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Is Retail Crime Out of Control? - Part 2

Part 2 of 2: Profiling Criminals & Their Preferences

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

In Part 1 of this series, we presented the latest crime statistics including the pandemic impact and the recent trends on increased violence.

In this final Part 2, we profile the criminals and their preferences. We explore retail crime scenarios with inflation and a potential recession. Finally, we summarize my thoughts (and yours) on whether retail crime is out of control and what we can do about it. The introductory picture is a big hint on the key answers.

The Who, What, and When in Retail Theft

From QuerySprout, let's start by profiling retail criminals:

A majority of retail theft is caused by adults, with 75 percent of all shoplifters being over the age of 18, while only 25% of those shoplifting are juveniles.

60 percent of all shoplifters had visited two locations of the same retailer, which means they were casing locations to see which one would be easier to steal from.

About 55 percent of all shoplifters began stealing when they were teenagers.

Only one out of every 100 shoplifters are arrested, and a survey found that about 48% of shoplifters were repeat offenders.

72 percent of kids and 73 percent of adults say the decision to steal was made while in the store. In other words, it is not a premeditated act most of the time.

Winter is the biggest season for theft, with 81% of retail theft during this season occurring around the holidays.

Wednesday to Saturday are the peak times when retail theft is likely to occur.

Read Tony D'Onofrio's full article here

Read more coverage about America's retail crime surge in the section below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Violence & Crisis Response Preparedness
Retailers address employee mental health in response to mass shootings

Mass violence incidents have prompted retailers to reassess not only their crisis response preparedness plans but also take a closer look at how they address their employees' mental health and emotional stress related to these events.

The Tops Friendly Market shooting was one of more than 350 mass shootings thus far this year in the US, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and more than 150 people were killed or injured in workplace shootings from 2015 to 2021, a Statista study found - realities which have prompted retailers to reassess not only their crisis response preparedness plans but also take a closer look at how they address their employees' mental health and emotional stress related to these events.

"The tragedy at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo sparked an almost universal review of crisis management protocols among food retailers," said David Fikes, executive director of FMI - The Food Industry Association Foundation.

Engaging employees, assisting the community

To better address those responses, food industry human resources departments have been actively engaged and making sure that company employees - and in some cases members of community - are aware of professional services available to them to deal with workplace stress, emotional upheaval or even just the higher level of anxiety everyone is experiencing, FMI's Fikes said.

Assisting the community has been paramount for grocery retailers, in particular, Fikes explained, since, oftentimes, the retail locations are seen as community gathering places and an integral part of community life.

Structuring crisis response plans with mental health in mind

In regard to the physical protection of employees and customers, some retail chains have opted to hire off-duty police officers or professional guards, Fikes said, while others requested local police to more frequently patrol the neighborhoods where their stores are and provide a more visible presence in the community. Following the Tops shooting, FMI partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to offer an active assailant briefing for the grocery industry that included motivations, tactics, techniques and procedures that shooters take and helped inform strategies employees could take to reduce casualties in future attacks.

Even those precautions, though, need to take into account the potential impact on mental emotional health.  corp.smartbrief.com

Bail Reform Not Just Fueling City Crime
Upstate NY residents say bail reform fuels crime there, too
It isn't just the Big Apple that's being hammered by violent crime thanks to bail reform - increased gunfire is riddling upstate cities, state figures show, with residents grieving the loss of slain loved ones and fearful to venture out on the streets after dark.

Official statistics show that fatal shootings in Rochester were up 26.1% this year through June 30, compared to the same period in 2021. Shootings were up nearly 23% in Syracuse and smaller cities like Troy and Binghamton saw even greater surges of 100% and 80%, respectively.

Allie Forest, 42, of Rochester recently buried her 16-year-old daughter, Zahira Smith, who was fatally shot while attending a friend's Sweet 16 birthday party. "Bail reform is terrible and it has made the criminals too confident - they are laughing at the police," Forest said.

Troy, located northeast of Albany with a population of 51,401, has seen shootings double from eight to 16 this year, and killings go from one to three.

"Bail reform gives dangerous criminals carte blanche to do whatever they want, knowing that if they get arrested they'll be turned around and released straight away."

Hochul's hometown is among the cities that saw declines in both shootings and homicides, which were down 32% and 22.3%, respectively, as of June 30. But those improvements followed last year's dismal increases of 34.3% and 49% as compared to the average number of shootings and killings between 2016 and 2020, respectively.

Last month, Hochul rejected calls by Mayor Eric Adams and Republican state lawmakers to convene a special session of the Legislature to address rising crime by rolling back bail reform. During a news conference last week, Adams unveiled statistics that show more than 80 percent of people busted for gun possession were released from custody this year. nypost.com

390 Mass Shootings So Far in 2022 - 13 Per Week
Most Days in the US This Year, There Has Been a Mass Shooting. These Graphics Reveal a Lot About Them
Every week, there are more tragedies. Over 200 days into 2022, there has been an average of 13 mass shootings a week, according to an NBC analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive. The GVA defines a mass shooting as an event where a minimum of four victims are shot, either injured or killed, not including the shooter.

