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It's 'ALL-TAG Week' on the D&D Daily!

Check out today's 'Vendor Spotlight' from ALL-TAG directly beneath the 'Top News' column to learn about ALL-TAG's "Eco-Friendly" Innovation in AM (Acousto-Magnetic) Security Labels.

Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls expands computer vision offering to address retail's most pressing challenges

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland-September 14, 2022- Sensormatic Solutions, the leading global retail solutions portfolio of Johnson Controls, has expanded its computer vision analytics offering, which focuses on driving sales, reducing risk, and enhancing the shopper experience. The company's computer vision solutions are created through collaboration with Intel and optimized for retail using proprietary Sensormatic IQ artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. With Sensormatic Solutions computer vision capabilities, retailers can leverage existing video infrastructure and a smart hub appliance to tap into the data needed to open a world of problem-solving solutions across the retail expanse.

First introduced in 2021, Sensormatic Solutions computer vision offering can be easily deployed using a smart hub device in conjunction with existing camera infrastructure to facilitate streamlined, cost-effective adoption of next-generation AI in retail environments. Computer vision automates tasks and derives meaningful information from video footage in real-time helping to strengthen loss prevention efforts, provide insights on shopper behavior, and maintain safe environments for shoppers and associates.

Read more here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Businesses Speak Out Over Chicago's Crime Crisis
McDonald's CEO sounds the alarm over crime in Chicago
McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski has big concerns about surging crime in Chicago, where the fast food giant is based, saying it is impacting the company's restaurants and making it harder to recruit corporate talent.

Crime is "seeping into every corner of our city," Kempczinski said during an event at the Economic Club of Chicago Wednesday. "Everywhere I go, I'm confronted by the same question these days - what's going on in Chicago? While it may wound our civic pride to hear it, there is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis."

Kempczinski said that McDonald's (MCD) restaurants in the city are suffering, noting that there are about 400 of the chain's locations across Chicago.

"We have violent crime that's happening in our restaurants ... we're seeing homelessness issues in our restaurants. We're having drug overdoses that are happening in our restaurants," he said. "So we see in our restaurants, every single day, what's happening in society at large."

Starbucks (SBUX), too, has noted similar problems at some of its stores. Over the summer, the coffee chain announced it would close 16 locations in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon over safety concerns.

Kempczinski highlighted another challenge as well: "For McDonald's, though, the issue isn't just about conditions in stores - it's also about recruiting leaders to the company's headquarters and convincing corporate workers to return to the office," the CEO said.

"It's more difficult today for me to convince a promising McDonald's executive to relocate to Chicago from one of our other offices than it was just a few years ago," he said. "It's more difficult for me to recruit a new employee to McDonald's, to join us in Chicago than it was in the past."

And when it comes to returning to the office, he said, "one of the things that I hear from our employees [is] ... 'I'm not sure it's safe to come downtown.'" cnn.com

Shoplifting Doubles in Another City - Thieves More Violent
Police reports show retail crime nearly double in Vancouver, WA
Reports of retail crime in Vancouver have nearly doubled in the last year, according to police. Department data shows officers took nearly twice as many shoplifting reports so far this year, compared to 2021.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp recently told FOX 12 that thieves are also more brazen with their crimes: "We are definitely seeing an increase in the aggressive and violent behavior of these retail thieves," Kapp said.

If the data reveals the problem, it can also be part of the solution, police say, guiding the department to dedicate more resources to catching thieves.

"We are working with loss prevention folks at a variety of retailers in Vancouver, primarily on the east side, where we have a lot of big-box stores strip mall locations where we tend to see a lot more retail theft," Kapp said.

The department has also conducted special missions this summer to stage officers at various retail locations to apprehend suspects. Kapp said operations in June and July resulted in 11 arrests. The department hopes it will send a bigger message.

Earlier this summer, the state's Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, announced a new task force dedicated to fighting organized retail crime. It's something that retails and the associations who represent them, have pushed for.  kptv.com

NRF's National Retail Security Survey 2022 in the News
Shrink costs retailers over $94B in 2021: NRF report
Signaling a rise in retail theft costs, the 2022 National Retail Security Survey from the National Retail Federation found that retail shrinkage made up $94.5 billion in losses in 2021, an increase from $90.8 billion in 2020.

Among the top five U.S. cities affected by organized retail crime over the past year were Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland, New York City, Houston and Miami. The report also found that clothing, health and beauty, electronics/appliances, accessories, footwear, home furnishings, home goods and home improvement items were the top categories targeted by organized retail crime groups.

Almost half (44.5%) of retail respondents said they will invest in loss prevention. About 60% said they are increasing their technology budget, and more than half (52.4%) of respondents said they are allocating more funds to their capital and equipment budgets, according to the report.

