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Deana McLees-Bailey, CFI named Director of Retail Risk
for Aritzia

Before being named Director of Retail Risk for Aritzia, Deana spent more than three years with Nike, most recently as Territory Director of Loss Prevention. With Nike, she also served as Territory Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in her career, she spent more than two decades with Ann Inc in various asset protection/loss prevention roles. Congratulations, Deana!

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Check out today's 'Vendor Spotlight' from Interface Systems directly beneath the 'Top News' column to read about security solutions for a post-pandemic retail environment.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

RILA-NDAA Retail Crime Partnership in the News
Retail Industry Joins With Law Enforcement to Keep Communities Safe

The aim of the partnership is to focus resources on cases that are vital to public safety.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) are entering a first-of-its-kind national partnership to combat retail crime.

The launch of the collaboration follows a summit held on June 30, which brought together leading retailers and prosecutors' offices from around the country to establish open lines of communication between prosecutors and retailers, identify common challenges, share information on repeat offenders, and work together to identify criminal networks targeting local retailers.

Bringing together prosecutors and retailers is essential to combatting organized retail crime and keeping communities safe, the associations jointly stated. Law enforcement agencies at multiple levels, including the federal government, have established the nexus between organized retail crime and violence, as well as broader criminal activity that includes human trafficking, cybercrimes, drug trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.

By sharing information and working together to identify the organized criminal networks operating in communities, the aim of the partnership is to focus resources on cases that are vital to public safety.

Through the partnership, NDAA and RILA will develop training, best practice guides, thought pieces, policy papers, webinars and other educational resources for retailers, prosecutors, law enforcement and communities.

To kick off the partnership, the two organizations will host a webinar on Oct. 8 on the new retail theft task force recently launched by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix.

More information on training courses is available here csnews.com

      Read more about the partnership in the D&D Daily's Special Report here

Bridging the Crime Data Gap
Estimates Will Help Fill in Crime Statistics Gap

Transition to NIBRS crime statistics ongoing

When the annual Crime in the United States (CIUS), 2021 data is released this fall, it will look different from previous releases. CIUS 2021 will only represent state-level data and federal data reported by law enforcement. In conjunction with CIUS, the FBI will release a trend study that will look at a year-over-year change in violent crime and property crime.

The reason for the change is that not every law enforcement agency in the U.S. has successfully moved to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) for reporting their crime data to the FBI. With support from the FBI, some agencies have been reporting crime statistics via NIBRS for more than 20 years. After the CJIS Advisory Policy Board adopted the recommendation in 2015 to retire the traditional Summary Reporting System and transition to the more comprehensive NIBRS by January 2021, more agencies made the switch to NIBRS reporting. Every state is now NIBRS compliant and can accept NIBRS data. A few major cities, however, are still working on the transition.

Crime estimates will fill in the gaps where data is not available this year. Estimation has been associated with the release for more than 50 years. This year, FBI data experts will use robust estimation tools, developed in collaboration with the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, to create the most accurate crime estimates possible during this transition period.

Although this year may present a challenge for those studying and addressing crime in the short term, in the long term, NIBRS will be a more effective system. It will have better data and will help law enforcement and communities improve public safety.

As of June 1, more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies are reporting their information to NIBRS. This outpaces last year, when less than 11,000 agencies reported NIBRS data for the entire year. All reported data will still be available on the Crime Data Explorer. fbi.gov

Business Leaders Rethink Doing Business in Big Cities as Crime Surges
Goldman Sachs CEO laments NYC crime: 'The city is certainly less safe'
Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon lamented the surge in crime in New York City, which he says has become "a little grittier and a little dirtier" - a key factor that he said has kept his employees away from the office.

High-profile incidents of violence have made it harder for Mayor Eric Adams and business executives like Solomon to convince New Yorkers in the tech and finance sectors to return to the office full-time. Solomon said gone were the days when the city was "extraordinarily" safe and he was comfortably raising his kids in a low-crime environment.

The latest New York City crime figures obtained by The Post show a rise in stabbings citywide. Since the start of this year, there was an 11% rise in the number of stabbings through Aug. 7 compared to the same span last year.

Fatal stabbings rose a whopping 43% - from 48 to 69 - during the same period, according to the data. Law enforcement officials have blamed bail reform laws that allow recidivist criminals back onto the street even after they are arrested.

The rise in violent crime nationwide has also prompted other businesses to re-evaluate their location. Earlier this summer, Ken Griffin, the hedge fund billionaire, announced that he was moving his company, Citadel, out of its longtime headquarters of Chicago in favor of Miami.

According to official statistics provided by the Chicago Police Department, there has been a 16% decrease in the number of murders from the start of the year through Aug. 7 - from 474 a year ago to 396 this year. But there has also been an 18% increase in the number of robberies, a 32% increase in burglaries, a 67% increase in theft cases, and a 54% increase in motor vehicle theft, according to CPD data.