There Have Been Over 390 Mass Shootings in the US in 2022 So Far

Mass shootings are defined as events where at least four people are shot, either injured or killed, not including the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The United States is an outlier when it comes to gun violence among high-income countries. No other has nearly as many violent firearm deaths. Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns and more than 200 are wounded, averaging over 40,000 deaths per year.

While mass shootings make up a small fraction of gun-related deaths, they are becoming more frequent. In 2017, there were around 350 mass shootings; that number jumped to close to 700 in 2021.

Mass Shootings Are Increasing

Mass shootings may also be more severe than in the past. During the average mass shooting, around 5 people are shot. The deadliest mass shooting to date was in 2017, when a gunman fired over 1,000 rifle rounds into a crowd at music festival in Las Vegas, killing 60 and injuring hundreds. Looking at the most violent mass shootings, events with 10 or more victims, this year is already on pace with last year's high. nbcphiladelphia.com

New SF DA Seeking to Reverse Reforms of Chesa Boudin
S.F. D.A. Brooke Jenkins is officially running to keep her job in November
A giddy crowd greeted San Francisco District Attorney Brook Jenkins as she strode into the Department of Elections Monday morning, filing paperwork to seek office in November.

The appointed top prosecutor, who drew attention after she quit working for then-District Attorney Chesa Boudin last year and became a key spokesperson for the campaign to oust him, has signaled she may reverse some of the reforms instituted by the previous administration. Her entrance into the race comes a week after Boudin announced he did not plan to run this year, and two months after his historic recall.

"On June 7 the voters of San Francisco spoke very loudly that they wanted something different - that they wanted to take this city back in the right direction, and that is what I have been doing for the past 30 days," Jenkins told dozens of supporters Monday.

Mayor London Breed named Jenkins to succeed Boudin shortly after the recall results were certified, a decision that delighted many of Boudin's detractors but also stirred controversy in a city deeply polarized over crime and criminal justice. People who favored Boudin's progressive ideology, his promise to reduce mass incarceration and his aggressive prosecutions of police use-of-force, feared those efforts would unravel under the new district attorney.

Jenkins listed her top priorities as cracking down on open air drug markets, particularly in the Tenderloin neighborhood; holding violent offenders accountable; staving off gun violence and preventing attacks against Asian Americans. sfchronicle.com

George Soros Pledges to Keep Funding Pro-Criminal, Anti-Police Prosecutors
"Bond-villain" George Soros is not sorry, or even having second thoughts, about funding ultra-leftist prosecutors like Alvin Bragg (New York City), Kim Foxx (Chicago), Larry Krasner (Philadelphia), and George Gascon (Los Angeles) for all the devastation they've inflicted on American communities. Instead, according to the New York Post, Soros "vows he won't stop backing woke DAs despite urban crime spikes."

The 91-year-old native Hungarian recently published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. In it he argued the "soft-on-crime district attorneys" he's backed to the tune of millions of dollars are making the criminal justice system "more effective and just...." Soros said he has no intentions of pulling his support from them. nationalpolice.org

Lollapalooza Security Guard Busted After Allegedly Faking A Mass Shooting Threat

For Buffalo lawyer, investigation of one mass shooting leads him back to another


COVID Update

604.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 94M Cases - 1M Dead - 89.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 590.4M Cases - 6.4M Dead - 562.2M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 787
*Red indicates change in total deaths

New Variant Has Leveled Off - But Worst Still to Come?
Scientists Fear We're Not Ready for Nightmare New COVID Variant

The experts calculating which COVID variant will hit us next fear an immunity escape artist that could strike before more flexible vaccines hit the market.

A wave of COVID infections caused by the BA.5 subvariant has crested. All over the world, daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are going down. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost certainly here to stay. Another wave is all but inevitable as new variants and subvariants mutate, compete for dominance, and find new transmission pathways.

The best of the likely possibilities is yet another form of Omicron, a variant our immune systems recognize and know how to beat. The worst is some brand-new variant that might slip right past our antibodies. A Pi, Rho or Sigma variant, if you will.

New vaccine formulations aren't quite ready. Both Massachusetts-based Moderna and Pfizer in New York have run large-scale trials of their multivalent vaccines, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still scrutinizing the data. thedailybeast.com

There's No Going Back
COVID Altered the Frame of Reference About Remote Work

The pandemic exposed the benefits and disadvantages of remote work.

The abrupt switch to remote work that occurred likely precipitated a radical shift in many employees' frame of reference about it. Employees (and their organizations) varied in how well they adapted to the transition toward remote work. This was especially the case early on, as often multiple members of a household transitioned to a fully remote work and/or school environment. Even with those obstacles, eventually many employees adjusted when and how they worked and improved their productivity.

