only two aisles of "essentials" that shoppers can put into their carts, according to a report from CWB Chicago.

All the other merchandise in the store is locked up with customers using kiosks to order what they need. Walgreens has framed this via signs encouraging people to let the store's employees shop for them. In addition, shelves in the store are only about five feet high, making it easier for customers to see the merchandise (and easier for store employees to keep tabs on the customers).

Is Walgreens' Solution Too Extreme?

Walgreens has essentially created a digital experience that you have in person. It's easy to see how the company could integrate app-based ordering and advance ordering in addition to the kiosks, but this might be taking things too far in order to prevent theft.

"Walgreens' new store concept will reduce theft and divert shoppers to e-commerce, especially for intimate items. Other chains will likely monitor Walgreens' results before imitating this concept. Manual picking by store staff may reduce shoplifting, as well as productivity and morale," B2B Content Strategist Lisa Goller commented on Retailwire.

But, while this solution may be too extreme, the retailer may learn some lessons that help it find the right mix for its stores.

"That said, it is better than the approach of locking things away and having to call staff over to retrieve items. I guess it also beats having a store close completely. I have every sympathy for retailers suffering the impact of theft, but inconveniencing honest customers isn't really the answer," he added. thestreet.com

   RELATED: Will Walgreens' New Anti-Theft Store Stop Stealing?

Another Crime Closure in Seattle
Rite Aid closes store in Seattle amid continued crime and violence

The retailer is simultaneously shuttering a location in Oregon for unspecified reasons

Another Rite Aid store is closing in Seattle as the retailer grapples with the city's continued high crime rate and other factors.

Seattle-based Bartell Drugs, which is owned by Rite Aid, will close its location at 15th and Market, in an area north of downtown Seattle, on June 8, according to a report by media company Post Millennial.

Back in 2019, Bartell announced it would not be opening any more stores in Seattle due to theft and assaults on employees. Data on Seattle.gov indicates the violent crime rate in the city reached a 15-year high in 2022.

Kathi Lentzsch, CEO of Bartell, said at that time that its Seattle stores were having issues with repeat offenders, and that several staff members had ended up in the hospital due to injuries sustained during incidents within the stores. A few months later, Bartell's flagship store in downtown Seattle was permanently taken out of service due to issues connected to crime.

In 2022, a third store closed in the city's Chinatown/International District. A reason was not provided, but at the time there were several reports of crime in the area. supermarketnews.com

Another Retailer Wages War on Theft
Virginia ABC takes steps to address shoplifting, employee theft
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control is taking steps to address theft from its stores - both shoplifting and theft by employees - though ABC said loss of inventory, or retail shrink, remains low. ABC operates 339 retail stores, as well as a distribution center.

To address distribution center and retail store shrink, ABC is instituting more frequent inventory checks, additional audits of stores and developing better ways to categorize shrink sources.

While ABC's shrink numbers are low compared to the overall retail market, Kane said they are working to deter and detect theft at local stores. "We've got a great relationship with local law enforcement," said Kane. "Staff are trained to gather usable suspect information and leads to help those local officers in their investigations."

To further deter theft at retail stores, it will minimize how many high-theft products are placed on shelves, move products for maximum visibility by staff and add additional in-store staff. It will also add more in-store cameras.

Kane said ABC has budgeted for two loss prevention staffers who will focus on establishing a loss prevention strategy, developing processes, and initiating continuous monitoring activities, to improve loss prevention.

To address employee theft, it is reviewing internal inventory processes and increasing store audits, which fell during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also identified a point-of-sale system vulnerability.

A review of 1,100 transactions at 134 stores found suspected theft at seven stores. Three employees at one store were charged and ordered to pay restitution, with six stores still under investigation. wtop.com

Police Officer LOD Shootings Up 40% YTD Over 2020
FOP Reports Year-to-Date Increases in Shootings of Officers
In its monthly update, the FOP reports that 166 officers were shot in the line of duty (LOD) through May. That total is not only a 15% year-to-date increase from last year, but also a 30% year-to-date increase from 2021 and a 40% year-to-date increase in 2020.

Of those officers shot this year, 21 have been killed, which is comparable to the same time last year. Through the first five months of 2022, 20 officers were fatally shot in the line of duty.

The FOP's report continued to highlight the problem of ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers. So far this year, 54 officers have been shot in 47 of ambush attacks, 9 were killed.

In the first five months of 2022, 42 officers were shot in 27 ambush-style attacks. Of those shot, six were killed. officer.com

"Greater Minneapolis Violent Crime Initiative," began Monday
Dozens of officers get marching orders as part of 'Operation Safe Summer' in Minneapolis
The officers learned when and where they will focus their attention as the warm days and nights set in.

Crime hot spots in Minneapolis will be saturated with law enforcement at specific times under an initiative detailed Wednesday ahead of the warm summer days and nights ahead.

The officers learned when they will saturate targeted areas of the city - in uniform and undercover - with the focus on crime hot spots on the North Side, downtown and along and near E. Lake Street.