Previous reports have shown that shrinkage has fluctuated over the past few years. A 2018 PlanetRetail RNG report found that shrinkage cost retailers $100 billion globally in 2017. The following year, the NRF released a report indicating that shrinkage losses solely in the U.S. came in at $50.6 billion in 2018 then rose again to $61.7 billion in 2019.

Though retailers said they plan to spend more on loss prevention, the NRF report suggests that inventory shrink may have decreased on average. The average inventory shrink in the fiscal year 2021 was 1.4%, down from 1.6% in 2020 and 2019.

As for where the shrink occurs the most, respondents said that more than a third (37%) of shrinkage was external theft, including organized retail crime. The report found that retailers attributed more than a quarter (28.5%) of shrinkage to employee internal theft or process and control failures (25.7%). retaildive.com

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Repeat Offenders Driving America's Violent Crime Crisis
American crime problem has an answer, more criminal control

Violent criminals have extensive records, but soft-on-crime policies keep us from targeting worst offenders

Almost invariably, when you read or hear a story about a serious violent crime - especially a shooting or homicide - the suspect will be reported as having a lengthy criminal history or an active criminal justice status (like parole, probation, or pretrial release). This is hardly a new development; and it's certainly not unique to New York.

A 2006 Bureau of Justice Statistics report analyzing violent felons convicted in America's 75 largest counties between 1990 and 2002 found that even back then - smack dab in the middle of America's allegedly Draconian "tough-on-crime" streak - more than a third of those felons were out on pretrial release, probation, or parole when they committed the offenses they were convicted of.

The reality of crime has long been that it's a phenomenon driven mostly by a relative handful of individuals in a given jurisdiction. An analysis published by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (a gun control advocacy group) found that "only around 400 individuals - or 0.1% of the Oakland's population - were responsible for the majority of the city's homicides."

We have it in our power to be more precise in how we do criminal justice, reserving the sharpest edges of the system for those who pose the greatest risks to their communities. This would allow us to reap the benefits associated with the incapacitation of the most chronic offenders without having to impose so many burdens on those who aren't threats.

In a recent op-ed in the New York Daily News, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell wrote "Time and again, we see [crime drivers] get second, third and sometimes 10th chances while repeatedly demonstrating an unwillingness to correct their criminal behavior." She called on lawmakers to make the necessary changes to give police, judges, and prosecutors the tools they need to keep New Yorkers safe. Her plea has been echoed by police executives, public safety advocates (myself included), and concerned citizens across the country over the last several years. The question is: Will the decision makers listen? foxnews.com

Troubling Cargo Theft Trend Continues
Labor Day Sees Surge in Cargo Theft Activity
Labor Day weekend has become a more popular target for cargo thieves - especially during the pandemic era - with loaded trailers sitting idle for an extended stretch proving increasingly tempting.

This year, there were 17 thefts reported over the Labor Day weekend period.

CargoNet data shows activity over this stretch peaked last year at 19 reported cargo thefts, following 17 in 2020. However, there were 14 reported incidents in 2019, 13 in 2018 and eight in 2017.

Scott Cornell, transportation lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, noted that an uptick in freight movement elevates thieves' interest; when there is more freight on the road there tends to be more criminals targeting it.

"We just haven't seen a drop-off since the pandemic," Cornell said. "I think what you're going to have at the end of this year is numbers almost right on par with 2021 and 2020. They may actually be a little bit higher, or they may actually be a little bit lower. But I don't think you're going to see much in the way of a drop-off."

He added, "They're down from last year, but only by two. They're up from 2019 and they're up from 2018 and they're up from 2017. So what we've seen is a trend of those numbers going up over the past six years."

Cornell noted supply chain backlogs have also led to more cargo sitting idle. He has been tracking several organized crime groups nationwide that are targeting these loads. They're particularly interested in electronics, the most targeted shipment category by criminals since 2017, per CargoNet. ttnews.com

Biden's Anti-Crime Plan Focuses on Hiring More Cops
President Biden's anti-crime bill: Will it make America safer?

A third of Biden's $37 billion anti-crime plan would go to hiring more cops.

On whether the bill will reduce crime in America

Richard Rosenfeld (Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis): "That very much depends on how the plan is implemented. ... One of the things I like about this plan is that it sets out some pretty clear guidelines about how local agencies can obtain these funds. The funds aren't simply going to be delivered to them automatically. They're going to have to apply for them. And for example, with respect to hiring more police officers, the agencies will have to demonstrate that those officers will, in fact, be out of patrol, not simply sitting behind a desk. They'll be trained in so-called community policing and also de-escalation techniques. And so the plan contains requirements for how the money should be used. And we'll just have to see the degree to which those requirements make it into practice."

On what's happened to crime rates over the last few years

Rosenfeld: "Let's start, though, with an assessment of what's actually happened to crime rates over the last couple of years. Homicide rates rose by approximately 30% across the country in 2020, during the height of the pandemic. And in many of the cities that I've looked at as part of the Council on Criminal Justice, a series of reports on crime trends. It turns out that in many cities those increases began to occur almost immediately after the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis and widespread protests, demonstrations emerged across the country. So we're beginning to look now at some of the factors associated with the rise.