Thus, a workplace scenario for which few employees had a well-established frame of reference prior to the pandemic became much more commonplace, with just slightly more than 40% of employees working remotely at the height of the pandemic. This means that many employees had plenty of opportunity to test out a fully remote work environment. Some employees likely decided that a remote work environment, at least part of the time, was extremely helpful in improving their work-life interface, potentially explaining some of the results reported by McKinsey & Company and ADP. For other workers, the experience with remote work likely reinforced the benefits of being onsite, and they may eschew any requirement for long-term remote work.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in April 2022, only about 7.7% of employees were working remotely "because of the pandemic." It is difficult to know whether the overall percentage of remote workers has decreased to near pre-pandemic levels (which was 5.7% before the COVID pandemic) or whether the 7.7% figure is misleading due to companies having formalized remote work options, thus decreasing the percentage of employees working remotely because of the pandemic. psychologytoday.com

80,000 Locked Down in China
COVID Lockdown Turns Chinese Tourist Hotspot Sanya Into Nightmare for Stranded Tourists
Sanya, the island's main tourist hub, imposed a lockdown on Saturday and restricted transport links to try to stem the outbreak, even as some 80,000 visitors were enjoying its beaches at peak season. Many are now stuck inside hotels until next Saturday, if not longer. usnews.com

Under 60, healthy, vaccinated & boosted? 'You're in a pretty good place' with Covid

Remote working: The countries shunning the post-COVID work trend and why


Expanding AI & Facial Recognition Tech to Retail Outlets & More
Rank One Computing aims to expand AI, facial recognition software throughout United States
Hoping to expand the United States' use of domestic artificial intelligence technology, Rank One Computing (ROC) has set up its East Coast headquarters in West Virginia, where officials hope to find more customers for the company's facial recognition software, as well.

Stationed primarily in Colorado, Rank One Computing has its East Coast headquarters at Vantage Ventures in Morgantown. CEO Scott Swann described Rank One Computing as a "computer vision" company, and said the group's facial, object and text recognition software is able to help in a wide array of industries and scenarios.

The government isn't the only sector that can find benefit in what ROC is offering. Swann explained that he and his team have been talking to a number of organizations and groups across the North Central West Virginia region to apply their product to new "verticals."

This same technology could be applied to retail outlets, casinos, government buildings and more, Swann said, adding that a combination of AI and humans may be the best defense against unwanted intruders.

"People are always great to have in the process, but you have to reduce that overall cognitive load," Swann said. "There's no way that (a person) can look at that many cameras or be able to do the type of monitoring that you would want. It's a function of computer resources. They never get tired. They're always going to be consistent. They're always going to look for those kinds of threats. ... This is an easy way to add a new tool that can prevent some of the common things." wvnews.com

Retail's Union Push Slowing?
Apple's fledgling union effort already improved benefits for its retail employees
This June, an Apple retail store in Towson, Maryland, became the tech giant's first US shop to successfully unionize. More stores looked set to follow-but the broader organizing push at Apple has instead slowed in recent months.

Apple's response exemplifies the carrot-and-stick approach that employers often roll out in response to union drives. But it also shows how union efforts among even a relatively small portion of employees can wind up improving standards for everyone.

How Apple responded to retail workers' union push

At the same time, the company unveiled a new suite of benefits that included doubling the number of paid sick days for retail employees from six to 12, and making paid vacation days and paid parental leave available to part-time employees for the first time. In May, Apple also announced that retail employees would earn a minimum of $22 per hour (up from $20 an hour). And in early June, the company said that it would introduce more flexible work schedules for employees, too.

It was, however, noteworthy that the company announced these changes in the context of its retail union drives, during which workers had spoken out about their frustration with wages that lagged behind inflation, inflexible schedules, and desire for better benefits.

Why the Apple union drive isn't dead

"Despite being happy with some of the new perks, employees also believe Apple took too long to add them," Bloomberg's Mark Gurman writes. "The improved benefits are a sign that the unionization pressure worked, so it makes sense to keep fighting, they say." qz.com

NOAA says a busy peak is ahead - Next 4 months
First Tropical Storm Threat In Weeks Emerges Amid Predictions Of Hurricane Outbreak
Forecasters are monitoring a tropical wave forming off the coast of Africa as meteorologists predict a hurricane outbreak that will make 2022 one of the most active seasons in history. Chances of a potentially devastating major hurricane hitting the U.S. are pegged at 68%, significantly higher than the 52% annual average over the past century.

Activity typically ramps up in August as hurricane season approaches its historical September 10 peak, with threats often continuing throughout October before tapering off in November ahead of hurricane season's official November 30 end date. forbes.com

How Major Retailers Prepare for Natural Disasters - Part 1: Walmart
Walmart Disaster Preparedness & Response

We aim to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters, with a focus on associate safety and recovery of business operations to serve the needs of our communities.