Why NYC Doesn't Feel Safe Anymore
Op-ed | Reviving NYC: Tackling crime and recidivism
Rising crime gets most attention when it comes to negative perceptions about the safety of the city. Hardly a day passes without headlines featuring tragic shootings, smash and grab robberies, brazen shoplifting, senseless hate crimes, and violence against subway riders and transit workers.

Statistics released last week by the mayor and NYPD support the argument that the criminal justice reforms enacted by the state in 2019 have contributed to increased recidivist offenses by a relatively small number of repeat offenders.

These conditions did not start with the pandemic. A crucial contributor may have been legislative action that dates to 2016, when the New York City Council and the de Blasio administration decriminalized so-called quality of life offenses, changing longstanding standards for how seriously we take violations like littering, public urination, and public consumption of alcohol and drugs. Arguably people should not go to jail for these offenses, but they also should not be deemed acceptable behavior.

Mayor Eric Adams was elected to make our city safe and livable. He is taking action to do that, for example, with increased police presence in the subways, getting unprecedented numbers of illegal guns off the streets, expanding funding for violence interrupters, tightening policies around garbage storage and collection, and expanding psychiatric beds and services.

But the mayor cannot achieve a safer and more livable city on his own, nor will fixing the criminal justice laws and processes be the cure-all solution for what makes New Yorkers feel unsafe.

If we want our city to feel safe and secure again, we cannot stand by and ask government to solve every problem. New Yorkers have it within their power to take the collective actions to ensure that we remain the safest big city in America and the world. caribbeanlife.com

Retail Crime is a Global Crisis
'Brazen, organised and violent': Increase in retail crime a societal issue
Retail crime is organized, brazen and violent and costs the country more than $1 billion a year, according to a retail advocacy group. Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford said smash and grabs, ram raids and general burglaries were significant issues impacting the retail sector across multiple locations and were often committed by the same offenders.

His comments came after an incident at Downtown in Palmerston North last Tuesday, when about 30 teens assaulted food court staff and damaged and stole property. He said there was no single silver-bullet solution to retail crime, which was a significant societal issue that required multiple approaches.

Retail NZ had supported recent law and policy changes to address the increase in crime, which was costing Aotearoa an estimated $1 billion a year, he said.

"Retailers across the country are valued members of communities, we know that Kiwis support multiple steps to address this escalating issue."

A spokesperson for Downtown on Broadway said security at the centre had been increased following last week's incident, and they were working proactively with police to assist with inquiries. stuff.co.nz

SouthCoast police acquire greater firepower as mass shootings increase

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COVID Update

606.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 95M Cases - 1M Dead - 90.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 598.3M Cases - 6.4M Dead - 572.3M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 793
*Red indicates change in total deaths

No More Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers
Seattle City Council repeals $4 hazard pay for grocery workers
On August 2, the Seattle City Council voted 5 to 2 to repeal the hazard pay mandate on grocery stores with over 500 employees. The move will result in a massive pay cut for thousands of workers in the area when it goes into effect by September 10.

The mandate, originally passed in February 2021, required stores to provide a $4 hourly pay increase to all workers, in addition to their regular pay. Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda sponsored the legislation to appease grocery workers, who were fed up with being paid abysmally low wages despite the sacrifices they made every day as "essential" workers.

The decision is driven by the nationwide campaign to rip up the last public health measures implemented during the pandemic, under the guise that coronavirus is "endemic" and will never be brought under control. It comes as the CDC ends recommendations on social distancing and quarantining, paving the way for yet another massive surge of cases in the fall.

By ending the mandate, the council members are also enforcing the suppression of wages which has preoccupied the entire political establishment. The Federal Reserve under Biden has raised interest rates in a bit to prevent a "wage-price spiral"-that is, wages which keep pace with the rising cost of goods.

Grocery workers are a highly exploited section of the working class. Decades of sellout agreements negotiated by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have driven down their wages, benefits and working conditions. They often get paid close to minimum wage, which is currently $17.27 in Seattle, one of the most expensive cities in the country. According to Bankrate, rent prices jumped 29 percent from 2021 to 2022, with Seattle's average rent now standing at around $2,774 per month. wsws.org

CDC Plans to Speed It Up & Use Plain Language
CDC director announces agency overhaul, says it must 'do better' after COVID-19 review
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that the agency "did not reliably meet expectations" and would overhaul its operations after an external review found shortcomings in the COVID-19 response.

The review, begun in April, comes after the CDC faced heavy criticism for its stumbles both in the early days of the pandemic and more recently, with critics pointing to confusing guidance and slow responses.

The CDC said Wednesday that it is taking a number of steps to change its culture and prioritize direct public health impact over a more academic mindset.

The agency said in a summary of potential changes that its "guidance documents are confusing and overwhelming; the website is not easy to navigate."

