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Ben Perreau named Global R&D Director for Sekura Global

Sekura Global is pleased to announce that Ben Perreau is joining our team as Global R&D Director. The hiring comes as part of the company's continued global growth and his role will be focused on innovating and developing new Loss Prevention solutions towards helping Retailers to lower shrink and increase sales.

Ben has an extensive global background in Retail Loss Prevention having worked since 1990 in Product Management for EAS pioneer companies such as Knogo, Sensormatic, Checkpoint and Alpha. Ben currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife (and two Swiss mountain dogs) where they enjoy hiking, gardening, and entertaining friends. Read more here

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3 ways to maximize your LP budget

NRF Retail Converge: LP directors on making the most of limited resources

What do you do when you're handling loss prevention - and there's plenty to be done but no budget to speak of? As loss prevention teams have gotten smaller, LP directors shared how to make the most out of your team and resources during NRF Retail Converge.

One tool to harness is technology - and making LP connect with departments across your organization.

"Find ways to make your department needed and be sought out for help and advice," said Chris Logel, loss prevention divisional director with Shoe Carnival Inc.

Operations, accounting, merchandising and more have come to depend on reports from his department, Logel said.

Gap Inc. - Athleta Asset Protection Director Fernando Torres said LP efforts can get additional buy-in from a company by showing how LP serves many purposes.

"Gone are the days where we look at single use," Torres said. "If you have things that can tie into inventory management or omnichannel, that's where you get momentum into your needs."

Another tool is one that people have become familiar with during the pandemic: connecting online.

"We require our teams to travel, but one of the first things that gets cut is travel," Hot Topic Inc. Loss Prevention Director Mike Barton said. "Get your team ready to work in a virtual world to maximize their time." nrf.com

2021 The 'Upside-Down Year'
2021 Top 100 Retailers

NRF's annual look at top retailers based on sales rankings

For a year that included so much upheaval in retail, the National Retail Federation's Top 100 Retailers list remained relatively stable. Walmart continues at the top, where it has been comfortably ensconced. Amazon remains in second place.

The Top 100 roster is based on sales rankings for 2020. While pandemic-related lockdowns negatively impacted some retailers, others were able to benefit: Grocers like Publix, Aldi and H-E-B all moved up in the rankings, as did The Home Depot and Target. Those taking a hit included retailers like TJX Companies and Macy's.

"Companies that invested heavily in buy online, pick up in store in 2018 and 2019 were losing money on it then," says David Marcotte, senior vice president for Kantar. "In 2020, it all paid off. If you didn't have that capability, you had to scramble to build it."

Retail investments in ecommerce have slowed since, but Marcotte says that's because some companies already had invested heavily and can now pull back a bit. "Look at Walmart, which had growth of 40 percent online, and Best Buy - almost 50 percent of their sales last year were online. They never thought they'd say that."

The last year or so has brought plenty of incredulity - even among economists. "Our economists refer to 2021 as the upside-down year," Marcotte says. "Everything you thought you knew, you don't. It's not 2020, where everything was confusing." nrf.com

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Violence, Crime & Protests

New York Declares 'State of Emergency' Over Violent Crime
Cuomo declares NY state of emergency to address surge in gun violence
A surge in gun violence across cities in New York led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency Tuesday.

The move, which Cuomo called a disaster emergency, means New York can bolster its law enforcement presence in cities where the shootings are on the rise and put additional state resources in crime-ridden areas, he said.

Additionally, he said the state will establish a new gun-violence prevention office within the state Health Department, require police agencies to better report where the shootings are happening and establish a new council on gun violence reduction.

The Democratic governor said the state's future is predicated on its ability to curb gun violence, noting it largely hits communities of color and calling it a "statewide problem."

Cuomo's first of-its-kind announcement, which comes with $139 million in state aid for the various initiatives, comes amid a surge nationwide in gun violence. President Joe Biden has called for a national crime prevention policy to cut down on shootings.

Republicans ripped Cuomo's order, claiming it is another overreach by his administration and blaming Democrats for loosening crime laws as a reason for the homicide spike.

"Andrew Cuomo and the Democrats in Albany have spent the past 4 years dismantling our criminal justice system, undermining public safety, and even threatening the well-being of alleged assailants," Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran against Cuomo in 2018, said in a statement. democratandchronicle.com

Today's Headlines: Violence in L.A. is on an alarming rise
A bloody Fourth of July weekend that left a dozen people dead across Los Angeles accelerated an already troubling uptick in homicides and shootings in 2021, with some of the city's most impoverished communities bearing the heaviest toll. Police officials say guns are fueling the rise.

Homicides are up 25% so far this year across Los Angeles, although the brunt of the increase has been felt in South Los Angeles, where killings have jumped 50% over the same time last year.

Shootings citywide, meanwhile, have spiked by half this year. Police and community activists are bracing for tough months ahead as the summer traditionally brings with it a rise in bloodshed.

As with the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in violence has not been spread evenly in Los Angeles. Watts, Westmont, downtown Los Angeles, Westlake and other largely poor neighborhoods have endured much of the upheaval. "Black and Latino communities are suffering," said Najee Ali, a community activist. latimes.com

CA Homicides Up 31.1% - Handgun Sales Up 65.5%
California saw record surge in handgun sales during pandemic, AG says
Nearly 1.17 million new firearms were registered in 2020 in California, with handgun sales up 65.5% from the year before. The number of long-gun purchases jumped 45.9% from 2019.

With gun violence also surging, state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta called on local law enforcement to step up efforts to reduce shootings, including use of a state law that allows judges to order temporary removal of firearms from people deemed a public danger. Bonta said. "In California and across the country, gun violence in particular continues to be a uniquely American health crisis."

Statewide, there were 2,202 homicides reported in 2020, an increase of 31.1% over the year before, according to a separate report released Thursday by the state Department of Justice. Bonta said the vast majority of those homicides involved guns.

The surge in gun purchases has taken place nationwide. Bonta said the FBI's national background check system processed a record 39.7 million checks last year.

