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APEX: Retailers share how they use face matching AI for life safety, workplace violence prevention

FaceFirst helps you comply with new workplace violence laws and provide safer stores

Last week’s great APEX event zeroed in on retail violence. At FaceFirst, that’s our focus every day! Whether you’re facing violent ex-employees, violent ex-spouses, or violent day-to-day thieves, our face matching software provides active threat management. We send immediate alerts when known threats enter. Our real-time notifications help you provide safer stores for your employees and customers.

Senior retail LP experts shared their real-world experiences from the APEX stage in Nashville. Here are a few examples from one session:

“We've partnered with FaceFirst for five years. They’ve really helped us enhance the efficiency of our store management and asset protection teams. With real-time alerting, we know who’s walking into our stores within three to five seconds. It gives us situational awareness for threats of violence, for those individuals we don’t want our people to approach. It helps reduce law enforcement’s response time to our stores, too. It's been absolutely great for us.”

“When we went to the organization about the need for this [face matching] technology, our first priority was life safety. The majority of C-suite discussions today are: How do we keep our stores, our customers, and our associates safe? I don't know of a better tool that helps us be more proactive and mitigate threats in our stores. This technology has advanced so much, and you're going to see it grow exponentially. If you're interested in this tool, I would tell your organization: You're going to be way behind the curve without it.”

“It's a different world now, and the appetite from the C-suite to try new things is huge. We put ALPR in about half our stores with tremendous success and zero incidents. The leadership's already coming back saying: Now how fast can you get facial recognition on top of that?”

Another APEX session focused on workplace violence. FaceFirst can help you comply with laws that require companies to implement workplace violence programs. California’s legislature passed a new workplace violence law last week that awaits the governor’s signature. Texas passed a law this summer, so at least nine states now require employers to provide workplace violence prevention programs.

The human tragedies of workplace violence are incalculable, but there are other costs to consider. After a former employee killed seven people in January, California fined the two employers involved for failing to have a workplace violence notification system in place. They also cited one of the two employers for failing to address previous workplace violence incidents.

FaceFirst has seen significant market adoption driven by in-store violence and theft. Our face matching technology delivers vital life safety, loss prevention, and investigative benefits.

Calculate the risks of being caught unaware when a known offender enters your store. If you knew there was a proven solution to keep your valued customers and associates safer from violent offenders, would you implement it? The real risk is answering no.

FaceFirst’s solution is fast and accurate—take action today at facefirst.com.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Michigan ORC FORCE Team Joins Forces with FBI
FBI to Partner with AG Nessel’s FORCE Team to Combat Organized Retail Fraud
Today, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) has entered into formal partnership with the Attorney General’s FORCE Team, a partnership between Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Organized Retail Crime Unit at the Department of Attorney General, established to combat coordinated theft and resale operations targeting Michigan retailers. The FORCE Team operates within the Michigan State Police Department.

The state’s FORCE Team will work collaboratively with the FBI’s Detroit Fraud and Financial Crimes Task Force (DFFACT) in
an effort to squash organized retail crime that crosses state or international borders. One special agent from the DFFACT will be assigned to the FORCE Team, joining a team already comprised of two assistant attorneys general, Michigan State Police detectives, and special agents from the Department of Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division.

“I’m very grateful for our new partnership with the FBI and look forward to the continued success of the FORCE Team,” said Nessel. “The addition of the federal authorities to the investigations already underway by our
first-in-the-nation team including my department and the Michigan State Police is significant. Our FORCE Team has been pursuing wide-reaching investigations that have already produced multiple charges in just its first months of operation, and this partnership will considerably strengthen the team.”

FORCE Team and the Organized Retail Crime Unit were established in January by the Attorney General to target criminal organizations that steal products from retailers to repackage and sell for a profit. Two assistant attorneys general serve the unit full time, working with special agents within the Department of Attorney General and Michigan State Police detectives to investigate and prosecute these crimes. This is a first-in-the-nation unit, unique in the 50 states as being the first such unit with embedded, dedicated staff from the Department of Attorney General.

