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John Goldyn named Vice President for Gabe's LP Team

Before joining Gabe's, John was the Sr Director, Loss Prevention -Stores at Ulta Beauty where he led the Field, ORC and Investigation's team. Prior to joining Ulta John was the LP Director at Bevmo based out of CA. John spent 15 Years at Family Dollar stores where he held multiple roles to include a Divisional VP for Loss Prevention as well as a RVP of Store OPS. Congratulations, John!

Steve Sell Announced as VP, Retail Sales for 3SI

3SI, a global leader in innovative security technology, announced earlier this quarter the appointment of Steve Sell as Vice President, U.S. Retail Sales. In this role Sell will lead 3SI's retail sales and business development efforts throughout the U.S. retail market and contribute to the strategic development of the U.S. market at large.

"Steve is uniquely qualified to lead our retail sales unit and has the energy and retail expertise it takes to help us grow," said Michael Chiavacci, Chief Revenue Officer for 3SI. "With over 20 years of sales and marketing leadership experience, his depth of industry knowledge, thought leadership, and his proven ability to build high-performance teams will be key in growing 3SI's retail customer base." Read more here

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Prosegur Security Introduces New Wearable EAS Detacher

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2021) - Prosegur Security, a global leader in security technology, has introduced a new, lightweight EAS detacher that can be worn like a watch, designed for increased flexibility and mobility for retail associates.

"One of the ways that the world of retail is changing is that checkout no longer takes place only at checkout counters," said Tony D'Onofrio, CEO of Prosegur's global retail business unit. "Our new detacher, while a simple product, is designed to enable retailers to meet the changing needs of shoppers and continue to offer a great store experience whether at self checkouts, at mobile checkout stations or traditional counters. Sometimes it's the small, simple solutions that can create unexpected gains in employee productivity and shopper experience."

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MTI Selects Salesforce Field Services to Power Digital Transformation for Global Field Services

Hillsboro, OR. (June 29, 2021) - MTI (Mobile Tech, Inc.), a global leader in asset protection, smart locks, tablet solutions, IoT, and global services, today announced it selected Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, to transform for its business and to support MTI's customers' changing needs. The digital transformation offerings extend and enhance MTI's global field service suite through greater visibility and execution of field services, customer deliverables and customer support.

Many of MTI's retail customers were hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic closures and restrictions. These customers adapted their in-store experience to meet the new requirements. They looked to MTI to help achieve their goals. Using Salesforce Field Service to provide data visibility, MTI was able to quickly shift its contact center and global field services teams to meet new safety requirements and provide customers with complete and timely solutions. Read more here

Violence, Crime & Protests

Homeland Security Warns of 'Violence & Terror' Over Holiday Weekend
'Perfect storm': Bulletin warns of extremist violence as pandemic restrictions lift
Federal authorities are deeply concerned about the possibility of domestic terror and violence, including mass shootings, as the July Fourth holiday approaches and the summer season gets fully underway.

A new Homeland Security bulletin obtained exclusively by ABC News warns that "violent extremists might seek to exploit easing COVID-19 restrictions, increased access to mass gatherings, and possible changes in levels of violence during the summer months to conduct attacks against a range of potential targets with little or no warning."

The intelligence document locks in on the nation returning to normalcy after the pandemic and notes that by the end of Wednesday, "34 states will have State of Emergency orders expire," which means bans on mass gatherings and social distancing restrictions will be largely lifted.

"In recent weeks, domestic violent extremists (DVEs) motivated by various violent ideologies have continued to advocate violence and plan attacks," the bulletin said. "As of 16 June, racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists (RMVE-WSs) were sharing downloadable links to a publication discussing targeting mass gatherings, critical infrastructure, and law enforcement officers."

"In a sense, we have the perfect storm," a senior law enforcement official told ABC News. "It's a very volatile moment and it's about to be a more target-rich environment."

The official encouraged the public not to be in a panic mode but to be alert and to reach out to law enforcement if they see anything suspicious in the coming weeks. abcnews.go.com

The Progressive Viewpoint on the Violent Crime Surge Across America
AOC brushes off concerns over surging NYC crime as 'hysteria'

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sparked outrage Tuesday for dismissing concerns about surging crime as "hysteria."

The Bronx-Queens congresswoman, a far-left progressive routinely referred to by her initials, AOC, made the remark during a Zoom chat with freshman US Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), a fellow proponent of the "Defund the police" movement who represents the Bronx and Westchester.

"We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases," Ocasio-Cortez said, reducing recent incidents such as a tourist shot in broad daylight in Times Square and kids ducking for cover amid a gang shooting in the Bronx to mere statistics.

"Now I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much. But I also want to make sure that this hysteria, you know, that this doesn't drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate in that context."

Bronx City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. on Tuesday blasted Ocasio-Cortez's remarks and said she "is wrong."

Ocasio-Cortez's remarks also contradicted the results of a recent poll commissioned by The Post that found opposition to defunding the police was strongest in the crime-ridden Bronx, where more than 60 percent of respondents disapproved of last year's slashing of $1 billion from the NYPD budget.