"... Larceny rates, which are ... by far the most voluminous of serious crimes, they dropped during the pandemic. A big chunk of larceny is shoplifting, and when the shops are closed, there's no shoplifting. So that's one point I'd like to make, that overall crime rates came down. Homicide being an obviously important exception. wbur.org

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COVID Update

612.7M Vaccinations Given

US: 97.4M Cases - 1M Dead - 93.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 616.2M Cases - 6.5M Dead - 595.4M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 796

COVID Adds Mounting Pressure to CFO Job
CFO: The Toughest Job in the C-Suite?
The CFO's job, already one of the most complex in corporate America, has expanded to become what's arguably the toughest C-suite role. As the top financial manager, the CFO keeps track of cash flows, does strategic planning, oversees accounting and taxation, ensures financial reports are complete and accurate, and interacts with the capital markets.

The burden has increased in recent years in part because of the pandemic, says Steve Gallucci, who leads a Deloitte LLP program that advises financial executives. "That moves the degree of difficulty of the role to a place it's never been before," he says.

"The job just keeps getting harder," says James Stark, a consultant at executive search firm Egon Zehnder's CFO practice. "The role of the chief operating officer has been disappearing in recent years, so we're seeing a lot of the responsibilities getting tacked onto the CFO's job."

The intense pressure can take a toll, and not all CFO stories end well. It isn't clear what drove Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. CFO Gustavo Arnal's death by suicide this month, but he was putting in long hours dealing with a sinking stock price, a cash-flow crisis, layoffs, and store closures.

More than half of CFOs who took part in a Deloitte survey in February 2021 said their bosses demanded more once Covid-19 broke out, and a quarter said they now have more teams reporting to them. That hasn't changed in the roughly two years since the poll was conducted, Gallucci says. bloomberg.com

The COVID-Remote Work Effect?
Workers say this is the No. 1 reason they'll quit
It's rare for pandemic-era reports to show that workers and bosses are on the same page about anything, but at least one survey shows they can finally agree on one idea: People are craving meaningful connection at work. Without it, they're willing to quit.

Among those who work for remote and hybrid companies, workers say the top reason they'd leave is feeling disconnected from the culture and its people, according to a joint survey from Airspeed, an internal social platform, and Workplace Intelligence, the HR research firm.

Meanwhile, C-suite leaders agree employee connection is the biggest challenge they've dealt with during the pandemic, and 2 out of 3 believe their employees would quit for a job at another company where they'd feel more connected.

"Everyone is recognizing this feeling of disconnectedness is the No. 1 issue they're facing," says Doug Camplejohn, founder and CEO of Airspeed. But, he adds, "the answer is not going back to the office. The reality is, this problem has existed forever, and Covid had only made us all more aware and sensitive to it."  cnbc.com

There's Terrific News About the New Covid Boosters, but Few Are Hearing It
Not only will the new boosters decrease the likelihood of infection and severe illness, and help reduce transmission of the virus, it could also decrease the likelihood of developing long Covid.

Pentagon removes almost all of its COVID-related workplace restrictions

Calif. ends mandatory COVID testing for most unvaccinated state workers



OSHA Expands Enforcement & Targets 'Severe Violators'
Regulatory Update: OSHA Strengthens Severe Violator Enforcement Program

The effort is to "sharpen its focus on employers who - even after receiving citations for exposing workers to hazardous conditions and serious dangers - fail to mitigate these hazards," said the agency.

OSHA announced on Sept. 15 that it will both strengthen enforcement and improve compliance with workplace safety standards in an effort to reduce worker injuries and illnesses. It will do this by, expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The new criteria include violations of all hazards and OSHA standards and will continue to focus on repeat offenders in all industries. Previously, an employer could be in the program for failing to meet a limited number of standards. The changes will broaden the program's scope with the possibility that additional industries will fall within its parameters.

"The Severe Violator Enforcement Program empowers OSHA to sharpen its focus on employers who - even after receiving citations for exposing workers to hazardous conditions and serious dangers - fail to mitigate these hazards," said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker, in a statement.

Since 2010, the Severe Violator Enforcement Program has focused on enforcement and inspection resources on employers who either willfully or repeatedly violate federal health and safety laws or demonstrate a refusal to correct previous violations. In addition to being included on a public list of the nation's severe violators, employers are subject to follow-up inspections. ehstoday.com

Explosive FRT Growth
Facial Recognition Global Market To Grow At Rate Of 17% Through 2026

The Business Research Company's Facial Recognition Global Market Report 2022: Market Size, Trends, And Forecast To 2026

According to 'Facial Recognition Global Market Report 2022' published by The Business Research Company, the facial recognition market size is expected to grow from $4.71 billion in 2021 to $5.48 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.41%. The global facial recognition market size is expected to grow to $10.11 billion in 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.53%. The growing importance of the surveillance industry is expected to drive the facial recognition market growth.