Walmart's disaster preparedness and management efforts are part of the company's Global Security Program, a risk-based approach to protecting our people, facilities, information, supply chain and inventory. We intend to enable and empower associates with the resources to effectively prepare for and manage disasters and disruptions.

Walmart's Global Emergency Management department - a team of emergency management experts from across our business - oversees disaster preparation and recovery efforts. The department is responsible for identifying, assessing and responding to events such as natural disasters, COVID and other disease outbreaks, and other crises. The department includes:

Emergency Operation Center (EOC): The EOC serves as the central command center for preparation and response activity. The EOC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Enterprise Resilience Planning Team: This team is responsible for the company's business resiliency efforts, working with critical business functions and partnering with IT Disaster Recovery teams to put plans and strategies in place to prepare the company for significant business disruptions and enable it to resume operations quickly.

Senior executives oversee our disaster preparation and response efforts, including through the following groups:

Executive Council: Senior executives that make up the Council oversee our disaster efforts.

Corporate Crisis Management Team (CCMT): CCMT was created in FY2021 as an advisory body comprising corporate functional officers for enterprise-wide emergency planning and response policy efforts.

Emergency Support Functions (ESF): Adapted from FEMA's National Response Framework, Walmart groups decision makers, responders and resources into Emergency Support Functions.

The Resilience Governance Council: This cross functional team of corporate officers is tasked with providing thought leadership, guidance and support on matters related to the Enterprise Business Continuity and IT Resilience programs. corporate.walmart.com

1,600 Store Openings
Spirit Halloween, Party City To Open 1,600 Halloween Pop-Ups This Year
The two major players in that particular retail space, Spirit Halloween and Party City, are both increasing the number of temporary Halloween stores they are opening this year, despite the ghoulish specter of inflation, for a total of roughly 1,600 stores.  costar.com

US Retail Cargo Seen Cooling in Second Half as Inflation, Rates Bite
US ports will see less retail cargo entering the country in the second half of the year as economic growth slows amid back-to-back interest-rate increases and persistent inflation.

Warby Parker lays off 63 workers, 15% of its corporate workforce

Placer.ai: July was 'far more positive' than expected for malls

Union accuses Verizon of interfering with organizing efforts at 2 Portland stores

Quarterly Results

Natural Grocers Q3 comp's up 2.5%, net sales up 3%

Qurate Retail Q2 eCommerce down 17%, revenue down 16%
   QxH revenue down 12%
   QVC revenue down 19%
   Zully revenue down 45%
   Cornerstone revenue down 4%


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Director of Risk Management job posted for Belle Tire in Allen Park, MI
The Director of Risk Management will serve as a strategic business partner to the Belle Tire Stores. The Safety and Risk Manager will be primarily responsible for continuous process improvement in all aspects and programs of Safety and Risk Management of the company. linkedin.com

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Rexall partnered with Auror to evolve its approach to solving the ORC problem. Rexall experienced early success during their 90-day pilot, and from 2019 to 2022, reported an impactful 17% reduction in shrink across their locations.

For Daryl Blackmore, Rexall's Director of Asset Protection, the key to their success was empowering stores with technology and actionable intelligence to proactively prevent crime. "Empowering stores to take safe action is easier with Auror," says Daryl. With the rise in threatening behavior and ORC, actionable intelligence has never been more important. Daryl continues, "With the right information at the right time, our team members can stop incidents before they start."

On this webinar, we'll hear from Daryl Blackmore and Bobby Haskins on how empowering frontline teams drives loss and violence reductions.






The Underground Economy is Booming Thanks to Ransomware
A Ransomware Explosion Fosters Thriving Dark Web Ecosystem

For the right price, threat actors can get just about anything they want to launch a ransomware attack - even without technical skills or any previous experience.

The underground economy is booming - fomented by a surging and evolving ransomware sector. The Dark Web now has hundreds of thriving marketplaces where a wide variety of professional ransomware products and services can be had at a variety of price points.

Researchers from Venafi and Forensic Pathways analyzed some 35 million Dark Web URLs - including forums and marketplaces - between November 2021 and March 2022 and uncovered 475 webpages filled with listings for ransomware strains, ransomware source code, build and custom-development services, and full-fledged ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) offerings.

A Plethora of Ransomware Tools

The researchers identified 30 different ransomware families listed for sale on the pages, and found ads for well-known variants such as DarkSide/BlackCat, Babuk, Egregor, and GoldenEye that previously have been associated with attacks on high-profile targets. The prices for these proven attack tools tended to be significantly higher than lesser-known variants.

No Experience Necessary

Venafi researchers found that in many instances, the tools and services available through these marketplaces - including step-by-step tutorials - are designed to allow attackers with minimal technical skills and experience to launch ransomware attacks against victims of their choice.

