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What New Features Of Video Systems Help To Ensure Privacy?

Faces captured by video cameras could be perceived as an invasion of privacy, as could images captured through residential windows or that involve private or proprietary information. Fortunately, modern video systems incorporate technological features that help avoid an inadvertent invasion of privacy, while preserving any data that may be needed by authorized persons. For the latest commentary, we turn to our Expert Panel Roundtable with this week's question: What new features of video systems are helping to ensure privacy?

Wayne Dorris - Program Manager - Cybersecurity, Axis Communications

Modern video systems include a bevy of intelligent technologies to help ensure privacy. These include masking fixed areas in the camera view, anonymizing people through dynamic masking or thermal imaging, and using radar technology. Additionally, when there is a need to safeguard the privacy of bystanders in exported video, video redaction support in video management software is also available. Such solutions enable robust video surveillance systems while also addressing privacy regulations that place restrictions on the collection of personally identifiable data. Furthermore, when it comes to protecting the video and data that are generated via video systems, many solutions today include built-in encryption and cybersecurity features to help counter different types of attacks, effectively mitigate vulnerabilities, and prevent unauthorized access to the system. From detecting firmware tampering to preventing software replacement, these cybersecurity features safeguard systems from the inside out and help reduce the risk of costly, disruptive digital attacks.

Florian Matusek - Director - Video Analytics / Managing Director Vienna Office, Genetec, Inc.

When it comes to physical security technology, systems can offer robust privacy features by design. Built-in privacy protection tools that automatically obscure the identity of individuals captured in surveillance video allow operators to see what is happening in the footage without violating anyone's privacy. When an investigation requires collaboration, security systems with privacy protection allow operators to give access to evidence via secure links with fully encrypted data. End users can set permissions for sensitive data and footage without slowing down investigations and incident response. Only those with the proper authorization can view the data. For others, it remains encrypted. User privileges and audit trails ensure that the integrity of data stays intact.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Shoplifting Crisis Is Fueling More Violence in NYC
Op-Ed: Ignoring shoplifting turns convenience stores into minefields
The numbers show that supposedly minor shoplifting has become a crisis, one stemming from changes to New York criminal law and in how New York prosecutes that law. In 2019, the New York Legislature and then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo reformed state laws to ensure that virtually no repeat shoplifters go to jail awaiting trial. In 2022, new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg said that no matter what the law said, he wouldn't prosecute shoplifting anyway. A person who "shoplifts and makes a minimal threat to a store employee while leaving . . . pose[s] no genuine risk," he directed staffers.

Since then, petty theft has exploded in New York's Midtown North Precinct, where both the Duane Reade and the CVS are located. In 2019, for the first half of the year, Midtown North recorded 979 petit larcenies (generally, shoplifting of minor items). By last year, they had reached 1,161, and this year, they are at 1,331.

That's a 36% increase over four years, which is alarming enough - but it also far understates the case. Conservatively speaking, a petit larceny happens at each of these locations at least once a day; more realistically, the rate is likely closer to hourly.

Moreover, the numbers can't show how this shoplifting amnesty has contributed to Midtown North's decline in public safety, public order, and just plain livability over the past few years.

Urban decay

By early 2022, a Rite Aid store had shuttered. It remains a half-block empty hulk, a vast space outside of which vagrants can panhandle and sleep unmolested by commercial activity. One of its glass doors is now covered by a formidable metal security gate.

After the Rite Aid closed, the Duane Reade at 50th and Broadway became the drugstore closest to my house. But this store, too, has become a no-go zone. It's not uncommon to see two shoplifters simultaneously going about their business, casually stealing energy drinks or ice cream to resell.

It's even gotten iffy just to walk by the Duane Reade: a disorderly environment creates danger, and vice versa. The criminals now attracted to the area can become violent.

Progressive architects of New York's post-2019 criminal-justice regime, from state lawmakers to DA Bragg, claim that they want to keep minority men out of prison. Now, one is dead and another sits in a failing jail, hoping that a grand jury refuses to indict him for murder. This is progress?  nypost.com

Albuquerque's War on Retail Crime
Includes Tougher Penalties & More Armed Guards at Stores

Armed guards at Albuquerque retailers to ensure safety

"You will be met with resistance or deadly force, if you create a situation that causes that to be justified," IPS Global CEO Aaron Jones said

Shoplifters could be faced with tougher penalties. New legislation passed at the 2023 legislation session will crack down on shoplifters. The value of stolen merchandise will be consolidated. As a result, repeated shoplifters will be charged with felonies instead of misdemeanors.

