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Shanna Ramirez, CFI promoted to Director of Asset Protection
for T-Mobile

Shanna has been with T-Mobile for nearly 13 years, starting with the company in 2009 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Before her promotion to Director of Asset Protection, she served as Senior Manager, Asset Protection for nearly two years. With T-Mobile, she also served as Senior Field AP Manager for more than three years. Earlier in her career, she served as LP Manager for Kohl's Department Stores. Congratulations, Shanna!

Alarm Industry Communications Committee Appoints New Leadership

Tiffany Galarza, ADT, and Sascha Kylau, OneTel Security, to co-chair security industry committee.

The Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), a committee of The Monitoring Association (TMA), has appointed Tiffany Galarza, director of telecommunications, ADT, and Sascha Kylau, vice president, OneTel Security, to co-chair the committee. Galarza and Kylau assumed leadership of the AICC in June following the resignation of its longtime chairman, Lou Fiore. Read more here

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Retail Stats & Projections
Keep on Rockin'​ in the Retail World (*)

Global Retail Sales, E-Commerce, Physical Stores Trends, Challenges and Headwinds

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer & Prosegur's CEO & Managing Director, Global Retail Business Unit

As this rockin' picture reminded me, the retail industry, even with its current negative challenging forces, remains very vibrant. 2021 confirmed that we are all resilient consumers who will continue to shop our favorite brands. In May 2021, E-marketer forecasted that retail sales globally would rise 6% to just over $25 trillion, which was a significant comeback from 2020. By the end of year, 2021 global retail sales actually grew 9.7% reaching total spending of just over $26 trillion.

2021 in-store sales grew a healthy 8.2% globally to just over $21 trillion which was more than was spent in 2019. "Pent-up demand from in-person shoppers accelerated the recovery by two full years."

When this E-marketer research was published in January 2022, brick-and-mortar sales were projected to grow 2.6% to 3.4% for the remainder of the forecast out to 2025. More spending is expected in physical retail than ecommerce in 2022 ($702 billion versus $604 billion), despite its slower growth rate.

This article and this picture from a recent NRF trade event in Cleveland (Home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) are a reminder that retail does indeed rock. It includes some of my favorite statistics on the industry and some projections on where we go from here.

Read the full article here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Nationwide ORC Battle

Stores Beg for Help Amid ORC Surge
Organized shoplifting ring wreaks havoc in Brooklyn Heights, merchants say

Stores owners are blaming bail reform for a surge in organized theft and saying stores will close if action isn't taken

Local store owners say the main reason is that shoplifting is rampant, and easily resold items like these are targeted by professional thieves. These thieves, also known as "boosters," are employed in an underground economy that is feeding off legitimate businesses.

Between crime on the subway and the brazen shoplifters, some employees are afraid to come to work, Arguello said. "My staff is a hard working class; they should never be exposed to danger at the work site."

He worries that residents of Brooklyn Heights are not aware of what's happening to their local businesses, and that if nothing is done, stores could close. "We employ over 65 people in the store," he said. "That's 65 families. Many of them have worked here for years."

Arguello believes that bail reform has allowed career criminals to commit multiple thefts while their cases wind through the system. "It really upsets me that the people in my store were heroes for two years during COVID and this is how the city of New York is paying us back," he said.

Shoppers can't find their favorite products

An employee at the CVS confirmed that the store has had to lock up everyday items. Shoplifting has skyrocketed," said the employee, who asked to not be named because of corporate policy. "We used to know who the shoplifters were. Now there are lots of new faces." The employee estimated that the store was losing "a couple of thousand per day, if we factor in what we're not aware of."

The employee believes that theft was the "prime reason" a nearby CVS at 168 Montage Street closed. "And they had the same problem at Rite Aid [also closed, at 101 Clinton St.]. They were open 24 hours, and they had theft 24/7."

"Having a security guard doesn't help," he said. Even if the thieves are arrested, "They casually let them out the same day with a slap on the wrist." brooklyneagle.com

10 States Have ORC Task Forces
Seattle Times Op-Ed: Combat organized retail theft in WA with coordinated, sustained effort
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is creating a statewide Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force. It remains to be seen whether it will make progress or become just one more committee that holds meetings, makes recommendations and accomplishes little. At least there's some cause for hope this time.

It was probably only a matter of time before Democratic leaders did something about crime. If Seattle voters' electing a tough-on-crime Republican to be city attorney didn't spook them, the successful recall election of nationally prominent progressive prosecutor in San Francisco likely did.

