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Violence & Crime

Overall Crime Went Down in 2020 - Even as the Murder Rate Soared
Why People Misperceive Crime Trends. (Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital.)
Nationwide, crime declined consistently for a quarter-century starting in the early 1990s. But for a large share of Americans, perceptions didn't keep up with reality. In the quiz, only about four in 10 readers knew that the national murder rate last year was lower than the 1990 rate.

A Pew Research report in 2016 found that "voters are usually more likely to say crime is up than down, regardless of what official statistics show." For decades, Gallup has asked people whether they think there is more or less crime in the U.S. compared with the year before. The question has been asked almost yearly since 1996, and every year except for 2001 the public - usually by overwhelming margins - has said crime has increased.

Some research shows that public demand drives coverage of bad news - that people have a "negativity bias," a predisposition to focus on and remember negative information, possibly an evolutionary adaptation. In other words, people tend to be more interested in hearing about potential threats they can act upon, like an approaching hurricane, a new virus or a crime spree that has been reported nearby.

Why overall crime fell while murder increased

The rise in murder rate for 2020 is expected to be around 25 percent
, the largest increase in U.S. history, in records dating to 1960. That equates to roughly 20,000 murders last year.

And yet overall crime went down, a fact that only 28 percent of readers knew. The F.B.I. will release its official figures in September, but the preliminary data from over 12,000 law enforcement agencies suggests it was probably one of the largest declines on record.

Property crime was down 7.9 percent in 2020 relative to 2019, according to this data. The national murder trend usually gets the headlines - for good reason - but property crime makes up around 85 percent of all major crimes reported by the F.B.I. Murder made up 0.2 percent of all major crimes reported by the F.B.I. in 2019, and even a historically large increase in murder would barely move the needle in terms of overall crime.

It's not altogether surprising that overall crime would drop in 2020; it has fallen in 26 of the last 28 years, including each of the last 17 years. Since most crime is property crime, and since property crime can flourish when people need to be out and about - a shoplifter needs stores to be open, for example - nationwide quarantines and reduced mobility last year most likely contributed to reduced property crime pretty much everywhere. nytimes.com

Stores Keeping More Items 'Under Lock-and-Key'
Thefts up across US, retailers now locking up more items to prevent stealing

Retailers are deciding that even when staff members see thefts happen, confrontations just aren't worth the risk.

New York resident Diane Crafford witnessed a theft at a Manhattan drug store where the thief was, "throwing everything into his backpack, going from shelf to shelf." She said an employee told customers, "we have been informed that we are not allowed to stop them."

Suspects apprehended after committing smash-and-grab thefts on Chicago's Magnificent Mile last year were still wearing the stolen clothes, with price tags attached, according to police.

Smaller retailers say they're getting hit by so many thefts they need to keep more items under lock-and-key. They're also telling staff to just let the thefts happen as customers watch. Experts predict this could lead to big retail losses, raising costs which will be passed along to consumers.

The thefts add up to billions in losses every year. The National Retail Federation reports so-called retail "shrink" totaled $61.7 billion in 2019, up from $50.6 billion the year before. This is in large part because of increases in shoplifting and organized retail crime.

Loss prevention experts predict desperation, largely the result of the pandemic, will bring another double-digit increase in 2020. In San Francisco, out of control retail theft was cited by Walgreens as a major factor in the decision to close 17 stores in the last five years.

Zinser recalled one specific incident: "I remember standing in one of those Walgreens stores, watching just a customer walk in, pick up several things off the shelf and start to walk toward the door. And I told the guy, 'that's theft- you need to ring up with the cashier,' he looked at me and said, 'so?' and walks out." newsnationnow.com

Police Officer Murders Surging in 2021
Thirty-seven U.S. police officers were murdered in the first five months of 2021

As violent crime rises, so does the on-the-job risk for police officers. Forty-six were murdered in all of 2020.

With violent crime on the upswing across the nation, the number of police officers who have died violently in the line of duty is also spiking.

FBI Director Christopher Wray highlighted the issue in an appearance Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee. Wray said a total of 37 officers had been murdered in the first five months of 2021, compared with 46 during all of 2020.

"And that's not counting all those officers who've died in the line of duty facing the countless other inherent dangers of the job, like from a car accident in pursuit after a subject or drowning during an attempted rescue. Or even the scores of officers who've died from Covid-19. Because, of course, law enforcement kept coming to work every day despite the pandemic."

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 148 police officers have died of all causes so far in 2021, up from 134 this time last year. Traffic deaths, in particular, have risen 42 percent, according to those statistics.

