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Michael Mershimer joins The Integritus Group as a Strategic Partner

The Integritus Group is excited to announce that Michael Mershimer (Mershimer Group, LLC.) has joined the team as a strategic partner. For nearly three decades, Mike has designed, managed, and provided strategies which solve complex problems for global foodservice, franchise, and retail brands. He has helped many brands improve franchise sales reporting integrity, improve brand compliance, and reduce inventory shrinkage as well as other forms of loss.

Mike is a globally recognized speaker and advisor to global brand Executives. He is the past President of MSPA-Americas, and is a current Board Member. Mike has been a member of the National Restaurant Association's Internal Audit and Loss Prevention Executive Study Groups, where he has served as past chairman of both groups, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Food Service Security Council (RLPSA), where he is a past Board Member.

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National Retail Security Survey - Help Us Quiet the Naysayers!

The retail industry continues to face increasingly alarming levels of crime, violence and loss, yet there are those who think differently because our industry doesn't have the numbers to "back it up."

For more than 30 years, the National Retail Security Survey has been our industry benchmark report - and this year may be our most critical year!

This year's survey has been sent out to more than 350 retail brands across various segments, via emails sent to LP/AP pyramid heads. The National Retail Federation and Loss Prevention Research Council have a goal of receiving at least 100 retailer submissions to help us provide support to the entire industry with the results. Help us achieve that goal!

The deadline for completing the survey has been extended to
Friday, June 16, 2023.


Only through retailer participation can we provide the most representative results that show the true impact of theft, loss and concerns facing our industry. Now is the time for us to quiet the naysayers!

If for any reason your organization (check with your LP/AP leader) has not received a survey, or the link to the survey is not working, please contact David Johnston with the National Retail Federation or Cory Lowe with the Loss Prevention Research Council.


LPRC: Humans + AI nearly eight times more accurate

Latest research analysis reveals humans assisted by face matching technology far more likely to correctly identify a subject's face

Humans using artificial intelligence face matching technology were 7.91 times more likely to correctly identify a subject's face than without AI, according to updated research results.

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) researches how retailers can effectively prevent retail crime, reduce losses, and improve store safety. Dr. Cory Lowe, LPRC senior research scientist, presented his initial research results October 4, 2022, during the annual IMPACT conference hosted at the University of Florida.

In a presentation titled "Face Off: Examining the Role of AI in Reducing Bias and Improving Decision-Making," Lowe explained how he pitted unaided research participants against those using AI face matching technology. LPRC selected FaceFirst software for the tests. Researchers installed the software in the LPRC lab and conducted the tests independently.

Lowe showed a diverse array of fictional offender faces to 155 research participants; 78 who were unassisted, and 77 who were assisted. Among the unassisted group, 76.7 percent misidentified the fictional subjects in a photo lineup just minutes after seeing the fictional subject image. The assisted group got it right 62.9 percent of the time.

However, the preliminary analyses did not tell the full story. When Lowe controlled for other factors (e.g., differences in the order of presentation of the fictional offenders), the assisted group performed nearly eight times better. "The final results revealed there was a 7.91 times improvement in accuracy when participants were assisted by facial recognition," Lowe said. Lowe's preliminary analysis, which did not control for some of these factors, found a 2.7 times accuracy improvement among the AI-aided group.

For context: Humans performed poorly on their own, even with a small sample of faces they had been shown minutes earlier. No technology is 100 percent accurate in the wild, but humans alone are demonstrably prone to error. Furthermore, Lowe noted the participants were not told of the FaceFirst AI's accuracy alone (100 percent accurate with the images used in this study), so individuals may have discounted the solution's accuracy.

Watch for more details from the LPRC research, including how facial recognition can be used to reduce error and bias; how it can narrow the LP focus to those individuals who are most likely to offend in retail locations; and how the future of these technologies will be determined by their ethical use.

FaceFirst considers use of AI with human oversight vital for retailers. Consider the risks of being caught unaware when a known offender enters your store. If you knew there was a proven solution to keep your valued customers, associates, and executive team safer from violent offenders, would you implement it? The real risk is answering no. FaceFirst's solution is fast, accurate, and scalable-learn more today at facefirst.com.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Will the INFORM Consumers Act Take a Bite Out of Theft?
FTC: INFORM Consumers Act takes effect on June 27th. Is your business ready?
Certain businesses in the e-commerce space should mark June 27, 2023, on their calendars. That's the date a new law - the INFORM Consumers Act - takes effect. The FTC and the states share law enforcement authority and violations could result in steep civil penalties and - in cases brought by the states - "damages, restitution, or other compensation." Are you covered by the statute? And if you are, are you taking the necessary compliance steps? FTC staff just issued a to-the-point publication that merits your attention: Informing Businesses about the INFORM Consumers Act.

Congress passed the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act - or the INFORM Consumers Act - to add more transparency to online transactions and to deter criminals from acquiring stolen, counterfeit, or unsafe items and selling them through online marketplaces. Don't let another day pass without considering what the new law means for your business or your clients' companies.