Figures posted by the FOP show massive increases in homicide rates in various cities this year compared to the same period two years ago, including 50 percent in New York City, 66 percent in Philadelphia, 44 percent in Atlanta and 33 percent in Chicago.

Other critics included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who noted that Ocasio-Cortez - a proponent of the "Defund the police" movement - "just acted to ensure $2 billion more in spending" on the Capitol Police by voting "present" instead of "no" on a bill that passed the House 213-212 vote last month. nypost.com

2,000 Shootings, 340+ Killed in Chicago This Year
Chicago aldermen demand emergency hearing as violent crime surges
With nearly 2,000 people shot in Chicago so far this year - and more than 340 killed - a growing group of aldermen are demanding accountability. They want to question Police Supt. David Brown at a public hearing this week.

"Murders are up. Shootings are up. But yet the administration says all these things are down," said South Side 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale.

He is among 20 members of the City Council who signed a letter seeking a hearing by the Committee on Public Safety. 2021 is Chicago's deadliest year in more than a decade.

"What's going wrong is nobody's held accountable for this. Everyone's trying to - you know - the scapegoat for the last three, four years is 'put all the problems on the police.' Because that's somebody you could punish," said Northwest Side 41st Ward Ald. Anthony Napolitano.

"We have significantly less police officers than we did 15 months ago. They can't continue at this pace. They are worn out. They are beaten down. Morale is at an all-time low," he said.

A City Council ally of Mayor Lori Lightfoot compared the criticism to what Mayor Harold Washington faced in the racially-charged council wars of the 1980s.

Blacks, whites and Hispanics were all among the 20 aldermen who signed Tuesday's letter. A spokesman for Mayor Lightfoot did not respond directly to the letter, but issued a statement saying Chicago Police Supt. Brown gave aldermen a series of briefings on police issues earlier this year. fox32chicago.com

The Sparks that Could Ignite?
Online activism is spilling into the streets of Southern California, sparking a post-Trump movement
Leaders with ties to the Capitol riot have shut down a local vaccine site and paused plans for vaccine passports.

A week before California reopened its economy, a group of 100 or so demonstrators gathered in front of the Orange County Board of Supervisors here to decry lingering mask mandates and other health restrictions.

Whipped up by a misleading campaign of social media promotion, doorstep fliers and TV ads, they carried signs that read, "RIP COVID VAX VICTIMS" and "My Body, My Choice, No Vax." The previous month, more than 600 people had gathered in the same spot to protest a voluntary digital vaccine passport - by falsely claiming it would be mandatory, comparing it to Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow stars.

Six months later after the Capital riots, a right-wing movement is reconstituting itself across the United States, and once again, it is fueled by social media.

Researchers say that's because the combination of the pandemic and the election radicalized people and enabled right-leaning groups that were not previously aligned to find one another - creating a mega-network that was fueled by outrage and misinformation. Armed groups, Trump supporters, anti-vaccine moms, government skeptics and conspiracy theorists were suddenly protesting the same things.

One of the epicenters of this movement is in Southern California, where activists have successfully protested the national vaccine rollout, even at one point prompting the temporary shutdown of a mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium. But more than a dozen Southern California activists interviewed by The Washington Post say their movement is bigger than opposition to public health measures or any other single issue.

From January 2020 through April of this year, the most "Stop the Steal" rallies and U.S. demonstrations opposing coronavirus restrictions combined took place in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County. Orange and Los Angeles have had the most people (20) arrested of any two neighboring counties in the U.S. for the Capital riots. washingtonpost.com

"A New Crime Wave Beginning to Envelop in all Five Boroughs of NYC"
Times 'Scare': How NYC's soaring crime is bleeding into Crossroads of the World
At the height of Times Square's "bad old days," prostitution, child exploitation and drugs were on every corner and there was so much blood-soaked violence, only Broadway was barely hanging on as a tourist destination.

The Crossroads of the World has long since cleaned up its act but experts say recent broad-daylight shootings in the tourist hub reflect a new crime wave that's beginning to envelop every pocket of the five boroughs - even the ones that have long been considered safe.

"The Times Square shootings are a wake-up call on how far things have deteriorated in the city," Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor and the deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, told The Post.

"The latest shooting in Times Square is only going to feed the perception, if not the reality, that the city is far less safe."

At least two police officers said bail reform has led to the surge in gun violence.

"People are not afraid to carry a gun, and the slightest dispute leads to shots fired, sometimes wounding innocent people or worse," one officer said.

A high-ranking law enforcement source with more than three decades on the job said crime is "absolutely" returning to how it was in the past. As the summer wears on, shootings are only expected to get worse citywide, said Herrmann. nypost.com

Police Chief Fires Back as Oakland Redirects $18M in PD Funding
Oakland Police Chief Laments Reallocation of Police Funding, Argues OPD
Stretched Too Thin

"This will make it tougher, having less officers in the field, particularly for marginalized communities like deep East Oakland."

Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong on Monday lamented city officials' recent decision to redirect roughly $18 million in proposed police spending over two years, which Armstrong argued will hamstring a police force that is already stretched too thin.

In a briefing Monday morning, Armstrong made the case that the change in funding, and reduced ability to hire new officers as a result, would prevent Oakland police from adequately completing even day-to-day tasks like traffic enforcement and responding to emergency calls.

"We already have a tough time responding to the high number of calls that we get," Armstrong said. "This will make it tougher, having less officers in the field, particularly for marginalized communities like deep East Oakland, where we see two-thirds of our calls coming from."

The Oakland City Council voted Thursday to redirect $18 million from Mayor Libby Schaaf's proposed budget to alternative forms of violence prevention and harm reduction.

That reallocation includes $4 million for a pilot program of the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland, shortened as MACRO, which will dispatch trained personnel to respond to non-violent and non-criminal issues of mental and behavioral health. nbcbayarea.com

Kroger Hate Crime Shooter Gets Life in Prison
Kentucky Kroger Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison for Hate Crime Murders
A Kentucky man was sentenced in federal court to life in prison without parole in connection with his racially motivated murder of two Black patrons at a Kroger grocery store and his attempted murder of a third in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

On Oct. 24, 2018, he drove to a Kroger grocery store in Jeffersontown armed with a Smith & Wesson, model 411, .40-caliber pistol. In the store, Bush followed a Black man, who was shopping with his grandson, for the length of an aisle before pulling the gun from his waistband and shooting the victim in the back of the head. Bush then shot the victim several more times in the torso, killing him. Bush had no prior relationship with the victim and chose to shoot him because of the victim's race. Bush then re-holstered his gun and calmly walked out of the store.

In the parking lot, Bush walked up to a Black woman and shot her several times in the head and body, killing her. Bush had no prior relationship with this victim and chose to shoot her because of her race.

Seconds later, Bush encountered a Black man who was in lawful possession of a handgun. The third victim asked Bush what was going on, and Bush, without responding, began walking toward him with the gun drawn. The third victim fired at Bush, and Bush returned fire. After about a minute, Bush stopped shooting and walked away. Bush had no prior relationship with the third victim and chose to shoot at him because of his race. Bush next encountered a white man, who was legally armed with a firearm. Bush told him, "Don't shoot me [and] I won't shoot you. Whites don't shoot whites." justice.gov

2020 Rioters & Looters Continue to be Prosecuted
Hendersonville, Tenn., Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Arson Charges In Connection To Metro Courthouse Fire During Violent Protests
Wesley Somers, 26, was charged in a criminal complaint on June 3, 2020, following protests which escalated to acts of violence and intimidation on the evening of May 30, 2020. Somers was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2020.

On the afternoon of May 30, 2020, protesters gathered in downtown Nashville following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in the evening, several persons gathered in front of the Nashville City Hall, also known as the Metro Courthouse, and began smashing the windows of the premises and spraying graffiti on the Courthouse facade. One or more fires were also set inside of the Courthouse at this time.

Somers will be sentenced on December 1, 2021, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison. justice.gov

COVID Update

325.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.5M Cases - 619.9K Dead - 29M Recovered
Worldwide: 182.6M Cases - 3.9M Dead - 167.2M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
Know of any fallen LP exec? Let's remember & recognize.

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 281   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 315
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Just a reminder - It's far from over & Watch out for 'Pandemic Regression'
We in the U.S. should be counting our blessings

Concern over the Delta variant triggers lockdowns in Asian and Pacific countries
Countries across the Asia-Pacific region are scrambling to slow the spread of the more infectious Delta variant, reimposing restrictions and stay-at-home orders in a jarring reminder - for societies that had just begun to reopen - that the pandemic is far from over.

In Australia, outbreaks of the variant have forced four major cities - Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin - into strict lockdowns. With less than 5 percent of Australia's population fully vaccinated, he said, "in some ways, where we're at now is no surprise."

The lockdowns and restrictions have deflated hopes across the region, where many countries avoided the worst of the pandemic's initial spread last year. Now, weary residents are frustrated by what some describe as their countries' pandemic regression, as other parts of the world edge toward normalcy.

Many blame slow vaccination drives for a return to restrictions. nytimes.com

W.H.O. officials, concerned about the Delta variant, urge vaccinated people to keep wearing masks.

It Ain't Over Till It's Over & The F.. Lady Hasn't Sung Yet
The U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak Is Still Bad-And It Could Get Worse
In many places across the United States, COVID-19 feels over. Unmasked citizens run rampant. New York City is planning an August mega-concert in Central Park. I'm as hopeful as the rest of us, but I think we may be suffering from memory loss.

If you look at a graph of new daily cases of COVID-19 since March 1, 2021, averaged over seven days, you'll see that the slope of the curve was in steep decline until the beginning of June. Since then, progress has nearly flatlined at a figure that stubbornly refuses to dip below 10,000 people per day.