Police deaths mirror the increase in violent crime across the country. There were 56 shootings of four or more people in May, the highest number of mass shootings of any month since the Gun Violence Archive, a research nonprofit, started tracking the data in 2013. Homicides are up by 20 percent or more in cities large and small. nbcnews.com

Flaws in How the FBI Reports Active Shooter Incidents?
"Serious Errors" In FBI Reports Of Shooting Incidents
Dr. John Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) recently released a paper written while he was a Senior Advisor for Research and Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy.

His paper, Corrections to the FBI's Reports on Active Shooting Incidents (May 31, 2021), examines the FBI's previously released reports on "active shooter incidents" (ASI). The FBI defines an "active shooter" as one or more individuals attempting to kill or killing other people in a populated area. "Implicit in this definition is the shooter's use of one or more firearms. The 'active' aspect of the definition inherently implies the ongoing nature of the incidents, and thus the potential for the response to affect the outcome."

The FBI published its initial report in 2014, titled A Study of Active Shooter Incidents Between 2000-2013, using information from "104 police department records, after action reports, shooting commission reports, open sources, and FBI resources." Since then, the agency has published additional annual or bi-annual reports.

According to Dr. Lott, "all five reports so far issued were found to have serious errors." These distort the trend of attacks over time and the evidence on factors that may be important in curtailing attacks in the future.

The premise of the FBI's initial report was that a drastic increase in ASIs occurred between 2000 and 2013, escalating from one incident in 2000 to 17 in 2013. However, Dr. Lott's paper indicates that the FBI failed to include twenty incidents in that time span, and that these "missing cases were three times more likely to have occurred from 2000-2006 than from 2007-2013, thus exaggerating the increase that was widely reported on."

Once these cases are included and placed in the context of pre-2000 data, it becomes evident that there "has only been a slight, statistically insignificant upward trend over the 38 years from 1977 through 2014," and even this slight uptick is due to high numbers in a single year (2012). dailycaller.com

Wichita, KS: As the temperature rises, so does crime

America's Crime Surge: Why Violence Is Rising, And Solutions To Fix It

Crime surge hurts progressives' chances in NYC Democratic mayoral primary

'We have a violent crime problem in Utah,' says U.S. Marshal

COVID Update

312.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.3M Cases - 616.1K Dead - 28.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 177.8M Cases - 3.8M Dead - 162.3M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 308
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Putting Shoppers at Ease as Stores Reopen
Store offers color-coded bracelets for shoppers to show comfort levels

Metcalfe's said the offering was a quick and easy way for people to communicate their comfort level amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A Wauwatosa grocery store is offering shoppers and employees free bracelets to help them communicate their current comfort level of interaction with others. Metcalfe's began putting out the three colored silicone bracelets Wednesday morning.

"As we continue to experience relaxed restrictions and updated CDC recommendations related to COVID -- vaccines, face coverings, social distancing and so on -- we realized there would be different comfort levels with these changes among our team members and shoppers," Tim Metcalfe, Metcalfe's president and co-owner said.

Metcalfe said the offering was a quick and easy way for people to communicate their comfort level amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The color-coded wristbands help to explain someone's individual preference, without speaking.

The wristbands take a cue from traffic lights: Red equals no contact; Yellow indicates an elbow bump is OK; Green means go in for the hug or the high-five. The individually wrapped wristbands are on display at the entry area of each store in fishbowls.

Metcalfe's Lisa Grudzielanek thinks the bracelets, especially the red ones, may be most popular among people who still aren't comfortable being too close. wisn.com

Could the Reopening be Derailed by New COVID Variant?
States opening up as COVID-19 Delta variant causes concerns
Two states hit hardest by the coronavirus are dropping most of their COVID restrictions. California and now New York reopened after the virus shuttered businesses for months. It comes as the CDC is labeling the Delta strain, a "variant of concern".

The Delta variant is causing higher levels of infection, more than tripling in just two weeks and now making up nearly 10% of new COVID cases with health experts cautioning the fall may bring a new wave of infections. The CDC has labeled the delta strain a "variant of concern" amid mounting evidence it is more infectious and severe.

While top doctors say being fully vaccinated will likely protect you from severe outcomes caused by the variant, only 43.9% of Americans are. The South is home to some of the lowest vaccination rates in the county. Mississippi is dead last, fully vaccinating just over 33% of its eligible population. In all, 25 states have completely immunized less than 50% of people 12 and older.

The stage is set for a COVID comeback, but it could be derailed by the most dangerous variant of the virus yet. kobi5.com

Another Reason to Get Vaccinated
Former White House adviser says dangerous variant is 'like Covid on steroids'
A coronavirus variant first identified in India is "like Covid on steroids," Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, said Wednesday.