The INFORM Consumers Act puts new requirements in place for "online marketplaces" - defined as a person or business that operates a consumer-directed platform that allows third party sellers to engage in the "sale, purchase, payment, storage, shipping, or delivery of a consumer product in the United States." Online marketplaces covered by the law must collect and verify certain financial and identifying information from "high-volume third party sellers" - defined as a person or business that meets specific sales thresholds on that platform. What's more, online marketplaces generally must disclose on those sellers' product listing pages (or in order confirmation messages and account transaction histories) the seller's name, address, and contact information. In addition, online marketplaces must suspend high-volume third party sellers that don't provide the required information and must offer a clear way for consumers to report suspicious conduct.

You'll want to read the new business guide and the text of the law for details, but it boils down to this. Under the INFORM Consumers Act, online marketplaces must have more information about who's selling on their platform. Covered sellers must promptly comply with those requests for information or risk suspension. And consumers who buy from those sellers will have a place to report questionable activity.

Informing Businesses about the INFORM Consumers Act includes more about the law, with a particular focus on the responsibilities of online marketplaces. With the June 27th effective date approaching, it's time for online marketplaces to rev up their compliance efforts. The FTC will be watching and expects online marketplaces to have INFORM Consumers Act measures in place by the effective date. ftc.gov

New ORC Bill Becomes Law in Oregon
The law would stiffen penalties for organized theft

Oregon Gov. Kotek signs bill into law increasing penalties for organized retail theft
Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed a bill into law Wednesday intended to crack down on retail theft across the state. Senate Bill 340 was recommended by the Oregon Organized Retail Crime Task Force, which is made up of law enforcement agencies, retail associations and district attorneys from across the state.

The bill is intended to make it easier to prosecute organized retail crimes. "This bill provides common sense tools to curb organized retail theft and hold offenders accountable," Governor Kotek said in a tweet.

Senate Bill 340 establishes a presumptive sentence of 24 months for the prison for "organized retail theft" if a person has certain previous convictions, and increases the range of what is considered organized theft.

Under ORS 164.098, a person can be charged with organized retail theft if they are working with at least one other person, they are suspected of stealing merchandise from a store and the value of the stolen merchandise is $5,000 or more. Under the current law, the dollar total amount applies to merchandise taken within a 90-day period. Under SB 340, the time is extended to 180 days.

Additionally, SB 340 allows for the degree of the theft charge to be determined by adding together the values of stolen merchandise taken over a year period. katu.com kptv.com

Backlash Grows After Retailer Fires Employees Who Confronted Thieves
Growing chorus calls for Lululemon to reinstate employees fired for trying
to stop thieves

A pair of Atlanta-area workers were sacked after they tried to defend the store amid a brazen act of theft.

A growing chorus of voices is calling for Lululemon to reinstate two Atlanta-area employees who were fired for confronting thieves at their store.

Jennifer Ferguson and Rachel Rogers last week told the Atlanta-area NBC affiliate, WXIA-TV, that they were terminated after they tried to intervene to stop a theft conducted by men in "masks and hoodies" who "swiped" what they could before leaving the athletic apparel store.

The backlash has been led in part by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who accused the Canadian multinational retailer of being "deeply afraid that the woke are going to come after them if they actually start prosecuting shoplifters" and that "they're afraid they're going to be accused of racial profiling."

Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald has doubled down on the company's termination decision, telling CNBC last Friday that the employees "knowingly broke the policy, engaged with the thieves ... that was what resulted in the termination."

The company's policy to restrict employees from engaging with perpetrators during a crime is somewhat common in the retail industry, said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData consultancy. What is different is Lululemon's willingness to stick to it in the face of both apparent common sense and the company's stated values, Saunders said.

The company's policy also raises questions about why Lululemon does not have more in-store security if it is going to have what Saunders described as a "draconian" policy with respect to ordering employees not to intervene. nbcnews.com

Home Depot Tries To Cage Up ORC In Its Stores
Bay Area Home Depot Stores Lock Up Lower-Value Items Amid Rampant Theft
Home Depot stores in the Bay Area have started to lock items behind cages due to rampant theft. Workers told The Standard that the stores locked high-value items such as power tools behind the cages starting around January, but since then, even laundry detergent has been locked up.

"It used to be big-ticket items, but now even the detergent is locked up," said one worker at the Emeryville Home Depot store, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The workers said the cages are an effective deterrent for most thieves, but more savvy criminals can work around the cages, especially to access more lucrative scores, like items in the power tools section.

The Home Depot stores in El Cerrito, San Leandro and Oakland stores have cages, but some Bay Area stores do not. Staff at the Oakland Home Depot on Alameda Avenue said the cages were installed in December due to spiking theft.

Scott Glenn, vice president for asset protection at Home Depot, told ABC News in a June 1 article that organized retail theft gangs were the reason the company chose to install cages on high-value items nationwide.

Glenn said Home Depot investigated more than one case of organized retail theft per day nationally in the past year as the company recorded around 400 cases of suspected organized retail theft. The thefts amount to losses of "billions of dollars a year," according to Glenn.

Home Depot tells its staff not to confront suspected shoplifters but does employ trained asset-protection guards to challenge thieves. In April, a Home Depot employee was fatally shot in a Pleasanton store after confronting shoplifters. sfstandard.com

Security Measures to Adopt as Theft Surges
How to keep your retail store safe and secure

If you want to stop your store from experiencing any unexpected losses then one thing you can do is implement various security measures.