Store owners are fed up, and shoppers are wary of heading into places where crime seems most concentrated, like downtown Seattle. Criminal groups prey on desperate people, recruiting them to steal from stores. Thieves hand the stolen goods over for drugs or money, and the organized groups sell the goods online.

In February, the King County Prosecutor's Office and the Seattle city attorney announced that they would partner to take on organized retail theft. New City Attorney Ann Davison also announced plans to expedite cases and prosecute more misdemeanor thefts, though she has run into resistance from progressive advocates.

Combating ORC will require a coordinated approach that brings together local, state and federal stakeholders. The task force therefore will include prosecutors, Washington's two U.S. attorneys, retailers, the FBI and local law enforcement. Nine other states have a task force dedicated to organized retail crime.

The public and retailers will expect results. Organized criminal groups have honed their tactics for years. Stopping them will take more than quarterly meetings. Washington can curtail the criminal networks, but it will take a sustained effort from law enforcement and Ferguson's office. seattletimes.com

Los Angeles DA Could Be Recalled Over Crime Surge
Group aims to harness anger over crime to oust LA prosecutor
Los Angeles County's progressive prosecutor could be tossed from office like his counterpart in San Francisco after opponents on Wednesday said they submitted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for an election to recall District Attorney George Gascón, who they say is soft on crime.

If certified, the election would be the latest in a string of recalls in California that have mostly targeted progressives in a state known for its liberal streak. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was one of the few survivors, winning by a large margin in September.

Last month, San Francisco voters frustrated with a rash of property crimes, including brazen shoplifting caught on video and attacks against Asian American people, drove District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a former public defender, from office. The vote came after a special election that ousted three San Francisco school board members in February.

Gascón, a former San Francisco police chief who then became DA in that city, won office in Los Angeles in November 2020 as part of a wave of progressive prosecutors elected nationwide.

But Gascón immediately ran into problems running the nation's largest local prosecutor's office when he told deputies they shouldn't seek longer prison sentences for repeat felons and those carrying guns, among many other changes that were seen as soft on crime. wtop.com

   Washington law enforcement agencies working together to combat retail theft

America's Mass Shooting Epidemic

300+ Mass Shootings in America This Year
There have been over 300 mass shootings so far in 2022
There have already been more than 300 mass shootings this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The shooting at a Forth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill. that left six people dead and dozens injured was one of fourteen mass shootings over the long weekend. There have been just over 100 since a rampage at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., left 19 children and two teachers dead on May 24.

Mass shootings, where four or more people - not including the shooter - are injured or killed, have averaged more than one per day so far this year. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.

Mass shootings have been on the rise in recent years. In 2021, almost 700 such incidents occurred, a jump from the 611 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. Before that, incidents had not topped 400 annually since the Gun Violence Archive started tracking in 2014.

This year is on pace with last year's high when comparing the same time period. The toll is immense. Mass shootings have killed 343 people and injured 1,391 more through July 4th. washingtonpost.com

Mass Shootings Are Surging - No Matter What Data You Analyze
What You Need to Know About the Rise in U.S. Mass Shootings

A high-profile mass shooting at a Chicago suburb's July 4 parade was the nation's fourth in recent weeks.

If it feels like mass shootings have become more frequent, that intuition is correct, according to data analysis by The Marshall Project.

Under one of the most conservative definitions of "mass shootings," in which a gunman slaughters four or more strangers in a public place, the number of these crimes has indeed been climbing in the last few years - and they have higher death tolls, as well. The last five years have seen more mass shootings than any other comparable time span dating back to 1966.

As mass shootings in the U.S. reached a record high, so did the number of deaths and injuries. From 2017 to 2021, perpetrators killed 299 people - about a third more than the 221 fatalities in the five-year period that ended in 2016.

The Gun Violence Archive, an independent research group, uses a broad definition of a mass shooting: an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured, not including the shooter. The group counted 2,403 mass shootings from 2017 to 2021, with 2,495 dead and 10,225 injured. The group's data reveals a steep rise in recent years: 692 mass shootings in 2021, up 66% from 2019's total of 417.

The group tallied 318 mass shootings as of 3 p.m. on July 5. That puts 2022 on track to finish as one of the deadliest years since the group began monitoring these crimes in 2014.

The FBI tracks what it calls "active shooters": one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Those cases have almost doubled since 2017, to 61 incidents in 2021 that left 103 people dead and injured 140 others. themarshallproject.org

Amazon Mass Shooting Plot Thwarted
Rodolfo Aceves, 19, arrested for plotting mass shooting at Amazon warehouse
Rodolfo Aceves, 19, was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a mass shooting at the Amazon warehouse in San Antonio where he worked.

