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July's Moving Ups

14 New Senior LP's - 9 Promotions - 5 Appointments

Auror named Sara Spellacy Marketing Manager - North America
Chico's FAS promoted Joseph Biffar, CFE, CFI to Vice President, Asset Protection
Costco promoted Jon Raper to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
The Home Depot promoted Stephen Prettyman to Senior Manager - Asset Protection Investigations
Interface Systems Appoints Bud Homeyer as Chief Operations Officer
Navistar, Inc. promoted Norm Smaligo to Sr. Manager, Security Investigations
Nemacolin promoted Kevin Frank, CPP to Director of Loss Prevention
Ponce Ground Service, LLC named Mark Leuschner, LPC Director of Loss Prevention
Ross Stores Inc. promoted Courtney Underwood promoted to Senior Director, LP Operations
Snap Inc. named James Murray Chief Security Officer
Stew Leonard's Farm Fresh Food promoted Eduardo Catala, LPQ to Director of Loss Prevention
T-Mobile promoted Shanna Ramirez, CFI to Director of Asset Protection
Walmart promoted John Baschoff to Senior Manager II ORC
Walt Disney Company named John Wandell, CFI Senior Manager, Asset Protection

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Locations Turning Into Hotbeds of Violence
Why Shootings & Violent Crimes Are Surging at Shopping Centers
On Sunday night, a shooting at an Indianapolis-area shopping mall left at least four people dead and two injured. The incident, which marked another mass shooting in the U.S., once again occurred in a retail setting - and that's becoming more common amid a general uptick in mass shootings.

The number of active shooter incidents recorded in the U.S. has grown every year, the FBI found in a 2021 study. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 692 shootings in 2021 and have been at least 357 mass shootings this year so far.

"It is no secret that criminal activity at retailers as has jumped significantly over the last few years," said Karl Langhorst, an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati's School of Criminal Justice and an expert on retail loss prevention and corporate security. "And unfortunately, we're seeing a trend that those incidents are becoming more and more violent."

As the world's largest retailer, Walmart was the top grocery location for gun violence incidents between January 1, 2020 and May 14, with 310 incidents and 89 deaths, Guns Down America found. With over 5,000 retail locations in the U.S. stores, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store, making it more accessible - and susceptible to violence - than many other chains.

"Retail, by its very nature, is open and welcoming to all parts of society and customer bases," Langhorst said. "And as society itself seems to be undergoing, some would say, a breakdown of civility, you're seeing these types of things turn into the violence, much more than what we used to."

By comparison, there are thousands of Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores across the U.S., but shootings in these low-price stores are less common. That might be because Walmart, with its vast assortment of products across every major category and large stores, functions as a convergent space for a variety of different people. This feature, Pyrooz explained, along with its ubiquity, makes it more likely to be the scene of a violent incident.

Given the trend, it is crucial for retailers to maintain ongoing relationships with local law enforcement to discuss safety and preventative measures to curb violence, Langhorst explained. Additionally, many retailers have rolled out active shooter training across their staff. yahoo.com

One of the Top ORC Targets in America
Aurora retailers among top targets of retail crime syndicates
Organized crime syndicates are taking shoplifting to a whole new level and among the crime rings top targets in the country is the Havana Business District in Aurora. The Colorado Retail Council says a million dollar theft used to be a big deal in our state.

Now, it says, it's not unusual to see thefts five times that, and some have turned violent.  Scott Davenport, owner Heirloom Antique Mall in Aurora, is one of the latest victims of the crime rings.

"It's become organized. They know they can do it and there's no penalty," said Aurora City Councilman Dustin Zvonek.

After pushing for stiffer penalties for car theft, he's doing the same for retail theft. He says the Dicks, Ross and Kohls in the Havana Business District are among the biggest retail theft targets in the country.

"Aurora is not going to continue to be a city where you can commit crimes and coddle criminals. We're going to focus on justice for victims. We are going to do everything we can to keep people's families, neighborhoods and businesses safe."

After the latest theft at his place, Davenport added alarms to display cases. "It's always the costs. It's just too much anymore. It's just gotten out of control." He says the Havana Business District is strong but, organized crime syndicates on the heels of a pandemic and shutdown, is a lot.

Davenport says retailers are holding meetings and sharing loss prevention tips. Meanwhile, Zvonek says Aurora's Police Chief is having the department's new Direct Action Response Team focus on retail theft and the department is joining the Colorado Organized Retail Theft Alliance which tackles the problem statewide. cbsnews.com

NYC's Revolving Door of Retail Criminals
Recidivism rates for NYC's burglars and thieves soar amid bail reform: NYPD data

The revolving door of justice is spinning in overdrive these days.