The LAPD recently reported that shootings were up nearly 67% during the first four months of this year compared with the same period in 2020, while homicides were up 26%. latimes.com

Progressive DA's Office Blames Racism for Crime Fears
San Francisco DA official says crime surge fears linked to racism
A senior official for the San Francisco district attorney's office compared the fear of rising crime reports throughout the city to racism in a tweet on Sunday, after which she locked the account amid backlash.

San Francisco has undergone a surge in criminal activity, according to the San Francisco Police Department, which cited reports of vehicle theft doubling from 923 incidents in May 2020 to 1,891 in the same month for 2021.

Kate Chatfield, a senior director in District Attorney Chesa Boudin's office, downplayed safety concerns by one Twitter user who claimed her "friends are scared for their children, and their husbands are scared for their wives" amid rising crime reports in San Francisco.

After Twitter users criticized Chatfield for her statement that appeared to dismiss safety concerns, she locked her account so only her followers can view her tweets.

Looters ransacked a San Francisco Neiman Marcus during the day, security footage revealed on Monday, amid numerous other reports of theft on the rise. An Asian American UPS delivery driver was attacked and robbed during the day while on his shift on June 3. The San Francisco Police Department has not released crime statistics for June.

Under Boudin's tenure, homicides and violent crime have remained at relatively standard levels and decreased in some neighborhoods across the city. Burglaries and car thefts increased under Boudin in 2020, a trend that continued into 2021, according to San Francisco Police Department data.

Boudin blamed the San Francisco Police Officers Association in May for poor clearance rates of crimes reported to law enforcement, saying San Francisco Police Department officers "are only making arrests in about 10% of all reported crimes." news.yahoo.com

Cops Get Retail 'Customer Service' Training?
Charlotte police undergo "Customer Service" training
Last week, CMPD rolled out its new, $60,000 first-of-a-kind training program called CommUNITY Collaboration. The department's 2,500 employees will be taught new communication techniques to use with residents, or "customers," according to the DiJulius Group.

The DiJulius Group has previously worked with Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Disney.

"You go into Chick-fil-A, the employees are always polite, friendly and the food is consistent. Why can't we look at that and say we want to provide that customer service to our citizens? When we leave, we give them a good feeling about their interactions with the police as best as we possibly can."

Although optimistic, Jackson said "not everyone is going to walk away with having that beautiful feeling of Chick-fil-A." But he said he gets where Jennings is coming from, especially when it comes to minor traffic interactions.

"When you approach the car, you respect me, you have empathy for me and you want to address me as a human," Jackson said.

Jackson said a difference between Chick-fil-A and the police is that the fast food restaurant chain has a history of treating its customers well. Robert Dawkins, activist and state organizer for SAFE Coalition NC, said CMPD did not come to the community for input on this new program before its implementation.

"I'm not saying that it's bad, but I think unless you talk to the people that you're going to call a customer, you're going to get the same result," he said. privateofficer.org

Shopping Cart Protests Cost City $20,000+
Shopping cart protesters won't face fines or citations, mayor & police chief say
Last month, dozens of shopping carts filled with garbage and other items from homeless encampments in nearby wooded areas lined busy roadways in Federal Way on three separate occasions.

One of the involved individuals, who requested anonymity from the Mirror fearing backlash from city officials, said these protests were a way to "spark a fire behind getting it cleaned up," the Mirror previously reported.

As of June 16, city officials were aware of three separate cart protests that cost taxpayers upwards of $20,000 to remove, according to the city. City officials previously said responsible parties may face $5,000 fines for illegal dumping, jail time, or trespassing charges. Now, the city of Federal Way and Federal Way Police Department said they will not cite or fine any residents. federalwaymirror.com

Yesterday's Mpls. Protestors Warned - 'Stage Two' is Coming This Summer
Mpls. Cancels Aug. 7-8 57th Annual Uptown Art Fair Due to Unrest, Safety & Violence Worries
Part of the reason the fair was canceled, Osiecki said, was that "things had continued to escalate, with instigators blocking streets, setting dumpsters on fire and drag racing."

Bringing in 300,000 people at this time is not something that we can feel comfortable with, for safety reasons and for our artists," she said. The Uptown Art Fair was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions. When limits on gatherings were lifted this spring, organizers announced that the Art Fair - one of the largest in the state - would take place. startribune.com

Georgia native calls Atlanta crime surge a 'crisis of failed leadership'

New York City Sees 395 Percent Increase in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes This Year

Justice Department Opens Application Period for Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

COVID Update

331.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.6M Cases - 621.5K Dead - 29.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 185.4M Cases - 4M Dead - 169.7M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 281   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 315
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The Vaccinated & The Unvaccinated or Urban & Rural
On Covid, the U.S. looks increasingly like two different countries

The spread of the Delta variant in relatively unvaccinated parts of the U.S. is getting worse.

Nationwide, the number of new Covid-19 cases is holding steady. But that steadiness hides two dueling realities, in two different Americas.

In many urban and suburban communities, Covid continues to plummet. The rate of new daily cases has fallen below three per 100,000 residents in large cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. As a point of comparison, the national rate of new daily cases peaked last winter above 75 per 100,000 people.

But in less populated areas - which tend to be more politically conservative and skeptical of vaccines - the virus is now surging, largely from the contagious Delta variant. The states with the worst outbreaks are Arkansas and Missouri (each with more than 16 new daily cases per 100,000 people) followed by Florida (10), Nevada (10), Wyoming (nine) and Utah (eight).

If these outbreaks were concentrated among younger people, it would be less worrisome, because Covid, including the Delta variant, is overwhelmingly mild for children and young adults. Yet even many middle-aged and older adults are not vaccinated in parts of the U.S. They are catching the virus as a result, and some are dying.

There is a clear relationship between a state's Covid death rate over the past week and its overall vaccination rate: nytimes.com

America's COVID Surge Team Takes on the Delta Variant
US sends Covid-19 surge team to southwest Missouri after Delta variant fuels rise in cases and hospitalizations
The US government is deploying a Covid-19 surge team to provide public health support in southwest Missouri, where the spread of the virus is filling up hospital beds once again.

The surge of Covid-19 cases is so high in the city of Springfield, Missouri, that the CoxHealth hospital system began transferring patients infected with the virus to other facilities to provide better staffing. At Cox South, a Springfield hospital, 12 Covid-19 patients were transferred to other facilities in the region between Friday and Monday morning.