Implement a policy for shoplifting

If you can implement a policy that will stop shoplifters in their tracks then this will help you out a lot. Your team should be trained on how to stop shoplifters and they should also be told what to do if they witness an individual taking a product. If your team make the decision to confront them then they should take a colleague with them for safety reasons.

Use customer service

Shoplifters may be put off stealing if they know that they have been spotted. One way you can stop shoplifters would be for you to approach them and ask if they need help with something, or to even direct them to a particular product.

Optimise the layout

If you can change the layout of your store then this will make it harder for people to steal and get away with it. Make sure that you put your cash register by the door so that people have to pass you when they leave. Take the time to minimise any blind spots.

Identify items at risk | Stock takes  retailtechinnovationhub.com

Homicides Are Falling in Major American Cities

Local officials say pandemic factors that drove up murder rates are receding

So far this year, killings are down 12% overall in nine of the 10 most populous cities compared with the same time frame last year, according to local government data.

Homicides are down in six of those cities, including 27% in Los Angeles, 22% in Houston, and 16% in Philadelphia. In Texas, the cities of Dallas, San Antonio and Austin reported slight upticks. San Diego didn't provide data. The 2023 data available from the cities had different end dates, ranging from April to this week.

Local officials and criminologists say conditions that drove the violence up in 2020 and 2021, such as rise in domestic disputes and a pause in gang-violence prevention programs during the pandemic, as well as a pullback in police enforcement after racial-justice protests over the murder of George Floyd, are receding

Last year, the number of killings dropped 5% in 70 of the largest U.S. cities from 2021, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which represents police chiefs from large cities.

Some criminologists argue that the reduction in violence is tied most closely to the receding effects of the pandemic. Americans were disconnected from schools, churches, mentors and counseling, which resulted in more deadly conflicts. He said that any impacts on policing from the protests weren't widespread. wsj.com

Fresno Council members propose real-time video surveillance to fight retail theft
Fresno City Councilmembers Luis Chavez & Mike Karbassi announced their intention to introduce a new budget proposal to bridge the gap between Fresno's local retail businesses and the Fresno Police Department and taking direct aim at organized retail theft and other property crimes.

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Canada's Wildfires Impacting the Retail Industry
Amazon, Target Modify Deliveries in Areas With Poor Air Quality
Amazon.com said on Thursday that it was cutting delivery routes short for drivers in places affected by poor air quality, while Target also said its contactless order pickup service may not operate in the most affected areas.

Hundreds of forest fires are burning across much of Canada as the country sees its worst-ever start to the wildfire season, which has pushed smoke into the eastern United States, covering several cities with a thick, yellow haze. On Wednesday, New York City's air quality was considered the worst in the world.

A spokesman for Amazon, the nation's most valuable retailer by market capitalization, said it was cutting routes short where air quality is hazardous, and providing N-95 masks to delivery workers. Drivers were also encouraged to return to delivery stations if they felt ill.

Target Corp said its contactless order pick-up service called "Drive Up" may be turned off at locations with poor air quality. Customers can check their Target mobile application to confirm if the services were available at their local store, the company said.

Separately, Home Depot Inc on Thursday said it was shipping supplies of air filters, respirator masks, box fans and air scrubbers to meet increased demand in areas dealing with poor air quality. money.usnews.com

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New Regs Coming for Outside Auditors
PCAOB aims to sharpen auditor focus on fraud

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board issued for public comment a proposal that would require auditors to sharpen their vigilance for fraud and other noncompliance.

• Under the new requirements, auditors during client work would need to more actively identify, evaluate and communicate possible breaches of laws and regulations, the PCAOB said Tuesday. The deadline for public comment is Aug. 7.

New SEC Commissioner calls on it to strengthen oversight of the accounting firms that audit publicly listed companies.

Under the PCAOB's newest proposal, auditors in their initial risk assessment at a business would need to identify regulations that would have a direct or indirect impact on the company's financial statement.

Under the new rules, auditors would need to more carefully evaluate whether noncompliance had occurred, and the possible impact on financial statements. PCAOB would also require auditors to determine whether they need to call on people with specialized knowledge or skill to assist in the identification of noncompliance. cfodive.com

Editor's Note: For those officers with direct or indirect responsibility to the Board's Audit Committee these new regulations, once enacted, could impact your organization. After years of outside auditors errors, lack of communication and or knowledge, and in a few cases negligence, the SEC is taking action to increase the outside auditors ability to identify fraud and other noncompliance issues. Which you need to be aware of.

No Laws Specifically Against Bullying?
Internal Investigations Can Curb Bullying
With more employees required to return to the workplace instead of working remotely, there have been more complaints and investigations about bullying and harassment in the last year or two, said Julie Pate, an attorney and president of Employment Compliance Solutions in Broomfield, Colo.

Fierce political divisions in the country also have contributed to more complaints and investigations about bullying and harassment at work. With a presidential election next year, bullying could get worse "because people are talking about [political subjects] more at work," Pate said. Our workforce over the last five years has "gotten to the place where people are very divisive with each other. There is a lot of that divisiveness happening in our society with different views."