The FORCE Team is dedicated to working collaboratively with retailers and local law enforcement agencies to combat organized retail crime.
Recent corporate partners on investigations have included Sam’s Club/Walmart, Meijer, Target, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, Rite-Aid, Lululemon, Ulta, and Lowe’s. The team’s first major investigation produced charges against seven individuals earlier this year. Local law enforcement agencies or retailers with evidence of organized retail fraud are encouraged to email the FORCE Team. michigan.gov

Theft Crisis Pushing Stores to Decide if Keeping Stores Open is Worth the Risk
Retail Theft is Pushing Stores to Weigh the Risk of Keeping a Physical Presence
In today’s retail landscape, the role of brick-and-mortar stores has been under scrutiny, especially with the rise of online shopping and retail theft. The iconic San Francisco Centre Nordstrom store, a downtown staple for over three decades, has permanently shut its doors, reflecting the city’s changing dynamics and rising crime rates. Retail theft has even gone so far in some places, such as local Target stores in Santa Monica, that less valuable goods are now protected by locked cabinets.

With the prevalence of online shopping and
retail theft forcing some stores to close or drastically change their security measures, the purpose and function of physical stores is now shifting. Despite what some may think, the experience of visiting a store, interacting with products, and soaking in the ambiance is irreplaceable. But retailers must adapt, ensuring that their locations serve their clientele and that security measures don’t detract from the shopping experience.

How can retailers fulfill the cravings that consumers still have for the physical shopping experience, and
when should some retailers draw the line if the risks of staying open due to retail theft are too high? As we approach these topics, we turn to Katrijn Gielens, Professor of Marketing at the University of North Carolina, for her expert insights.

Katrijn’s Thoughts:

When we go back to the likes of the Nordstroms, to them I think the shrinkage story is somewhat the last drop. This is where they say it’s no longer sort of like defending or sort of like justifying why we have a store in, let’s say, downtown San Francisco.
Shoppers and consumers have so many different alternatives.

If those other people are no longer visiting that location, which may also be in part because of some of the crime issues,
then what are you still doing there? Your store needs to sort of fulfill certain roles. What are the typical things that you can do? You can work on security. But what if security become such an issue that it sort of takes away from the experience?

When you start to sort of try and fight sort of the shrinkage increasing all kinds of security measures and locking everything up, not being able to touch and feel products, the role of the store is completely annihilated. There is no longer a reason to go to the store. So,
whatever you try to do to fight sort of the crime issues or the shrinkage is running counter to creating a store experience marketscale.com

USA's #1 Top ORC Hot Spot City for 18 Months Consecutively

Memphis & Shelby County Officials Recognize They Have a Serious Crime Problem
‘We have a crime crisis right now:’ DA’s office hosts public-safety summit
The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office hosted a public-safety summit, which was not open to the general public, with elected officials and community stakeholders at which
they agreed on initiatives to combat crime in Memphis.

Shelby County District Attorney General Steve Mulroy said
officials came to a consensus on public safety priorities during the meeting.

“I think the consistent message from all of us and several others … is that
we all recognize that we have a serious crime problem,” Mulroy said. “We have a crime crisis right now, and it requires an all-hands-on-deck approach to tackle the problem.”

Mulroy said there are some issues dealing with violent crime officials will work independently on, but there are other initiatives, which are evidence-based, they can work on collaboratively.

Taylor said there was also a lot of discussion about
how to help law enforcement use the tools they have while also keeping the criminal justice system fair and just, “not only about how do we treat defendants, but there was also a healthy discussion about the victims.” dailymemphian.com

The Army We're All Fighting & Who's Facilitating Massive ORC Nationwide

LA Times Sept. 21, 2023

How many people work for the Mexican drug cartels? Researchers have an answer
Now researchers have come up with an estimate: 175,000. That figure, which would make the cartels the country’s fifth-largest employer, has steadily risen during the last decade, according to their study, which was published Thursday in the journal Science and relied on a variety of data to build a mathematical model of the workforce.

Though cartels have been chronicled in television series, books and high-profile criminal cases, much about them remains unknown. Estimates of annual profits start at $6 billion and spiral upward.

cartels long ago branched beyond drug trafficking into other lucrative rackets, including extortion, kidnapping, fuel theft and migrant smuggling. That implies a vast economy — and a huge labor force.

The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Anne Milgram, told Congress in July that
Mexico’s two most powerful criminal organizations — the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel — had almost 45,000 members, associates, facilitators and brokers in more than 100 countries.

For the Science paper, researchers crunched statistics on incarceration and casualties during the past decade to arrive at their estimate. They found that Mexican cartels must recruit between 350 and 370 people each week to replenish the ranks diminished by losses from arrests and murder.