With retail crime on the rise in Albuquerque, shoppers are often met with armed guards at retailers to ensure the safety of the community. While it has become an unusual sight for some, International Protection Services (IPS) said it's needed.

IPS Global CEO & Chairman weighs in: "It's been out of control for a long time."

"Criminals have become so brazen, because of the lack of policing, the lack of laws in place to basically prosecute them. It seems like things are possibly getting better with some new legislation that's come into place, but that will take a while before that goes into place," IPS CEO & Chairman of the Board Aaron Jones said.

"We're also there to prevent active shooter type situations, violent armed robberies, anything that may cause any kind of concern to the shop or to the associates and anybody that's in any of those places," Jones added. "There is nothing more important than for families to be able to put food on their tables and clothes on their kids' backs to do that. They need to be able to come into these stores and to be able to shop safely and not have to be worried about being gunned down."

"The private sector is stepping in and filling the void that law enforcement is, unfortunately, unable to handle at the moment."

According to Jones, times have changed. "Historically, over the last 10 to 20 years, no way in heck would they have an armed guard in any kind of place, because they were too worried about liability. Now, they're too worried about the liability of not having it there," Jones said. "The vicarious liability of not being able to protect somebody and having a wrong death or a wrongful great bodily injury type situation. So, I appreciate that they're realizing they're allowing professional organizations like IPOs to come in and provide that."  koat.com

More Police Departments Boost Funding to Fight ORC
Calexico requests close to a million dollars against retail crime
Cases like this have been occurring almost on a daily basis in the border town - causing concerns amongst the business community, especially in the downtown area, according to various posts by the Calexico Police Officer Association.

This might come to an end in the upcoming future as the Calexico City Council recently authorized Interim Police Chief Víctor Legaspi Jr. to request close to a million dollars in order to address retail crime in local businesses.

The interim police chief recalled last year the state enacted a Senate bill in order to establish the grant program for the prevention of organized robbery of businesses. The program includes $242.2 million in funds available to law enforcement to prevent various crimes such as shoplifting and vehicle theft.

Calexico Police have planned to request $988,500 in funds.

The interim police chief said the agency plans to use these funds to pay an investigator's salary for the next three years, in addition to covering officer training expenses and the purchase of three vehicles and equipment to carry out surveillance operations. ivpressonline.com

ILL. SAFE-T Act Upheld - No Bail For Nonviolent Crimes
No Bail for Shoplifters

Illinois Supreme Court upholds no-cash bail law to take effect in 60 days
In 60 days, cash bail in Illinois will be no more after the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Pretrial Fairness Act portion of the Safety, Accountability, Equity, Transparency-Today Act.

The sweeping criminal justice measure narrowly passed in early 2020 and had been amended multiple times, including in December 2022 with a law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed to clarify that criminal defendants charged with violent crimes can be held pretrial while those charged with nonviolent crimes can be let go without bail.

The no-cash bail provision was supposed to go into effect statewide Jan. 1, 2023, but was put on hold by the Illinois Supreme Court after a Kankakee County judge declared the law unconstitutional.

Various other provisions off the SAFE-T Act that already went into effect deal with regulations on police like requiring body cameras over time and restricting certain types of restraints police can deploy as well as allow for anonymous complaints against law enforcement. thecentersquare.com

House ORC Bill Picking Up Cosponsors With Bipartisan Support
U.S. Congress Update: H.R.895 Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023

10 House Representatives signed as Cosponsors yesterday. Now having 54 in total. 29 Republicans and 25 Democrats congress.gov

Deadliest Six Months of Mass Killings in 17 Years
With violence breaking out in both rural & urban areas, no part of America has been spared

US sees deadliest six months of mass killings on record since at least 2006

From the first day of the year to the end of June, the US endured 28 mass killings, and the death toll rose just about every week

Slain at the hands of strangers or gunned down by loved ones. Massacred in small towns, in big cities, inside their own homes or outside in broad daylight. This year's unrelenting bloodshed across the US has led to the grimmest of milestones - the deadliest six months of mass killings recorded since at least 2006.

From 1 January to 30 June, the nation endured 28 mass killings, all but one of which involved guns. The death toll rose just about every week, a constant cycle of violence and grief.

Six months, 181 days, 28 mass killings, 140 victims, one country.

