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Millie Kresevich LPC promoted to Senior Director - Asset Protection for Luxottica

Millie has been with Luxottica for nearly 20 years, starting with the company in 2002 as Senior Regional Manager - Asset Protection. Before her promotion to Senior Director - Asset Protection, she spent more than six years as Director - Asset Protection. Millie holds an AAS in Criminal Justice, BS in Social Psychology (Suma Cum Laude), and a Masters in Business Ethics and Compliance. She serves on the LP Council for the NRF, advisory board for CLEAR, and member of the LPRC. Congratulations, Millie!

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Prosegur Security Joins Blue Lightning Initiative to Help
Prevent Human Trafficking

Herndon, Va. (July 14, 2021) - Prosegur Security, a global leader in security technology, has become the first security company to join the Blue Lightning Initiative, a joint program of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to help identify and prevent human trafficking. As a part of the program, Prosegur employees who work in aviation and retail security will be trained on how to spot potential human traffickers and victims, as well as the procedures for safely and quickly reporting such instances to relevant authorities. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below

Violence, Crime & Protests

Diving Deeper into the 'Alarming' Crime Data
How crime stats lie - and what you need to know to understand them
As Covid-19 rates improved and vaccinations allowed much of the country to reopen, reports of crime waves began to dominate headlines. Politicians, pundits, journalists and law enforcement have all scrambled to make sense of increased violence around the United States, while the public is left to sort through alarming numbers and conflicting narratives.

Understanding crime trends requires nuance, but gaps and inconsistencies in the data make it easy to misinterpret and spin facts in a way that serves political agendas instead of evidence-based solutions.

Only specific crimes have increased. It's important to be clear about what types of crime are on the rise. Several forms of property crime, including robberies, residential burglaries and larceny declined in 2020 and continued to go down in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report from the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ), continuing a multi-year downward trend.

According to the FBI's preliminary 2020 findings, violent crime rose by 3% across the country last year. But the number of murders rose by 25% between 2019 and 2020 - the largest jump recorded in the US in a one-year period since the FBI began releasing annual figures in the 1960s. The NCCCJ's findings were similar, citing a 30% increase in the homicide rate between 2019 and 2020 in the 34 major cities it surveyed.

Homicide can't be treated like any other crime. Experts say that classifying an increase in homicides as part of a 'crime wave' obscures the fact that murder is a unique, devastating crime - one that requires targeted solutions.

Crime rates are not partisan. Asher's data shows that murder appears to have risen uniformly across the country, contrary to partisan talking points that the increase is happening only in heavily Democratic areas.

Gun violence is a driving factor. We know that the rise in homicides is tied to increased gun violence in the past two years. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that tracks gun-related violence in the United States, there were 39,538 gun deaths in 2019 compared to 43,559 in 2020. The bulk of that increase came from homicides or unintentional gun deaths, which rose by almost 4,000 between 2019 and 2020. Gun sales also soared during the pandemic. cnn.com

NY Leaders to Bolster Anti-Crime Funding
Andrew Cuomo, Eric Adams Target New York City's Rising Gun Crime

The governor and candidate for NYC mayor said they would steer funding to anticrime efforts in Brooklyn, as Democrats embrace public-safety message

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, Eric Adams, pledged to work together to combat elevated gun violence in the nation's largest city, as Democrats across the country try to coalesce around a public-safety message.

In their first joint appearance since Mr. Adams clinched his party's nomination, the Democratic governor and the front-runner for mayor unveiled state funding for nonprofit and church organizations in central Brooklyn, including programs for summer employment and job training as well as "violence interrupters" to mediate gang disputes.

Wednesday's appearance provided another opportunity for Mr. Adams-a former New York Police Department captain and currently Brooklyn borough president-to promote his vision for how Democrats can seize public safety as an issue during a period of rising crime. Mr. Adams also met this week with President Biden, who is working to counter rising crime in American cities amid criticism from Republicans who contend that Democrats have failed to sufficiently respond.

Mr. Adams said Wednesday that it was important to make clear that crimes would have consequences and to focus resources on preventing crimes motivated by poverty.

There have been 803 shooting incidents in New York City so far this year, up from 623 incidents during the same period in 2020 and 389 incidents during the same time in 2019, according to NYPD data. There have been 225 homicides this year in the city, an increase of 5% from 2020 and 37% from 2019, according to the NYPD.

Violent crime and homicides have increased in many major U.S. cities this year. Philadelphia police reported 284 homicides as of this week, a 31% increase from the same period last year, and Los Angeles police reported 185 homicides through July 3, an increase of 24% from 2020. In Chicago, the number of homicides this year is down slightly. wsj.com

74% of Violent Criminals Released Before Trial Commit New Crimes
55% of alleged criminals released in San Francisco reoffended before trial
An $18.7 million contract approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to extend the city's Pretrial Diversion Program is raising questions after a new report disproved its success. The program is overseen by the Sheriff's Office to supervise people recently arrested but released before trial to ensure they appear in court and reduce any new criminal activity.

A new independent assessment that aimed to validate the PSA found 55 percent of alleged criminals released in San Francisco reoffended before trial. It's important to note this study was not a direct assessment of the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Program.

"This is a scandal," said San Francisco Supervisor Catherin Stefani. "They are masking what's actually happening." Supervisor Stefani was the only board member to vote against approving the $18 million contract.

"The data didn't add up," she said. "It wasn't matching what we were seeing out on the streets."

The San Francisco Sheriff's Office reported in committee, less than 10 percent of the city's most violent offenders released before trial committed new crimes from 2016 to 2019. Roughly 20 percent or less of other non-violent offenders reoffended during the same time period, according to data from the Sheriff's Office.

But, the validation study found the rate alleged criminals reoffended during those years was actually 55 percent. The study also concluded 74 percent of the city's most violent offenders committed new crimes before trial.

The report also shows in nearly 30% of cases, judges released individuals against the recommendation of the public safety assessment. abc7news.com

New Use-of-Force Standards Challenged
Minnesota seeks dismissal of legal challenge to new police standards

Law enforcement lobbying groups sued earlier this month, arguing the 2020 use-of-force changes are unconstitutional.