It said it is considering restructuring its website and producing "plain language" guidance and also said it "takes too long for CDC to publish its data and science for decision making." thehill.com

California officials warn of misleading COVID rapid test results
At-home coronavirus screening has become a way of life for many Californians, but some medical experts are now cautioning that one test may not be enough to definitively determine whether someone is infected.

Updated COVID boosters could be available in 3 weeks

U.S. to end purchase of COVID vaccines as industry pivots to commercial market



More Retailers accused of using Clearview app to catch shoplifters
Lawsuit filed against retail giants in Illinois alleges biometric data privacy violations
A group of major retailers with stores in Illinois are facing a potential class action lawsuit alleging they violated the State's biometric data privacy rules by contracting Clearview AI.

The Cook County Record reports that after their attempt to include a new set of retailers including Kohl's, Walmart, The Home Depot and Best Buy in multi-district litigation against Clearview for the use of its facial recognition was rejected, plaintiffs filed a new suit in federal court.

The suit alleges that each retailer used Clearview's biometric service to search faces captured on their surveillance cameras against the company's database of images scraped from the internet.

The new allegations include claims under the Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act's rules on collecting informed consent from people before capturing their biometrics, providing a written policy on biometric data retention and destruction, profiting from people's biometrics and disclosure or dissemination of biometric data. Those rules are covered in BIPA Sections 15 (a, b, c and d). biometricupdate.com

Big Pharmacy Chains Held Responsible for 'Fueling Opioid Epidemic'
CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Must Pay $650.5 Million in Ohio Opioids Case

A federal judge ordered the big pharmacy chains to bear partial responsibility for the deadly drug crisis.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered three of the nation's largest pharmacy chains - CVS, Walgreens and Walmart - to pay $650.5 million to two Ohio counties, ruling that the companies must be held accountable for their part in fueling the opioid epidemic.

The decision is a companion piece to a November jury verdict that found the companies had continued to dispense mass quantities of prescription painkillers over the years while ignoring flagrant signs that the pills were being abused.

The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a firm money figure against the pharmacy chains for their roles in the opioid crisis. Here, the judge, Dan A. Polster of United States District Court in northern Ohio, who has overseen more than 3,000 cases in the opioid litigation, ruled that the pharmacies bore responsibility for one-third of the amount that Ohio's hard-hit Lake and Trumbull counties need to address the continuing damage wrought by the epidemic.

Representatives for CVS, Walgreens and Walmart expressed their disappointment in Judge Polster's ruling and said their companies would appeal. Fraser Engerman, a spokesman for Walgreens, described the judge's analysis as flawed, and said the company would appeal. "We never manufactured or marketed opioids nor did we distribute them to the 'pill mills' and internet pharmacies that fueled this crisis," he said.

Michael DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman, also said the company would appeal, adding, "Pharmacists fill legal prescriptions written by D.E.A.-licensed doctors who prescribe legal, F.D.A.-approved substances to treat actual patients in need."

Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, said: "Instead of addressing the real causes of the opioid crisis, like pill mill doctors, illegal drugs and regulators asleep at the switch, plaintiffs' lawyers wrongly claimed that pharmacists must second-guess doctors in a way the law never intended and many federal and state health regulators say interferes with the doctor-patient relationship."  nytimes.com

Sexual Harassment & Retaliation at McDonald's
McDonald's workers say sexual harassment and retaliation persist

Employees say they have been fired and written up after reporting sexual harassment to corporate HR

Workers at McDonald's, the largest fast-food chain in the world, are highlighting sexual harassment and retaliation against workers at its stores, an issue they say persists despite claims of reforms and changes by McDonald's in recent years.

Rosalia Manuel of San Jose, California worked at McDonald's for 24 years, first starting when she was 17 years old. On 8 July, Manuel was fired from her job, a decision she says was made in retaliation for reporting the sexual harassment of a co-worker to corporate HR, while she was told the termination was because she didn't take a work break early enough in her shift.

In 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald's in the US over systemic sexual harassment issues in restaurants, representing 5,000 women at more than 100 McDonald's locations. A judge denied the company's motion to dismiss the lawsuit in 2021.

In April, McDonald's reached a $1.5m settlement over a separate class-action lawsuit filed in 2019 over sexual harassment issues in Michigan.

On 28 July, a worker at a McDonald's in New Orleans, Louisiana, filed a lawsuit against McDonald's for sexual harassment they experienced on the job and retaliation they experienced for reporting it to management in late 2020 and early 2021.

An international coalition of labor unions in 2020 filed a complaint with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the Netherlands against McDonald's, accusing the company of systemic sexual harassment globally, citing numerous incidents in the US, Brazil and France. theguardian.com

Apple Shortchanged 15,000 Retail Workers Over Security Bag Checks
Judge OKs Apple's $30M employee settlement over bag checks
A federal judge in California has signed off on Apple's $30.5 million settlement in a nearly decade-old lawsuit claiming the company shortchanged 15,000 retail workers by not paying them for time spent in security checks after their shifts.