The operation, subtitled the "Greater Minneapolis Violent Crime Initiative," began Monday and is being deployed on specific dates during specific times through the end of August - though they were not publicly detailed.

A presentation of Police Department crime data comparing the first six months of 2023 with the same period last year showed 33% fewer homicides and 37% fewer gunshot victims. At the same time, gun seizures are up 18%. startribune.com

WA State Law Now Supersedes Seattle's
Seattle City Council narrowly rejects drug prosecution bill
In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, the Seattle City Council rejected a bill that would have given the city attorney the authority to prosecute drug possession and public drug use cases, following nearly three hours of public comment.

The legislation would have adopted into the city's criminal code the state's recent law criminalizing possession and making public use of drugs a gross misdemeanor, giving the city attorney the ability to prosecute those arrests. Without adopting the bill, Seattle police will still be able to make arrests under the new state law, but prosecutions will fall to the King County prosecutor. seattletimes.com

U.S. Congress ORC Bill's Update: H.R.895 Combating ORC Act of 2023 Picks Up 5 New Co-Sponsors Yesterday

Now with 27 Co-Sponsors - 14 Democrats & 13 Republicans. New: D-MN-2, D-WA-6, D-NJ-5, D-IN-1, D-MD-6. Is your U.S. Representative supporting the bill? Check the list here.

It seems like the co-sponsors are indeed from those areas most impacted by ORC.

Meanwhile, there hasn't been any activity on the Senate Bill S.139 and S.140 since they were read twice on 1/30/23 and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary, respectively.

Training Grocery Store Employees on How to Respond to Active Shooters
The Retail Learning Institute/IGA Coca-Cola Institute, in collaboration with Rouses Markets and the Thibodeaux, Louisiana Police Department, has launched an essential online course aimed at equipping grocery store employees with the necessary knowledge to respond effectively to active shooter incidents. Available in both English and Spanish, this concise 5-minute course provides a comprehensive how-to video that emphasizes the "Run, Hide, Defend" approach. progressivegrocer.com

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RetailTech: Leading-Edge Loss Prevention
Tackling Theft and Fraud Through RFID, Video Surveillance and More
Retail theft is on the rise, and it is time for companies to take action to minimize losses and protect their bottom lines. How can retailers tackle theft, fraud and other shrink risks and alleviate customers' concerns about shopping in their stores?

Coresight Research Analysis identifies five key technologies that can drive benefits for retailers in preventing loss:

Item tags, such as RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags, can provide retailers with essential data on what was taken, when and via which exit. These data can be analyzed to determine if the theft was internal or external, find shoplifting patterns, predict future theft and update the retailer's inventory view.

Computer video footage complements the data from RFID tags, noting the time and date of the theft and providing an image of the perpetrator, so that repeat visits can be saved to build a felony larceny case. Video analytics can also keep associates and customers safe, identifying mob formation, threating behavior and loitering, both inside the store and in the parking lot, in addition to monitoring inventory.

Current self-checkout terminals contain several sensors and measures to reduce theft and fraud, including a downward-facing camera, an item scanner/front-facing camera and a scale in the bagging area.

The capabilities of AI (artificial intelligence) extend beyond item tags and video, with AI-driven prescriptive analytics platforms continuously monitoring POS (point-of-sale) and inventory data for anomalies, which could indicate theft, fraud and waste, as well as missed revenue opportunities or noncompliance with store policies.

Early versions of generative AI, such as AI-powered chatbots, have already demonstrated their ability to find relationships among data and communicate them in human language, and the technology promises to find new applications in finding theft and fraud. Generative AI could also find new ways to reconfigure stores to keep assets, employees and customers safe.

What We Think: The criminal mind is constantly looking for new opportunities to receive ill-gotten gains, and unfortunately, retailers need to remain vigilant and implement new means of thwarting them. Fortunately, there are several technologies that can help retailers reduce the risk of shrink or at least identify theft and fraud where it is not possible to prevent or stop it. We expect retailers to use mature technologies such as RFID as well as emerging technologies such as generative AI to find and implement loss-prevention measures. coresight.com

Dollar General's OSHA Safety Violations Continue to Pile Up
$21M+ in penalties after 240+ inspections since 2017 - with no end in sight

OSHA cites Dollar General store days after shareholders call for safety audit
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Dollar General store in Lamesa, Texas, for blocked exit routes and walkways and unsafely stacked merchandise, resulting in fire hazards, according to a Monday news release. The agency proposed $294,646 in penalties following its inspection, which took place in December.

The DOL's release struck a frustrated tone, calling attention to Dollar General's allegedly repeated failure to address safety issues at its stores in recent years. It noted the more than 240 inspections that have taken place at Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC locations, and the total proposed penalties of more than $21 million.

While the company has grown rapidly, announcing plans to open nearly 1,000 new stores in fiscal year 2023, it has increasingly attracted OSHA's ire for safety violations. Last year, the agency added Dollar General to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which negatively recognizes employers "that have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by committing willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations."