Roughly one in every five crooks busted for burglary or theft in New York last year got re-arrested on a felony charge within 60 days after being put back on the streets, NYPD figures obtained by The Post show.

The alarming statistics reveal increases in alleged recidivism as high as three times what they were in 2017 - before New York's controversial bail-reform law took effect in 2020.

The numbers also show that suspects arrested last year for misdemeanor petit larceny amid the city's ongoing shoplifting spree went on to quickly commit more serious crimes, with 21.6% charged with felonies less than two months later. That rate is more than 2.5 times the 8.1% recorded in 2017.

The NYPD's five-year comparisons show 23.7% of last year's burglary suspects were re-arrested within 60 days, up from 7.7% in 2017 - an increase of 208%. For suspects charged with grand larceny, the spike was nearly as high - 203% - with the alleged recidivism rate hitting 19.7%, up from 6.5%.

Meanwhile, the alleged recidivism rates among two categories of offense - burglary and auto theft - were even worse in 2020, when they were 27.1% and 26.8%.

Under New York's bail reform law, only the most serious burglaries - those in which the perpetrator is armed with a deadly weapon or injuries a victim - are eligible for bail and virtually all larceny suspects get released without having to post bail or bond.

An NYPD detective with more than 20 years on the job said, "They're letting everybody out." "We see it every single day: ROR'd, ROR'd, ROR'd," the detective said, using slang for "released on recognizance."

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O'Donnell, a former NYPD cop, said state lawmakers "didn't level with people when they did bail reform ... Bail reform means you can shoot someone on Friday night and be back on the street on Sunday."  nypost.com

Crime Is Up, But Arrests Are Down
Chicago Democrats tight-lipped on plan to address lowest number of arrests in 20 years amid surging crime

Chicago is on track for more than 600 homicides this year

Chicago police made arrests in 12% of crime cases in 2021, the lowest rate since 2001, as sweeping changes have been made in recent years as to how the department patrols the streets, including restricting their vehicle pursuit policy and ending foot pursuits if a suspect runs from an officer or if someone commits a minor offense.

Chicago has been rocked by crime in recent years. Homicides skyrocketed in the city in 2020, following a drop in violence for the three previous years. The Windy City recorded nearly 770 homicides in 2020, up 50% compared to 2019. Last year, the city broke a 25-year record when it surpassed 800 homicides, the Chicago Tribune reported.

So far this year, shootings and killings for the first half of 2022 are down roughly 17% and 10%, respectively. However, the city is still on pace to break the 600-homicide benchmark by the end of the year, WTTW reported this month.

The number of traffic stops and tickets have also dropped, and the number of investigative stops fell by more than 50% between 2019 and 2021. Additionally, the Chicago-Sun Times analysis showed that fewer crimes are being reported to police by residents and officers on the streets.

In addition to the rising crime, lenient sentencing policies that often result in violent criminals being released back onto the streets have resulted in police officers thinking twice before arresting certain criminals.

A Chicago police officer told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that officers hesitate interacting with "criminals with guns" due to prosecutors having a tighter grip on approving felony charges against criminals. foxnews.com

The Factors Driving America's Violence Surge
GSO 2025 Q&A: Dr. Park Dietz Discusses Root Causes of Violence Surge

Renowned forensic psychiatrist and founder of Threat Assessment Group discusses the root causes behind the recent increases in violence across America

The following is an interview of Park Dietz, M.D., MPH, Ph.D, and founder of Threat Assessment Group, Inc., by security consultant Lynn Mattice.

Mattice: What do you view as the root cause of the dramatic increase in violence in America?

Dr. Dietz: While it's better to look at the causes of specific types of violence - not all of which spring from identical sources - I'd argue that the four root causes of most types of violence are these:

1. Erosion of the institutions of social control. For centuries, humans were kept in line to some extent by religion, morality, family, education, law enforcement, and the law. As these have been eroded, they've been increasingly replaced with the influences of the mass media, social media, the entertainment industry, the music industry, and those advocacy groups that make the most noise. These growing influences are too often incendiary or malicious.

2. Dissolution of the social contract. To the extent that social forces turn groups and tribes against one another, the ties that bind are weakened and sources of conflict multiply. Identity politics is one of the obvious examples of this influence.

3. The disappearance of discipline from families, schools, and most civilian organizations. Earlier generations were disciplined firmly at home and school, knew what behavior was expected of them, and knew their livelihood depended on civility at work. This is no longer true.

