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Dollar Tree Names New AP Executives

Two VPs & Two Directors named

Rob LaCommare named VP of Asset Protection for Dollar Tree
Rob LaCommare has joined the team as VP of Asset Protection for Dollar Tree stores, supporting the Dollar Tree Asset Protection team. He previously held leadership roles at Big Lots, Ascena Retail Group, Tween Brands, and Limited Brands where he was responsible for asset protection, safety, business continuity, crisis response and ecommerce fraud prevention. Rob is a member of several industry boards and councils including NRF, RILA, LPRC, LPF and he is also a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI). Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

Gianna Davis named Asset Protection VP of Investigations for Dollar Tree
Gianna Davis has joined Dollar Tree as the Asset Protection VP of Investigations. She previously held leadership roles at Nordstrom and Albertsons where she managed local, regional and national loss prevention investigation teams. Most recently, she led the National Investigation program at Albertsons Companies. Gianna is a member of several industry working groups focused on investigations, workplace violence, supply chain and fraud. Gianna was the recipient of the 2023 Top Women in Grocery rising star award. Gianna holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado.

Tara Nutley named Director of Workplace Violence Prevention for Dollar Tree
Tara Nutley has joined Dollar Tree as the Director of Workplace Violence Prevention. She previously held leadership roles at Macy's , CVS and Prosegur USA. Tara has an extensive background in Asset Protection training and communication. She has experience developing all Asset Protection and safety training content, brand protection strategies, shortage reduction programs, risk management initiatives and corporate communication of high-risk incidents. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queens College.

Jamie Van Dusen named Director of Programs for Asset Protection for Dollar Tree
Jamie Van Dusen has joined Dollar Tree as the Director of Programs for Asset Protection. He has previously held leadership roles at Macys, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Sears. Most recently, he was at Macy's, where he was Director of Asset Protection and responsible for Asset Protection communications, operations, and strategy.

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Interface Celebrates 20 Years of its Monitoring Centers Being Recognized as TMA Five Diamond Certified

Certification underscores Interface's commitment to offering best-of-breed business security services with continued innovation and relentless customer support.

St. Louis, MO (July 19, 2023) - Interface Systems, a leading managed service provider of business security, actionable insights, and purpose-built networks for multi-location businesses today announced that its Interactive Security Operations Centers (iSOCs) have received the Monitoring Association (TMA)'s prestigious "TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center" designation for the 20th consecutive year.

TMA's Five Diamond designation means, in particular, that a monitoring company has demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of responsibility to its local community and its customers by investing time, money, and commitment to quality operator training.  Read more here


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ASIS International Recognized Allied Guard From Allen Premium Outlets Shooting For Heroism at GSX
Allied Universal's Christian LaCour honored posthumously for heroism displayed during mass shooting

The LaCour family has established a GoFundMe page to honor Christian and help with expenses following the unexpected tragedy.

Christian LaCour, the Allied Universal security professional who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting shoppers during a mass shooting in Allen, Texas, on May 6, 2023, is the recipient of the
2023 Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award.

The award was accepted by his parents on Sept. 10 at the 2023 Global Security Exchange Conference in Dallas.

An Allied Universal employee since December 2021, LaCour, age 20, was in the process of becoming a supervisor. Nine people, including the perpetrator, were killed and seven others were injured during the rampage.

During a press conference following the tragedy, Allen Chief of Police Brian Harvey said LaCour evacuated one person from the shooting before he was shot by the gunman.

"We must also acknowledge the bravery of Allied Security Guard Christian LaCour, who evacuated one individual to safety and was shot while courageously remaining to help others," said Harvey.

"Security guards are unsung heroes who run to danger instead of away from it. It takes a brave, selfless person to move in danger's direction, and Christian was that kind of a person," said Steve Jones, global chairman and CEO of Allied Universal.

Each year, one security officer is recognized by ASIS International, the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals and host of the GSX Conference, for outstanding service/acts in the security profession through the
Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award securityinfowatch.com

California's ORC Money Begins to Trickle Into PDs
How is Fresno PD using a $15.6M grant to fight theft
$15.6 million has been awarded to the Fresno Police Department as
part of the $24 million dollar grant given to several Fresno County law enforcement agencies to combat auto and retail theft, the Fresno Police Department announced.

On Sept. 12, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the law enforcement agencies awarded funding from a competitive grant through the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for local law enforcement agencies
specifically targeting organized retail theft and auto theft.

According to the Fresno Police Department, their share of the grant is approximately $15.6 million dollars. The grant
would fund the following:

25 Sworn positions
• 2 Police Support Services Technicians
• Vehicles
• Office and operational equipment
• Public Awareness campaign material

The main goals for the BSCC Organized Retail Theft grant in Fresno County are
to reduce retail theft by 15% each year, reduce auto and catalytic converter thefts by 15% each year, and engage and encourage area retailer's participation in the Merchant Shoplift Program. yourcentralvalley.com

   RELATED: Fresno takes a united front to fight organized retail crime

Tougher Sentences for Retail Criminals & Gangs
New state laws target retail thieves and gang-related crimes
New state laws are now in effect that could mean stiffer sentences - for people convicted of retail theft - and gang-related crimes. Dallas County District Attorney Robert Turner, Junior - say
the new laws are designed to reduce retail theft - and gang activity.