You'll notice that this graph covers only the past 12 weeks, while virtually every chart you'll find (including the one on TIME's dashboard) graphs COVID-19 cases from the beginning of the outbreak. This is intentional. The toll of the pandemic in the U.S. has persisted for so long, and reached such catastrophic heights in the first weeks of 2021, that patterns such as this one are nearly impossible to see on the typical chart. Here's what the same graph looks like against that backdrop:

My fear is that the pandemic remains much more deadly than how it looks on the page. Yes, deaths remain on a steady decline, having recently sunk below 300 people a day on average for the first time since March 24, 2020, right around the time that many offices were shuttering. But a surge in cases, particularly among the large number of unvaccinated Americans, could quickly reverse that decline. time.com

Virus Impact - The Big Picture - Fueling the U.S. Southern Border Crisis?
"The Virus is still raging across the planet, and we don't have the vaccines"

Poor countries' struggles amid vaccines shortfall threaten greater instability, migration and disease

Even as millions of Americans enjoy a post-pandemic boom, fresh covid-19 outbreaks in the developing world are undermining economic recovery and fueling political unrest.

Sluggish vaccination campaigns stand between the world's poorest nations and the resumption of normal life, casting a shadow over a global rebound that is otherwise shaping up as the most impressive in 80 years, according to the World Bank.

A failure to accelerate vaccinations could allow the virus to mutate into more deadly forms, leaving lasting wounds on dozens of economies, preventing for years a complete restoration of global travel and ultimately threatening Americans' health. By aggravating societal cleavages, disparities in the pandemic response between rich and poor nations also could spur political instability and unauthorized migration, including along the southern U.S. border, experts warn. washingtonpost.com

More than half of Americans feel July 4 gatherings are risky, poll shows
More than three-quarters of Americans still feel there's at least some risk from the COVID-19 pandemic in attending July Fourth celebrations - with four in 10 believing the threat is moderate to high, according to a new poll.

Some 77 percent of respondents in an Axios-Ipsos poll ranked the celebrations as posing at least a small risk, with less than a quarter - 23 percent - maintaining there was no risk at all.

Despite mask mandates being dropped in many states across the US, more than half - 55 percent of those polled - said they are still wearing masks all or some of the time when they leave home. That is the lowest share since April last year, Axios said.

A high 84% of the more than 1,000 adults polled said they had heard of the new delta variant of the virus, with 72% concerned about it. nypost.com

Over 10 Million Counterfeits Seized & Over 6,000 Victims of Fraud Notified
Millions of counterfeit masks seized during operation in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine - More than two million counterfeit N95 masks purchased by the State of Maine were seized June 16, by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents. The seizure was the result of an ongoing investigation being conducted by multiple HSI Offices and United States Attorney's Offices across the United States.

"The seizure of counterfeit masks as well as the recovery of $3.6 million in funds used by the State of Maine to pay for this PPE material are steps that restore accountability in the supply chain.

Since 2020, HSI has seized almost 10 million counterfeit 3M N95 respirators. At the same time, HSI and 3M notified about 6,000 suspected victims of the fraud, in at least 12 states, including hospitals, medical facilities and others who may have purchased medical masks from the illicit dealers, urging them to immediately stop using the masks and to contact HSI immediately. ice.gov

ASIS announces GSX education schedule
Global Security Exchange Hybrid Event, Orlando, Fla., Sept. 27-29

More than 80 education sessions are planned across six theatres at the in-person event:

Offensive Strategies: Preparing for an Attack
Defensive Strategies: Surviving the Unexpected
Game Plans: What's Next for Security
Highlight Reel: Best Practices
Coaching: Building & Motivating Teams
Future Plays: Navigate the Changing Landscape

The first two categories will be streamed live then available online within 24 hours; a selection of other sessions will be available on-demand after the event. Ten digital sessions will be available when the platform goes live on Sept. 15 and all online recordings will be accessible through the end of the year. Details on keynote sessions will be available in the next few weeks, according to the organization. Sessions and speakers announced to date have been posted on the GSX event website. gsx.org

New Communication Tool - Just think of the AP applications here!
AP desperately needs a seat at the table on this communication tool - it's a game changer for associates & consumers

Grocery TV Rapidly Expands to 6,000 Locations
Digital advertising network Grocery TV has expanded to more than 1,500 stores nationwide. With a 50% growth rate in the past seven months and an increasing number of retail and advertising partners, the company said that it expects to be in 3,600 stores by the end of 2021.