Being a cartel worker is “like playing Russian roulette,” Prieto-Curiel said. Continue Reading

Spike in 'Strategic Cargo Theft'
Kentucky Cargo Theft Spike Echoes National Issues

Strategic Thefts Direct Cargo Away From Intended Recipient

Kentucky law enforcement is warning of
a spike in strategic cargo thefts in a trend that reflects a growing national problem.

The Kentucky State Police have opened 12 active cases into strategic cargo theft activities since Aug. 1. That compared to a total of five between the first case in 2014 up through 2022. Its vehicle investigation branch has identified at least
two crews that are primarily responsible for the recent rise. They’ve been double brokering loads through legitimate carriers.

Verisk Analytics’ CargoNet
found in its second-quarter report that strategic tactics drove a 57% year-over-year increase in supply chain risk events across North America.

“They’re derivatives of two different crime rings” said Keith Lewis, vice president of operations at CargoNet. “
Deception is used to steal the loads,” he added, noting, “Some of the commodities that come out of Kentucky are very valuable.”  ttnews.com

A City's Drug Market Run By the Cartels Directly

SF Chronicle July 10, 2023:
The Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation cartels, which feed & control the Tenderloin and SoMa markets

San Francisco drug overdose deaths hit record high: ‘It’s like a zombie apocalypse’

The City by the Bay saw 84 deaths in August, with 66 of them involving the deadly drug fentanyl.

This year is on pace to exceed 2020’s deaths, which hit a record high of 725, according to reports by San Francisco officials. More than 560 users have died this year and another 300 are expected to die by the end of the year.  

The drug crisis has become so normalized in the city that a man lay twitching on Mission Street for minutes before anyone realized he was overdosing.

Open-air drug markets are the norm in the Democrat-led city and streets are filled with addicts overdosing and walking around like zombies on tranq.

San Francisco police have attempted to thwart the drug markets in high-profile areas, such as the Tenderloin. Police have seized 100 pounds of fentanyl between June and September.

In addition, more than 1,000 people have been arrested for the use or sale of narcotics, according to police.  nypost.com


Chicago's Response to the City's Crime Closures?
Chicago mayor proposes city-owned grocery stores as Walmart, Whole Foods exits leave ‘food deserts’
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said he
wants to open city-owned grocery stores to serve neighborhoods that have become “food deserts” after four Walmart stores and a Whole Foods closed.

Johnson announced last week that his administration would partner with the nonprofit advocacy group Economic Security Project to put stores in underserved areas of the city —
a proposal Republicans called something out of “Soviet-style central planning.“

Four other Chicago Walmarts are still open, which the chain said in a statement
continue to face the same business difficulties, but we think this decision gives us the best chance to help keep them open and serving the community.”

Last November,
Whole Foods closed in Englewood after six years in the South Side lot — one year before Whole Foods’ seven-year lease was up with its landlord, DL3 Realty.

Only time will tell if
a government-owned grocery store would fill the vacant lot instead, though Johnson’s administration still reportedly needs to conduct a feasibility study before providing a timeline of actually opening these stores. nypost.com

Editorial: Mall shootings add to public’s growing unease

Oregon mass shootings drop as US numbers climb



How Mature is Your ESRM Program?
enterprise security risk management (ESRM) philosophy can apply to any organization—large or small, public or private. But it can be challenging to map out a path from the initial introduction to mature implementation. Thankfully, members of the ASIS ESRM steering committee spent two years building an ESRM maturity model to measure current efforts and enable security practitioners to guide their organizations to the next level of risk management.

The maturity model self-assessment, which is
available for free, walks users through the continuum of how an organization can meet its ESRM-related goals and procedures, says Jacob Maenner, CPP, PSP, ESRM steering committee member and chair of the maturity model committee.

The five elements within the ESRM maturity model are culture, context, stakeholders, risk management, and ESRM governance. There are five levels of implementation: initial, repeatable, defined, managed, and optimized. asisonline.org

Editor's Note: There's only been a very few LP/AP executives in retail that formerly assumed the enterprise risk management role and developed their programs accordingly.

A few years ago ASIS formerly restructured their entire focus on enterprise risk and evolved globally.

Certainly, '
Total Retail Loss', developed in 2016 by Professor Adrian Beck with the ECR Retail Loss Group in the UK, and in 2019 revised to Total Retail Loss 2.0: From Theory to Practice” which built on the ground-breaking research commissioned by the RILA Asset Protection Leaders Council in partnership with Professor Adrian Beck from the University of Leicester in the UK, which has become the academic model for retail loss prevention executives.