Turner is holding training sessions about the laws - with law enforcement agencies - throughout the 4th Judicial Circuit. He says the passage of
the Retail Theft Act - will make stealing from retail stores - a more serious crime.

"That is designed
to curb the increase in the number of thefts that our retail establishments have been experiencing lately," said Turner. "You have to be sleeping under a rock to not have heard how frequently these stores are victims of theft. And the losses that a lot of retailers have been suffering lately have caused them to shutter their doors."

Turner says the new law targeting gang-related criminal activity - went into effect September 1st. Turner says the
new laws - both enhance the punishment for those - convicted of committing those crimes. waka.com

Liberal City Says: "We have no options. Time is running out. Act fast"
Public Safety Takes Priority - Will it Impact Crime?

Seattle City Council changes course, passes drug enforcement bill
The council adopted a state bill into the
city's criminal code that allows the city to pursue new state charges for both offenses in an effort to combat public consumption of drugs. Over the last three years, the use of fentanyl and other drugs on public transit and in other public places has become more prevalent.

The controversial bill -
which permits City Attorney Ann Davison to pursue gross misdemeanor charges for public drug use and possession.

Supporters of the vote say enforcement will help with public safety and, in some cases, drive people into treatment.

As soon as this bill reaches my desk, I will sign it," Mayor Harrell said in a statement after the vote. seattletimes.com

Here's A Pro Bail Study From Memphis & Shelby County Criminal Court Division VII
Bail Reform as Opposed to a Blanket No-Cash Bail

Re-arrests down after new standing bail order, report shows
Fewer defendants have been re-arrested for crimes after being released on bail or bond since Shelby County implemented its standing bail order in February, new data shows.

The percentage of defendants who were re-arrested after being released was 7% from Feb. 15 to July 31, after the
standing bail order took effect; 11% of defendants were re-arrested after being released from Aug. 1, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023, according to data presented Monday.

General Sessions Criminal Court Division VII Judge Bill Anderson and Lead Judicial Commissioner John Marshall presented the data report to the Shelby County Commission Monday, Sept. 18.

Anderson and Marshall gave Monday's report in response to two resolutions passed by county commissioners - one in August 2022 and one in June - both of which asked for data centered around the bail order. They wanted to know how judicial commissioners were complying with it in how they have set bail, and how often defendants have been re-arrested after being released on bail or bond, among other things.

The report includes information on 8,988 cases from Aug. 1, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023, and 8,233 cases from Feb. 15, 2023, through July 31, 2023.

Marshall said that most of the re-arrests were related to domestic violence or for minor offenses. "There are some violent re-arrests but not as many as the public has perceived," he said.

Wright told reporters after the meeting that it was too early for him to give an opinion about the data, but
he said the lower rearrest numbers were a "good thing."

The order was part of the negotiation to avoid a lawsuit. It created the Bail Hearing Room, a courtroom at 201 Poplar dedicated specifically to bail hearings.
It also made defendants' financial situations a factor when setting bail and gave them the right to a full bail hearing within 72 hours if they are still in custody.

We don't have to choose between justice and safety. We can have them both, and I think that's where we are headed," he said.  dailymemphian.com

'Secure DC Plan'
DC councilmember introduces bill aimed at tackling district's uptick in violent crime

Councilmember Brooke Pinto introduced the 'Secure DC Plan' to address the violent crime plaguing the nation's capital

A Washington, D.C., councilmember announced Monday a new
proposal to address the rampant crime in the district, months after Congress stepped in to overturn a criminal code criticized for being soft on crime.

Councilmember Brooke Pinto introcuced the "Secure D.C. Plan" to address
the proliferation of "crime and violence" in the nation's capital.

Pinto wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the plan includes
an expansive package of laws, initiatives and strategies to take "urgent and targeted action" to prevent and respond to the rise in crime. foxnews.com

69% of Law Enforcement Community Expect Budget Increase
Active Shooters #1 Concern & Body Cameras Are Now Prevalent

OFFICER Media Group State of the Industry 2024 Projection Survey Summary
Each year, Officer Media Group performs a survey of law enforcement in an attempt to see what's coming "down the road" as far as budget growth or loss, challenges faced, changes being planned, etc.

This year's survey saw 720 vetted respondents. When asked if they anticipated their 2024 budget to grow or be cut, 69.4% answered that they expect growth in their 2024 budget as compared to their 2023 budget. With those budget increases, the most anticipated expenditures out of newly available funds are fleet purchases/maintenance, salary increases (very important to recruiting and retention efforts), training and "other equipment.

Keeping in mind how important staffing is and how much of a challenge recruiting has been,
28% of the respondents indicated that they expect their agency strength to increase 5% or less. While 5% may seem minor, that extra manpower can go a long way, especially on smaller agencies.