Since completing its first installation in 2017, the company has teamed with nearly every major grocery wholesaler in the country, among them UNFI and SpartanNash. Grocery TV's retail partners use the marketing platform to inform customers of important updates as well as promotional content. Partners also employ Grocery TV's built-in AI-powered merchandising capabilities to monitor shelves for missing or out-of-stock products. To be more accessible to brands amid its expansion, Grocery TV integrated its video advertising network with such programmatic partners as Vistar, Ubimo and Place Exchange. Over the past year, Grocery TV grew to more than 7,600 displays and reached 17.6 million-plus people. progressivegrocer.com

Just Walk Out Tech Growing Worldwide
UK: Tesco's Express Convenience stores in Trial With Trigo
Trigo Partners With Google Cloud to Increase Checkoutless Grocery

Tech company works with retailers to convert existing stores to seamless checkout process

Under the agreement, Trigo's AI-powered solutions for autonomous shopping will be available on Google Cloud. Trigo's privacy-by-design solution uses AI-powered computer vision technologies together with off-the-shelf hardware to retrofit existing grocery stores with autonomous capabilities. The company applies its proprietary algorithms to ceiling-mounted cameras that automatically learn and upload data on shoppers' movements and product choices, enabling customers to simply walk into a store, pick up their groceries and walk out without stopping at the checkout. Payments and receipts are settled digitally.

According to Trigo's analysis of Kantar supermarket data, Tel Aviv-based Trigo estimates that there are around 500,000 convenience and small grocery stores worldwide that have the potential to be retrofitted with AI-based frictionless technology.

The company is currently working with leading European retailers, including British multinational grocer Tesco PLC. Tesco has been working on a trial with Trigo at a Tesco Express convenience store at its U.K. headquarters and will extend that to another store in a more urban environment. Trigo uses Google Cloud for part of the solution that it provides Tesco. progressivegrocer.com

Target Store Closings Show Limits of Pledge to Black Communities
Many nationwide retailers have confronted criticism previously for failing to open in Black and poor communities, creating meals deserts or a scarcity of entry to high quality items. In Mondawmin, Target invested in a struggling space, however the end result was virtually extra disheartening: The company finally determined that, regardless of its social targets, the shop wasn't financially profitable sufficient to maintain open.

The closing is a sobering reminder of the realities of capitalism in a second when companies are making guarantees to assist Black Americans, saying their dedication to racial fairness is stronger than ever.

This year, Target made a extremely public pledge to assist Black communities nationally within the wake of George Floyd's killing within the retailer's house metropolis of Minneapolis, vowing to spend $2 billion with Black-owned distributors and different companies. us.newschant.com

Quarterly Results
Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard Q4 merchandise & services sales up 15.2%, fuel sales up 32%, total revenue rose 26.3%

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Will the proposed EU AI rules become the GDPR for biometrics?
After several high-profile cases, it's understandable that governments would want to start regulating artificial intelligence (AI), and biometric technology in particular. The Clearview AI scandal has shown that people are really 'not OK' with the knowledge that companies scraped the internet for private images in order to train a facial recognition AI solution they then turned around and sold to law enforcement agencies.

At the end of April, the EU adopted a proposal for a regulation called the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) designed to regulate AI-based solutions. When these new rules go fully into effect, the EU hopes to become a global trendsetter in AI regulation. The framework of these new laws are similar to the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), which went live in 2018: The legal machinations trigger whenever personal data of an EU citizen is processed anywhere in the world.

New legislation on the horizon

The good news for AI and biometrics companies is that GDPR took two years to move from the proposal stage to the regulation finally adopted by the bloc, so the business world had time to prepare. In its current form, the AIA looks similar to GDPR in what it seeks to accomplish: a means to give end-users a way to control the collection and use of their personal data and digital likeness. In a word: transparency.

AIA argues that the end-user should know, at all times, that they are being judged by AI-powered technology. Is that a chatbot or a live person helping them online? Is their likeness being collected for biometric identification?

Companies that already offer settings to disallow collection of biometric data, or can integrate well with personal data management systems, will find they have the advantage under this emergent new regulatory scrutiny. For biometrics companies in general, the adherence to the final version of these new rules will be required for the correct collection, filtering, and labeling of datasets.

A spate of independent U.S. regulations adds to the complexity

From an industry standpoint, a common set of regulations governing the use of AI would be a great way to reduce friction when introducing biometrics-based solutions to different markets across large markets like the EU constituent countries and fifty U.S. states. Under one framework, companies can focus on creating solutions that offer the maximum amount of privacy and transparency while solving the kinds of problems that AI exists to solve in the first place. biometricsupdate.com

Will this become an audit point by outside Auditors, Courts, and Insurers?
CISA Begins Cataloging Bad Practices that Increase Cyber Risk
In a blog post by Executive Assistant Director (EAD) Eric Goldstein, CISA announced the creation of a catalog to document bad cybersecurity practices that are exceptionally risky for any organization and especially dangerous for those supporting designated Critical Infrastructure or National Critical Functions.

While extensive guidance on cybersecurity "best practices" exists, additional perspective is needed. Ending the most egregious risks requires organizations to make a concerted effort to stop bad practices.

CISA encourages cybersecurity leaders and professionals to review EAD Goldstein's blog post and the new Bad Practices webpage and to monitor the webpage for updates. CISA also encourages all organizations to engage in the necessary actions and critical conversations to address bad practices. cisa.gov

Small Devices Can Cause Big Problems: Improving Enterprise Mobile Device Security
Before designing and deploying mobile device solutions, organizations should conduct a risk assessment to determine what resources need protection, the threats to them, and their vulnerabilities. To facilitate the risk assessment process, our mobile device solutions explore common threats to mobile devices, such as network- and application-based attacks; risky device configurations, such as lack of a device passcode; phishing attacks through email and text message; and unpatched devices.