Big Ransomware Fish May Go Belly Up

Several of the larger ransomware groups have grown to a point where they employ hundreds of hackers, have revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and are able to invest in things like R&D teams, quality assurance programs, and specialist negotiators. Increasingly, larger ransomware groups have begun to acquire nation-state actor capabilities, Check Point warns. darkreading.com

Comparing the Security Features of the Big 3
AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure: How their security features compare

Each cloud platform differs in the security tools and features it offers customers to help them protect their cloud assets.

How can a CISO determine how the Big 3 cloud service providers-Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud- differ in the way that they address those issues and provide a secure and resilient cloud platform?

AdvertisementGoogle Cloud: Swapping shared responsibility for shared fate

Google has made the biggest splash when it comes to redefining the shared responsibility model. In fact, Google has coined a new term, which it calls "shared fate." According to Google CISO Phil Venables, "The shared responsibility model created 'uncertainty' as to who handles certain aspects of threat detection, configuration best practices, and alerts for security violations and anomalous activities." Shared fate represents "the next evolutionary step to create closer partnership between cloud service providers and their customers so that everyone can better face current and growing security challenges while still delivering on the promise of digital transformation."

Microsoft Azure tackles multi-cloud security

Microsoft has launched an effort to address the challenge of securing multi-cloud environments with the release of Microsoft Defender for Cloud, which provides cloud security posture management (CSPM) and cloud workload protection (CWP) across Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. The goal is to find weak spots across cloud configurations, help strengthen the overall security posture and protect workloads against evolving threats across multi-cloud and hybrid environments. Microsoft Defender for Cloud covers virtual machines, containers, databases, storage, and application services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers broad security toolset

As the oldest and most dominant vendor, AWS has an advantage when it comes to knowledge and tooling. "It's easier to get answers, find help, and find supported tools. This is on top of the platform's overall maturity and scope," says Mogull. AWS has a huge marketplace of third-party vendors and has a variety of add-on offerings, as well as advisory, consulting, training, and certification services. Marks points out that AWS "has put a lot of thought into the features they have." She cites Inspector, a service that continuously scans Amazon EC2 instances and container images for software vulnerabilities and unintended network exposures. csoonline.com

Q2 U.S. Cyber Insurance Prices Up 79% - After Doubling in Q1 & Q4
CSO's are being grilled on how they defend their companies

Buying Cyber Insurance Gets Trickier as Attacks Proliferate, Costs Rise

Security chiefs should shop early for coverage and prepare for long questionnaires about their companies' cyber defenses, industry professionals say

For many businesses, obtaining or renewing cyber insurance has become expensive and arduous.

The price of cyber insurance has soared in the past year amid a rise in ransomware hacks and other cyberattacks. Given these realities, insurers are taking a harder line before renewing or granting new or additional coverage. They are asking for more in-depth information about companies' cyber policies and procedures, and businesses that can't satisfy this greater level of scrutiny could face higher premiums, be offered limited coverage or be refused coverage altogether, industry professionals said.

"Underwriting scrutiny has really tightened up over the past 18 months or so," said Judith Selby, a partner in the New York office of Kennedys Law LLP. wsj.com

Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer of $4B in Criminal Proceeds - Extradited to U.S.

Every U.S. Crypto Exchange (And Binance) Is Being Investigated By The SEC, Says Senator Lummis Staffer







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Illegal Websites Cashing in on Roe vs. Wade Decision

More Illegal Sites Running Online Abortion Pill Scams
Many women seeking abortion pills online have unknowingly been ordering the pills from one of many fake clinics making false claims, pharmacy experts report.

While some online sites are licensed and legitimately connect consumers with the pills, the illegal sites may sell either counterfeit or expired pills or deliver no pills and just steal payment information. Al Carter, PharmD, executive director of the nonprofit National Association of Boards of Pharmacy says that since the the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June, there has been an increase in his team's discovery of illegal online sites selling what they claim are abortion medications.

"Ninety-six percent of the online pharmacies out there are illegitimate," he says. "They're violating some type of state or federal law in almost every incidence."

The court ruled that individual states could ban abortion procedures. The resulting patchwork of laws and access barriers have made conditions ripe for a growing black market online for mifepristone and misoprostol, two drugs used in combination to induce abortions.

Interest in the drugs soared after the Supreme Court ruling was leaked in May.

Within 3 days of the leak, online searches for abortion medications jumped 162% compared with the 3 days before the ruling, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Sites that make false claims about abortion pills are growing just as the illegal sites that popped up in the pandemic peddling COVID-19 "cures" and non-approved vaccines and treatments, Carter says, adding that the same fear-based tactics are being used. webmd.com

Maine Newspaper Blasts Plans for Amazon Warehouse
Op-Ed: Amazon warehouse would be no boon to Maine
Amazon is quick to hire warehousing staff and quick to dispose of them - at breathtaking scale. The company added hundreds of thousands of workers in the past two years and, now that pandemic-driven sales have slowed, is in the process of undoing that recruitment. The caprice is driving Amazon workers to unionize, starting at a facility in Staten Island, New York, earlier this year.