While ESRM doesn't go as deep into retail loss, it does broaden one's vision and responsibilities across an enterprise. And some would say is similar if not the exactly the same as a Chief Security Officer, CSO. - Gus Downing

Former Global CIO & Three IT Exec's charged with $3M Fraud at Mohawk Industries

Mohawk is the world’s largest flooring company with $11.7B in 2022 Worldwide Sales and 25,000+ Retail & Commercial Customers

In 2019, Mohawk launched a large, multi-year IT project and outsourced work for the IT project to IT consulting firms.  The indictment alleges that the defendants secretly organized and controlled a Georgia company, Meta Technology Platforms, LLC (“Meta Tech”), and used their positions at Mohawk to retain Meta Tech as a Mohawk vendor and divert Mohawk’s outsourced IT consulting work to Meta Tech. 

Between approximately May and October of 2022, Meta Tech submitted invoices to Mohawk totaling approximately $3,034,411.  The invoices that Meta Tech submitted to Mohawk did not disclose the defendants’ relationship to Meta Tech.  The invoices also allegedly charged Mohawk for services that had not been performed, for software that had not been provided, and at inflated hourly rates that Kanyadan approved on Mohawk’s behalf.  Mohawk paid Meta Tech approximately $1,857,741.40 based on these fraudulent invoices.      justice.gov

Editors Note:  Seems like CIO fraud has become quite prevalent.  If not over taking the finance driven fraud with fake invoicing.  In my opinion it's simply a matter of three factors.  1. Opportunity; Virtually no one in most organizations have the subject matter expertise to truly be able to monitor and critically analyze what they're doing (It's almost like the old commercial "Let Mikey Do It"). 2: It's the #1 critical need and usually the #1 capital expense of every organization.  Or lag behind in this digital transformation era and let your competition eat you for lunch.  Finally #3; To anyone outside of the IT world it's a "money pit" without a bottom.  And that's scary.  Just my observations  Gus Downing


Great News for the Vendors
Now how about the Vendors to the Vendors

Enterprise Retail Warms to Real-Time Payments for Vendors
The retail sector increasingly prefers real-time payments for their business-to-business (B2B) payments. Virtually all large firms in this sector used real-time payments at least once in the last year.

Real-time payments have a robust growth outlook. Real-time payments already account for
17% of all B2B payments retailers made last year. Fifty-four percent of retail firms expect to use real-time payments more heavily in the next year.

These are just some of the findings detailed in
Corporate Changes in Payment Practices: A Deep Dive Into the Retail Industry,” a PYMNTS Intelligence and The Clearing House collaboration. This report examines the B2B payments landscape in the retail sector and how the role of real-time payments is evolving. The report draws on insights from a survey of 125 retail executives conducted from June 1 to June 26.

The retail sector is undergoing a sea change in B2B payments. Companies must keep pace with these changes to remain competitive. Download the report to learn how
real-time payments are revolutionizing retail B2B relationships. pymnts.com

LPF Announces LPC & LPQ Professionals for June, July & August
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here

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Axis Body Worn Camera Solutions

How body worn cameras will lead to smarter, safer cities

By Andreas Göransson, Manager, End Customer Marketing
 - Axis Communications

With our body worn camera solutions, we have an eye not only on the immediate benefits body worn cameras can bring to law enforcement and private security companies, but other areas of life where the presence of a body worn camera can have a positive impact.

The urban environment is an obvious place where body worn cameras will have a significant and increasing presence, and once which will help cities reach goals in security and safety. Indeed, as a greater proportion of the world’s population increasingly lives in cities, safety and security are high on the agenda of citizens in relation to the perception of a city’s livability and attractiveness.

Capturing evidence and affecting behavior

The presence of a body worn camera can improve behavior of both citizens and the wearer of the camera, which can not only reduce the number of incidents, but also the number of complaints against officers. Both are positive factors in the sense of city livability.

In addition, footage from body worn cameras can be extremely useful in situational training and evaluation. Using real-world footage of the management of incidents – including both seeing and hearing how law enforcement or security personnel managed a particular situation – greatly enhances the brings to life the theoretical taught in the classroom.