Four law enforcement lobbying groups sued the state and Gov. Tim Walz earlier this month, alleging that a 2020 law change governing police use of force is unconstitutional because it compels officers to forfeit their rights to refuse testimony against themselves in deadly force cases.

In a brief filed Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General Anna Veit-Carter wrote that the state will ask for a hearing before Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro to dismiss the lawsuit "for lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted." Veit-Carter added that the state will outline its case for dismissal in a forthcoming memorandum to the court.

The law enforcement groups - the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minnesota Sheriffs' Association, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Law Enforcement Labor Services Inc. - are also seeking an injunction to delay implementation of certain new requirements "that were intended to require training and for which there has been insufficient time and opportunity to engage in the requisite training."

Under last year's change, officers can no longer justify deadly force to protect themselves or another person from "apparent" death or great bodily harm. The new law struck the word "apparent" and now reads "to protect the peace officer or another from death or great bodily harm."  startribune.com

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COVID Update

335.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.8M Cases - 623.8K Dead - 29.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 189.3M Cases - 4M Dead - 172.8M Recovered

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Delta Variant & Young Unvaccinated People Driving Surge
U.S. Covid-19 Case Counts Have Doubled in Recent Weeks

Public health officials, epidemiologists say rise is being driven by Delta variant, summer socializing and younger, unvaccinated people

New Covid-19 cases are on the rise in a number of states across the U.S., worrying health officials and epidemiologists as many Americans remain unvaccinated and the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads.

The U.S. is averaging more than 23,000 new cases a day, double the seven-day average of around 11,300 cases three weeks ago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. On 17 of the past 18 days, the seven-day case average was higher than the 14-day average, also suggesting cases have been rising nationally.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all recent Covid-19 cases and deaths from the disease are among unvaccinated people. Americans 65 and older, who are most likely to die from Covid-19 infections, have high rates of vaccinations. wsj.com

Retail Threats Have Accelerated During the Pandemic
Security Business July 2021 Cover Story: Retail Security

COVID and the reopening of America has accelerated many of the major threats facing the retail sector

Thus, in your quest as integrators to identify the major pain points for your retail customers and offer viable solutions, here are
the four biggest issues based on recent events in America:

As noted, retailers -
especially grocers and big box stores - remained open throughout the pandemic and all its restrictions, including social distancing, mask enforcement and capacity restrictions. Many of these organizations deployed video analytic solutions to address these challenges. As the country slowly marches toward vaccination and a return to "normalcy," retailers should be looking to these analytic technologies to further enhance their operations.

2. Organized Retail Crime
For those stores that remained open during the pandemic,
ORC gangs exploited curbside pickup and other online-grounded opportunities. They also began targeting new types of products. Todd Isenhour, a Division Director for Asset Protection, Operations and Safety for Lowe's, explained during the NRF event: "What we began to see at Lowe's was a shift from the traditional products that (ORC) groups typically targeted - power equipment and tools - to pandemic-related items like safety-related supplies and cleaning supplies."

3. Workplace Violence
Much like healthcare and school verticals, being on the front lines of America means dealing with all sorts of workplace violence. Despite closures, the pandemic, again, brought a lot of this violence to the surface.

"With the sharp rise in gun violence across the country,
it is essential for the retail industry to work more closely with local law enforcement and seek out new technologies so they can be better prepared to respond quickly if an incident arises," Paul Mascari, Director of Security Solutions at gunshot detection provider ShotSpotter, said in a recent press release.

4. Civil Unrest
Riots and civil unrest are
long-standing pain points for retail establishments, and while some of these incidents remain fresh in the collective minds of Americans, it is the only issue here that is decidedly not pandemic-related. Security professionals in any vertical or related service can benefit by understanding of the causes, warning signs and behavioral dynamics of large crowds and mobs that can be correlated with protests and riots. securityinfowatch.com

Kroger Employee Pushed to Suicide by Mask-Mocking Manager
Lawsuit: Kroger manager drove employee to suicide
The manager of a Kroger store in Milford created "disturbing, dangerous, and deranged conditions," ultimately leading to an employee's death by suicide, according to a lawsuit filed Monday with the Hamilton County clerk of courts.

Evan Seyfried died March 9 "with no prior history of severe mental health concerns," the suit states. "Kroger intentionally subjected Evan to torturous conditions that were directly responsible for his death."

The suit goes on to accuse a manager at the grocery chain's Milford, Ohio, location of instigating "a campaign (in October 2020) dedicated to ousting Evan while proclaiming her intention to make Evan's life a 'living hell.'"

The suit claims the manager's feud with Evan Seyfried stemmed, in part, from concerns he had raised concerning COVID-19, which led to "hazing, taunting and bullying" and attempts to sabotage his work.

As part of the alleged bullying, Seyfried's boss "mocked and humiliated" him for wearing a mask - in line with the company's pandemic policies - as well as for his political beliefs, the suit states.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial on multiple claims against the company and two named managers including wrongful death; conspiracy; intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent infliction of emotional distress; invasion of privacy; sexual harassment, and reckless, willful and wanton conduct, among others. wcpo.com

The Pandemic Effect
U.S. Drug-Overdose Deaths Up Nearly 30% in '20, Driven by Synthetic Opioids

Fentanyl, along with isolation and stress from Covid-19 pandemic, propelled surge, experts say

Drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. surged nearly 30% in 2020, the result of a deadlier supply and the destabilizing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to preliminary federal data and public health officials.

The estimated 93,331 deaths from drug overdoses last year, a record high, represent the sharpest annual increase in at least three decades, and compare with an estimated toll of 72,151 deaths in 2019, according to provisional overdose-drug data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"That is a stunning number even for those of us who have tracked this issue," said Brendan Saloner, associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Our public health tools have not kept pace with the urgency of the crisis."