US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco approved the settlement in the 2013 class action on Saturday. The California Supreme Court in 2020 used the case to rule that state law requires employees to be paid when they go through mandatory security screenings.

Walmart and Amazon are also among major US employers to face similar lawsuits. Amazon and a staffing agency last year agreed to pay $8.7 million to 42,000 warehouse workers to settle one of those cases.

The plaintiffs in Apple's case claimed retail workers often waited several minutes after clocking out, and sometimes longer, to have their bags checked before they could leave the stores where they worked.

Alsup had dismissed the case in 2015, saying the workers were not under the company's control during security checks because they were not required to bring personal items to work that would have to be screened.

A federal appeals court asked the California Supreme Court to decide whether time spent in post-shift screenings had to be compensated under state law.

The state court in 2020 ruled against Apple, saying it was impractical to expect employees not to bring personal belongings to work. The federal court then revived the case and Alsup last year said he planned to grant summary judgment to the plaintiffs and order a trial on damages. nypost.com

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Nike Murder
Nike Sued By Family Of Murdered Man, Killed During Violent Incident Over Sneakers
Nike is facing a wrongful death lawsuit, filed by a grieving mother, whose son was murdered during a violent incident over a pair of shoes.

According to new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the woman is suing the shoe giant -- along with Shoe Palace -- a Los Angeles retail store where her son was working at the time of the incident.

In the filing, the woman claims on August 11, 2021, her 26-year-old son was working at the store during a Nike shoe release event. At the time, a raffle was being held to determine who would get the new shoes, a pair of Nike "Dunk Low" sneakers. On that day, the mother says her son died at his workplace, "attempting to defend his girlfriend and coworker from a group of violent men at a Nike release raffle event."

The victim -- Jayren Bradford -- was reportedly coming into work that day when he "witnessed an altercation." A group of male customers was at the raffle booth, "appearing to be angry about something with their raffle tickets." His girlfriend, and coworker, was working the event at the booth, "without any form of security and without any type of training on how to deal with this type of violence." The lawsuit states, "Worried for his girlfriend, the employee approached the booth attempting to diffuse the situation. However, this group of male customers shifted their aggressive energies to (him), which ultimately led to the shooting." yahoo.com

The rise and fall of Bed Bath & Beyond
Once one of America's most beloved big-box retailers, it's now on the brink

Hy-Vee Expands Rollout of Self-Scanning Solution

Stores and suppliers clash over price hikes as shoppers hit by sticker shock

Hearing aids approved for sale over-the-counter

Quarterly Results

BJ's Wholesale Club Q2 comp's up 7.6%, membership fees up 11.3%, total sales up 19.8%

Krispy Kreme Q2 organic growth up 8.9%, net sales up 7.5%

Tapestry Q4 sales up 1%, Full Year sales up 16%
   Coach Q4 net sales up 2%, FY up 16%
   Kate Spade Q4 net sales up 1%, FY up 20%
   Stuart Weitzman Q4 net sales down 15%, FY up 12%

Khol's Q2 comp's down 7.7%, net sales down 8.5%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of Safety & AP job posted for VASA Fitness in Centennial, CO
The purpose of the Safety & Asset Protection is to ensure a safe environment for our team members and members through establishing processes and procedures and monitoring all assets in the club. The Director will investigate and resolve asset losses, member injuries, physical conflicts; and support the operations team through education and coaching, to ensure processes and policies related to safety, risk, compliance, and asset protection (AP) are followed and minimized. indeed.com

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Six Security Solutions for a Post-Pandemic
Retail Environment

Sean Foley, Interface SVP Customer Success discusses vital changes in retail security and top technology solutions in this Security Journal Americas (SJA) article.

Click here to read the full article






Law Enforcement Use of Data Under Scrutiny in D.C.
Leaders demand law enforcement agencies provide details on private data use
House leaders sent a letter to U.S. law enforcement agencies on Tuesday probing their purchases of private data sets to circumvent warrant requirements. The letter follows a House Judiciary hearing last month in which witnesses testified about the rampant use of private databases by federal agencies in law enforcement investigations.

"Recent investigative reports indicate that many law enforcement agencies-including yours-have purchased data or licenses through relationships with data brokers, instead of obtaining it through statutory authorities, court order, or legal process," they wrote.

While the full extent of the use of data brokers by federal law enforcement is unknown, public records and reporting show that federal agencies have spent millions on contracts with massive data brokers.

For instance, ICE spent nearly $400 million on surveillance technologies in the past year. ICE's surveillance has become so ubiquitous that researchers at Georgetown Law found that roughly 75% of American adults were caught up in ICE's surveillance dragnet, which includes contracts with powerful data brokers such as LexisNexis and CLEAR and even utility data.

"While law enforcement investigations necessitate some searches, improper government acquisition of this data can thwart statutory and constitutional protections designed to protect Americans' due process rights," Nadler and Thompson wrote.