Demographic questions reveal that our law enforcement community today is still majority Caucasian, male and between the ages of 25 to 45 years. The three most represented races are Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic. Between 80-85% of law enforcement is male, but the percentage of females in sworn service has been growing steadily for the past five years. officer.com

View the Full 2024 State of the Industry Projection Survey Report

Identified Largest Areas of Concern:

Active Shooter / Active Killer events: 84.03%
Increased attacks on officers: 65.97%
Riots / Civil Disorder events: 38.33%

Anticipated Sworn Strength Adjustments:

49.59% anticipate an increase in strength.
27.64% expect an increase in total sworn strength of 5% or less
15.56% expect an increase in total sworn strength of between 6 - 10%
4.58% expect an increase in total sworn strength of between 11 - 25%
1.53% expect an increase in total sworn strength of between 25 - 50%


Respondents were asked what percentage of their patrol officers were currently equipped with
Body Cameras:
Less than 25%: 26.39%
25-50%: 2.22%
51-75%: 6.94%
76-100%: 64.44%

They're Begging for Help to Combat Theft
Oakland restaurants say they're on the brink of extinction
On the surface, this commercial corridor has all the characteristics of a vibrant, walkable Oakland neighborhood. Though most people are aware that the city is
beleaguered by property crime, few probably realize that many of the same businesses on this block - which always seem to be brimming with customers - are now begging state and local governments to help them combat theft, restore plummeting revenues and essentially clean up the city's negative public image. The situation has become so dire, Oakland restaurateurs say it's pushing them to the brink of collapse, and it's unclear whether the city will be able to save them. sfgate.com

Oakland Crime Data 2022
Robbery down 3%, Commercial Burglary up 76%, Larceny up 21%

DeWine announces second crime gun intelligence center in Ohio
California: Operation Consequences targets crime in Apple Valley, Adelanto, Victorville



Biometrics Gain Ground in Security Industry
Growing Interest in Biometrics Clear in SSN News Poll
Biometrics continues to gain ground as it finds a variety of applications in the security industry, and so Security Systems News asked readers to weigh in this month on how the technology is currently serving their needs.

For our first question we asked: Does your business or organization currently use biometric technology? An equal number of respondents, 42.86%, replied both "Yes, we're currently leveraging fingerprint/retina scans/facial/voice recognition software," and "No, currently we do not." 14.29% indicated that plans were in place to begin using biometrics in the workplace at some point in the future.

Next, we asked poll participants: What application of biometrics is or would be most valuable to your business or organization? An overwhelming 71.43% of responses favored using biometrics for security applications like access restriction and asset protection. 28.57% saw no useful application for biometrics in their workplace and none were interested in leveraging the technology for human resources and staffing purposes.

Finally, we asked respondents: Do you prefer the use of biometrics to more traditional access control methods like keycard readers? 28.57% had no preference at all and an overwhelming majority, 71.43%, said they prefer the use of biometrics over more traditional access control. No responses protested its use.

While no readers offered specific comments this month the numbers have made it clear.
Biometrics are here to stay, and they'll only continue to gain ground in the industry. securitysystemsnews.com

Internal Threat Even Hits 50 Cent
Man admits swindling $2M from 50 Cent's Hoboken liquor company
A Connecticut man admitted to
pocketing more than $2 million in kickbacks after orchestrating a scheme to sell champagne and cognac at artificially inflated wholesale prices to a Hoboken-based liquor firm he worked at owned by rapper, actor and businessman Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Mitchell Green, 44, of Westport, entered a guilty plea Sept. 18 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Farbiarz in Newark federal court on one count of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said in a news release.

DOJ: Connecticut Man Admits $2.19 Million Fraud Scheme Involving Kickbacks from Two French Distilleries

While working for the company between June 2017 and February 2020, Green secretly negotiated side agreements with two French distilleries to pay him kickbacks through his business, Q Branch Consulting LLC, for every bottle of champagne and cognac his employer purchased from the distilleries, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

As a result, the Hoboken company shelled out $14.8 million for the champagne and cognac, with Green pocketing $2.19 million in what he billed as "agency fees," authorities said. njbiz.com

Walmart ignored rampant sexual harassment at West Virginia store, EEOC claims
Sept 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday accused Walmart Inc of failing to put an end to severe sexual harassment of female workers by the manager of a West Virginia store and of firing a woman after she complained to the commission.

The complaint filed in West Virginia federal court says the manager of the Lewisburg store told an employee he wanted to be her "sugar daddy," offered her money for sex, groped her and tried to force her to perform a sexual act in his office.

The EEOC says the employee complained to Walmart human resources, claiming the manager had also harassed several other women, but was never interviewed or told an investigation was underway.

Instead, the employee was fired in January less than week after filing a complaint with the EEOC, according to the lawsuit.

Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart, said the company does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.

The EEOC filed Tuesday's lawsuit on behalf of a class of female workers who were allegedly harassed by the manager. The worker who was fired claimed that at least four other women said they had been sexually harassed, according to the lawsuit. reuters.com

SEC fines CBRE, the world's largest commercial property firm, $375,000 for violating whistleblower protections
The commercial property firm was called out for requiring
departing employees to attest that they had not filed a federal complaint before they would receive separation pay. The violations took place between 2011 and 2022, according to the SEC.

CBRE's action impeded potential whistleblowers from reporting complaints, the ruling said. CBRE agreed to pay a $375,000 civil penalty because of the violations.