OSHA's most recent citation comes just a week after Dollar General shareholders voted to request an independent, third-party worker safety and well-being audit and report, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Domini US Impact Equity Fund, the lead filer of the safety resolution, cited OSHA's penalties and status as a severe violator in its supporting statement.

Before the vote, in response to the proposal, Dollar General's Board of Directors recommended shareholders vote against the resolution, arguing that it already had a comprehensive and regularly reviewed safety program, conducts safety checks, has a "culture of safety" and solicits feedback from employees. The response did not address OSHA's citations or the company's severe violator status. hrdive.com

   RELATED: Dollar General Inspections in AL & FL Yield 8 Violations, $1M Penalties

Progressives' criminal justice reforms are creating more 'food deserts'
For over a decade, there's been a national discussion about "food deserts," usually defined as low-income neighborhoods with little or no access to retail stores that offer fresh and nutritious food options. Progress had been made in reducing the problem, until progressive district attorneys and other city officials began imposing their criminal justice reforms. Thanks to them, food deserts are increasing once again.

It's become a regular part of the news cycle. Major retail chains, many of which are grocery stores, announce they are closing their doors, primarily in inner-city and low-income areas.

Which cities are seeing the exodus? The bastions of progressivism: San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Seattle, just to name some of the most notable cases.

While there were several reasons food deserts emerged in the past, there is one primary reason they are reemerging today: Record levels of unchecked theft and crime that make stores not just unprofitable, but unsafe for employees and customers.

And just so no one is confused about who is to blame for all of the crime, the Daily Mail adds, "Progressive district attorneys in cities like Chicago, New York, Portland and California have also been blamed for effectively legalizing shoplifting with either not prosecuting thefts under $950, or letting criminals off with a slap on the wrist."

So progressive city DAs announce they will not prosecute shoplifters for stealing less than $950 - though no one actually seems to be checking to see that the thieves don't go over their shoplifting limit - and crime explodes. Who knew?!

Progressives will whine about the closures and blame "greedy retailers" and "racist policies" for the departures. But their own soft-on-crime policies are the primary reason food deserts are growing again. Until residents finally vote these scoundrels out of office, they can expect to see more crime and less fresh food.

Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. thehill.com

Retail Brands Feeling the Pain as Pride Backlash Rages On
What might be next for Target, Bud and others caught in anti-Pride backlash

Even before Pride month was underway, it seems as if it was open season on companies celebrating the LGBTQ community.

One by one, companies have come under an expanding attack. Anheuser-Busch, Target, Kohl's and VF Corp.'s North Face brand have all felt the vitriol of this latest push from the right. And the list keeps growing. These companies have been branded as "woke capitalists" - and worse - as critics urged boycotts of these companies' products. Bud Light came into the crosshairs after it struck a partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney, while North Face received backlash for an ad featuring drag queen Pattie Gonia. Target and Kohl's have been criticized for Pride-themed clothing.

While it's too early to say how successful these efforts will be in lowering sales at the companies recently drawn into this attack, damage has been done to the stocks already. And some on Wall Street expect that to continue with analysts recently downgrading Target's and Anheuser-Bush's ratings, citing in part the ongoing controversy.

"The main reason boycotts generally are effective is because they threaten the reputation of the company by putting the company in a negative media spotlight, and companies don't want to have negative attention of any kind drawn to them," said Brayden King, a professor of management and organizations, who has studied how boycotts impact company stock prices, in an interview.

"They often concede to boycotter's demands, not because they feel that there's sales pressure on them, but rather because they don't want to continue to be a target of negative media attention," he said.

King's research found that the stock of a company will fall about 1% each day of national print media coverage. But once the issue falls out of the daily news cycle, the stock generally recovers. cnbc.com

Retail jobs in the US grew by 11,600 in May
In May, the US retail trade sector added 11,600 jobs in May, up from the 10,000 added in April, when adjusted for seasonal changes. May's report reflects improvement compared to a year ago when the retail trade sector experienced a loss of 51,400 jobs.

Survey: Consumers Prefer Traditional Grocery Stores
67% of respondents currently buy groceries from traditional grocery stores. Behind that channel, 41% of those surveyed said they shop for groceries at mass retailers, while 30% visit dollar stores/discount stores, 21% order from online shopping websites and 15% venture to specialty stores. 

GameStop CEO fired, Ryan Cohen appointed executive chairman

Quarterly Results

Canada's Dollarama Q1 comp's up 17%, sales up 21%

Joann Q1 store comp's down 4%, E-commerce down 1%, net sales down 4%

Neiman Marcus Group Q3 comp's down 5%, revenue down 9%

GameStop Q1 sales down 10.2%

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What is Retail Crime Intelligence?


Retail teams can no longer rely on traditional case and incident management systems to combat increasing crime and harm in stores. Small groups of people - or networks - actually cause most of the loss in stores. Networks are difficult to defeat, but when they are defeated it is wildly impactful for retail communities.