Aceves was taken into custody on June 27, according to a press release from the police. He faces a charge of terroristic threat causing fear, which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.

Investigators said several of his co-workers told them he was planning on shooting up the delivery station in the 8200 block of Sous Vide Way. Detectives were notified and said they acquired credible information to believe Aceves' comments were a legitimate threat.

"This case highlights the importance of community collaboration and appropriate responses. This is the essence of 'see something, say something.' If not for the witness who came forward, this incident could have resulted in a tragic outcome."

Additional information to support the threat was developed during the investigation by homicide detectives and they got an arrest warrant. After Aceves was arrested, detectives said they seized an AR-15 from where he was found. cbsnews.com

Buffalo Tops Store Completely Transformed
Transforming Buffalo Tops Market after Mass Shooting Attack

Extensive renovations continue at the Jefferson Avenue Tops in Buffalo where ten people were murdered in a mass shooting in May.

"Just about everything in the store is new," Mayor Brown Brown stated. "The store looks completely different inside. It does not look like the same store on the interior."

But Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the store has been completely transformed into a new look and does not look like the former store. The mayor says it was the very first time he was inside the store since the mass shooting on May 14th.

The mayor says he realizes some people may never return to this store but believes Tops is doing everything right so far. The store is scheduled to reopen at the end of July. wkbw.com

   Op-Ed: Highland Park shooting just part of America's gun violence problem

   Editorial: Mass shootings are America's parade of horribles


COVID Update

596.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 89.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 85.5M Recovered
Worldwide: 557.7M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 531.6M Recovered

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Summer COVID Surge
New York City's COVID positivity rate tops 14% as summer wave arrives
It just won't leave us alone. As New York enters its third pandemic summer, the city has been caught in another COVID-19 wave, with an explosively contagious omicron strain pushing test positivity rates to steep heights.

On Wednesday, the weeklong positivity rate across the five boroughs had reached 14% and eclipsed 20% in parts of Staten Island, southern Brooklyn, Queens, upper Manhattan and the eastern Bronx, according to city data.

Death rates remain low, limited by widespread vaccination, but the latest heinous, hyper-mutated subvariant to vex the globe, BA.5, appears to have sent hospital admissions rates upward in other countries. yahoo.com

The Post-COVID Shift
Three keys to a resilient postpandemic recovery

The path to sustainable, inclusive growth lies in building resilience now.

The global economy has demonstrated significant resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic, bouncing back faster than expected. Economic momentum remains strong, but nations and organizations are encountering cross-currents in supply chains, workforce availability, and inflation. The pandemic response comes in the context of a worsening climate crisis and rising economic inequality. These compound challenges remind us that crises can become watersheds of policy and strategy.

Indeed, the foundations of future growth are often laid as societies respond to the weaknesses crises expose. At this juncture, our recovery's success is still not assured. History shows that in times of disruption, resilience depends on adaptability and decisiveness. Once the most acute period of the pandemic subsides, a resilience agenda will become the key to future prosperity.

To build a better future, the emphasis must now shift from defensive measures and short-term goals to a sustainable, inclusive growth agenda. Growth is a precursor to economic development. A sustainable inclusive growth agenda will focus on growth that supports the health and repair of the natural environment while improving the livelihood of wider population segments. We need to find pathways to a genuinely better society, so that our actions make our planet and our economies more resilient and secure. mckinsey.com

New FDA Policy Impacts Pharmacies
US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

U.S. pharmacists can now prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients

Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that's intended to expand use of Pfizer's drug Paxlovid.

The Food and Drug Administration said pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if they are eligible for Paxlovid and then prescribe the medication, which has been shown to curb the worst effects of COVID-19. Previously only physicians could prescribe the antiviral drug.

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising again, though they remain near their lowest levels since the coronavirus outbreak began in 2020. abcnews.go.com

Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths Avoided
Vaccinations Cut U.S. COVID Deaths by 58%: Study
The U.S. COVID vaccination program slashed the COVID death rate by as much as 58%, saving hundreds of thousands of lives during the first two waves of the pandemic, a study says.

Norwegian Cruise Line to End Its Covid-Testing Requirement

BA.5 may pose the biggest threat to immune protection yet


Big Retailers Grapple with Supreme Court Abortion Ruling
Walmart, Target Show Divergence on Companies' Abortion Coverage

Walmart doesn't broadly cover abortions for employees. Target does. Other companies scramble to better understand what they cover.