Once notified of the violations, CBRE revised its employee separation materials and reached out to more than 800 of its former workers who had signed the release, according to the SEC. dallasnews.com

Village Super Market Expands Use of AI Chainwide at ShopRite, Fairway Banners
New Jersey-based Village Super Market, Inc. has revealed it will roll out the Focal Systems Operating System (FocalOS) chainwide at its ShopRite and Fairway Market banner stores. Following a successful pilot in five stores across New Jersey and New York, this expansion will optimize ordering, inventory management, merchandising and in-store labor in an effort to transform the customer experience. Automating and optimizing brick-and-mortar retail with state-of-the-art deep learning and Al. progressivegrocer.com

Protecting these may be challenging
Could unstaffed micro shops become a viable new format for c-stores?
Convenience retailers including Yesway, Choice Market and Golden Pantry have signed up to try Juxta's autonomous micro stores as operators continue to test new formats.

While autonomous checkout companies have made headlines for retrofitting stores and appearing inside arenas and airports, technology company Juxta aims to incorporate that technology into a new type of store model.

In August, it officially unveiled the
Nomad, a portable, autonomous micro-retail store. These small, cashier-free stores allow c-stores to test the waters in new locations without committing to a lease, have a presence where a normal brick-and-mortar store might not work, or cover for existing locations during construction or other downtime. cstoredive.com

Senators Durbin, Marshall and Welch call for passage of Credit Card Competition Act
Senators were joined at a press conference today by the Merchants Payments Coalition and small business owners from across the country who endorse their bill

NRF: Halloween Spending to Reach Record $12.2 Billion as Participation Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels

Is a 413-Store Divestiture Enough for the Kroger-Albertsons Merger?

Stop & Shop upgrades Marty the Robot at 300-plus locations

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Streamlining Cyber Incident Reporting
DHS Publishes New Recommendations on Cyber Incident Reporting

DHS has published a new set of recommendations to help federal agencies better report cyber incidents and protect critical infrastructure.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday published a new document containing
recommendations on how federal agencies can streamline cyber incident reporting, to help protect critical infrastructure entities.

Harmonization of Cyber Incident Reporting to the Federal Government (PDF), the document offers a definition of reportable cyber incidents and of reporting timeline, and recommends the adoption of a model reporting form within federal agencies.

Additionally, the document details
when incident reporting might be delayed, including situations when this action would pose a risk to "critical infrastructure, national security, public safety, or an ongoing law enforcement investigation".

According to the DHS,
federal agencies should find ways to streamline the receipt and sharing of incident reports and threat intelligence, by improving existing practices and by creating a single reporting portal, and by engaging with victims following initial incident reporting.

"The recommendations that DHS is issuing today provide
needed clarity for our partners. They streamline and harmonize reporting requirements for critical infrastructure, including by clearly defining a reportable cyber incident, establishing the timeline for reporting, and adopting a model incident reporting form. These recommendations can improve our understanding of the cyber threat landscape, help victims recover from disruptions, and prevent future attacks," Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said.

Developed in coordination with the Cyber Incident Reporting Council (CIRC), the document
also outlines actions that the cybersecurity agency CISA should take to harmonize cyber incident reporting as it implements the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (CIRCIA), and proposes legislative changes regarding incident reporting.  securityweek.com

Stepped-Up Action DOJ's Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative
Cyber-related False Claims actions are on the uptick

Verizon's $4 million settlement with the US DOJ signals stepped-up action by the Justice Department's Civil Cyber-Fraud initiative.

AdvertisementEarlier this month, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Verizon Business Network Services agreed to pay $4,091,317, plus interest, to resolve False Claims Act (FCA) allegations. These allegations held that the company's Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS) provided from 2017 to 2021 to federal agencies did not meet three cybersecurity controls for trusted internet connections required for General Services Administration (GSA) contracts.

Verizon undertook an internal investigation that discovered the issues surrounding its compliance with the requirements, voluntarily disclosed the problems to the GSA, and cooperated with the government's investigation. The company then took steps to remediate the issues.

Verizon received credit or reduced payment under DOJ guidelines for False Claims Act cases for its voluntary disclosures and subsequent remediation measures. Although neither DOJ nor Verizon disclosed how much of a credit the company received, one estimate pegs it at $1.3 million.

Verizon's settlement is the latest False Claims Act action by the DOJ since the October 2021 creation within the department of its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative. In announcing the initiative, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, "We will use our civil enforcement tools to pursue companies, those who are government contractors who receive federal funds, when they fail to follow required cybersecurity standards -- because we know that puts all of us at risk." csoonline.com

Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck in Cybersecurity Spending
Balancing budget and system security: Approaches to risk tolerance
Data breaches are a dime a dozen. Although it's easy to look at that statement negatively, the positive viewpoint is that, as a result, cybersecurity professionals have plenty of learning moments. Learning what went wrong and why can be a good sanity check for organizations that want to revisit their security readiness and up-level their cyber vulnerability and risk management programs.

In a slow economy, balancing system security and budget requires skill and savvy. Even in boom times, though, throwing more money at the problem doesn't always help. There is no evidence that an increase in security spending proportionately improves an organization's security posture. In fact,
some studies suggest that an overabundance of security tools leads to more confusion and complexity. CISOs should therefore focus on business risk tolerance and reduction.

