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The Evolving Factors That Fuel C-Store Crime
The Changing Winds of Convenience-Store Crime
Retail-crime seasonality doesn't just stop at the literal seasons; cultural, political and technological factors heavily influence retail risk mitigation programs. And like the seasons, each can change on a large scale in a matter of months.

It's up to c-store leaders to adequately foresee these winds of change and invest in solutions to combat revolving-and evolving-crime waves.

States Divided

There are remarkably few retail crime statutes enforced on a federal level. Therefore, the vast majority of the burden falls to the state level. This leads retail brands to run into the challenging dynamic of dealing with different laws for different states.

In 2021, the pendulum in many states tends to swing toward the more lax enforcement option, resulting-at a very high level-in a generationally cyclical scenario. Just like rain, snow and cold keeps crime low, so, too, does a local government with strong retail crime enforcement laws.

Organized Chaos

ORC groups successfully identify and exploit the gaps in a retail operation. Because many convenience-store chains don't understand or are unwilling to adapt to the advancing nature of crime compared to decades ago, this type of crime has skyrocketed in recent years, resulting in gargantuan shrink levels, profit losses and hits to consumer perception.

The Power of Data

While employee training is critical, the answer to most trends in retail crime lies in technology: namely, analytics. Whether an external consulting company or a team of internal data scientists, experts are now able to build custom tools and platforms that look at consumer fraud in real time, provide accurate information into abnormalities across stores and provide recommendations and solutions if things don't look right. cspdailynews.com

San Francisco Putting More Cops in Popular Shopping Areas
SF police increasing patrols in popular tourist areas, but will it be enough?
Despite the pandemic, San Francisco is expected to see more than 15 million tourists this year Those tourists could pump $3.5 billion into local businesses. One of the keys to Building a Better Bay Area is making sure that those tourist feel safe and that they will want to come back.

That's why San Francisco is putting more officers on the streets in popular parts of the city like Union Square, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. But will it be enough? And what is being done to curb the brazen thefts from stores that is being seen worldwide?

When you say shopping in style in San Francisco -- you're saying Union Square. Gucci, Hermes, Neiman Marcus, it's an outdoor show that glows with color.

The new trend everyone has been talking about -- theft, like one in early July. Police say an organized group swarmed the Neiman Marcus, stealing tens of thousands of dollars in designer handbags.

Despite these high-profile incidents, SFPD crime data shows declining incidents of property crime in the city so far this year. As of July 4, larceny theft is down 8.8% this year compared to the same point last year. In the same time period, robbery is down 11.9%, yet burglary is up 4.2%. In 2020, larceny theft was down 39% year-over-year, according to SFPD crime statistics.

Most of the stores in this area have increased their security, some even hire off duty police officers. But as retailers struggle with brazen robberies and thefts, many luxury retailers are now requiring appointments or keeping pandemic capacity limits to restrict the number of people inside stores.

"The last guy I talked to at one of the Union Square meetings said he liked the lines because it slowed down the thefts," said SFPD Sgt. Carmichael Reyes. abc7news.com

Gun Thefts Drop By 71%
Firearm Industry-ATF Partnership Leads to Decrease in Gun Thefts
New reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) show the partnership between law enforcement and the firearm industry to reduce criminal firearm retailer break-ins, burglaries and gun thefts are working.

Firearm sales in 2021 remain at a close pace to the all-time record of 2020. While Americans from all backgrounds are voting for the Second Amendment with their wallets and purses at the gun store retail counter, gun retailers are finding more success at protecting their businesses and communities by stepping up voluntary security improvements.

Results to Celebrate

During the first six months of 2021, ATF reported 111 firearm retail burglaries that resulted in an estimated 959 stolen firearms. The same six-month stretch in 2020 saw 284 burglaries and more than 3,700 stolen firearms. These numbers correlate to 61 percent fewer burglaries and a 71 percent reduction in stolen firearms. Every criminal break-in that is thwarted and every firearm that remains secured and out of the hands of criminals means safer communities throughout the United States.

ATF Acting Director Marvin G. Richardson praised the partnership between ATF, firearm retailers and the firearm industry. "This data demonstrates that our collaborative efforts to secure FFL inventories are making a positive difference. It is yet another way that ATF works diligently to reduce violent crime in our communities."