Employees of Target Corp. have access to health-insurance plans that broadly cover abortion. Walmart Inc.'s health plans don't cover an abortion unless the health of the mother is at risk or the fetus couldn't survive birth.

The rival retailers' policies highlight the range of coverage at the largest U.S. employers, whose health plans have come into sharper focus since last week, when the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion and left the question of its legality to the states. Target is among companies adding a benefit that covers travel expenses to get an abortion. Walmart says it is reviewing its abortion coverage.

Target, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. offer employee healthcare plans that cover abortion broadly, according to people familiar with the plans. Large banks and technology companies tend to cover the costs of abortion care for employees and family members under their plans, including Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The companies are among those that have also promised to reimburse employees for travel related to abortion and other healthcare services.

In a memo to staff on Friday, Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon said the company was getting input from employees and reviewing its policies following the Supreme Court's decision.

"No matter what your position on this topic is, we want you to feel respected, valued and supported," he wrote in the memo. "We will share details on our actions as soon as possible, recognizing that time is of the essence." wsj.com

NY Bagel Company Owner Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Scamming Prospective Franchisees Out of Over $2 Million
Joseph Smith, 57, formerly of Fishkill, New York, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,100,450 in restitution for his scheme to defraud prospective franchisees of more than $2.1 million, collectively.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Smith and Dennis Mason, charged separately, made numerous misrepresentations to individuals interested in buying a New York Bagel franchise. These misrepresentations included: a guarantee that New York Bagel could get financing for the prospective franchisee, the actual costs to open a franchise, the number of franchises that were already open or opening, and the profitability of existing franchises. The defendant and Mason charged prospective franchisees fees ranging between $7,500 and $44,500 to gain rights to open stores. When some prospective franchisees learned of the misrepresentations and demanded their money back, Smith refused to refund these fees. As a result of the fraud, Smith and New York Bagel sold more than 160 franchises and obtained more than $2.1 million in franchise fees.

Further, from 2014 through 2016, Smith deposited more than $1.3 million in franchise fees into New York Bagel bank accounts which he controlled. Mason previously pleaded guilty to related charges and was sentenced to three years in prison in April 2022. justice.gov

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Juul e-cigarettes may soon be back on market as FDA suspends order banning sales
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Labor market remains red hot amid growing recession fears
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Auror continues growth in North America

At Auror, we're empowering the retail industry to reduce theft and Organized Retail Crime, a $100 billion problem globally. This movement would be incomplete without an intentional focus on North America, and that's exactly what we've been doing.

Auror's growth in North America includes new hires across the company, new partners, expanded office space, and powerful customer wins in both the US and Canada. And this growth is powered by Auror's guiding principles, with an intentional focus on People Experience.

"We create a space where people can show up as their authentic self each day. We don't just accommodate differences; we encourage them, we welcome them, and we value them. We know that celebrating our differences is what makes Auror such a special place to work, and this will drive our continued growth in North America." - Lauren Spagnuolo, People Experience (PX) Partner

So far in 2022, eight new Aurors have joined the team in North America. With that growth, we also moved into a new office space in Denver's innovative and inclusive RiNo neighborhood.

More highlights from the past year include:

204% increase in Law Enforcement users
337% increase in Law Enforcement agencies
32x the number of Retail users
20x the number of Retail locations
24 new ORCA partnerships

ORC in North America may be on the rise but so is our community.

"North America is a complex region when it comes to addressing ORC. It requires close partnerships and collaborations between various retailers and Law Enforcement agencies at different levels. We are excited about the opportunity and feel Auror's Retail Crime Intelligence platform is uniquely positioned to help these community leaders reduce crime, loss, and violence." - Judd Cain, President - North America

Follow Auror's growth journey in North America (and beyond) at The Intel.







Retail Data Breach Hit 3 Million Customers
Wegmans to pay $400K in penalties for data breach, NY AG says
Wegmans has agreed to pay $400,000 in penalties after a 2021 data breach that exposed the personal information of 3 million customers, including more than 830,000 in New York.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday that the supermarket chain, which has a store in Auburn, must implement new security measures, including an information security program with regular updates due to changes in technology and security threats. The company will be required to maintain asset management practices, including an inventory of its cloud assets.

"Wegmans failed to safely store and seal its consumers' personal information, instead it left sensitive information out in the open for years," James said. "Today, Wegmans is paying the price for recklessly handling and exposing millions of consumers' personal information on the internet. In the 21st century, there's no excuse for companies to have poor cybersecurity systems and practices that hurt consumers."