Because no two organizations are alike,
every CISO must find a cyber risk management approach that aligns with the goals, culture, and risk tolerance of the organization. Budget plays an important role here, too, but securing more budget will be an easier task if the security goals align with those of the business. After taking stock of these considerations, CISOs may find that their organizations fall into one or more core approaches to risk management.

Every company- and even every department within a company- has a tolerance for the amount and type of risk they're willing to take. Security-specific tolerance levels must be based on desired business outcomes;
cyber security risk cannot be determined or calculated based on cybersecurity efforts alone, rather how those efforts support the larger business. helpnetsecurity.com

50K Consumers' Data Exposed
TransUnion Involved in Potential Hacking Incident

Hacker 'USDoD' Claims Attack, Says He Has Data of More Than 50,000 Consumers

Credit reporting agency TransUnion may be the subject of a hacking incident leading to a data breach after a hacker apparently stole information of
58,505 customers across North and South America and Europe.

Cybercriminal underworld tracker Vx-Underground on Sunday said an
individual who goes by the moniker "USDoD" had leaked 3 gigabytes worth of data from TransUnion containing information such as full names, credit scores and loan balances.

TransUnion has not acknowledged the hack and refused to discuss the matter on the record. Details of the latest attack remain sparse. USDoD claimed in a post on the BreachForums criminal online bulletin board that the hack as a "work between ransomed and myself."
BreachForums is the successor to a forum of the same name that shut down earlier this year following the arrest of its founder. databreachtoday.com

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Adding Layers of Security to Your Cannabis Store
Choosing Alarm Devices for Cannabis Businesses
When choosing an alarm system for a cannabis business, owners should choose one that is made up of multiple alarm devices, including glass break detectors, motion detectors, and panic buttons.
These devices each serve a different purpose and function but work in unison to provide layers of security. Even if one device fails to detect unauthorized access, another device will alert management of the intrusion.

Important Alarm Devices for Cannabis

A glass break detector signals the alarm if it detects glass breaking in its proximity. There are two types of glass break detectors: acoustic and shock. Acoustic detectors sense the high-frequency of breaking glass and can be mounted anywhere within about 20 feet of glass windows or doors. Shock detectors sense the vibration of breaking glass and must be attached to the glass they are monitoring.

Motion detectors are commonly used in alarm systems to detect unauthorized motion on the premises. Although there are many different kinds of motion detectors, passive infrared (PIR) detectors are some of the most commonly used. Motion detectors are frequently used by indoor businesses and head houses to monitor the premises as well as areas which may not have video surveillance.

Panic buttons are also customary in the alarm systems of many cannabis businesses and high-risk businesses like banks. These buttons signal an incident-in-progress to the alarm company and can be hard-wired or remote devices.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Alarm Devices

Glass break detectors, motion detectors, panic buttons, and other alarm devices work together to secure a facility and detect unauthorized entry. While differing cannabis business license types may have distinct security needs for their alarm systems, these systems are often composed of the same catalog of alarm devices. The variations occur when it comes to determining how many devices are needed and where to locate them and it is crucial to have a licensed integrator perform the installation. Even the best alarm devices could fail if installed incorrectly.

It is important to
hire or consult with an expert with experience with cannabis and security to ensure that the proper alarm system devices are installed correctly and compliantly. sapphirerisk.com

Canada's Saturated Cannabis Industry Maybe Shrinking Store Count
Canada's Cannabis Stores Reach 4,000 After Only Five Years of Legalizing
"Canada is quickly becoming a saturated cannabis retail market," High Tide CEO Raj Grover said, but some markets "still remain underserved." High Tide, Canada's biggest non-franchised cannabis retail chain with 156 stores in five provinces.

AdvertisementKrista Raymer, founder of Toronto-based cannabis retail consultancy Vetrina Group, stated that most stores earn about 60% of their revenue on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and operating six or seven days per week might not be viable for some. Raymer doesn't believe Canada can support as many cannabis stores as it has at the national level.

"Depending on the geography, we're probably looking at retail environments that are generating between 28% and maybe 38% gross margins; it doesn't leave a lot of margin there for you to run your operations within," she said.

"The majority of the locations across Canada are not exceeding CA$2 million in sales (annually), and so it does make running these environments very difficult to do. "And, because of that, I think that the reality is setting in for a lot of retailers around what it looks like to run a tight-margin business with, also, low top-line revenue."

Total retail sales of legal cannabis remain on the rise, federal statistics show, with national sales hitting CA$426M - U.S. $317M in June, up 12.8% from June 2022. mjbizdaily.com

NY's Illegal Pot Store Crackdown Continues
New York is cracking down on illegal weed stores as legal market struggles
New York officials are ramping up efforts to stop the statewide proliferation of unlicensed smoke shops selling marijuana, as
the state struggles to boot up its legal marketplace.

Since cannabis became legal in the state in 2021,
thousands of unlicensed vendors selling marijuana, edibles, vape products and more have been undermining the state's legal weed industry, with the issue being most pronounced in New York City. Currently, there are just 23 legal dispensaries open across the state, with only nine in New York City.