4. Hopelessness. In at least some cultures, poverty drives hopelessness, and now inflation is impoverishing millions more Americans. For young males, hopelessness is pandemic. They are told daily that there won't be jobs for them, that they can't expect to enjoy the standard of living of their parents, that they won't be able to afford a family, that the draft might be reinstated, that famine is on the horizon, and that climate change will soon end the world.  securityinfowatch.com

Gun Violence & Assault Weapons Sales Are Surging
Assault Weapons Makers Pulled In Over $1B as Violence Surged, Report Says

A House panel found that the companies have thrived in the past decade by selling and marketing military-grade weapons to civilians, specifically young men.

The leading manufacturers of assault rifles used to perpetrate the deadliest mass shootings in the United States have collected more than $1 billion in revenue over the past decade as gun violence across the country has surged, according to a House investigation set to be presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The findings, released before a congressional hearing on Wednesday on the marketing of assault rifles, indicate that the gun industry has thrived by selling and marketing military-grade weapons to civilians, specifically targeting and playing to the insecurities of young men, while some have made thinly veiled references to white supremacist groups.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform opened an investigation into the gun manufacturing industry in May after the gun massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers and a racially motivated mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket that killed 10 people.

The panel requested that the country's top five gun manufacturers share information on their sales and marketing strategies, as well as any efforts they make to track safety data related to their products.

"The business practices of these gun manufacturers are deeply disturbing, exploitative and reckless," Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and the chairwoman of the committee, said in a statement. "These companies use aggressive marketing tactics to target young people - especially young men - and some even evoke symbols of white supremacy."

She added, "We found that none of these companies bothers to keep track of the death and destruction caused by their products."  nytimes.com

House Dems' policing fight reignited by anti-crime push
Leadership had to punt planned votes on an assault weapons ban and law enforcement funding, reopening old wounds caused by the caucus' debate over "defund the police" messaging.

Experts call shootings in 75th Precinct a warning sign for NYC

Op-Ed: More officers needed to address rising crime in Washington


COVID Update

603.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 92.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 87.9M Recovered
Worldwide: 579.9M Cases - 6.4M Dead - 549.8M Recovered

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Latest Surge Causing Labor Shortages
Covid is still causing havoc around the world
The number of new Covid-19 cases is rising once again and while the virus isn't killing nearly as many people as it used to -- thanks to vaccinations -- it is still causing havoc around the world. With labor shortages already paralyzing airports and wrecking the hospitality sector, a wave of worker absences due to sickness is the last thing the economy needs.

The latest wave of infections is driven by the most infectious and transmissible variant identified so far -- BA.5. Based on the sequencing data reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), about half of all coronavirus cases globally are now caused by this variant. In the US, BA.5 accounts for about 80% of new cases, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). cnn.com

No New Mask Mandate Coming to LA
L.A. County won't impose new mask mandate as coronavirus cases decline
Los Angeles County will hold off on reinstituting a universal indoor public mask mandate, prompted by improvements in the region's coronavirus case and hospitalization rates.

Aside from not implementing the order, which otherwise would've gone into effect Friday, the recent downward trends are fueling some optimism that the months-old COVID wave fueled by hyper-infectious Omicron subvariants is finally starting to wane.

The renewed face covering order would have applied indoors for anyone age 2 or older at a host of establishments and venues, including shared office space, manufacturing and retail settings, event spaces, restaurants and bars, gyms and yoga studios, educational settings and children's programs.

Masks remain required - as they have for months - in indoor public transit areas in L.A., including in taxis, Ubers and Lyfts and in airports, as well as in healthcare settings, nursing homes, jails, prisons, shelters and in settings where businesses or venues require it. latimes.com

Chinese Lockdowns Impacting Brands
Gucci Owner Suffers From Bigger China Exposure Amid Lockdowns
Gucci continues to suffer from repeated Covid-19 lockdowns in China, where Kering SA's biggest brand has a greater exposure than other luxury labels. Gucci's popularity has suffered among consumers since the pandemic struck. A great degree of uncertainty still remains when it comes to virus restrictions in China with Wuhan locking down one million residents amid a virus resurgence this week.

Kering said that "solid performances in retail around the world" and a "nascent rebound in tourism in Europe" more than offset the impact of China. Recurring operating income at Kering rose by more than a quarter to 2.82 billion euros ($2.85 billion) in the first half, compared to 2.68 billion euros analysts expected.

Despite the restrictions in China, Kering will continue to invest in that country, Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Duplaix told reporters in a call. Duplaix said up to 35% of the store network of Gucci in China was shut during April and May.

On Tuesday, LVMH posted sales and earnings that showed the appetite of luxury consumers is so far resilient to the rising inflation and worsening economic outlook. bnnbloomberg.ca

Reformulated COVID vaccine boosters may be available earlier than expected

UK scientists take 'promising' step towards single Covid and cold vaccine

San Francisco officials declare state of emergency as monkeypox spreads


Workplace Safety Tech
Is Safety Tech Ready for Prime Time?