According to James' office, a security researcher told Wegmans in April 2021 that a cloud storage container, which was hosted on Microsoft Azure, was unsecured and open to public access. The cloud storage container had a backup file with more than 3 million customer email addresses and account passwords that were potentially exposed in the data breach.

The attorney general's office found the container was misconfigured when it was created in January 2018 - an error that existed until April 2021, when it was discovered that the cloud storage container was unsecured.

In May 2021, after learning of the first potential data breach, Wegmans found a second cloud storage container that was misconfigured and open to public access since November 2018, when it was created. The container had a database with customers' names, email addresses, mailing addresses and "additional data derived from drivers' license numbers," according to the attorney general's office. auburnpub.com

New & Emerging Cyber Threats
Cybersecurity trends: Looking over the horizon

McKinsey examines three of the latest cybersecurity trends and their implications for organizations facing new and emerging cyberrisks and threats.

Cybersecurity has always been a never-ending race, but the rate of change is accelerating. Companies are continuing to invest in technology to run their businesses. Now, they are layering more systems into their IT networks to support remote work, enhance the customer experience, and generate value, all of which creates potential new vulnerabilities.

Advertisement1. On-demand access to ubiquitous data and information platforms is growing

Many recent high-profile attacks exploited this expanded data access. The Sunburst hack, in 2020, entailed malicious code spread to customers during regular software updates. Similarly, attackers in early 2020 used compromised employee credentials from a top hotel chain's third-party application to access more than five million guest records.

2. Hackers are using AI, machine learning, and other technologies to launch increasingly sophisticated attack

The stereotypical hacker working alone is no longer the main threat. Today, cyberhacking is a multibillion-dollar enterprise, complete with institutional hierarchies and R&D budgets. Attackers use advanced tools, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation. Over the next several years, they will be able to expedite-from weeks to days or hours-the end-to-end attack life cycle, from reconnaissance through exploitation.

3. Ever-growing regulatory landscape and continued gaps in resources, knowledge, and talent will outpace cybersecurity

Many organizations lack sufficient cybersecurity talent, knowledge, and expertise-and the shortfall is growing. Broadly, cyberrisk management has not kept pace with the proliferation of digital and analytics transformations, and many companies are not sure how to identify and manage digital risks. Compounding the challenge, regulators are increasing their guidance of corporate cybersecurity capabilities-often with the same level of oversight and focus applied to credit and liquidity risks in financial services and to operational and physical-security risks in critical infrastructure. mckinsey.com

The Password-Free Future
The Future of Authentication Is Biometrics and Passwordless

Forrester's Merritt Maxim and Paul McKay on How Remote Work Changes Authentication

The need for more modern identity and access management capabilities such as biometric and passwordless authentication has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work, say Paul McKay, principal analyst, Forrester, and Merritt Maxim, vice president and research director, Forrester.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, McKay and Maxim also discuss:

How new regulations are driving greater focus on privacy issues;
The increased need for risk quantification among enterprises;
How changing security budgets have affected procurement decisions.

Maxim leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics such as identity and access management, fraud management, cloud security, threat intelligence, detection and response, and cyber risk quantification. He also provides Forrester's coverage of specific security topics including IAM, physical security and IoT security. Prior to becoming research director in 2019, Merritt served as principal analyst at Forrester, helping global security leaders derive significant business value from their IAM initiatives. govinfosecurity.com

Cyberattack That Impacted Retailers
Macmillan Says Retailers Can Again Order Its Books After Recent Cyberattack

Publisher doesn't anticipate changing the publication date of any upcoming books

Macmillan, one of the largest book publishers in the U.S., said it is again able to process book orders as it makes progress recovering from a cyberattack that it disclosed last week.

The company, whose imprints include St. Martin's Press and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, said it is working its way through a backlog of orders and that it doesn't anticipate it will have to change the publication date of any of its coming books.

Macmillan, which is owned by Germany's Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, last week disclosed a security breach and said that it had taken its systems offline as a result.

In turn, retail customers were unable to place orders for new books, although several retailers said consumers likely wouldn't notice in the short run because there was adequate inventory available. wsj.com

Marriott Data Breach Exposes PII, Credit Cards

Identity Access Management Is Set for Exploding Growth, Big Changes







Cannabis & Security Go Hand in Hand
Why Security Guards are Crucial for Cannabis Facilities
Cannabis and security go hand in hand. The key to success in this industry is having proper security measures in place. This can be done by having proper SOP's, alarm and camera systems, and security personnel among other things.

The Importance of Security Guards

Cannabis is a high-risk business due to the nature of the industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, cultivator, or retail facility, you are dealing with copious amounts of cash and a high valued product. Anyone can put on a security shirt and be a security guard, but in this industry, having armed, specially trained, and experienced professionals is the only route to go.