"(The Delta variant) is a more virulent strain," Slavitt told CNN. "This is like Covid on steroids. You can be around people for less time and still get exposed."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the Delta variant a "variant of concern," a designation given to strains of a virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease.

The CDC says the variant accounts for about 10% of coronavirus cases in the United States. Slavitt said the variant provides people with one more reason to get vaccinated. "If you have been vaccinated, you have very little to worry about," he said.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CNN on Tuesday the Delta variant "is rapidly increasing here in the United States." He said there is data that indicates it might cause more severe illness. cnn.com

Walmart's Digital Vaccination Record
Walmart provides secure digital record for COVID-19 vaccinations
Walmart is providing a free, secure digital wallet for customers to use and share their health data - starting with COVID-19 vaccine information.

The discount giant, which has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations at select Walmart and Sam's Club locations since December 2020, is enabling customers to securely store their COVID-19 vaccine record in their pharmacy account on Walmart.com or Samsclub.com. The vaccine record can be printed, saved on a device, or shared at the discretion of the consumer.

The vaccine record is a free digital version of the vaccine cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the individual's name, date of birth, date of vaccination, vaccine manufacturer, vaccine lot number, and location where they received the immunization. Walmart's digital vaccine record is available to consumers age 18 and up who received their COVID-19 vaccine at a Walmart or Sam's Club pharmacy or a Walmart-run vaccine event. chainstoreage.com

'Get Vaxxed for Snacks'
Instacart takes action with White House to promote vaccination
The federal government is turning to a leading on-demand delivery platform to help reach a COVID-19 vaccination milestone.

Instacart is teaming up with the White House in support of the "National Month of Action" initiative to get 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated by July 4. With the company's "Get Vaxxed For Snacks" sweepstakes, vaccinated customers nationwide have a chance to win a summer of free snacks, with 200 winners being drawn on July 1. This initiative complements Instacart's shopper vaccine stipend program, which has paid out nearly $2 million to Instacart shoppers to date in support of their vaccinations.

Customers who have received their first COVID-19 shot or who are fully vaccinated can enter the Get Vaxxed For Snacks sweepstakes on the Instacart site by Wednesday, June 30. On July 1, Instacart will select 200 winners to receive a $500 Instacart gift card. chainstoreage.com

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Interrogation Deception Ban Passes in Oregon
Deception Bill Passes Oregon Legislature, Banning Police from Lying
to Youth During Interrogations

Oregon is the second state to pass a bill banning police from using deceptive interrogation tactics, following Illinois.

On Tuesday, Oregon became the second state to pass legislation prohibiting law enforcement officers from using deception while interrogating people under the age of 18. The bill bans commonly used deceptive interrogation tactics, including false promises of leniency and false claims about the existence of incriminating evidence. Both of these tactics have long been identified as significantly increasing the risk of false confessions, which have played a role in about 30% of all wrongful convictions overturned by DNA. False confessions are also the most frequent contributing factor in wrongful conviction cases involving homicides. And recent studies suggest that children under 18 are between two and three times more likely to falsely confess than adults.

This legislation would encourage law enforcement members to adopt alternative interrogation techniques commonly used in countries, like the United Kingdom, where deceptive tactics have long been abandoned. These alternative methods have proven far more effective in producing reliable confessions from suspects. Yet, the vast majority of police agencies in the United States currently employ the psychologically coercive, but legally permissible, interrogation techniques that this bill would prevent when interrogating juveniles in Oregon.

"Lying in an interrogation is hypocritical and contradictory to the development of rapport, a core component in ethical and successful investigative interviews", said Dave Thompson, CFI, and President of Wicklander-Zulawski. "Oregon is helping lead the way in the evolution of interrogation standards with the passing of this bill. This continues the trend of investigators seeking non-confrontational, research-based techniques to resolve cases while mitigating the risk of false confessions and improving trust within community-police relationships." innocenceproject.org

NRF: 'We Are Confident' about Long-Term Retail Recovery
May Retail Sales Reach Near-Record Level Despite Monthly Decline
Retail sales remained at elevated levels in May despite month-to-month fluctuations that masked near-record performance, the National Retail Federation said today.

"While May retail sales were down slightly, largely due to supply chain constraints, the more accurate indicator remains in the year-over-year data which, as the NRF calculates, showed growth of over 17 percent," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "For the first five months of this year, retail sales are already tracking 17.6 percent above the same five months of 2020, giving us further confidence in our newly revised sales forecast of growth between 10.5 percent and 13.5 percent to more than $4.44 trillion for 2021. While there are downside risks related to labor shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, tax increases and over-regulation, overall, households are healthier, and consumers are demonstrating their ability and willingness to spend. We are confident."