Over the past week, the Missouri Covid-19 caseload came in second highest in the country, with 15.5 new cases per 100,000 people daily, or 108 cases per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data published Sunday. Arkansas claimed the highest rate at 15.7 new cases per 100,000 people each day, the data shows.

"We've seen this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming ... those are the places where we're going to see more hospitalizations and deaths as well, unfortunately. And any time you have large outbreaks, it does become a breeding ground for potentially more variants," he told CNN on Monday. cnn.com

A Return to COVID Restrictions & Masking?
Some in US pushing for more COVID restrictions, masking, as Delta variant spreads
As the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads around the world and within the United States, some in the U.S. are pushing to bring back health measures from the peak of the pandemic, like mask-wearing, even for vaccinated people.

No jurisdiction has reinstituted a mask requirement or other similar mandate yet, and officials in some states have said the evidence currently suggests doing so is unnecessary. But other jurisdictions are raising the alarm that the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, could require a retreat to pandemic health measures. And some individuals are explicitly calling for mask mandates.

Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, acknowledged that vaccines are "very effective" in protecting against the Delta variant. But, she added, "Mask wearing remains an effective tool for reducing transmission, especially indoors where the virus may be easily spread through inhalation of aerosols emitted by an infected person."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's chief epidemiologist, is also encouraging vaccinated people to wear masks if they are somewhere with a low vaccination rate. foxnews.com

Employee Incentives Key to Driving Up Vaccination Rates?
Why businesses should offer incentives for employees to get vaccinated
While the future is undoubtedly brighter than it has been in recent memory, there still is headway to be made in eradicating COVID-19 for good. With much of our community still unvaccinated, many are still at risk of getting and spreading the virus. This is a threat to not only the health of our citizens, but the economic recovery of our businesses.

Regardless of industry, when a business experiences a COVID-19 case, it means days off for staff members and potential temporary closures. With many businesses already short-staffed, just one COVID-19 exposure, even now, can be detrimental to a business's ability to stay afloat and make up for lost time during the pandemic. More than that, community-wide vaccinations will bring added peace of mind to workers on the frontlines who endured tremendous hardships - like layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts and risking their own health and safety - throughout the past 15 months.

Employers can help by providing additional incentives for employees to get vaccinated. No incentive is too small, and a little goes a long way. Many businesses are offering flexibility in schedules, extra paid time off, one-time bonuses and gift cards, or time off to recover from symptoms should a person experience them. courier-journal.com

All Marylanders who died of covid in June were unvaccinated, data shows
Unvaccinated people made up all of Maryland's reported coronavirus deaths last month, as well as the vast majority of new cases and hospitalizations, the state reported Tuesday - data that public health officials say demonstrates the effectiveness of vaccines.

The numbers come as experts try to persuade the vaccine-hesitant to get shots and protect themselves against a virus that has killed more than 22,000 people in the region and nearly 4 million worldwide.

Virginia reported a seven-day average of 180 new cases on Tuesday; the number has been under 200 for about a month, since June 10. Maryland reported a seven-day average of 66 new cases on Tuesday, down from 114 one month ago. D.C. reported a seven-day average of 10 new cases, down from 24 a month ago. washingtonpost.com

Unvaccinated people entering 'death lottery,' West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice warns
Gov. Jim Justice, whose state offered multiple lottery incentives to people who received a vaccine, said convincing younger people to get the shot continues to be a challenge. While 77.2% of adults over 65 are vaccinated, the rate drops to 53.3% for those ages 12 and up. West Virginians choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are entering a "death lottery," the state's governor said. nypost.com

Delta variant makes up more than half of Covid cases in U.S., CDC says

Costco drops 9 a.m. shopping slot for seniors as it returns to pre-pandemic norms

Dollar General adds chief medical officer position

FR Not Banned - Retailers Only Need "Conspicuous" Signage & No Re-Selling
What businesses should know about NYC's new facial-recognition law
A city law restricting facial-recognition technology and other biometric data collection takes effect Friday-setting up potential legal headaches if businesses don't act.

Retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues will be required starting July 9 to post a clear notice if they are collecting any type of biometric information including fingerprint scans and facial recognition. The law, approved by the City Council in December, also bans the sale of biometric information between businesses.

It is not exactly the ban on facial recognition that some privacy advocates support. City businesses that collect biometric information are in the clear, so long as there is "conspicuous" signage detailing the activity and they don't turn around and sell the data. crainsnewyork.com

SDM's Annual Listing
Top Systems Integrators Report 2021: Hitting the Sweet Spot

Security integrators faced no shortage of curveballs in 2020, but many in the top 100 managed to stay ahead in the count and find success.

As one top systems integrator eloquently put it, 2020 was a "very unique year." It was far from easy to thrive in business, but despite a dip in systems integration revenue (down 12 percent collectively from the previous year), many reported finishing the year at least even with, if not ahead of their 2019 numbers, particularly in the latter half of the year. A large part of the reason for this success was the ability to shift from vertical markets that were stagnant to others that ramped up during the pandemic. sdmmag.com

2021 Top Systems Integrators Report Rankings

'Robot in Training': Retail's Shift to Automation Could be Permanent
Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

The need for social distancing led restaurants and grocery stores to seek technological help. That may improve productivity, but could also cost jobs.

An increase in automation, especially in service industries, may prove to be an economic legacy of the pandemic. Businesses from factories to fast-food outlets to hotels turned to technology last year to keep operations running amid social distancing requirements and contagion fears. Now the outbreak is ebbing in the United States, but the difficulty in hiring workers - at least at the wages that employers are used to paying - is providing new momentum for automation.

Some economists say the latest wave of automation could eliminate jobs and erode bargaining power, particularly for the lowest-paid workers, in a lasting way.