The surge, the 2020 data show, was driven largely by a proliferation of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid whose use has spread across the nation. The pandemic amplified the epidemic of overdoses, bringing on social isolation, trauma and job losses, according to addiction experts and treatment providers. nytimes.com

COVID Created 'Permanently Smaller' Workforce
Many Jobs Lost During the Coronavirus Pandemic Just Aren't Coming Back

Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between 'Two Americas': Vaccinated & Unvaccinated

COVID-19 levels remain lower in Minnesota, despite U.S. uptick

UK COVID-19 Update

UK's 'Freedom Day' July 19th - Masks - Social Contact - Social Distancing Lifted
How will the removal of Covid-19 restrictions affect retail?
The legal requirement to wear a face mask is also to be scrapped from July 19 - known as "Freedom Day", Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this week. Freedom Day also means almost all legal restrictions on social contact and social distancing will be removed.

Despite the legal requirement being dropped, the government still "expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas". Johnson said it would be a matter of "personal responsibility", while transport operators and places such as shops are likely to decide their own policy on the issue.

Almost 53 per cent of the country has been double-vaccinated at the time of writing, and the rate of people dying and hospitalization has remained low amidst the surge in new cases.

A recent YouGov report found that 64 per cent of Brits plan to keep wearing masks even after Covid-19 restrictions end, while 40 per cent will continue avoiding crowded places.

Meanwhile, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said "Retailers are also likely to continue with many of the existing safety measures such as hand sanitiser and Perspex screens.

"The Prime Minister has said he expects people to continue to wear face coverings in many locations that they currently are required to," she told Retail Gazette.

"There has been a big rise in violence and abuse against retail workers during the pandemic and colleagues cannot be put in the firing line because of this change in policy." retailgazette.co.uk

Mask rule change risks rise in abuse towards shop workers - BRC
Staff in shops could face an increase in abuse and violence in stores once restrictions are eased, according to the boss of the retail industry's trade body.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said the government must provide clear guidance to the sector over plans to end the legal requirement to wear masks in stores to avoid confrontations.

She added that retailers were expected to keep hand sanitiser and screens in stores to protect staff.

"There has been a big rise in violence and abuse against retail workers during the pandemic and colleagues cannot be put in the firing line because of this change in policy."

Dickinson added: "Retailers will have many people in their stores who want to continue wearing masks, and many who don't, and will have to accommodate everyone."

Her comments come as several retailers weigh up whether to continue asking customers to wear masks in stores beyond the July 19 date.

Sainsbury's boss Simon Roberts said earlier this week that he would consult with staff but suggested the decision on masks would be one of "personal choice".

Morrisons and Aldi are also reportedly among retailers that have requested more detailed guidance.

Meanwhile, Tesco is understood to be currently partaking an internal review into its mask-wearing policy following the government update on Monday. retailgazette.co.uk

UK: BRC warns of high street labour shortages
BRC warns of labour shortages as 20% of shop workers isolate

The BRC has warned of high street labour shortages as 20 per cent of shop workers across the UK in the retail and hospitality sectors enter isolation due to Covid19.

Both sectors say that one in five workers have now been called to isolate, exacerbating the issue of labour shortages due to Brexit and other factors.

The Co-op also confirmed it was seeing an increase in absenteeism due to self-isolation, mostly in its logistics and depot areas, leading to issues with certain products.

The government has said it may look to reduce the sensitivity of its Test and Trace app as restrictions lift next week, for fear that too many people will be called to isolate. retailgazette.co.uk

'Freedom day' or 'Anxiety day'? England to end COVID-19 curbs

A new lawsuit 'every single day'
Employers see legal action over use of biometric info

Illinois employers such as Walmart and Topgolf have recently paid out multimillion-dollar settlements to employees claiming improper use of their biometric data.

Biometric information privacy may be an emerging area of employment law, but last month, employers saw an example of why it should be taken seriously.

On June 22, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved a settlement agreement between entertainment company Topgolf and a class of former employees who alleged Topgolf collected and disclosed their biometric data through a "finger-scan timekeeping system" in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, per a court document. Though Topgolf denied the claims, the parties agreed to a $2,633,400 award to be split between more than 2,600 class members.

Topgolf is not the only employer to face litigation under BIPA so far in 2021. Earlier this month,
a former Walmart fulfillment center employee filed a class action suit alleging that the retailer violated state law by requiring employees to use voice recognition software to track their work, Law360 reported. In January, Walmart agreed to a $10 million settlement over claims by current and former employees that the company required them to use a palm-scanning device without obtaining written consent, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In June, a group of consumers filed a BIPA
lawsuit against Apple over the use of electronic fingerprint and facial recognition in its products.

The Illinois law sets forth a number of stipulations about
collecting, retaining and disclosing biometric identifiers - including retina or iris scans; fingerprints; voiceprints; hand or facial scans - and biometric information, which includes any information based on these identifiers.

Under BIPA,
employers and other entities in possession of such information must develop a written, publicly-available policy outlining how long the information will be retained as well as how it will be permanently destroyed - which the law says should occur "when the initial purpose for collecting or obtaining such identifiers or information has been satisfied or within 3 years of the individual's last interaction with the private entity, whichever occurs first." hrdive.com

Mall Security Robots
Security robots patrol the Mall at Stonecrest
Far from a sci-fi movie, two robots are some of the
newest security team members at the Mall at Stonecrest. Shoppers, meet Stoney and Pebble. Earlier this year, the pair was rolled out for increased security as the mall extended its hours of operation. Weighing around 500 and 350 pounds each, the robots can do a lot more than you would expect.

Mall officials say
Stoney and Pebble can work around the clock with about 15 to 20 minutes of charge. The duo is capable of people and license plate reorganization along with identity assistance and two-way emergency communication.

What's more,
the robots are both tied to the mall's CCTV and can help find lost children or spot issues such as slip and fall accidents. Of course, Stoney and Pebbles aren't flying solo. The two are also tied to the advanced Security Operation Center with a monitoring team and dispatch of on-duty security and police officers.