A mass killing is defined as an occurrence when four or more people are slain, not including the assailant, within a 24-hour period. A database maintained by the Associated Press and USA Today in partnership with Northeastern University tracks this large-scale violence dating back to 2006.

The 2023 milestone exceeded the previous record of 27 mass killings, which was only set in the second half of 2022. James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University, never imagined records like this when he began overseeing the database about five years ago.

"We used to say there were two to three dozen a year," Fox said. "The fact that there's 28 in half a year is a staggering statistic." theguardian.com

   RELATED: USA TODAY's Updated Mass Killing Database

San Francisco Business Owner Patrols the Streets With a Fake Gun to Fight Crime

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America's Doom Loop Crisis - Coming to a City Near You?
San Francisco's 'doom loop' is a warning for every American city

We have to figure out how to fix San Francisco's problems now, because they're going to be every city's problems later

Ever since the pandemic, San Francisco has become the scary poster child for the Death of American Downtowns. Liberal newspapers and conservative pundits alike love to point to San Francisco as a cautionary tale of how not to run a city, a post-COVID apocalypse.

A parade of national retailers have abandoned San Francisco for want of foot traffic. A quarter of all storefronts in the main shopping district are empty. Commercial real estate is a garbage fire; owners of several major hotels have given the keys back to the bank and split. Nobody's really sure how bad crime is, but it feels worse, and the police may have quiet-quit.

Homelessness is a devastating problem, and it's not uncommon to see unhoused folks having mental breakdowns amid the outside-dining parklets of ritzy restaurants. It's bleaker than I've ever seen.

Now, you probably think two things about all this. The first one is, this is what happens when super woke pinko commies are allowed to run a government on drugs and pronouns. That's wrong. San Francisco is actually run by 1,000 pro-business centrists wearing a leftist trench coat. This is a place where the politics of identity have always been more progressive than actual policy and governance. So while it's tempting to blame Pride marchers and Burning Man pryotechnicians for the current state of affairs, it's actually the rich oligarchs and technolibertarian geniuses of Silicon Valley who can't seem to figure out how to finish a new rail line or convert some skyscrapers to condos, much less solve the homelessness crisis. Their only answers for the city's demise are lower taxes for themselves, and more cops for skid row.

The second thing you're probably thinking is, phew, at least I don't live there! But treating San Francisco as some sort of outlier, a sui generis example of urban decay, is wrong, too. California has always been the bleeding-future edge of the continent, a cyberpunk scrying pool. The lives and deaths of American cities are communicable, transmitting along interstate highways and across financial networks. We have to figure out how to fix San Francisco's problems now, because they're going to be every city's problems later. businessinsider.com

OSHA's War on Dollar General Making More Headlines
Dollar General has been dubbed a 'severe violator' for constant safety violations

Dollar General has paid a fraction of the $21 million it owes in fines for hazardous working conditions

Dollar General has paid less than one-fifth of the $21 million in fines it owes OSHA.

Dollar General has racked up $21 million in fines over hazardous working environments in its stores. But so far, the company has paid just $4 million of what it owes.

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has hit the retailer with fines since 2017, Retail Dive reported last week. Most of the fines stem from violations of safety regulations, including merchandise stacked in aisles, which creates hazards if a fire or other emergency breaks out and could injure people in the stores.

At some stores, the clutter has gotten so bad that local fire marshals have ordered them to close until they can fix the issue.

The company's shareholders voted to investigate worker safety issues in May, shortly after OSHA labeled Dollar General a "severe violator" of safety requirements, a designation that the government uses for employers that are "committing willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations."

OSHA has the power to file criminal charges against companies that refuse to pay fines, Lee Marchessault, president of consulting firm Workplace Safety Solution, told Retail Dive. Dollar General's net income for the 2022 fiscal year was about $2.3 billion.

One reason for the clutter, employees told Insider earlier this year, is that the chain has cut worker hours over the last few years. That's left a single employee on shift for hours at a time at many stores. In those cases, workers often default to working the checkout and helping customers, leaving inventory unpacked and sitting it the aisles. businessinsider.com

The Retail Impact of Plummeting Office Attendance
'Retailers need to rethink their model' as floorspace demand declines

Hybrid work is the new normal, as companies rethink work habits and office and retail space

Demand for office space is expected to drop to far below where it was in 2019 as changes in office culture are influencing where people live and shop.

With some employees pushing back against return-to-office plans and the hybrid work model of three days a week in person seeming to be the sweet spot, the idea of bringing workers back to the office for a five-day workweek appears to have hit a wall.