The facial recognition market consists of sales of facial recognition solutions and services by entities (organizations, sole traders, partnerships) that refer to a method of identifying or verifying a person's identification using their face. Facial recognition algorithms may be used to recognize individuals in real-time, on-screen, or moving pictures. einnews.com

Customers Like Facial Recognition Tech
Wicket CEO: Facial recognition uses expanding
When a customer opts in to using facial recognition to enter a facility or buy concessions, the opt-out rate is zero percent, said Wicket CEO Sanjay Manandhar. "The data shows that once you see the convenience and benefit ... you're not going to say, 'You know what? I actually feel like standing in line again," he said. "Now it's a one-way street. This is coming. This is happening." sportsbusinessjournal.com

78K Workers Involved in 180 Strikes in First Half of 2022
More Workers Head to Picket Lines Amid Higher Inflation, Tight Labor Market

There were 180 strikes in the first six months of 2022, according to Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

More workers across a range of industries are going on strike, seeking pay raises to catch up to inflation while the tight labor market has taken away some of the risk of walking off the job.

In the past few weeks, thousands of teachers in Ohio and Washington, nursing-home workers in Pennsylvania and mental-health therapists in California have walked picket lines after contract negotiations broke down over wages and other issues. Other workers have held daylong walkouts as they try to unionize coffee shops, distribution centers and other workplaces.

There were 180 strikes involving roughly 78,000 workers in the first six months of this year, up from 102 involving 26,500 workers in the same period a year earlier, according to a strike tracker created by researchers at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

More unions and employers are also entering into tough contract deliberations, with the potential for strikes looming. Workers' demands include higher pay to account for inflation as well as better conditions, reflecting how the pandemic has reshaped jobs and many people's attitudes about their work. wsj.com

Friday Funny: C-Store Raided by a Hungry Bear
Bear Barges into California 7-Eleven for a Candy Bar Shopping Spree

The bear made several trips in and out of the 7-Eleven, often coming in to pick up one or two candy bars before exiting the convenience store again

A large bear shocked a 7-Eleven employee by repeatedly entering a California convenience store to snack on candy bars. On September 6, cashier Christopher Kinson, 54, was working the night shift at a 7-Eleven in Olympic Valley, California, when he saw the store's door open - but no one entered.

According to SWNS, he looked down to the bottom of the open door and found a brown bear chewing on a selection of late-night snacks. After spotting the wild animal, Kinson stayed out of the bear's way as it raided the convenience store.

The bear took several trips to complete its shopping spree, repeatedly entering and leaving the store to grab one or two candy bars at a time. people.com

NRF: August Retail Sales Supported by Job & Wage Gains Amid High Inflation
Consumers' willingness to spend overcame inflation again in August as more jobs and higher wages helped ease some of the pressure of continuing high prices, the National Retail Federation said today.

"August retail sales show consumers' resiliency to spend on household priorities despite persistent inflation and rising interest rates," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "As we gear up for the holiday season, consumers are seeking value to make their dollars stretch. Retailers have been hard at work managing their supply chains and holiday inventories to provide consumers with great products, competitive prices and convenience at every opportunity. We are relieved and cautiously optimistic that the potentially devastating rail strike has been averted, and we appreciate the Biden administration's intervention on behalf of businesses and consumers. We hope railway workers will accept the new terms of the proposed contract." nrf.com

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CVS Is Closing More Stores, Starting Oct. 5

McDonald's restaurants in the UK are shutting down for the Queen's funeral


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ALL-TAG Delivers New, Meaningful "Eco-Friendly" Innovation in AM (Acousto-Magnetic) Security Labels

ALL-TAG, an American manufacturer of RF Labels, and a leading supplier of AM Anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, announces the development of the industry's first eco-friendly, AM (acousto-magnetic) anti-theft label. AM technology is a critical and core loss-prevention technology utilized widely across leading retailers and their consumer good manufacturing partners.


BOCA RATON, FLA. -- ALL-TAG, an American manufacturer of RF Labels, and a leading supplier of AM Anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, announces the development of the industry's first eco-friendly, AM (acousto-magnetic) anti-theft label. AM technology is a critical and core loss-prevention technology utilized widely across leading retailers and their consumer good manufacturing partners.

Now produced with an 80% average weight of recycled plastics in our AM labels, an industry first, ALL-TAG's plastics composition is certified by Intertek and the Global Recycled Standard for using a majority of post-consumer recycled material in production. This upgrade will greatly reduce new plastics consumption for multi-billion unit disposable AM labels utilized annually in retail, a key sustainability focus for the retail industry.

ALL-TAG is already progressively switching all of their retail approved, proven AM label production to this eco-friendly standard.