"I have been a tenant at the Mall at Stonecrest for nearly 20 years. The security enhancements being put in place -
especially the robots - help make our customers, and my staff, feel more secure," said Ronald McKenzie, owner of First Class Barber Shop.

The Mall at Stonecrest is the
first shopping center in the area to implement security robots in what could be a model for other malls in the area. Nationwide, security robots are becoming more utilized in many public spaces. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Fed's Finally Took Action on Noncompetes - But No New Rules Yet
They've been threatening for years to eliminate or limit noncompetes

What Does President Biden's Order on Noncompetes Mean for Employers?
Employers should review their noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants in light of a new executive order that aims to curb the use of these contracts in the workplace. The federal government has yet to issue any new rules, but
employers should prepare for potential changes.

President Joe Biden recently signed
an executive order that encourages the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban or limit noncompete agreements. The order is meant to promote competition and economic growth by making it easier for workers to change jobs, among other objectives.

Employers generally use noncompetes to
protect their proprietary information by preventing employees from working for competitors in a specific geographic area for a limited amount of time. But such agreements, particularly with low-wage earners in the retail and restaurant industries, have been scrutinized in recent years.

Carson Sullivan, an attorney with Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., said there's a lot of debate about what the executive order means for noncompetes. "We really can't tell how broad the ban will be," she said, though she noted that the order focused on "unfair" use of noncompetes and other agreements that limit employee mobility.

"The [FTC] is going to take a long, hard look at noncompetes, and
there is considerable momentum behind curtailing their use," said John Siegal, an attorney with BakerHostetler in New York City. "We expect the FTC will conduct a public inquiry process reviewing all of the legal, human resources and economic competitiveness issues around noncompetes, leading to a rulemaking process."

An outright ban on noncompetes, however, would draw considerable opposition from a wide array of industries and employers."

Employers can realistically expect the government to
narrow the employment categories for which such agreements can be used.

California, North Dakota and Oklahoma have banned noncompete agreements in most circumstances, and a new law in Washington, D.C., will also ban the use of such agreements, with some exceptions.

Nearly a dozen other states prohibit noncompetes with low-wage earners or hourly workers. Massachusetts bans noncompetes for certain professionals, such as nurses, physicians, social workers and employees in the broadcasting industry. shrm.org

US Warns Retailers with Ties to China
Feds warn companies that ties to forced labor in China risks breaking the law

The US warned that companies with investment or supply-chain ties to Xinjiang can face legal risks.

The US on Tuesday cautioned that companies that invest, provide venture capital, or have supply-chain ties to the Xinjiang region of China
"run a high risk of violating U.S. law," due to widespread reports of forced labor and other human rights violations against ethnic minorities in the region.

The US has accused China of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, citing the arbitrary mass detention of mostly Muslim ethnic groups in the region in what the Chinese government calls "re-education camps." The government has also
forcibly sterilized, tortured, and sexually abused ethnic minority prisoners in these camps, according to former detainees.

Companies who don't pull out of the region could violate statutes that criminalize benefitting from or importing goods that are the result of forced labor. The advisory also warned US companies against assisting in the development of surveillance tools for Xinjiang or supplying US-made goods to entities that use forced labor.

In 2020, activist groups accused some of
the world's biggest fashion brands - including Nike and H&M - of sourcing cotton from factories that exploit the forced labor of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. Over a million ethnic minorities have been detained in Xinjiang, a region that produces a fifth of world's cotton, and activist groups have called for companies to exit the region to avoid profiting from human rights violations in the area. businessinsider.com

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Prosegur Security Joins Blue Lightning Initiative to
Help Prevent Human Trafficking

Herndon, Va. (July 14, 2021) - Prosegur Security, a global leader in security technology, has become the first security company to join the Blue Lightning Initiative, a joint program of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to help identify and prevent human trafficking. As a part of the program, Prosegur employees who work in aviation and retail security will be trained on how to spot potential human traffickers and victims, as well as the procedures for safely and quickly reporting such instances to relevant authorities.

"Human trafficking continues to be a persistent scourge of our times, with an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide," said Larry Parrotte, the CEO of Prosegur Security USA. "Because protecting others is our core value, we decided to wholeheartedly embrace the mission of the Blue Lightning Initiative. Our security agents interact with travelers and shoppers every day, and are uniquely positioned to spot and do something about suspected trafficking attempts. If we are able to help even one victim, we will consider the program a resounding success."

"Prosegur Security USA has over 5,000 employees and is currently present at 16 U.S. airports as well as numerous retail stores and other commercial locations," said Thomas Pelletier, Prosegur's project leader for the Blue Lightning Initiative. "We are proud to be a part of this initiative, and look forward to working with our friends and partners in law enforcement as well as transportation and retail industries on stopping human traffickers in their tracks."

"DHS is proud to partner with Prosegur Security USA to continue the fight towards ending human trafficking. Through this partnership, the Blue Lightning Initiative will add its first security company to a growing community of over 70 partners working to recognize and report human trafficking across the U.S. transportation system," said Karinda L. Washington, DHS Executive Director, Social Impact and Campaigns.

"We inspect every person entering the United States, which places U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a unique position to combat human trafficking," said Diane J Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. "We are grateful Prosegur Security USA has joined this important initiative as it truly takes all of us to spot potential victims."

"The U.S. Department of Transportation is proud to work with our partners across government and the aviation sector on critical counter-trafficking efforts. When frontline aviation employees are trained to recognize and report suspected instances of human trafficking, actionable tips are reported to law enforcement to help stop the crime. This BLI partnership highlights the commitment of the security industry in joining airlines, airports, and industry associations across the country to take a stand against human trafficking," said Julie Abraham, Director, Office of International Transportation and Trade, Office of the Secretary, USDOT.

In addition to Prosegur, the Blue Lightning Initiative is supported by 30 airlines, 30 U.S. airports, industry associations, and a university all of whom follow the same training and reporting protocols defined by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security. To learn more about joining BLI, reach out to bluecampaign@hq.dhs.gov and trafficking@dot.gov.





