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Marvin F. Richburg, MBA named Director, Safety and Asset Protection for Goodwill North Central Texas

Before joining Goodwill North Central Texas as Director, Safety and Asset Protection, Marvin held multiple loss prevention/asset protection roles. Most recently, he spent nearly nine years with Lowe's as Multi Unit Loss Prevention Manager. Prior to that, he spent seven years with Sam's Club as Market Asset Protection Manager. Earlier, he served as Logistical Supply Manager for the U.S. Army. Congratulations, Marvin!

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Interface Launches Managed SASE for Multi-Location Enterprises

Earth City, MO, Sept. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Interface Security Systems, a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, UCaaS and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced that it will offer Managed SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) services to tackle complex security challenges faced by multi-location enterprises.

The rapid adoption of cloud-based software applications and the shift to work from home or anywhere have created complex security challenges. Securing multi-location enterprises using solutions suitable for the traditional hub and spoke network model with traffic backhauled through the data center is no longer tenable. With Interface's Managed SASE, enterprises no longer have to rely on point solutions and building complex integrations to maintain a mature security posture.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail's War Against ORC
Brick-and-Mortar's Billion Dollar War On Crime

Another article highlighting the importance of the INFORM Consumers Act

Brick-and-mortar retailers are experts in dealing with crime inherent in operating physical spaces. But now they're now having to spend millions to fight organized crime rings leveraging online platforms to fence goods as well. To combat the growing crime sprees and threats to physical security, brick-and-mortar retailers are turning to technology to fight back.

A report recently published in the Wall Street Journal uncovered complex shoplifting networks, using online retail platforms like Amazon to sell stolen goods. CVS tracked down one group it believes is responsible for stealing $50 million in products over five years from dozens of stores in Northern California. Thefts at CVS are up 30 percent.

All of this has put serious pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers to provide safe shopping environments. Up against the ropes against e-commerce, a pandemic, and a labor shortage, dealing with growing security and safety threats in physical stores is becoming the brick-and-mortar retail sector's largest problem.

Online platforms also must start requiring more through third-party seller verification. The INFORM Consumers Act, currently in Congress, is a bi-partisan effort to tackle illegal online fencing. The legislation calls for e-commerce platforms to verify sellers via government-issued ID and necessary contact information.

"Consumers deserve to know who they are buying products from online in order to make safe and informed purchasing decisions for themselves and their families," said Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance. "The INFORM Consumers Act will bring transparency and accountability to today's digital marketplaces and make it much more difficult to deceive consumers with fake, counterfeit, expired or stolen items."

Securing physical spaces, preventing loss, and keeping guests safe have been issues in brick-and-mortar retail since the early bazaars. Technology is increasing the level of crime one person is capable of committing while simultaneously augmenting the security efforts against them. Retail stores are some of our most used physical spaces, preventing crime and violence is the property industry's highest priority, but the scale of the growing problem means brick-and-mortar businesses can't do it alone. propmodo.com

3 Major Retailers at the Center of ORC
How Much is Theft Impacting Retail Shink?
Retail theft accounts for about $45 billion in annual losses for retailers these days, according to The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail. That figure is up $15 billion from a decade ago and has only gotten worse since the onset of the pandemic, reported The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 1).

Here's an examination of three prominent retailers at the center of the issue:


CVS Health Corp. investigator Ben Dugan noted the trend was growing every day, and the pandemic and rapid growth of online commerce continues to propel it. At CVS, reported thefts have grown 30% since the pandemic began. Dugan's team, which is working with law enforcement, expects to close 73 e-commerce cases this year involving $104 million of goods stolen from multiple retailers and sold on Amazon. The number of cases has more than doubled from 2020.


Dugan has called San Francisco "one of the epicenters of organized retail crime." In May, The New York Times reported on San Francisco's major shoplifting problem that largely resulted in the closing of 17 Walgreens stores. At a board of supervisors hearing, representatives from Walgreens said that thefts at its San Francisco stores were four times the chain's national average, and that it had closed stores largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable


During the pandemic, consumers became more reliant on online shopping outlets, such as Amazon. This has also aided the shift of organized crime from flea markets and corner stores to the internet. In particular, investigators and law-enforcement officials say Amazon is one of the biggest outlets for criminal networks, given its size in potential customers and, in an investigator's view, insufficient vetting of sellers and listings. foodinstitute.com

The 30,000-Foot View of Guns & Violence in the U.S.
9 Key Facts About Americans & Guns

Here are some key findings about Americans' attitudes about gun violence, gun policy and other subjects, drawn from recent surveys by Pew Research Center and Gallup.

1. Four-in-ten U.S. adults say they live in a household with a gun, including 30% who say they personally own one, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in June 2021.

2. Personal protection tops the list of reasons why gun owners say they own a firearm. In a Gallup survey conducted in August 2019, gun owners were most likely to cite personal safety or protection as the reason they own a firearm.

3. Around half of Americans (48%) see gun violence as a very big problem in the country today, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2021. That's comparable to the share who say the same about the federal budget deficit (49%), violent crime (48%), illegal immigration (48%) and the coronavirus outbreak (47%).

4. Attitudes about gun violence differ widely by race, ethnicity, party and community type. About eight-in-ten Black adults (82%) say gun violence is a very big problem - by far the largest share of any racial or ethnic group. By comparison, about six-in-ten Hispanic adults (58%) and 39% of White adults view gun violence this way.

5. Roughly half of Americans (53%) favor stricter gun laws, a decline since 2019, according to the Center's April 2021 survey. Smaller shares say laws are about right (32%) or should be less strict (14%).

6. Americans are divided over whether restricting legal gun ownership would lead to fewer mass shootings. Debates over the nation's gun laws have often followed recent mass shootings. But Americans are split over whether legal changes would lead to fewer mass shootings, according to the same spring 2021 poll.

7. There is broad partisan agreement on some gun policy proposals, but most are politically divisive, the April 2021 survey found. Majorities in both partisan coalitions favor two policies that would restrict gun access: preventing those with mental illnesses from purchasing guns and subjecting private gun sales and gun show sales to background checks.

8. Gun ownership is closely linked with views on gun policies. This is true even among gun owners and non-owners within the same political party, according to the April 2021 Center survey.