"We are very proud of this new development," commented ALL-TAG's Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert. "It's important to note, our retailer and consumer good partners will not acquire any cost-increases, nor experience impact to our standard operations and deliveries."

"ALL-TAG also uniquely offers the only narrow AM label available in roll-format, for high-speed applications. Engineering hurdles from all global suppliers relegated narrow versions of AM label technology to expensive, hand applications, not feasible for many high-volume supply chains," commented ALL-TAG's Director of EAS Solutions, Joshua Simmons. "We overcame these hurdles, & our patent protected narrow AM label roll is proven to function reliably & seamlessly across existing high-speed machine applicators leveraged at product manufacturers & their packagers today. This high-speed applied narrow label innovation expands application options for implementing a narrower version of this proven loss prevention technology, requiring about 30% less plastic and glue to produce, furthering environmental impact reduction while providing more valuable marketing space when the AM label serves as a visible theft deterrent for high-shrink products."

Now leveraging our patented quadruple resonator performance in the narrow label housing (another industry first), lab tests and retailer approvals have confirmed comparable performance to its larger, premium performance counterparts.

To find out more about the product listed in this release, please visit https://all-tag.com/.






Retailers Becoming 'Critical Target' for Cyberattackers
New digital commerce solution helps provide cybersecurity to retailers
Grocery e-commerce platforms have become a critical target for attackers as the data they amass typically contains large quantities of personally identifiable information (PII), which is deemed invaluable by attackers. However, many retailers have historically lacked the means to implement advanced cybersecurity capabilities, whether due to excessive costs, insufficient technological expertise or lengthy onboarding processes. In addition, retailers have traditionally not had an end-to-end solution enabling them to integrate cyber defense within their existing e-commerce platforms.

AdvertisementStor.ai's collaboration with F5 enables retailers to build e-commerce and cybersecurity capabilities in tandem. The benefits include a built-in integration, reduced implementation time, lower costs and seamless updates of code and infrastructure so that there are no disruptions in the grocers' ability to run their business.

"The acceleration of digital transformation during the pandemic and the proliferation of grocery e-commerce have increased the scale and scope of threats that companies in this field are facing," said Gilad Globen, CTO, stor.ai. "We are thrilled to partner with F5 to offer a cybersecurity as a service as we are committed to helping retailers set effective, secure parameters to keep systems protected at all times."

"Cybersecurity is in a constant state of evolution and we are proud to innovate with companies like stor.ai to focus on the customer experience rather than potential security threats and complexities," said Ankur Singla, SVP, security & distributed cloud product group at F5. "WAF capabilities are a powerful tool to help mitigate exposure to vulnerabilities and with a growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks affecting an ever-expanding range of verticals, companies must equip customers with application protections as a means of growing and safeguarding their business."

The partnership with Stor.ai is supported by F5's local distributor, Zebra Technologies, with additional support coming from F5 Platinum Partner, Oasis Communication Technologies.

"The project allows Stor.ai to provide customers with an end-to-end service, with advanced cybersecurity, that can be managed with both speed and simplicity," said Adi Arviv, channel business manager at Zebra Technologies. freshplaza.com

Cyberattacks & Other Retail Threats This Holiday Season
Top Holiday Retail Threats: What to Watch out for in 2022

Cyberattacks and retail threats your organization should be prepared for and what actions you can take.

It's almost that time of year again, holiday season, where retailers stand to make up to 30% of their annual sales in just a few weeks. Significant pressure rides on these retailers to deliver the perfect customer experience, drive demand from various digital channels, and ensure orders are fulfilled and delivered in a timely manner, amongst other initiatives. But what we've found is retailers are still woefully unprepared for their biggest adversary - bots (cue dramatic music). Bots pose a serious threat to customer satisfaction, data privacy, web performance, and revenue.

Not all bots are bad, but the ones we're warning you about are operated by fraudsters and cybercriminals who are looking to make money any way they can, and 'tis the season where they can make their biggest scores. While eCommerce businesses are planning their customer journey, bot operators are plotting how to maximize their profits - by scoring the most in-demand items of the season for resale, stealing loyalty points or store cards, creating fake accounts, or conducting other attacks at scale. Each of these tactics are enabled through automation, since using bots is one of the easiest ways to attack online retailers.

Cybersecurity is important throughout the year, but it's especially critical during the holidays. Last year's holiday sales grew 14% and reached $886.7 Billion while e-commerce fraud attempt rates rose by 19%. With 46% of people saying they would shop online more if fraud wasn't an issue, it demonstrates just how important it is to prevent cyber attacks.

According to our data, large eCommerce retailers deal with an average of 63.8 million bad bots per week in the U.S. alone. Below are the most prevalent automated threats and bot attacks targeting eCommerce organizations so far this year. securityboulevard.com

Security Cameras Vulnerable to Attacks
Popular IoT Cameras Need Patching to Fend Off Catastrophic Attacks

Several models of EZVIZ cameras are open to total remote control by cyberattackers, and image exfiltration and decryption.