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Feds Launch New Ransomware Platform
United States Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov

New website provides cybersecurity resources from across the federal government

Today, as part of the ongoing response, agencies across the U.S. government announced
new resources and initiatives to protect American businesses and communities from ransomware attacks. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov establishes a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. The new StopRansomware.gov is a collaborative effort across the federal government and the first joint website created to help private and public organizations mitigate their ransomware risk.

"As ransomware attacks continue to rise around the world,
businesses and other organizations must prioritize their cybersecurity," said Secretary Mayorkas. "Cyber criminals have targeted critical infrastructure, small businesses, hospitals, police departments, schools, and more. These attacks directly impact Americans' daily lives and the security of our Nation. I urge every organization across our country to use this new resource to learn how to protect themselves from ransomware and reduce their cybersecurity risk."

"The Department of Justice is committed to protecting Americans from
the rise in ransomware attacks that we have seen in recent years," said Attorney General Garland. "Along with our partners in and outside of government, and through our Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, the Department is working to bring all our tools to bear against these threats. But we cannot do it alone. It is critical for business leaders across industries to recognize the threat, prioritize efforts to harden their systems, and work with law enforcement by reporting these attacks promptly."

StopRansomware.gov is the first central hub consolidating ransomware resources from all federal government agencies. Prior to today, individuals and organizations had to visit a variety of websites to find guidance, latest alerts, updates, and resources, increasing the likelihood of missing important information. StopRansomware.gov reduces the fragmentation of resources, which is especially detrimental for those who have become victims of an attack, by integrating federal ransomware resources into a single platform that includes clear guidance on how to report attacks, and the latest ransomware-related alerts and threats from all participating agencies. StopRansomware.gov includes resources and content from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services. dhs.gov

Commission Says Huawei, ZTE Are National Security Threats
FCC Finalizes Plan to Rip and Replace Chinese Telecom Gear
Editor's Note: Don't know about you, but as Biden took office it initially sounded like they were softening their approach to this. Especially with comments about needing to review the black list and one or two may have been taken off the list and a couple lodged complaints about Trump's group having put them on the list. But there was definitely some questions about the validity of the process.

But now there's
no mistaking the authenticity of whether of not any of the companies on the list actually represent a national security threat. As both partys' administrations have had ample time to validate the position.

Federal Communications Commission has finalized a $1.9 billion plan that will help smaller, rural telecommunications carriers pay to rip and replace technology from the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.

In June 2020, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as threats to U.S. national security, noting that if the companies' gear is used on U.S. telecom networks, the firms could spy on communications on behalf of the Chinese government.

As a result, smaller U.S. telecom companies and wireless carriers could no longer tap into the FCC's $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The commission also ordered smaller carriers to remove this gear from their networks, with the government picking up some of the costs.

Congress took more than a year to approve the funds for the
rip-and-replace program. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved the plan and published criteria for carriers that want to apply for the funds.

FCC acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel notes that the replacement plan, officially dubbed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program, is one of the commission's largest efforts to build secure telecommunications networks within the U.S.

FCC Finalizes Rules for Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program

FCC said Tuesday communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers can participate in the $1.89 billion
Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

The FCC says
Huawei and ZTE have close ties with the Chinese government and are obligated to comply with Chinese military and intelligence agency requests to share sensitive user data under the Chinese National Intelligence Law.

Huawei is reported to have received "vast subsidies" from the Chinese government, the commission previously noted, while ZTE violated the U.S. embargo on Iran by sending about $32 million worth of U.S. goods to that nation and by obstructing the Justice Department's investigation into the matter. govinfosecurity.com

Is China's 'Cyber Capacity' Really 10 Years Behind the US?

Experts Dispute Findings of Report by International Institute for Strategic Studies

Some security experts are questioning the findings of a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, that concludes China is 10 years behind the United States in "cyber capacity."

The report attempted to measure cyber capacity of 15 countries based on their strategy and doctrine; governance and command and control; core cyber intelligence capability; cyber empowerment and dependence, cybersecurity and resilience; global leadership in cyberspace affairs; and offensive cyber capability.

But some security experts say the report does not adequately take into account cyberattacks by nonstate actors. They say it attempts to rank countries on capabilities that are difficult to measure. And they say the report doesn't adequately consider defensive powers.

The report concludes that only the U.S. has tier 1 cyber capacity, with world-leading strengths across all the categories. Tier 2 nations are China, Russia, Australia, Canada, France, Israel and the United Kingdom, while tier 3 nations include India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea and Vietnam.

The study says
the United States' "capability for offensive cyber operations is probably more developed than that of any other country." govinfosecurity.com

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From 420 to 710, Make Sure Your Cannabis Business is Safe & Secure
Creating a Security Plan for Cannabis Holidays
Over the weekend was 710, a holiday for cannabis enthusiasts who enjoy consuming cannabis oils, dabs, and concentrates. While 420 may still be the most universally celebrated cannabis holiday, 710 is quickly growing in popularity as cannabis access spreads throughout the U.S. The date 710 was chosen because when the numbers are flipped upside down they spell OIL. Cannabis oil products have a high percentage of THC and include resins, waxes, shatters, and other highly potent products.

Managing an Increase in Sales
Dispensary management should ensure that the facility is well-staffed to accommodate the increase in sales. More employees and security personnel should be scheduled to conduct sales, assist customers, and enforce occupancy limits.
Increasing the number of employees in the store not only produces better customer service, but also improves the dispensary's security. Excellent customer service forces potential criminals to think twice before they decide to commit a crime.

Managing an Increase in Customers
With the increase in sales comes an increase in customers - and
a greater risk of becoming the victim of theft or diversion. The dispensary faces some of the greatest risks during busy shopping times when potential criminals take advantage of the chaos in the store. Dispensaries are at risk from both external theft from customers and internal theft from the dispensary's own employees.