Body worn beyond law enforcement and security

Unfortunately, a fact of urban life can be verbal and physical abuse of workers perceived to be in positioning of authority, or a focal point of citizen frustration. Public transport operatives and ticket inspectors, emergency services personnel, healthcare professionals, teachers, utility workers and many others can become targets for aggression and abuse, and while it’s often borne out of citizen frustration and stress, it is clearly entirely inappropriate.

The mere presence of a body worn camera and the knowledge that a citizen is being filmed can have a calming effect, reducing the likelihood of an incident escalating to abuse and violence and overall levels of antisocial behavior. The increased feeling of safety and security for the wearer should also not be underestimated, and their increased confidence in doing their job can lead to more positive interactions with the public. And again, the footage from body worn cameras can be an invaluable enhancement to training courses for employees across multiple city functions and roles.

We’re early into our journey into the body worn camera segment, but the potential for improving the lives of citizens and workers in our urban environments is clear and exciting.

Read the full article here

Do you have a smart city agenda? Here is eight key reasons why Axis is the perfect solution provider to your smart city: Read the 2022/23 Axis Smart City Magazine







Virtual Event: 20 Years of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kicks Off in October

Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET

This October marks the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it presents the perfect moment to reflect on how far we’ve come and how much more we want to accomplish! October is dedicated to ensuring everyone has the resources to stay safe and secure online.

Still, there is more to do. The public and private sectors continue to come together to secure technology, protect critical infrastructure and bridge the cybersecurity careers gap. In honor of 20 years of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, elected officials, government leaders and industry executives will join to examine how far we’ve come and look at where we need to go.

Featured Speakers:

Congressman Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-02)
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15)
Tatyana Bolton, Security Policy Manager, Security Center of Excellence, Google
Joanna Huisman, Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research, KnowBe4
Megha Malhotra, Senior Technical Program Manager, Amazon
Bobbie Stempfley, VP, Product Groups, Business Unit Security Officer, Security & Resiliency Organization, Dell Technologies
Rusty Waldron, Vice President, Chief Business Security Officer, ADP
Lisa Plaggemier, Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance
More Speakers TBA

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Consumer Data Exposed by T-Mobile?
T-Mobile Racks Up Third Consumer Data Exposure of 2023

The mobile company states that the issue was due to a glitch that occurred in an update.

Multiple T-Mobile USA customers have gone to social media to report
seeing the sensitive information of other customers when logging in to view their personal account.

AdvertisementThe leaked data includes credit card balances, purchase history, credit card information, device IDs, and home addresses. The issue was initially severe enough that the T-Mobile subreddit requested users to stop sharing information via social media.

ATTENTION: We are aware of the security issue going on. For security reasons, we are not allowing posts on the topic," the post read. "Please do not post any information about the ongoing issue. We're waiting to hear from T-Mobile and do not want to exacerbate the issue."

As of Sept. 20,
T-Mobile said that the issue has been resolved and was due to a "technology update" glitch.

There was no cyberattack or breach at T-Mobile. This was a temporary system glitch related to a planned overnight technology update involving limited account information for fewer than 100 customers, which was quickly resolved," said Tara Darrow, T-Mobile spokesperson, in a statement.

While this may come as a relief for some, to others it may only further raise concerns about
whether T-Mobile has questionable cybersecurity safeguards, due to the company facing multiple breaches this year alone. darkreading.com

'No Indication that TransUnion Systems Were Breached'
TransUnion denies it was hacked, links leaked data to 3rd party
Credit reporting firm TransUnion has denied claims of a security breach after a threat actor known as USDoD leaked data allegedly stolen from the company's network.
The Chicago-based company's over 10,000 employees provide their services to millions of consumers and more than 65,000 businesses from 30 countries.

"Immediately upon discovering these assertions, we partnered with outside cybersecurity and forensic experts to launch a thorough investigation," the company said. "At this time,
we and our internal and external experts have found no indication that TransUnion systems have been breached or that data has been exfiltrated from our environment."

The investigation into the claims found that the information leaked by USDoD was likely obtained from another organization's systems, given that the data and its formatting are different than TransUnion's.

"Through our investigation, we have found that multiple aspects of the messages – including the data, formatting, and fields –
do not match the data content or formats at TransUnion, indicating that any such data came from a third party," TransUnion said. bleepingcomputer.com

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End of Free Online Returns?
Amazon, H&M and others start charging for drop-offs
If you’ve recently tried to return something you bought online, you might notice that getting your money back is a little different than in the past.
Return policies are changing, and the days of free returns may be numbered.