NSSF's Larry Keane echoed Richardson's sentiments. "This data shows that the firearm industry's proactive partnerships with the ATF are yielding the results that make our communities safer. This is what effective firearm safety looks like," Keane said. ammoland.com

Urban DA Coalition Formed to Fight Violence Surge
Broady, Georgia DAs look for a way out of COVID crime surge
Gathered in the bottom floor of a strip mall off Roswell Road, some of Georgia's most prominent prosecutors brainstormed Thursday over a way out of the crime surge they say is gripping the state.

From Cobb to Columbus, and Atlanta to Savannah, the district attorneys of the state's most populous areas agreed they've faced an overwhelming spike in crime since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. The words "non-stop," "overwhelmed," and "back to back" ping-ponged around the room for over an hour.

Thus was the tone of an inaugural meeting of an "urban district attorney's" coalition, a "brain trust" as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis called it. Cobb District Attorney Flynn Broady has been tapped as the group's vice-chair.

Broady told the MDJ he was recruited through a series of conversations with fellow prosecutors, who found themselves facing similar predicaments: rising homicides, gang activity, and domestic violence.

While Cobb has not faced near the rise in crime (or the ensuing political firestorm) as neighboring Atlanta, Broady said he was hesitant to pin the big city as the root of the problem.

Being the group's first sit-down, the discussion focused largely on delegating and selecting committees to focus on various problem areas. Among those were youth violence, diversionary programs, and "conviction integrity" - ensuring past cases have been properly handled and that innocent people are not unjustly serving time. news.yahoo.com

Study: Community-Oriented Policing Has Positive Outcomes
Community-Oriented Policing Shows Promise in New Haven, Conn.
Community-oriented policing is a policing strategy designed to encourage cooperative police-public relationships through a variety of positive nonenforcement interactions, such as community meetings and neighborhood watch initiatives. In 2019, the city of New Haven, Conn., implemented a community-oriented policing intervention to increase public trust and improve perceptions of police legitimacy (Peyton et al. 2019a).

Specifically, this intervention focused on the importance of 1) establishing common connections with residents, 2) emphasizing cooperation toward common goals (such as police needing residents' help to make the community safe), and 3) forming personalized interactions, as an approach to building public trust and enhancing police legitimacy. Overall, the goal of the intervention was to examine whether a single positive, nonenforcement interaction with a uniformed police officer caused meaningful changes in New Haven residents' general views about police legitimacy.

At the 21-day follow-up, Peyton and colleagues (2019a) found that residents in intervention households who received the community-oriented policing intervention reported more-positive overall attitudes toward police, compared with residents in control households. This difference was statistically significant. crimesolutions.ojp.gov

Caitlyn Jenner tears into Gov. Gavin Newsom over rampant crime in California

Oakland community leaders call on Gov. Newsom to help with crime spike

COVID Update

353.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 37.2M Cases - 636.2K Dead - 30M Recovered
Worldwide: 206.4M Cases - 4.3M Dead - 185.2M Recovered

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The Dangers of Enforcing Vaccine Mandates at Stores
Some retail chains aren't enforcing vaccine mandates for customers because they're worried it'll be dangerous for employees

As the Delta variant spreads, some of the biggest retailers avoid requiring vaccines for customers.

Despite soaring virus cases and the Delta variant sweeping across the country, many major retailers aren't requiring customers to be vaccinated, partly out of fear that it will spark confrontations between employees and customers, CNN reported.

Frontline employees who would be in charge of enforcing vaccine requirements could be at risk of violence from angry customers amid widespread - but unfounded - fear and skepticism over COVID-19 vaccines. Retail workers have already endured violence and anger from customers while enforcing mask mandates, and in the most extreme instances, store employees have been killed by customers during disputes over mask requirements.

Businesses have already eased mask requirements - stores like McDonald's have required both customers and staff in high-transmission areas to wear masks, retailers like Walmart are only recommending that customers mask up.

"We want to stick with the message that strongly encourages everybody to get vaccinated, but don't want to create a situation where employees basically have a risk of physical assault, because it happened last year," Larry Lynch, senior vice president of science and industry for the National Restaurant Association, told CNN. "That's our biggest fear."

Only around half of Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19, which could mean that businesses would drive away customers if they enforced vaccine mandates. On top of vaccine fear and hesitancy, businesses would also have to cope with a lack of technology that would allow them to quickly see someone's vaccination status. Since there is no nationwide database containing people's COVID-19 vaccination records and many states have banned vaccine passports, practical issues over how to enforce vaccine requirements also present a barrier to businesses. businessinsider.com

'No Shots, No Service'
San Francisco announces strict requirements barring the unvaccinated from
indoor spaces
San Francisco leaders on Thursday unveiled some of the nation's toughest restrictions on unvaccinated people, barring them from indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, gyms, large concerts, theaters and other events held inside. The new rules, which take effect on Aug. 20, would apply even to people who can show they have tested negative for the coronavirus.