At least five models of EZVIZ Internet of Things (IoT) cameras are vulnerable to a handful of vulnerabilities that could lead to threat actors accessing, decrypting, and downloading the video from the devices. EZVIZ is a smart home security brand of cloud-connected hardware used across the globe, offering dozens of IoT security camera models.

First, the security researchers identified a stack-based buffer overflow bug that could lead to remote code execution (CVE-2022-2471). In addition, they found an insecure direct object reference vulnerability at several API endpoints that could allow a cyberattacker to take control of the camera, and a third remote bug that lets an attacker steal the encryption key for the video, the researchers added.

Finally, a local vulnerability, tracked under CVE-2022-2472, lets an attacker take over the device in earnest.

"When daisy-chained, the discovered vulnerabilities allow an attacker to remotely control the camera, download images and decrypt them," the IoT cybersecurity research team added. "Use of these vulnerabilities can bypass authentication and potentially execute code remotely, further compromising the integrity of the affected cameras."

EZVIZ started issuing security updates for the cameras affected by the IoT bug starting in June, Bitdefender disclosed. darkreading.com

Small Businesses, Big Targets
SMBs are hardest-hit by ransomware
Coalition announced the mid-year update to its 2022 Cyber Claims Report detailing the evolution of cyber trends, revealing that small businesses have become bigger targets, overall incidents are down, and ransomware attacks are declining as demands go unpaid.

During the first half of 2022, the average cost of a claim for a small business owner increased to $139,000, which is 58% higher than levels during the first half of 2021.

"Small businesses are especially vulnerable because they often lack resources. For these businesses, avoiding downtime and disruption is essential, and they must understand that Active Insurance is accessible."

The good news: both Coalition and the broader insurance industry observed a decrease in ransomware attack frequency and the amount of ransom demanded between the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022. Ransomware demands decreased from $1.37M in H2 2021 to $896,000 in H1 2022. Of the incidents that resulted in a payment, Coalition negotiated down to roughly 20% of the initial demand.

More good news: Coalition policyholders experienced 50% fewer claims compared to the broader market. The severity of these claims has also declined, with 45% of incidents resolved at no cost. The substantial decrease in overall claims stems from Coalition's combination of cybersecurity tools, including active monitoring and alerting, access to digital forensics and incident response, and broad insurance coverage. helpnetsecurity.com

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Looks like the Amazon Protests are Working
Amazon says it will raise pay and add more benefits for some delivery drivers

Amazon announced it is boosting pay and adding benefits for some delivery workers.

The e-commerce giant announced Tuesday that it is boosting pay and adding benefits for some delivery drivers after workers protested earlier this year amid rising gas prices. Amazon said it would invest $450 million into rate increases, an education program, and a 401(k) program for US-based Delivery Service Partners.

Amazon has come under scrutiny for its treatment of its delivery workers in the past. Last year, the company apologized for denying that some of its drivers pee in bottles due to the strict time constraints of the job.

The company also settled with the Federal Trade Commission last year and agreed to pay drivers $60 million in tips that were allegedly illegally withheld by the company. In March, delivery drivers who are part of Amazon's Flex delivery program staged a protest in Los Angeles, demanding higher pay to accommodate surging gas prices.

However, this wage increase affects Amazon's Delivery Service Partner program, which is separate from Amazon's Flex program.

DSPs are independent businesses that hire and manage drivers on behalf of Amazon. Those drivers are employees of the individual DSPs. Flex workers are independent contractors who work on behalf of Amazon, similar to an Uber driver or Doordash delivery person.

Amazon covers fuel costs for Delivery Service Partners, but it does not cover all fuel costs for Flex delivery partners. businessinsider.com

Amazon Warehouse Closures
This map shows where Amazon is closing warehouses across the country

Amazon is closing, canceling or delaying warehouses across the U.S. after its pandemic expansion left it with too much space.

Amazon is paring back its warehouse footprint across the country after it aggressively added more buildings to its network to meet a pandemic-driven surge in e-commerce demand.

The retail giant has closed or canceled 44 facilities and delayed the opening of 25 sites as of this week, according to MWPVL International, a supply chain and logistics consulting firm that closely tracks Amazon's distribution network.