A new report by New York City's Independent Budget Office determined that an estimated
1,500 unlicensed retailers in the city may hold as much as $484 million worth of marijuana products. If all those items were sold legally, the sales would generate $19.4 million in revenue for the city, the report found.

The state has started to crack down on the unlicensed shops by increasing inspections of stores, which
can face fines or closure. But its effort has only begun to chip away at the vendors, particularly in New York City. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

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REVEALED: The 30 hottest innovations for reducing e-Commerce retail losses

Introducing the industry experts' choices in the 2023 e-Commerce Innovation Challenge

It's boom time for online shopping: a meteoric rise accelerated by the global pandemic. As a result,
the retail industry saw five years of growth compressed into just 24 months.

But the rapid expansion of e-Commerce
brings new challenges as retailers invest in capability to take payment or fulfil orders accurately and on time.

And with
upwards of 30% of online sales coming back-a significantly higher rate than for physical retail-managing reverse logistics can be tough.

That's why ECR Retail Loss is delighted to announce the
Top 30 for our 2023 e-Commerce Loss Innovation Challenge. These initiatives have the power to tackle some of the most stubborn problems in retail today.

The Top 30 has been
chosen by a panel of digital loss prevention experts representing more than 15 international brands, including A&F, Best Buy, Bol.com, Desigual, Frasers and Next.

The judges identified the
innovations with the most promise to make an impact on day-to-day e-Commerce operations. Their shortlist is the culmination of a six-month scouting search that led to a long list of more than 125 innovations.

By recognising and celebrating the Top 30,
ECR Retail Loss hopes to inspire and encourage retailers to explore new ideas and approaches, and to work collaboratively with the most forward-thinking companies in this space.

Together, we can build a future where e-Commerce continues to grow while i
mproving efficiency, profitability, and growth for retailers of all sizes.

Previous winners of ECR Innovation Challenges are already making a difference for thousands of retailers worldwide.

Today's Top 30 are highly rated by our retailer judges as having the potential to shape the future of e-Commerce and find new ways to solve for the problems they
identified across four categories: pre-delivery, fulfilment, logistics and returns.

To compile the shortlist of candidates for the Top 30, ECR Retail Loss worked with Co:Cubed-an agency monitoring more than 12 million startups worldwide. They identified 100+ innovations for the judging panel to consider.

On October 25, 2023, ten of the Top 30 finalists will pitch their innovations at the ECR Retail Loss e-Commerce Innovation Challenge finale.

The Top 30 in full (for more details,
visit the ECR Retail Loss website).


Top Three Exec's Overseeing Prime "Knowingly Duped Millions of Consumers" & Continued After FTC Pressure
FTC Adds Senior Executives Who Played Key Roles in Prime Enrollment Scheme to Case Against Amazon

Amended complaint includes significant evidence redacted in initial complaint revealing extensive knowledge of Prime nonconsensual enrollment and complex cancellation issues

The Federal Trade Commission has named
three senior Amazon executives in an amended complaint in its case against the company for its years-long effort to enroll consumers into its Prime program without their consent while knowingly making it difficult for consumers to cancel their Prime subscriptions.

Named in the amended complaint are
Neil Lindsay, who served as senior vice president overseeing Prime and now serves on the company's overall leadership team; Russell Grandinetti, who also serves as a senior vice president overseeing Prime; and Jamil Ghani, a company vice president who oversees the Prime subscription program.

In addition to naming these individuals, the
amended complaint includes significant new details of Amazon's alleged misconduct that were redacted in the original complaint, including the contents of internal company emails and messages that show the extent to which the company and its management team were aware of the misconduct.

The FTC's amended complaint charges that
Lindsay, Grandinetti, and Ghani were fully aware of the issues surrounding consumers being subscribed to Prime without their consent and then facing significant hurdles when trying to cancel. The executives were informed by other Amazon employees in emails, meetings, and presentations about these issues and encouraged to make changes to stop Amazon from tricking its customers, but the executives chose not to act, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges that the company and its
executives instead slowed, avoided, and even reversed user experience changes that they knew would reduce nonconsensual enrollment because those changes would also negatively affect Amazon's bottom line. As one draft internal memo stated, Amazon decided "clarifying" the enrollment process was not the "right approach" because it would cause a "shock" to business performance.

Amazon also
created an allegedly labyrinthine cancellation process for Prime that the company called "Iliad," the name of Homer's epic about the long, arduous Trojan War. While Amazon-under pressure from the FTC-made some changes to its processes just before the agency's initial complaint was filed, the Iliad cancellation flow was in place for years. The complaint alleges that Amazon and its leadership-including Lindsay, Grandinetti, and Ghani-slowed or rejected user experience changes that would have made Iliad simpler for consumers because those changes would hurt Amazon's profits. ftc.gov