"Month-over-month comparisons and percentages of change simply don't tell the story," NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. "We are at a highly elevated level of spending, with dollar amounts in recent months some of the highest we've ever seen. Long-term trends in the number of dollars spent tell much more about the continuing economic recovery than whether sales were up or down from month to month. Retail sales as calculated by NRF were the second highest on record in May, topped only by holiday spending in December. Demand has continued to be strong even as the concentrated impact from government stimulus has faded. There is still pent-up demand for retail goods and consumers are likely to remain on a growth path into the summer." nrf.com

Retail Rents Tied to Sales Becoming Commonplace
Covid-19 Rent Breaks for Retailers Are Becoming the New Norm

Leases tying rent to a portion of sales look poised to outlast the pandemic

During the worst of the pandemic, many landlords offered deals where ailing retailers paid a percentage of their monthly sales in rent-rather than a fixed amount-to help them survive. Now, this once temporary way of charging tenants looks poised to outlast Covid-19.

More shopping-center owners are signing new leases where rent is tied directly to a portion of sales, at least for a period. These percentage-rent leases are especially attractive to newer retailers, offering some flexibility so that they aren't saddled with large losses as they are starting out.

While most landlords tend to prefer the reliability of a fixed monthly rent payment, the wider use of percentage leases reflects how much retail has become a renters' market.

Many retail businesses have struggled with competition from e-commerce, then took another blow when they faced pandemic-related lockdowns. Some didn't survive, leaving landlords with excess space and compelling shopping-center owners to offer generous terms just to fill it. wsj.com

Google's Move to Brick-and-Mortar
A look inside Google's first-ever permanent store
Customers can get up close and personal with the latest Google devices and services at the tech giant's first-ever physical store.

The store, which opens June 16, in located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, and is housed in the 1.2 million sq.-ft. building that is home to Google's New York City offices. The space has an Apple Store-like vibe and invites hand-on interaction with Google services - from Google Search to Google Maps and more - and its growing lineup of devices, including Pixel phones, Nest products, Fitbit wearables and Pixelbooks. A gallery-styled wall displays 35 Nest products in their full range of colors and materials.

Google's move to brick-and-mortar retail comes as it has been increasing its hardware lineup. Early this year, the company closed on its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit. chainstoreage.com

The rise, fall, and comeback of Victoria's Secret, America's biggest lingerie retailer

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Biden Draws a Red Line with Putin Over Russian Cyberattacks
Biden Tells Putin Critical Infrastructure Sectors 'Off Limits' to Russian Hacking

President Joe Biden said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to discuss boundaries in cyber activity.

President Joe Biden said in a press conference today that he and President Vladimir Putin of Russia agreed to bring together cybersecurity experts from the two nations to establish "specific understandings about what's off limits" from cyber activity and how the US and Russia each would "follow up" on cyberattacks that "originate in either of our countries."

Biden's comments came after a nearly four-hour meeting with Putin today in Geneva, which included a discussion about cybersecurity.

"Responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory," Biden explained.

He said he provided Putin with a list of some 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including energy and water, which should be "off limits" to hacking. Biden did not provide additional details but noted that the US has "significant cyber capability" that it will use if Russia violates "these basic norms." darkreading.com

Over 1 Billion CVS Health Records Exposed
Unprotected CVS database exposed sensitive customer searches

Researchers have discovered an unprotected, exposed online database with over a billion records belonging to American healthcare company CVS Health.

The discovery, made by researcher Jeremiah Fowler and the WebsitePlanet research team, happened in March 2021 and the database was secured the next day, after CVS Health was notified and they contacted the (unnamed) third-party vendor in charge of securing the database.

"CVS Health acted fast and professionally to secure the data and a member of their Information Security Team contacted me the following day and confirmed my findings and that the data was indeed theirs. I was informed that this was a contractor or vendor who managed this dataset on behalf of CVS Health, but it was confidential as to who the vendor was," Fowler said.

What type of data was accessible?

It is still unknown whether someone other than the researchers previously found the exposed database and/or exfiltrated the data held within, but according to Fowler, the data - which includes searches made on CVS Health and CVS.com and some email addresses - could be used to identify some of the customers and target them with social engineering attacks (e.g., phishing).

"According to the CVS representative, these emails were not from CVS customer account records and were entered into the search bar by visitors themselves. The search bar captures and logs everything that is entered into the website's search function and these records were stored as log files," Fowler explained.