This map shows where Amazon has shuttered locations, and where it's canceling or delaying the launch of new facilities. More delivery stations are being closed than any other type of facility. cnbc.com

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Coweta County, GA: 5 arrested in theft ring hitting Home Depot stores
Officials have arrested at least five people in connection to an alleged theft ring targeting Home Depot stores. A Newnan police detective spotted several people stealing tools and loading them into two black minivans at the Newnan Home Depot on Sept. 1. Deputies pulled the vans over and found two large totes filled with stolen merchandise. The tools included nail guns, angle grinders, drills, hammers, batteries and battery charges. In total, the stolen merchandise is worth more than $9,000. Deputies arrested Jennifer Santiago-Figueroa, Marilyn Reyes-Colon, Edwin Sanchez Rodriquez, Heriberto Vargas and Alfonso Matias Vega. All of them face felony theft by shoplifting charges. Rodriquez and Vargas also face obstruction of officers and giving false name to officers charges. A further investigation also connected Vega to other Home Depot thefts around the country equaling $300,000. sports.yahoo.com

Pensacola, FL: Police investigating $20,000 eyewear theft at Dillard's
Police are investigating a theft incident at Dillard's in Pensacola. Pensacola Police say it happened around 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the store in Cordova Mall when two males walked in to the sunglasses area and began taking items. According to police, the two males were able to get away. Pensacola Police is still determining how much was stolen. It's estimated to be over $20,000 in merchandise, according to police. weartv.com

Hopkinsville, KY: Phones, tablets stolen during burglary at T Mobile store
A total of 20 phones and tablets were stolen during a burglary Thursday night at the T Mobile store on Fort Campbell Boulevard. Hopkinsville police responded to an alarm call about 11:30 p.m. and investigation determined three suspects broke a side window to the building, made entry into the store and stole the phones and tablets with a combined value of about $12,500. whopam.com

Estero, FL: Group of thieves snatch thousands in merchandise from Estero store
Authorities are looking for help tracking down four suspects who stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Miromar Outlet shop. The quartet were caught on camera perusing the Polo Ralph Lauren store in Estero. Two of the individuals pictures were seen holding bags while the other two would load merchandise into the bags. In less than ten minutes, the four would make off with over $4,200 in stolen merchandise. nbc-2.com

Breinigsville, PA: PA State Police investigating $500 theft from Dick's
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M - Fogelsville Station, is investigating a retail theft that occurred on 08/24/2022 at 1750 hours at Dick's Sporting Goods located on North Krocks Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. The three pictured suspects entered the store and removed sensor tags from several items of clothing. When the suspects were confronted by store employees, they fled with the merchandise valued at $524. crimewatchpa.com

Vancouver, Canada: Stolen merchandise worth thousands of dollars recovered from two alleged shoplifters in Richmond
RCMP responded to Templeton Station Road on August 31 for an alleged theft in progress at a store within a mall. The complainant, an employee from the store, advised that employees were, from a safe distance, following a woman who had allegedly stolen multiple items. Richmond RCMP frontline officers stationed at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) quickly responded and arrested two women. The two were allegedly in possession of three reusable shopping bags. A search resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars worth of clothing from multiple retail stores.

"This is an excellent example of if you see something say something. Without the employee making the call to police these suspects may have gotten away scot-free," said Staff-Sgt. Major Shane Stovern, NCO in-charge of RCMP Operations at YVR. "Being able to recover and return this amount of merchandise to the impacted retailers put a big smile on our officers' faces. We are here to serve the entire community of Sea Island and YVR. We encourage anyone who has been a victim or witness to a potential crime to contact police." The two women were released on police undertakings with conditions that include a no-go to the mall. voiceonline.com

Brea, CA: Four Smash and Grab Thieves hit Jewelry store in Brea Mall, second incident since April

Cleveland, OH: Suspects stole $1,600 worth of baby formula, other items

Racine, WI: Woman facing felony charges for theft over $1,000 from Kohl's in 2 separate incidents

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Shootings & Deaths

Victorville, CA: Man shot and killed in parking lot of the Green Tree Inn
For the second time in less than 24 hours detectives are investigating another homicide in the City of Victorville, this time after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Green Tree Inn. It happened at about 8:48 pm, on Thursday, September 16, 2022, in the 14100 block of Green Tree Blvd. Witnesses reported a fight between two men followed by gunfire and the victim was allegedly shot in the face. At this time, it's unknown if any suspect or suspects have been arrested. Earlier this morning VVNG reported on a man killed in the Amtrak parking lot in old town Victorville. vvng.com

Mobile, AL: Two teens arrested after Mobile convenience store owner shot in the back during robbery
On Thursday, September 15, 2022, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to 450 Houston Street, Mother's Finest Convenience Store, in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers discovered that two male subjects entered the store, demanded money , shot the victim, and then fled the scene on foot. The victim sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital for his injuries. Officers canvassed the area and located a 16-year-old juvenile male and 19-year-old Jalunnie Bradley. Both subjects have been arrested and transported to Metro Jail. mynbc15.com

Philadelphia, PA: Shooting at McDonald's near Temple campus injures a man
Police in North Philadelphia are investigating a shooting near Temple University's campus. A man was shot in the leg, it happened just before 9pm, Thursday night. A warning was issued about the incident to students at Temple. Several shell casings were recovered outside the restaurant.  yahoo.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Abilene, TX: Clerk injured during convenience store robbery
A convenience store clerk was injured during a robbery in Abilene early Wednesday morning. The robbery happened at a store on the 5100 block of Hwy 277 just before 4:30 a.m. Police say a clerk reported a suspect came inside and demanded money from the register, and when she refused, he pulled out a knife and threatened her. This suspect also punched the clerk in the shoulder when she did not open the register, according to police. He fled before officers arrived on scene, and the investigation into this Aggravated Robbery is ongoing. bigcountryhomepage.com