That's why Auror is pioneering Retail Crime Intelligence, the connected and intuitive way to not only report crime - but to fully close cases and prevent further events. If you want to learn more about Retail Crime Intelligence and how it's being used to address ORC (organized retail crime) around the world, here are some resources to start with.

What is Retail Crime Intelligence?

Retail Crime Intelligence is a software platform that connects people and organizations with timely intel to proactively reduce the impacts of crime in retail stores. It's used by Asset Protection / Loss Prevention departments alongside their store and security teams, law enforcement and trusted partners to identify and prevent the people driving their theft-related loss and harm.

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Retail Crime Intelligence FAQs

Auror helps increase the visibility of crime in stores through the Auror feed, notifications, and dashboard intel. Reported incidents from the stores are immediately available to other team members and nearby stores via the Auror feed and notifications, so they can use that intel to safely prevent further crime. Additionally, intelligence on the people impacting your stores - and when and what they're likely to target - will help you target and prepare more effectively.

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Retail's Trove of Customer Data Sparks Concern
Are Privacy Concerns Undermining Personalization?
CI&T's Personalization Survey found a majority of consumers more "excited" (56 percent) than uncomfortable (44 percent) over the idea of retailers using their personal information to tailor their shopping experience. Paradoxically, it also found a continued high reluctance to sharing personal data to make that happen.

The four pieces of information consumers are most open to retailers knowing are gender, the city they live in (both only 14 percent openness), how much they are willing to spend and their age (both 11 percent). Coming in lower was the person's browsing history on a retailer's digital channels and their generation (both seven percent), race (six percent) and annual household income (four percent).

Only one percent chose "I am not ok with any of these data points being shared with a retailer."

CI&T said in the study, "If brands articulated or demonstrated value to shoppers in collecting their data, there might be greater comfort in knowing what retailers can access."

Twilio Segment's The State of Personalization Report 2023 found 23 percent of consumers have become less comfortable about their personal data being used for personalization purposes compared to the prior year. Only 51 percent trust brands to keep their personal data secure and use it responsibly. Still, 56 percent say they will become repeat buyers after a personalized experience, a seven percent increase year-over-year.

Coveo's just-released annual Ecommerce Relevance Report found 62 percent of consumers are concerned about how personal data is used by online retailers and 57 percent are unaware of how much data they share when shopping online. Fifty-two percent, however, are willing to share data when shopping online if it means they get better deals and offers.

A Gartner study last year found high-profile data breaches and data ethics scandals elevating privacy concerns and accelerating the desire to withhold personal information.  retailwire.com

The Question is - What Constitutes a Cyberexpert?
New WSJ & National Assoc. of Corp. Directors Survey on New Upcoming SEC Regulations For Cyber-Risk MGT.

Almost 9 out of 10 consumer-goods & retail companies have an cyber expert director on board

The majority of respondents said that they had a cyberexpert director on the board already. In fact, 76% said the board had at least one cyber expert and sometimes more; 19% said their board had three or more cyber experts among the directors. Almost 9 out of 10 consumer-goods and retail companies have an expert director, down to at least 2 out of 3 energy and utility companies.

If these results are close to reality, then companies are in really good shape. I think, though, that there may be an issue around the lack of clarity on what constitutes a cyberexpert director. As the saying goes, in the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. wsj.com

Intentionally 'Phishing' Your Employees?
Why Companies Shouldn't Try to Catch Employees With Fake Phishing Emails

They can create stress and distrust among employees-without significantly improving an organization's defenses

We've all seen it: that unexpected email with an attachment or link to something important. Except the email isn't actually from who it says it is; instead, it is the IT department sending a fake phishing message to see if you will click on it.

Real phishing messages can be dangerous to companies, leading to millions of dollars in losses and damages. Designed to trick people into downloading malware or divulging sensitive information, these scams are on the rise: In 2021, the FBI received more than 300,000 complaints about phishing attacks, up more than 30% from the year before.

To fight the problem, many corporate IT security teams use mock phishing campaigns (also called phishing simulations) in which they send deceptive emails to employees to gauge how many will take the bait. The goal is to educate and train employees to detect and resist phishing, and help IT security teams measure how vulnerable their organizations are to such attacks.

But recent research suggests these phishing simulations can do more harm than good-angering employees without significantly improving an organization's defenses.

One reason IT departments conduct mock phishing campaigns is to train employees. When employees do something they aren't supposed to do, they feel bad. That creates a "teachable moment" when the employee becomes more receptive to learning how to avoid the same mistake in the future. Sure enough, research has found that people spend significantly more time reading training messages that are presented just after they have clicked on a simulated phishing email.