"The records also contained a 'Visitor ID' and 'Session ID'. I saw multiple records that indicated visitors searching for a range of items including medications, Covid 19 vaccines, and other CVS products. Hypothetically, it could have been possible to match the Session ID with what they searched for or added to the shopping cart during that session and then try to identify the customer using the exposed emails." helpnetsecurity.com

Criminal Groups & Ransomware Operators
Ransomware Operators' Strategies Evolve as Attacks Rise

Security researchers find ransomware operators rely less on email and more on criminal groups for initial access into target networks.

Corporate email inboxes remain a valuable target for many cybercriminals, but ransomware operators are finding new avenues into enterprise networks as defensive tools improve, new research shows.

Ransomware attackers have begun to leverage criminal organizations, mostly banking Trojan distributors, for malware deployment. These so-called "access facilitators" distribute backdoors to victims using malicious links and attachments sent via email. Once they infiltrate a target, the attackers can sell their access to ransomware groups for a cut of the profit, Proofpoint reports.

The security firm's Threat Research team analyzed data from 2013 to the present to understand trends surrounding ransomware and email as an access vector. Researchers found ransomware sent directly to victims via email attachments or links happened at "relatively low, consistent volumes" before 2015, at which point these types of ransomware attacks began to skyrocket. Locky, for example, hit 1 million messages per day in 2017 before its operations stopped.

These "first-stage" ransomware campaigns sharply dropped off in 2018 as attackers shifted away from email to deploy their initial payload. There were several reasons for the change: Threat detection improved, individually encrypted machines led to limited payouts, and the rise of wormable and human-operated threats gave them the power to become more disruptive. darkreading.com

Remote Work Continues to Pose Security Challenge
Organizations ill-equipped to deal with growing BYOD security threats
Bitglass and Cybersecurity Insiders announced several findings from a report that show the rapid adoption of unmanaged personal devices connecting to work-related resources (aka BYOD) and why organizations are ill-equipped to deal with growing security threats such as malware and data theft.

The study surveyed hundreds of cybersecurity professionals across industries to better understand how COVID-19's resulting surge of remote work has affected security and privacy risks introduced by the use of personal mobile devices. The insights in this report are especially relevant as more enterprises are shifting to permanent remote work or hybrid work models, connecting more devices to corporate networks and, as a result, expanding the attack surface.

"As mobility and remote work environments keep growing, so do challenges ranging from managing device access to handling urgent mobile security concerns," said Holger Schulze, founder, Cybersecurity Insiders.

"Our research uncovered a plethora of evidence that shows organizations are not paying enough attention to securing unmanaged personal devices and why the time is now for them to think differently when it comes to securing BYOD." helpnetsecurity.com

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Protecting Your Cannabis Store
Alarm Systems for Cannabis Businesses
An alarm system is an integral part of every retail establishment, but it is especially important for cannabis businesses. Though the requirements may be similar, regulations regarding alarm systems for cannabis businesses are different in every state. In addition to differing state guidelines, the cost, quality, and functionality of alarm systems can vary greatly. It is important to consider all components of an alarm system before purchase and installation because it could have an impact on the long-term success of the business.

Alarm Systems for Cannabis Businesses

Cannabis business alarm systems are made up of multiple components, including alarm control panels and keypads, glass break detectors, panic buttons and duress codes, and motion detectors. Cannabis business owners should ensure these components are always functioning and should test these devices regularly.

Cannabis business owners should ensure the alarm system covers the following areas of the facility:

Entrances and exits
Rooms with windows
Rooms with exterior walls
Rooms where cannabis or currency are stored or handled
The exterior perimeter of the facility

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Alarm System

Functionality may be the most important when choosing an alarm system. Before purchasing or installing alarm system components, cannabis business owners should consider the following:

Does the considered alarm system meet or exceed all applicable state/local laws, rules, and regulations?

Is the considered alarm system compatible with other security equipment to be used to protect the property, including video surveillance system and access control system devices?

Does the considered alarm system meet the needs of the business? sapphirerisk.com

Pot Stores Targeted by Burglars
Edmond dispensaries look for more ways to protect stores as burglaries continue
Two metro dispensaries were burglarized early Monday morning as dispensaries continue to look for ways to protect their stores.

These break ins occurred around Edmond by four men wearing masks. In one of them, the criminals didn't get inside to take anything. They just smashed the glass out of the front door and ran off as the alarm sounded. In the other burglary, the business was not as fortunate as the thieves made off with some of their product.

"It's very scary," said Ginger Underwood, the owner of Modern Serra dispensary. "We do everything we can to try to protect the store."