9. Americans in rural areas typically favor more expansive gun access, while Americans in urban places prefer more restrictive policies, according to the April 2021 survey. Even though rural areas tend to be more Republican and urban communities more Democratic, this pattern holds true even within each political party. pewresearch.org

Pioneer Square is like "Working in the Wild Wild West"
More fallout from how we're defunding Seattle police backward, this time in Pioneer Square

Police: "We Choose Not to Respond"

One business has zero employees who are willing to even come in to work. Another business: "We are on the brink of having to lock our doors because our staff can no longer take being on the front lines of mental health and harassment patrol," And another: at times, like he's working in the "wild, wild West." "I don't even call the police anymore, there's no point."

This past week they joined to plead with Seattle officials to help them manage a street scene they say is overwhelming the neighborhood.

In letters to city officials they described how there are multiple incidents each day when people who appear to be suffering from mental illness or drug addiction bash on their windows, harass customers, smash things or, in the worst cases, physically threaten and assault the staff.

"We are at a complete loss as to how to handle the relentless aggression that plays out at our business," Anderson said.

Said Zeck: "When we call the police they say: 'We choose not to respond.'"

What I suspect is going on here is yet more fallout from the backward drive to reimagine or defund the police. I've written about this before: how the city, and now the state Legislature, are trying to get armed police officers out of the business of going to every distress call related to mental illness and drugs. It's a sound goal - it'd probably be better in many of these situations to have mental health counselors coming to the scene than cops.

But the problem is the city and state haven't yet stood up any replacement for the police - let alone judged it to see if that replacement works.

There was a 45% drop in the number of police interventions in mental health calls this August compared to previous monthly averages. The drop is apparently due to a tug of war between police and lawmakers over a new state law restricting when police can use force, passed in the wake of the defund the police movement.

But meanwhile, a new "Triage One" crisis team, proposed to replace the cops in many of these types of situations, won't be running until next year. The City Council approved $700,000 for a pilot program on Monday.

In some cases people are being left to deteriorate, to the point where they can cause harm to themselves or others, one crisis responder told The Seattle Times. seattletimes.com

Suburbs Sending Officers to DC to Help DC PD This Weekend
D.C. prepares for far-right protesters during day of festivals, gatherings
D.C. officials think a demonstration planned for Saturday by far-right groups supporting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will prove to be a small gathering, attracting no more than a few hundred people.

But city leaders are worried that those who do attend may bring firearms illegally, setting up the potential for clashes in an area expected to be bustling on Saturday with crowds at multiple events: the annual H Street festival in Northeast that typically attracts thousands; a Howard University football game at Audi Field in Southwest; a baseball game at Nationals Park; and a Harry Styles concert at Capital One Arena downtown.

More than 30 staff members from Democratic Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's office walked the blocks on H Street NE that will host Saturday's festival. They stepped into each business on the commercial corridor to offer window signs noting that guns are prohibited inside.

"If you see someone with a firearm, immediately call 911," some of the signs said. Proprietors of restaurants, pharmacies and gyms accepted the fliers.

Geldart said that U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has asked some suburban jurisdictions to send officers to help the Capitol Police keep order during the demonstration, which will be near the reflecting pool on the west side of the Capitol and has permit clearance for 700 people.

Geldart said the D.C. National Guard has not been activated, but Capitol Police leaders have discussed with Army officials whether the Guard might be available to respond quickly in the event that more personnel become necessary. The entire D.C. police force has been called to work on Saturday. washingtonpost.com

Judge throws out latest Minneapolis policing ballot language

Unless state high court rules, question will not be counted on fall ballot.

A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday barred elections officials from using the latest ballot language or counting votes this November on a proposal determining the future of Minneapolis policing, likely triggering appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The case hinges on how to write a neutral ballot question for a proposal that could clear the way for city officials to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety agency.

Anderson's ruling came just three days before early voting is set to begin in the first municipal races since George Floyd was killed by police. The proposal has become a central issue in the election and is drawing national attention and money. startribune.com

California Crime Didn't Bring Newsom Down
Newsom cruises to victory in recall election, will stay in office

Austin wants to empower residents to stop anti-Asian violence, harassment


COVID Update

381.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 42.2M Cases - 682.3K Dead - 32.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 226.7M Cases - 4.6M Dead - 203.5M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 309   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 399
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COVID Situation Reaching 'Dire' Levels
COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out months of progress
COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, erasing months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements.

The cases - driven by the delta variant combined with resistance among some Americans to getting the vaccine - are concentrated mostly in the South.

While one-time hot spots like Florida and Louisiana are improving, infection rates are soaring in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, fueled by children now back in school, loose mask restrictions and low vaccination levels.

The dire situation in some hospitals is starting to sound like January's infection peak: Surgeries canceled in hospitals in Washington state and Utah. Severe staff shortages in Kentucky and Alabama. A lack of beds in Tennessee. Intensive care units at or over capacity in Texas.

The deteriorating picture nine months into the nation's vaccination drive has angered and frustrated medical professionals who see the heartbreak as preventable. The vast majority of the dead and the hospitalized have been unvaccinated, in what has proved to be a hard lesson for some families. apnews.com

Biden to Meet Wednesday With Top Executives on Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

Microsoft, Walgreens and others are expected to give their input after president announced plan to contain pandemic

Attendees are expected to discuss how they are expanding requirements at their companies and institutions and how mandates have driven up vaccinations among employees, a White House official said.

"In order for us to get back to any kind of a normal business and life experience, people have to get vaccinated," said Columbia Sportswear Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Boyle, who is attending the meeting. "This is actually quite a good thing for leveling the playing field," he said. "Companies like ourselves that want to have employees encouraged to the highest degree to get vaccinated-this is going to give us the ability to do that and not put our business at risk."

Many companies including United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. are requiring all employees to be vaccinated. Walmart Inc., Disney and McDonald's Corp. have said some employees including managers or white-collar workers need to be vaccinated. Walgreens has said workers in its U.S. support offices must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. The company also has contracts with some companies for on-site vaccinations and testing. Some companies told The Wall Street Journal that they are waiting to take further action until the Biden administration's rule is released, which is expected in the coming weeks.

Some recent polls have shown that a majority of Americans support requiring vaccinations for those returning to the workplace and students attending in-person classes.