The documents requested by the committees could provide a potentially enormous trove of documents providing an unprecedented look on the use of digital dragnets. The committees request by Aug. 30 documents related to the procurement of Americans personal data from private companies, communications related to how it was used in department investigations and communications materials with companies about the contracts.

Nadler is one of the bi-cameral sponsors of the "Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale" Act, which would require law enforcement to get a warrant to access data from data brokers instead of simply being able to purchase it. cyberscoop.com

Ransomware Variants Double in 6 Months
FortiGuard Labs Reports Ransomware Variants Almost Double in Six Months

Exploit Trends Demonstrate the Endpoint Remains a Target as Work-From-Anywhere Continues

Derek Manky, Chief Security Strategist & VP Global Threat Intelligence, FortiGuard Labs: "Cyber adversaries are advancing their playbooks to thwart defense and scale their criminal affiliate networks. They are using aggressive execution strategies such as extortion or wiping data as well as focusing on reconnaissance tactics pre-attack to ensure better return on threat investment. To combat advanced and sophisticated attacks, organizations need integrated security solutions that can ingest real-time threat intelligence, detect threat patterns, and correlate massive amounts of data to detect anomalies and automatically initiate a coordinated response across hybrid networks."

Fortinet®, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced the latest semiannual FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape Report. For a detailed view of the report, as well as some important takeaways, read the blog. Highlights of the 1H 2022 report follow:

The ransomware threat continues to adapt with more variants enabled by Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS).

Work-from-anywhere (WFA) endpoints remain targets for cyber adversaries to gain access to corporate networks. Operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) environments are both attractive targets as cyber adversaries search for opportunities in the growing attack surface and IT/OT convergence.

Destructive threat trends continue to evolve, as evidenced by the spread of wiper malware as part of adversary toolkits.

Cyber adversaries are embracing more reconnaissance and defense evasion techniques to increase precision and destructive weaponization across the cyber-attack chain.

Ransomware Variant Growth Shows Evolution of Crime Ecosystems: Ransomware remains a top threat and cyber adversaries continue to invest significant resources into new attack techniques. In the past six months, FortiGuard Labs has seen a total of 10,666 ransomware variants, compared to just 5,400 in the previous six-month period. That is nearly 100% growth in ransomware variants in half a year. globenewswire.com

Capital Budgets Fall to 13% of IT Spending

IT capital budgets have shrunk as companies accelerate the migration away from on-premises infrastructure.

In the next 12 months, half of the North American IT decision-makers surveyed by Spiceworks Ziff Davis said their companies would be increasing tech spending, and only 6% said they intended to cut back.

AdvertisementBut the kind of spending organizations will undertake is changing. This year, capital budgets will make up the smallest percentage of IT spending ever at U.S. and Canadian companies, according to Computer Economics, a service of Avasant Research. At the median, such spending will account for only 13% of total IT budgets, according to data released on Wednesday, down from 24% in 2013.

These budgets have downsized as companies accelerate the migration away from on-premises IT infrastructure and convert more of their workloads to the public cloud and more of their applications to subscription models.

While 70% of the 225 surveyed executives said their company would be increasing IT operational spending in 2022, only 49% said their IT capital budgets would increase. About one in five (20%) indicated they would be cutting IT capital spending.

"Companies are shuttering data centers and shrinking footprints in favor of the cloud," according to the Computer Economics report. "As cloud infrastructure, cloud storage, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) take over for on-premises software and storage, data centers are no longer a priority for new spending."

If the COVID-19 pandemic was any indication, even if the U.S. enters an economic recession companies probably won't slice away at their IT budgets in 2022 and 2023. cfo.com

Google Chrome Zero-Day Found Exploited in the Wild
The Internet behemoth released 11 security patches for Chrome this week, which are now being pushed out in stages to those with automatic updates enabled for Windows, Mac, and Linux; however, everyone can manually update now.

Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Ransomware Money Launderer Extradited from the Netherlands to the U.S.

Money Mule Involved In A Business Email Compromise Scheme Is Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

Google releases Android 13 with improved privacy and security features

Windows Vulnerability Could Crack DC Server Credentials Open







Former DA Calls for Passage of Banking Act to Bring Down Cannabis Crime
Letter to the editor: Banking act can prevent crime at cannabis dispensaries

The measure wouldn't legalize cannabis nationally, but it would end the 'cash only' problem and give Maine's legal pot businesses access to banking and other services.

I was district attorney for Boulder County in 2012, when recreational cannabis became legal in Colorado. Cannabis is a cash-only business in Maine, as it is across the nation. That makes cannabis dispensaries targets for criminals. Robberies - sometimes violent - are sadly commonplace.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King can stop this from happening in Maine by voting for the SAFE Banking Act. The measure wouldn't legalize cannabis nationally, but it would end the "cash only" problem and give Maine's legal pot businesses access to banking services, business accounts and credit cards. Depository institutions would be protected from civil and criminal sanctions for providing financial services to the state's growing number of legitimate, cannabis-related firms.