But when it comes to actually getting employees to resist future phishing attacks, these campaigns aren't that effective. While early research suggested that phishing simulations could reduce click rates on subsequent fake phishing emails by about 50%, more recent studies in more realistic settings and with larger groups found little to no improvement in click rates after mock campaigns were conducted. wsj.com

How Behavior Analytics Improves Cybersecurity
Behavior analytics can be a valuable addition to cybersecurity plans, helping organizations detect and respond to potential threats more effectively. By leveraging behavior analytics, organizations gain the ability to monitor and analyze user behavior, entity behavior, and system behavior to identify anomalies and deviations from normal patterns. This can enable early detection of security incidents, such as insider threats or suspicious activities, and facilitate a proactive response to mitigate risks.
To incorporate behavior analytics into cybersecurity plans, organizations should start by identifying the specific use cases where behavior analytics can provide the most value. This could include areas such as anomaly detection, insider threat detection, or user access control.

Behavior Analytics Overview

Behavior analytics is a branch of security analytics that focuses on analyzing patterns of behavior and activities within an organization's network or system to detect and mitigate security threats. By leveraging behavior analytics, organizations can gain insights into user behavior, identify potential threats and risks, and respond swiftly to security incidents. These techniques enhance the overall security posture by complementing traditional security measures and providing a proactive approach to threat detection and mitigation.

Behavior Analytics and Machine Learning - Why Use Behavior Analytics in Your Cybersecurity Plans securityboulevard.com

Companies want to use AI tracking to make you better at your job

AI companies suggest they can help workers boost sales, lower stress and feel more connected. But some workers worry about data collection and privacy.

Imagine your workplace software could help you do a better job.

It might provide feedback on your client interactions and tell you how to seal the deal. Perhaps it could teach you how to reduce stress at work. Or maybe it could sense when you're feeling isolated and help you reconnect with your colleagues.

Would that be helpful, or too much?

Some software providers and start-ups are banking on the former, promoting work tools that use data to combat burnout, reduce stress levels, and boost productivity and engagement.

AI is making its way into workplace tools and apps, and software makers claim technology can help improve skills, well-being and social connections at work. Employers are facing new challenges with more distributed workforces, a growing amount of business data, and a plethora of tools and programs to manage it all. washingtonpost.com

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Is Your Cannabis Store Ready?
How to Prepare Your High-Risk Business for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season started on June 1st, and every year, hurricanes damage businesses in states like Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and along the East coast. While damages caused by hurricanes can be catastrophic for any business, they can create conditions that are especially dangerous for high-risk businesses.

High-risk businesses include those with valuable merchandise and large amounts of currency onsite, such as businesses in the cannabis, pawn, or jewelry industries and can become targets for looting and crime during emergency situations. Although it is impossible to avoid all damages, it is possible to better protect the business and prepare for hurricane season to ensure that the business remains successful after a crisis.

Prepare for Hurricane Season
Although there is typically warning before a hurricanes or tropical storm hits, it is still important for high-risk businesses to prepare for hurricane season prior to enduring a storm. Prior to the storm, employees should be instructed to board up or otherwise secure the store's glass front or doors. The manager should deposit currency in the bank, if possible, and check the alarm back-up system and other security equipment to ensure they are fully operational before leaving.

Important: If the store is to be closed due to any emergency situation, the safe should be filled with as much of the company assets as possible, including cash, cannabis, jewelry, small general merchandise loans, or valuable inventory before leaving. The vault or safe should be used as a "lifeboat" during an emergency. Vaults and safes are designed to withstand long periods of attacks from thieves and most will not be able to get into a safe no matter how long they attack it.

Emergency Action Plan
It is important for a high-risk business to have a well developed emergency action plan prior to an emergency situation. According to studies conducted by the Gartner Group, 60% of businesses are unprepared for disasters and emergencies, and 40% of companies that experience a disaster go out of business within five years. Without a well-defined emergency action plan, businesses struggle or fail to remain in operation after an emergency.  sapphirerisk.com

Cannabis & Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Risks Increasingly Plague the Cannabis Market
Following a string of legalizations across the U.S. in 2020, the cannabis industry continues to mature and vastly expand. New Frontier Data projects the sector to be valued at $40B+ by 2025. With several new markets expected in 2021, marijuana continues to make strides toward federal approval. The multi-billion-dollar market attracts many investors and entrepreneurs for massive investment opportunities while drawing the attention of cybercriminals who see financial opportunities and exploit the seed-to-sale lifecycle.

AdvertisementCybersecurity: The Current State and Why it's Targeted
Beyond the legalization and regulatory challenges, compliance, fraud, cybersecurity, and reputational incidents lead to perils. But what do these risks have in common? Security!

Cannabis is all too familiar with security. The challenging environment, coupled with ever-growing threats, demands high-quality protection. However, most business owners' security understanding is limited to physical protection and have yet to incorporate cybersecurity as part of their security program.

What the Cannabis Sector Must Do Now
Adopting digital security and treating it as equal to physical security is critical. Businesses must confront the growing number of online threats head-on and develop a scalable cybersecurity risk management program that aligns with best practices.

Partnering with the right security advisor who understands the industry's challenges and can effectively handle the volatile cannabis environment is critical in building a cyber-secure eco-space.