Los Angeles, CA: $218K in stolen retail merchandise found in backyard of L.A. home
Authorities with the California Highway Patrol's Organized Retail Theft Task Force on Wednesday announced the recovery of more than $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise and the arrest of 10 suspects in connection with a retail theft fencing operation. On Sept. 13, CHP partnered with LAPD's newly formed Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime Task Force, to investigate the fencing operation, which was selling stolen retail merchandise at swap meets in the L.A. area, according to a new CHP news release. Investigators located the operation, which was being run out of the backyard of a private residence where the stolen merchandise was kept under tents and inside a box truck. At the scene, CHP and LAPD officers found goods stolen from Victoria's Secret, Amazon, CVS, Rite Aid and Ralphs stores in the greater L.A. area totaling an estimated $218,379. Investigators also seized nearly $45,000 in cash as evidence. The 10 suspects arrested were only described as three females and seven males from the South L.A. neighborhood of Compton.  ktla.com

Upper Moreland Township, PA: Brothers from Philadelphia arrested in retail theft ring that totaled over $200K in losses in 6 counties
Police are announcing the arrest of two brothers from Philadelphia on charges relating to an organized retail theft ring in multiple counties.
The two brothers face more than 200 felony charges, the DA's office reports. Two more adults and two juveniles are also identified as targets in the investigation. A media release from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office says the thefts happened in Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia, Delaware, Luzerne and Berks counties. The DA's office says the theft investigation began in Nov. 2022 after an alleged incident involving Cuong Nam Ly, 32 and Chung Nam Ly, 31. Officials say the findings of the investigation were obtained from retailers Lowe's and Home Depot and includes store reports, surveillance footage and more. The total loss to the retail stores in six counties was more than $200,000. The DA's office says the investigation determined that the brothers are "integral members of a nefarious corrupt organization" specializing in organized retail theft.  wfmz.com

Matton, IL: Four arrested in Mattoon organized retail theft bust
Four people are facing charges from the Illinois Attorney General's Office in connection to organized retail theft in the Mattoon area. Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the four
are accused of stealing tools, electronics and equipment totaling $24,000. They were arrested after a multi-jurisdictional investigation that included Mattoon Police and Raoul's Organized Retail Crime Task Force. "The effects of organized retail crime are not limited to any one region of Illinois, particularly when the sales of stolen merchandise often fund additional criminal activity that makes communities less safe," Raoul said. "These charges demonstrate the importance of the collaborative work that my office's Organized Retail Crime Task Force is doing to hold individuals accountable. I would like to thank the Mattoon Police Department and our law enforcement and retail partners for their help.  mywabashvalley.com

Fairfax County, VA: $15K In Merch Stolen From Tysons Corner Seized From NY Theft Crew
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Tysons Urban Team responded to the Tysons Corner Center after an employee at Sunglass Hut reported a theft, police said. Officers were able to locate three suspects and recovered the
stolen merchandise, which included items from H&M, Macy's, Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, American Eagle, Express and Guess, Fairfax County police said. Jordan Pastrana-Roncancio, 20, Dayana Pastrana-Roncancio, 19 and Hansbleidy Sanabria-Suarez, 20, were subsequently charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and are being held without bond.  dailyvoice.com

Pasadena, CA: 4 suspects from Romania arrested during organized retail theft operation
A group of Romanian thieves were caught stealing thousands of dollars' worth of clothes from a Macy's store in Pasadena, and investigators say this is not their first crime. According to the Pasadena Police Department, detectives were conducting an organized retail theft operation earlier this month at the store on Lake Avenue. Their primary focus was businesses within the South Lake Shopping District. "Detectives closely monitored four individuals who were methodically choosing high value clothing items," said police in a press release. The group was described as "extremely organized" and was captured concealing the items while hiding behind each other. "One of the suspects did counter surveillance while the three other suspects stood together, and they concealed merchandise behind each other and put it into a bag," said Pasadena PD Lt. Carolyn Gordon. Police were able to apprehend three of the suspects but one of them managed to hop in a vehicle and take off. He drove "directly toward an officer," according to police, and nearly crashed. He was caught shortly after. All four suspects - who have been identified as Vasile Alberto Balan, Mihaela Simion, Cosmin Cismarv, and Sorin Marin Stefan - were charged with grand theft. Balan was also wanted on a felony warrant in Las Vegas for theft and counterfeiting. 

Vallejo, CA: Retail theft suspects say they steal to support fentanyl addiction
Two people arrested Saturday in Vallejo in connection with retail theft told police that they were stealing to support their fentanyl addiction, the Vallejo Police Department said. VPD was contacted by a store on the 1100 block of Admiral Callaghan Lane on Sept. 10 for a reported burglary. The store manager said that the
suspects stole items valued at more than $4,000. The manager gave surveillance footage to police, and VPD said the suspects used a silver BMW that was also connected to other burglaries in Vallejo. On Sept. 16, police saw the car near the intersection of Solano Avenue and Mariposa Street. The passengers in the car matched the suspect descriptions, and officers initiated a traffic stop. The driver did not pull over and led the officers on a chase that police described as "lengthy." Police eventually immobilized the car, and the suspects were arrested. One suspect had fentanyl in his pants, per VPD. "The two thieves admitted after being Mirandized that their criminal activities were driven by their desperate need to support their fentanyl addiction," VPD wrote on Facebook.  msn.com

Walterboro , SC: Police looking to identify 2 in alleged $6000 shoplifting at jewelry store