The Maine Banking Association joined 49 other state banking leaders in signing a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting the bill. The measures, they say, are "urgently needed to allow banks to handle the proceeds from state-licensed cannabis businesses and other service providers they rely upon for legal operations."

The U.S. House has passed SAFE Banking six times, with support from Maine Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden. Sens. Collins and King should do the same, and make passage a priority. This is a simple, commonsense way to deter dispensary-related crimes in Maine and the growing number of states with recreational sales. pressherald.com

Security is Top Priority for Cannabis Properties
Securing a Lease Property for Cannabis Businesses
Since choosing a lease property for a cannabis business is one of the most involved aspects of business start up, cannabis companies must recognize that the property's ability to be secured is just as important as the property's location. No matter the address, cannabis business owners will want to research the property's crime history and implement layers of security to deter against any foreseeable risks, such as robberies, loitering, or shoplifting.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Lease Property

Perhaps the first significant hurdle for cannabis businesses to overcome is choosing a location where landlords permit cannabis activity. Depending on state and city laws, zoning limitations may also prevent cannabis businesses from being located within 300-1000 feet from certain areas, such as schools, daycares, and parks - but this varies depending on the jurisdiction. Regardless, lease properties where where cannabis business are both legally permitted and accepted by landlords can be scarce.

The surrounding area is another crucial element in selecting the best possible area to lease property for a cannabis business. Not only is it preferable to pick a cannabis lease property in a low-crime and low-risk area, but cannabis operators will want to look at the surrounding businesses and see if they provide a safe and uplifting environment.

Securing a Leased Facility for a Cannabis Business

Even if the cannabis lease property is located in a low-crime area, there is still potential for internal and external threats to the business. An example of an internal threat can be employee theft, and external threats include robberies and burglaries. By contracting with security professionals, cannabis operators can implement security measures to mitigate these threats - starting with the design of the building. sapphirerisk.com

Texas Cities Decriminalizing Cannabis
Cannabis Decriminalization Spreads Through Texas
While recreational cannabis is illegal on the state level, many municipalities have decriminalized possession of THC to the point where people caught with personal amounts of cannabis (under 2-4 ounces (about 113.4 g)) can be cited and let go instead of being placed under arrest. These municipalities include cities such as Houston, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio, as well as counties like Nueces and Travis Counties. Punishments for possession of cannabis in these locales vary, with some just issuing citations and summons, similar to a speeding ticket, and others issuing fines and requiring defendants to attend cannabis awareness classes. Regardless, these outcomes are much more favorable for Texans who get caught with cannabis because unlike in prior years, these convictions do not go onto one's criminal record. sapphirerisk.com

How Cannabis Companies Can Avoid Lawsuits & Scrutiny with Accurate Lab Testing

Pot legalization measure will appear on November ballot in North Dakota




Another Amazon Union Effort Hits New York

Amazon is facing a fresh union battle in a New York state warehouse

An Amazon warehouse in Albany, New York has filed a petition for a union election.

Workers at an Amazon warehouse outside Albany, New York have officially told the National Labor Relations Board they want to hold a union election, an NLRB spokesperson confirmed to Insider.

The NLRB spokesperson said it had received a petition for a unit of approximately 400 workers at the warehouse and will now verify if they've obtained enough employee signatures to hold an election.

Amazon saw the formation of its first-ever US warehouse worker union in April this year when a warehouse in Staten Island voted to form an independent grassroots union called the Amazon Labor Union.

In response to the union petition an Amazon spokesperson told Insider: "Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union."

"They always have. As a company, we don't think unions are the best answer for our employees. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work," the spokesperson added.

Amazon has fiercely opposed unionization, and the NLRB accused the company of illegal union-busting in the case of the Staten Island warehouse. businessinsider.com

Amazon audit reveals wage, benefit issues at 40% of potential suppliers
Amazon reported that 40.6% of its suppliers and potential partners audited last year had wage and benefits issues as the company works to strengthen relationships with suppliers and their workers.

Although wage issues among audited suppliers are down from 47% in 2020, they remain comparable to 2019 rates, according to Amazon's supplier assessment. Issues Amazon looks for include timely pay, overtime compensation and benefits that "satisfy applicable laws," according to the company's supply chain standards.