Augmented reality offers a high-tech and safer way to train new workers coming into dangerous situations.

"In talking with EHS professionals who work in manufacturing companies, many are starting to use some AR on the machinery because it's an effective way for them to provide simulations on how to operate machinery, which can lower the risk for both early-stage and new employees," says Gaughan.

Getting a feel for how things work can be applied across functions. "Crane operation is another application perfect for AR. You don't want someone picking up a 100-ton piece of metal just to practice, right? Using a virtual space provides an excellent way to understand and feel the movements." And AR is useful in fall protection training, too. "An employee can feel the height and practice tying off and staging," says Gaughan.

The adoption of this technology is becoming more widespread due to dramatic decreases in cost. "It's much more economical for a company to purchase 10 headsets, bring employees into a classroom and train everyone at the same time, thus lowering the ROI of the investment," she says. The headsets used to be big-ticket items, she notes, making it difficult for companies to gain a reasonable ROI.

However, both technologies will continue to show up in company training toolkits as they offer a workforce advantage: VR and AR are the preferred method of training for younger workers. Gaughan provides another example of a spray-painting simulation that doesn't use paint. "This is a safe and an inexpensive way for 18-, 19- or 20-year-olds to learn. They aren't exposed to some of the hazardous paints while practicing, and they learn very quickly using this method." ehstoday.com

Union-Busting Store Closures?
Are Starbucks and Chipotle union-busting by closing stores?
Big chains open and close stores all the time as a matter of course. But recent moves by Starbucks and Chipotle to close US stores in the wake of employee organizing efforts are drawing allegations from workers and labor advocates that the companies are engaging in union-busting.

Starbucks announced last week it was closing 16 US stores over concerns about crime and other community safety issues, including two stores that are unionized and one that had scheduled a union election. The company also closed a unionized store in Ithaca, New York, in June, citing concerns about the store's faulty grease trap as well as problems with staffing.

Chipotle, meanwhile, said this week it's closing a store in Augusta, Maine, that had recently announced plans to hold a union election-the first of the chain's restaurants to attempt to organize. Chipotle attributed the decision to chronic under-staffing. The company "went to extraordinary lengths trying to staff the restaurant" and ultimately could not justify keeping it open, Laurie Schalow, Chipotle's chief corporate affairs officer, said in a statement.

Starbucks and Chipotle workers affected by the closures have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, arguing that the closures are both retaliation for organizing and an attempt to discourage employees at other locations from unionizing.

Labor history suggests there's good reason to wonder whether companies have ulterior motives when they decide to close stores during or after organizing drives. qz.com

Trader Joe Union Approved
1st Trader Joe's union approved at Massachusetts store
Employees at a Trader Joe's supermarket in Massachusetts on Thursday became the latest workers at a major company to approve a labor union. The store in Hadley, about 80 miles west of Boston, is the first Trader Joe's with an employees union, although workers at two other company locations have initiated unionization efforts.

The union vote, counted by National Labor Relations Board agents in front of witnesses from management and employees, passed 45-31 with one void. Eighty-one store workers - called crew members or merchants in company lingo - were eligible to vote.

The union, Trader Joe's United, said in a Twitter post "We won!" "This victory is historic, but not a surprise," the tweet said. "Since the moment we announced our campaign, a majority of the crew have enthusiastically supported our union, and despite the company's best efforts to bust us, our majority has never wavered."

The company has seven days to file an objection. A company spokesperson did not indicate whether there would be one. The company already has among the best package of pay, benefits, and working conditions in the grocery store business, the spokesperson said. boston.com

How Inflation is Hitting the Retail Industry
Why Retailers Should Worry About Inflation but Dread the Wealth Effect
Inflation robs all consumers of their purchasing power, unless their wages have kept pace, and influences decisions and tradeoffs about what they'll buy and from whom. The majority of consumers have lost a lot of purchasing power over the last year. Unfortunately, those least equipped to handle it - lower income and paycheck to paycheck consumers - have been hit hardest of all.

But it's the wealth effect that is the more important determinant of whether consumers with money to spend will actually open their digital wallets and spend it. That's particularly true for high earners - they have probably had the greatest proportion of wealth destroyed, in part by the massive drop in stock prices, and they could be hit more if the continued decrease in housing demand sends housing prices south.