A robust protection program will enhance the overall security and preparedness of the enterprise and hedge against security incidents. A well-defined framework consists of risk analysis, security technology, awareness training, and comprehensive guidelines and policies that consider both cannabis regulations and data protection and privacy laws. sapphirerisk.com

Link Between Legal Pot & Truck Driver Safety?
Study unable to firmly connect legal pot and truck safety

Relationship 'too soon to calculate' because more research needed, according to ATRI

Limited research on the effect of legalizing marijuana throughout the U.S. on truck driver safety is too limited to make a hard connection between the two, according to a new study.

Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on the Trucking Industry, released on Monday by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), points out that research available so far has found that driving under the influence of marijuana causes impairment, which does negatively affect highway safety.

In addition, initial data suggests that legalizing marijuana has negatively impacted highway safety, particularly in the case of increases in nonfatal crashes. However, "it is too soon to calculate the relationship between legal marijuana and highway safety outcomes," ATRI emphasized.

"The impacts of impairment on individual drivers and overall highway safety have yet to be adequately documented through research. Testing impaired individuals through a quantitative measurement - which has been key to combating drunk driving - remains elusive in the case of marijuana. More research is needed."

ATRI, a nonprofit overseen by large trucking companies and the American Trucking Associations, uses much of the report to outline marijuana legalization trends, past research on marijuana use and driver impairment, and the current state of federal enforcement measures aimed at detecting marijuana abusers in trucking. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

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Is Amazon Losing Focus with 'Too Many Ideas'?
Amazon is pursuing 'too many ideas' and needs to focus on best opportunities, analyst says in letter to Jassy

"What we've seen recently is a company simply pursuing too many ideas, with weaker ideas taking" resources away from businesses that work, they wrote.

In its quest to upend everything from health care and grocery stores to internet satellites, Amazon has become too unfocused and is missing out on opportunities in its core businesses, according to Bernstein analysts, who on Wednesday published what they called an "open letter" to CEO Andy Jassy and the board.

Amazon remains dominant in e-commerce and cloud computing with Amazon Web Services. In some other areas, however, the company has spent heavily without seeing the results, the analysts said.

Shmulik urged Amazon to get back to its "Day One" mentality, referring to a phrase championed by Amazon founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos, who was succeeded by Jassy in July 2021. Bezos famously said a Day One mentality would help Amazon stave off its demise, and described it as continuing to innovate rapidly like a startup, no matter how large the company becomes.

"Day 2 is stasis," Bezos said in a 2017 shareholder letter. "Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1."

Amazon should "divest, seek outside funding, or trim spend" in healthcare and its nascent low-earth-orbit satellite venture, called Project Kuiper, Shmulik wrote. He pointed to Amazon's multi-year effort to break into health care, before abandoning efforts like its Care telehealth service, Halo health and fitness band, and a joint healthcare venture called Haven.

Shmulik is also skeptical of Amazon's ongoing efforts to expand in international markets like Brazil, Singapore and India, where competition remains stiff. He calls it a case of throwing "good money after bad," despite the strategic value that those markets may hold. cnbc.com

Family of man killed by stolen Amazon truck in South Los Angeles sues online retailer
Sam Dordulian, the family's attorney, said the truck "full of packages" being unlocked was "just inviting those thieves out there to come in and take it when you make it so easy by leaving the engine running, keys inside and doors wide open."

Rangel's daughter, Maria Guajardo, added that "we think Amazon needs to take responsibility and take care of this." ktla.com

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Romanian Organized Crime Hits Southern California for Over $86 Million
Buying Large Quantities With Stolen Food Stamps at Grocery Stores & Reselling

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Dozens of Romanian citizens who have come to the region recently to steal cash and food stamp benefits, authorities say, lured by the large number of people on public assistance and weak security on the cards that the state uses to dole out the money.

Such crimes have surged in the last two years. California has lost more than $86 million in pilfered food stamps and cash aid since November 2021, according to data provided by counties to the state.

Unlike bank cards, electronic benefits transfer cards don't have microchips, which makes them easy to clone. With the rollout of secure cards potentially years away, frustrated social service and law enforcement agencies say they're scrambling to stop millions of taxpayer dollars intended for the region's neediest from being laundered to Romania every month.

"We're essentially subsidizing organized crime," said Nick Ippolito, an assistant director of L.A. County's Department of Public Social Services. "It's just insane."

Since last spring, at least 60 people - nearly all with connections to Romania - have been arrested or charged on suspicion of theft involving forged EBT cards in Southern California, according to court records and law enforcement officials. A Romanian court translator in the region says they've never had so much work.

When 13 FBI agents forced open the door at 6 a.m. May 4, 2022, the roomy four-bedroom resembled a "skimming laboratory," an agent wrote in an affidavit. The home was filled with computers, pinhole cameras and skimmers - thin, hard-to-spot machines that snap onto card readers and steal personal information.

The four renters inside had come from Romania solely to pursue "identity theft on an industrial scale," prosecutors said. A search turned up roughly 1,400 forged cards of various types, according to the federal court indictment.