The AFL-CIO has supported Mr. Biden's move. Other groups including the American Federation of Government Employees said vaccination requirements should be negotiated with unions.

Just over half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, and most hospitalizations and deaths in recent months have occurred among the unvaccinated. wsj.com

Top Retailers Balk at Biden's Vaccine Mandate?
Federal vaccine mandate met with mixed reactions from retail industry

Retail boasts the country's No. 1 & No. 2 largest employers: Walmart and Amazon.

President Joe Biden's administration took a drastic step last week to combat the Delta variant: Large employers-companies with 100 or more workers-are required to mandate vaccines or provide weekly testing.

The federal directive was met with mixed reactions from the retail industry.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association wholly endorsed the measure, saying the "only way to address the economic fallout from" the virus is widespread inoculation.
The National Retail Federation offered a more tepid response, saying it appreciates "the administration's commitment to ensuring workplaces are safe despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic."

Brian Dodge, president of Retail Industry Leaders Association, was more skeptical, noting that "requiring large employers to mandate vaccination" would be a major undertaking.

Zoom out: The retail industry boasts the country's No. 1 and No. 2 largest employers: Walmart and Amazon. And while the NRF's statement acknowledged that many major retailers have taken it upon themselves to require vaccination (those include CVS, Kraft Heinz, TJX, and others), the measures have mostly stuck to corporate workers.

Boosting vaccination rates among frontline workers have mostly relied on incentives. morningbrew.com

Business Execs Still Have Questions About Vaccine Mandate
The 11 biggest questions CEOs are asking about Biden's vaccine mandate

There are a number of questions currently rattling around C-suite-level Zoom sessions and conference calls, sources close to discussions told Insider.

1. When will the vaccine mandate take effect?
2. How will OSHA enforce the vaccine mandate?
3. How will employers and OSHA verify vaccination status?
4. Will the vaccine mandate include exemptions?
5. What penalties could large employers incur for failing to comply with the policy?
6. What penalties could non-exempted workers incur for failing to get vaccinated?
7. If workers opt for testing rather than vaccination, who will get stuck with the bill for the tests?
8. How does OSHA expect businesses to store information around testing?
9. Will workers look for a loophole?
10. What happens if there are supply chain issues around tests?
11. What types of COVID-19 tests do employees need?

CVS Workers Say 'Enough is Enough'
Anti-masker abuse, subpar healthcare, and a 5 cent raise
Thousands of workers at CVS stores across California are demanding better pay, increased safety standards, healthcare improvements and more security for workers in new union contract negotiations.

The demands followed the drug chain's report of record profits over the past 18 months, in part due to keeping stores open throughout the pandemic and offering Covid-19 testing and vaccines in stores. CVS reported a profit of more than $7bn in 2020 and posted a $2.8bn profit in the second quarter of 2021. CVS has offered a wage increase of just 5 cents an hour for most workers in the contract negotiations.

Jeff Hall, a shift supervisor at a CVS store in Los Angeles, said that CVS workers have worked throughout the pandemic and constantly struggled with understaffing, which has made it difficult to enforce coronavirus safety protocols.

"It'll be me and a cashier every day, and we have no way to man the door to make sure people are wearing masks," said Hall. "We have at least 10 to 15 confrontations every single day. People without masks come to CVS because they know we can't do anything."

He described instances where he has been physically assaulted by irate customers who refuse to wear masks, and said that understaffing has made the store a target for anti-maskers, because some other grocery and retail stores have enough employees to enforce protocols.

Hall also criticized the proposed wage increases that CVS has offered workers who have endured the risks and poor working conditions caused by Covid-19, and said that full-time employees are facing cuts to their work schedules from 40 hours to 30 hours a week, which can result in a devastating loss of income. theguardian.com

Internal Survey of Corp. Assoc.'s Drove Remote-First
Rite Aid Brings Together Corporate Workforce Through Remote-First Collaboration

New enterprise headquarters in Philadelphia to serve as hub of remote collaboration network

Today,Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) unveiled its corporate workplace of the future - a remote-first work approach for corporate associates, supported by a network of collaboration centers throughout the company's geographic footprint. The reimagined workplace model focuses on flexibility for associates, while also creating an official headquarters space in Philadelphia designed specifically for in-person collaboration and company gatherings, rather than office spaces. Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan, who championed the initiative to redefine the company's approach to work, announced the transformation in a video to the enterprise-wide corporate team this morning.

The new enterprise headquarters will be located in Philadelphia's vibrant Navy Yard district, offering a modern space for teams across Rite Aid's various businesses - including Rite Aid retail, Elixir, Health Dialog and Bartell Drugs - to meet, collaborate, engage clients and partners, and cultivate the kind of strong professional relationships that serve as the bedrock for successful remote teams. Additionally, planned regional collaboration centers across the country will provide opportunities for Rite Aid teams to come together for in-person meetings, training and development, and more. riteaid.com

More Retail COVID Closures as Cases Surges
Harris Teeter & some Publix stores closing early amid COVID & staffing issues
Late-night grocery shoppers won't have as many options as they used to. Starting Wednesday, Harris Teeter stores will close at 9 p.m. Some North Carolina Publix stores are now closing at 9 as well.

The sign on the front door of Harris Teeter Monday caught many Harris Teeter shoppers off guard. It announces that starting Wednesday, the store will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

A spokesperson for Harris Teeter says the company is temporarily closing stores earlier to focus on cleaning, replenishment, staffing, and employee well-being. Publix also recently adjusted hours at a number of Triangle stores. Some now close at 9 p.m. as well.

A statement from Harris Teeter spokesperson, Danna Robinson, reads, in part, "We believe closing our stores earlier will allow our valued associates to: take their earned days off; efficiently process ExpressLane orders; manage labor in this difficult employment environment; ensure excellent closings to better prepare for the following day; and make certain that our stores are a clean, safe place to work and shop." cbs17.com

Focus on cleanliness during COVID bolsters food-safety practices in restaurants
Pandemic leads foodservice workers to pay more attention to hygiene, accelerates changes to how restaurants approach food-safety protocols.

The additional health and safety protocols that restaurant operators have implemented since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March appear to be having a positive impact overall on many food-safety practices, according to operators and food-safety professionals.