Threat identification tools, such as NIST's Mobile Threat Catalogue, used in conjunction with a risk management process, such as the NIST Risk Management Framework, can help organizations identify security and privacy requirements and design mobile device solutions to meet those requirements.  nist.gov

Hingham Man Indicted for Role in Business Email Compromise Scheme
Gustaf Njei, 26, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud and a host of other charges. Njei conspired with others to
open bank accounts in Massachusetts in the name of a sham company, as part of the apparent BEC scheme.

It is alleged that, through the use of fraudulent invoices and spoofed email accounts, Njei conspired to
trick the victims of the scheme into wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to a bank account under his control. Njei then allegedly transferred part of the funds to a bank account located overseas, while splitting the remaining funds with a co-conspirator in the United States.

The charge of wire fraud provides for a
sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. With the other charges adding up to potentially 35 years in prison and $1M in fines. Along with three years of supervised release for each of the three charges. justice.gov






'Doctor Bitcoin' Pleads Guilty to Illegal Cash-to-Crypto Scheme
A Richardson man who calls himself "Doctor Bitcoin" has pleaded guilty to illegally operating a cash-to-cryptocurrency conversion business. Mark Alexander Hopkins, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business. (He was charged via a criminal information on July 29, 2021.)

"This defendant ignored federal law and allowed fraudsters to use Bitcoin to operate under the radar of law enforcement," said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. "We are determined to rid the Bitcoin marketplace of anyone who knowingly helps criminal actors stash illegal profits inside crypto wallets."

According to plea papers, Mr. Hopkins admitted he ran a business that converted U.S. dollars to cryptocurrency, primarily Bitcoin, for a fee. He frequently sent BTC to customers' crypto wallets without taking additional steps in verifying the source of the cash, he admitted.

Over the course of about a year, Mr. Hopkins conducted 37 transactions with M.H., converting lottery scam funds between $550,000 and $1.5 million, by circumventing financial institution reporting and verification requirements.

Mr. Hopkins now faces up to five years in federal prison. (Seems like a light sentence). justice.gov

Chinese Counterfeiters Sold Over $24M in Knock-Off Batteries on Online Marketplaces
San Gabriel Valley Man Pleads Guilty to Role in International Conspiracy to Sell Counterfeit Laptop Computer Batteries Online
A San Gabriel Valley man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for participating in a multimillion-dollar scheme to manufacture and ship counterfeit laptop computer batteries and other electronics from China to the United States, where the bogus batteries were sold to unsuspecting buyers in online marketplaces.

Zoulin Cai, a.k.a. "Allen Cai," 29, of La Puente, admitted that from March 2014 to June 2019, he and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained approximately at least $3.5 million and as much as $23,831,668 from the sale of laptop batteries through eBay and Amazon. During that time, Cai and his co-conspirators sent approximately $18,094,960 through wire transfers from U.S.-based bank accounts that they owned and controlled directly to Chinese bank accounts.

Counterfeit lithium-ion laptop batteries pose significant safety risks - including the risk of extreme heat, fire and explosions - and the batteries that Cai and his co-conspirators shipped frequently lacked required and essential internal safeguards.

October 4 sentencing hearing, at which time Cai will face a statutory maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison. justice.gov

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Stamford, CT: NY man stole nearly $32K in merchandise in two days
A New York man was charged with stealing nearly $32,000 worth of merchandise during a two-day burglary spree, according to police. Police Capt. Richard Conklin said Isaac Bones, 47, of Mount Vernon, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree larceny, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief. Bones was extradited to Connecticut from Oneida County Correctional Facility in Oriskany, N.Y., where he was being held on unrelated charges, Conklin said.

The new charges stem from a burglary spree dating back to May 2016, Conklin said. In one incident, Conklin said, Bones went to the Solstice Sunglasses shop in the Stamford Mall, and allegedly stole about $4,000 worth of high-end sunglasses. About a week later, Bones and an accomplice went to Saks Fifth Avenue, where they allegedly broke a display case and $28,000 worth of luxury purses were taken, Conklin said. middletownpress.com

Salisbury, NC: Police charge 27 in three-month Shoplifting Campaign
Police charged 27 people with shoplifting-related crimes as part of a three-month campaign with Walmart to curtail theft at the store. People faced crimes ranging from misdemeanor larceny to transferring price tags and attempting to steal items ranging from make up to electronics. They were released on a written promise or received a small cash bond. In a news release, the Salisbury Police Department thanked Walmart for the partnership addressing shoplifting, calling it "time-consuming not only for Walmart but also for the Salisbury Police Department."