"This is an important step towards our recovery," Mayor London Breed said during a briefing announcing the new requirements. "We all have to do our part. We need to get vaccinated."

The rules are similar to those announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York earlier this month, except that San Francisco will require patrons to be fully vaccinated while New York requires only a minimum of one dose. The new requirements come amid a flurry of increasingly strict vaccine rules for public workers, private companies and colleges and as virus cases and hospitalizations have risen sharply across the country that are only expected to accelerate once the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to the vaccine in the coming weeks.

San Franscisco's order does not apply to people dining outdoors, entering a restaurant to order take-out or to children under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccines.

City officials indicated that they will give more leeway to employees of affected businesses than to patrons. Restaurant and bar workers have until Oct. 13 to prove that they are fully vaccinated, a move that the mayor said was designed to prevent people from losing their jobs. nytimes.com

Vaccine 'Bouncers' at Every Door?
New York's Anti-Covid Maitre D's
New York City is mandating proof of Covid shots for indoor activities, including fitness, entertainment and dining. And that makes the city's bartenders, servers and hosts front-line recruits in the culture wars, as they become vaccine-card checkers and bouncers.

As part of an effort to increase vaccination rates, would-be patrons will have to present proof of immunization, such as a card or New York State's Excelsior app, to enter drinking and dining venues. The city's app, NYC Covid Safe, has been criticized for not checking the validity of a vaccine card against a database. That leaves open the possibility that people will upload forged vaccine cards to the app, which could constitute a felony.

Employees will also have to show proof of immunization to work in the establishments. But it won't be the police or health department doing the checking; that will be the duty of private-sector employees.

Some businesses may hire muscle to deal with the possibly unvaccinated public. New York-based Centurion Security Solutions, which primarily serves bars and nightclubs, has started working with venues to check vaccination records.

Salil Mehta, chef and owner of the Singaporean restaurant Laut, says the mayor's announcement "freaks me out." Although pro-vaccine, he says shot enforcement will be especially hard on Asian restaurants, where racism is already a problem. He can't afford to hire security.

Enforcing the city's rules could put restaurant staff "in close contact with someone who isn't vaccinated, and it shouldn't be our job," says Mehta. "I don't want to be the guy policing these things." bloomberg.com

Two Retail Conferences Shut Down Over Florida COVID Surge
Letter to the Editor: Mask ruling is shutting down Florida's economy
Next week, Orlando was to host two of the largest retail industry conferences in the world, one focusing on logistics and the other on loss prevention. Both have been canceled due to attendees' concern over the alarming COVID-19 spike throughout Florida ("NAFEM trade show canceled amid mounting virus concerns," Aug. 6).

Gov. Ron DeSantis claims his mask-mandate ban is keeping "Florida open for business." It's actually doing the opposite. I and thousands of others will now no longer spend money at your hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other businesses. Not next week, and likely not for years to come. orlandosentinel.com

'Dog Diaper' COVID Masks
McDonald's Franchise Settles Suit Involving 'Dog Diaper' Masks
Workers at a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif., said their employer provided them with masks made from the diapers in lieu of bona fide masks at the start of the pandemic last year. They were also given masks made from coffee filters, they said.

After complaining, the employees said, they were given proper disposable masks but were told to wash and reuse them until they frayed. The allegations were included in a subsequent lawsuit, which contended that the franchise owner's inattention to safety had resulted in a Covid-19 outbreak among workers and their families.

Now the workers and the franchise owner are announcing a settlement in which the restaurant has agreed to enforce a variety of safety measures, including social distancing, contact tracing and paid sick leave policies. The settlement also calls for a management-worker committee to meet monthly to discuss compliance with the mandated measures and whether new ones are needed.

Michael Smith, who owns and operates the store, denied all the accusations in his legal filings, and the settlement does not involve an admission of wrongdoing. nytimes.com

'Help Wanted - But Only If You're Vaccinated'
Job Postings Requiring Covid-19 Vaccination Jump
Vaccination is increasingly a requirement to be hired, as employers ranging from accounting and software firms to schools and restaurants are asking applicants to be inoculated against Covid-19.