In Underwood's case, their electronic security somewhat worked. "That's over $1,000 just to fix the door," Underwood said. Still, it was a wild wake up call for her at around 4 a.m. Monday. Criminals busted in the front door glass to her dispensary to break in.

Fortunately, though, that's all the burglars did. Underwood said she thinks the alarm scared them off after they saw there was no twist lock inside the door to unlock it and open it. According to Underwood, it wouldn't matter anyway as they put their products up in a vault.

Begging the question as to why this continues to happen. "They think we're sitting on large amounts of cash in these stores and we're not," Underwood said.

"These businesses are relatively new businesses," said Emily Ward with the Edmond Police Department. "I think they're learning a lot of lessons on protecting their property and securing their buildings." kfor.com

The Workforce is Testing Positive for Marijuana at Very High Levels

Positivity was 12.2% higher than in 2016.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new analysis released on May 26 by Quest Diagnostics. The company said it's the first large-scale analysis of de-identified results of laboratory workforce drug tests performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The overall positivity rate in the combined U.S. workforce based on more than seven million urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020 was down only slightly in 2020 (4.4%) compared to 2019 (4.5%, a sixteen-year high).

Positivity in the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce based on more than 2 million urine drug tests declined 8.3% (2.4% in 2019 versus 2.2% in 2020) but was still 10% higher than the 2016 rate (5 years prior).

In the general U.S. workforce, positivity increased 3.8% (5.3% in 2019 versus 5.5% in 2020) and was 12.2% higher than in 2016.  ehstoday.com

California offers $100M to rescue its struggling legal marijuana industry

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Big Brother is Watching

Amazon tracks warehouse workers' every move because Jeff Bezos thinks people are inherently lazy, report says

Some Amazon policies were built to stop a "march to mediocrity," a former executive told The New York Times.

Many of Amazon's policies were designed to prevent workers from becoming lazy, a former vice president told The New York Times. David Niekerk, who helped design the company's warehouse-management system, told the publication that founder Jeff Bezos' belief that people are inherently lazy helped shape the company's policies.

Bezos believed that workers' desire to perform well decreased over time and that an entrenched workforce was a "march to mediocrity," Niekerk told The Times.

"What he would say is that our nature as humans is to expend as little energy as possible to get what we want or need," Niekerk told The Times.

He pointed to a short-term employment model that doesn't provide employees many opportunities for advancement and to the way Amazon used technology to keep workers on task. Amazon doesn't guarantee wage increases after a worker's first three years, the report said, as a way to oust employees who might become too comfortable at Amazon or turn "disgruntled."

The practices that Niekerk described are some of the company's most contentious - like firing employees for a single day of low productivity and continually keeping workers on task with limited break time and high productivity goals.

The practices have left many workers feeling as if Amazon treats them more like machines than people, The Times reported.

"We are human beings," an employee wrote on a warehouse's internal feedback board last year, according to The Times. "We are not tools used to reach their daily / weekly goals and rates." businessinsider.com nytimes.com

Upping the Competition with Amazon
Why Express, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew Now Sell Items From All Over Online

Brands are opening up to third-party sellers to draw shoppers to their sites-and away from Amazon's marketplace

Express Inc., best known as a presence in American malls, has been testing a new strategy: selling other brands' merchandise online.

Visitors to the retailer's website can shop for items from dozens of other brands in addition to Express apparel. That approach is an increasingly popular one as retailers like Express, Urban Outfitters Inc. and J.Crew Group Inc. look to benefit from listing products that are sold and shipped by other sellers. The goal is to increase the chances shoppers can find what they need on the company's site, boosting web traffic-and revenue-without veering too far off brand.

Amazon.com Inc. has been leveraging the power of third-party sellers for years, and big-box retailers including Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. have created their own marketplaces, too, albeit on a lesser scale. Smaller, more-specialized chains had been hesitant about trying the marketplace model, in part for fear of losing their brand identity in a virtual bazaar. wsj.com

FedEx takes Amazon competition to autonomous delivery

Take a look inside an Amazon Air Boeing 737, the latest weapon in Jeff Bezos' master plan to win the delivery wars




Lincoln, NE: 3 men arrested after Best Buy burglary causes $7,000 in damages
Lincoln police have arrested three men after they attempted to rob a local Best Buy. Reginald Thomas, Gary Simmons II, and Devin Drake, all from Houston, Texas, were arrested for burglary and possession of burglar's tools. Lincoln police responded to the Best Buy at 6919 O St. for a suspicious vehicle parked on the south side of the building on June 16 around 1:30 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing people banging on the doors and carrying something in their hands.