In addition to the individuals charged in May, the Salisbury Police Department obtained additional charges for eight people accused of trespassing at Walmart. The individuals entered Walmart, even after they knew they were not allowed on Walmart's property, to commit larceny, a news release said. The eight people were charged with one count of felony breaking and/or entering for the purpose of committing larceny and one count of felony larceny. These individuals have either already been arrested for the additional crimes or they have outstanding warrants. salisburypost.com

Hamden, CT: Waterbury Man Arrested Following Two Month Larceny Investigation
As you've undoubtedly seen on every news outlet, retail shoplifting and larceny is rampant here in Connecticut and across the country. Some retailers have a "hands-off" policy, where the company will punish their employee, up to and including termination of employment, if the employee tries to stop a shoplifter from leaving their store with merchandise. Not Home Depot, it seems. The Hamden Police Department has recently announced that they've arrested a Waterbury man following a nearly two month investigation. The initial incident occurred at the Home Depot on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden back in April. According to the Hamden Police Department, officers responded to a report of a Larceny on April 25, 2021 at the Home Depot at 1873 Dixwell Avenue.

According to the report, Brian Davis, of Middlesex Street in Waterbury and an unidentified female accomplice, allegedly attempted to steal merchandise, including a pressure washer valued at $450. Davis and the female were confronted by a loss-prevention officer as they attempted to exit the store. When confronted, Davis allegedly punched and pushed the officer and fled from the scene with his female accomplice, and the pressure washer, in a motor vehicle. Following a two month investigation by Hamden Police Officer Derick Manning, Officers arrested Davis on June 24, 2021. Davis has been charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree and Larceny in the 5th Degree. Davis was detained on a court-ordered $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 16, 2021. i95rock.com

Columbia, SC: Man, woman arrested in connection with multiple property crimes, credit card fraud
The Columbia Police Department has arrested a man and a woman in connection with multiple property crimes including credit card fraud. David Lee Rice Jr., 56, has been charged with multiple counts of financial credit card theft, financial credit card fraud, financial identity fraud, larceny, and auto-breaking. Mechelle Tolson, 53, has been charged with financial credit card theft, financial identity fraud, and financial credit card fraud. Rice is accused of breaking into cars and stealing wallets, purses, cash, debit cards, and credit cards in April and June of this year. Rice is also accused of using the stolen credit and debit cards to purchase multiple items at different stores around the state, according to reports. Officials say Tolson assisted Rice during some of the crimes. Rice is facing similar charges with several other law enforcement agencies in the state. Officials say he has for similar crimes. wistv.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Alpine, AL: 73-year-old grocery store owner found shot to death at Talladega County business
The Talladega County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a 73-year-old man at the business he owned in Alpine Tuesday afternoon. William Gerry Taylor was the owner of 4 Way Grocery and Auto Parts on Plant Road between Talladega and Childersburg, and he lived on the same property. According to Talladega County Sheriff's Captain Mike Jones, deputies got a call from a customer at the store about 2 p.m. Taylor was unconscious and unresponsive behind the counter, prompting the customer to call 911. Deputies responding to the call and found 73-year-old Willam Gerry Taylor, who suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene by Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy. Taylor's body will be transported to Montgomery for an autopsy at the state Department of Forensic Sciences. There were no signs of attempted robbery and investigators are working diligently to uncover the motive behind this crime. annistonstar.com

Philadelphia, PA: Candy Store Manager shot and wounded Armed Robbery suspect as he fled
Police are also investigating an attempted robbery in Northeast Philadelphia that ended in gunfire that also occurred around 11:30 p.m. They said the 22-year-old manager was closing up his candy shop at Cheltenham Avenue and Rutland Street when a suspect approached and put a gun to his head. The victim ran, but was shot in the arm as he fled. 6abc.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Jefferson City, MO: Prison time ordered in $60,000 Best Buy burglary case
One of four men from Texas charged in connection with an August 2019 burglary at Best Buy in Jefferson City, has been sentenced to prison. Micah Lazaro, 30, pleaded guilty during a hearing before Cole County Presiding Judge Jon Beetem to felony charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and resisting arrest. A charge of possession of burglar tools was dismissed. Lazaro was sentenced to seven years in prison and will get credit for time served. The three other men charged in the case - Michael Coleman, 29; Keeland Johnson, 25; and Jeremy Phillips, 29 - are awaiting later court appearances. Each is charged with resisting arrest, stealing, possession of burglar's tools and second-degree burglary.

Lazaro was arrested after a pursuit with authorities, while the other three were taken into custody at a Columbia hotel. According to police reports, shortly after the burglary was reported, officers noticed a van in the area and attempted to stop it, but it sped away. Near the 800 block of West Stadium Boulevard at Target, the van occupants fled on foot in multiple directions. The van continued downhill before coming to rest in trees behind the store.

Lazaro was arrested, while the others got away. The four charged are all from Houston, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements. Best Buy video surveillance reportedly showed Lazaro, Johnson, Phillips and Coleman were in the store the day before the burglary. Walmart receipts show two pairs of gloves were purchased the morning of the burglary, with one of the packages found in a hotel room in Columbia and another found in the suspects' vehicle at the hotel. A pair of the gloves was located in woods behind Target and other businesses searched by authorities after the burglary.