The share of job postings stating that a new hire must be vaccinated have nearly doubled in the past month, according to the job search site Indeed. The total number remains low, roughly 1,200 postings requiring a vaccination per million in the first week of August. But that is well up from about 600 in early July, and about 50 per million job postings in early February.

Many of the postings don't explicitly name Covid-19 as the vaccine required for employment, said Indeed economist AnnElizabeth Konkel, who wrote the report, but broader context of the job descriptions suggested most employers were referring to the coronavirus vaccine, as opposed to other shots. wsj.com

Coming Soon for Everyone?
FDA OKs third vaccine dose for immunocompromised people
The Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines Thursday to allow some people with compromised immune systems to get a third dose.

The change in FDA regulation is specific to patients who have been unable to mount an adequate immune response against the virus, even after being fully vaccinated. The hope, experts say, is that the additional dose will provide these patients with levels of protection seen in people without weakened immune systems.

An estimated 2.7 percent of adults in the United States are immunocompromised, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes organ transplant recipients, certain cancer patients and people with HIV. nbcnews.com

Delta - What Delta?
Resale retailers mostly shrug off delta worries after healthy Q2
Clothing resale is really as old as the neighborhood rummage sale, but in recent years it's become digital, tech-enabled, embraced by all sorts of consumers and one of the fastest-growing segments of the apparel industry. Three major online secondhand clothing retailers - Poshmark, The RealReal and ThredUp - are now public companies, with varying business models, profitability levels and, perhaps, prospects.

The delta strain of the coronavirus is looming over the success that all three displayed in their earnings reports this week, but their chief executives mostly shrugged it off. ThredUp co-founder and CEO James Reinhart on a conference call said the variant so far isn't changing the company's thinking for the second half of the year, but that it's watching it closely. retaildive.com

Hybrid Comes Out on Top
Study shows workers split on benefits of remote work vs. on-site

Hybrid workers saw the most benefits in terms of work culture, according to a survey done by ADP Research Institute.

The "On-site, Remote or Hybrid: Employee Sentiment On The Workplace" report found that remote workers believed their teams "possess a collective energy that transcends physical separation," and 62% of remote workers said their team was collaborative compared to 47% of on-site workers.

Remote workers also found their teams more supportive (66% of remote workers) and less "gossipy" or "cliquish" compared to their peers on-site. According to the report, remote workers felt like leadership teams were more accepting of innovative ideas and solutions.

The survey found that remote workers reported a far more vibrant culture of sharing than on-site workers.

But on-site workers reported their own benefits, including less time on work-related communication and meetings as well as a shorter workday and a cleaner distinction between work and home. zdnet.com

Facebook delays office reopenings until 2022 due to COVID

Mississippi's Hospital System Could Collapse Within 10 Days Under COVID's Strain

Fueled by delta variant, 500K coronavirus cases now tallied in Washington state

A Temporary Upper Hand for Retail Workers?
Labor shortage gives retail & restaurant workers the upper hand-for now

For many low-wage workers, the tighter labor market means that the tables have turned with employers.

Employers are going to new lengths to attract workers. CVS Health dropped its requirement that entry-level job candidates have a high school diploma. And Walmart is doling out bonuses to warehouse workers for staying on the job this summer and fall.

For many low-wage workers, the tighter labor market means that the tables have turned with employers. Companies' desire to quickly fill job openings has taken on more urgency, as retailers gear up for the holiday season and restaurants race to make up for months when they had to temporarily shutter or they saw sales crater. That has meant bigger paydays and perks for employees.

Yet for some retail workers, the higher wages and perks feel both overdue and not enough. Adam Ryan, a Target store associate and a liaison for the employee coalition Target Workers Unite, said the corporate announcements only look good because the standards of the retail industry are so low.

Ryan, who works part-time at a store in Christiansburg, Virginia, said he sees those changes as "largely superficial posturing." For instance, he said, even as retail workers get a higher starting wage, some of his coworkers have struggled to get a full-time work schedule that provides a steady income and qualifies them for health benefits.