Security Guard Training

5S Security has a dedicated and diverse team of retired law enforcement professionals geared specifically for cannabis facilities. Having officers who are in proper uniform, visibly armed, and alert always will create a deterrent to those that look to do harm to your facility. Our officers are trained in active shooter situations, threat assessment, firearms safety, and have decades of experience in both the military, and various law enforcement agencies.

Security Guard Roles

Security guards are more than just protecting your facility. At 5S Security, we only hire guards who have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Security is the first and last person customers will interact with at your facility. When customers feel safe and comfortable with the security on site, they will return. Security guards from our firm are also trained in de-escalation tactics.

Third-Party vs In-House Security Guards

Why should a cannabis facility outsource their security vs having in house security? Armed security is the preferred way to protect your customers, staff, and products. Many insurance companies are currently not covering the cannabis market. The companies that are insuring cannabis businesses are not fond of having to insure armed guards as well. Some insurance providers may choose not to insure you if you are having in-house armed guards. Another reason to outsource your security guard needs to a company is to relieve you of one more thing to worry about. sapphirerisk.com

NY's Crackdown on Illegal Pot Vendors
Unlicensed marijuana vendors pop up all over NYC as licensed dispensaries wait for the green light to sell recreational weed
New York state legalized recreational marijuana last year but has yet to allow licensed dispensaries to sell it beyond medical use. As CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports, that hasn't stopped all kinds of unlicensed vendors from popping up all over the city, and now the state is trying to crack down.

AdvertisementIf you've walked through Washington Square Park recently, you've likely noticed more people openly smoking pot, and you've also maybe seen vendors, who have set up tables selling everything from gummies to joints and weed candies.

In March of last year, New York state legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older and lowered the penalties for unlawful sales, making marijuana increasingly easy to get, even though the first licensed dispensaries aren't supposed to open until the end of this year.

"Cops have been more lenient ... A lot of what people don't see out here, it's not about people just selling weed. It's about the fact that people are out here being creative, entrepreneurs," one man said. "And that's the reason why the cops don't stop. Because they see it's not about violence here."

Sellers say they've always been in the background doing their business in the shadows. Now they feel they can more openly promote it. cbsnews.com

Global Cannabis Expansion
Legalization and sales have been progressing at a rapid speed within the United States as well as across the globe, though each country is regulating it differently. Despite variations across countries, the trend of expansion is apparent throughout global cannabis markets.

California bill would require mental health warnings on marijuana products

Texas Marijuana Update: 2022




Safety or Union Busting?
Amazon bars off-duty warehouse workers from its buildings
Amazon is barring off-duty warehouse workers from the company's facilities, a move organizers say can hamper union drives.

Under the policy shared with workers on Amazon's internal app, employees are barred from accessing buildings or other working areas on their scheduled days off, and before or after their shifts.

An Amazon spokesperson said the policy does not prohibit off-duty employees from engaging their co-workers in "non-working areas" outside the company's buildings.

"There's nothing more important than the safety of our employees and the physical security of our buildings," Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said. "This policy regarding building access applies to building interiors and working areas. It does not limit employee access to non-working areas outside of our facilities."

The notice of the new policy, dated Thursday, says the off-duty rule "will not be enforced discriminatorily" against employees seeking to unionize. But organizers say the policy itself will hinder their efforts to garner support from co-workers during campaigns.

"On our days off, we come to work and we engage our co-workers in the break rooms," said Rev. Ryan Brown, an Amazon warehouse worker in Garner, North Carolina, who's aiming to organize his workplace following the labor win on Staten Island, New York, where workers at an Amazon warehouse voted in April to unionize.

"This was a direct response to that, to try to stop organizing by any means necessary," Brown said.

In the notice sent to employees, Amazon said it strived to create a safe environment for employees. "One part of this is knowing who is in our buildings at any given time, so we can quickly find and account for everyone in the event of an emergency," the notice said. apnews.com

Beating Amazon at its Own Game
Which Regional Retailer Outranked Amazon as Top E-Commerce Grocer?

Index from dunnhumby takes customer needs, emotional bonds into account

In its inaugural "eCommerce Retailer Preference Index," dunnhumby has named H-E-B as the top ranked e-commerce grocer, followed closely by Amazon and Amazon Fresh, respectively. The study examines the $100 billion U.S. e-commerce grocery market and is part of dunnhumby's latest strategic market analysis.