Office attendance has stabilized at 30% below where it was before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

That flexibility is helping drive down demand for office space. By 2030, McKinsey predicts, demand for office space will be as much as 20% lower than it was in 2019, depending on the city. While remote and hybrid work is the big reason, the trend toward more desks in less space and shifts to automation were also factored into its analysis.

Retail demand is changing

Shopping patterns were also changed by the pandemic, with remote and hybrid workers less likely to spend near the office.

"Retailers need to rethink their model," said Jan Mischke, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, as foot traffic and and spending continues to be lower - especially in office-dense neighborhoods - and online shopping continues to take market share from stores. "The demand for retail floorspace in 2030 will be lower than it than it [was] in 2019," he said.

"We feel we have a sufficient clarity now that it's relatively clear what needs to happen," said Mischke. At the city level, that means creating more mixed-use environments, which proved more resilient during the pandemic. cnbc.com

Retail Sales Grew Again in June Despite Slower Job Gains
"June retail sales confirm that while the economy may be cooling, consumers remain on solid footing and are spending on household priorities," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Back-to-class spending is one of the most important shopping occasions of the year, and NRF's consumer research shows that back-to-school and college spending is expected to set new records. Consumers are looking for the best value and deals, and retailers are well stocked with essential items for families and students." nrf.com

Former OSHA Chief: Agency Should Prepare for Next Pandemic
In a June 16 viewpoint article in JAMA, David Michaels, former assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, wrote the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should take steps to better protect workers in future pandemics, including issuing a federal pandemic preparedness standard. blr.com

Buy Buy Baby forced to close all New York state locations

David's Bridal reportedly will keep nearly 200 stores open under new ownership

China's economy falters as latest growth, retail sales data disappoints

Fashion retailer H&M to launch in Brazil

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In Case You Missed It

ADT Commercial unveils new Everon customer
engagement platform at NRF PROTECT

ADT Commercial rebrands eSuite customer engagement experience to Everon,
with new, action-driven dashboards that bring critical activity to the forefront

ADT Commercial, a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire, life safety, and guarding services in the U.S., launched the redesign, rebrand and user experience transformation of its customer engagement platform to Everon (formerly eSuite) at NRF PROTECT.

The development of the modernized Everon platform was driven by years of direct customer feedback to provide a more intuitive, user-friendly experience that boasts a host of new features, system efficiencies, mobile responsiveness and supportive, self-service functions.

Enhancements to prioritize action

Everon's more intuitive, web-based platform provides ADT Commercial customers with immediate, user-friendly access to security system information and insights to be able to make critical decisions and take action. The modernized user interface includes a dark-mode desktop experience and enhanced dashboards that prioritize account and alarm data based on each organization's individual preferences, so the most important information that requires customer action is displayed first.

Additionally, Everon is the most efficient iteration of ADT Commercial's customer engagement platform, retrieving and displaying data more quickly than ever before with amplified mobile responsiveness for effective solution management on the go.

"Everything across Everon is about prioritizing action, so that our customers feel more empowered at every turn. We want them to feel like they have total ownership over their systems - from wherever they are, even on the go," said Jay Robertson, Senior Vice President, Product Management for ADT Commercial. "It's about supporting them with valuable insights, a more mobile responsive experience, and self-service functionalities that allow them to take meaningful action and streamline their security, fire and life safety programs and operations."

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CISOs Under Growing Pressure
Protecting sensitive information in the age of high employee turnover
In this Help Net Security interview, Charles Brooks, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's Applied Intelligence Program and graduate Cybersecurity Programs, talks about how zero trust principles, identity access management, and managed security services are crucial for effective cybersecurity, and how implementation of new technologies like AI, machine learning, and tracking tools can enhance supply chain security.

CISOs believe they have adequate data protection measures, yet many have dealt with the loss of sensitive data over the past year. How do you reconcile this apparent contradiction?

There are a multitude of causes that can account for the exfiltration of sensitive data. The first being that hacker adversaries have become more sophisticated and capable of breaching. The basic tools and tactics hackers use for exploitation include malware, social engineering, phishing (the easiest most common, especially spear-phishing aimed at corporate executives), ransomware, insider threats, and DDOS attacks. Also, they often use advanced and automated hacking tools shared on the dark web, including AI and ML tools that are used to attack and explore victims' networks. That evolving chest of hacker weaponry is not so easy for CISOs to defend against.