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Shootings & Deaths

Hiram, GA: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Walmart in Georgia
A double shooting at a Walmart in Georgia that police believe was a murder-suicide is under investigation. Hiram Police Chief Mike Turner said two people, a man and a woman, were shot inside the store about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police believe the man shot the woman before shooting himself, WANF reports. The two were taken to an out-of-town hospital because their injuries were so severe that they could not be treated at a hospital in Hiram, Turner said. They both died on the way to the hospital. The police chief said the man and woman knew one another but did not reveal what their relationship was. It is also not yet clear what led to the shooting.  wect.com

Dearborn, MI: 2 suspects arrested in murder of well-known Florist
A well-known Dearborn florist was shot and killed Tuesday night. According to police, Hassan Salami was shot Tuesday night in the parking lot of Xushi Ko on Ford Road. He had just finished having dinner inside the restaurant. Salami was apparently a victim of an attempted carjacking and robbery gone wrong. His cousin Dave Abdallah broke down what allegedly happened. "He walked out here, he was opening the door for his fiancé. She heard a little commotion and then there was three shots," said Abdallah. Abdallah says the people who are accused of killing Salami attempted to steal his Rolex watch but weren't successful. They did manage to take his necklace and car keys.  wxyz.com

Maricopa County, AZ: Update: Indictment issued for man accused of killing Mesa CVS store manager
A man accused of killing a CVS store manager in Mesa has been indicted, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced Wednesday. Jared Sevey, 38, was indicted on six counts including first-degree murder, dangerous felony burglary, two counts of disorderly conduct, tampering with evidence and misconduct involving weapons. On Sept. 7, Sevey was confronted for allegedly shoplifting at the store. Officials said Sevey allegedly went home, picked up a gun and returned to the store several hours later. He asked to see the manager and told an employee to get everyone out of the store, according to authorities. Store surveillance footage shows the manager, 49-year-old Michael Jacobs, approaching the suspect. Video shows Sevey pulling a pistol from his waistband and shooting the victim several times, according to authorities.  ktar.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Memphis, TN: Over 200 arrests were made in the City of Memphis in a 3-month span, U.S. Marshals say
The U.S. Marshals teams and other agencies arrested over 249 fugitives and closed 288 arrest warrants according to a release. Suspects wanted for crimes from murder to robbery in the City of Memphis were arrested over a three-month period. The warrants included 30 for murder or attempted murder, 23 for sex offenses, 75 for assault, 32 for robbery, and 38 for weapon charges. According to the press release, a total of 24 guns were found as well. The U.S. Marshals also included notable arrests that were made throughout the 3 month period.  fox13memphis.com

Toledo, OH: Police arrest 249 people, seize 35 guns in operation targeting Lagrange corridor
Toledo police made 249 arrests in a one-month operation targeting gun violence, narcotics sales, blight and more in north Toledo's Lagrange corridor. The department on Wednesday announced results of the second operation L.A.S.E.R. -- Lagrange Area Safety Enforcement Response -- which began on Aug. 21. The first operation ran for two weeks in January. The operation brought in other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, too. "Operation L.A.S.E.R. will continue as the department will partner with other Toledo public service departments and the community to improve the quality of life in the Lagrange Corridor," TPD said in a press release.  wtol.com

Outrage over hung jury in brutal beating of Asian jewelry store owner despite clear video evidence
The brutal assault during a Wilmington, Delaware jewelry store heist played out before the jury, showing suspect Calvin Ushery allegedly attacking 68-year-old Chang Suh who was then stomped and hit in the head at least a dozen times... twice with the hammer. The mistrial was declared after the jurors told the judge they could not reach a consensus in the state's case against Ushery despite watching him attack Suh. Ushery is accused by prosecutors of robbery, assault, and other crimes tied to the September 2022 robbery of Solid Gold Jewelers on Ninth Street in downtown Wilmington. They will retry the case according to a spokesperson for the Delaware Department of Justice. The video of the suspect bludgeoning the owner with a hammer was the first thing prosecutors showed the jury during opening statements before three days of testimony last week. Matthew Keating, Ushery's attorney, told the jury that the video of the robbery is "visceral" and "provokes a lot of emotion" but urged them not to hold that against his client. "You shouldn't jump to conclusions," he told jurors, according to Delaware Online.  bizpacreview.com

Redding, CA: Police conduct anti-theft retail operation, make handful of arrest

New Haven, CT: DOJ: Man Charged with 2 C-Store Gunpoint Robberies

Manchester, NH: Rare painting purchased at N.H. thrift store for $4 sells for $191,000 at auction

Boise, ID: Police arrest Boise man in string of C-store robberies; public tipster is getting $5,000



Bakery - Portland, OR - Burglary
Beauty - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery / Susp Shot
C-Store - Ashburn, VA - Robbery
C-Store - Fulton County, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hendersonville, TN - Burglary
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Apple Valley, CA - Robbery
Gas Station - Janesville, WI - Robbery
Mall - Fairfax County, VA - Robbery
Marijuana - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Stamford, CT - Burglary
Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Pikesville, MD - Burglary
Restaurant - Worchester, MA - Robbery
Vape - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Vape - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Prince William County, VA - Robbery
Walmart - Scottsdale, AZ - Robbery
Walmart - Atlanta, GA - Robbery
Walmart - Ponca City, OK - Armed Robbery                 


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• 13 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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