The trend toward automation predates the pandemic, but it has accelerated at what is proving to be a critical moment. The rapid reopening of the economy has led to a surge in demand for waiters, hotel maids, retail sales clerks and other workers in service industries that had cut their staffs. nytimes.com

Stores Flooded With Shoppers as Hurricane Elsa Approaches
Last-minute shoppers crowd Tampa Bay stores ahead of storm
Virgil Taylor could only shrug at the price of plywood, as he loaded a couple of sheets onto a cart. His focus was beating Elsa to the roof deck of the Tangra Nightclub where he said a pricey television was in her path.

Several aisles away, new stock of generators arrived at the Tampa Home Depot where Taylor was shopping, but the machines were not expected to last long. Flashlights and batteries were also selling fast, along with pumps and of course plywood.

Buying is only step one for Sebastian Leon, a sub-contractor assigned to securing an open building before the storm hits. "I'm a little scared that we won't be able to finish it on time because the weather's not helping us," Leon said. "It's stopped raining, then it starts raining every hour or so."

The Grace brothers hit a pair of hardware stores hoping to gather the goods to protect their Tampa business.

"We've got cameras on the inside, so we'll be able to monitor where the water's coming in," Adam Grace said. "And if it does, we'll come up here." wfla.com

'State of Emergency' Issued in Florida & Georgia Over Hurricane Elsa
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency for nearly 100 counties in the state ahead of the impacts of Hurricane Elsa. Tuesday evening, Elsa regained its strength as a hurricane as is expected to make landfall in Florida Wednesday as a category 1 storm.

Kemp's order affects 92 counties in middle, south and southeast Georgia. The state of emergency order is set to expire on Wednesday, July 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded a state of emergency Monday to cover 26 counties. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the state ahead of the storm. 11alive.com cnn.com

SN's: Top 25 supermarket operators by sales

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Kohl's to Give Bonuses to Hourly Employees That Work Through the Holidays

Team esports concept from U.K. to open 500 locations in U.S. malls and centers

P.F. Chang's to open 50-plus take-out locations

USA Today Ranks Chick-fil-A America's Top - McD's Ranked Last

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The U.S. Has Had Enough! Biden Administration Delivers Ultimatum to Russia
No mention of consequences. Tough sanctions would be logical next step - What about Hack-Back?

Ransomware: US warns Russia to take action after latest attacks

US warns Russia to take care of cybercrime operating in its own backyard or the US will take care of it themselves.

Following the latest series of ransomware attacks, the White House has said the US will take action against the gangs involved, if the Russian government doesn't.

The June ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which distributes much of the fuel to the eastern seaboard of the US, was a turning point in discussions about cybercrime between US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The question over ransomware came up again after last week's attack on US tech firm Kaseya, whose VSA remote management and monitoring software was compromised, leading to about 1,500 companies being affected. While few critical infrastructure providers appear to have been hit, it has forced the closure of dozens of Coop supermarket stores in Sweden since Sunday. Affected Coop stores remained closed until Tuesday as it replaced cash registers.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday offered an update to the US response to Russian-based cybercrime.

She said a high level of the US national security team has been in touch with a high level of Russian officials to discuss the attacks. But she said that even if the ransomware gangs were not operating with the permission of the Russian government, stopping the attacks was still Russia's responsibility. zdnet.com

'Operation Lyrebird' Busts "Dr. Hex"
Interpol Arrests Infamous "Dr. Hex" in Morocco

Worldwide RaaS Operator & Developer

Acting under the signature name of 'Dr Hex' since 2009, the suspect is believed to have targeted thousands of unsuspecting victims over several years through global phishing, fraud and carding activities involving credit card fraud.

He is also accused of defacing numerous websites by modifying their appearance and content, and targeting French-speaking communications companies, multiple banks and multinational companies with malware campaigns.

The suspect is also alleged to have helped develop carding and phishing kits, which were then sold to other individuals through online forums to allow them to facilitate similar malicious campaigns against victims.

Under Operation Lyrebird, INTERPOL's Cybercrime Directorate worked closely with Group-IB and with Moroccan Police via the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Rabat to eventually locate and apprehend the individual who remains under investigation.

INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Stephen Kavanagh said: "This is a significant success against a suspect who is accused of targeting unsuspecting individuals and companies across multiple regions for years, and the case highlights the threat posed by cybercrime worldwide." interpol.int

Kaseya Ransomware Attack: 'This Is a Dramatic Escalation'

Tom Kellermann of VMware Carbon Black on the Timing, Impact of REvil Strike

The Kaseya VSA ransomware attack was discussed exhaustively over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. But there's one big question that hasn't been answered, says Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware Carbon Black: "Who gave REvil the zero-day?"

Calling this attack a dramatic escalation of supply chain assaults, Kellermann suggests there may have been some behind-the-scenes collusion between cybercriminals and nation-state threat actors.

"We can talk about the ransomware till we're blue in the face, but who gave REvil the zero-day?" Kellermann asks. "They're not known for producing zero-days. And the fact that they had the zero-day really shows a bit of cooperation that's unprecedented - once again - between a nefarious rogue regime and the cybercrime cartels."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kellermann discusses:

The timing and scale of the Kaseya attack;
Unanswered questions about how the zero-day exploit was shared the adversaries;
Why this incident calls for a cyber-proportionate response. govinfosecurity.com

Making Your Legal Defense Easier After a Breach or Cyberattack

8 Ways to Preserve Legal Privilege After a Cybersecurity Incident

Knowing your legal distinctions can make defense easier should you end up in court after a breach, attack, or data loss.

When an organization faces a cybersecurity incident, taking appropriate steps to preserve the attorney-client privilege and work-product protection is critical, particularly given that government investigations or litigation can follow. Courts are applying the privilege more narrowly and may require a company to disclose documents in litigation that the business believed were confidential, including details on how a company was compromised and how many of its clients were affected by the attack.

Generally, to protect communications and work product, organizations must demonstrate that their purpose was for legal advice or made in anticipation of litigation, not ordinary business reasons. Here are eight key actions organizations should take to preserve privilege during a cybersecurity incident.

Involve Counsel at the Outset
Counsel should lead and supervise every aspect of a breach investigation. If a cyber incident has occurred or is suspected, in-house counsel should be promptly notified. But because they often provide business and legal advice, it is prudent to retain outside counsel as well, since investigations in some countries only apply the privilege with external counsel.