Another big factor is the reality is that exponential digital connectivity propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the security paradigm. Many employees now work from hybrid and remote offices. There is more attack surface area to protect with less visibility and controls in place for the CISO. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that more sensitive data has and will be exposed to hackers.

The notion of adequate protection is a misnomer as threats are constantly morphing. All it takes is one crafty phish, a misconfiguration, or a failure to do a timely patch for a gap to provide an opportunity for a breach. Finally, many CISOs have had to operate with limited budgets and qualified cyber personnel. Perhaps they have lower expectations of the level of security they can achieve under the circumstances.

As the economic downturn pressures security budgets, how can CISOs optimize their resources to manage cybersecurity risks effectively?

CISOs must enact a prudent risk management strategy according to their industry and size that they can follow to allow them to best optimize resources. A good risk management strategy will devise a vulnerability framework that Identifies digital assets and data to be protected. A risk assessment can quickly identify and prioritize cyber vulnerabilities so that you can immediately deploy solutions to protect critical assets from malicious cyber actors while immediately improving overall operational cybersecurity. This includes protecting and backing up business enterprise systems such as: financial systems, email exchange servers, HR, and procurement systems with new security tools (encryption, threat intel & detection, firewalls, etc.) and policies. helpnetsecurity.com

Credential Stealing Attack on AWS Spreads
AWS Cloud Credential Stealing Campaign Spreads to Azure, Google Cloud

The TeamTNT threat actor appears to be setting the stage for broader cloud worm attacks, researchers say.

AdvertisementA sophisticated cloud-credential stealing and cryptomining campaign targeting Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments for the past several months has now expanded to Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as well. And, the tools used in the campaign share considerable overlap with those associated with TeamTNT, a notorious, financially motivated threat actor, researchers have determined.

The broader targeting appears to have begun in June, according to researchers at SentinelOne and Permiso, and is consistent with a continuous series of incremental refinements that the threat actor behind the campaign has been making to it since the series of attacks began in December.

In separate reports highlighting their key takeaways, the firms noted that the attacks targeting Azure and Google's cloud services involve the same core attack scripts that the threat group behind it has been using in the AWS campaign. However, the Azure and GCP capabilities are very nascent and less developed than the AWS tooling, says Alex Delamotte, threat researcher at SentinelOne.

"The actor only implemented the Azure credential collection module in the more recent - June 24 and newer - attacks," she says. "The development has been consistent, and we will likely see more tools emerge over the coming weeks with bespoke automations for these environments, should the attacker find them a valuable investment."  darkreading.com

White House Launches Cybersecurity Implementation Plan

The White House has announced the first iteration of the National Cybersecurity Implementation Plan.

U.S. President Biden's administration this week released the first iteration of the National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan, which was announced in March 2023. The plan aims to boost public and private cybersecurity resilience, take the fight to threat actors, beef up the defense of infrastructure and draw a clear national roadmap of cybersecurity responsibilities.

What are the pillars of this cybersecurity plan?

Each initiative in the plan aligns with one of the five essential pillars:

• Defend critical infrastructure.
• Disrupt and dismantle threat actors.
• Shape market forces to drive security and resilience.
• Invest in a resilient future.
• Forge international partnerships to pursue shared goals.

There are more than 65 federal initiatives under the banner of a National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan. According to a White House document about the plan, it looks at two critical areas: the need for more "capable actors" in cyberspace to shoulder more cybersecurity responsibilities and the need to incentivize and invest in long-term resilience.

Eighteen agencies will lead the whole-of-government plan, which consists of a variety of activities, including updating the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and combating ransomware via the Joint Ransomware Task Force. techrepublic.com

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce and the European Commission Reaffirm Shared Values, Welcome Finalized EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework
"The DPF is a testament to the strength of the U.S.-EU relationship, and it reflects our joint commitment to promoting economic opportunity while protecting individual privacy rights," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. "Now, businesses - large and small - will be able to access a streamlined and affordable mechanism to transfer data between our jurisdictions. To meet the needs of businesses, the Commerce Department launched the DPF program website today, giving companies a one-stop-shop where they can sign up for the DPF program and get important information about its benefits." justice.gov

Crypto exchange Binance cuts more than 1,000 jobs amid a layoff wave

5 Major Takeaways From Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday







How protected are your network or personal accounts from hackers?