Creating a 710 Security Plan
In addition to employee schedules and occupancy limits,
dispensary management should test all security and alarm devices to ensure they are in proper working order. Management should also review the security plan and signs of internal and external theft with employees. 710 security measures aim to better protect the business and its employees and can be used on other holidays or whenever the dispensary is faced with increases in sales and customers.

Successful plans take a proactive approach to security.
Proactive security seeks to prevent and deter crime by removing the opportunity for potential criminals. Dispensary management should ensure that they have established an occupancy limit and scheduled a sufficient number of employees for 710 and the weekend following it. By preparing for and responding to increases in sales together, dispensary management and employees can prevent theft on one of the busiest sales days of the year. sapphirerisk.com

Regulations - New Taxes - Expunging Criminal Records - Funding Restorative Justice Programs
In a Milestone, Schumer Will Propose Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, will offer draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

The draft bill, called the
Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and begin regulating and taxing it, placing federal rules on a burgeoning industry that has faced years of uncertainty. Though states would still be allowed to set their own marijuana laws, businesses and individuals in states that have legalized its use would be free for the first time to sell and consume it without the risk of federal punishment.

The proposal would also
try to make recompense to communities of color and the poor for damage from years of restrictive federal drug policy. It calls for immediately expunging nonviolent marijuana-related arrests and convictions from federal records and would earmark new tax revenue for restorative justice programs intended to lift up communities affected by "the failed federal prohibition of cannabis."

The bill aims to "finally turn the page on this dark chapter in American history and begin righting these wrongs." nytimes.com

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60% of Online Merchants 'Struggling to Cope' with Rising Payments Fraud
Global Survey Shows Pandemic's Accelerating Online Sales & The Increasing Cost of Fraud

Merchants say they're losing revenue to online fraud, FIS report finds
Worldpay from FIS and Forrester surveyed 671 C-level executives from omnichannel and enterprise merchants from 11 countries, asking in-depth questions about payment card fraud, risk management, authentication methods and chargebacks. Here's what we found.

One in four merchants are struggling to implement payment security solutions as businesses are looking to test the waters of e-commerce, a June 15 report by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) stated.

In North America, 31% of merchants face challenges with the "implementation of new emerging payments types" and 31% are concerned about the IT infrastructure upgrade costs associated with multiple payments options and security, the report stated.

Small and medium sized businesses who didn't have a big digital footprint prior to the pandemic are maneuvering to provide customers with multiple safe payment options while larger enterprises are looking to safeguard the increased sales volume on their e-commerce channels.

Some 38% of merchants lost at least 6% of their revenue to payments fraud in 2020, according to the June 15 report from payments processor FIS.

Six in ten merchants worldwide reported higher rates of e-commerce fraud in 2020 and are struggling to cope with rising payments fraud that impacts business revenue, the report said.

Some 59% of merchants saw an increase in e-commerce fraud in 2020 relating to card-not-present transactions. For 22% of merchants, payment fraud was a critical challenge for their businesses while managing consumer data security remained a critical challenge for 20% of the businesses.

Synthetic fraud, account takeover, identity theft and chargeback increased in 2020 and were major pain points for merchants, the report stated.

Payments fraud a big concern in North America

One in 10 merchants based in North America said that "the costs of managing fraud exceed 10% of profits for a typical year," the report stated.

E-commerce sales experienced a surge during the pandemic and "two in three North American merchants reported more card-not-present [online] fraud in 2020," while "61% reported more chargeback fraud than in 2019," the report stated.

Of the merchants who experienced chargeback fraud, 20% reported experiencing significantly more chargeback fraud in 2020, compared to 2019 while 35% reported a slight increase in that fraud, the FIS report stated.

In 2021, 44% of merchants in North America will focus on improving fraud detection and mitigation while 44% will prioritize increasing choice of payment options, the report stated. paymentsdive.com

Dangerous Items Sold on Amazon
Amazon Sued by U.S. Product-Safety Agency Over Dangerous Items
Amazon.com Inc. was sued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is seeking an order determining that the largest online retailer is legally responsible for
defective products sold in its sprawling third-party marketplace.

The complaint filed on Wednesday says
Amazon sold children's sleepwear that failed to meet federal standards for flammability; some 24,000 carbon monoxide detectors that failed to activate when the harmful gas was present; and 400,000 hair dryers that risked shock and electrocution. Each of the products was sold by one of Amazon's millions of third-party sellers, and all used a service called Fulfillment By Amazon, in which the company stores and distributes the products on behalf of its sellers.

After the CPSC notified Amazon of the defects,
the Seattle-based company removed some of the product listings, notified customers that their goods presented a hazard, and offered a refund, but the actions were insufficient, the agency said in its complaint. Amazon "did not want to have this be called a recall, and they did not want to be considered legally responsible for these products," CPSC spokesperson Joe Martyak said. "That's the dealbreaker here. We think you are responsible for this." bloomberg.com

VP Safety & Security job posted for Roku in San Jose, CA
The VP, Safety and Security will provide leadership and support for the strategy and execution of global safety and security initiatives at Roku. You will be accountable for leading teams that will provide effective safety & security solutions and risk mitigation plans supporting Roku's intellectual property, facilities, and people. This position will report to the SVP, People and will help in creating safety and security solutions and policies that support our growth and our culture. roku.com

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San Francisco Resident Convicted Of Robbery Affecting Interstate Commerce In Scheme To Steal Merchandise While Threatening To Spread Covid-19

Defendant Entered a Walgreens, Coughed Audibly, Claimed to Have "COVID," and Stole Merchandise from Store.

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal jury convicted Carmelita Barela today of committing robbery affecting interstate commerce in connection with a scheme to steal merchandise from a Walgreens while claiming to have COVID-19.

"Unfortunately, some people have tried to use the crisis to intimidate essential workers and to commit crimes. This conviction demonstrates that those who seek to exploit the pandemic and commit crimes for their own personal gain will be held accountable."

"The FBI did not stand by while criminals were using the COVID-19 pandemic to threaten and intimidate frontline workers," said Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair. "People working in grocery stores and convenience stores were risking going to work so the rest of us could get the food and medicine we needed. The FBI has remained committed to this case to protect the essential workers in our community."