Amazon set the standard for online shopping with fast delivery and free returns but now,
they are cutting back on return drop-offs to UPS stores.

According to Forbes,
Amazon customers who live near Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, or Kohl’s locations will be charged a dollar now if they return items via a UPS Store. And that move could have ripple effects.

"I'm hearing that some
retailers are starting to charge for returns and that includes DSW, ZARA, and H&M," said shopping expert Trae Bodge. "And my expectation is that this is going to grow."

Brands like
Gap and Banana Republic have shortened their return windows. Anthropologie and REI, are now charging a fee for mailed returns.

Returns are very expensive for retailers," Bodge continued. "A return can cost a retailer upwards of ten dollars. You might experience a happy situation where the retailer will say, just keep it, and I will credit you anyway. And I'm also seeing that retailers are not offering free returns as much anymore. So you have to be prepared to pay for you return in some cases. What I think is going to happen because of this is, we'll see a slight decrease in online shopping and a return to in-store shopping."

Bodge expects we will still buy our staples like paper towels, diapers, and toilet paper online, but we may
return to buying clothing in a real store, where we can try it on before buying.

The best advice when shopping
online: take a moment to review your order and the store's return policy before you press send. wjla.com

Stooping down to drop off a package and boom - Never saw it coming
Fla. Deputy Captures Rattlesnake that Bit Amazon Driver During Delivery
The very large rattlesnake,
coiled up near the front door, struck as the driver bent down to set the package down. She immediately fell ill and called 9-1-1 for help.

At last report, the woman was listed in “very serious condition,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Photos show a Martin County deputy wrangling the snake, still on the front porch of the home.

“Our thoughts are with the driver and we hope for a full recovery after this frightening incident,” Amazon spokesperson Branden Baribeau said in a statement.

Eastern Diamondbacks are common to the southeastern U.S. and are the longest, heaviest venomous snake in North America, according to the Smithsonian.

It’s known for its iconic rattle and venomous bite,
which can be fatal to humans. They average 3 to 6 feet in length, with some reaching up to eight feet, and can live for 20 years or more. officer.com

AI's Impact on Amazon
Amazon to crack down on self-publishers using AI-generated content

Publishers will not have to notify Amazon if works are only assisted by the use of artificial intelligence

Amazon will require publishers on Kindle to
disclose when any of their content is generated by artificial intelligence after complaints forced the company to take action.

"We require you to
inform us of AI-generated content (text, images or translations) when you publish a new book or make edits to and republish an existing book through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). AI-generated images include cover and interior images and artwork," Amazon said of the updated guidelines, according to a report in Cyber News.

The update comes after the company faced complaints from users that some works being sold under the names of human writers contained
content that was either fully or partially generated by AI, according to the report. foxnews.com

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Hinsdale, IL: Burglary suspect released after allegedly stealing $68K in purses, items from high-end boutique with a sledgehammer.

A burglary suspect in a Chicago suburb was released from jail Thursday, after allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in items from a high-end boutique. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a Facebook post that Terry Johnson, 30, was released from jail Thursday after allegedly stealing $68,000 in merchandise from Kelsey Resale Boutique in Hinsdale, Illinois, May 24. An investigation revealed that Johnson and six accomplices broke into the store with a sledgehammer at 1:19 a.m., and then stole an assortment of purses and other merchandise.

A judge ordered that Johnson wear a GPS monitoring device and remain at least 1,000 feet away from the boutique. He’s being charged with armed violence and burglary. The suspects fled the area afterward, but investigators found blood evidence near the front door, which was sent for analysis. A DNA profile consistent with Johnson was returned Aug. 15. Johnson was taken into custody on Sept. 20 without incident and released one day later. He is on parole for armed robbery and aggravated battery out of Cook County, prosecutors said. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement that Johnson’s release shows an issue with the newly-passed SAFE-T Act, which eliminates cash bail.

Las Vegas, NV: Man arrested after stealing over $7,000 worth of Legos from valley Target stores.

A man was recently arrested after police say he was caught stealing dozens of Lego sets from two Target stores within a two-month period. Alan Horvatich is facing one count of organized retail theft after he was arrested on Tuesday, September 19 at a Target located near Maryland and Flamingo. Investigators later found that Horvatich was involved in 13 other theft events from July 25 through September 11 at the same Target he was arrested at and other near Spring Mountain and Rainbow. According to the arrest report, he was accompanied by an unidentified Hispanic/White female adult, with police detailing the thefts as "clearly pre-planned and were committed within minutes of entering the stores."