In 2021, at least 13 percent of U.S. adults said they have experienced bullying at work in the last year, and another 17 percent said they had been bullied during their career, but not in the last year, according to a survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute in Clarkston, Wash. shrm.org

Companies make new push for a return to office - and many aren't playing nice anymore

To fill offices, Google issues ultimatum while Salesforce tries charity

The executives of corporate America are stepping up efforts to get workers back into the office, using a combination of threats and incentives to get employees to give up the work-from-home lifestyle they adopted in the first years of the covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the pandemic being declared over by President Biden, the tug-of-war over the office is still at a fever pitch. Workers are reluctant to give up the flexibility they gained during the pandemic, arguing it has benefited their mental health and work-life balance. But many executives are adamant the office is still a necessary nexus for innovation and collaboration, and local governments are eager to see workers return to help revitalize struggling downtowns.

Big corporations like Disney, Starbucks and AT&T have mandated in recent months that workers return to offices. Despite these efforts, office occupancy remains stubbornly stuck below 50 percent of pre-pandemic levels in major metropolitan areas around the country, according to data tracked by Kastle Systems.

Now, as a huge wave of layoffs continues in Silicon Valley and general economic unease persists across the country, companies are making a renewed push - and many of them aren't playing nice anymore. washingtonpost.com

The Retail Union Push Continues
Workers at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan's Union Square vote to unionize, continuing trend
Workers at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan's Union Square, one of the retail chain's signature stores and home to its corporate offices, have voted to unionize.

They join employees at a handful of other Barnes & Noble stores in the Northeast who have affiliated with unions in recent weeks, following a wave of union activity over the past few years at independent booksellers.

The Union Square employees are now part of the the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which also represents workers at McNally Jackson, Greenlight Bookstore and other independents. In an announcement Wednesday, the RWDSU cited issues at the Union Square store ranging from workplace harassment to "unstable scheduling practices" and "favoritism by management."

"Together, with their colleagues in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and just across the water in Brooklyn, Barnes & Noble workers in Union Square have sent a message all across the nation - the bookstore industry can and must treat workers with dignity and respect," RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement.  wreg.com

New York City Has Lost Tens of Thousands of Retail Jobs, Report Finds
The retail industry in New York City has shed thousands of jobs since the pandemic, even as the rest of the job market has almost fully recovered, according to a new report released on Thursday from the Center for an Urban Future, a public policy think tank.

The study found that in the three years since February 2020, New York City lost 37,800 retail jobs, an 11.1 percent decline, while the overall private employment sector has regained all but 0.8 percent of jobs.

The city's job losses in retail were also far worse than in the rest of the country; nationally, retail jobs were up an average 0.7 percent. Retail jobs are a critical part of the city's job market, particularly for young people of color.

"New York is on the verge of a crisis, when it comes to jobs that are accessible to New Yorkers without a college degree," Mr. Bowles said, and the decline is contributing to widening racial disparities. nytimes.com

Global 2000: Walmart Reclaims Top Spot From Amazon Among Retailers

Here are the 10 largest retailers, according to Forbes' rankings:

1. Walmart
2. Amazon
3. Alibaba
4. CVS
5. Home Depot
6. Costco
7. Lowe's
8. Target
9. JD.com
10. CK Hutchison Holdings (parent company of A.S. Watson)  forbes.com

LPF Announces LPC & LPQ Professionals for May
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here

United Natural Foods reports higher shrink is Q3 results

UK to remove Chinese-made surveillance equipment from sensitive govt sites

Quarterly Results

Inditex (Zara) Q1 sales up 13%

United Natural Foods Q3 net sales up 3.7%

J.Jill Q1 comp's down 2.7%, total sales down 4.9%

Torrid Q1 comp's down 14%, net sales down 11.8%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Sr. Director of Loss Prevention job posted for Vuori, Inc in Carlsbad, CA
The Sr. Director, Loss Prevention will lead the strategic development of loss prevention programs, tools and techniques for fraud and illegal act prevention, deterrence, detection, and investigation. Responsible for the implementation, training, and coordination of all Loss Prevention best practices. Build and lead a team of Loss Prevention professionals throughout the company. Assist the Store Managers, District Managers and Retail Loss Prevention Manager to facilitate the annual inventory process. indeed.com

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Fight Organized Retail Crime with ALL TAG Box Seals, Overlays, and Q Guards

The video above highlights some of ALL-TAG's latest innovations such as the AM or RF Q-Guard, Overlay, Box Seal, and Non-EAS Box Seal. All of these solutions can be fully customized with store logos, deterrent messages, if found elsewhere, please call messages, store numbers, and much more.

ALL-TAG's Q-Guard will be completely new to shoplifters, and they will quickly learn that it cannot be removed from a product without irreparably damaging the packaging, and thus significantly reducing the resale value of the product. This, of course, will deter Organized Retail Crime attempts. The Q-Guard will also be very effective against common theft, as the RF or AM label underneath is very well protected. The Q-Guard does not have an unlocking or removal mechanism like those of hard tags, spider wraps, and keepers. Therefore, shoplifters cannot use magnetic detachers they bought online to remove a Q-Guard. The Q-Guard allows retailers to openly display the well protected merchandise, it does not require additional shelf space, and it will not interfere with the shopping experience. The Q-Guard does not need to be removed at the point of sale, so regular checkout and self-checkout processes are quick and easy.

ALL-TAG's Overlays allow RF and AM labels to do their job by protecting them from being removed from merchandise inside retail stores. The Overlays are built with a combination of unique material and aggressive adhesive that makes them the most tamper resistant Overlays on the market.