Rising inflation also means that higher paychecks won't stretch as far. In July, consumer prices rose 5.4% compared with a year earlier, according to the Department of Labor. cnbc.com

Friday's Comic Relief
Porter Ranch, CA: Caught On Camera: Bear Browses Grocery Aisles At Porter Ranch Ralphs
It's un-bear-liveable! A bear walked into a grocery store in Porter Ranch and it was all caught on camera. Shoppers were stunned Saturday to see a bear in Ralphs on Rinaldi Street. Some residents even tried to pet and feed the bear. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said there were multiple sightings of the small adult bear. The agency managed to contain it inside a construction area behind Walmart. The animal was hiding under a trailer for some time before authorities could reach it. They then tranquilized the 120-pound bear before relocating it to a safe area. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Sephora, Kohl's aim for 200 stores by Oct. while Party City plans 100 for Halloween

Reebok sold in $2.5 billion blockbuster deal

Giant Eagle becomes first U.S. grocery, convenience store to accept PayPal, Venmo

Taco Bell is building a 4-lane, 2-story drive-thru next summer

KFC runs out of some items in the UK because of supply 'disruption'

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From Russia with Love
Ransomware gangs are working with Russian intelligence services, report says
Russian intelligence services worked with prominent ransomware gangs to compromise U.S. government and government-affiliated organizations, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Analyst1.

Two Russian intelligence bureaus - the Federal Security Service, or FSB, and Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR - collaborated with individuals in "multiple cybercriminal organizations," security analysts with the firm say in the report. The research indicates these cybercriminals helped Russian intelligence develop and deploy custom malware targeting American companies that serve U.S. military clients.

The hacking groups used a variation of the so-called Ryuk ransomware -
used for attacks on large enterprises - called "Sidoh," created specifically for espionage, according to Analyst1. The code was launched sometime between June 2019 and January 2020 and hid in the background of Windows machines, silently harvesting keystrokes and sensitive documents.

One attack described in the report was executed by a group dubbed
EvilCorp in October 2020. Another group known as SilverFish targeted the same victim only two months later using the same technical infrastructure, hacking tools and malicious scripts. The groups used a technique called "domain fronting" to hide their activity. They likely relied on a time-tested hacking tool called Mimikatz to infiltrate targeted systems, then distributed malware using a PowerShell Windows application.

"Smoke, the smell of gunpowder and a bullet casing"

DiMaggio said his team used proprietary and open-source information to identify individual ransomware gang members with known ties to Russian intelligence services. The researchers then manually diagrammed connections between individuals, FBI and law enforcement records and high-profile cybercriminal groups.

According to Analyst1,
most attacks were executed in several stages. The FSB "employed multiple individuals who conducted ransomware attacks and are affiliated with Russian-based criminal organizations," the report states. cbsnews.com

Daily Ransomware Attacks
Connected devices increasingly at risk as new ransomware attacks are reported almost daily
Ordr released a report on the state of connected devices. The 2021 study addresses
pandemic-related cybersecurity challenges, including the growth of connected devices and related increase of security risks from these devices as threat actors took advantage of chaos to launch attacks.

42% of connected devices were agentless or un-agentable devices
The number of agentless and un-agentable devices increased to 42% in this year's report (compared to 32% of agentless or un-agentable devices in 2020). These devices include medical and manufacturing devices that are critical to business operations along with
network devices, IP phones, video surveillance cameras and facility devices (such as badge readers) that are not designed with security in mind, cannot be patched, and cannot support endpoint security agents.

With almost half of devices in the network that are either agentless or un-agentable, organizations need to complement their endpoint security strategy with a network-based security approach to discover and secure these devices.

Pelotons, Sonos, Alexas and Teslas discovered in the network
As a sign of the times, popular
consumer "devices" are often connected to the enterprise network, including Pelotons, Sonos speakers, gaming machines, Alexas and Teslas.

While the usage of unsanctioned shadow IoT devices was highlighted in the 2020 report,
there are 2 times more personal devices this year, increasing the threat landscape and delivering a wealth of data for threat actors to use to profile targets.

Outdated OSs on connected devices present the greatest risk, especially in healthcare
About 19% of deployments with
devices running outdated operating systems Windows 7 and older have been identified, and almost 34% of deployments with devices running Windows 8 and Windows 10, which are expected to end-of-life in 2023 and 2025, respectively. helpnetsecurity.com

Ransomware Attacks Just Keep Coming
Hackers stole client info, work materials in Accenture ransomware attack
Ransomware hackers began leaking Accenture data after
the consulting giant suffered a security incident where the perpetrators made off with client-related documents and work materials.

The gang, known as LockBit 2.0,
has threatened to leak further after providing purported proof of the breach. Accenture acknowledged the attack on Wednesday, but has downplayed its severity.