Following H-E-B, Amazon and Amazon Fresh in the ranking are, respectively, Walmart, Sam's Club, Kroger, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sprouts Farmers Market. H-E-B had the highest level of emotional connection and online share of wallet among its customer base, according to dunnhumby, and its customers migrated their spending online the most after the pandemic hit.

While COVID did accelerate e-commerce grocery growth, dunnhumby further found that rising inflation, a subsiding pandemic and more consumer mobility are likely to slow e-commerce growth. progressivegrocer.com

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Two NOLA Fraudsters Had Fake CC Manufacturing Plants in Same Office Park
New Orleans Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Massive Credit Card Fraud Scheme

Agents seized over 380,000 fraudulent credit cards

MAURICE DURIO, age 42, a New Orleans native to 108 months in federal prison for his role in a massive credit card fraud scheme.

DURIO admitted that he began making fraudulent credit cards in New Orleans before eventually renting office space in an office park in Houston to expand his operation. He outfitted the space with equipment used to make fraudulent credit cards. Over the next several years, DURIO and his co-defendant, EDWARD TOLIVER, who also operated a card manufacturing plant in the same office park, obtained hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers from a variety of sources, including a computer hacker TOLIVER had met in prison and by purchasing them on the dark web.

DURIO and TOLIVER, with the assistance of several co-conspirators, created and/or downloaded credit card templates on laptop computers and transferred the stolen credit card numbers into the templates, which were then used to create tens of thousands of fraudulent access devices. The cards would generally be printed in batches with the same name appearing on numerous cards. The name was typically the real name of a co-conspirator. DURIO and TOLIVER distributed thousands of fraudulent access devices to numerous individuals who then used them to fraudulently obtain things of value, including merchandise and gift cards.

The Secret Service, with the assistance of local law enforcement, investigated numerous instances in which individuals were caught with cards manufactured at the Houston plants operated by DURIO and TOLIVER. Agents were able to tie these card seizures to the plants where DURIO and TOLIVER were making the cards through several means.

In July 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at the Houston office park and agents seized device making equipment, including embossers, scanners, and high-end printers, thousands of cards, and a laptop computer. The computer had approximately 80,000 card numbers in files, as well as spreadsheets used to move the card numbers from the text files they came in when obtained through the dark web to the actual credit cards. Agents also obtained other laptops used by DURIO and TOLIVER that contained approximately 300,000 additional card numbers.

The scheme used various methods to monetize the fraudulent credit card production. First, DURIO and TOLIVER would simply sell cards. The buyer would pay them a set amount and then get to keep whatever the buyer could purchase with the cards. Second, DURIO and TOLIVER would provide cards with the idea that the person getting the cards would buy merchandise and then sell the merchandise at a discount for cash and kick back some of the cash. Third, DURIO and TOLIVER would provide cards and the person getting the cards would buy gifts cards, some of which were kicked back. justice.gov

Road Check Leads to Multi-State Check Cashing Scheme Arrests
Atlanta Man Pleads Guilty in Tri-State Check Cashing Scheme Targeting Publix
An Atlanta resident who pleaded guilty for his role in a check cashing scheme targeting Publix grocery stores in Georgia, Florida and Alabama was remanded to federal custody last Thursday.

Brandon Lamont Bell, 37, pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit and unauthorized devices on June 23. Bell faces a maximum of ten years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. According to court documents, Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Tifton Police Department officers were conducting a road check at the I-75 Northbound Exit 61 ramp (the intersection of Old Omega Road and Magnolia Drive in Tifton). During the course of the encounter with Bell and other occupants of the vehicle, and the subsequent United States Secret Service investigation, agents discovered a check cashing scheme involving Bell and other co-defendants targeting Publix Supermarkets in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Inside the vehicle, officers found 114 fictious checks printed with nineteen genuine bank account routing numbers, a printer and electric cords, nine counterfeit driver's licenses and 18 VISA gift cards. Bell admitted that he possessed with the intent to defraud more than fifteen counterfeit and unauthorized access devices. justice.gov

Buffalo, NY: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Schuele Boys Gang Associate For Stealing Painkillers From Rite Aid
U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Demario Robbins, 29, of Buffalo, NY, with one count of robbery of a pharmacy, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. justice.gov

Menomonee Falls, WI: Home Depot theft, Menomonee Falls police seek suspects

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Shootings & Deaths

Springfield, MO: One dead, two arrested after Tactical store shooting
On July 6, 2022, at approximately 9:03 a.m., the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to Anchor Tactical at 2346 S. Campbell Ave. to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a male employee, identified as Colin D. Loderhose, 25, from Springfield, with a gunshot wound. Loderhose was transported to a local hospital for treatment but succumbed to his injuries. Loderhose's family has been notified. After the shooting, two suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, which was followed by a citizen who called 911 and provided a vehicle description. Responding officers located the vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment. The suspects were standing outside of the vehicle and were both taken into custody without incident. newstalkkzrg.com