In the last six months of 2021, EBT fraud cost the state $3.2 million in stolen funds, with losses surging to $51.9 million for all of 2022. In the first three months of this year, the total loss was $31.6 million.

Most of the theft takes place at ATMs by lower-level crime-ring members. But authorities say these operations have also found ways to turn stolen food stamp benefits into cash - by racking up exorbitant bills at grocery stores and reselling what they buy.

This past fall, a Romanian couple spent roughly $110,000 in purloined food stamps across five trips to a downtown San Diego grocery store, according to a federal complaint. The couple allegedly spent as much as $26,312 in a single grocery store run - nearly all of it on pallets of Red Bull.

Romanian organized crime groups have since come to dominate in the billion-dollar skimming industry, Radu said. latimes.com

Orange County, FL: Orlando man accused of scamming Home Depot stores across the state, FDLE says
Authorities arrested a man from Orlando, accusing him of being part of a theft ring that cost Home Depot a loss of more than $50,000, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday. Rajesh Sanichar, 55, was arrested May 24 after an investigation found he was part of an organized group of at least three people that were committing retail theft and fraudulent returns across Home Depot stores around the state between November 2020 and March 2021. He is charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud over $50,000 and 10 counts of criminal use of personal identification information. Rasheed Apanpa, 39, of Miami, was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud under $20,000 and two counts of criminal use of personal identification information. According to an FDLE release, Apanpa would empty boxes of tile that were being sold at the home improvement stores and then fill them with other items that were more expensive and smaller in size, such as mosaic tiles, saw blades, putty knives and plugs. Once the boxes were stuffed with higher priced merchandise, he would pay for the lower cost tile and not the expensive concealed merchandise, the release said. After stealing the items, Sanichar, allegedly used fake ID cards to return the stolen items for in-store credit, which he would then sell, FDLE said. The scam resulted in a loss of more than $60,000 at stores in Orlando and Miami, the release said news.yahoo.com

Los Angeles, CA: Update: Deputies announce arrests in thefts at Nike Community Store in East LA
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of multiple suspects accused of operating an organized retail theft ring in LA County.  According to the release, the LASD Major Crimes Bureau Metro Detail - Burglary-Robbery Taskforce (BRTF) worked in conjunction with the East Los Angeles Station Special Problems Team and Summer Enforcement Team to apprehend suspects, deter criminal activity, and protect life and property in partnership with the Nike Community Store in East Los Angeles which is located in the 4500 block of Whittier Blvd. On June 2 and June 3, detectives with conducted a surveillance operation at the Nike Community Store, which has experienced losses exceeding $750,000 dollars during the past year. During the operation, 12 arrests were made, 9 of which were felonies. An Organized Retail Theft crew was identified and arrested, and $2669.28 of recovered merchandise was returned to Nike 2urbangirls.com

Memphis, TN: MPD searches for 3 suspects in tobacco store smash and grab

Lincoln, NE: Man hid stolen alcohol worth over $3,000 in baby stroller

Boardman, OH: Walmart thief 'tried to steal 45 items worth $313 with sneaky trick using children as young as nine'

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Shootings & Deaths

Kansas City, MO: Blue Springs man charged in deadly shooting near gas station
A Blue Springs man is now facing charges in a deadly shooting near a Kansas City gas station. Christopher Lockett has been charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of armed criminal action and stealing a motor vehicle. Kansas City police were called to the area of 45th Street and the Paseo on Monday for a report of shots fired, which was upgraded to a shooting. When police arrived, officers found 24-year-old DeMarkus Pleasant suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Paseo Fast Stop. First responders pronounced Pleasant deceased at the scene.  fox4kc.com

Johnson City, TN: Two arrested in C-store robbery, homicide
Officers of the Johnson City Police Department Tuesday arrested Mark Anthony Sexton Jr., 41, and Mark Anthony Sexton III, 18, and charged them with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Additionally, Mark Anthony Sexton III was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and tampering with evidence. Both are residents of Johnson City. The arrests were the result of an investigation into the murder of Tava Woodard during the robbery of Roadrunner Marker, 408 N. Broadway St., Johnson City. Woodard was 23 years old. Both men are being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000,000 bond each. An arraignment was scheduled today in Washington County General Sessions Court.  elizabethton.com

Alameda, CA: Update: Two convicted of murdering East Bay restaurant owner during attempted purse snatching
Five years after a beloved local restaurant owner was tailed to her Alameda business and beaten to death by two robbers, both suspects have been convicted of first-degree murder, court records show. Paul Paez, 43, and Donte Holloway, 44, were convicted of murdering 61-year-old Cindy Le in the April 2018 attack. Jurors also found them guilty of attempted robbery, and convicted Holloway of using a pipe to bludgeon a man who was attempting to defend Le. The verdicts, handed down April 25, came after a relatively short trial that relied on eyewitness accounts and video footage showing part of the attack. Paez and Holloway have not yet been sentenced, court records show.  mercurynews.com