"Through our security controls and protocols, we identified irregular activity in one of our environments," an Accenture spokesperson said. "We immediately contained the matter and isolated the affected servers. We fully restored our affected servers from back up.
There was no impact on Accenture's operations, or on our clients' systems."

In an internal memo, Accenture said
it noticed the "security incident" on July 30.

"While the perpetrators were able to acquire certain documents that reference a small number of clients and certain work materials we had prepared for clients,
none of the information is of a highly sensitive nature," reads the memo.

Even as Accenture said
the extent of the harm was minimal, the ransomware attack on the company attracted considerable social media attention and speculation. The Fortune 500 company had $44 billion in revenue in 2020, employs more than half a million people around the globe and does work in the cybersecurity field. cyberscoop.com

30% of Ransom Demands Top $30M
Ransomware Attacks and Payment Demands Soar
In the past 12 months,
30% of ransom demands topped $30 million, but victims who negotiated were able to drive demands down significantly.

The only real question about ransomware trends these days is not whether
there has been any let-up in the relentless pace of threat activity, but rather by how much attack volumes, attack scope, and ransom demands increased over a particular period.

A new report this week from Barracuda offers some fresh insight on all fronts. Between August 2020 and July 2021, researchers from the security firm identified and analyzed a total of
121 ransomware incidents - a 64% increase over the prior year. Thirty percent of those incidents involved ransom demands of $30 million or more; 6% topped a staggering $50 million.

The security vendor found
ransomware operators are increasingly focusing on supply chain attacks, such as those on trusted software vendors and IT service providers, with the goal of compromising multiple organizations via a single attack. The most dramatic example of such an attack in recent months was the one on Kaseya in July, which resulted in ransomware being deployed on several of the company's downstream managed service provider customers. darkreading.com

Ransomware and cyber insurance: What are the risks?
High-profile ransomware events, such as the Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya attacks, continue to create eye-popping headlines about how easily a cybercriminal group can cripple key infrastructure, hospitals, and schools. And
with ransomware attacks growing by more than 150% in 2020, there are no signs that things will improve in 2021.

For these and other reasons, organizations are increasingly opting for cyber insurance coverage and paying higher premiums year after year. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office,
the number of companies opting for cybersecurity coverage grew from 26% in 2016 to 47% in 2020, and most saw breach insurance premiums increase by up to 30%.

Given the clear financial stakes, it is time security leaders understand the risks before adding cyber insurance to their strategy for ransomware prevention and recovery. helpnetsecurity.com

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Buzzed Buying = Big Business
Survey: Intoxicated online shopping is soberingly big business
During the COVID-19 pandemic, seven in 10 consumers have made
e-commerce purchases while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to a new survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults from CouponChief, "Shopping Under the Influence," 70% of respondents admitted to making at least one online purchase since the start of the pandemic while drunk or stoned.
Men (76%) were more likely to shop online intoxicated than women (46%).

Overall, respondents spent an average of $564 in online purchases while intoxicated in the past year. Men ($583) spent more than women ($526).
Amazon (69%) was more commonly used for online shopping while intoxicated than Walmart, eBay, and Target combined (67%).

The most common intoxicated online purchases were clothing (46%), food delivery (36%), wearable devices (30%), and video games (28%). While women were more likely to spend on clothing (55%) and food delivery (37%) while they were tipsy, men were more inclined to buy wearable devices (33%) and video games (35%).

In a typical month, about half
(49%) of respondents said they made purchases under the influence once, followed by those who participated in buzzed buying two to three times per month (36%), four to five times (12%), and six or more times each month (3%).

Overwhelmingly, the weekends were the most popular time for intoxicated online purchases.
Saturday (56%) is the most popular day for buzzed online shopping, followed by Fridays (44%) and Sundays (39%). Of the remaining days of the week, Mondays (25%) were notably more popular than Tuesdays (17%), Wednesdays or Thursday (11% each). One in 10 respondents admitted to not remembering which day(s) of the week they engaged in drunk or high e-commerce activities.

Looking at intoxicated e-commerce habits by generation, the survey found that 7
4% of millennials had made at least online purchase while drunk or high during the pandemic, followed by Gen X (67%) and baby boomers (55%). chainstoreage.com

Consumers Ditch Amazon Over Bezos' Rocket Ride
Some customers cut Prime: 'I am over paying' for 'a zillionaire's rocket ride'

For some Prime members, it was a gross display of wealth that made them cancel their subscription.