ALL-TAG's Box Seals offer the same benefits as the Overlays, but they also seal both ends of the product packaging. Shoplifters cannot remove the product from the package, or insert additional or more expensive products inside of the packaging.

For retail stores that aren't currently equipped with EAS technology, we recommend using Non-EAS Box Seals to keep packages completed sealed.

To find out more about ALL-TAG's solutions, please visit https://all-tag.com/.







What's New In Cybersecurity For Physical Security Systems?

A sad irony in the physical security industry has been the lax attention paid historically to the cybersecurity elements of our industry's systems. However, the picture has improved starkly in recent years as manufacturers have stepped up to meet the cybersecurity challenges and awareness of the issue has become much higher. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What's new in cybersecurity for physical security systems?

Wayne Dorris - Program Manager - Cybersecurity, Axis Communications

When it comes to cybersecurity for physical security systems, one of the chief priorities today is ensuring the authenticity and safety of data as it is captured and transferred from camera to cloud to server. This is essential in maintaining trust in the overall value of physical security systems, especially as more and more organizations are being targeted by hackers aiming to make the next big breach. Additionally, an increasing number of technology vendors and manufacturers are taking a more proactive approach to cybersecurity, sourcing help with identifying vulnerabilities via "bug bounty" programs meant to incentivize the external uncovering and reporting of software bugs. It's also important to note that new legislation concerning cybersecurity will impact how organizations approach it in the coming years, as changes will likely need to be made to ensure compliance with whatever ends up getting passed officially.

Mathieu Chevalier - Principal Security Architect & Manager, Genetec, Inc.

We see a growing awareness of the cybersecurity of physical security systems. As more organizations implement enhanced cybersecurity measures, they are needing ways to implement these at scale. Manufacturers who are committed to cybersecurity are now building tools to streamline the maintenance and updates of their systems. They are facilitating the implementation of strong cybersecurity protocols across the entire organization. Likewise, with the increased adoption of cloud or hybrid solutions also comes additional layers of cybersecurity designed not only to protect against malicious actors but also human error. With cloud solutions, organizations have access to the latest built-in cybersecurity features, including privacy controls, strong user authentication, and various system health monitoring tools. As soon as the latest updates are available, they are pushed immediately into the system. This helps physical security systems remain protected against vulnerabilities and stay actively monitored to detect and defend against cyberattacks. securityinformed.com

Federal Agencies Crack Down on AI Bias
Regulatory Update: Federal Agencies Warn About AI and Bias
Four major federal agencies recently announced a joint effort seeking to block potential bias and discrimination that could arise from the use of artificial intelligence (AI) by employers. One of the agencies-the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)-was the first out of the blocks in publishing an AI guidance document for employers.

In addition to EEOC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division (DOL) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they will jointly work to ensure AI does not violate individual rights and regulatory compliance regarding civil rights, equal employment opportunity, fair competition and consumer protection.

AI has become a hot topic this year, with news stories proliferating about the technology's dangers to privacy and democracy. Some are enthusiastically boosting AI as a tool that can solve many problems and make different kinds of work easier and quicker to do. Others like Tesla CEO Elon Musk see AI as a threat that must be controlled before it grows out of control.

All sorts of private and public organizations use these systems to make critical decisions that impact individuals' rights and opportunities, including fair and equal access to a job, housing, credit opportunities, and other goods and services, they explained. "These automated systems are often advertised as providing insights and breakthroughs, increasing efficiencies and cost-savings, and modernizing existing practices," they added. "We take seriously our responsibility to ensure that these rapidly evolving automated systems are developed and used in a manner consistent with federal laws, and each of our agencies has previously expressed concern about potentially harmful uses of automated systems."

The officials pressed the point that many automated systems rely on enormous amounts of data to find patterns or correlations, and then apply those patterns to new data to perform tasks or make recommendations and predictions. "While these tools can be useful, they also have the potential to produce outcomes that result in unlawful discrimination." ehstoday.com

Corporate AI Framework Needed
Managing the Risks of Generative AI
Corporate leaders, academics, policymakers, and countless others are looking for ways to harness generative AI technology, which has the potential to transform the way we learn, work, and more. In business, generative AI has the potential to transform the way companies interact with customers and drive business growth. New research shows 67% of senior IT leaders are prioritizing generative AI for their business within the next 18 months, with one-third (33%) naming it as a top priority. Companies are exploring how it could impact every part of the business, including sales, customer service, marketing, commerce, IT, legal, HR, and others.
However, senior IT leaders need a trusted, data-secure way for their employees to use these technologies. Seventy-nine-percent of senior IT leaders reported concerns that these technologies bring the potential for security risks, and another 73% are concerned about biased outcomes. More broadly, organizations must recognize the need to ensure the ethical, transparent, and responsible use of these technologies.

A business using generative AI technology in an enterprise setting is different from consumers using it for private, individual use. Businesses need to adhere to regulations relevant to their respective industries (think: healthcare), and there's a minefield of legal, financial, and ethical implications if the content generated is inaccurate, inaccessible, or offensive. For example, the risk of harm when an generative AI chatbot gives incorrect steps for cooking a recipe is much lower than when giving a field service worker instructions for repairing a piece of heavy machinery. If not designed and deployed with clear ethical guidelines, generative AI can have unintended consequences and potentially cause real harm.