Counsel Should Retain Third Parties
Counsel should retain third parties, such as forensic teams, with a retainer agreement stating the third party is being retained to assist counsel in providing legal advice in anticipation of litigation. If a company retains them directly, a court may be more likely to find it was prepared in the ordinary course of business.

Have a Separate Vendor Agreement for Breach Response
Organizations retain vendors to perform a variety of routine work from penetration testing to audits. If an organization retains the same vendor in response to a cyber incident, breach counsel should retain them under a separate agreement and clearly define the incident-specific scope of work as distinct from the pre-existing business relationship. Communications and work product are more likely to remain confidential if a distinct statement of work is used for breach response rather than a master services agreement.

Treat Legal Fees as a Legal Expense - Separate Business from Legal Communications - Consider Whether a Report Is Necessary - Limit Distribution of Protected Information - Continue to Guard Against Risk of Disclosure, Even if Information Is Protected  darkreading.com

All Companies - Big & Small - Are at Risk
Navigating the complexity of ransomware negotiations
Most ransomware attacks are opportunistic, and at the end of the day, cybercriminals do not discriminate. Nobody plans to fall victim, but the fact is any company with an internet presence, regardless of size, is at risk.

These incidents cause significant disruptions to companies' ongoing operations, which can be greatly detrimental, especially to those in manufacturing, energy, and healthcare sectors. Left to the attacker's discretion, companies can feel lost trying to piece together this high-stakes puzzle. When breached, companies can (and should!) leverage the expertise of teams trained to guide you through the situation.

The decision to pay out a ransomware gang is not quick and straight-forward, but rather multi-layered, and dependent on how each attack's circumstances meet essential criteria of this "engagement protocol checklist":

Ransom negotiation protocol checklist

First and foremost, before communications can begin, you need to determine if legal engagement with the threat actor is possible. How? An OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) check must be run to see whether any data (i.e., IP addresses, language, system access, etc.) or metadata is associated with an entity that has been put on the U.S. Sanctions list. If the answer is yes, communication with and ransom payments to the attacker is prohibited.

Once you've confirmed that legal engagement with the threat actor can proceed, you must weigh your answers to the following questions:

Is my data backed up and accessible on the network?
If not, can I rebuild the data from scratch?
If the stolen data is shared publicly, how will this impact the company?
Will my business survive if I don't pay? helpnetsecurity.com

Chinas GDPR is coming: Are you ready?
Exploring the upcoming China's draft Personal Information Protection Law: Topic Eight - Appointing a DPO in China

Install immediately: Microsoft delivers emergency patch for PrintNightmare security bug

Biden: US damage appears minimal in big ransomware attack


Top Retailers in Canada
Retail's Best Recognized: 2021 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists Announced

Twenty-nine standout companies receive the coveted designation as being amongst the most creative and innovative retailers in Canada

TORONTO - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today the 2021 Excellence in Retailing (ERA) Awards finalists.

Excellence in Retailing Awards identify and celebrate the best retail innovation in eCommerce Experience; Environmental Leadership; Health, Safety & Wellness; In-Store Experience & Design; Loss Prevention; Omni-Channel; Philanthropic Leadership; Pop-up Experience and Design; Retail Marketing; and Talent Development.

2021 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists by Company

- Andrew Peller Limited
- Ardene
- Aritzia
- Best Buy Canada
- Canada Goose
- Canadian Tire Corporation
- Federated Co-operatives Limited
- Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

- Lindt & Sprüngli
- London Drugs
- Longo's
- Lowe's Canada
- Mastermind Toys
- Michael Hill Jeweller
- Peavy Industries LP
- Purolator
- Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.
- Save-On-Foods

- Sephora Canada
- Shikatani Lacroix Design
- Sobeys Inc.
- Spiritleaf
- Staples Canada
- TELUS Retail Limited
- The Home Depot Canada
- Walmart Canada
- Well.ca

The 2021 winners will be announced at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Virtual Gala on September 15, 2021. The Gala completes the third day of STORE 2021, Canada's biggest retail industry event of the year.

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

Crime & Protests

Millions More in Police Funding
Vancouver police to spend more than $3 million this year managing protests

Police Chief Adam Palmer says most protests tied to the environment

The Vancouver Police Department predicts it will spend more than $3 million this year on managing protests and demonstrations in the city, most of which are tied to people concerned about the state of the environment.

Chief Adam Palmer told the Vancouver Police Board June 24 that police spent "about $2.5 million" in 2020 on deploying officers to protests - a year he described as dramatic in terms of the increase in costs associated to managing what have been largely street-based gatherings.

"2021 is on path to be even more significant and our estimate is we will spend well in excess of $3 million," Palmer said. "By far and large, the greatest number of protests we're seeing are environmental - whether it's logging, [protecting] old-growth forests, TMX pipeline - those sorts of protests [are] way more than anything else."

Vancouver police budget statistics supplied to Glacier Media show a steady increase in recent years on money spent to manage protests and demonstrations, with $478,460 in 2018, $1,033,297 in 2019 and $2,835,584 last year.

The chief said protests related to COVID-19, including those led by anti-maskers are also significant but he expected those to wane once the pandemic subsides and provincial health orders are lifted.

Political demonstrations tied to national and international events also occurred in Vancouver this year, he said, describing the city as "the epicentre" for British Columbians to gather and protest. vancouverisawesome.com

COVID-19 has delayed criminal trials across Canada
Is the justice system doing enough to address the problem?

RCMP in Sask. opposed rapid testing as option to avoid 6-month trial delay

It was an emergency decision announced late on a Friday - three days before a murder trial was set to begin. A judge postponed the trial of Greg Fertuck, who is charged with first-degree murder over the alleged killing of his estranged wife, Sheree Fertuck.

It was scheduled to begin in Saskatoon on March 29, 2021. Because of safety concerns over an outbreak of COVID-19 in nearby Regina, the judge delayed the court date by six months. It was a big blow to both families.

"It was like a big sinking feeling in my stomach, right, because it's ... here we go again, it's another delay," said Teaka White, Sheree Fertuck's sister.