On April 6, 2020, Barela, 36, of San Francisco, and another woman entered a Walgreens near San Francisco's Civic Center with empty bags and without wearing masks. After the store manager offered assistance, the other woman began to cough without covering her mouth. The store manager asked the other woman to leave the store if she was sick. Instead, the woman walked over to Barela and both defendants began to cough audibly while taking merchandise off the shelves and placing it into their bags. The manager told the defendants to leave the store, to which they responded by saying, "We have COVID." Barela continued to cough audibly and eventually left the store without paying for the merchandise the defendants placed into their bags.

A grand jury indicted Barela on June 22, 2020, charging her with robbery affecting interstate commerce (Hobbs Act Robbery), in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951. The jury convicted Barela of the charge.

Barela faces a maximum sentence of 20 years of prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, the court may order restitution and an additional term of supervised release. Judge Breyer ordered the Barela detained pending sentencing and scheduled a sentencing hearing for August 4, 2021. justice.gov

Vacaville, CA: 80 pairs of Stolen Jeans worth thousands found in retail theft bust
Two women are accused of stealing thousands of dollars of Target and True Religion merchandise that included clothes and baby formula, according to the Vacaville Police Department's Facebook post. Vacaville police said they arrested Coreneshia Brooks, 25, and Jazell Young, 25, after finding 80 pairs of stolen jeans, 43 of which were from Levi's and 37 of which were from True Religion. Police said the True Religion jeans alone retailed for over $8,700.
They also found stolen baby formula, children's clothing and over-the-counter medicine that totaled over $4,500.

Police said they received reports of two women grabbing stacks of jeans before fleeing the True Religion store in a white Ford Focus. They later found the car while scanning through traffic cameras. Target employees contacted police saying two women with a similar description stole baby formula from the store. Police found the car while they were trying to leave a parking lot near Target. Officers arrested Brooks and Young after they followed their orders.
Police believe Brooks was involved in other thefts from Targets across 11 counties and 30 cities, with an estimated loss of over $74,000. Brooks and Young are booked into the Solano County Jail on felony charges relating to shoplifting, possession of stolen property and organized theft. Brooks also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest in San Joaquin County for organized retail theft and grand theft. facebook.com

Fresno, CA: Suspects targeting high-end hair products at salons across Fresno
A series of salon break-ins throughout Fresno is becoming a costly crime. Many of the businesses barely survived pandemic closures only to be repeatedly hit by a beauty shop burglar. Juan Salcedo owns Luxe Salon and Spa near Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue. His salon has been hit twice this year by a burglar, once in March when a suspect smashed a window and stole high-end makeup and hot tools. Then again on June 17. Surveillance video shows the window smash and the suspect come in, bin in hand. "He made sure he went for the big stuff," Salcedo said. The second time, the suspect got away with high-end hair products and hot tools. Salcedo says between both burglaries the business is out nearly $17,000 in goods and damages.

Perth, Australia: Burglar uses garden hose to rappel into Bunnings Warehouse store
In a Mission Impossible-style burglary, a man has been caught on camera rappelling into a Bunnings store using a garden hose and stealing some power tools before fleeing the scene. CCTV captured the hooded man using the long hose to break into the Harrisdale Bunnings just after 4am on July 5. Wearing a balaclava, the man can be seen descending down the hose from inside the roof of the hardware store and landing on top of a shelving unit. He then makes a fumbled jump to the ground and falls on the floor. The hooded robber walks aimlessly through the aisles of the giant shop with a backpack, collecting several items to take with him. He then attempts to use the same garden hose to climb back up to the roof, but his getaway is disrupted by workers in the store. Scrambling back to the ground, the CCTV shows the man picking power tools out of the bundle of goods he had collected, before sprinting to an emergency exit for his great escape.

Update: Hammond, IN: Second robber sentenced to 7 years for $1M Jared Jewelry heist
A federal judge sentenced a second man to prison for the 2019 armed robbery of a Southlake Mall jewelry store, where a trio stole $1,000,000 worth of valuables. U.S. District Court Chief Judge
Jon DeGuilio sentenced 30-year-old Altonio Dequan Benson, of Detroit, Michigan, to 84 months imprisonment on Wednesday. Benson pleaded guilty to robbery affecting interstate commerce and was also ordered to pay restitution totaling to $422,552. Another Detroit, Michigan, man, Darren Bell, was sentenced to 39 years in prison in December 2020 and ordered to pay $422,552 in restitution for his involvement in the heist.

The men pleaded guilty to taking part in an armed robbery Jan. 25, 2019, at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in Southlake Mall. A third suspect remains unidentified. Federal prosecutors alleged Bell, Benson, 41, of Detroit, and a third man entered the store around 7 p.m. that day. While customers and employees watched, the men smashed open display cases with sledge hammers and ran away with more than $1 million worth of jewelry.

Greenville, NC: Three arrested for Best Buy theft
Three Greenville residents have been arrested for attempting to steal electronics from Best Buy. An incident report said the Greenville Police Department received a report of larceny at 6 p.m. on Tuesday from the Best Buy at 3140 Evans St., in the Lynncroft Shopping Center. It was reported that a Nighthawk router valued at $450 and a Harmon Kardon speaker valued at $300 were stolen.

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Shootings & Deaths

Springfield, MO: Homicide investigation at Walmart, Arkansas man arrested for murder
About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Springfield Police responded to the Neighborhood Market at 1320 South Glenstone to reports of a shooting. According to a media release by the Springfield Police Department, Altercation in front of the store between two men, no further threat to the public, "When officers arrived, they found a male in front of the business who had suffered a gunshot wound. The male received medical attention on scene but succumbed to his injuries."