Organizations need a clear and actionable framework for how to use generative AI and to align their generative AI goals with their businesses' "jobs to be done," including how generative AI will impact sales, marketing, commerce, service, and IT jobs. hbr.org

Does ChatGPT 'Lower the Bar for Hackers'?
ChatGPT creates mutating malware that evades detection by EDR

Mutating, or polymorphic, malware can be built using the ChatGPT API at runtime to effect advanced attacks that can evade endpoint detections and response (EDR) applications.

A global sensation since its initial release at the end of last year, ChatGPT's popularity among consumers and IT professionals alike has stirred up cybersecurity nightmares about how it can be used to exploit system vulnerabilities. A key problem, cybersecurity experts have demonstrated, is the ability of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) to generate polymorphic, or mutating, code to evade endpoint detection and response (EDR) systems.

A recent series of proof-of-concept attacks show how a benign-seeming executable file can be crafted such that at every runtime, it makes an API call to ChatGPT. Rather than just reproduce examples of already-written code snippets, ChatGPT can be prompted to generate dynamic, mutating versions of malicious code at each call, making the resulting vulnerability exploits difficult to detect by cybersecurity tools.

"ChatGPT lowers the bar for hackers, malicious actors that use AI models can be considered the modern 'Script Kiddies'," said Mackenzie Jackson, developer advocate at cybersecurity company GitGuardian. "The malware ChatGPT can be tricked into producing is far from ground-breaking but as the models get better, consume more sample data and different products come onto the market, AI may end up creating malware that can only be detected by other AI systems for defense. What side will win at this game is anyone's guess."

There have been various proof of concepts that showcase the tool's potential to exploit its capabilities in developing advanced and polymorphic malware. csoonline.com

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Inside the $2 TRILLION counterfeit economy - Fueled By Online Shopping?
As Nordstrom Rack faces lawsuit for selling 'knock-off' Patagonia clothing experts say fake products are becoming too difficult to spot

Online shopping is helping fuel the massive counterfeit economy

The counterfeit goods market has exploded into a $2 trillion economy worldwide, as experts warn it is increasingly difficult for consumers to know the difference between real products and dupes.

Nordstrom Rack has this week been at the center of a legal dispute after it was accused of selling knock-off clothing from designer Patagonia.

Consumer specialists say the case has shone a light on the murky underground of counterfeit manufacturing which more and more customers are being duped into buying.

The issue is particularly concerning for electricals and cosmetics which can seriously injure buyers - and in some cases has even killed them.

Data from the National Crime Prevention Council (NPCP) estimates that fake products now account for 3.3 percent of world trade.

A separate study by the US Government Accountability Office suggests as many as 25 percent of shoppers have purchased some kind of counterfeit product online.

Paul Delponte, an executive director at the NPCP, told Dailymail.com: 'The counterfeit goods industry is growing so quickly it's scary.

'Most fake products violate the strict consumer protections we have in place. They are in breach of labor laws, they don't source materials responsibly.

'Often when you buy a counterfeit product, you are handing money directly to criminal gangs.' dailymail.co.uk

Amazon works with partners to create a world without counterfeits
June 8th was World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, we reflect on a productive 2023 and acknowledge the continual efforts of our global partners to combat counterfeiters. June 8 is the 25th World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, which was founded to bring global attention to the problem of counterfeiting. At Amazon, we have made tremendous progress in combating the industrywide issue of counterfeits. As we shared in our Brand Protection Report, last year alone, we identified, seized, and appropriately disposed of more than 6 million counterfeit items, completely removing them from the supply chain. We recognize that while we have made significant progress, there is still work to be done to stop counterfeiters at scale. That is why we launched our Blueprint to Stop Counterfeits in 2021 and are continuing to work with partners to protect consumers. We are marking this World Anti-Counterfeiting Day by reflecting upon our advancements thus far in 2023 and highlighting the vital collaborations with brands, governments, law enforcement, and partners that make this work possible.  aboutamazon.eu

The Step-Up in Ecommerce Sneaker Fraud
As a result of this rise in reselling, sneakers are also emerging as the ecommerce category most susceptible to online fraud, according to proprietary data from Riskified's ecommerce risk intelligence platform.

This article will discuss the sneaker resale trend, major indicators of fraud for retailers to be aware of, and how merchants can combat sneaker fraud using machine learning.

The resale value of sneakers has made them an attractive target for fraudsters. Riskified's data found that sneakers are 162% riskier than the average industry risk level across all industries. This places sneakers ahead of high-end fashion clothing (69% riskier than average), making these two categories the only ones with an above-average riskiness score (when compared to electronics, jewelry and watches, cosmetics, low- to mid-range fashion, home and other ecommerce goods).

The data also revealed that orders between $100 and $300 are the most challenging transactions for retailers. This range has more than half of the legitimate orders and about half of the fraudulent volume, making it difficult for retailers to distinguish between good and bad orders in this dollar range. This results in higher operational efforts and costs to combat fraud. The data suggests that merchants need to improve their fraud detection strategies in this segment in particular.

In general, the highest dollar value sneaker purchases (those above $500) are the riskiest ones. They make up more than half of the fraudulent transactions in terms of dollar value but are significantly less popular among the legitimate population, and their contribution to legitimate dollar revenue is relatively small.