Now, judges are being asked to consider the question of whether or not the delays were entirely unavoidable, and if enough was done to reduce the impact to the families of the victims and people accused of serious crimes, who are innocent unless proven guilty. cbc.ca

COVID Update

Delta Variant in Canada
Canada says COVID-19 Delta variant could cause greater than expected surge
Canada projects COVID-19 infections will decline rapidly over the next two months, but
the more contagious Delta variant risks causing a greater-than-expected resurgence of cases later this year, public health officials said on Friday.

provinces are opening up businesses again as vaccinations advance rapidly. More than 76% of eligible Canadians have had at least a first dose, and more than 26% have had a second, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

But Theresa Tam, the country's chief health officer, said
there needed to be a controlled and gradual reopening because a resurgence is possible if reopening businesses increases contact rates by 50% or more. reuters.com

Light at the End of the Tunnel
B.C. lifts restrictions, including requiring masks indoors, as number of COVID-19 cases drop

Step 3 will see a return to normal indoor and outdoor personal gatherings, fairs and festivals can be held, casinos and nightclubs can reopen and all indoor fitness classes will be allowed.

British Columbians will be
free to gather, dine out, gamble, exercise, attend festivals and watch sporting events with the lifting of most of the province's COVID-19 restrictions, effective July 1. And, all of it can be done without wearing a mask.

Premier John Horgan called the announcement that
will end some old restrictions, in favour new guidelines, "an exciting day."

"After the longest public health emergency in Canadian history,
I believe it's safe to take the next step forward. We can cheer for our kids at the soccer game, in the arena, in the gymnasium. We can go to a friend's place for dinner. We can plan that wedding. We can go to the theatre. We can go to a concert. We can engage again in what makes life so important," he said.

Instead of the mask order,
people are being urged to continue wearing masks until two weeks after they get their second dose of a COVID vaccine.

The decision to go ahead with Step 3 was driven by the
continued fall in daily cases of COVID-19 from a peak of more than 1,000 a day earlier this year. On Tuesday, B.C. reported just 29 cases. edmontonjournal.com

Canada Drops Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Travelers
'It's very freeing': Quarantine rules ease for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers
Fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country from abroad expressed relief Monday at
no longer having to quarantine for two weeks.

Effective this week,
citizens and permanent residents who've had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada can skip the 14-day quarantine. Eligible air travellers also no longer have to spend their first three days in the country at a government-approved hotel.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the easing of the rules mark a "big step," adding that
travel volumes are expected to increase with the change.

"We're going to ensure that our airports and our travel facilities are able to
handle the new surge with careful measures in place," he told reporters on Monday. ctvnews.ca

This interactive 'safer shopping' directory shows B.C. businesses that still require masks

Retail sales in Canada plunge in Q2 amid third wave of COVID-19

Canada begins easing U.S. border pandemic restrictions

On the Clock: Jillian Robinson, manager, loss prevention, Sephora

Jillian Robinson, manager, loss prevention, Sephora, gives a glimpse of her everyday tasks and responsibilities and praises Sephora's values-based organization. Robinson also reflects on how the security industry might look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. canadiansecuritymag.com

Canada's E-Commerce Explosion
Since 2019, ecommerce sales in Canada have nearly doubled their share of overall retail sales

In 2020, Canada's retail ecommerce sales had the second-highest growth globally behind Argentina

The pandemic
boosted Canada's ecommerce market robustly last year by 75.0%, making it the second-fastest-growing ecommerce market worldwide behind Argentina, at 100.6% growth.

The shift to online shopping was slower to develop in Canada than other countries, notably the US, so there was plenty of room to grow," said eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Paul Briggs. "The pandemic forced retailers to sell more online, and consumers lapped it up. Retail ecommerce surged ahead last year and is now a primary growth driver of retail in Canada in 2021."

Ecommerce's share of total retail
will expand to 13.4% this year and reach 17.2% by the end of our forecast period in 2025.

Despite last year's decline,
overall retail sales in Canada will increase 6.4% year over year to $481.40 billion, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. And it's on track to surpass $500 billion next year. emarketer.com

Nordstrom to open 21 Indochino custom apparel shops in stores

Calgary, AB: Man injured in shooting outside northeast Calgary Walmart
Calgary police say a man was injured in a shooting outside of Marlborough Mall on Sunday. Investigators said
the victim was shot while in the Walmart parking lot at around 11 p.m., just as the store closed to the public. Police said the victim later arrived at a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds and remains in hospital in stable condition. Investigators say the incident doesn't pose any threat to public safety. Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information can call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously. globalnews.ca

Guelph, ON: Teen arrested for threatening owner who recognized him from previous store theft
Guelph police have arrested a teenager they say threatened a business owner who was refusing him entry because he recognized him as someone who
previously stole from the store. The teen reportedly went to the Macdonell Street business last Friday around 11:40 a.m., but was stopped at the door by the owner because he had stolen $47 worth of items a couple weeks earlier.

Police say the teen became upset, threatened to assault the owner, and then fled on foot. The teen was reportedly found downtown later that afternoon and was arrested. Police say they
found suspected crystal meth on him too. An 18-year-old Guelph man has been charged with theft under $5,000, uttering threats, and possession of controlled substance. kitchener.ctvnews.ca

Kingston police arrest 2 teens from Quebec for convenience store robbery

Yarmouth RCMP still searching for June 8 convenience store robbery suspect

Police investigating armed robbery at Kitchener convenience store

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Times Are A-Changin' at Amazon as Bezos Exits
Amazon sets a new tone as Jeff Bezos era comes to an end

Amazon added two new entries to its set of 14 leadership principles, including "Strive to be Earth's Best Employer" and "Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility."

Amazon on Thursday added two new entries to its vaunted "leadership principles," a list of more than a dozen business philosophies meant to guide employee decisions and goals.

Many of Amazon's leadership principles have existed since the company's earliest days, such as "Customer Obsession" and "Invent and Simplify," and are the foundation of its corporate culture. The newest additions possess a distinctly different tone, adopting the theme of prominent criticisms that have been levied against the company.

The first, "Strive to be Earth's Best Employer," calls on leaders to "work every day to create a safer, more productive, higher performing, more diverse, and more just work environment."