One of the keys to maintaining a focus on food safety among staff, he said, is to demonstrate at the management level that it remains important.

"We've noticed that even as restrictions have been lifted, employees and managers are doing a lot more hand-washing, they are paying close attention to the sanitizing buckets, cleaning and sanitizing cutting boards and knives, and those types of things,

The pandemic has also accelerated some changes in the way restaurants approach some food-safety protocols. nrn.com

'Reevaluating Cost-Benefit Equation for In-Person Meetings & Events'
Pandemic Reshapes the World of Corporate Travel

Deloitte survey examines when business travel will pick up & what factors will influence its return.

Deloitte surveyed 150 travel managers and executives with travel budget oversight. The survey and accompanying interviews shed light on when corporate travel is expected to come back, how companies will budget for travel, and what types of business travel will likely return first. (For the complete forecast, see the full report.)

62% of U.S.-based companies reduced travel budgets by 90% or more beginning in early 2020.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, spending on corporate travel is projected to reach between 25% and 35% of 2019 levels.

If U.S. vaccination rates continue to increase, and the vaccines' effectiveness proves durable-particularly for emerging variants of the virus-travel managers expect a big release of pent-up demand in the second half of 2022. More clarity about the health situation and the state of office versus remote work will better support both planned trips and last-minute visits to seal deals and execute projects.

By the end of 2022, U.S. corporate travel may near its new normal. Assuming significantly reduced quarantine requirements on arrival for Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, and several months of a stable health situation, U.S. corporate travel could reach 80% of 2019 levels.

As the pandemic ultimately subsides, corporate travel will be affected by the changes adopted and lessons learned over the past 18 months. Travel remains critical to many businesses' growth, but executives are reevaluating the cost-benefit equation for in-person meetings and events. wsj.com

Editor's Note: This "reevaluation" will end up impacting everyone. Especially with the advent of Zoom & Teams. With in-person conferences probably being the most impacted of all the travel categories. As we were witnessing some trade association consolidation pre-pandemic. Just some thoughts. - Gus Downing

COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass Minnesota's spring peak
The tally for ICU patients is at its highest point in 2021.

Five-step plan to prepare for workplace vaccine mandate

Federal Vaccine Plan Adds Hurdles for Employers

1 in 500 Americans have died of Covid-19

Chico, CA: Local grocery store workers react to vaccine mandate

No ICU beds available in southern Illinois as COVID-19 cases surge

China's factories, retailers stumble on COVID-19 disruptions


Open-Source Intelligence & Warrantless Surveillance By Law Enforcement
In the news today in WSJ - Just keeping an eye on the issue

Law Enforcement's Use of Commercial Phone Data Stirs Surveillance Fight

Agencies' growing use of purchased data without warrants raises new legal questions

Open-source intelligence by practitioners and denounced as warrantless surveillance by critics-are the subject of a vigorous national dispute about government tracking through data brokers without a judge's approval.

While such data has been quietly used for years in intelligence, espionage and military operations, its increasing use in criminal law raises a host of potential constitutional questions.

Data brokers sprung up to help marketers and advertisers better communicate with consumers. But over the past few decades, they have created products that cater to the law-enforcement, homeland-security and national-security markets. Their troves of data on consumer addresses, purchases, and online and offline behavior have increasingly been used to screen airline passengers, find and track criminal suspects, and enforce immigration and counterterrorism laws.

Privacy advocates on Capitol Hill, led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D, Ore.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), have proposed a bill-the Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act-that would curtail warrantless searches by law enforcement, including by requiring government entities to secure a court order before buying U.S. cellphone locations and other commercially available data from data brokers. The proposed bill only applies to law enforcement-not volunteers or other nonprofit groups, which could still pursue open-source intelligence leads and turn them over to police.

The use of warrantless tracking also raises questions about to what extent suspects need to be told about the warrantless monitoring of their devices. "Police and prosecutors never brag when they misuse capabilities like this; we only hear about the successes they want us to know about," Ms. Granick said.

The FBI has used the cellphone data in high-profile criminal cases in the past, people familiar with the matter say, but it has treaded more carefully in domestic instances in the wake of a 2018 Supreme Court case that said similar data pulled from cell towers constituted a search and required judicial supervision. wsj.com

Compliance Failures Due to Employee Burdens
32% of employees surveyed said they couldn't find relevant information when they missed a compliance obligation.

Compliance teams that don't embed their controls into employee processes face a significantly higher rate of compliance failures, according to a survey by Garner, Inc. The survey of 755 employees in April 2021 found these failures linked to unnecessary compliance burdens for employees.

Survey highlights include:

32% of employees surveyed said they couldn't find relevant information when they missed a compliance obligation;

An additional 20% didn't recognize information was even needed;

19% simply didn't remember.

The remaining 29% of employees who missed a compliance step said they didn't understand (16%) or just failed to execute the step (13%).

"The survey also showed nearly one in five employees missed at least one compliance obligation where guidance was not embedded," said Audet. "Embedded controls help to reduce the burden employees face in remembering, understanding and executing on compliance obligations and that in turn, this leads to reduced risk." ehstoday.com

Deloitte sees strong holiday growth with sales increasing 7% to 9%
Elevated consumer spending on services and continued growth in e-commerce is expected to make for a merry holiday season for retailers.

Total holiday retail sales are likely to increase between 7% and 9% in 2021, according to Deloitte's annual holiday retail forecast. E-commerce sales are projected to grow by 11% to 15%.

The Deloitte forecast comes on the heels of a report by Mastercard SpendingPulse, which forecast a 7.4% increase in holiday sales (Nov. 1- Dec. 24). chainstorerage.com

Walmart to Test Self-Driving Delivery Service With Ford & Argo AI in Miami, D.C., & Austin, TX

Sam's Club boosts minimum wage to $15 in bid to win more workers

Inflation Eased in August, Though Prices Stayed High

Restaurant owner said applications are up 50% since unemployment benefits ended

Quarterly Results
Canada's Empire Co. Q1 comp's down 2.2%, sales up 3.7%

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Interface Launches Managed SASE for
Multi-Location Enterprises

Earth City, MO, Sept. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
-- Interface Security Systems, a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, UCaaS and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced that it will offer Managed SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) services to tackle complex security challenges faced by multi-location enterprises.