Interestingly, the lowest dollar amount transactions (under $100) had a similar contribution to the legitimate dollar sales revenue as the $500-$1,000 category, meaning that lower-priced transactions are more likely to be legitimate. The riskiness gap between these two purchase ranges is considerable, and the $500-1,000 transactions have significantly more potential to negatively impact sneaker merchants' fraud costs. retailtouchpoints.com

Protests Aren't Impacting Amazon's Return-to-Work Plans
Amazon is unfazed by remote workers protesting its return-to-office mandate

'There's more energy, collaboration, and connections happening'

Amazon employees staged a protest this week over the company's return-to-office mandate. The tech giant doesn't seem too bothered by it.

"We're always listening and will continue to do so, but we're happy with how the first month of having more people back in the office has been," Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Fortune.

In February, CEO Andy Jassy sent a memo saying remote workers should return to the office on May 1. "We should go back to being in the office together the majority of the time (at least three days per week)," he wrote.

Glasser told Fortune that since the return-to-office mandate went into effect "there's more energy, collaboration, and connections happening, and we've heard this from lots of employees and the businesses that surround our offices." finance.yahoo.com

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Gainesville, FL: Pair arrested with 1,764 fraudulent gift cards, may be part of organized ring
Jiaxin Jiang, 24, of Fresh Meadows, New York, and Cheng Li, 25, of Monterey Park, California, were arrested yesterday and charged with possession of more than 50 counterfeit gift cards, intent to defraud over $50,000, and 1,764 counts of possession of stolen gift cards. At about 9:20 a.m. yesterday, an Alachua County Sheriff's Deputy along with a detective assigned to the ASO ACTION Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2023 Chevrolet Malibu with a New Jersey tag for following too closely. Li was the driver of the car, and Jiang was the passenger; the car was rented in Jiang's name. The two occupants of the car reportedly said they were traveling from New York to Orlando to see "a crocodile" but later said they were traveling from Atlanta to Orlando. A narcotics-certified K-9 team was deployed and alerted to narcotics in the car, leading to a probable-cause search of the car. A plain odor of marijuana was reportedly present inside the car, and a large number of gift cards were also found in boxes and other containers; one of the boxes had a shipping label to Cheng Li in Brooklyn, NY. A query of law enforcement databases also showed that address associated with Jiang in recent months. The GPS in the vehicle reportedly showed a destination of a Target store in Ocala.  alachuachronicle.com

Mesa, AZ: Man accused of stealing $100K in fragrances from east Valley stores
A man is in custody after allegedly stealing over $100,000 of perfumes from multiple fragrance stores in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Phoenix. The thefts started in June 2022 when 37-year-old Jose Luis Acosta walked into an Ulta Beauty store near Baseline and Copper roads, filled a pillowcase with $2959 worth of fragrances, and left the store without paying, court documents say. According to police, from Aug. 2022 - May 30, 2023, Acosta went to 10 more Ulta Beauty stores throughout the east Valley, where he shoved perfumes into duffle bags and pillowcases before fleeing the store. His thefts during these months totaled $39,740.98. Police say Acosta was in and out of the store within a minute during these crimes. Investigators are looking into other retail thefts he might be connected to. Ulta Beauty believes he is responsible for over $100,000 in stolen fragrances. Acosta was arrested Monday and booked into jail on ten counts of retail theft. He was previously arrested for theft, shoplifting, discharging a firearm, and assault.  azfamily.com

Redwood City, CA: Family-owned Bike shop has $50K in inventory stolen
A small, family-owned Redwood City business lost $50,000 worth of inventory after an early morning break-in. Video from early Thursday morning shows several men walking up to Chain Reaction Bicycles, located at 1680 El Camino Real, and using a crowbar to break open the front door. "It was just absolutely crazy. We've never seen anything like this, and we've been in business for 40 years," said Becky Jacoubowsky. Becky and Kevin Jacoubowsky are sales managers at the shop that is owned by their father and uncle. They say they grew up in the store and they call the place their home.  kron4.com

Las Vegas, NV: Police seeking 5 females for theft of merchandise from Sephora

Napa, CA: Two arrested following Police chase of Sunglass Hut thieves

Roma, GA: Man found with stolen $35,000 Home Depot Excavator

Nassau County, NY: $3,000 Boutique Burglary: Trio Swipes Cash, Clothing From Westbury Shop

Bergen County, NJ: Paramus Mall $1,000 Shoplifting Becomes Robbery When Female Neiman Marcus Employee Is Thrown To Floor

St Mary's, PA: Man accused of stealing nearly $600 in items from Walmart

Auburn, MA: Man suspected of stealing $400 worth of Pokémon cards from BJ's

Lyndhurst, NJ: Converging Lyndhurst Police Collar Shoplifting Crew From Queens

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Shootings & Deaths

Lancaster, CA: 2 men shot and killed following robbery at Lancaster motel
Two people were shot and killed following a robbery at a motel in Lancaster, authorities said. The incident happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday on Sierra Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived, they found one man inside a motel room suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was found with a gunshot wound in the parking lot. He later died at the hospital. Neither of the victims have been identified.  livetube.tv