When officers arrived, they said they found a 2016 white Mercedes unoccupied in the lot and heard a loud noise coming from the front of the business. Officers say they observed a male exit the store and he attempted to run from officers, however, he was taken into custody a short distance later. Another officer observed a man attempt to exit out an emergency exit but then ran back into the business. Officials report that officers were able to surround the business and eventually take two more men into custody from inside the store. Investigators observed the front door to be heavily damaged and the metal security door to have been cut with a saw as well. Inside the store, officers also found several iPads, iPhones, MacBooks and other Apple products stacked up near the exit to be removed from the store. Officers also reported that inside the vehicle in the lot, they found a saw that was used to cut the metal security gate. The damage to the store is estimated at $7,000. ketv.com

Los Angeles, CA: Leader of Pharmacy Robbery Crew Convicted of Federal Charges
A Lynwood man was found guilty today of federal robbery charges for organizing and leading a crew that committed 15 armed robberies of independent, mom-and-pop pharmacies across Southern California, with the intent of illegally selling the stolen prescription medication. Tyrome "Boobie'' Lewis, 26, was found guilty of all eight felony charges he faced. Lewis has been in federal custody since his arrest in July 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, following a two-day bench trial that was held in April, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt found Lewis guilty of one count each of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and two counts each of interference with commerce by robbery, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and knowingly using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. According to the evidence presented at the trial, Lewis conspired with others to commit 15 armed robberies from May 2018 to July 2019. He selected the pharmacies to be robbed, targeting smaller pharmacies to steal oxycodone and other prescription painkillers, prosecutors said.

The guilty verdict stems from a broader investigation of armed pharmacy robberies resulting from a partnership between the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Through the partnership, the U.S. Attorney's Office has charged 21 individuals for their roles in various drug store heists. Since the investigation began in 2019, 19 individuals, including Lewis, have been convicted for their participation in pharmacy robberies, while two defendants await trial. kfiam640.iheart.com

Newark, CA: Shoplifting Suspect Apprehended After Daring Roof Top Escape Attempt
A 29-year-old Hayward man fled across several rooftops before Newark police officers were able to finally apprehend him in connection with a weekend shoplifting incident, authorities said. Newark officers were on extra patrol in the 5000 block of Thornton Avenue in response to recent reports of shoplifting in the area, when they first saw the suspect at about 5 p.m. Sunday. The man had walked out of a business holding two buckets of stolen merchandise. When he saw officers, the man dropped the buckets and ran into a nearby residential neighborhood. With the officers in foot pursuit, the suspect scaled a backyard fence before reappearing on a rooftop, where he proceeded to leap from rooftop to neighboring rooftop. A short time later, officers found the man walking on a sidewalk nearby and arrested him for suspicion of multiple offenses, including shoplifting, probation violation, possession of drugs and prowling on private property. He also had an active felony warrant related to gun possession in Southern California. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Maplewood, MN: Man admits to sneaking into Maplewood Mall and stealing $2,500 in sunglasses
A Maplewood man with a penchant for hiding in stores in order to steal after closing, was caught sneaking into the Maplewood Mall and making off with $2,500 in merchandise, according to a criminal complaint. Mohamed Salman Abdi, 24, has been charged by summons with third-degree burglary in Ramsey County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, Abdi was caught hiding at the Maplewood Mall in February and was banned from the premises for a year. Three months later, on May 4, he returned to the mall, lifted a door on the dock by the Macy's store and crawled underneath, gaining access to the store, according to the complaint. His actions tripped an alarm, but when police arrived, he was already gone, according to the complaint. Investigators found him later and confronted him about the theft. twincities.com

Vineland, NJ: Police looking for suspects in $5K theft of Nike merchandise from South Jersey sports shop

King County, WA: 'They just get bolder and bolder:' Man walks out with cart full of $1,456 in merchandise

Vadnais Heights, MN: Man and woman arrested for theft of over $500 from Walmart

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: DeKalb County, GA: Suspect arrested in fatal DeKalb County grocery store shooting has lengthy history of prior arrests
The man accused in a DeKalb County grocery store shooting where a cashier was killed has a history of prior arrests. In 2012, DeKalb County court records show Victor Lee Tucker Jr. was ordered to take six anger management classes related to a misdemeanor charge for battery. Now the GBI confirms that Monday afternoon at the Big Bear grocery store in south DeKalb County, Tucker "got into an argument with a cashier about his facemask," when he was asked to pull up his mask. "Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately returned inside," said a spokesperson. "Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun, and shot her." Tucker who has a history of facing misdemeanor charges, is now charged with three felony crimes. Arrest warrants detail the charges of malice murder for the death of Laquitta Willis, aggravated assault with intent to murder after a second cashier was shot, and aggravated assault against an officer. The final charge is the result of Tucker allegedly shooting DeKalb County Reserve Deputy Danny Jordan who was working, off-duty, as the supermarket's security officer. Jordan fired back at Tucker striking him.  11alive.com