The rapid adoption of cloud-based software applications and the shift to work from home or anywhere have created complex security challenges. Securing multi-location enterprises using solutions suitable for the traditional hub and spoke network model with traffic backhauled through the data center is no longer tenable. With Interface's Managed SASE, enterprises no longer have to rely on point solutions and building complex integrations to maintain a mature security posture.

"Interface has years of experience deploying secure, managed network solutions. SASE represents a natural evolution for our solution set and our customers," said Steve Womer, VP of Customer and Solutions Engineering at Interface. "The important thing security and IT professionals should consider when evaluating SASE is what problem they're trying to solve for. There is a lot of marketing hype to sift through, and many of the point solutions have big gaps to fill. Interoperability should be top of mind."

Interface's managed SASE solution will be built using Fortinet's security-driven networking innovations, which converge networking and security across every network edge to ensure consistent threat protection, better user experience, and high performance. The choice to partner with Fortinet on the managed SASE solution addresses some of the key challenges faced by consumer-facing multi-location enterprises as they pivot their business operations to meet changing customer expectations.

Speaking about the collaboration with Interface, Courtney Radke, CISO, National Retail, Fortinet, says, "Many retailers have complex network operations and need to deliver enterprise-class protection and consistent user experiences at any edge. Interface understands that tightly integrating both security and networking functionality is key to achieving this and, together with Fortinet, offers a compelling managed SASE solution for retail chains."

Businesses benefit from a comprehensive network security platform in today's cloud-first world. Interface's solution addresses SD-WAN, FWaaS (FireWall as a Service), ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access), and SWG (Secure Web Gateway) using a single platform designed to scale the network without compromising security. While many SASE solutions on the market only address one or two of the aspects of SASE like ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) or FWaaS, Interface implements SD-WAN, ZTNA, FWaaS, and SWG, as well as the network infrastructure and provides expert engineering resources needed to support it.

"What differentiates Interface's SASE offering from other solutions is that it addresses both Cloud and WAN edge security as well as LAN security," says Womer. "Embracing cloud security while abandoning branch network security is risky, especially when a branch has a blend of trusted and untrusted security zones. Third-party vendor applications are a big threat vector and they're a hop away from many companies' most sensitive applications like POS and CRM."

"We feel that our solution takes a very practical and modular approach to solving business challenges and is very cost-effective. Interface designs, implements and supports the solution using in-house resources with real-world experience deploying secure networks for some of the nation's largest brands," said Brian Garavuso, CTO for Interface.

Visit the Interface Managed SASE page to learn more about the solution.





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Putin isn't cracking down on ransomware gangs
Still no signs of Russian cooperation on ransomware
It's been nearly three months since President Biden demanded Russian leader Vladimir Putin take action against ransomware gangs operating in Russian territory.

Those gangs are still "operating in the permissive environment that they've created there," FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said during the annual Intelligence and National Security Summit. U.S. requests for Russian help extraditing ransomware hackers have produced no results, he said.

That means two big things for U.S. officials: In the short term, the nation is likely to face more damaging attacks.

In the longer term, the United States must find a way to combat those attacks without Russian cooperation. That will include improving U.S. companies' defenses so ransomware hackers can't do as much damage. It may also involve retaliating against Russian targets until they decide ransomware isn't worth the effort.

"I'd like to change the decision calculus of the good guys and gals in this space such that they take a meaningful role in their own defense," National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said at the same conference. "I'd also like to change the decision calculus of those ... that have been responsible for things like ransomware."

There's no evidence that it's because Putin asked the hackers to back off.

The government has pushed industry to improve its cyber defenses for years. But any improvements have failed to keep pace with the growing hacking threat.

The White House mandated a slate of cyber protections for pipelines in the wake of Colonial. It's working on voluntary standards for other critical industries, but it's not clear whether industries will adopt those standards or if they'll be sufficient to keep hackers at bay. washingtonpost.com

Gangs Directly Harassing Customers & Stakeholders of Victims
They're getting bolder & asserting pressure

Ransomware Operators Ramp Up Pressure on Victims via Multiple Extortion Attacks

Overall ransomware attacks dip in 1H '21 - Number of campaigns involving three & four extortion methods spike

Ransomware operators are increasingly
adding double, triple, and even quadruple extortion models to their campaigns these days.

Trend Micro report showed the increase in ransomware attacks and
groups using multiple extortion methods, including data theft, denial-of-service attacks, and, more recently, by directly harassing customers and stakeholders of victim organizations.

As of mid-June, Trend Micro counted at least
35 ransomware families that employed double extortion methods. They not only encrypted critical data but also stole it and used the threat of publicly leaking the data as additional leverage to get victims to pay up.

Trend Micro also observed an increase ransomware attacks that
added distributed denial-of-service attacks to the mix.

Meanwhile, the operators of Cl0p and DarkSide, the group behind the crippling ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, have been observed adding yet another layer in some of their attacks -
directly contacting customers of victim organizations, via email and call centers, Trend Micro says.

Also different on the ransomware front was
increased collaboration between threat actors on gaining access to victim networks and the use of tools and techniques associated with advanced persistent threat (APT) actors in ransomware campaigns. darkreading.com

Top Initial Attack Vectors: Passwords, Bugs, Trickery

Use of LOLBins, GitHub Tools and Cobalt Strike Also Widespread, Researchers Say

Here are the top three tactics attackers have been using to break into corporate and government networks: brute-forcing passwords, exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities, and social engineering via malicious emails.

So says security firm Kaspersky, in a new incident response report analyzing investigations it undertook during 2020.

The top-level takeaway is bad news: Attackers are continuing to use previously seen tactics to gain entry to corporate networks, followed by using recognizable tools to reconnoiter and gain high-level access to systems, after which they often unleash ransomware, steal data or pursue another criminal scheme. For ransomware attacks in particular, the time between intrusion and culmination - when files get forcibly encrypted - can be hours, or just a few days. govinfosecurity.com

8 pitfalls that undermine security program success

Don't let these easy-to-overlook mistakes trip up your security strategy.

Some of the biggest breaches have come down to small mistakes.