The e-commerce giant routinely evaluates its suppliers to identify concerning practices, and works to address them through remediation efforts. However, Amazon's sustainability webpage says it has "dedicated teams engaging directly with suppliers on safety-, wage-, and working hours-related findings" to develop long-term corrective action plans. retaildive.com
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Miami, FL: Truck carrying cellphones worth $11.5 million stolen on way to Miami
A multi-million dollar heist is under investigation after a trailer heading to Miami carrying expensive cellphones was stolen. "The truck stopped at a rest stop and we get notification that the complete truck is gone," said Sal Banbahji, the Director of International Distribution for PCS Wireless. The numbers are mind boggling. More than 54,000 cellphones valued at $11.5 million were stolen. The cab of the truck was recovered in Hallandale Beach, but the trailer is gone. "Extremely devastating, this is a large amount of money," Banbahji said. PCS Wireless has offices in Miami Lakes. They say the theft happened on Aug. 14 in Tampa, with the truck bound for Miami. "What we know is that when he came back to the truck, it wasn't there," said Banbahji. "There is going to be a $100,000 reward to help us find (the) devices and who did this." The thought is that thousands of stolen cellphones are now in the Miami area. All the stolen phones are blocked and unable to be activated. local10.com

New York Man Gets 24 Months' For Scheme To Fraudulently Obtain 892 iPhones From Sprint
Ian Keith Thompson, age 32, of New York, New York, and his codefendants, Horace Henry, age 44, Andrew Craig Herdsman, age 35, and George Bobb, age 38, all New York residents, devised a scheme to defraud Sprint. As part of the scheme, the conspirators fraudulently entered into cell phone service contracts using the personal identification information of 264 real persons, without those persons' consent. In doing so, they caused the shipment of approximately 892 iPhones to Centre, Northumberland, Montour, and Mifflin Counties in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Sprint incurred actual and attempted losses totaling in excess of $750,000. They intercepted the phones through numerous fraudulent means.

Thompson's codefendants received the following sentences:

Horace Henry - sentenced on February 28, 2022, to 144 months' imprisonment, 3 yrs supervised release and pay $705,803 restitution.

Andrew Craig Herdsman - sentenced on August 19, 2021, to 36 months' imprisonment, 3 yrs supervise release and pay $511,573 restitution.

George Bobb - sentenced on July 27, 2021, to 33 months' imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and $339,804 restitution. justice.gov

Coral Springs, FL: Video captures theft of thousands of dollars' worth of allergy medications at CVS
New surveillance video released Tuesday by the Broward Sheriff's Office appears to show a man stealing allergy products from a CVS on Coral Ridge Drive. On Aug. 5 at approximately 11:15 am, BSO deputies responded to the CVS located on 11375 West Atlantic Boulevard, in reference to a retail theft that occurred. CVS store manager Odette Pierre stated she made the call for police assistance after a black male, who was approximately 25 years old had stolen items from the store. After walking behind the man in close proximity to see if he would leave in a vehicle, the man stated out loud, "If you keep following me, I'll shoot you." Pierre stated she never saw a gun, and indicated the man was holding a bag in each hand. Pierre told deputies that she would have to complete a full inventory to see exactly how many items were stolen, but as of now she provided a store receipt to authorities, indicating that 100 packages of allergy medications valued at $3,154.80 were stolen by the suspect. local10.com

West Springfield, MA: Two women wanted for $600 theft
West Springfield police are asking for the public's help in identifying two women allegedly involved in a theft Monday afternoon. According to police, the two woman are believed to be responsible for the theft of $600 worth of merchandise from a Riverdale Street business around 1:00 p.m. on Monday. The two woman were confronted by a store employee but refused to stop. wwlp.com

San Antonio, TX: Sex toys worth $58,000 stolen from King William store
A break-in at a sex boutique was caught on camera just south of downtown. The manager of the Sexology Institute says about a month ago, burglars broke into the small business three separate times. The first break-in happened around three o'clock in the morning. The crooks made off with the shop's cash register, racks of lingerie, and sex toys, including one with tens of thousands of dollars' worth of Swarovski crystals. "Coming in and seeing it completely destroyed is a violation," said the boutique manager Jasper St. James. The shop's managers say they have no idea why they were targeted and have since upgraded their security system. news4sanantonio.com

Tulsa, OK: Tulsa Police take down multi-state theft ring targeting women's wallets in grocery stores

Fayetteville, GA: Thieves steal $2600 of cigarettes in 60 seconds

Elko, NV: Off-duty Officer prevents $1300 Home Depot theft

Orlando, FL: Gas thief used special device in pump to siphon nearly $1k in diesel from Wawa

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Shootings & Deaths

Miami, FL: Miami-Dade Police Officer succumbs to injuries from shooting
Two days after an exchange of gunfire with an armed robbery suspect in Liberty City, officials have confirmed that the officer involved has died. Officials told 7News on Wednesday that 29-year-old Cesar Echaverry succumbed to his injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital. On Monday evening, a suspect smashed his vehicle into a police cruiser and another car near Liberty City while trying to flee detectives investigating a reported armed robbery, according to Miami-Dade Police. The officer was shot after an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect in the area of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 62nd Street. Echaverry was transported to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. The suspected armed robber was shot dead on the scene. He was identified as Jeremy Horton. After Echaverry was transported, the law enforcement community waited outside of the hospital to support and pray for their colleague. wsvn.com