Miami, FL: Man accused of Grocery Store killing was out on bond after attempted murder charge
The Miami man charged with murder following Monday morning's shooting at a North Miami-Dade grocery store was out on bond after being charged with attempted murder in an incident involving the same store. Each event ended with the arrest of Amon Bush. The 35-year-old will remain in custody of Miami-Dade Corrections - not granted bond now that he's got a second-degree murder charge on top of his attempted second-degree murder charge from 2020. Bush lives two blocks, as the crow flies, from J's Food Market, 7606 NW 17th Ave. That's where an arrest report, in a narrative that seems as if it came from security camera footage, says Bush talked with a man, then went to the front of the store and talked with the man again before shooting him in the chest.

Danville, VA: American Freight Store employee shot Manager in the head
A man is behind bars after opening fire inside of a department and leaving the store manager injured Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:25 p.m., Danville Police responded to American Freight, Furniture, Mattress and Appliance located at 3316 Riverside Drive for reports of a shooting. Police said when they arrived, they found the suspect, 32-year-old Jaivon Scott running from the area. Officers said they chased him, took him into custody and were able to recover a small-caliber handgun. The victim in the shooting was identified as a 29-year-old man and the store's manager. Police said he was shot in the head, but he is alert and in stable condition after being transported to the hospital. According to authorities, Scott was a store employee and was currently working when he shot the manager and left the store. Police said other employees were inside the building at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured.

Atlanta, GA: Man Shot outside Buckhead Restaurant, Found Injured 2 Miles Away
A victim who police say was shot at a high-end Buckhead restaurant Wednesday afternoon has been hospitalized after being located by officers two miles away. Atlanta Police have not revealed details about the victim, who was found in the 3100 block of Peachtree Road Northeast. Police were able to determine that the man, who had been shot, became involved in a verbal dispute with another man in the parking lot of Toast, a popular brunch eatery in the 2700 block of Lenox Road, police said. The altercation took place around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when the argument escalated and resulted in the man being shot, police said. The man, who was found in stable condition on Peachtree Road, was taken to a local hospital.

Update: High Point, NC: Pair charged in connection to fatal shooting at Speedway earlier this month


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Viral: Best Buy worker says he was fired after taking down suspected shoplifter
A TikToker is claiming he was fired from Best Buy after stopping someone he thought was a shoplifter. The video, shared by @freddya1358, garnered 2.2 million views on the platform since it was posted on Tuesday. It shows the worker sitting at a desk by the sliding entrance and exit doors of a Best Buy. A man walks through the exit. The Best Buy worker grabs the backpack of the alleged shoplifter, and a "tug-of-war" of sorts ensues over the bag. "Got fired for stopping this guy, he called corporate said I didn't social distance lol. Not even mad. #enjoy #whoshiring," the TikToker captioned the clip.

The company reportedly has an asset protection team to "maintain a safe and secure environment," but it's not clear whether the company requires this level of confrontation. Several commenters, including some who claimed to be employed or formerly employed by Best Buy, mentioned that loss prevention policies typically do not allow employees to physically engage suspected shoplifters. "Used to work at a Best Buy," wrote @rodney604. "When doing asset protection, they specifically instruct you to not touch/physically stop people from stealing. Your fault." ladbible.com

Husband And Wife Convenience Store Owners Sentenced To Prison And Ordered To Pay Restitution For Fraud Involving SNAP Program
Jacksonville, Florida - U.S. District Judge sentenced Russell Leroy Dotson, Jr. (63, Jacksonville) and his wife, Maria Luisa Dotson (66, Jacksonville), to 18 months in federal prison each for conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The court also ordered the couple to pay $257,919.10 in restitution and entered an order of forfeiture for the same amount against each of them.

The Dotsons owned and operated
Asmarina Food Mart, which had two locations in Jacksonville they trained their employees on ways to conduct fraudulent transactions with SNAP and when the recipients actually purchased nothing at all or actually purchased items not eligible under the SNAP program. The employees then gave them about one-half of the purported value of the fraudulent transaction, while the Dotsons kept the remainder of the money. Over approximately 27 months, defrauded the United States out of $257,979.10. justice.gov

Laurel, MD: Man wanted after armored car robbery
On Monday, July 12, around noon, Laurel Police officers were called to the 7100 block of Virginia Manor Court for a report of an armed robbery and shooting. When officers arrived on the scene they located the one victim involved in the robbery, according to the police department. The armed robbery happened when the man, armed with a handgun, approached a security service delivery driver, disarmed him, and then demanded he hand over the U.S. currency deposit bag he was holding, Laurel Police said. The man complied and then the suspect fired one shot at him before fleeing the scene. The driver was not injured during the robbery, said police. 

New York, NY: Search on for gunmen who tried to rob Dior on Fifth Avenue
Police are searching for the gunmen who entered a luxury store on Fifth Avenue with guns drawn. The two suspects walked into the store at 767 Fifth Avenue on Sunday around 3:30 p.m. When they were confronted by store security, they left the store and got into a red SUV that took off eastbound on 59th Street.

Concord, NC: Teen escort policy aims to reduce violence at Concord Mills

San Francisco, CA: Woman convicted of robbing Walgreens while claiming to have COVID-19; faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced next month

Fort Collins, CO: Fort Collins Police arrested Sai Kruger for a series of purse thefts in May and June

Dayton, OH: Man pleads guilty in 5 armed robberies in 5 weeks at Dayton Dollar General

Aiken, SC: Man charged for string of Armed Robberies; Circle K, Sprint, Dollar General and Waffle House since May




Beauty - Fresno, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Shoshone County, ID - Burglary
C-Store - Emporia, KS - Burglary
C-Store - Columbus, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Waterloo, IA - Burglary
Dior - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Fireworks - Hernando County, FL - Burglary
Gas Station - Orangeburg, SC - Burglary
Guns - Boise, ID - Burglary
Laundry - Brooklyn, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Danbury, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Puyallup - Robbery
Jewelry - Dawsonville, GA - Robbery
Metro PCS -Wichita ,KS - Robbery
Pharmacy - San Francisco, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Franklin, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Franklin, TN - Burglary
Vape - Lincoln, NE - Burglary


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


Weekly Totals:
• 54 robberies
• 27 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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