It's in line with what CEO Jeff Bezos laid out in his final letter to shareholders earlier this year, wherein he acknowledged Amazon needs to do a better job for employees. Amazon has faced routine criticism from employees who say it has cultivated a brutal workplace culture, with tensions rising to a head in April amid a failed unionization vote at one of its Alabama warehouses.

Another addition, "Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility," highlights how Amazon's status as the world's largest online retailer and cloud-computing company brings with it new challenges.

"We started in a garage, but we're not there anymore," the new principle states. "We are big, we impact the world, and we are far from perfect. We must be humble and thoughtful about even the secondary effects of our actions."

Amazon faces mounting pressure from regulators and lawmakers around the world over whether it's unfairly wielding its size and influence against competitors. cnbc.com

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email-even when they have done nothing wrong.

Amazon started its gig-style Flex delivery service in 2015, and the army of contract drivers quickly became a critical part of the company's delivery machine. Typically, Flex drivers handle packages that haven't been loaded on an Amazon van before the driver leaves. Rather than making the customer wait, Flex drivers ensure the packages are delivered the same day. They also handle a large number of same-day grocery deliveries from Amazon's Whole Foods Market chain. Flex drivers helped keep Amazon humming during the pandemic and were only too happy to earn about $25 an hour shuttling packages after their Uber and Lyft gigs dried up.

But the moment they sign on,
Flex drivers discover algorithms are monitoring their every move. Did they get to the delivery station when they said they would? Did they complete their route in the prescribed window? Did they leave a package in full view of porch pirates instead of hidden behind a planter as requested? Amazon algorithms scan the gusher of incoming data for performance patterns and decide which drivers get more routes and which are deactivated. Human feedback is rare. Drivers occasionally receive automated emails, but mostly they're left to obsess about their ratings, which include four categories: Fantastic, Great, Fair or At Risk.

Bloomberg interviewed 15 Flex drivers, including four who say
they were wrongly terminated, as well as former Amazon managers who say the largely automated system is insufficiently attuned to the real-world challenges drivers face every day. Amazon knew delegating work to machines would lead to mistakes and damaging headlines, these former managers said, but decided it was cheaper to trust the algorithms than pay people to investigate mistaken firings so long as the drivers could be replaced easily. bloomberg.com

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Sacramento ranks as the 10th worst city in the US for retail theft
Out of the top 10 worst cities in the country for retail crime, three of them are right in California, according to the last survey done by the National Retail Federation. Sacramento is number 10, and San Francisco is ranked 5th worst. Things have gotten so bad in San Francisco that Target has temporarily reduced its operating hours in five store locations, according to ABC7. Rachel Michelin, President and CEO of the California Retailers Association, explained why Sacramento made the list.

"I think there are a lot of reasons. One is there's a lot of proximity to different freeways, so it's easy to go in and steal items and then take it out on the open road, take it to a different county, different city where they'll sell it at a flea market or swap meet," Michelin said. She said the real problem is Organized Retail Crime (ORC), where organized theft rings will use youth or the homeless to steal items and use that money to fund other activities like drugs or sex trafficking. "The organized piece of this is really bad, and we really need to have our policymakers pay attention to that," Michelin said. Michelin said, fortunately, Governor Gavin Newsom allocated $5.7 million in his budget for the organized retail crime task force. But she says local policymakers also need to act. abc10.com

Fife, WA: Video shows burglar who cut hole through wall of Metro PCS, $50,000 in cash and merchandise
Fife Police are asking for the public's help to identify a burglary suspect who wiggled his way through a hole he cut in the sheetrock of a Metro PCS store. Around 4 a.m. on July 2, the suspect pried open the window to a vacant business in the 400 block of Pacific Hwy E in Fife. The suspect then sawed a hole in the wall of the next-door business back office and crawled through the sheetrock into the cell phone store. "We do get a pretty good video of the suspect as he cut a hole in the wall and he entered the business, looked right up at the video camera. Eventually, he covered the camera so he couldn't be seen but him initially entering and looking up at the camera gave us a pretty good view of the suspect so we're hoping your viewers can help us identify the suspect," said Fife PD Chief Pete Fisher. q13fox.com

Florida Trooper Traffic Stop Turns Up Manufacturing Equip & Cards
Counterfeit Credit Card Manufacturer Pleads Guilty in Tampa
Jacksonville, Florida - Eugene Stephan Cole (31, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to possession of credit card manufacturing equipment. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and payment of restitution to victims that he defrauded. Cole also agreed to forfeit to the United States various equipment and computer media he had used to produce counterfeit debit and credit cards.

During a subsequent probable cause search of the BMW, the trooper located marijuana, a counterfeit North Carolina driver license, a magnetic card encoder/re-encoder, a card embosser, various computer media, and 18 blank plastic cards-all of which had a magnetic stripe capable of being encoded with credit or debit card account information, and several credit and debit cards. Three of the cards were in Cole's name, while the other cards bore the names of various other individuals. .

Further investigation by the United States Secret Service and the FHP determined that all of the cards bearing Cole's name and the TD Bank Visa debit card, embossed with the name "Austin Hudson," were counterfeit. The other cards were determined to be genuine, with fraudulent purchases made in Tennessee. justice.gov

Mount Pleasant, WI: Man allegedly stole three computers from Best Buy
An Illinois man allegedly stole three computers worth a combined $1,859.97 from Best Buy at 2710 S. Green Bay Road. Nicholas B. Waters, 27, of North Chicago, was charged with a felony count of retail theft intentionally taking between $500-$5,000. According to a criminal complaint: On July 9, 2020, an officer was sent to Best Buy at 2710 S. Green Bay Road for a retail theft. Loss prevention stated that two men entered the store and left with three laptop computers valued at $1,859.97. One of the suspects, later identified as Waters, was seen pushing the computers out of the store in a shopping cart.