Here, security leaders warn of eight easy-to-overlook pitfalls that can undermine an otherwise successful security strategy:

Talking about security risk, rather than business risk - That may seem like pure semantics, but Harper says there are indeed negative consequences when enterprise leaders view cybersecurity so narrowly. "When they don't see information security as a business risk, when they see it only as a technology risk, then they don't see how it's fully embedded into all aspects of the business,"

Overemphasizing compliance - The typical organization must meet multiple industry, regulatory, and legal standards in order to do business. The most well-known of those include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, or PCI DSS, for organizations that process credit cards; and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

"Compliance presents a false sense of security," he adds. "In fact, breaches are rising despite the adherence to compliance at many organizations."

Failing to move fast (enough) - Companies are speeding up their digital transformations with moves to the cloud, more agile software development, and rapid responses to customer requirements. Not all CISOs are keeping pace and that has led to gaps in the overall enterprise security posture, according to multiple security advisors.

Always focusing on the urgent - One of the greatest threats to a successful security program is being ensnared by "the tyranny of the urgent," says Andrew Morrison, a principal at Deloitte and the firm's Cyber Risk Services Strategy, Defense & Response leader.

Focusing too much on tools and technologies instead of stakeholders and their needs - On a similar note, Jinan Budge, a principal analyst at Forrester, says failing to prioritize stakeholder engagement can hinder the implementation of a strong security program.

Keeping security within the security department - Building a great security team but failing to create a security-minded culture throughout the enterprise is a surefire way to undermine success, the experts we spoke with say. Statistics bear that out. Verizon's 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 85% of the breaches in 2020 involved a human element.

Overlooking your own security workers - Similarly, CISOs who neglect their teams and the culture of their security department will quickly find that the security program suffers as a result, veteran security leaders say.

Falling for the new stuff - CISOs have their pick of a growing number of emerging technologies and processes, such as extended detection and response (XDR), behavioral analytics, threat hunting and the zero trust model. But those advanced options won't deliver real security gains if CISOs aren't executing perfectly on the more basic elements of a solid security program and if they haven't tuned them all to the specific needs of their own organization. csoonline.com

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COVID Update

The Post-Pandemic Future of Canadian Retail
Pandemic Store Design Shift in Canadian Retailers to Include New Safety Measures
The brick-and-mortar store. Despite the recently accelerated digitization of the industry, it remains the centre of the retail universe. Continuing to serve as a hub for brands, the physical retail space is increasingly representing the strongest point of customer engagement and excitement, acting as the purveyor of real-life experiences that cannot be replicated online or anywhere else.

For these reasons, as we approach what looks at least something like a post-pandemic world, and the Canadian consumer returns, seeking out tangible encounters with their favourite brands, it seems that
the importance of the store will be more critical than ever before.

As a result, many industry experts and observers suggest that anything retailers can do to ensure the comfort, health and safety of their guests in the physical retail environment will be essential going forward, and
a necessary lever for future growth and success.

"There's no doubting the fact that the physical retail space is a vitally strategic component of every retail plan for businesses looking to grow," says retail and real estate industries expert, Claude Sirois. "The pandemic has brought online and offline retail even closer together than at any previous point. The emergence and adoption of alternate modes of purchase, like 'buy online pickup in-store' and curbside pickup have allowed many physical spaces to continue operating and serving a purpose through the pandemic, acting more as a hub of fulfillment at times. But, as we hopefully start to fully reopen the economy and invite visitors back to the retail store, the experiences that it offers and human connections that it facilitates will be a key part of the retail mix. And,
just as influential will be retailers' ability to create a safe and welcoming space, restoring confidence in the consumer."

An evolving retail experience - The response from most retailers throughout the industry and across the country was swift and thoughtful and has been applauded by many. Even prior to government action and mandatory lockdowns were announced, merchants everywhere introduced protocols, implemented safety measures and followed direction from health experts in order to immediately provide as comfortable and safe a setting as was possible at the time.

Results, for the most part, were very positive, with
safeguards and measures producing footfall - while it's been permitted - and much-needed in-store sales during a time that's necessitated the provision of as many avenues toward purchase as can reasonably be enabled. In fact, the outcomes of these initiatives have been so impactful on the shopping experience that Doug Stephens, astute industry analyst and Founder of the consultancy firm Retail Prophet, proposes retailers consider maintaining them as part of an evolving retail experience. retail-insider.com

Canadian Fraud Surging During Pandemic
Employment scams on the rise during COVID-19: Better Business Bureau

Identity theft is a common outcome of job scams, as scammers often steal job seekers' personal information in order to open bank accounts to further their fraud.

There has been a rise in employment scams in the "turbulent job market" brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Better Business Bureau (BBB) study. Job scams have been a problem for years, the BBB said in a statement on Thursday, noting that, in 2019, there were
an estimated $14 million victims with $2 billion in direct losses related to the job scams.

The problem worsened in 2020, when complaints to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre nearly doubled and job scams were among the top five of BBB's list of riskiest scams across Canada. The bureau said that
identity theft is a common outcome of job scams, as scammers often steal job seekers' personal information in order to open bank accounts to further their fraud.

In fact, the BBB found
34 per cent of victims provided their driver's license number and 25 per cent, their Social Insurance Number. The bureau also found that employment scams most commonly victimized people aged 25 to 35, with women filing 67 per cent of complaints.

Victims often reported loss of their time, with
32 per cent never paid for the work they did for an "employer" that turned out to be fraudulent. The median financial loss reported in the Canadian Risk Report was $500, according to the BBB. vancouverisawesome.com

Canada's 'Racist' COVID Testing Policy?
Academics allege racism on Canada's Covid testing policy

Pandemic Has Fueled Surge in Anti-Trudeau Violence & Threats
From sunny ways to pelted with stones: Why do some Canadians hate Justin Trudeau?

Advisory body recommends 3rd vaccine dose for some Canadians

Canada donates soon-to-expire vaccines to Africa as global shortage worsens

Amazon's Major Canadian Push
Amazon Canada hikes front-line worker pay & plans to hire 15,000 more people

E-commerce giant raises front-line worker salary to up to $21.65 an hour

Amazon Canada says
it is hiring up to 15,000 more people in Canada and will boost the pay for its front-line workers to up to $21.65 an hour. The e-commerce giant announced in a media release Monday morning that the hiring spree would boost its Canadian head count by about 60 per cent.