Upon returning, he thanked Amazon customers and employees for making the trip possible. "I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because
you guys paid for all of this," Bezos said during a press conference. "Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It's very appreciated."

Some of those customers he thanked, however,
saw the jaunt to space as a good sign to quit paying $120 annually for Amazon's wildly popular Prime subscription service.

"You guys, I just canceled my Amazon Prime membership and feel GREAT about it," one such customer said in a private Facebook group post. "I am over paying to shop on a website and/or for a zillionaire's rocket ride. Just had to tell the world I guess."

They were one of several people Insider spoke with who said they canceled their Prime subscription in the days after Bezos' trip to space and
were directly inspired by the trip to cancel. businessinsider.com

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Broward County, FL: Tamarac Detectives Break Up Stolen Goods Racket
A hot tip to Broward Sheriff's Office Tamarac District detectives led to "cold justice" for a man suspected of selling stolen high-end appliances online. Detectives launched Operation Cold Justice, an undercover operation, in late July. Their target: Luiz Rodrigues, 41, who took detectives inside several storage units in Pompano Beach, showing them stolen items he had posted for sale online. According to an arrest affidavit, on Aug. 4, Rodriguez agreed to sell several stolen items to an undercover deputy for $18,500 in cash. Among the goods included in the deal were two stolen refrigerators. After the bust, detectives recovered a dozen stolen appliances; all reported stolen from Ferguson Enterprises in Tamarac, deputies said. Investigators also seized more than $10,000 in cash. Rodriguez, of Deerfield Beach, was arrested on August 4 and charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property. He has pleaded not guilty. Records show Rodrigues was released from the Broward Main Jail on a $7,500 bond. The investigation into the thefts from Ferguson Enterprises is ongoing, deputies said. tamaractalk.com

West Whiteland Township, PA: Stolen Credit Cards Bought $7,000 In Home Depot and Target Merchandise
West Whiteland Township Police are looking for a man and a woman they suspect stole credit cards from a car in Exton Park and went on a buying spree at Target and Home Depot. The West Whiteland Township Police Department is currently investigating the theft and fraud criminal case. Police allege the couple used the stolen credit cards to buy more than $7,000 worth of merchandise. A male and a female suspect were photographed who police say stole the victim's credit cards from a vehicle at Exton Park on July 28. The two allegedly used the stolen credit cards at the Home Depot in Downingtown and at Target in Uwchlan Township. patch.com

Hoover, AL: Pair Wanted For Questioning In $6,600 Saks 5th Ave and Best Buy Theft Case
The Hoover Police Department needs help from the public in identifying a pair of suspects in a case that involved multiple felonies. Police say the two people sought by the department broke in to a vehicle in Hoover and stole cash and a debit card, which was used to make multiple fraudulent purchases. Police say the car break-in occurred between July 17 and 17 on Country Club Drive. Cash and credit cards were stolen from the vehicle, and the cards were fraudulently used at Best Buy and Saks Fifth Avenue to purchase more than $6,600 of merchandise. patch.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Store owner wants merchandise back as bike thefts rise in Oklahoma City
Bicycle thefts have become more common in Oklahoma City, and the owners of Ride OKC just want their merchandise back. "We had five bikes stolen and also some kids options like the Little Strider balance bike - one of those was taken - some bicycle pumps and also a Bluetooth speaker," said Ryan Fogle, the owner of Ride OKC. The COVID-19 pandemic drew heavy traffic to the small business. "The pandemic actually improved our business," Fogle said. "Riding a bike is a really easy way to social distance and, you know, improve your mental health." Ride OKC and other bike stores have since become a target for thieves as a massive increase in bike sales during the pandemic led to shortages. koco.com

Plattsburgh, NY: JC Penney thief arrested with over $1,000 of merchandise
Police say an alleged shoplifter left a local store with a felony charge after she allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise. New York State Police troopers were called to JCPenney on Smithfield Boulevard at about 12:10 p.m. Aug. 11 after Tricia L. Waterson was reportedly caught shoplifting. The 33-year-old Schuyler Falls woman was subsequently arrested for fourth-degree grand larceny and was later released with an appearance ticket for Plattsburgh Town Court at a later date. suncommunitynews.com