Because high earners account for so much of the retail economy, their pull-back in spending could be the most damaging to it. pymnts.com

Flooding Slams the Vegas Strip
Las Vegas flooding: Multiple casinos, entire Strip, airport under water
Airports, parking lots, and the entire Las Vegas Strip, which houses some of the world's most famous casinos and hotels, were flooded Thursday night. Heavy rain filled countless buildings as the city put a flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning in place.

Video footage shared on Twitter shows the streets of Sin City consumed with floodwater. Other videos showed downtown streets turning into small rivers and water pouring into casinos. There are no injuries reported at this time, Las Vegas Fire Information Officer Tim Szymanski confirmed to The Post. Other videos posted on social media showed the inside of Circa sportsbook full of floodwater soaking the carpet.

Another clip shared online shows water pouring through a hole in the ceiling of Planet Hollywood Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. Staffers can be seen recording the chaotic scenes on their cellphones. The iconic Caesar's Palace was also affected by floodwater, as a video posted online showed the ceiling unable to contain the water, which poured onto the carpets. nypost.com

Consumer spending surged in June amid higher fuel, food costs
Household spending climbed 1.1 percent, federal data show, as Americans continued to absorb stubbornly high inflation.

McDonald's says cutting off Russian business helped improve operating profitability
"The Russia business ... actually had an operating margin below our global average," CFO Kevin Ozan told investors. "So, by taking them out now actually helped improve the operating margin."

Target to open 3 new sortation centers in 'stores-as-hubs' push

Walmart launching "mini-retail experience" for travel

Hy-Vee names new CEO

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DOJ Using Tech & Telecom Data to Fight Crime
US, UK law enforcement to implement data sharing law
The Department of Justice announced last week that it will begin using a controversial 2018 law meant to give law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and U.K. easier access to data from technology and telecom companies as part of criminal investigations.

The little noticed announcement that Justice will use the "data access agreement" beginning in October with U.K. officials comes more than four years after Congress passed what is known as the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act in March 2018. Justice has said the legislation will "speed access to electronic information held by U.S.-based global providers that is critical to our foreign partners' investigations of serious crime."

In an announcement posted to its website, Justice hailed the inaugural partnership with the U.K. as the "start a new era of cooperation." But digital rights advocates and tech policy experts are less bullish and note that the CLOUD Act passed with no debate as part of a $1.3 trillion government spending bill, a process the Electronic Frontier Foundation has said resulted in a "tacked-on piece of legislation [that] will erode privacy protections around the globe."

Nojeim, who serves as director of CDT's Security and Surveillance Project, said the bill's passage will reduce pressure on the U.S. government to deal with what can be a cumbersome process for complying with foreign government data requests in law enforcement matters. But he said that process protects civil rights: Until the CLOUD Act agreement with the U.K. takes effect in October, officials in Britain and Northern Ireland have to "meet a very high U.S. standard, the probable cause standard" to obtain such data, he said.

Because the CLOUD Act does not address a key gap in U.S. law regarding cross-border data demands, Nojeim said it will be possible for technology companies to share what's known as non-content, or data about users captured during account management and customer support activities such as name, street address and IP address.

As it stands, when a foreign government is seeking non-content data from a U.S. provider, the provider has complete discretion on whether to provide it, he said.

He said that Canada, India, Turkey, Japan and most of the countries in the European Union are now seeking a data-sharing agreement akin to the one with the U.K. government.

The Justice Department sees it differently. In its announcement regarding the U.K. agreement, Justice said the development will help law enforcement prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime "more quickly than ever before. cyberscoop.com

Disgruntled Ex-Employees Driving Cyberattacks?
75% of Insider Cyber Attacks are the Work of Disgruntled Ex-Employees

Ransomware & business email compromise top the cyberattack charts this year, and economic pressures could encourage more people to enter a new career in cybercrime.

Ransomware and business email compromises (BEC) topped the list of the types of attacks on organizations in the past year, making up 70% of the total number, according to the 2022 Unit 42 Incident Response Report from Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks, a cybersecurity consultancy within the company.

Here's a quick breakdown of key findings:

77% of intrusions are suspected to be caused by three initial access vectors - phishing, exploitation of known software vulnerabilities, and brute-force credential attacks focused primarily on remote desktop protocol.

Half of the compromised organizations lacked multifactor authentication on key internet-facing systems such as corporate webmail, virtual private network (VPN), and other remote access solutions.

The seven most targeted industries were finance, professional and legal services, manufacturing, healthcare, high-tech, and wholesale and retail. These accounted for over 60% of cases, according to Unit 42.

Insider Threats

It's not always about the money, according to the report. Grudges matter, too. Insider threats made up just 5.4% of the incidents Unit 42 handled, "but they can be significant because they involve a malicious actor who knows exactly where to look to find sensitive data," the report said. What's more, 75% of insider threat cases involved a disgruntled ex-employee who left with company data, destroyed company data, or accessed company networks after their departure.