Johnson City, TN: Update: Tennessee gas station clerk, 23, shot dead after texting pals about safety
A 23-year-old Tennessee woman was shot dead at a convenience store where she worked the midnight shift only hours after she expressed safety concerns - and a father and son have been charged in her murder. Tava Woodard, a clerk at the Roadrunner Market on North Broadway in Johnson City, texted friends and co-workers on June 2 about a shoplifting incident and said she wanted to find a new job, People reported.
A short time later, two masked men identified as Mark Sexton Jr., 41, and his son Mark Sexton III, 18, entered the store and stole money from her at gunpoint, WJHL reported. "The two men then walked towards the door but as they were leaving, one of the men turned around and fired a shot from the pistol, striking Ms. Woodard," according to an affidavit cited by the outlet. When police arrived eight minutes later, they found her body lying on the ground.  nypost.com

Hickory Hills, IL: Hickory Hills shooting outside restaurant leaves 2 wounded
Two people were wounded in a shooting outside of a restaurant in Hickory Hills Friday morning, police said. Hickory Hills police said two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while walking to their vehicles outside of the Prime Time Restaurant. The shooting was not random and is believed to be related to an earlier altercation between the victims and the shooter, police said.  abc7chicago.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Montreal, Canada: Police arrest 4 men, seize nearly $200K in jewelry after West Island break-ins
Montreal police (SPVM) arrested four men in connection with a series of break-ins on Montreal's West Island and other areas. Police said calls came in from residences in multiple neighborhoods since the beginning of the year, reporting people breaking into luxury homes and making off with goods. The suspects, aged 21, 30, 37 and 38, were arrested June 2 following a break-in, and police seized $95,000 worth of jewellery in their vehicle, the police service said in a news release. Police then searched one of the suspect's homes and seized more than $100,000 worth of jewelry. Police believe the suspects were part of a network of burglars.  montreal.ctvnews.ca

Restaurants across multiple Sacramento neighborhoods hit by burglars
There's a lingering concern among Sacramento's restaurant community after burglars hit a few businesses within the city and county limits in recent days. Sushi Cafe at 4491 Freeport Blvd., Star KTV Lounge at 4543 Freeport Blv.d, and Temple Garden at 5701 Broadway were all hit early Wednesday morning. Prior to that, Seafood Islitas at 7216 Lindale Dr. was burglarized on Monday. KCRA 3 spoke to the four business owners, who all reported having costly damages. Star TV Lounge's co-owner, Enrique Valentino, said that replacing the doors at his establishment cost about $1,000, which is more than the cash the thieves got away with. Two businesses down at Sushi Cafe, owner Li Lee said that this is the second time burglars have targeted her business since 2020. She hasn't been able to replace her door and instead boarded it up. The Sacramento Police Department is investigating three of the robberies and whether or not they're connected. No arrests have been made.  kcra.com

Havasu police warn of credit card skimmers found at stores
LAKE HAVASU CITY - Lake Havasu City Police are warning residents about credit card skimmers after some of the devices were found at locally. Police say skimmers were found at stores on Acoma Boulevard, Kiowa Avenue, Maricopa Avenue and South Palo Verde Boulevard.

The devices were attached to the point-of-sale systems, police said. Each skimmer was attached to the top of the keypad display where consumers insert or swipe their credit cards.

Police released surveillance photos of a man and woman who officers believe to be responsible for one of the devices.

Anyone with information about the skimmer devices can contact the Lake Havasu City Police Department. Silent Witness will pay a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anonymous information can be called into Lake Havasu Silent Witness at 928-854-TIPS (8477). mohavedailynews.com

Ferriday, LA: Man sentenced to 15 years for Circle K Armed Robbery

Winston-Salem, NC: 4 minors arrested for multiple tobacco store robberies

Burlington, IA: Former Lowe's employee admits to $3000 theft

Englewood, FL: Captain Morgan statue stolen from Englewood liquor store

Naples, FL: Video shows bear spotted going on Publix run in Florida


Chicago, IL: O'Hare Agents Confiscate $638K In Fake Luxury Watches, Sunglasses, including Louis Vuitton and Chanel



Auto - Urbana, IL - Armed Robbery
Auto - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Beauty - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Bike - Redwood City, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Swanton, VT - Robbery
C-Store - Daytona Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Nassau County, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Oak Park, IL - Robbery
C-Store - Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Nassau County, NY - Burglary
Collectables - Auburn, MA - Robbery
Dollar - Spalding County, GA - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - Napa, CA - Robbery
Gas Station - Blair County, PA - Robbery
Gas Station- Riverside, CA - Armed Robbery
Guns - St Charles, MO - Robbery
Grocery - Boca Raton, FL - Robbery
Hardware - Marshall Township, MI - Burglary
Hardware - Pensacola, FL - Burglary
Hardware - Rome, GA - Burglary
Jewelry - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Liquor - Winston-Salem, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Dartmouth, MA - Armed Robbery
Motel - Lancaster, CA - Armed Robbery / 2 killed
Pawn - Louisville, KY - Burglary
Pawn - El Paso, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Riverside, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Marcola, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Sacramento, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Sacramento, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Sacramento, CA - Burglary
Target - Irvine, CA - Robbery
Walmart - St Mary's PA - Robbery  


Daily Totals:
• 22 robberies
• 14 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 2 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 81 robberies
• 40 burglaries
• 4 shootings
• 2 killed

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