Espanola, NM: Suspect in custody following deadly armed robbery at Blake's
Police say Ricky Martinez Jr., the suspect wanted for shooting and killing a Blake's Lotaburger employee, is in custody. Martinez Jr. is reportedly linked to nine armed robberies. 22-year-old Cypress Garcia was killed Tuesday night while working at Blake's Lotaburger. Cyress Garcia was working beside his brother Cypress Garcia when a strange man entered the restaurant. "I was on the grill and he was on the register, and this guy came in, he looked like he was homeless, like with a hoodie on," said Cyress. "I heard two gunshots, and I went over there and saw my brother on the floor, and then he shot at me twice." Despite his brother's efforts to save him, Cypress was killed. Police suspect Martinez Jr. pulled the trigger. He is also suspected in a string of robberies in the Española area. Blake's Lotaburger issued a statement on the fatal shooting: We are heartbroken by the loss of a Blake's Lotaburger team member last night in a shooting at our Espanola store. Our focus now, and moving forward, is supporting our employees and their families. We have been reaching out to our employees to offer support and assistance as well as arranging grief counseling. We understand that authorities have identified the suspect and we are fully cooperating as the investigation continues. Words cannot express how we feel in losing one of our own. Brian Rule President, Blake's Lotaburger.  kob.com

Fort Myers, FL: OSHA investigating after accidental electrocution death at Target
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, an outside contractor was on a lift performing work on a light fixture in the store's warehouse area. Cops say that around 4.30am, the victim's colleague brought tools and water and left. When the co-worker returned some two hours later, the victim, still on top of the lift, did not respond to his calls. The co-worker proceeded to lower the lift and found the victim dead. LCSO has ruled the death as an accidental electrocution and said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating. the-sun.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

North Charleston, NC: Police arrest man after stabbing at North Charleston convenience store
Police arrested a man wanted in connection with a stabbing that took place Tuesday morning in North Charleston. Officers with the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) responded to the K&D Mart off Remount Road shortly before 8:00 a.m. after receiving reports about a disturbance. When police arrived, they found a male victim suffering from a stab wound to his neck. That person was taken to a local hospital where he is undergoing treatment, according to NCPD. Investigators identified 31-year-old Richard Harrison as the suspect. He was taken into custody later that afternoon. He was also wanted on an outstanding strong armed robbery arrest warrant which police said stemmed from an incident that happened at an address off Remount Road earlier this month. counton2.com

Maple Ridge, BC, Canada: Valley Fair Mall robbery attempt results in pepper spraying
Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge was shut down as emergency crews dealt with a store robbery attempt and pepper spraying late Wednesday afternoon. An off-duty security guard ended up being sprayed during the incident. She had stopped at the mall to use the restroom. Anne Frankel saw two men standing facing an empty storefront, something that caught her eye as a security guard. Frankel was near the lotto booth chatting with a friend working security in the mall when things kicked off. "All of a sudden I heard glass break and this lady screaming," Frankel told The News. When her friend went running in. Frankel followed. "I started calling 911," she said. One person was grabbed by security. The other two boys booked," she said. Another came out with and started spraying in the mall. "And everybody started coughing and gagging," she commented. More glass was heard breaking as cases were being broken in a jewelry store.
She said she thinks four people were involved, with three getting away. mapleridgenews.com

Exeter, NH: Search Continues For Five Suspects Wanted In Connection With Robbery
The search continues for the five suspects who are wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Exeter. According to police, the individuals walked into the EZ Mart store at the Shell gas station on Main Street yesterday and held an employee at gunpoint. All five suspects had masks on and one of them was carrying an AR-15 style weapon while another person had a handgun. No one was hurt.  thepulseofnh.com

Montgomery, AL: Montgomery County Sheriff urges business security following recent break-ins

Islip, NY: 12 Members and Associates of the "Route Boys" Charged with Multiple Burglaries, Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

St. Louis, MO: Man admits armed robbery of Jennings auto parts store

Beaumont, TX: Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Armed Robbery of Dollar Store

Peoria, IL: Central Illinois Man Sentenced to 144 Months in Prison for Multiple Robbery Charges and Attempted Escape

Waco, TX: Killeen Man Sentenced to over 35 Years for Carjacking and Armed Robberies



Antique - Enumclaw, WA - Burglary
Adult - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Auto - Jennings, MO - Armed Robbery
Auto - Girardville, PA - Burglary
Boost - Kankakee, IL - Robbery
C-Store - Exeter, NH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Robbery
C-Store - Fayetteville, GA - Burglary
CVS - Coral Springs, FL - Robbery
CVS - Elkhart, IN - Robbery
Car Wash - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
Department - West Springfield, MA - Robbery
Dollar - Freedom, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Columbia Township, MI - Armed Robbery
Guns - Dothan, AL - Burglary
Hardware - York, ME - Burglary
Hardware - Elko, NV - Robbery
Hardware - Beaufort, SC - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Columbia, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Birmingham, AL - Robbery
Jewelry - Fairfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Asheville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - El Paso, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - York, ME - Burglary
Restaurant - Astoria, Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Espanola, NM - Armed Robbery / Emp Killed


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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