Hackers can quickly attack vulnerable networks and make big money by selling what they gain on the dark web. According to a report by cybersecurity firm KELA, some network access can be sold for as little as $25 to $100,000.

Protect computers from hackers by using firewalls and antivirus software and not clicking on suspicious links. You can also protect mobile devices by being mindful of the Wi-Fi networks you connect to and using security apps for monitoring and protection.




Latest from Amazon's Counterfeit Crimes Unit
CCU sues bad actors attempting to sell counterfeit Fire TV remotes

The Counterfeit Crimes Unit is a global team dedicated to partnering with law enforcement, brands, and other stakeholders to disrupt counterfeiters and their networks.

Amazon cracks down on counterfeit Fire TV remotes in new lawsuit

Amazon's Counterfeit Crimes Unit (CCU) filed a lawsuit against bad actors who attempted to advertise and sell counterfeit Fire TV remotes in the Amazon store, in an effort to deceive customers and infringe on Amazon's intellectual property rights.

While the CCU often partners with other brands in similar litigation, this is the first lawsuit pursued by the CCU on behalf of the Amazon brand and an Amazon product. In this instance, bad actors attempted to damage both the integrity of the Amazon store and our own products.

Amazon is constantly innovating and improving the tools available to drive the number of counterfeits in our store to zero. As we progress toward that goal, Amazon and the CCU will continue to take direct action against bad actors who attempt to sell counterfeits, regardless of whether those products are from independent brand owners or Amazon's own products and devices.

Amazon's internal investigations confirmed that devices sold by the defendants used a counterfeit version of the Amazon Smile trademark but the devices were not manufactured or authorized by Amazon. The counterfeit devices differed in many ways from the authentic device, including the remote's external and interior plastic body, the buttons, and the components and construction of the printed circuit board.

We followed our standard process for when we detect counterfeiters and blocked the defendants' accounts, proactively notified customers who we believe purchased counterfeits, and reimbursed the customers' Amazon accounts.

"In 2022, the CCU worked with dozens of brands to sue or refer for investigation more than 1,300 criminals, but this represents the first time we've filed a suit protecting an Amazon product," said Kebharu Smith, director of Amazon's Counterfeit Crimes Unit. "The suit shows that bad actors are not only targeting independent brand owners, but Amazon products and devices, as well. We are grateful for the partnership with our colleagues at Fire TV as we continue to hold those accountable who would attempt to do harm to Amazon and deceive customers with counterfeit products." aboutamazon.com

Shein "Produced, Distributed, and Sold Exact Copies"
E-commerce site Shein accused of copying independent designers in new lawsuit
The popular e-commerce website Shein has been accused of copying three independent designers, according to a new lawsuit. The complaint filed on Tuesday by designers Krista Perry, Larissa Martinez and Jay Baron alleges that Shein "produced, distributed, and sold exact copies" of their work.

"As shown below, these are not the familiar 'close call' legal claims where a corporate apparel manufacturer takes inspiration a bit too liberally. At issue here, inexplicably, are truly exact copies of copyrightable graphic design appearing on Shein products," the complaint states.

All three defendants are bringing claims of copyright infringement against Shein for allegedly violating the copyrights that they hold on their designs, and Baron also accuses Shein of violating his trademark.

The plaintiffs also allege that Shein has been violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, alleging that the company has a pattern of engaging in "racketeering activity and for the unlawful and purpose of intentionally and criminally infringing Plaintiffs' and others' copyrights for massive financial gain." thehill.com

Amazon resurfaces 'spend less' messaging for back-to-school ads

Research shows shift away from online grocery shopping







Norfolk, VA: Eyewear business out $500K after overnight burglary
A "shady" burglary at a store in the Norfolk Premium Outlets has left a local sunglass company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Norfolk police were called to the Premium Outlets early Sunday morning after a Starbucks employee arrived to work to find shattered glass at Topline Eyewear, formerly known as Sunglass Shack. The store has 20 cameras. All of them caught the moment at 4:19 a.m. when three men used a hammer to smash a small window and squeeze their way in. They stuffed half a million dollars worth of designer glasses into pillow cases and snuck out - all over the course of 10 minutes.  wavy.com

Champaign, IL: Police investigating $4,000 Liquor store burglary
Champaign County Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in solving a burglary that resulted in over $4,000 worth of cash and merchandise being stolen. The burglary happened the morning of June 11 at Soma Ultralounge, located at 320 North Neil Street in downtown Champaign. Officials said that someone entered the business through an unsecured door at 3:44 a.m. and pried open two cash registers, stealing the cash inside and multiple other items before leaving. Officials said the same man came back with a second man hours later at 8:21 a.m., and they together stole more than $4,000 worth of alcohol.  wcia.com