Detroit, MI: Westland, Dearborn Heights gun shop owners take extra security measures after thieves steal dozens of weapons
Gun shop owners in Westland and Dearborn Heights are taking extra security measures after thieves made off with dozens of guns over a few days. Federal investigators are wondering if the two incidents are connected. One of the establishments that got robbed was the Armed In Michigan gun shop on Wayne Road in Westland. After the incident, they hired a crew to repair the massive hole in front of their building. The repair is not only to fortify but to protect against what happened there Sunday (Sept. 11) morning. The attack was planned as a crew of 10 men rushed into the gun shop to steal thousands of dollars worth of high-end weapons after plowing a Kia SUV through the front door.

The crew came equipped as they had their own security team outside on the lookout while the smash and grab occurred. Hours later, the same situation occurred as people plowed through another gun shop in Dearborn Heights on West Warren Avenue not once but twice by smashing through the establishment, stealing guns, and then coming back and breaking through the boarded-up front door of the business. Now, 100 or more high-powered guns are on the streets, and there is a rush from law enforcement to track down the men with the guns before it happens again. clickondetroit.com

St Louis, MO: Stores install barriers after robberies at gun shops, dispensaries
Local gun shops and dispensaries are now installing concrete barriers at the entrance of their stores to prevent thieves from coming in. Owners are scrambling to protect their livelihoods after criminals used stolen cars to barge their way inside during a series of smash and grab robberies. "Don't try it here because you ain't getting in," says Curt Smith's Outdoors Manager Thomas Petrekovich. Concrete blocks are at the front door of the shop in Belleville. Petrekovich saw the aftermath of thieves crashing their way inside of gun shops nearby and called the police chief for assistance. The city of Belleville is also putting up more barriers around the corner from the shop at the Metro East Shooting Supplies store to keep criminals out. kmov.com

St Louis, MO: Marijuana dispensaries damaged overnight in attempted robberies
Two more marijuana dispensaries were damaged in St. Louis County overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Police said two Bloc dispensaries were damaged in attempted burglaries in Richmond Heights and Valley Park. A spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department said a burglary alarm at the Valley Park store started sounding at 2:45 a.m. When officers arrived, they found major damage to the exterior doors and windows.  ksdk.com

Hesperia, CA: Masked men wielding hammers hit several storefronts in Cardenas Market in Hesperia
Authorities are investigating a series of smash-and-grab robberies inside Cardenas Markets after six storefront jewelry businesses were hit. During the latest robbery in Hesperia, cellphone video captured two masked men smashing a display case and taking the jewelry. It happened on Monday as stunned employees and shoppers watched. "[At] about 6 p.m., two Black male adults came into the store, went directly to the jewelry counter, never spoke to anyone else in the store. They used hammers to smash the glass cases," said Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Investigators say the two suspects got away with $10,000 worth of jewelry. abc7.com

San Antonio, TX: SAPD arrests one of two suspects accused of stealing $300,000 from Armored Truck
One of two suspects who allegedly made off with about $300,000 after holding up an armored truck at gunpoint last month has been taken into custody, authorities say. According to San Antonio Police Department spokesperson Nick Soliz, 21-year-old Lawrence Eric Taylor has been charged with aggravated robbery stemming from the August 25 incident, which happened outside a Chase Bank along FM 78 near Seguin. Soliz said Taylor and the other, still-unidentified suspect disarmed the armored truck security personnel before taking "heavy money bags." It's unclear at this point, however, if any of that money was recovered. Authorities ran a search on the car the suspects took off in, eventually tracing it back to Taylor. When confronted by authorities at his residence, Soliz said, Taylor had a gun in one hand and a baby in the other.  kens5.com

Asheville, NC: Man sentenced to more than eight years for burglary of gun store

Dartmouth, N.S. Canada: Mic Mac Mall jewelry store target of 'smash-and-grab' robbery

Fort John, BC, Canada: RCMP investigating after five youths break into local Walmart



C-Store - Mobile, AL -Armed Robbery / Owner wounded
C-Store - Decatur, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Federal Way, WA - Robbery
C-Store - Preston, CT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Abilene, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bloomington, IN - Robbery
Cellphone - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary
Department - Pensacola, FL - Robbery
Footwear - Montgomery County, MD - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - New Paltz, NY - Armed Robbery
Hotel - North Stonington, CT - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Hesperia, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Brea, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Germantown, MD - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Music - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Pets - Apple Valley, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Wantagh, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Columbus, OH - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 101 robberies
• 31 burglaries
• 6 shootings
• 2 killed

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