Authorities also recovered dark pants and shirts in the hotel room that reportedly match what the suspects were seen wearing in the Best Buy video. Authorities later learned Phillips had rented another hotel room and had a separate vehicle on his hotel registration. That vehicle was located, and burglary tools and numerous items taken from Best Buy were found inside it. Best Buy officials estimated the value of the merchandise stolen was $60,000. newstribune.com

Winnipeg, MB: Woman armed with syringe accused of 8 robberies at drugstores, clothing stores
Winnipeg police have arrested a woman accused of robbing clothing outlets and drugstores with a syringe and a knife this spring. Police claim she is responsible for eight robberies at several different locations between April 24 and June 17. She is accused of robbing stores on Leila Avenue and McPhillips Street, near Seven Oaks General Hospital, and on Marion Street during that time period.

Police allege that during the incidents, the woman threatened staff members at the stores with a syringe, and on one occasion threatened staff with a knife when she was leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. No one was injured in the incidents, but police say the woman stole nearly $6,000 worth of merchandise, which hasn't been recovered yet. cbc.ca

Des Moines, IA: Charges dismissed against Des Moines man suspected of robbing CVS, Walgreens locations
One of two men charged in a string of robberies at Des Moines and Ankeny CVS and Walgreens stores had his charges dismissed Friday. Diew Choul Deng, 24, of Des Moines had charges in four cases dismissed after prosecutors said they lacked evidence to prosecute, according to court documents. In all, Deng had four counts each of first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony dismissed. Deng and Low Kong Choul, 24, also of Des Moines, were initially charged in connection to February 2020 robberies at an Ankeny CVS store, two CVS locations in Des Moines, and a Des Moines Walgreens. Choul pleaded guilty March 29 to charges of first-degree theft and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony in each of the four cases. He was sentenced May 10 to five years probation. desmoinesregister.com

Chillum, MD: Truck smashes into CVS in Chillum
Authorities say a truck smashed into the front of a CVS store in the Chillum area of Prince George's County early Wednesday morning. The incident was reported around 2:35 a.m. in the 5600 block of Sargent Road. FOX 5 photojournalist Indira Levine was at the scene Wednesday where damage to the front of the building and the door area was seen. The red CVS light flickered on and off and several people entered the store after observing the damage. Police say the driver fled the scene after the crash. Access to the building was not made. It is unclear if the incident was the result of an attempted smash-and-grab. The incident is still under investigation. fox5dc.com

Mountain Home, AR: Charges against owner of Sears Hometown franchise dropped
Theft charges against the owner of the Sears Hometown Store franchise in Mountain Home have been dismissed by the state. Forty-year-old Jerrell Ray Hightower of Franklin, who was arrested in May, had been charged with stealing more than $21,000 from the corporation that owns the merchandise stocked in the store. A settlement was reached in the case in which the money alleged to have been stolen was repaid in full to the victim corporation. ktlo.com

Guelph, ON, CN: Woman allegedly defrauded employer of $1,360 in merch, with coworker
A Guelph woman has been arrested and police are searching for her coworker after they allegedly defrauded their employer. In a release, police say they were contacted by store security at a business in the south end of Guelph. "Investigation revealed on four occasions in May, one of the employees shopped in the store and went through the other employee's check-out. Each time only a fraction of the cost was charged by either pretending to scan items or by scanning them and immediately voiding the transaction," say police. "During the four transactions, the employee who was shopping paid approximately $234 and left the business with $1,360 in unpaid merchandise." Both employees have been fired by the store. A 20-year-old Guelph woman is charged with four counts of theft under $5,000, and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 12. Police are searching for the second employee. thestar.com

Baraboo, WI: Walmart employee tackles, pins deer in Wisconsin store
Walmart employee leaped into action when a deer was spotted inside the store. The deer had made its way into a Walmart in Baraboo, Wisconsin on June 23. The employee tackled the animal and pinned it to the floor so the deer wouldn't run through the aisles. Other workers opened the back doors of the store to give the deer an exit. The deer was released and left the store through the back. No injuries to the deer or employee were reported. 6abc.com

St Louis, MO: Federal Judge sentences man to seven years for role in armed robbery




Auto - Greenville, TN - Burglary
C-Store - Seaford, DE - Burglary
C-Store - Wichita Falls, TX - Burglary
Candy - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery/Shooting
CVS - Chillum, MD - Burglary
CVS - Chicago, IL - Robbery
Grocery - Alpine, AL - Armed Robbery (Owner shot/killed)
Hardware - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary
Hobby - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Jersey City, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Bethesda, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Salt Lake City, UT - Robbery
Marijuana - Cape Coral, FL - Burglary
Restaurant - Woodland, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Goleta, CA - Armed Robbery
Sports - Clintonville, WI - Burglary
Walmart - Mount Pleasant, SC - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dale City, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dale City, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 12 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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