This could be exacerbated during a recession, as layoffs and frustrations rise. Researchers predict that declining economic conditions could push more people into cybercrime as a way to make ends meet. informationweek.com

'Cyber Tax' on Consumers
Average Data Breach Costs Soar to $4.4M in 2022

Call it a "cyber tax": Those costs are usually passed on to consumers, not investors, as compromised businesses raise prices for goods and services.

Sixty percent of breaches have resulted in companies recouping the cost of fines, clean-up, and technological improvements by increasing prices, essentially making consumers pay for breaches and companies' lack of preparedness, according to an annual report published on July 27.

The "Cost of Data Breach Report 2022" report, based on a survey of executives and security professionals at 550 companies, says the average cost of a data breach continued to rise in 2022, reaching an average of $4.4 million globally (up 13% since 2020) and $9.4 million in the United States. On average, companies required 277 days to identify and contain data breaches, down from 287 days in 2021, and 83% of companies had suffered more than one breach.

Advertisement"It is clear that cyberattacks are evolving into market stressors that are triggering chain reactions, [and] we see that these breaches are contributing to those inflationary pressures," says John Hendley, head of strategy for IBM Security's X-Force research team. "We have to think about cyber events as factors that are capable of straining the economy, similar to COVID, the war in Ukraine, gas prices, all of that."

A "Cyber Tax" on Consumers

While cybersecurity experts have increasingly urged companies to count on having their systems compromised, they continue to have problems stopping attackers, and they are passing costs onto consumers, Hendley notes. This suggests that data breaches and cyberattacks are creating a cyber tax, he argues, increasing costs for downstream consumers and clients.

In addition to the labeling of breaches and fines as a cyber tax, the report highlighted various trends among industries dealing with cyberattacks. Companies that could reduce the overall breach detection and response time to less than 200 days saved $1.1 million, or 23% of the cost of the average breach. darkreading.com
Commercial Surveillance Tech a 'National Security Risk'?
House Intel Chairman vows to put 'greater emphasis' on fighting spyware
The powerful chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he will fight foreign commercial surveillance with greater urgency, calling the technology a national security risk and universal threat to individual privacy.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he is alarmed by the proliferation of powerful spyware that "can be used against every member of this committee or in the executive branch, every journalist and political activist, every American citizen, every citizen of the world with an electronic device."

Schiff's call to action came during a House Intelligence hearing featuring prominent security researchers and a victim of spyware. cyberscoop.com
Cyber Insurance Price Hike Hits Local Governments Hard
Across the United States, many local governments and states - as well as private companies - are in the same boat. They're discovering their cyber insurance premiums have skyrocketed and that they must meet stricter guidelines if they want to get coverage or renew their policies.

"Cyber insurance used to be very cheap," said Alan Shark, executive director of the CompTIA Public Technology Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that provides consulting services to local governments. "But things have changed, and insurance companies are increasing rates dramatically and raising the bar and making it harder to get insurance. Some local governments may no longer be able to get it."  pewtrusts.org

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Amazon Poised to Bounce Back After Stalling
Amazon's retail business is 'out of fashion now,' analyst says
Though a recent tech rout has led to widespread pessimism about the sector, long-term investors should still be considering Big Tech names like Amazon, according to Jefferies Senior Research Analyst Brent Thill.

"Look, tech is at a discount right now," he told Yahoo Finance. "It's not the space where people want to be; they want to be in other sectors... I do think ultimately the opportunity is to tuck this away for three years, and you're going to be pretty happy three years from now."

Thill's especially optimistic about Amazon at the moment. Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud business, has thrived and, while the company's retail business is currently being overshadowed, he's expecting that business to bounce back.

"Right now, Amazon isn't where the consumer is," Thill said. "We're all traveling. We're not spending money online. We're [instead] out spending money in restaurants, shopping live, traveling, airlines, and hotels. So, I think investors for the long-term have an opportunity to buy the stock now and, over time, we think the retail business will come back into fashion. It's out of fashion now."

However, he's not expecting that bounce-back to be immediate.

"I do think it's going to take until into 2023 before the [e-commerce] business really finds its footing again," Thill told Yahoo Finance. "I think the consumer spend is away from where Amazon's core is, but I think it's going to come back over time and they'll return to growth and better margins."

Additionally, Thill thinks that still-new CEO Andy Jassy will be prioritizing "areas where [Amazon] can make money" and is looking for "predictability and recurring revenue," which he counts as positives in Amazon's story. finance.yahoo.com

Inflation Hits Amazon
Amazon hikes Prime membership prices by up to 43% in Europe as inflation bites

Amazon is hiking the price of Prime subscriptions for members across Europe.