Sherman, TX: Five arrested after Pawn Shop burglary in Sherman
Police arrested five people in connection to the burglary of a Sherman pawn shop. Police say they got a call early Sunday morning about a break in at the Wild West Pawn on Houston Street. When they arrived, police found two of the suspects still at the scene, and they found the other three shortly after. Three of the kids, Prosper Weems, Damien George, and Dylan Smith, all 17, are being charged as adults for burglary of a building, firearm theft, and engaging in organized criminal activity. The two other suspects are juveniles who are also facing charges. Police found and recovered the stolen items at a home on South Montgomery Street.  kxii.com

Murfreesboro, TN: Man Accused of Using Stolen Credit Card to Purchase $3K Worth of Items

Houston, TX: Police seeking assistance identifying man who stole water heater from Home Depot, assaulted loss prevention officer

Murfreesboro, TN: Man Accused of Stealing Chainsaws from Lowes

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Shootings & Deaths

New Rochelle, NY: Grocery store aimed to feed Black neighborhood
It faces scrutiny after police killing. A New Rochelle neighborhood's only grocery store reopened Monday after days of protests following a nearby fatal police shooting of a Black man on July 3. Around 8 a.m., New Rochelle Farms opened its doors for the first time in days since the aftermath of New Rochelle police Det. Steven Conn shooting Jarrell Garris, 37, two weeks ago, after the store accused him of eating fruit and leaving. Garris died on July 10, a week after the shooting. The store, located at the corner of Lincoln and North avenues, opened with security and one entrance inside. A police spokesperson confirmed two officers were there Monday morning.  lohud.com

Kennewick, WA: 4-year-old chokes to death while at Costco, coroner says
A 4-year-old died after choking on what was believed to be a hot dog at a Costco in Washington state earlier this month, according to Benton County Coroner Bill Leach. The child was just a few days away from her 5th birthday, KNDU reported. Leach said several people at the store saw what happened and tried to use life-saving measures to keep the little girl alive. EMS personnel removed food from the girl's mouth before she was taken to the hospital where she died. No autopsy is scheduled.  kfyrtv.com

Akron, OH: $5,000 reward offered in homicide case of Akron woman shot outside Dollar Tree store
Summit County Crime Stoppers is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the shooter who killed a 34-year-old woman outside a Dollar Tree store in Akron earlier this month. On July 3, the woman, Ernestine Stallings, had just left the store when she was shot and killed in the parking lot by an unknown person. Police responded to the store and administered first aid until EMS arrived and transported her to a nearby hospital, where she later died. news5cleveland.com

Columbia, SC: Store that sold Alex Murdaugh's son beer must pay $15M to family of teen killed in boat crash
The family of a teen killed in a boat crash, which prosecutors said begin the financial downfall of double murderer Alex Murdaugh, has reached a $15 million deal to settle a lawsuit against a convenience store chain that sold Murdaugh's son alcohol while under age. Sunday's deal came after a judge refused to allow the Parker's Kitchen chain to be separated from Murdaugh in a wrongful death trial next month in Hampton County, South Carolina, where Murdaugh was once a powerful and well-known attorney. Now Murdaugh is serving a life sentence without parole for killing his wife and the son involved in the 2019 drunken boat crash at their home two years later. Attorney Mark Tinsley told media outlets the $15 million settlement that will be paid by the convenience store chain's insurance was amount that Mallory Beach's family felt would show the store has to take alcohol laws seriously.  theitem.com

Dauphin County, PA: Store clerk fires shot at fleeing armed robbery suspect
Police in Dauphin County say they are searching for an armed robbery suspect. According to Swatara Township Police, a person went into the 7-Eleven on the 4800 block of Derry Street and robbed the store clerk at gunpoint just before 5:00 AM on July 16. Police say the suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash. The store clerk chased the suspect as they ran out of the store and across Derry Street, according to police. While chasing the suspect, police say the clerk fired one shot at them in the store parking lot. There are no reports of any injuries, according to police.  local21news.com