Challenging working conditions drive an extremely high rate of worker turnover: 150 percent annually, almost double the industry standard. This means that more people quit Amazon warehouse jobs in a year than the total number of people employed at those warehouses.

According to an investigation by The New York Times last year, this trend is by design. An internal memo leaked in June acknowledged a weakness in the strategy: that Amazon could run out of people to hire at its warehouses as soon as 2024.

A Scarborough foothold would allow Amazon access to a hard-to-access group of customers, helping the company with "last-mile" ambitions in northern New England. If you can't find any enthusiasm for this specific development, you're not anti-business. Amazon can be excited. We don't have to be. pressherald.com

Good inflation news: Online shopping prices are suddenly falling fast

Amazon's Roomba Deal Is Really About Mapping Your Home







Tallahassee, FL: Attorney General Moody and Melbourne Police Department Dismantle Organized Retail Theft Ring Committing Crimes in 14 Florida Counties
Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Melbourne Police Department are announcing the dismantling of an organized retail theft ring that targeted stores in 14 counties. According to the investigation, Marshawn Gordon and John McClure, III wore masks and raided stores, stealing nearly $30,000 worth of merchandise. Stores targeted include: Academy Sports, Bass Pro Shops, BJ's Wholesale, Dick's Sporting Goods, Target and Walmart. A third conspirator, Vishram Baijnauth, knowingly purchased the stolen items from Gordon and McClure at unreasonably low prices to resell online. Law enforcement arrested the criminal trio and Attorney General Moody's Office of Statewide Prosecution will handle the cases.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "This trio targeted stores in 14 counties across our state-stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise while trying to evade capture. Their shoplifting has ended, and my Statewide Prosecutors will make sure they pay for their crime spree." The investigation revealed that Gordon and McClure committed 28 separate thefts targeting specific merchandise in stores-mostly Yeti products, tech devices and golf balls. The duo then sold the stolen goods, most notably through McClure's online Facebook marketplace postings under the alias 'China Sam.'

McClure set the listings at heavily discounted prices. McClure either kept the items at a storage facility or transported the items to Baijnauth's residence. Through a search warrant, police found hordes of products in Baijnauth's home, along with computers, postage mailers and scales for product shipment. Baijnauth paid McClure for the items, then proceeded to sell the stock for profit on eBay. The theft spanned the following counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Seminole. myfloridalegal.com

Grand Rapids, MI: Three Defendants Sentenced In Fraud And Identity Theft Scam Targeting Customers Of Banks And Credit Unions
Three Miami Residents Stole $1,400,000 From Hundreds of Depositors by Posing as Security Officials to Obtain Access to Online Accounts. The fraudulent scheme exploited the online system used by customers of banks and credit unions everywhere. The defendants identified a targeted customer's online account using compromised personal information they purchased from computer hackers on the internet. To obtain a customer's confidential password and access to the money in the customer's account, the defendants called the customer, posing as bank security personnel, and induced the victim to share the onetime code a bank sends its customers when they need to reset their password. Then defendants drained the victim's account and moved the money to where they could use it for their own purposes. The defendants, operating out of Miami, Florida, targeted victims around the U.S. in this fashion, including customers of United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Michigan. Total losses are estimated at $1,400,000 justice.gov

Update: Marshall County, AL: Sheriff's Office gives update on pawn shop raid
On August 4, executed a search warrant at Joe's Pawn Shop on a 4-month joint investigation involving the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Secret Service, ATF and the Marshall County District Attorney's Officer. According to MCSO, the Loss Prevention units of Walmart, Target, Lowes and Home Depot assisted in the investigation. The investigation revolved around the buying and selling of stolen property. During the search of the shop, multiple items that were believed to be stolen were recovered. Some items that were still in original packaging were determined to be stolen from Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot and Target stores with an estimated total of $42,000. According to MCSO, 263 guns were recovered, a variety of gun accessories and $88,000 in cash were received. waff.com

Pelham, AL: $10,000 Interstate theft ring busted; diesel fuel
Five people from out of state were arrested and charged in Pelham early Friday, Aug. 5 in connection with recent diesel fuel thefts from a local gas station. Over the course of four days, from Aug. 2-5, 2,100 gallons were stolen. The monetary loss to the business is approximately $10,000. "These individuals were able to bypass the pumps' security and reporting mechanisms, ensuring the owners would have no record of the fuel being pumped," said Detective Sgt. Brad Jordan. "Once the owner determined there was no leak in his tanks, he reviewed surveillance video and found a man filling up a large storage container in the back of a moving truck." The Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division worked together to share intelligence and increase patrols at all local gas stations. That teamwork paid off when these people showed up again to steal even more fuel. "We want to make sure criminals hear this message loud and clear," said Chief Pat Cheatwood. "It does not pay to come to Pelham to commit crimes." "I am so proud of the great communication and diligent police work our officers put into this case. The initial theft report was made at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. These suspects were taken into custody around 1:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5," Cheatwood added. The suspects listed below are charged with Theft of Property 3rd Degree. Additional charges are pending. pelhampd.com