Amazon is raising prices for its Prime subscription service in the U.K. and across Europe as the e-commerce giant grapples with the effects of rising inflation. In the U.K., Amazon is set to hike the annual price of a Prime membership to £95 ($114), up from £79, representing a 20% jump. The changes will take effect Sept. 15.

The company is enforcing even steeper price increases in European markets. In France, the price of an annual Prime membership is going up to 69.90 euros ($70) from 49 euros, a 43% increase. German Prime members can expect a 30% hike in their annual Prime prices to 89.90 euros, up from 69 euros.

The move follows similar price hikes Amazon announced in the U.S. In February, the company said it would raise the price of its annual Prime membership for Americans to $139 from $119, the first such increase to its discount loyalty program in the U.S. since 2018. cnbc.com

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Warren County, NJ: $70,000 of 9mm handguns stolen in Gun Shop Burglary
A gun shop in Warren County was robbed of nearly three dozen guns. The burglary took place at Tech Ops International Corporation in Lopatcong earlier this week while the store was closed. Gun store workers told News 12 less than 36 guns were stolen, and all of them were 9 mm handguns. Police said ammunition was taken, just the guns, that wholesale at around $36,000 and could retail at about $70,000. Authorities added were alerted when an employee at the nearby gas station was heading to work and noticed the open door. They are working to get surveillance video to try and identify the suspects. "It's concerning to have 36 guns stolen that we know will be distributed among criminal networks that are out there," Warren County Prosecutor Jim Pfeiffer said. newjersey.news12.com

Racine County, WI: Illinois woman allegedly switched bar codes to steal thousands in merchandise from Menards
An Illinois woman has been accused of stealing more than $6,000 from Menards across Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Kelly A. Spears, 46, of Rockford, was charged with a felony count of retail theft altering price between $500-$5,000. An arrest warrant was issued Aug. 20, 2020, but she did not make an initial court appearance until Wednesday, nearly two full years later. chippewa.com

Houston, TX: 2 women wanted in $2,000 Versace sunglasses theft
Two women wanted for stealing $2,000 worth of designer sunglasses from a shop in the Rice Village area have yet to be identified, police said. Surveillance video released by Houston police shows the two suspects enter the Sunglass Hut in the 2500 block of Amherst back in June. Police said one woman grabbed a handful of Versace sunglasses worth about $2,000 while the other woman talked to an employee. After a few minutes, they both took off running and hopped into a black or brown Toyota Highlander, video shows. yahoo.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Aliquippa, PA: PA State Trooper shot in convenience store
Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was shot in the leg inside a Beaver County store just after midnight Friday. Troopers were on patrol in when they saw a disturbance outside the Franklin Mini-Mart at 402 Franklin Ave. in Aliquippa, according to state police. The two troopers got out of their vehicle and approached a man, later identified at Damian Bradford, 41, who ran into the store. Troopers chased the man into the store and attempted to control Bradford. During the struggle, Bradford shot a trooper in the leg, police say. The wounded trooper was transported to UPMC Presbyterian with non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not released. The other trooper took Bradford into custody with the help of customers in the store. The second trooper was taken to a hospital for minor injuries. post-gazette.com

Las Cruces, NM: Armed Robbery at Lowe's store ends in officer-involved shooting
Las Cruces police identified the two suspects involved in the shooting that stemmed from an alleged armed robbery at Lowe's Home Improvement store. "Two male subjects shoplifted an air conditioner, a portable air conditioner unit the type that goes into the window. And the unit was approximately $500 dollars," said Miguel Dominguez, Las Cruces Police Department chief. Dominguez identified Joshua Lopez and Myles Luciano Thursday as suspects in the case.

The robbery ended in an officer-involved shooting on South Telshor Boulevard Wednesday evening. Dominguez said Lopez and Luciano were leaving the home improvement store on Main Street with the stolen air-conditioning unit when they were confronted by store employees. One of the suspects was seen on surveillance cameras pointing a handgun at the employees during the encounter. Dominguez said a witness was also threatened by the suspect. Lopez and Luciano fled the store in an SUV toward Triviz Drive, Dominguez said. Police officers responded to the robbery at 8 p.m.

The SUV was found on Madrid Drive by police, about two minutes later, in the area police were searching, Dominguez said. Police attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver refused, and a high-speed chase ensued. "The suspects had several opportunities to pull over and comply with officers but contained to flee. I don't have to explain to you all how dangerous a vehicle pursuit is," said Dominguez. The pursuit went through residential areas, parking lots and major thoroughfares, according to Dominguez. "The vehicle was driving on to oncoming traffic," Dominguez said.