New Orleans, LA: Seven months after Hank's manager shot man dead, armed protest forms outside 9th Ward store
Seven months ago, a man was shot dead by a store manager outside Hank's Seafood & Supermarket in the 9th Ward. Now, that parking lot has become the site of an armed standoff between store employees and protesters who are questioning why police have yet to arrest the employee who gunned down 24-year-old Corey Garrison on Oct. 30. Survivors - including Garrison's uncle, Larry Crockett, and his fiancee, Rochelle Broadnax - have returned to the parking lot every day since Friday carrying memorial posters. Accompanying them have been armed protesters from the New Black Panther Party who are demanding that the store, if not police, release surveillance video that proves the manager acted in self-defense, as he claims. The line of Panther protestors, dressed in black and carrying pistols as well as AR-15 rifles, are only allowed to stand in the public right-of-way in front of the store, making them visible to the thousands of motorists who pass through the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Franklin Avenue every day. nola.com

Chicago man to serve 4 years in 2020 Walmart shooting
A Chicago man was sentenced to four years in jail recently for his role in a shooting at Walmart in April 2020 that left another man injured. According to court documents, Keith Terrell plead guilty to felony counts of carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction and criminal recklessness during a plea hearing inside Howard Superior Court 4 last month. Terrell's Level 5 felony count of carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction carries with it a six-year stint in the Indiana Department of Correction, with four of those years executed, one year on work release and one year served on in-home detention. Terrell's other charge, the Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness, consists of one year on supervised probation. Those sentences run consecutively, court documents indicated.

On April 25, 2020, police were dispatched to Walmart, in reference to the shooting. Through further investigation, police determined that Terrell and an unidentified male - along with that male's family members - were involved in a verbal altercation inside the store that carried over to a physical argument near the front checkout section. During that argument, Terrell pulled out a handgun from inside his waistband and shot the other male in the abdominal area, the affidavit stated. kokomotribune.com

Mesquite, TX: Shots Fired Outside Town East Mall, 3 People In Custody
Someone fired shots outside Town East Mall Thursday afternoon, June 3 in the parking lot, Mesquite Police said. Police said three people, two men and one woman, have been detained. It happened on the I-635 side of the mall around 4:20 p.m. No one was hurt. Officers were already in the area conducting "a proactive investigation related to recent catalytic converter thefts." While there, officers heard multiple sounds of gunfire. Officers quickly located three people who were detained in relation to the shooting. A rifle and handgun were also recovered at the scene. timesnewsexpress.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Nassau County, NY: Four friends arrested for robbery and beatings of a Guard at a Walmart
Four female Brooklyn (NYC) residents were arrested at a Long Island Walmart store after they allegedly attempted to steal items and beat a security officer. On Sunday afternoon, the suspects allegedly tried to leave the establishment without paying and when a security officer approached them, the women were enraged and two of them they hit the 51-year-old man in the face, according to Nassau County Police Detectives. explica.co

Tampa Bay, FL: Unknown Suspect Stealing Charity Boxes from McDonald's; 7 incidents in May

Albuquerque, NM: Man sentenced to 22 years in Federal prison for multiple Armed Robberies

DC man sentenced to nearly 5 years in federal prison after Maryland gun store burglary



Louisville, KY: $331,000 Worth of Fake AirPods Seized by CBP Officers




AT&T - New Castle, PA - Burglary
Auto Dealership - Clarke County, AL - Burglary
Best Buy - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
C-Store - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Autauga County, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Urbana, IL - Burglary
Dollar General - St. Joseph County, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - North Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Madison Heights, MI - Burglary
Jewelry - McClean, VA - Burglary
Jewelry - Loveland, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Gonzales, LA - Robbery
Jewelry - Lexington, KY- Robbery
Mall - Maplewood, MN - Burglary
Marijuana - Ferndale, MI - Burglary
Pawn - Elyria, OH - Armed Robbery
Sporting Goods - Vineland, NJ - Robbery
Warehouse - King County, WA - Robbery
Walgreens - Stonington, CT - Robbery
Walmart - Tumwater, WA - Burglary
Tobacco - St Paul, MN - Armed Robbery


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

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