The wage hikes are immediate and will be for all current full-time and part-time staff, as well as new hires. While the company doesn't specify what it means by "front-line worker," the
pay increases work out to an extra $1.60 to $2.20 per hour.

The moves to beef up compensation and employee numbers in Canada come as the company is making similar enticements in the U.S.

Last week, Amazon announced it would pay full tuition and other fees for its front-line workers at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. in a move the company said would cost it more than $1 billion US over the next four years.

Monday's Canadian release says that offer extends to Canadian workers, too, although details are sparse. The so-called Career Choice program for
Canadian Amazon workers says the company will pay up to 95 per cent of the tuition costs "towards a certificate or diploma in qualified fields of study" at various colleges, although no complete list of qualifying schools or programs of study is provided. cbc.ca

'Amazon won't change without a union': Canadian warehouse files for union vote
Workers at one of Amazon.com Inc's Canadian facilities have filed a request with a local labor board to hold a vote to form a union, Teamsters Canada said on Tuesday, in
the latest challenge to the company, which has discouraged collective action in the past. reuters.com

Canadian Shoe Outlet Closing All Stores

IKEA Launches 1st Small-Format Design Studio for Canadian Market

Victoria, BC: Man dead after standoff with police outside busy mall
man was shot and killed by police in Victoria on Sunday following a standoff near a busy mall. The Victoria Police Department said in a release that around 10 a.m. PT Sunday, Saanich police officers responded to Douglas Street at Tolmie Avenue, near Mayfair Mall, after receiving reports of an armed man in crisis who was making threats.

Police also received reports that
a suspect had robbed a nearby liquor store while armed. Officers from the nearby Victoria Police Department rushed to help officers from Saanich. At the time, police said on Twitter that they were trying to "de-escalate and negotiate with a person in crisis" and asked people to avoid the area.

Kevin Toffey, who said he witnessed the standoff, said police were
"negotiating with [the man], trying to calm him down. It kind of went up and down with his emotions." Police did not say what type of weapon the man had, but Toffey said it was a knife.

Victoria police said around 11 a.m., "an interaction" occurred between its officers and the man. One of their officers shot the man. Victoria police said its officers then provided first aid until paramedics arrived and took over.
Police said the man died of his injuries at the scene. cbc.ca

Sudbury, ON: Murder suspect arrested following convenience store robbery
Greater Sudbury Police have arrested first-degree murder suspect Kyle Smith, following a K9 track in the area of Falconbridge Road on Thursday evening. Smith, 32, is wanted in connection with a Sept. 7 incident in which a
30-year-old man was killed after being stabbed and intentionally run over by a car. He was located following a convenience store robbery Thursday evening that saw three victims sent to hospital after being pepper-sprayed. northernontario.ctvnews.ca

Montreal, QC: Police investigating attempted murder after man shot, hides in store

Cochrane RCMP investigate armed robbery in Bragg Creek

Police seek Walkley Road robbery suspect

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The Real Driver of Online Shopping Isn't COVID
Survey: Convenience drives online grocery shopping more than COVID

Over half of consumers polled report good online experiences, ACI Worldwide finds

It's convenience - not concern - that has spurred more grocery shoppers to go online, new research from digital payment specialist ACI Worldwide shows.

In a poll of more than 2,300 U.S. consumers,
76% reported grocery shopping online for ease and convenience versus 56% saying they do so to avoid the risk of COVID-19, according to ACI, which conducted the "What Consumers Expect From Their Grocery Shopping Experiences" study with its PYMNTS.com media arm. Thirty-four percent of shoppers said it's faster to buy groceries online, and 53% indicated they had a good online experience and want to continue shopping that way.

Overall, 34% of respondents said they shop for at least some of their groceries online, yet that percentage jumps to 57% for Millennial shoppers, ACI said. Twenty-three percent use home delivery, with 8% indicating that it's their preferred channel, while 20% use curbside pickup, with 7% preferring that channel. Similarly,
14% of shoppers reported they buy groceries online for delivery more since the start of the pandemic, with the same percentage doing so via curbside pickup.

At the same time,
grocery shoppers are not abandoning brick-and-mortar. ACI found that 94% of consumers surveyed shop in physical stores at least some of the time. Fifteen percent said they have stepped up in-store grocery shopping in stores since the onset of the pandemic, and 21% have shopped in stores less since the COVID crisis began.

ACI's research revealed that online grocery shoppers are more likely to use mobile devices (55%) than laptop or desktop computers (38%) to place their orders. The broad use of mobile devices also corresponds to a wider use of payment methods. Thirty-one percent of online grocery shoppers said they use PayPal, while 22% use other mobile wallets like Apple Pay or Google Pay. supermarketnews.com

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Pembroke Park, FL: 3 thieves steal nearly $24,000 of merchandise from Boost Mobile store
A surveillance camera captured three crooks stealing from a Pembroke Park cellphone store's safe and taking thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The burglary happened at a Boost Mobile store along Hallandale Beach Boulevard at around 5 a.m., Sunday, according to store owner German Izaguirre. "They took iPhones. They took a lot of Androids," he said. "They did also take a lot of merchandise with a lot of accessories. It hurts a lot."

The video showed a man wearing a gray shirt walking into the store first before two other men walk in around 30 seconds later. The man in the gray shirt then disabled the alarm by entering the security code while the others began to steal. Later on,
the man wearing the gray shirt could be seen in a back room entering the safe's code. Once the safe was open, all three men stuffed items from inside it into a bag, along with whatever else they spotted nearby. In total, nearly $24,000 in merchandise was taken.

"Definitely it has to be an inside job," Izaguirre said. "It's very shocking. I just want the whole community to be alert and see if they can help us out with this tragic thing to happen this weekend." Less than three minutes after they walked in, the thieves walked out of the store with the merchandise in hand. Izaguirre said he believes he knows who is responsible for the burglary and has filed a police report.