A pit maneuver was used by police officers in an attempt to stop the SUV in the 700 block of South Telshor Boulevard. One round of gunfire was fired from an officer on the street, Dominguez said. Viewer video shows the incident playing out. The driver of the SUV, Lopez, was shot and injured. Lopez was taken to a hospital in Las Cruces for his injuries, but was later taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Lopez is expected to recover, Dominguez said. kfoxtv.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Glendale, AZ: Brinks employee who stole over $1M, arrested while getting a tattoo
New details surrounding the FBI's arrest of a man accused of robbing a Brinks truck in Tempe are emerging. According to court paperwork, 23-year-old Edwin Villa, who was arrested Monday, was homeless, and allegedly stole the truck that he was driving for the company. He may have gotten away with over a million dollars, and Villa was at a tattoo parlor in Glendale when he was arrested. FBI officials did not say how they knew Villa was at the Razteca tattoo shop in Glendale on Monday. Tattoo artist Carlos Vasquez says Villa arrived for an 11:00 a.m. appointment he made.

More than seven hours later, Vazquez had almost finished the half sleeve tattoo on Villa. It was similar to a drawing that shows s crowned skull with a king of diamonds playing card. "I was literally done," said Vasquez. "I was going to wipe it down." Suddenly, Vasquez says the door opened, and more than half a dozen FBI agents swarmed in. "I thought they were coming for me for some reason. I was just like 'oh crap!' but they weren't," said Vasquez.

Vazquez says agents surrounded Villa, who had dyed his hair from dark brown to blonde. They cuffed his hands and ankles and walked him out. Vasquez said he didn't get paid for the tattoo, which he would have normally charged about $500. Ironic, Vasquez says, that there would be no payment from a customer who allegedly stole a truck filled with money two weeks ago. Now, Vasquez is left with nothing but a really good story to tell. fox10phoenix.com

Modesto, CA: Jury Convicts Woman Who Allegedly Threatened Employee with Wire Cutters in Tool Theft at Home Depot
On April 25, 2022, while intoxicated, Alma Garcia entered a Home Depot and allegedly threatened an employee with a pair of wire cutters-she was convicted by a jury of robbery here in Stanislaus County Superior Court last week. Court testimony determined Garcia entered the store and asked a sales associate for help locating an item. Garcia then went to the power tool section with the intention to steal one. However, the power tools were held in place by anti-theft cables. Garcia left the aisle and found a pair of wire cutters to cut the anti-theft cables off of the item.

One of the alarms on the power tools began to go off and an employee approached the accused, and informed Garcia that she can't do that. To that Garcia, according to testimony, replied, "Yes, I can." She then turned around and thrust the wire cutters upwards toward the employee, said the employee, saying she took this as a threat and backed up with her hands raised. The employee testified that she was scared and in fear at this moment. The prosecution argued that Garcia intended to use this "force and fear to take that property out of the store." Garcia's attorney argued the employee was not afraid because she confronted Garcia and followed her around and outside the store.

Garcia took the power tool, placed it in a shopping cart and left the store, knocking down merchandise as she went. Garcia did not pay before she left. Garcia then crossed the parking lot and abandoned the cart on the ground. The employee found her in the parking lot and the police arrived shortly after to make the arrest. The prosecution argued that it did not matter that Garcia abandoned the cart with the merchandise because Garcia committed the crime when she left the store without paying. davisvanguard.org

Coral Springs, FL: Walmart Security Employee Punched in Face By Man Accused of Stealing $109.82 Worth of Items

Louisville, KY: Suspect arrested and arraigned in 2 gun store robberies

Memphis, TN: Nearly 50 cars broken into at Amazon facility

Freehold, NJ: Man Charged with Arson Spree and Robbing a Pharmacy



Beauty - Gloucester Township, NJ - Robbery
C-Store - Ephrata, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Buffalo, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Angelo, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Paducah, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - Houston, TX - Robbery
Gaming - Reno, NV - Robbery
Gaming - Mesa, AZ - Robbery
Gas Station - Earlimart, CA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Mill Valley, CA - Robbery
Grocery - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Grocery - Norwalk, CA - Robbery
Guns - Louisville, KY - Armed Robbery
Guns - Warren County, NJ - Burglary
Hardware - Hudson Falls, NY - Robbery
Hardware - Las Cruces, NM - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - San Luis Obispo, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Raleigh, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Santa Rosa, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Shallotte, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Restaurant - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Restaurant - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Restaurant - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Walmart - Coral Springs, FL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 22 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 92 robberies
• 31 burglaries
• 4 shootings
• 1 killed

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