An investigator was able to determine whose car was seen at the crime scene. He went to speak to the owner who said that she loaned the car to Waters. The investigator then tried to speak to Waters but wasn't able to. He learned that Waters was also a suspect in a theft of Dyson vacuums from a Target in Vernon Hills. Waters has also been arrested in the past for thefts at Targets in Illinois and West Allis. Waters was given a $2,500 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday. A preliminary hearing is set for July 8 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center.  journaltimes.com

Update: London, England: Man charged following Tom Davies store break-in
Hundreds of frames were stolen from the eyewear designer's Sloane Square location, including six frames designed for Disney's Cruella film. A man has been charged with burglary following a break-in at eyewear designer Tom Davies' Sloane Square site on 9 June. CCTV showed two masked men break into the store at 2am on 9 June and take hundreds of pairs of Tom Davies glasses, valued at around £500,000, including six frames designed for Disney's Cruella film which were due to be auctioned for charity. Davies released the CCTV footage of the incident and put posters up around London appealing for the return of the glasses. Hundreds of pairs of glasses are still missing, however, with Davies adding: "Hopefully the sequel to this story will be a happy one." aop.org.uk

Shoplifter Tries to Hide a Chainsaw in Her Clothes
The world's worst shoplifter tried to hide a chainsaw in her clothes. The store's security cam filmed her stuffing it down her pants, and then walking away with the handle sticking halfway out in full view. 937theriver.iheart.com

Rhinelander, WI: Police looking for Menards power tool theft suspect

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Shootings & Deaths

Wilmington, DE: Suspect in killing of Dunkin' manager in Philadelphia indicted for 2 murders in Delaware
The man accused of killing a Philadelphia Dunkin' store manager was indicted for two murders in Delaware on Tuesday. Keith Gibson, 39, went on a brutal crime spree in Delaware, killing two victims and hurting four others over a three-week period, officials said. Gibson is also a suspect in multiple murders committed in Philadelphia earlier this year. "This indictment lays out one of the most vicious, staggering crime sprees I've seen in my career," said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. "It is even more disturbing to think, based on what investigators have revealed in Pennsylvania, that this may just be the tip of the iceberg." 6abc.com

Pomona, CA: Man who shot ex-Target co-workers in 1993 sentenced to life
A Southern California man who shot and killed two former Target co-workers, including one who received the promotion he wanted, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Sergio Dujuan Nelson, 46, also received a consecutive sentence of 35 years to life for the 1993 attack on the employees as they sat in a car in the parking lot of a Target store in the Los Angeles suburb of La Verne, the San Bernardino Sun reported. Nelson killed Robin Shirley, who got the promotion, and Lee Thompson, who had defended Shirley when Nelson harassed her over it, according to court documents cited by the paper. hometownstations.com

San Diego, CA: Man pleads guilty in 2018 Adult Book Store murder


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Glen Burnie, MD: Man Steals Van With 5 Children Inside From Giant grocery store parking lot
Anne Arundel County police are investigating after a man stole a van with five children inside in Glen Burnie Monday night. According to police, officers responded to a Giant Food parking lot just before 11 p.m. after the caller said a man stole the van with their five children inside. Police said investigators searched the area for the suspect and van, but a man called in and said he found the unattended children in the area of Ordnance Road. The children were recovered safely, police said. Police did not release the ages of the kids. Police were not able to find the stolen van. news.yahoo.com

Benton Harbor, MI: How a new police program led to 6 suspect arrests
In hopes of quelling the city's substantial crime rates, the Fifth District Crime Prevention Squad (DCPS), a unit of the MSP, was placed in Benton Harbor in April. Over the course of a few months, the unit has worked to reduce crime and build positive relationships between the Benton Harbor community and police, they report. The group confiscated nine firearms and arrested six suspects in a two-week span. Three of the confiscations were in a single traffic stop on June 26, where one suspect was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and two occupants fled on foot. On June 17, the DCPS also worked in collaboration with the Benton Township Police on an armed robbery investigation at the AT&T and T-Mobile stores. wzzm13.com

Houston, TX: Suspects pull gun on McDonald's manager during argument over salt on their fries
A couple of suspects were arrested after they allegedly pulled a gun on a McDonald's manager during an argument over salt on their fries, the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office says. Davion Guillory and Treykia Cohen are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Constable Mark Herman says surveillance video shows the suspects displaying the gun while arguing with the manager at the drive-thru window. khou.com

Stealing Packages off Doors Now a Felony in Arkansas
Stealing packages off doors in Arkansas could now land a person in jail for up to 6 years in prison with a new law that just passed. According to a report from THV11, the Arkansas Legislature has stepped up to the plate when it comes to deterring thieves from stealing packages from residential doorsteps. Porch pirating has gone on far too long and it's about time that this criminal activity has been taken seriously. The new law states that any individual that is caught stealing packages is now subject to a Class D felony and could lead up to 6 years behind bars. Until now stealing packages used to be a misdemeanor charge. kkyr.com

Australia: Elderly golf club bandit mails full amount, IOU letter to Gold Coast store
A handwritten IOU note and $650 cash has been mailed to a golf course after a man left with an expensive club. The Helensvale Golf Course appealed for information and offered a $500 reward after a man walked out of its store with a $650 club earlier this week. Today, staff received a letter containing a wad of cash and a note. CCTV footage caught the moments leading up to the alleged robbery, with the elderly man already holding a golf club. "So he's made his way down looking at all the different clubs we have until he's seen the most expensive we have," club owner Chris Lawton told 9News. "And he's come back the second time to take it within 10 minutes." The man waited for store staff to be distracted before casually walking out with the club. The letter didn't give staff the name of the man involved. 9news.com.au

Detroit, MI: Grosse Pointe Man Charged In Dollar Store Robbery, Sexual Assault in November of 2020

Tulsa, OK: Garden Center Targeted Multiple Times By Thieves despite having locked gates, a security system and cameras inside and out

Chicago, IL: Man gets 6 years in prison for burglarizing Roselle Verizon store




C-Store - Cole County, TN - Burglary
Cleaner - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Dollar General - Pineville, LA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Sioux City, IA - Robbery
Gas Station - Evansville, IN - Robbery
Hardware - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Jewelry - Auburn, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Burnsville, MN - Robbery
Jewelry - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Miami, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Cheyenne, WY - Robbery
Jewelry - Sommerville, MA - Robbery
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
Metro PCS - Fife, WA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Calverton, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Joplin, Mo - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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