Booneville, MS: Booneville charges three with felony shoplifting, fourth sought.

Three Lowndes County people have been arrested and a fourth is being sought after a felony shoplifting incident along Booneville’s central business corridor. Booneville police investigators responded to a business on North Second Street on Sept. 19 to investigate a reported shoplifting that involved a felony amount of merchandise. The investigation has led to three arrests and police are actively searching for a fourth suspect.

Brooke Synclair Ross, 29, of Columbus, was charged with felony shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon — all felonies. She is still under investigation for additional charges and bond has not been set. Derek Maurice Stokes, 50, of Columbus, was charged with attempted shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $100,000. Daniella Joyce Lena Collins, 37, of Columbus, was charged with attempted felony shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of a firearm by a felon. She is currently under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Bond on the new charges was set at $60,000 during her initial court appearance. Authorities are still searching for Remond Montice Coney, 46, of Columbus. He is wanted for charges stemming from this investigation and remains at large.

Gilroy, CA: Gilroy police looking for 2 individuals in connection to grand theft.

Authorities are looking for two suspects in connection to a grand retail theft, the Gilroy Police Department (GPD) said Thursday. Police said a “great deal of office supplies” were stolen from a store. GPD did not specify which store. The total amount these suspects allegedly stole is worth more than $1,000, according to GPD.

Pittsburgh, PA: Thieves stopped at nothing to obtain Pokemon cards


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Shootings & Deaths

Aurora, CO: Shooting at gas station leaves 17-year-old dead.

A teenager died after a shooting Wednesday night in a gas station parking lot in Aurora, according to police. The Aurora Police Department said Wednesday evening that a man was taken to the hospital after being shot in the parking lot of a Conoco station near East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road just after 6:30 p.m. Police said his injuries were life-threatening. The victim later died at the hospital. On Thursday, the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office identified him as 17-year-old Donovan Armando Sandoval and classified his death as a homicide. Police said they arrested Allentino Barroso, 18, early Thursday morning on suspicion of second-degree murder. The circumstances are still under investigation, police said.

Las Vegas, NV: Ex-Popeye’s employee shot into store after he was fired.

A former Popeye’s employee is in custody after he reportedly walked off the job, only to return and fire a gunshot into the drive-through window. According to court documents, Las Vegas police received multiple calls at approximately 7:46 p.m. on September 7 in reference to a shooting at a Popeye’s restaurant on the 4800 block of W. Sunset Rd. The callers said that a former employee there, later identified as David Jerron Bravo, had walked up to the drive-through window and fired one shot into it. One of the callers said she was the manager at the restaurant and that she had fired Bravo earlier in the evening, at approximately 5:33 p.m. She said that she saw the suspect at the window “holding what appeared to be a silver handgun.”

Metro officers arrived on the scene, spoke to witnesses and reviewed surveillance video from a nearby business. Bravo was reportedly upset regarding a scheduling change and got into an argument with another employee around 2 p.m. He said that he was going to walk out if his shift was changed. A manager advised Bravo that if he walked out, his employment would be terminated. The suspect eventually walked out and there was no further contact with him until he returned at approximately 7:42 p.m, parking a black Dodge Challenger in the store’s east parking lot. Bravo allegedly exited the car and walked to the drive-through window. The report said he “brandished a handgun from his waistband and began knocking on the drive-thru window with it.” Employees moved away from the window at the sight of the gun and while they did so, the suspect fired once into the window, shattering it.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

The Beginning of the Fraudsters Crime Cycle - USPS Has Become a Huge Target

Across the U.S. Robberies of Postal Carriers & Theft of Mail Has Skyrocketed
DOJ: Ocala Men Sentenced 14 Yrs. For Robbery Spree of Postal Carriers
Orlando, Florida - Jacoby Jules Colon (20, Ocala) and Darius Rodney Capers (Ocala, 19) in connection with their robbery spree of postal carriers. Colon was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to rob postal carriers, armed postal robbery, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Capers was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison for conspiracy to rob postal carriers and attempted robbery of a postal carrier. Both had pleaded guilty in July 2023. justice.gov

July 25, 2023 NPR News: A jump in robberies of USPS carriers is prompting agency to expand safety measures
Attacks against postal carriers are up, and so is mail theft. The U.S. Postal Service is expanding safety measures, but do they go far enough?