Update: Ithaca, NY: UPDATE: Arrest made in Home Depot Knifepoint Robbery
Ithaca police arrested Richard Z. Andrews, 29, in relation to the robbery. He was charged with robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and burglary in the third degree. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail due to prior felony convictions. ORIGINAL STORY: A man threatened Home Depot employees with a knife after they confronted him for stealing merchandise. Ithaca police were called at 3:14 p.m. on Sept. 10 for the reported robbery. According to police, employees said they observed the suspect pushing a shopping cart with a large amount of unpaid merchandise out of the store. The employees followed the suspect outside which is when the
suspect reportedly produced a knife, threatened employees and fled the area with the stolen merchandise. The stolen goods were recovered nearby. ithaca.com

Guam: Burglar arrested after tying to sell stolen cell phones back to owner

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Shootings & Deaths

Albuquerque, NM: Police investigating two separate cases where employee shoots armed suspect
Within two weeks, there have been deadly shootings at two Albuquerque businesses where employees were held at gun point during a robbery. Now, local police are working to determine if the person who shot and killed the suspects will face any time behind bars. The latest case happened on Tuesday morning, when police say an armed man walked into the Subway on 1306 Gibson Blvd. S.E. "It appears the male had entered the business and attempted to rob one of the employees," said Gilbert Gallegos with the Albuquerque Police Department.
An employee at the Subway said the attempted robbery and that's when they fired at the suspect and killed them. Then last week on Monday, nearly the same situation happened at a local Tobacco shop. When an armed robbery suspect entered the store and was also killed by an armed employee. kob.com

Merced, CA: Man dies following shooting at Merced Mountain Mike's Pizza restaurant
Authorities have identified a 21-year-old man who has now died and injured two in a pizza restaurant in Merced's Mountain Mike. Merced police say Adrian Calderon fired several ammunition in the restaurant after a dispute between two groups of people. When the gunshot exploded, Diner inside was able to intervene to stop Calderon and prevent him from escaping until the cop arrived at the chaotic scene.

Minneapolis, MN: Murder charge filed in shooting outside gas station
A Minneapolis teenager was charged with murder for a fatal shooting outside a gas station in August. Khalil H. Shabazz, 17, was recently charged as a juvenile in Hennepin County District Court with one count of intentional second-degree murder. Prosecutors intend to certify him as an adult. The charge does not cite a possible motive for the Aug. 10 killing of Telly Blair, a 36-year-old man from Minneapolis. According to the criminal complaint: Police responded to the Amstar gas station and convenience store in the 1600 block of W. Broadway Avenue about 11:08 a.m. Blair was unconscious in the front seat of a car parked at a gas pump. A nurse was checking his pulse. Blair had several gunshot wounds in his chest and was bleeding "profusely." Surveillance video showed a man walking by Blair's car and motioning to him before entering the store. The man exited the store, approached Blair's driver's side window and fired shots into the car, the charge said.

Update: El Reno, OK: Oklahoma man on trial for deadly gas station attack
A man accused of shooting and killing another man at an Oklahoma gas station is heading to trial for the crime. In September of 2018, law enforcement officers were called to a deadly shooting at a gas station in El Reno. When police arrived, they found the body of Ryan Johnson. Investigators say surveillance cameras captured the gunman pulling up to the gas pumps, getting out of his car, and shooting Johnson multiple times. After the shooting, he fled the scene. Authorities were able to identify the alleged gunman as Zachary Huber after several Good Samaritans worked to prevent him from leaving the scene. One driver intentionally rammed his vehicle, which left a distinctive mark that helped detectives identify their suspect. Officials say they think the violent attack was random. Huber was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Brooklyn, NY: Five Food Delivery Workers have Died on the Job in Past Year

Dothan, AL: Man fires at C-Store customer then steals his car


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Baltimore, MD: Surveillance video of 7-Eleven ATM theft shows 'well organized,' 'brazen' smash and grab
An early-morning smash-and-grab ATM theft has Baltimore Police asking the public for help in identifying the suspects. The latest theft happened at 4:32 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Thames Street in Fells Point, according to Baltimore Police, marking the 11 reported ATM theft in the City since June 1. Heaps of bricks and shattered glass could be seen strewn along the sidewalk Tuesday morning as contractors began the cleanup process. Justin Eathem, property manager of the building, described the surveillance video and said it looked like the four unidentified suspects were organized and took a window of opportunity when police and guards were not standing by to swoop in and smash the building. foxbaltimore.com

Fairfax County, VA: Suspect attacked employees, robbed same 7-Eleven 4 times over summer
Fairfax County police have arrested a man who attacked employees while robbing the same 7-Eleven occasion four times between July and September. Investigators say in each instance, Hill entered the store on Blake Lane in Fairfax and assaulted an employee before stealing cash and merchandise.

Oakland County, MI: Walgreens Armed Robbery suspect in Hazel Park denied reduction on $1M bond
A man accused in the armed robbery of narcotics and cash from a Walgreens pharmacy in Hazel Park was denied a lower bond Tuesday. The suspect, Patrick D. Johnson, 33, of Hazel Park was before Hazel Park 43rd District Judge Brian Hartwell for a brief hearing in the Sept. 2 holdup inside the pharmacy at 1843 E. Eight Mile Road. Defense attorney Delphia Burton said Johnson's bond is excessive and unsuccessfully sought to have it reduced to $100,000. Johnson's criminal history includes convictions for carjacking and felony firearm charges in Wayne County Circuit Court. He was released from prison in 2019 after serving 11 years.

Lubbock, TX: LPD makes arrests in connection to Burger King and other robberies

Oxford, MS: Employee charged with theft of over $1,000 from Rebel Rags store



86 Counterfeit Championship Rings Seized by Chicago CBP
On September 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Chicago port of entry seized a shipment from China that contained 86 championship rings. Chicago's Trade Enforcement Team and CBP's trade experts at the Centers of Excellence and Expertise determined the rings were counterfeit due to the fact that all of the goods were constructed of poor quality and lacked security features. The shipment was destined for a residence in Florissant, Missouri. cbp.gov




Barber - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Pembroke Park, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Plainview, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Meriden, CT - Burglary
C-Store - Salem, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Orangeburg, SC - Armed Robbery
Collectables - St George, UT - Burglary
Gas Station - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Gilbert, AZ - Burglary
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Columbia, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Jacksonville, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Santa Barbara County, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery (Sup. Killed)
T-Mobile - Peru, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Baltimore, MD - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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