Roseville, CA: 2 stores Roseville stores hit by organized retail thefts; 4 suspects arrested
Four young men were arrested after a pair of large retail thefts in Roseville last week. Roseville police say, back on Aug. 5, a store along the 1100 block of Galleria Boulevard was hit by four suspects who stole more than $950 of merchandise. Just 20 minutes later, police say those same four suspects were then seen at a sporting goods store on Stanford Ranch Road. They also allegedly stole more than $950 worth of merchandise from that store as well. Despite getting only a partial plate number, an officer managed to spot the suspects heading westbound on Interstate 80. Officers quickly pulled the suspects over, but they told police they weren't involved in any thefts. However, police say the stolen merchandise officers soon found in their trunk said otherwise. All four were arrested: Ly Duong, Cho Duong, Khailijah Saelee, and James Salvatierra. All the suspects are 18 years old and are facing charges ranging from organized retail theft to grand theft, burglary and conspiracy.  cbsnews.com

Warrington Township, PA: Shoplifters Swipe Vacuums From Target
The Warrington Township Police Department is hoping to make a clean sweep of this case with the capture of a pair of suspected shoplifters. But they'll need the public's help to identify the man and woman who made off with several Dyson vacuums without paying for them. The incidents took place on August 1 and 5 at the Target store, said police. The suspects left the area in a U-Haul van. patch.com

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Shootings & Deaths

San Carlos, CA: Woman Arrested in 29-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of California Corner Store Owner
A San Carlos murder that stumped investigators for nearly 30 years has finally been solved, with California authorities announcing Thursday the recent arrest of a 61-year-woman in Oklahoma. Rayna Hoffman-Ramos, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, is suspected of fatally shooting a corner store owner in April 1993, in what is believed to have been a daylight robbery gone wrong. As of Thursday, she was charged with first-degree murder and awaiting extradition to California. thedailybeast.com

Snohomish County, WA: Man dead in shooting near Startup antique store
A man in his late 30s died Saturday in a fatal shooting outside a store near Sultan, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Just before noon, the man was shot near the Haystack Company antique store in Startup on U.S. 2, the sheriff's office reported. A man in his early 20s was taken into custody. It wasn't clear if the man would be arrested or just detained for questioning, Lt. Tom Morris said. Authorities believe the two men knew each other. No other suspects were at large, Morris said. heraldnet.com

Update: Delaware County, PA: Man was sentenced to probation for shooting at a Walmart clerk over a video game
A Delaware County man who opened fire inside a crowded Walmart last year, narrowly missing an employee he was arguing with, has been sentenced to three years of probation. Devante Dixon, 29, entered a negotiated guilty plea to carrying a gun without a license and firing into an occupied structure. Prosecutors dropped the more serious charges of attempted murder, attempted aggravated assault, and simple assault that the Darby Township resident faced in the February 2021 shooting. Delaware County Court Judge Richard M. Cappelli credited Dixon, who had been in custody since his arrest, with time served during a hearing last week before setting the terms of his probation. Dixon was trying to buy a video game at the Walmart on MacDade Boulevard in Glenolden about 8:30 a.m. on the day of the incident, according to affidavit of probable cause for his arrest. He got into a dispute with an employee during the transaction, pulled out a handgun, and fired a single shot inside the crowded store. No one was injured, and Dixon fled. Four days later, Dixon turned himself in amid extensive news coverage about the shooting, which was recorded by the store's security cameras. inquirer.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Las Vegas, NV: Smoke shop owner stabs man multiple times during robbery
In a dramatic surveillance video, the owner of a local smoke shop appears to defend himself with a sharp object from three would-be thieves - identified only as juveniles - after one of them jumped the counter. This happened at the Smokestrom Smoke Shop on West Sahara near Decatur on Wednesday, Aug. 3. In the video, two juveniles are seen entering the smoke shop wearing masks. The owner is heard asking "Why are you guys wearing masks like that?" When the juveniles don't reply, Nguyen is heard asking them "to just leave." "At first I thought they were normal customers and then I realized they had like ski masks on," said Nguyen. "I had to assume they had a firearm so I just wanted to make sure I could protect myself." When 8 News Now asked Nguyen if he saw the firearm he replied, "no but I couldn't take that chance." One of the juveniles is seen grabbing what appears to be a mug off the counter by the cash register and walking toward the door. Nguyen is heard telling the juvenile that he could take it but to please "leave the coins." The juvenile is seen reaching over the case and grabbing something else, turning, and running out the door. The juvenile is seen reaching over the case and grabbing something else, turning, and running out the door. The masked juvenile who was stabbed can be heard screaming "I'm dead, I'm dead" before collapsing to the floor. "I don't think he planned on getting stabbed that day obviously, but if you try robbing a store you are taking a risk. This is a small business obviously," Nguyen added. Nguyen is then seen dropping the masked juvenile near the front door and calling 911. The juvenile who was stabbed can be heard asking the owner "don't let me die." Police have arrested the juveniles who are seen apparently trying to rob the store and the person who was stabbed was taken to the hospital. youtube.com