Detroit, MI: Gas station clerk who locked customers in a store with a gunman charged with involuntary manslaughter
A Detroit gas station clerk faces involuntary manslaughter charges after a shooting at his store. Authorities say an angry customer shot three others while locked in by the store clerk. One man was fatally shot and two injured before the clerk unlocked the door. A Detroit gas station clerk is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter after he locked customers in during an angry confrontation with an armed man, according to multiple reports. Judge Kenneth King said that Al-Hassan Aiyash inflamed the situation in the Mobil gas station in the early hours of May 6, when three men were shot, one fatally, the Associated Press reported. Samuel McCray, who faces murder and attempted murder charges, was attempting to buy $3.80 worth of goods when his card was declined. An angered, cursing McCray said he was going to leave with the items anyway, the AP reported, but Aiyash, who was behind protective glass, locked the door on him and three other people who were inside. In court on Tuesday, the judge said that Aiyash "continued to pour gasoline on the fire," by taunting the customer, who was insisting on leaving, the AP reported. There was nothing to indicate that Aiyash knew McCray had a gun, the AP reported his defense attorney as saying.  ca.sports.yahoo.com

Pembroke Pines, FL: Garda Security Guard opens fire on suspect during robbery outside Pembroke Pines bank
A Hollywood man wanted in Puerto Rico is facing charges in the robbery of an armored truck courier in Pembroke Pines that led to a security guard opening fire, FBI officials said. Emanduel Victoria, 28, is in federal custody and facing charges in the Wednesday morning robbery, FBI officials said Thursday. The incident happened outside a Bank of America near Pines Boulevard and Northwest 184th Avenue as the courier was making a stop at the bank. Pembroke Pines Police said the courier was approached by an armed suspect who demanded his bag. The security guard handed over the bag but then pulled out his weapon and fired six shots at the suspect, who fled the scene. No one was injured by the gunfire.  nbcmiami.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Miami Shores, FL: Police search for man caught on camera stealing fistfuls of cash from register at Publix
Police in Miami Shores are looking for a man who was caught on camera stealing from a Publix supermarket and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, officials said. Surveillance footage from inside the store shows the moments the man reached the checkout counter just before reaching his hands in the register and taking out a handful of money while the employee was serving a customer. According to Miami Shores Police, the incident occurred on June 2, shortly before 8 p.m. Video footage that just before committing the crime, the man grabbed a packet of potato chips, with which he also took without paying. A customer noticed the incident and tried to block his path by tripping him, but the suspect dodged and ran down the aisle of the Publix and fled the scene.  nbcmiami.com

Philadelphia, PA: Over $14M in counterfeit money seized in Philadelphia
Millions of dollars worth of counterfeit money was seized in Philadelphia. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted four huge shipments in May, totaling $14.3 million. Officers say the fake money is often used during in-person transactions to rip off inexperienced sellers and small businesses. The counterfeit money has been turned over to special agents with the U.S. Secret Service. According to the U.S. Secret Service, counterfeiting currency is a lucrative business and is often used to finance illegal activities, including financial fraud, narcotics smuggling, terrorism, and attacks against our nation's financial systems.  cbsnews.com

El Segundo, CA: FBI offers $15K reward for info related to armored car robbery
The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who robbed an armored vehicle in El Segundo earlier this year. The robbery happened on the morning of Feb. 21, on the 800 block of the North Pacific Coast Highway. The armored vehicle was parked at a bank in El Segundo when the suspect approached armed with a gun and demanded cash.  ktla.com

Vicksburg, MS: Third arrest made in Vicksburg Rainbow store $5300 theft
Anajji Dexavery Odom, 31 of Port Gibson, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the investigation into felony embezzlement at Rainbow, according to the Vicksburg Police Department. Two other individuals who were employees of the store, located at Uptown Vicksburg, were arrested on May 23. The store's loss prevention manager reported surveillance showing employees Ashanti Jernae Hardin, 20 of Vicksburg, and Antoinette Renee Hyder, 34 of Vicksburg, embezzling clothing and other store merchandise in the amount of $5,361.88.  vicksburgpost.com

Kitsap County, WA: 2 teens wanted in Armed Robbery spree of 4 Gas Stations & C-Stores

Counterfeit Bills Passed At Local Greenville, N.C., Retailers



C-Store - Daleville, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kitsap County, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kitsap County, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery County, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Montgomery County, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kearney, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Elkhart, IN - Robbery
C-Store- Springfield, AL - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Castle Hill, TX - Burglary
Dollar - Hyde County, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Kitsap County, WA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Miami Shores, FL - Robbery
Guns - Gatesville, TX - Burglary
Liquor - Fredericksburg, TX - Robbery
Liquor - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
Liquor - Indianapolis, IN - Robbery
Pharmacy - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Novato, CA - Robbery
Tobacco - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Walmart - Ross County, OH - Robbery
Walmart - California, MD - Robbery
Walmart - Erie County, PA - Robbery
Walmart - Boardman, OH - Robbery 


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• 21 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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