Clayton County, GA: Mall Shooting: 17-year-old shot multiple times outside of Southlake Mall
Police confirmed that a teen was shot multiple times outside of a mall in Morrow. On Monday at 4:35 p.m., Morrow Police responded to a person shot in the parking lot of Southlake Mall. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 17-year-old who had been shot multiple times. He was shot three times, once in the calf, once in the shoulder, and once in the rear, according to police. Police say they provided medical aid and he was transported to an Atlanta area hospital. Police say he is stable at this time.  wsbtv.com

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Memphis, TN: 'Burglary kingpin' teenager arrested after CrimeStoppers tip
A 19-year-old with over 30 felony warrants is behind bars due to a CrimeStoppers tip, according to Memphis Police. Montario Fifer was indicted on June 26 for a "mob-like ring" for smash-and-grab business burglaries. According to officials, Fifer is a burglary kingpin and a violent gang member who was the ringleader in a group that caused millions of dollars in stolen property and damages to businesses. Fifer was charged with property theft, three counts of burglary, 42 counts of burglary of vehicles, 10 counts of theft of firearms, unlawful possession of a weapon, and assault. Police also said that everyone in Fifer's burglary crew was arrested.  fox13memphis.com

Ithaca, NY: Police investigating a series of Burglaries
The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a series of commercial burglaries that occurred earlier this month. According to the Ithaca Police Department, officers responded to a series of three burglaries between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on July 8. Police say that all three burglaries appear to be related, and they believe four to five individuals were involved with the burglaries. There are limited details on the suspects.  mytwintiers.com

Madison, WI: 'Hurry up, or you'll die:' Serial robber sentenced for string of armed robberies in Wisconsin
A Wisconsin man was sentenced to several years behind bars after robbing several gas stations across the southern part of the state. 39-year-old Devonti Wilson from Janesville was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for armed robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He pleaded guilty to these charges on March 21, 2023. On September 8, 2020, Wilson was said to have robbed a Lion's Quick Mart in Janesville. During the robbery, he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes. Wilson also told the clerk to "hurry up, or you'll die."  wearegreenbay.com

Lockport, IL: Man Charged In Connection With Multiple Armed Robberies
A 28-year-old Lockport man who was arrested recently in connection with the robbery of a New Lenox Speedway station and a 7-Eleven in Joliet has also been charged in Lockport in connection with two additional gas station robberies in Lockport, police said. In addition to being charged in connection to the New Lenox and Joliet robberies, Weber - who remains in custody at the Will County Jail - faces charges in Lockport of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and two counts of burglary without causing damage, police said.  patch.com

Memphis, TN: MPD arrests 35 people in Operation 'Don't Poke the Bear'
Thirty-five people were arrested following an operation that targeted wanted drug dealers and fugitives in Memphis. Thursday, detectives with MPD's Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Fugitive Unit, and Auto Theft Task Force carried out Operation "Don't Poke the Bear." MPD said the individuals were charged with various crimes and/or arrested on active warrants. The youngest suspect was 16 years old. Six firearms, 1.5 grams of cocaine, 113 ecstasy pills, 4 grams of fentanyl, and 220.6 grams of marijuana were recovered during the operation.  wreg.com

Waterloo, ON, Canada: Witnesses describe dramatic takedown after 6 people arrested following Waterloo region robberies
Waterloo regional police say six males have been arrested after two Waterloo Region businesses were robbed Monday morning, including a pharmacy in Ayr and financial institution in Waterloo. During a media briefing Monday afternoon, police said two stolen vehicles were seized as well as a replica firearm. "The vehicles were taken to our headquarters where they will be searched," said Jason Boutcher, an inspector with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS).  kitchener.ctvnews.ca

Little Rock, AR: Man accused of shoplifting, shoving Police Officer to the ground



Beauty - Greenville County, SC - Robbery
Beauty - Selinsgrove, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Putney, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hopewell, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cross Lake, WV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Harrisburg, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Lenox, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Smyth County, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mercedes, TX - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Winston-Salem, MC - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - Norfolk, VA- Burglary
Grocery - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Augusta, ME - Robbery
Guns - Easton, NY - Burglary
Hardware - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Mansfield TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Florence, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Culver City, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Quincy, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Scranton PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Toledo, Ohio - Robbery
Jewelry - Davenport, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Bronx, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Stockton, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Arlington, VA - Robbery
Liquor - Champaign, IL - Burglary
Liquor - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
Pawn - Sherman, TX - Burglary
Pharmacy - Tanner, AL - Burglary
Restaurant - Destrehan, LA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Claymont, DE - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Winston-Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Little Rock, AR - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 32 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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