Montgomery County, MD: 2 men arrested in Md. for suspected string of McDonald's drive-through armed robberies
Montgomery County Police have arrested and charged two men in connection to the armed robbery of a Kensington, Md. McDonald's. Police also believe this wasn't their first rodeo. 21-year-old Zachary Kinnell, of Upper Marlboro, and 20-year-old Brian Elzey, of Upper Marlboro, are accused of stealing money from the drive-through window of a McDonald's restaurant in the 2700 block of University Boulevard on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at about 2 a.m. Police say the two men were traveling in a silver Chevrolet Cruz, entered the drivethrough lane and ordered food. One of the men exited the vehicle, approached the cashier's window, displayed a black handgun and told the cashier to leave, police said. The cashier complied. Police said the men then reached through the window and removed an undisclosed amount of money from a cash drawer before taking off eastbound on University Boulevard.

Just one day later at approximately 12:51 a.m., Montgomery County Police officers observed the same vehicle, occupied by two men enter the drive-thru of the McDonald's restaurant in the 12100 block of Veirs Mill Road. Officers determined that the vehicle matched the description from the previous robbery and the robbery of other McDonald's restaurants throughout the DMV area. The suspects made a purchase and exited the parking lot area of the restaurant. Officers followed the Chevrolet and pulled it over in the area of Veirs Mill Road and Connecticut Avenue. Officers arrested the two men. wjla.com

Charleston, SC: Woman leaves 3 young children in car to shoplift at Citadel Mall
A Charleston woman is facing one charge of shoplifting and three counts of cruelty to children following a traffic stop on Thursday, according to an incident report from Charleston Police Department. Thursday afternoon, officers responded to a complaint that three women had entered the Hibbett Sports store at Citadel Mall and shoplifted. The subjects had triggered the security sensors when they left the store, causing the District Sales Manager to check the security tapes. During the traffic stop, it was determined by authorities that 32-year-old Bianca Ward, who was identified as the woman with a red hair wrap in the surveillance video, had left three young children unattended inside the Ford Fusion during the crime. Officers found three packs and one individual pair of Nike socks in the car that had been stolen from Hibbett Sports. The items were worth $82. In total, police say the three women stole more than $600 worth of socks from the store. abcnews4.com

Fort Hood, TX: Army vet sentenced for $2 million Fort Hood gear theft
An Army veteran who pleaded guilty to stealing $2.1 million worth of military gear from a Texas army base was sentenced to 18 months in prison last Tuesday and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the Army. The vet pleaded guilty in April to stealing dozens of Army thermal scopes, radios and night vision goggles from the Texas base. She and two co-conspirators snatched the expensive specialty equipment sometime overnight between June 16 and June 17 of last year. Smith and her co-conspirators were caught when Army investigators spotted items from the stolen loot for sale on eBay less than two weeks later. The items listed on the resale site had serial numbers that matched the missing equipment. armytimes.com

Ringleader of credit card skimming scheme gets 84 months prison
HOUSTON - A 31-year-old Cuban citizen who resided in Houston has been sentenced for his role as leader of an organization that installed hundreds of credit card skimmers in Southeast Texas over the last six years.

Palm Beach Art Dealer Indicted
Selling High-End Fakes of Prominent Artists at His Retail Galleries in Palm Beach, FL.

Tampa, FL: Man Arrested For Robbing Restaurant and C-Store While Brandishing A Firearm



C-Store - Clinton, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Bernard Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Clovis, NM - Armed Robbery
C-Store - DeSoto County, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Mason City, MN - Robbery
Collectables - Alhambra, CA - Burglary
Collectables - South El Monte, CA - Burglary
Guns - Delray Beach, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Katy, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Terre Haute, IN - Robbery
Jewelry - Dothan, AL - Burglary
Jewelry - Orangeburg, SC - Robbery
Liquor - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Marijuana - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Photo - Columbus, OH - Burglary
Restaurant - Cape Girardeau, MO - Armed Robbery
Target - Morgan Hill, CA - Robbery
Tobacco - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery / Sup. Stabbed
Walgreens - Dover, DE - Robbery
7-Eleven - Fort Collins, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery


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

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