Houston, TX: Man found shot to death outside Dry Cleaner in possible robbery
A man was found shot to death and authorities are searching for clues in the killing, believing that he was killed as part of a robbery. Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office were called to Keith Harrow Boulevard around 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning. They found a man in the driver's seat of a vehicle, parked in the parking lot of a dry cleaners store. The man suffered a gunshot wound and was declared dead at the scene. Deputies said that there were illegal drugs inside the car and on the ground outside of the car. Investigators said that the victim may have been murdered during a robbery.  cw39.com

Bakersfield, CA: Man killed during Oildale attempted robbery identified
Coroner's officials have identified a man fatally shot Sunday during an attempted robbery at an Oildale tobacco shop. Odulio Rodriguez, 36, was declared dead at the scene at Gravity Tobacco on Roberts Lane, according to a coroner's release. A gunman entered at about 4:50 p.m. and fired as he attempted to rob the business, sheriff's officials say. Rodriguez was hit at least once.  kget.com

Terrell, TX: Four convicted, sentenced in nearly 16-year-old Pizza Hut double murder cold case
The four original suspects arrested in connection with the September 3, 2006, execution-style murders of Pizza Hut employees Stephen Dale Mitchelltree and Patricia Oferosky in Terrell have now been convicted and sentenced in the case - nearly 16 years later. On September 3, 2006, Oferosky and Mitchelltree were nearing the end of their shift when police say they were shot to death, their bodies discovered later. Then-current and former Pizza Hut employees Bianca Newman, Justin Prox, Darius Hubbard, and Anthony Holliman were all originally arrested in the case. But, at an examining trial conducted by a Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, the court concluded there was no probable cause to hold the suspects and they were subsequently released.

"During the initial investigation, there were no fingerprints, DNA or weapons recovered at the scene, but many man hours went into interviewing witnesses, running down leads, and continuing to gather other evidence at the scene of the crime," read a statement from the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office today, in announcing the convictions. The case would go cold, however, and added to the Texas Rangers Top 12 Cold Case Investigations. Throughout the years, the Terrell Police Department says they continued to pursue the investigation of the case and, in 2020, Terrell Police Department Detectives D. Ballard and C. Seabolt actively re-opened the case with assistance from Texas Ranger Chad Matlock. inforney.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Audubon, NJ: Woman, 80, stabbed multiple times loading groceries at Acme in New Jersey
A routine grocery run turned violent when officials say an 80-year-old woman became the victim of a stabbing. Police responded to reports of a stabbing in the parking lot of Acme on West Nicholson Road in Audubon Sunday afternoon at around 11:30 a.m. An 80-year-old woman was loading groceries in her car when she was reportedly stabbed multiple times. Officials say she is still recovering at Cooper University Hospital and is in stable condition. fox10phoenix.com

Houston, TX: Suspect pedals away on bicycle after putting gun to head of Burger King employee during robbery
The Houston Police Department's Robbery Division needs the public's assistance identifying the suspect responsible for an aggravated robbery. Clear surveillance video shows the suspect placing gloves on his hand outside a fast food restaurant, then entering and holding a gun to an innocent employee's head. According to Houston police, on Sunday, June 19, an unknown man entered a Burger King in the 5000 block of East Crosstimbers at around 7:20 p.m. The man walked up to the counter and acted as though he was going to place an order, but hopped over the counter and pulled out a handgun from his waistband. The suspect handed a backpack to employees and demanded money. He placed the gun to the back of one of the employee's head while forcing another one to open the cash register. Once the suspect had the money, he hopped back onto the other side and fled the location on a bicycle. click2houston.com

Oakland, CA: Jury Convicts Father And Son Of Multiple Conspiracies In $2.3M Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

Birmingham, AL: Man Pleads Guilty to Interference with Commerce by Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Florida man charged with taking R2-D2 from Disney World resort after posing as security guard



Auto - Gwinnett County, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fillmore, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Sarasota, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Aurora, MN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Henrico County, VA - Robbery
Cellphone - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Cellphone - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Terra Haute, IN - Burglary
Jewelry - Wellington, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Lewisville, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Boca Raton, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Jackson, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
Pawn - Milledgeville, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - San Diego, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Target - Denver, CO - Robbery
Tobacco - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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