More than 412 were accosted last year and just over 305 in first half of 2023. The agency has expanded a crime prevention initiative known as Project Safe Delivery in an effort to protect postal workers and their packages. Additionally, the agency reported an increase in high volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles including blue collection boxes: 38,500 in FY22 and more than 25,000 in the first half of FY23.

The Inspection Service offers rewards of up to $50,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions. Project Safe Delivery includes more extensive steps. They're installing thousands of high-security collection boxes to make it harder for thieves to steal mail. They'll also replace about 49,000 so-called arrow keys - that are used to open blue mailboxes - with electronic locks. It's those keys criminals want to steal checks and other items.

The Postal Inspection Service investigates crimes against letter carriers. In an effort to track down people who are targeting them, it runs appeals, seeking the public's help online. npr.com

May 12, 2023 USPS Rolls Out Project Safe Delivery
Joint Project Safe Delivery initiative focused on reducing letter carrier robberies and mail theft; preventing change of address fraud; defeating counterfeit postage.

12,000 High Security Blue Collection Boxes To Be Installed Nationwide.

49,000 Electronic Locks to Replace Antiquated Arrow Locks.

Preventing Change of Address Fraud - The Postal Service processed more than 33 million change of address (COA) transactions in FY22. The majority of COA frauds are driven by an identity theft motive separate from the Postal Service. The Postal Service is not the intended target but implicated as the fraudster intercepts financially oriented mail, credit cards or checks. usps.com

Editor's Note: We've not reported on this in the past. However with the increase in fraud both in the stores and online we wanted to report on one large piece of its origin separate from the Dark Web. As these crimes feed the fraudsters with the data to begin their crime cycle. -Gus Downing


GPS Tracker Led PD to the Suspects While Changing Clothes in Getaway Car

DOJ: Man and Woman Sentenced to combined 24.5 Yrs. for Armed Robberies of Richmond, VA., Discount Stores

Robbed Dollar General and a Family Dollar store holding a semiautomatic pistol and intentionally terrified employees.  A GPS tracker was installed inside some of the money taken from the Dollar General and law enforcement apprehended them while the two suspects were changing clothing.

Brown was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison and Booker was sentenced to 5 years in prison for their roles. Horne was previously sentenced on April 13 to 12 years in prison. justice.gov


Kenosha, WI: Woman accused of hitting Piggly Wiggly Loss Prevention with car.

A 44-year-old woman is accused of deliberately striking a Kenosha grocery store employee with a vehicle in the store's parking lot after attempting to steal an item.

Rebecca A. Farrar, of New Auburn, is charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with felonies of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, bail jumping and hit-and-run involving injury, along with misdemeanor retail theft.

As the man was taking a picture of the woman's license plate, standing just off to the side of the passenger side of the vehicle, the woman suddenly put the vehicle in drive and accelerated, striking the man in his knees and causing him pain and visible injury, according to the complaint. She then allegedly drove away. A court commissioner issued a $5,000 arrest warrant for Farrar on Thursday. The Loss Prevention Agent was taken to a clinic for care.


Binghamton, NY: Binghamton woman sentenced to prison after second conviction for Walmart theft.

A Binghamton woman appeared before the Broome County Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to felony Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree. Broome County District Attorney Mike Korchak announced that Jamie Walsh, 38, was sentenced to two to four years in prison after she admitted to stealing merchandise from the Vestal Walmart on March 14. Walsh had previously been arrested for shoplifting at that same location and was ordered to stay out of the store.


France: Minors drove stolen cars across Europe in ‘large-scale theft’ scheme.

French police arrested 13 people following an investigation into “the large-scale theft and trafficking” of cars from Europe to West Africa. More than 170 vehicles were “stolen on demand” by car thieves in France following “orders” placed by the scheme’s “coordinators,” according to a Sept. 20 news release from France’s National Judicial Police via INTERPOL. The stolen cars were driven across Europe — “often by minors” — to ports in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, police said. From the ports, officials said vehicles were hidden “in cargo containers and shipped to West Africa.” The group behind the scheme included “French, Gambian and Senegalese nationals,” police said.

Elkton, MD: Man gets 4 years for $8,000 robbery at Walmart




Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shooting
• 0 killed

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