Laredo, TX: Woman stole over $800 of fajita and steak from H-E-B

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Shootings & Deaths

Mitchellville, MD: DoorDash Driver shot and killed
A man working as a delivery driver was shot and killed on the job in Mitchellville, Maryland, early Thursday, police said. Noel Njoku, of Springdale, was the victim, Prince George's County police said. He was 48 and is survived by his spouse and four children. His wife and brother wept and pleaded for answers in the hours after his death. "Please, anybody who has any information, please, please, please - anybody who has any information should come and help us out, please," Chidi Njoku, the victim's brother, said through tears. Njoku was a happy, "peace-loving person" who moved to the U.S. from Nigeria decades ago, his brother said. He had only recently started working for DoorDash. "I want to know who killed my husband," the victim's wife said. After her husband failed to answer her calls, she went from hospital to hospital looking for him. Finally, an officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center broke the news. Njoku was the father of a 15-year-old daughter, 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old twin boys. nbcwashington.com

Los Angeles, CA: Update: Detectives arrest 16-year-old in fatal shooting of Shoe Palace employee
Detectives have arrested a juvenile in connection with the fatal shooting of a shoe store employee who intervened in a fight that erupted during a shoe raffle in Melrose, authorities said late Thursday. Shoe Palace, in the 7700 block of Melrose Avenue, was holding a raffle about noon Wednesday when a fight broke out, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. An employee called a co-worker, Jayren Bradford, who came to the store to help deal with the situation, police said. When Bradford arrived, he was confronted by people in the crowd. Someone in the crowd drew a gun and shot Bradford, then fled in a sedan north on Genesee Avenue, according to police. Paramedics took Bradford, 26, to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. latimes.com

(Update) Glassell Park, CA: Vigil Held For Rite Aid Worker Miguel Penaloza, Killed By Robber On Last Day Of Work
Family, friends, and colleagues of 36-year-old Miguel Penaloza, shot and killed last month by a shoplifter at a Glassell Park Rite Aid where he worked, are mourning. A vigil was held Wednesday evening by friends and family to remember Penaloza, who was killed on July 14 after he had previous safety concerns while on the job.

Penaloza had given his two-week notice and was working his last shift at the store on the night of the incident. Police said the two suspects were captured on video. They walked into the Rite Aid on Eagle Rock Boulevard and allegedly grabbed two cases of beer and tried to leave without paying. That was when Penaloza confronted them. Investigators said
he struggled with the shoplifters briefly before being shot and killed. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Dayton, OH: Update: Grand jury indicts suspect accused in deadly Dayton convenience store stabbing


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Monroe, LA: Lowe's employee arrested and charged with $2k Theft

Hardeeville, SC: Savannah man sentenced to 15 years for Dollar General and Motel 6 Armed Robberies

Houston, TX: Katy mother, son were running multi-million dollar luxury car theft ring in Fort Bend County



DOJ LOGO New York: Four Defendants Arrested in Multimillion-Dollar Counterfeit Goods Trafficking Scheme

More Than $130 Million Scheme Included Fake UGG Boots, Nike Air Jordan Sneakers, Timberland Boots and Beats Headphones

A 14-count indictment was unsealed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging seven defendants with participating in a counterfeit goods scheme in which they imported generic goods into the United States from China, applied brand labels to those goods in workshops, some of which were controlled by the defendants, and then sold those counterfeit-branded goods to retail and wholesale purchasers. The charges against the defendants include conspiracy to traffic and trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering. Four defendants were arraigned yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara and each was released on a $200,000 bond. Three additional defendants remain at large.

As alleged in the indictment, between October 2019 and July 2021, the defendants participated in an international scheme to traffic counterfeit goods. The defendants first imported the goods in generic form from China into the Port of New York and New Jersey. The goods were then delivered to workshops and storage facilities controlled by some of the defendants in Queens and on Long Island. In those workshops, insignias, emblems, trademarks and other brand signifiers were applied to the generic goods, converting them into purported brand name merchandise. These counterfeit goods were then sold as a part of the scheme directly to consumers and to wholesale buyers. The estimated retail value of the counterfeit-branded goods, had they been genuine, was in excess of $130 million.  justice.gov




C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
C-Store - West Goshen , PA - Robbery
C-Store - Tolland, CT - Robbery
DoorDash - Mitchellville, MD - Armed Robbery / Employee killed
Guns - Houston, TX - Robbery
Laundry - Kosciusko County, IN - Burglary
Liquor - Kiester, MN - Burglary
Restaurant - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Rochelle Park, NJ - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Walgreens - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Walgreens - Vail, AZ - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Pikeville, KY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Rochelle Park, NJ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - West Goshen, PA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 97 robberies
• 33 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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